A coronavirus epidemic 20,000 years ago left its marks in human DNA

For our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, learn more here. New York: Researchers have found evidence that a coronavirus epidemic swept east Asia some 20,000 years ago and was devastating enough to leave an evolutionary imprint on the DNA of people alive today. The new study suggests that an ancient coronavirus plagued the region for many […]

Qatar to require fans at 2022 World Cup to be vaccinated

Qatar will require spectators at the 2022 World Cup to have received coronavirus vaccines to get into games, the government has announced. Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani told Qatar newspaper editors that the Gulf nation is trying to secure a million vaccine doses to immunize fans wanting to watch the […]

Fake coronavirus tests may have fuelled India’s outbreaks

For our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, learn more here. New York: The Indian authorities launched an investigation after an internal government report concluded that some private agencies responsible for coronavirus testing on pilgrims at a sprawling Hindu festival forged at least 100,000 results. The festival, Kumbh Mela, which ran throughout April, is widely believed to […]

Stephen Colbert Jabs Vaccine Deniers With The Truth About Their Latest Wild Conspiracy

Stephen Colbert took a look at the latest anti-vaccine conspiracy theory to come “straight from crazy town” on Wednesday’s episode of “The Late Show.” It involves the wild claim that COVID-19 vaccines make people magnetic. An anti-vaccine nurse in Ohio’s unsuccessful attempt at proving the conspiracy provided Colbert with plenty of comic fodder. “So many […]

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop To 385,000, Another Pandemic Low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week for a fifth straight week to a new pandemic low, the latest evidence that the U.S. job market is regaining its health as the economy further reopens. The Labor Department said Thursday that jobless claims dropped to 385,000, down 20,000 from the […]

Puerto Rico to reopen bars, clubs for 1st time amid pandemic

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico will reopen bars and clubs for the first time since the pandemic began following a significant drop in COVID-19 cases and deaths, the U.S. territory’s governor announced Thursday. Those and other places including party buses will only be allowed to operate at 50% capacity, said Gov. Pedro Pierluisi. […]

Cafe stuns customers by adding £3.50 fee to orders if you wear a face mask

A cafe has shocked customers by adding an extra $5 (£3.52) charge to orders when the purchaser wears a face mask inside or brags about having been vaccinated. Fiddlehead’s Cafe in Mendocino, California, pinned up a sign in their window this week detailing the bizarre new rules. It read: “$5 FEE ADDED TO ORDERS PLACED […]