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‘We must avoid a situation in which the Olympics was held but the medical system collapsed,’ Hironori Sagara, director of Showa University Hospital says. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Japan has carried out a threat to publicly shame people not complying with coronavirus border control measures, releasing the names of three people wh(...)

Romania and Bulgaria have the lowest EU vaccination rates, with 31.5%  and 18.8%  of their respective populations having received at least one dose – well below the EU average of 69.7%  and Ireland on 85.1%. Photograph: Getty Images

Romania’s government has confirmed that it plans to start delivering coronavirus vaccines to Ireland in the coming weeks, rejecting fears that the dea(...)

Crowds gather outside the Covid-19 hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq, where a catastrophic blaze erupted. The local authorities are being blamed for negligence. Photograph: AP Photo/Str

The death toll from a fire that tore through a coronavirus hospital in southern Iraq rose to 92, health officials said on Tuesday, as authorities face(...)

Scientists are trying to answer a crucial question: do the leading vaccinations against Covid-19 protect people against Delta? Photograph: Geoff Caddick/ AFP

As rising coronavirus infections force some countries to reimpose restrictions, scientists and drugmakers are racing to answer a crucial question: how(...)

Tunisian chief physician Slah Souii tends to a patient infected with Covid-19 the Aghlabide hospital in the east-central city of Kairouan on July 4th. Photograph: Fethi Belaid/AFP via Getty

Tunisia’s health care system is collapsing due to the coronavirus, with intensive care departments full and doctors overburdened by a rapid outbreak o(...)

An Israeli medical worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Photograph:  Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images

Israel reported on Monday a decrease in the effectiveness of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in preventing infections and symptomatic illness but(...)

People queue to receive the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine during a vaccination campaign at Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium in Bekasi on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday. Photograph: AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim

Indonesia expects Covid-19 infections to keep rising for up to two weeks before curbs introduced on Saturday on more than 100 million people begin to (...)

Britain’s government is investigating how footage of Matt Hancock kissing and embracing an aide found its way into the media. Photograph: Niklas Halle’nI/AFP via Getty Images

The British government is investigating the leak of CCTV footage of Matt Hancock kissing an aide in his office, which led to his resignation as health(...)

 Locals queue to receive a free Covid-19 vaccine shot during a vaccination drive in Kolkata, Eastern India. Photograph: Piyal Adhikary/EPA  ARY

India on Tuesday declared a new coronavirus variant to be of concern, and said nearly two dozen cases had been detected in three states. The variant,(...)

The Covid alarm, slightly larger than a smoke detector, is being hailed as a potential boon for screening in aircraft cabins, classrooms, care homes and offices. File photograph: iStock

The number of cases of Covid-19 worldwide since the pandemic began has exceeded 175.6 million and there have been 3.7 million related deaths. Meanwhil(...)

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