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ThePrint’s coverage of what’s happening around the world as nations deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Healthcare workers direct people through waiting for lines at a temporary Covid-19 testing site in Bangkok, Thailand, on 19 April, 2021 | Photographer: Andre Malerba | Bloomberg

It’s not just India, fierce new Covid waves have hit many developing countries

From Laos to Thailand in Southeast Asia, and those bordering India such as Bhutan & Nepal, all have been reporting surges in Covid cases in the past few weeks.
Brazil's Marine Corps soldiers from the Nuclear, Biological, Chemical and Radiological Defense Company perform disinfection operations at Tram (VLT) stations in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Representational Image) | Photographer: Andre Coelho | Bloomberg

Covid pandemic: Brazil records daily death toll of 4,000, Turkey’s high case load not severe

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe
A rickshaw travels past an under construction elevated line for the Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Co. metro in Diabari, Dhaka, Bangladesh | Photographer: Ismail Ferdous | Bloomberg

April Fools’ concert in Belgium, Bangladesh warns of lockdown & other global Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe
A vial of the Sputnik V vaccine | Photographer: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

Africa pays more for Russian vaccine, US states to relax restrictions & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
Peter Brookes | The Times

Valentine’s Day letter for Britain’s NHS & Donald Trump’s ‘unconstitutional’ trial

The best cartoons of the week, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

Osama bin Laden to robot conspiracy – what Pakistan has to overcome to give Covid vaccines

In Pakistan, anti-western sentiment around inoculations abound. The mistrust goes deep, with healthworkers seen as spies and the ingredients going into doses being questioned.
People in masks while they shop in Tokyo, Japan. | Twitter/ Bike to it

Japan set to extend state of emergency to 7 March to contain Covid

The extension comes as Covid infections have fallen from peaks hit in early January, when the month-long measure was first imposed, but not enough to warrant an end to the emergency.

Mexico overtakes India to have world’s third most Covid deaths

Mexico reported an increase of 1,506 Covid deaths Thursday, bringing the total to 155,145. It now has a higher death toll than a country with more than 10 times as many people.

Indonesia’s hospitals on brink of collapse, Brazil variant detected in US & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
US President Joe Biden (file photo) | Commons

‘Things will get worse before they get better’ — Biden calls for wartime fight against Covid

US President Biden warns that as many as 100,000 more Americans could die over the next month while his administration overhauls federal response & presses Congress for more aid.

On Camera

Imran Khan to ‘hurricane’ Firdous — two street visits to show Pakistan govt at work

Pakistani politicians from all parties have used the Ramzan month for PR activity in the past. But only Imran Khan govt has managed to pull off such a self-contradictory show.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo | Vivek Prakash | Bloomberg

Here’s what more RBI can do to help Indian economy as Covid rages on

From easing loan repayment rules for sectors badly hit by the pandemic to maintaining 'accommodative' stance, a look at what RBI can consider to ease the Covid’s hit to the economy.

Defence

The Ministry of Defence at South Block in New Delhi | Commons

Big boost for military as Modi govt gives officers powers of additional & joint secretaries

Formal appointment means the officers can now dispose of files at their levels under powers delegated to them, instead of routing them through Secretary, DMA, Gen. Bipin Rawat.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Mayday, Mayday — How Modi govt led India into a perfect storm

Triumphalism, premature declaration of victory meant no one checked if India had enough vaccines, oxygen, remdesivir, bringing us back to a crisis where we need foreign aid after four decades.