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BRUSSELS (Reuters): The European Union and India will agree to revive stalled free-trade negotiations at a virtual summit on Saturday (May 8) while also seeking closer cooperation to combat climate change, as concerns about China bring Brussels and New Delhi closer.
TOKYO (AFP): A virus state of emergency in Tokyo and other parts of Japan was extended on Friday (May 7), less than three months before the Olympics, as India logged yet another record number of infections.
Type Namaste, the Indian greeting, and a WhatsApp chatbot asks the user’s zip code and instantly throws up a list of vaccination centers nearby. A search on Google Maps shows the route to the nearest clinic with vaccine availability.
BENGALURU (Reuters) - As a wave of COVID-19 infections has swept through India, overwhelming its healthcare system and government, people have turned to Twitter in a desperate attempt to crowdsource help for anything from coronavirus tests to oxygen cylinders.
The writer Gideon Lasco blames medical populism for downplaying health crises, which led to the rise in Covid-19 cases in India and other places in the world.
BENGALURU (Reuters) -India's main opposition leader Rahul Gandhi warned on Friday that unless the deadly second COVID-19 wave sweeping the country was brought under control it would devastate India as well as threaten the rest of the world.
CANBERRA (Reuters) -Australia will lift a ban on its citizens returning from COVID-ravaged India next week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, as state officials reported that an outbreak in Sydney appeared to be contained.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Hopes that India's rampaging second wave of COVID-19 is peaking were set back on Thursday as record daily infections and deaths were reported and as the virus spread from cities to villages that were poorly equipped to cope.
PANJIM, India (Reuters) - India's Goa state, a hugely popular tourist destination on the western coast, has the highest rate of COVID-19 infections in the country, with up to one in every two people testing positive in recent weeks, government officials said on Wednesday.