A health worker from the Portuguese charity hospital in Belem, Para State, Brazil, sings and prays for a COVID-19 patient inside the hospital wards and ICU areas as part of Easter celebrations, on April 4, 2021. / © AFP archives
Today's most pressing stories surrounding Covid-19 in one place.
Starting with Luxembourg
- The latest figures from the Ministry of Health show that 168 new cases of coronavirus were discovered yesterday.
- Red Cross Vice President Rita Krombach explained that the demand for the charity's services has significantly increased over the course of the pandemic, stating that Covid-19 and its consequences caused "a lot of problems", especially for low-income households or single parents.
- 1,583 active CGDIS members have been vaccinated. This was confirmed by Minister of Health Paulette Lenert and Minister for Home Affairs Taina Bofferding in their joint reply to a parliamentary question by MP Sven Clement from the Pirate Party.
- Invitations for the jab will be sent out to the next priority group this week, comprised of those aged between 55 and 64 years of age, as well as people suffering from certain high-risk medical conditions.
- After being closed for over four months, the first terraces in the Grand Duchy opened at exactly 6 am on Wednesday. Despite the icy temperatures, a number of regulars did not miss their chance to be among the first to place their orders.
- The Ministry of the Economy has extended the aid scheme to stimulate investment during the Covid-19 crisis until the end of the year.
- The EU's medicines regulator said Wednesday that blood clots should be listed as a rare side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine but the benefits of the jab continue to outweigh risks, as several countries battle fresh virus surges amid vaccine shortfalls.
- India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state Gujarat became the latest to tighten coronavirus curbs on Wednesday as India's infections surged to a record of almost 116,000 new cases in 24 hours.
- Bhutan on Wednesday said it had given about 60 percent of its entire population a first jab against Covid-19 since the Himalayan kingdom started an ambitious vaccination drive nine days ago.
- Norway will lift its coronavirus restrictions in four stages, each spaced at least three weeks apart, Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced Wednesday.
- The world's largest vaccine maker has appealed to the Indian government for financial help after New Delhi restricted exports of its coronavirus jabs to battle a surge in cases at home.
- Taiwan on Wednesday accused China of trying to lure Paraguay into switching diplomatic recognition in exchange for coronavirus vaccines as the South American nation struggles with soaring infections.
- One in three people who overcome Covid-19 suffer from a neurological or psychiatric diagnosis six months on, according to the largest study so far published on the mental toll that long-Covid takes on survivors.
- Australia's prime minister on Wednesday blamed restricted vaccine supply from Europe for his country's halting coronavirus inoculation efforts, as he faced down growing public frustration over the sluggish rollout.