JOHANNESBURG, Dec 6: Higher hospital admissions among children during a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections in South Africa that has been driven by the Omicron coronavirus variant should not prompt panic as infections have been mild, a health official said on Saturday.

Indonesia Semeru volcanic eruption kills 14; dozens injured

Published On: December 6, 2021 08:06 AM NPT By: Republica

SUMBERWULUH, Indonesia Dec 6: The eruption of Semeru volcano has killed at least 14 people and injured dozens on Java island, Indonesia's disaster agency said on Sunday, as rescue teams searched for victims under layers of ash, sometimes digging with their bare hands.

13 dead, 98 injured in Indonesia's Mt. Semeru eruption

Published On: December 5, 2021 05:01 PM NPT By: Republica

JAKARTA, Dec 5: At least 13 people died and 98 others were injured after Mount Semeru in Indonesia's East Java erupted, the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said on Sunday.

NEW DELHI, Dec 5: Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to arrive in India on Monday for the 21st India-Russia Annual Summit.

India sees sharp rise in daily deaths from COVID-19

Published On: December 5, 2021 04:02 PM NPT By: Republica

NEW DELHI, Dec 5: India recorded a sharp rise in the number of COVID-19 deaths during the past day, as 2,796 more people died, showed the federal health ministry's official figures released on Sunday.

UK records 42,848 coronavirus cases

Published On: December 5, 2021 03:26 PM NPT By: Republica

LONDON, Dec 5: Britain registered 42,848 new COVID-19 infections bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 10,421,104, according to official figures released Saturday. The country also reported a further 127 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 145,551, with 7,373 COVID-19 patients still in hospital.

Two hippos in Belgian zoo test positive for COVID-19

Published On: December 5, 2021 08:47 AM NPT By: Reuters

BRUSSELS, Dec 5: Two hippos have tested positive for COVID-19 at Antwerp Zoo in Belgium in what could be the first reported cases in the species, zoo staff said.

Sri Lanka detects first patient infected with Omicron variant

Published On: December 4, 2021 05:31 PM NPT By: Republica

COLOMBO, Dec 4: Sri Lanka's Health Ministry on Friday said the country had detected its first patient infected with the Omicron variant of the COVID-19.

Omicron variant may have picked up a piece of common-cold virus

Published On: December 4, 2021 07:45 AM NPT By: Reuters

NEW YORK, Dec 4: The Omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 likely acquired at least one of its mutations by picking up a snippet of genetic material from another virus - possibly one that causes the common cold - present in the same infected cells, according to researchers.

France evacuates more than 300 people from Afghanistan

Published On: December 4, 2021 07:23 AM NPT By: Reuters

PARIS, Dec 4: France has carried out an evacuation mission in Afghanistan, taking 258 Afghans as well as 11 French, some 60 Dutch nationals and an unspecified number of people linked to them out of the country, a French foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Friday.