12 Jan 2021

Malaysia’s king declares state of emergency to curb spread of Covid-19

The Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s hold on power was bolstered by the Malaysian King’s declaration of a nationwide state of emergency on Tuesday. The state of emergency will stop opponents from forcing an early election for prime minister. The state of emergency could last until August 1 according to Muhyiddin

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11 Jan 2021

China: WHO experts arriving Thursday for virus origins probe

The Chinese government said Monday that experts from the World Health Organization will arrive in China this week to investigate into the origins of the Coronavirus pandemic. These experts will arrive on Thursday and will meet with the National Health Commission. This visit has been under negotiation for some time

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25 Sep 2020

UK and France record most daily cases since start of pandemic, as university outbreaks linked to parties

The UK and France are facing renewed outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus, each reporting their highest rise in daily case numbers on Thursday. European universities have been especially hard-hit following students’ return to campuses. Scotland has told their students that they must remain within their household and refrain from having

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25 Jun 2020

Congo announces end to 2nd deadliest Ebola outbreak ever

On Thursday, Eastern Congo proclaimed an end to the second-deadliest outbreak of Ebola in history, which killed 2,280 people over nearly two years. The situation was worsened as armed rebels and the community undermined the promise of new vaccines due to mistrust of the government. Although Thursday’s milestone was an

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04 Jun 2020

Russia’s Putin declares state of emergency after Arctic Circle oil spill

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a state of emergency after a massive oil spill that leaked 20,000 tonnes into a river in the Arctic Circle region. The spill occurred at a power plant near Norilsk, a Siberian city. Putin stated that officials were only informed of the incident two days

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24 Apr 2020

Air pollution in northern India has hit a 20-year low, NASA report says

Over the past several years, India, particularly New Delhi, has been experiencing hazardous levels of air pollution during the winter season. However, according to NASA, due to the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, the air pollution levels in the capital city of New Delhi have dropped to a 20 year low. NASA

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14 Apr 2020

North Korea fires barrage of missiles from ground and air

South Korea’s military reported that North Korea launched several missiles fired from the ground and from fighter jets on Tuesday. The missiles landed in the waters off of North Korea’s east coast in a show of force right before a key state anniversary in the North and parliamentary elections in

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14 Apr 2020

Chernobyl fire under control, Ukraine officials say

A fire that began dangerously close to the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear plant has been successfully contained according to Ukrainian officials. On Tuesday, Ukraine stated that although there is still a risk due to small fires on the forest floor, there is no large open fire left. The fire brought up

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14 Apr 2020

One third of NHS staff and key workers tested in the UK have coronavirus, amid concerns over access to protective equipment

London released data on Monday showing that one-third of UK’s NHS staff and key workers have returned positive COVID-19 test results. Of the 16,888 people who are considered essential workers and their households and who have shown symptoms have been tested. 5,733 (34%) have tested positive for the virus. However,

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13 Apr 2020

The ‘Red Dawn’ Emails: 8 Key Exchanges on the Faltering Response to the Coronavirus

An email chain dubbed Red Dawn shows how experts inside and outside the government identified the threat of COVID-19 early on, raising alarms that were largely ignored by the administration. An elite group of infectious disease doctors and medical experts in the federal government and academic institutions around the nation

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