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A COVID Christmas in Johannesburg: An unexpected 'celebration' in unprecedented times
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A COVID Christmas in Johannesburg: An unexpected 'celebration' in unprecedented times

An essay about family, festivals, being a single migrant mother — and the pandemic we're living through.

Sri Lanka vs England: Visitors' team hotel hit by coronavirus cases
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Sri Lanka vs England: Visitors' team hotel hit by coronavirus cases

England are playing two Tests against Sri Lanka in Galle. Despite strict efforts to enforce a bio-secure bubble, they have already seen all-rounder Moeen Ali test positive since arriving in the South Asian nation.

COVID-19 vaccination centers in Delhi has been reduced from 89 to 75
India

COVID-19 vaccination centers in Delhi has been reduced from 89 to 75

India's drugs regulator has approved Oxford COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute, and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country.

Johnson and Johnson expects COVID-19 vaccine results soon but lags behind in production
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Johnson and Johnson expects COVID-19 vaccine results soon but lags behind in production

In 2021, Johnson & Johnson promised to supply 200 million doses to Covax and will supply another 300 million to Covax in 2022.

Tokyo Olympics: 'Anything can happen,' says Japan minister amid growing clamour against Games
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Tokyo Olympics: 'Anything can happen,' says Japan minister amid growing clamour against Games

"Given the coronavirus situation, anything can happen," Kono, a high-profile former foreign and defence minister, told a press briefing.

West Indies spinner Hayden Walsh Jr tests COVID-19 positive after arrival in Bangladesh
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West Indies spinner Hayden Walsh Jr tests COVID-19 positive after arrival in Bangladesh

The 28-year-old Walsh, who is asymptomatic, has returned positive after being tested twice in the last two days in Dhaka.

Tech, health firms team up to create digital certificate to act as evidence of COVID-19 vaccine
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Tech, health firms team up to create digital certificate to act as evidence of COVID-19 vaccine

The proposal comes amid a lukewarm reception for digital contact tracing by smartphone and ongoing concerns that devices may be used for government surveillance.

Joe Biden unveils $1.9-trillion coronavirus plan to speed up vaccines, mitigate pandemic’s economic impact
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Joe Biden unveils $1.9-trillion coronavirus plan to speed up vaccines, mitigate pandemic’s economic impact

The plan also provides $50 billion to expand testing, while around $130 billion will be allocated to help schools reopen without risking further contagion

Pregnancy and COVID-19: Avoiding risks and staying up-to-date on vaccinations is half the battle won
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Pregnancy and COVID-19: Avoiding risks and staying up-to-date on vaccinations is half the battle won

The precautions that expecting mothers need to take during their pregnancy aren't different than what most people are currently undertaking.

UEFA not planning any imminent changes to Champion League, Euros schedule despite ongoing pandemic
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UEFA not planning any imminent changes to Champion League, Euros schedule despite ongoing pandemic

"As far as the Euro is concerned nothing has changed," a spokesperson for European football's governing body told AFP.

Australian Open 2021: American Madison Keys tests positive for COVID-19, likely to miss tournament
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Australian Open 2021: American Madison Keys tests positive for COVID-19, likely to miss tournament

The 25-year-old American's announcement came just hours after former world number one and three-time major winner Andy Murray said he too had tested positive for the virus.

No foreign dignitary at R-Day parade due to COVID-19 crisis; new cases under 20,000 for 7th day
India

No foreign dignitary at R-Day parade due to COVID-19 crisis; new cases under 20,000 for 7th day

In view of the global COVID-19 situation, the Centre has decided not to have a foreign dignitary present at the Republic Day celebrations this year. It will be for the first time in over five decades that there will be no chief guest at the Republic Day parade

Formula 1: Ferrari's Charles Leclerc self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19
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Formula 1: Ferrari's Charles Leclerc self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19

Leclerc, 23, added that he had "mild symptoms" and was isolating at his home in his native Monaco.

Australian Open 2021: Andy Murray tests COVID-19 positive, participation in doubt
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Australian Open 2021: Andy Murray tests COVID-19 positive, participation in doubt

Murray, who has finished runner-up in Melbourne on five separate occasions, is currently isolating at home, and is still hopeful of competing in the tournament.

In a winter without festivals, kite flying on Makar Sankranti offers hope for a socially-distanced, eco-friendly celebration
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In a winter without festivals, kite flying on Makar Sankranti offers hope for a socially-distanced, eco-friendly celebration

With people engaging in customary duels of kite flying from rooftops of their respective places, COVID-19 restrictions like night curfews, curbs on public gatherings, and the firecracker ban will not rob Makar Sankranti of the fun and frolic it is associated with.

COVID-19 vaccine shipments speed up ahead of inoculation drive; Delhi schools to reopen for classes 10, 12
India

COVID-19 vaccine shipments speed up ahead of inoculation drive; Delhi schools to reopen for classes 10, 12

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the AAP government will provide coronavirus vaccine free to the people of Delhi if the Centre fails to do so

Premier League: Football players must follow COVID-19 rules, says British government on hugging during goal celebrations
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Premier League: Football players must follow COVID-19 rules, says British government on hugging during goal celebrations

Outbreaks at Premier League teams, forcing the postponement of matches, have heightened concerns about the avoidable and very visible close contact between players.

Sri Lanka vs England: Visitors' Moeen Ali infected with new UK variant of COVID-19, say local health authorities
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Sri Lanka vs England: Visitors' Moeen Ali infected with new UK variant of COVID-19, say local health authorities

Deputy Chief Epidemiologist Hemantha Herath told reporters in Colombo that the 33-year-old England all-rounder was Sri Lanka's first case of the UK strain, which is believed to be more transmissible.

Flights ferry COVID-19 vaccine to 13 cities ahead of roll out on 16 Jan; preparations on track, says health ministry
India

Flights ferry COVID-19 vaccine to 13 cities ahead of roll out on 16 Jan; preparations on track, says health ministry

India on Tuesday recorded 12,584 new cases of coronavirus, the lowest in around seven months, taking the country's COVID-19 caseload to1,04,79,179, as per the Union health ministry's morning update

Thailand Open 2021: ‘Withdrawn’, ‘COVID-positive’ Saina Nehwal reinstated; to play first round match on Wednesday evening
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Thailand Open 2021: ‘Withdrawn’, ‘COVID-positive’ Saina Nehwal reinstated; to play first round match on Wednesday evening

After testing positive for COVID-19, Saina Nehwal was told that she, along with husband Parupalli Kashyap and HS Prannoy, would be moved immediately to a hospital, only for her to test negative hours later.