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Shoppers and diners, here's why you shouldn't expect masking rules to change overnight

Retailers and restaurants will take time to unwind pandemic precautions, as they navigate different state and local rules and try to keep workers safe.

CDC cheered and criticized for new mask guidance; retail workers don't want to be vaccine 'police'

The CDC came under sharp criticism for its quick turnabout. Just six weeks ago, Director Rochelle Walensky was warning people of "impending doom" in the U.S.

Here's what experts say about attending sporting events under CDC's new guidelines

During the pandemic, pro leagues have advised clubs to follow local government mask and distance policies, which will most likely remain after new guidelines.

Wynn says vaccinated workers and guests can ditch masks in Nevada casinos

The change was made possible because the Nevada Gaming Control Board, which sets the rules for casinos, reacted quickly to update its rules.

New CDC mask guidance may spur more Americans to get Covid vaccine, says Dr. Scott Gottlieb

Former FDA chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC more Americans may go get vaccinated due to the CDC's relaxed mask guidance.

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10 of the best summer activities you can still enjoy under Covid rules in Germany

Even if you're not planning on travelling far afield this summer, there's still a lot you can do throughout the Bundesrepublik, with ample outdoor and day trip possibilities. We list some of our favourites.

What Brexit has changed for British visitors to France

The Brexit transition period ended on January 1st 2021, but Covid-related travel restrictions mean that the summer will mark the first post-Brexit trip to France for many Brits - so here's what you need to know about what has changed.

Masks, testing and sport: What are the rules for schools in Austria?

School is back in Austria from Monday onwards. Here’s what parents and students can expect.

'No more noise headaches or pollution' - Parisians welcome plan to pedestrianise city centre

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has announced ambitious plans to pedestrianise the historic centre of Paris by next year - introducing a low traffic zone that would restrict most vehicles from entering the central arrondissements.

EXPLAINED: Germany’s new relaxed quarantine and testing rules for travel 

Germany has relaxed quarantine regulations, making it easier for people to travel. Here’s a look at the new rules in detail. 

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Kenya's BBI blocked in scathing court verdict for President Kenyatta

President Kenyatta's plan to change the constitution is blocked after the court said it was illegal.

Elise Stefanik: Trump loyalist wins Republican leadership post

Elise Stefanik's win is seen as a sign that former President Trump's grip on the party remains strong.

Covid: Delay child vaccinations and share jabs with Covax, says WHO

Wealthier nations should instead donate more vaccines to low-income countries, the health body says.

Israel intensifies attacks in Gaza as conflict enters fifth day

More than 120 people have been killed in Gaza and eight have died in Israel since Monday.

Cyber attack 'most significant on Irish state'

Irish health chiefs temporarily shut down its IT system which severely impacted some services.

Holocaust: Synagogue opens at Nazi massacre site in Ukraine

The building is part of a new memorial at Babyn Yar, a site where nearly 34,000 Jews were murdered.

Covid: Greece ends lockdown measures and opens to tourists

Flights arrive in Greece as restrictions on movement are lifted, but infections are still quite high.

Eid in Senegal: Pictures of Dakar's Korité fashion

Korité is the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and also the time to flaunt tailor-made pieces.

Black Brazilians protest against racism and police violence

Thousands protest against racism and police violence, a week after a deadly raid in a slum in Rio.

Lottery jackpot 'winner' says she destroyed $26m ticket in laundry wash

A woman who claims she bought the winning California Lottery ticket says she put it in the laundry.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Case Tracker

Provided by Johns Hopkins University this COVID-19 Global Case Tracker Dashboard shows you the most up-to-date information about the global spread of the new corona virus.

About the 2019-20 Coronavirus Pandemic

The 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak started in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, in December 2019. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020 and recognized it as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of end March 2020, more than a million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in over 200 countries and territories, resulting in approximately 64,000 deaths. More than 250,000 people have recovered.

The virus is mainly spread during close contact, and by small droplets produced during coughing, sneezing, or talking. These small droplets may also be produced during breathing, but rapidly fall to the ground or surfaces and are not generally spread through the air over large distances. People may also catch COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface and then their face. The virus can survive on surfaces up to 72 hours. It is most contagious during the first 3 days after symptom onset, although spread may be possible before symptoms appear and in later stages of the disease. The time between exposure and symptom onset is typically around five days, but may range from 2 to 14 days. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

The pandemic has led to severe global socioeconomic disruption, the postponement or cancellation of sporting, religious, and cultural events, and widespread fears of supply shortages resulting in panic buying. Schools and universities have closed either on a nationwide or local basis in more than 160 countries, affecting approximately 97 percent of the world's student population.

Source: Wikipedia (April 5, 2020)

Please find below further updates from The World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO issues its first emergency use validation for a COVID-19 vaccine and emphasizes need for equitable global access

The World Health Organization (WHO) today listed the Comirnaty, COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for emergency use, making the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine the first to receive emergency validation from WHO since the outbreak began a year ago.

COVID-19: One year later – WHO Director-General’s new year message

In his end of year message for 2020, WHO Director-General says there is light at the end of the tunnel in the fight against COVID-19. But going into 2021, he urges countries and communities to work together, in solidarity, to overcome this and future health challenges.