World News in Brief: January 20

World News in Brief: January 20

China's capital Beijing said it will investigate all individuals who entered the city from abroad from Dec. 10 and shut down a subway station after reporting the biggest daily jump in new COVID-19 cases in more than three weeks. (Jan 20, 2021 17:18:36)

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Entire US Capitol complex on lockdown due to nearby fire

  Jan 19, 2021 09:27:30
The entire US Capitol complex was on lockdown Monday morning after a fire was reported several blocks away, Capitol Police said in a letter to lawmakers. 

World News in Brief: January 18

  Jan 18, 2021 16:37:53
China's gross domestic product (GDP) exceeded the CNY100-trillion (US$15.42 trillion) threshold in 2020, official data showed Monday. The country, which saw its GDP increase 2.3 percent year on year to CNY101.5986 trillion last year, is expected to be the only major economy to post growth in the pandemic-ravaged year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). 

Sulawesi quake death toll at 81 as Indonesia battles series of disasters

  Jan 18, 2021 11:28:36
A powerful earthquake that struck Indonesia's Sulawesi island last week has killed at least 81 people and displaced more than 19,000, the country's disaster mitigation agency said, as search and rescue efforts continued on Monday. 

England expands COVID-19 vaccination programme to more groups

  Jan 18, 2021 11:02:53
England will launch the next phase of its COVID-19 vaccination programme on Monday when it will start offering doses to people aged 70 and above and those who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable to the coronavirus. 

ASEAN leader complements Vietnam’s success in ASEAN Chair Year

  Jan 17, 2021 15:16:29
NDO/VNA - ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi has lauded Vietnam’s leadership and persistence in leading the ASEAN in building the ASEAN Community, and especially in promoting the grouping’s joint efforts in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

World News in Brief: January 17

  Jan 17, 2021 12:33:37
More than 93.86 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 2,012,869 have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019. 

Chinese mainland reports 96 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases

  Jan 17, 2021 11:32:31
The Chinese mainland on Saturday reported 109 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 96 locally transmitted cases and 13 arriving from outside the mainland, the National Health Commission said Sunday. 

Italy bans flights from Brazil after new coronavirus variant found in passengers

  Jan 17, 2021 11:32:19
Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza on Saturday signed an order banning direct flights to Italy from Brazil after a new variant of the coronavirus was identified in four passengers arriving from that country. 

World News in Brief: January 16

  Jan 16, 2021 16:24:40
The global coronavirus death toll surpassed 2 million, as nations worldwide try to procure multiple vaccines and detect new COVID-19 variants. 

Over 800 injured, 15,000 forced to flee home after Indonesia's strong quake

  Jan 16, 2021 13:47:25
More than 800 people were wounded and about 15,000 others took shelters as a 6.2-magnitude quake, which hit Indonesia's West Sulawesi province on Friday, massively destroyed houses and infrastructures, a disaster official said in Jakarta on Saturday. 

India kicks off vaccination drive to fight COVID-19

  Jan 16, 2021 13:47:03
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the nationwide vaccination drive on Saturday to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. 

World News in Brief: January 15

  Jan 15, 2021 15:43:28
A World Health Organization-led team investigating the origins of COVID-19 are to begin virtual meetings with their Chinese hosts from a hotel in China's Wuhan, where the pandemic first emerged, on Friday. 

Most Brazilian cities armed with syringes needed for COVID-19 vaccination: mayors

  Jan 15, 2021 11:09:25
Most of Brazil's 5,570 municipalities have enough syringes to begin vaccinating residents against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the National Front of Mayors (known by its Portuguese acronym FNP) announced Thursday. 

Strong quake in Indonesia's Sulawesi kills at least 7, injures hundreds

  Jan 15, 2021 10:59:37
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia's Sulawesi island killed at least seven people, injured hundreds and damaged many buildings on Friday, the country's disaster mitigation agency said, as panicked residents fled to safer areas.