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World 07 Jan 2021 | 6:30 AM

Ireland announces extra measures to curb surging COVID-19 cases

DUBLIN, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin on Wednesday announced a number of extra measures in order to suppress the surging COVID-19 cases in the country.

World 07 Jan 2021 | 3:54 AM

UK lawmakers overwhelmingly approve England lockdown

LONDON, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- British lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved the government's decision to impose the new national lockdown in England, the third of its kind since the coronavirus pandemic began in the country.

World 07 Jan 2021 | 3:51 AM

France's daily coronavirus cases exceed 25,000 as pressure eases in hospitals

PARIS, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- A total of 25,379 people tested positive for COVID-19 in France in the past 24 hours, the highest daily tally in one week, while pressure on the country's hospitals continued to ease, the health authorities said on Wednesday.

World 07 Jan 2021 | 3:45 AM

Albania extends COVID-19 restriction measures

TIRANA, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- Albania's COVID-19 restriction measures, imposed before the New Year holidays, will remain in force so as to contain the spread of the virus, the Technical Committee of Experts on the coronavirus situation in Albania said Wednesday.

World 07 Jan 2021 | 3:09 AM

Slovenia's daily COVID-19 cases top 3,000 for first time

LJUBLJANA, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- Slovenia on Wednesday registered a record daily number of 3,354 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases to 131,787 in the country, according to the National Institute of Public Health.

World 07 Jan 2021 | 2:22 AM

Analysis - Narrow Democratic majorities in Congress could limit ambitious Biden agenda

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden is poised to get a Democratic Congress after his party's stunning success in Georgia, but his expansive legislative agenda on issues such as healthcare and climate change cannot be assured a smooth ride.

World 07 Jan 2021 | 12:26 AM

1st LD: Portuguese president in self-isolation after contact with COVID-19 case

LISBON, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is in self-isolation after having been in contact with a civil servant who tested positive for the coronavirus, the presidency announced on Wednesday.