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Uncertainity looms over Euro 2020 hundred days before event's scheduled start
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Uncertainity looms over Euro 2020 hundred days before event's scheduled start

The travel logistics, as well as the economic consequences of playing an international tournament behind closed doors, have forced UEFA to consider contingency plans.

An Oral History of the COVID-19 Crisis: 'Went to the hospital alone as no one was allowed to accompany me'
Lifestyle

An Oral History of the COVID-19 Crisis: 'Went to the hospital alone as no one was allowed to accompany me'

This account is part of Firstpost’s Oral History Project of the COVID-19 Crisis in India. The Oral History Project aims to be an ongoing compendium of individual experiences of the pandemic, with a focus on one significant day in our respondents’ lives during this time.

Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 set to be postponed until next year due to coronavirus pandemic
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Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 set to be postponed until next year due to coronavirus pandemic

The governing body said a recommendation to delay the event, originally scheduled for 18 September - 16 October, would be ratified next week by tournament organisers and the World Rugby executive committee.

Centre allows all private hospitals to administer COVID-19 vaccine, asks states to not create buffer stock
India

Centre allows all private hospitals to administer COVID-19 vaccine, asks states to not create buffer stock

The government said all private vaccination centres should have effective crowd management protocols in place, along with facilities like seating and water

Festivals, religious rituals observed across the globe in February amid the coronavirus pandemic
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Festivals, religious rituals observed across the globe in February amid the coronavirus pandemic

Many rites, traditions and observances continue to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, more than a year after the disease was first identified.

PSL 2021: After Fawad Ahmed, two more foreign players, one support staff test positive for COVID-19
First Cricket News

PSL 2021: After Fawad Ahmed, two more foreign players, one support staff test positive for COVID-19

Islamabad United player Ahmed's positive result on Monday led to the postponement of their match against Quetta Gladiators.

Maharashtra, Kerala, three other states account for 84% of India’s total COVID-19 cases
India

Maharashtra, Kerala, three other states account for 84% of India’s total COVID-19 cases

Maharashtra continues to report the highest number of daily new cases at 6,397 on Tuesday, followed by Kerala and Punjab with 1,938 and 633 new infections respectively

IPL 2021: Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia says crowds can be avoided initially in tournament
First Cricket News

IPL 2021: Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia says crowds can be avoided initially in tournament

Wadia feels IPL is a much tougher challenge logistically compared to a bilateral series and crowds can be avoided at least initially due to safety concerns.

Golden Globes 2021: Examining how a virtual pandemic-era ceremony stacks up against past editions
Entertainment

Golden Globes 2021: Examining how a virtual pandemic-era ceremony stacks up against past editions

The "oddity" of Golden Globes 2021 — Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's long-distance duologue or stars at home, drinking through teleconferences and enduring technical glitches, set a tone: things won’t be the same, but this year, what is?

Japan asks China to stop using COVID-19 anal swabs for its citizens, cites complaints of 'psychological distress'
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Japan asks China to stop using COVID-19 anal swabs for its citizens, cites complaints of 'psychological distress'

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Beijing's testing methods were 'science-based' and in accordance with the changes in the epidemic situation

San Diego Comic-Con from 23 to 25 July will remain virtual owing to 'limited financial resources'
Entertainment

San Diego Comic-Con from 23 to 25 July will remain virtual owing to 'limited financial resources'

The San Diego Comic-Con organisers said they are planning a smaller in-person November event in the city

PSL 2021: Islamabad United’s Australian spinner Fawad Ahmed tests positive for COVID-19
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PSL 2021: Islamabad United’s Australian spinner Fawad Ahmed tests positive for COVID-19

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said all remaining members of Islamabad United have tested negative.

Medical teams in Turkey travel to remote mountain villages as part of vaccination drive against coronavirus
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Medical teams in Turkey travel to remote mountain villages as part of vaccination drive against coronavirus

After traveling snow and ice covered roads, medical workers arrived in the small settlement of 350 people some 140 miles (230 kilometres) from the provincial capital, to vaccinate older villagers.

Glitches in CoWin 2.0 hold up vaccination; Centre must upgrade app capacity to meet demand, say experts
India

Glitches in CoWin 2.0 hold up vaccination; Centre must upgrade app capacity to meet demand, say experts

There is confusion among citizens who are trying to register via the CoWin integration within Aarogya Setu app. According to the health ministry, there is no CoWin app registration for beneficiaries, only for administrators. Regular beneficiaries have to go via the self registration web portal mentioned above.

Purim celebrations in Jerusalem threaten fresh COVID-19 outbreak in Israel, disrupting its successful vaccination efforts
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Purim celebrations in Jerusalem threaten fresh COVID-19 outbreak in Israel, disrupting its successful vaccination efforts

With traffic clogged at the entrance of Jerusalem, Israeli TV stations showed videos of ultra-Orthodox families walking along the side of the highway into the city.

Narendra Modi takes first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, lauds contribution of doctors and scientists
India

Narendra Modi takes first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, lauds contribution of doctors and scientists

The prime minister said it is 'remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19'

'Do you miss me yet?': Donald Trump returns to address Conservatives, pledges unity in GOP
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'Do you miss me yet?': Donald Trump returns to address Conservatives, pledges unity in GOP

A handful of Republican lawmakers have urged the party to move on from Trump, most prominently Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming

Qatar Open to go ahead as scheduled despite rising COVID-19 cases, high-profile withdrawals
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Qatar Open to go ahead as scheduled despite rising COVID-19 cases, high-profile withdrawals

Qatar has pressed ahead with events despite seeing an uptick in virus cases, staging the FIFA Club World Cup earlier this month with stadiums at 30 percent capacity.

Taylor Swift officially cancels Lover Fest concerts, confirms it won't be rescheduled
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Taylor Swift officially cancels Lover Fest concerts, confirms it won't be rescheduled

Taylor Swift said she has to cancel all of her pending tour dates due to the “unprecedented pandemic"

India records 16,752 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours; biggest single-day jump in 30 days
India

India records 16,752 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours; biggest single-day jump in 30 days

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,07,75,169, which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.10 percent