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Iran sets new record for virus infections amid holiday surge

Health
Iran has shattered its daily record for new coronavirus infections for the second consecutive day, with 20,954 new cases reported on WednesdayByThe Associated PressApril 7, 2021, 10:00 AM• 1 min readTEHRAN, Iran -- Iran has shattered its daily record for new coronavirus infections for the second consecutive day, with 20,954 new cases reported on Wednesday.The country is in the midst of one of the most severe surges of the coronavirus to date, following a two-week public holiday for Nowruz, the Persian New Year, which drove millions to travel to vacation spots across the country and congregate in homes in defiance of government health guidelines.For months, Iran has struggled to curb the worst outbreak of the coronavirus in the Middle East. Wednesday's case count brought the total number of...
Covid-19 surge derails banks’ plans to get back to HQs

Covid-19 surge derails banks’ plans to get back to HQs

Finance
(This story originally appeared in on Apr 03, 2021)MUMBAI: Bank corporate offices are getting back to a work-from-home mode (WFH) with a skeletal staff attending office, given the resurgence of Covid in Mumbai where most of them are headquartered. Public sector banks, private sector banks and even the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) are moving back to last year’s system of working when Covid cases were first on the rise. Bankers said that there was a feeling of deja vu because of the increasing coronavirus numbers. The return to WFH comes at a time when banks were seeing more employees attend office following the roster system from February this year. The return to work had resulted in larger crowds in business districts. However, recently banks recorded multiple cases among staff members, f...
Florida’s attributes prompt surge in women’s tennis stars

Florida’s attributes prompt surge in women’s tennis stars

Sports
MIAMI, March 30 (UPI) -- Florida has long been known as a tennis factory, churning out elite women's players regularly. Many of those stars returned to compete in the ongoing Miami Open, and they credited the state's attributes for their rise to fame. "I always have really fond memories whenever I come back to Florida and play this tournament," Naomi Osaka told reporters last week in a Zoom video conference. Advertisement "I think playing on the public courts with my sister shaped me in the way that I was very tolerant just because we would play for hours on end." Osaka was born in Osaka, Japan, but moved to New York with her family at age 3. She later settled in Pembroke Pines, Fla., and tuned up her world-class game at Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton. Chris Evert, brother John and t...
COVID-19: Thousands protest restrictions in Germany amid surge

COVID-19: Thousands protest restrictions in Germany amid surge

World
March 20 (UPI) -- Thousands protested COVID-19 restrictions across Germany on Saturday despite surge in cases. Police estimated 10,000 demonstrators engaged in protests in the central city of Kassel after the court overturned the city's demonstration ban amid the third wave of the pandemic across Europe and rallies in various other cities, Deutsche Welle reported. Advertisement Several protesters, most of whom weren't wearing masks, according to DW, chanted the "Wir sind das Volk ("We are the people") slogan of the peaceful protests that triggered the end of communist East Germany in 1989. Police in Hessen, Germany, tweeted that they used water cannons at the intersection of of Altmarkt to disperse protesters after demonstrators attempted to break police barriers and threw bottles at them...
Covid: UK vaccination surge expected in coming days

Covid: UK vaccination surge expected in coming days

Health
Getty ImagesUK experts say there will be a big increase in the number of people being offered Covid vaccinations in the coming days. The number of shots given is expected to top 4 million this week, nearly double what has been achieved per week recently, NHS sources say.It should mean all over 50s will have been given at least one dose by the end of the month.That would put the NHS rollout two weeks ahead of schedule.The increase has been made possible by a large shipment of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute in India, which has arrived and passed safety checks.So far more than 24 million people have already received a first dose of Covid vaccine in the UK.Vaccination teams are now working their way through the priority list of people in their 50s and younger adults wi...