Belarusians to opt in for coronavirus vaccination MINSK. KAZINFORM Citizens will have to volunteer for the forthcoming coronavirus vaccination. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the relevant statement as he visited the Minsk Children's Infectious Diseases Hospital on 25 December, BelTA has learned.
FIFA cancels U-20 World Cup™ and FIFA U-17 World Cup™ ZURICH. KAZINFORM As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided to cancel the 2021 editions of the men’s FIFA U-20 World Cup™ and FIFA U-17 World Cup™, and to appoint Indonesia and Peru respectively, who were due to host the tournaments in 2021, as the hosts of the 2023 editions, FIFA.com reports.
Spotlight: Ravaged by COVID-19, Europe to celebrate Christmas like never before BRATISLAVA. KAZINFORM Overshadowed by COVID-19, Europe saw a Christmas ahead like never before. For the upcoming holidays, a variety of restrictions were in place across hard-hit countries to contain the virus spread, while households hurried up with preparations for holiday feasts.
About 85% of those vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik V have no side effects - expert MOSCOW. KAZINFORM Some 85% of those vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine do not have any side effects, head of the Gamaleya Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology Alexander Ginzburg said on Thursday.
Wildfires, forest fires around world in 2020 ANKARA. KAZINFORM The year 2020 saw many massive wildfires and forest fires around the world, including the Australian bushfires which started last year and continued until March, while the US state of California was also hit by blazes that left many dead, Anadolu Agency reports.
243 COVID-19 patients in critical condition in Kazakhstan NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM – 23,627 people continue to receive treatment for the coronavirus infection in Kazakhstan as of December 25, Kazinform has learnt from the official Telegram channel of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Strict limits for church attendance imposed in Slovakia this Christmas BRATISLAVA. KAZINFORM - Strict limits for the capacity of churches are in place in Slovakia during this Christmas, with people attending religious services being allowed to sit only in every other pew, while there has to be a vacant seat between neighbouring persons, according to a decree of the Public Health Authority in place for December 19-January 10, TASR reports.
Japan sees 1st jobless rate drop in 5 months amid economic recovery TOKYO. KAZINFORM - Japan's unemployment rate improved to 2.9 percent in November for the first drop in five months, in a sign that the novel coronavirus pandemic's impact on the labor market is easing, government data showed Friday, Kyodo reports.
London reports biggest rise in new COVID-19 cases in England: Public Health England LONDON. KAZINFORM - London has seen the highest increase in case rates per 100,000 population among various regions in England with 602.2 in week 51 compared to 361.8 in the previous week, according to the latest figures updated on Thursday by the Public Health England (PHE), Xinhua reports.