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CDC approves Moderna and J&J Covid vaccine boosters, allowing people to mix-and-match shots

A CDC advisory panel Thursday endorsed boosters of Moderna and J&J Covid vaccines, sending the recommendation to the agency's director for final approval.

5 things to know before the stock market opens Friday

U.S. stock futures were mixed Friday, a day after the S&P 500 closed at a record and extended its run of winning sessions to seven.

'The UK really is in trouble': Doctors warn of a dire Covid crisis as officials reject restrictions

The warnings come as government officials have insisted that more restrictions on public life are not yet necessary.

Australia says it's in the 'final stages' of opening borders to Singapore

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government was in the final stages of working out a travel arrangement with the Singapore government.

Scientists turn durian waste into bandages — and the internet has questions

Singapore scientists are making wound-healing bandages from durian husks. But questions — mainly around the smell of the pungent fruit — leave some skeptical.

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Viennese coffee house drops 'racist' logo in rebrand

A well-known Viennese coffee house has dropped a logo showing a young Ottoman boy that was criticized for its colonial imagery.

UPDATED: What are the rules for entering Austria right now?

Visiting Austria or thinking about doing so? Here’s what you need to know.

Swedish parliament says no to residency exemptions for doctoral students

A parliamentary majority has voted no to allowing exemptions for international researchers who want to stay in Sweden permanently after their doctoral studies.

Why do Swedish teenagers drive small and excruciatingly slow cars?

If you've spent time in Swedish rural towns, you may have come across groups of teenagers driving small cut-off cars with a max speed of 30km/h and an orange warning triangle on the back. What are they and why do they exist?

Coronavirus: The latest news about the outbreak in Sweden

Follow the latest news about how the coronavirus outbreak is developing in Sweden with The Local's paywall-free blog.

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Contrails: How tweaking flight plans can help the climate

Why experts say cutting contrails costs less than $1bn a year but may be worth so much more.

Alec Baldwin: What are prop guns and why are they dangerous?

An incident involving US actor Alec Baldwin puts the spotlight on an item often used on film sets.

Shot cinematographer Hutchins 'an incredible artist'

Halyna Hutchins, who has died on a film set, had been named an American Cinematographer rising star.

DR Congo students march into parliament demanding better teacher pay

Students march into parliament in the Democratic Republic of Congo demanding better pay for teachers.

Mozambique: Tuskless elephant evolution linked to Ivory hunting

Scientists say poaching during Mozambique's civil war led to more females being born without tusks.

Death after Alec Baldwin fires prop gun 'unfathomable'

A director who worked with Halyna Hutchins in 2020 describes the gun safety protocols films tend to use.

France to pay 38m citizens €100 each to ease costs

The one-off payment to lower-income groups is prompted by the spike in fuel and energy prices.

Alec Baldwin fatally shoots woman with prop gun on movie set

A man is also being treated in hospital after the firearm was discharged on set in New Mexico.

Bernard Haitink: Celebrated classical conductor dies at 92

Bernard Haitink led the world's top orchestras in London, Amsterdam, Chicago and Dresden.

Ananya Panday: Anti-drugs agency questions Bollywood actress

It has not specified why Ananya Panday has been questioned for a second day in a row.

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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 COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern regarding COVID-19 on 30 January 2020, and later declared a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of 2 June 2021, more than 171 million cases have been confirmed, with more than 3.56 million confirmed deaths attributed to COVID-19, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in history.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are highly variable, ranging from none to life-threateningly severe. COVID-19 transmits when people breathe in air contaminated by droplets and small airborne particles. The risk of breathing these in is highest when people are in close proximity, but they can be inhaled over longer distances, particularly indoors. Transmission can also occur if splashed or sprayed with contaminated fluids, in the eyes nose or mouth, and rarely via contaminated surfaces. People remain contagious for up to 20 days, and can spread the virus even if they do not develop any symptoms.

Recommended preventive measures include social distancing, wearing face masks in public, ventilation and air-filtering, hand washing, covering one's mouth when sneezing or coughing, disinfecting surfaces, and monitoring and self-isolation for people exposed or symptomatic. Several vaccines have been developed and widely distributed since December 2020. Current treatments focus on addressing symptoms, but work is underway to develop medications that inhibit the virus. Authorities worldwide have responded by implementing travel restrictions, lockdowns and quarantines, workplace hazard controls, and business closures. Numerous jurisdictions have also worked to increase testing capacity and trace contacts of the infected.

The pandemic has resulted in significant global social and economic disruption, including the largest global recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It has led to widespread supply shortages exacerbated by panic buying, agricultural disruption, and food shortages. However, there have also been decreased emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. Numerous educational institutions and public areas have been partially or fully closed, and many events have been cancelled or postponed. Misinformation has circulated through social media and mass media, and political tensions have been exacerbated. The pandemic has raised issues of racial and geographic discrimination, health equity, and the balance between public health imperatives and individual rights.

Source: Wikipedia (June 2, 2021)

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.