Red and pink hearts and messages are seen painted on the National Covid Memorial Wall on the embankment on the south side of the River Thames in London on April 8, 2021 in memory of those who lost their lives to Covid-19. Volunteers completed on April 8 a mural made up of roughly 150,000 hand-drawn red and pink hearts on a memorial wall by London's River Thames to remember the victims of the coronavirus crisis. / © 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 387 new cases of coronavirus were discovered yesterday.
- The Ministry of Education said they had not found any infection chains within Luxembourg's schools in the past week - though 415 infections were recorded.
- Between 30 and 40 flights carrying around 4,000 passengers were booked in relation to the Easter holidays this year. This number only represents 25% of the pre-pandemic frequency registered in 2019.
- Our colleagues from RTL talked to a paediatrician about the long-term effects of Covid infection for children.
- The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) has issued a new report, which shows that between 28 March and 4 April, 1,544 people got infected with Covid-19.
- New Zealand health officials confirmed a fresh community case of Covid-19 in Auckland Thursday, just two days after the country celebrated its largely virus-free status by approving a travel bubble with Australia.
- The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Iran passed the two-million mark Thursday, while the daily caseload set a new record high in what a health official warned amounted to a "meteoric" spike.
- Covax backed the AstraZeneca jab on Thursday as the scheme celebrated shipping coronavirus vaccine doses to 100 different territories around the world, despite delays dogging deliveries.
- Meanwhile, the fallout over the AstraZeneca jab continued Thursday with several countries halting its use among younger people, as nations raced to secure much-needed vaccines in the face of fresh virus surges.
- Germany said Thursday it would talk to Russia about purchasing doses of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine pending approval from European regulators, without waiting for coordinated EU action.
- The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled that obligatory vaccinations can be seen as necessary in democratic societies, in a landmark judgement after a complaint brought by Czech families over compulsory jabs for children.
- Japan is considering prioritising its Olympic athletes for coronavirus vaccines, aiming to get them innoculated before the pandemic-postponed Tokyo Games open on July 23, local media said Thursday.
- Worried about reports of rising domestic violence during lockdown, Polish teen Krysia Paszko set up a website purporting to be a cosmetics shop that actually offers victims covert help.