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By Tom Hals - America's largest garlic farm needs 1,000 workers to harvest its annual crop, but faces an unexpected hurdle in this year's recruitment drive: it now must document and track the COVID-19 vaccine status of these seasonal laborers.     Employers in Califo...
MOSCOW - The Kremlin on Monday described the coronavirus situation in Russia as difficult and said it was still deteriorating, rather than getting better. Russia reported 17,378 new COVID-19 cases on Monday and 440 deaths linked to coronavirus in the last 24 hours. ...
JAKARTA - Indonesia reported 14,536 new coronavirus cases on Monday, the highest daily increase since the beginning of the pandemic, taking its overall cases past the 2 million mark. Health ministry showed there were 294 more deaths, taking total fatalities to 54,956, with 2,004,...
PARIS - French nightclubs will be allowed to re-open from July 9 onwards, said government minister Alain Griset, allowing the industry to operate again for the first time since it was shut during the France's COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020. France eased its third nationwide lockd...
BANGKOK - Thailand's health minister said on Monday Japan's government would donate some AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, as the Southeast Asian country seeks to shore-up supplies after some early delays in its vaccinations. An agreement would be signed on Thursday with the vaccine...
JAKARTA - Indonesia will tighten social restrictions for two weeks starting Tuesday, a government minister said, in a bid to contain a surge in coronavirus cases in the world's fourth most populous country. The curbs will apply to 'red zones' where cases have been rising sharply ...
By Ryan Woo, Muyu Xu and Roxanne Liu BEIJING - The major manufacturing hub of Dongguan in China's most populous province of Guangdong launched mass testing on Monday for the coronavirus and cordoned off communities after detecting its first infections in the current outbreak. ...
JERUSALEM - An Israeli health official on Monday urged more 12- to 15-year-olds to be vaccinated against COVID-19, citing new outbreaks that he attributed to the more infectious Delta variant. Israel expanded vaccine eligibility to include adolescents last month. Infections have ...
HONG KONG - Hong Kong's government said on Monday that it would shorten the quarantine period for vaccinated people arriving in the city to seven days from 14 days provided travellers show sufficient antibodies against the coronavirus. Leader Carrie Lam, who was speaking at a pres...
By Neha Arora and Shilpa Jamkhandikar NEW DELHI -India on Monday began a nationwide campaign of free COVID-19 shots for all adults after weeks of criticism that a chaotic rollout had caused acute shortages and intensified a deadly second wave that killed hundreds of thousands in April...
TAIPEI - Taiwan's daily domestic coronavirus infections dropped below 100 on Monday for the first time in more than a month as the pandemic continues to abate. Since last month, Taiwan has battled a rise in domestic cases, tightening curbs on private gatherings and closing enterta...
BEIJING - The major manufacturing hub of Dongguan in China's most populous province of Guangdong launched mass testing on Monday for the coronavirus and cordoned off communities after detecting its first infections in the current outbreak. The Delta variant of COVID-19 has dominated infections in th...
JAKARTA - Indonesia will tighten mobility restrictions in some areas for two weeks starting from Tuesday after a rise in COVID-19 cases, including limiting the number of workers in offices and barring religious activities at houses of worship, a minister said. Coordinating Ministe...
SYDNEY - Australian states and territories will get more doses of COVID-19 vaccines soon, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, as authorities look to avoid further delays in an immunisation drive that has hit several roadblocks. Australian states have been asking for increased supplies of v...
WELLINGTON - New Zealand's medicines regulator Medsafe has provisionally approved the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday. “After careful consideration of the most up-to-date scientific and medic...
SEOUL - South Korea's SK bioscience said on Monday it plans to expand vaccine production by investing about 150 billion won ($132 million) by 2024 to add production capacity, as well as equipping its plant to make newer mRNA and viral vector vaccines. The vaccine maker said in a...
BENGALURU - India on Monday reported 53,256 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, a government statement showed.   (Reporting by Uday Sampath in Bengaluru; Editing by Christopher Cushing)...
BERLIN - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 346 to 3,722,327, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Monday. The reported death toll rose by 10 to 90,395, the tally showed.   (Reporting by Berlin Newsroom; Editing by Muralikumar Ana...
SYDNEY - Australian states and territories will get more doses of COVID-19 vaccines soon, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, as authorities look to avoid further delays in an immunisation drive that has hit several roadblocks. Australian states have been asking for incr...
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's health ministry on Sunday reported 1,578 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country and 36 more fatalities, bringing the total figures to 2,477,283 infections and 231,187 deaths. The government has said the real number of cases is likely significantly hi...