07 Aug 2020

India now has more than 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases

Just three weeks after announcing it had reached 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released a statement that concedes it has reached over 2,027,000 cases of the infectious virus. The country’s healthcare systems have been crippled by the pressure of the escalating pandemic as

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06 Aug 2020

U.K. Economy Won’t Make Up Lost Ground Until End of 2021

The UK economy has suffered alongside other European countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown measures enacted to prevent the spread of the virus. The Bank of England has stated that the economy will take until at least the end of 2021 to recover from an economic contraction

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06 Aug 2020

Germany orders tests for all travelers from ‘risk areas’

On Thursday, Germany announced that it will begin mandatory testing for travelers arriving from high-risk countries, including the United States. Germany’s health minister delivered the statement on Thursday after the country recorded its highest increase in new infections in three months. Germany has witnessed a steady upward trend in the

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05 Aug 2020

Coronavirus: Sweden’s economy hit less hard by pandemic

During the height of the COVID-19 outbreak in Sweden, the country did not adhere to standard lockdown measures and rather kept businesses open to mitigate economic fallout. However, Sweden’s economy still suffered alongside its European counterparts. Sweden saw its economy shrink 8.6% in the April-to June period from the previous

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03 Aug 2020

Iran cover-up of deaths revealed by data leak

According to an investigation conducted by BBC Persia, the number of COVID-19 deaths in Iran is nearly triple what the government has been reporting. The government’s records state that 42,000 people have died with COVID-19 symptoms as of July 20, whereas the health ministry only reported 14,405 deaths. The number

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31 Jul 2020

Final days of hajj and Eid festival impacted by coronavirus

In Saudi Arabia, small groups of pilgrims performed rituals of the Islamic Hajj on Friday at the Mecca. However, this year’s crowd is just a fraction of the normal amount, as hundreds of thousands of Muslims typically travel to Mecca for the holiday. Friday marked the beginning of the Eid

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29 Jul 2020

Russia claims it’s on track to approve Covid-19 vaccine by mid-August. But speed of process raises questions

According to Russian officials, the country’s scientists are working towards getting a COVID-19 vaccine approved by August 10, less than two weeks away. However, the short timeline has raised significant concerns over safety, effectiveness, and shortcuts taken by the health department in its development. The vaccine was created by the

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29 Jul 2020

Face Masks Thwart Virus, Stump Security Systems

According to new research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), even the best facial recognition algorithms are tricked by the use of face masks. Face masks have become increasingly popular, and mandatory in various stores and businesses as the US works to combat the spread of COVID-19,

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28 Jul 2020

DOD, HHS Preparing for Large-Scale Manufacturing of COVID-19 Treatments

The Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services have been using another transaction authority contract to ensure that COVID-19 treatments will be able to move throughout stages from prototype to large-scale manufacturing. The two entities have developed a program to make sure such capabilities are feasible

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27 Jul 2020

After Early Success, South Africa Buckles Under Coronavirus Surge

South Africa took early preventative measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the country, however, the country is now battling one of the worst outbreaks in the world at the moment. The current outbreak is the world’s fastest-growing currently, and is overpowering hospitals. The outbreak has also caused a

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