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As India’s devastating Covid-19 crisis mounted last month, countries around the world began sending emergency medical supplies to help stem the surge

Planeloads of ventilators, medicines and oxygen equipment began pouring into India, from countries including the UK and the US, at the start of last week. By Sunday, some 300 tonnes of supplies on 25 flights had arrived at Delhi International Airport alone. But - as cases continue to reach record levels across the country - concerns are mounting about delays...

The US has thrown its support behind an initiative at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to waive intellectual property protections for corona virus vaccines

India and South Africa proposed the move, which they said would increase vaccine production around the world. But drugs manufacturers argue it may not have the desired effect. US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said that "extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures". And she warned that it would take time for WTO members to reach a consensus decision on the matter. India...

India has said a “double mutant variant” of the corona virus first discovered there in March may be “linked” to a deadly second wave there

Samples containing the mutant - or B.1.617 variant - have been found in several states with high case numbers. An official with the National Centre for Disease Control said however, that they had still been unable to "fully" establish a correlation. A double mutant is when two mutations come together in the same virus. Meanwhile, India reported a record 412,000 cases...

BILL and Melinda Gates decide to divorced

The Microsoft co-founder, who is worth a whopping $124billion, posted the news to his official Twitter account on Monday as the Gates empire and fortune now hang in the balance. Gates said they decided to "end our marriage" after a "great deal of thought and a lot of work" - two years after his wife admitted that marital life was...

Several employees of a pharmaceutical company have been arrested in Indonesia for allegedly washing and reselling used Covid nasal swab test kits

Up to 9,000 passengers at an airport in Medan may have been tested with the reused swab sticks, say police. State-owned company Kimia Farma is now reportedly facing a potential lawsuit launched on behalf of the travelers. Covid nasal swab testing has become routine in many countries hit by the global pandemic. Police said they believed the scam had been happening since...

Donald Trump launches new ‘communications’ website

Donald Trump has launched a new "communications" website, which says it will publish content "straight from the desk" of the former US president. Mr. Trump was banned by Twitter and suspended by Facebook and YouTube after the Capitol riots in January. The former president has since been releasing statements by press release - which the new website will now host. Users will...

The government says that infection rates are coming down

The number of new Covid infections in India has officially passed 20 million cases, even as the government says that infection rates are coming down. India says infections have consistently dropped since 30 April, when it recorded more than 400,000 cases. It reported 355,832 cases on Tuesday. Experts say the number of deaths and infections are being underreported. In the capital Delhi,...

Three people died and some two dozen people were injured after a boat got into trouble

The overcrowded 40-foot (12 m) cabin cruiser broke up on a reef near Point Loma on Sunday morning, tipping some 30 people into the water, officials said. A major rescue operation was launched to help the injured on shore and retrieve seven people from the sea. Officials said the boat captain was in custody on suspicion of smuggling. Copy Right: BBC

Astronaut Michael Collins dies

Michael Collins - one of the three crew members of the first manned mission to land on the Moon, Apollo 11 in 1969 - has died aged 90, his family said. He died on Wednesday after "a valiant battle with cancer. He spent his final days peacefully, with his family by his side," they said. Collins stayed in lunar orbit as...

China launches a key module of a new permanent space station

The Tianhe module - which contains living quarters for crew members - was launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Center on a Long March-5B rocket. China hopes to have the new station operational by 2022. The only space station currently in orbit is the International Space Station, from which China is excluded. China has been a late starter when it comes...