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LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal will ease coronavirus rules over the Christmas period to allow people to visit loved ones but measures will be reinforced again a few days later to crack down on New Year's Eve parties, the government said on Saturday.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Renowned jazz trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf delighted crowds on Friday with a concert in Beirut, bringing life to an area battered by Lebanon's economic meltdown and the catastrophic Aug. 4 port explosion.
MANILA, Dec 5 (Reuters): Philippine police on Saturday threatened to cane people who violate social distancing protocols as the Southeast Asian nation fights the spread of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) during the festive season.
KOTA KINABALU: Tourism players and hoteliers in Sabah are now planning ahead on how to leverage the festive and year-end holiday season as the country announces the re-opening of inter-district and inter-state travel starting Monday (Dec 7).
WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (AFP): The World Health Organisation has warned that vaccines will be no magic bullet for the Covid-19 (coronavirus) crisis as nations gear up for a massive rollout to tackle surging infections.
MANILA, Dec 5 (dpa): Filipinos were urge by the government to refrain from holding large parties, family reunions and other gatherings over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to stem the coronavirus pandemic.
BANGKOK, Dec 5 (dpa): Thailand has signed a contract with the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company Astrazeneca to supply 26 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine.
The first commercially printed Christmas card is up for auction.
VIENNA (Reuters) - Three of Austria's nine provinces on Friday kicked off a national effort to test as much of the population as possible before Christmas, to limit infections when families meet.
LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's parliament on Friday approved a 15-day extension of a state of emergency to Dec. 23 under a decree that envisages a further extension into January, as the government prepared measures to limit COVID-19 contagion during the holiday season.