Vietnamese flock to festival, shrug off outbreak risk

PHU THO, Vietnam (Reuters) – Thousands of people scaled the steps of a mountain temple in northern Vietnam on Tuesday to burn incense sticks and make spiritual offerings, shrugging off concerns about the coronavirus risks as outbreaks rage in nearby countries. As many as 30,000 people were expected to visit…

Dutch set to ease lockdown despite high COVID-19 infection rates

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Lockdown measures in the Netherlands are expected to be eased from next week as pressure to reopen society mounts despite still-high coronavirus infection rates, Dutch broadcasters reported on Tuesday.FILE PHOTO: People walk past restaurants and bars following the new social restrictions announced by the Dutch government, as…

COVID-19 cases in Canada's most populous province could treble: CBC

FILE PHOTO: The team lead from Humber River Hospital’s mobile vaccine clinic, Ruben Rodriguez, administers the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to an employee of pharmaceutical company Apotex, as part of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination campaign, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada April 13, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos OsorioOTTAWA (Reuters) –…

Turkey logs 52,676 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks stroll at Eminonu district amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Istanbul, Turkey March 3, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File PhotoISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey recorded 52,676 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Monday, after touching an all-time high…

Greece to open high schools as home-testing campaign begins

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece will open high schools next week despite a record number of daily new cases recently, officials said on Wednesday, as the government began mass distribution of home-testing kits it hopes will help control the pandemic and reopen the economy.Slideshow ( 4 images )With health services still…

US vaccine ‘passports’ advance despite growing controversy

As the United States’ vaccination campaign accelerates, so-called vaccine passports are gaining traction despite political divisions and a fragmented health care system that complicates the centralization of data. Asher Weintraub, 17, was happy to show off the new digital New York state “pass” that he downloaded to his smartphone, which,…

White House rules out a US vaccine ‘passport’

The White House on Tuesday ruled out imposing any form of a coronavirus vaccine passport in the United States, but said private businesses were free to explore the idea. “The government is not now, nor will be, supporting a system that requires Americans to carry a credential. There will be…