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Mosques, markets and non-essential shops will be closed and gatherings and celebrations banned, as the country battles with a severe Covid-19 surge.

Announcing a partial lockdown for the week-long Eid al-Fitr holiday, Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi said the North African country was enduring 'the worst crisis in its history'.

India caught in catastrophe: Covid-19 tsunami causes healthcare collapse

Tahir Hussain Sofi

India caught in catastrophe: Covid-19 tsunami causes healthcare collapse

As India descends into further chaos, the lack of oxygen and adequate healthcare provisions have elevated doctors to the status of 'demi-gods'. Yet, the end is far from sight.

US backs Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver

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US backs Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver

The US has announced a waiver on Covid-19 vaccine patents, opening the door for vaccines to be produced in developing nations.

Indian FM in G7 meeting 'possibly' exposed to Covid-19

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Indian FM in G7 meeting 'possibly' exposed to Covid-19

New Delhi's top diplomat tweeted that he had been made aware Tuesday evening of 'exposure to possible Covid positive cases'.

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Iraq health minister resigns over deadly hospital fire

While Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi had opted to suspend him in the wake of the fire, Hassan al-Tamimi stepped down of his own accord, a government statement said.

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Middle East rallies to assist India amid Covid-19 crisis

On 1 May, India counted more than 400,000 new daily cases and more than 3,500 deaths, pleading with the world for emergency assistance.

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Deadly oxygen shortages as India nears 20 million cases

India's total coronavirus caseload has become close to 20 million as oxygen shortages in hospitals continue.

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Vaccine campaign begins amid virus surge in rebel-held Syria

A Covid-19 vaccine campaign kicked off in Syria’s last rebel-held enclave this weekend.

Algeria provides Tunisia with <em>oxygen</em> supplies after Covid outbreak

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Algeria provides Tunisia with oxygen supplies after Covid outbreak

Tunisia was able to overcome oxygen shortages thanks to help from the international community, including neighbour Algeria.

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Covid-19 outbreak in northeast Syria leading to oxygen shortages

An International Rescue Committee (IRC) regional director said: 'The health system is struggling to cope, and the situation is deteriorating ...

What Baghdad hospital fire reveals about Iraq's health system

Benjamin Isakhan

What Baghdad hospital fire reveals about Iraq's health system

Comment: For years, the Iraqi state has been too weak to prosecute corruption, and ordinary Iraqis are paying for it with their lives, writes ...

Pandemic aid begins to arrive in Covid-stricken India

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Pandemic aid begins to arrive in Covid-stricken India

The first emergency medical supplies arrived in India on Tuesday as part of a global campaign to staunch a catastrophic wave in the latest ...

The Iraq Report: Corruption blamed for deadly hospital fire

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The Iraq Report: Corruption blamed for deadly hospital fire

Many Iraqis say the fire is yet another example of the state's corruption and mismanagement leading to the death and misfortune of civilians.

Mother and son buried after Iraq's Baghdad hospital fire

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Mother and son buried after Iraq's Baghdad hospital fire

A mother and her son were among the victims of the deadly hospital fire in Baghdad on Saturday night.

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US, UK rush urgent Covid-19 supplies to virus-hit India

More than three million people have now died from coronavirus in India.

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Gaza's hospitals pushed to limit as Covid cases soar

Gaza's main coronavirus treatment facility, located in Khan Yunis, cautions that oxygen supplies are being depleted fast.

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Iraqis blame hospital fire on mismanagement and corruption

The fire that broke out in a Baghdad public hospital killed 82 people and injured 110.

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Dozens dead in fire at Iraqi Covid-19 hospital

An investigation has been launched in Iraq where at least 23 people were killed in a fire at a hospital for Covid-19 patients.

Kuwait, Iran restrict India flights over Covid-19 surge

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Kuwait, Iran restrict India flights over Covid-19 surge

The bans come after the UAE, which is home to roughly 3.3 million Indians, said it would suspend all flights to and from India from Sunday.

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Indonesia military says missing submarine 'sank with dozens aboard'

Authorities have said the KRI Nanggala 402 was equipped with enough oxygen for only three days after losing power, a deadline that ...

India sets new record for Covid cases

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India sets new record for Covid cases

India has set a grim new record for new covid cases, as Boris Johnson cancelled plans to visit the country over virus fears.

Indonesia navy searching for submarine with 53 aboard

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Indonesia navy searching for submarine with 53 aboard

Indonesia's military crew is searching for a KRI Nanggala 402 submarine which has 53 crew members aboard.

Iraq Covid-19 cases surpass one million: health ministry

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Iraq Covid-19 cases surpass one million: health ministry

Iraq has recorded one million Covid-19 related deaths, more than any other country in the region.

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