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How to get a Cuban COVID jab in 1,000 easy steps

On Valentine’s Day 2022 in Havana, Cuba, I received the Soberana Plus booster shot, one of the island nation’s five…

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US small-business owners face tax headaches on top of COVID woes

Small businesses that have been buffeted by the pandemic, inflation and shipping woes have another challenge to add to their…

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Tourism in Sri Lanka: One step forward, two steps back

Colombo, Sri Lanka – Tourism in Sri Lanka just can’t seem to catch a break. Three years ago, the number…

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Can COVID make your brain shrink?

DOCTOR’S NOTE A recent Oxford University study revealed changes in several parts of the brain after people contracted the virus,…

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Singapore to end quarantine for vaccinated arrivals

Move comes as more Asia-Pacific countries ease border restrictions. Singapore will end quarantine for vaccinated travellers from April 1, the…

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Some European countries lift COVID curbs too ‘brutally’: WHO

The UN health agency sees cases rising in 18 out of 53 countries in Europe, ‘likely’ due to the BA.2…

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The profound permanence of parental grief

On day five of COVID, I woke up to the sinking realisation that I couldn’t smell anything. It was as…

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Hong Kong eases quarantine amid angst over ‘zero COVID’ isolation

The international financial centre will lift bans on flights from nine countries and cut quarantine from April 1. Hong Kong…

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Millions in China’s northeast placed under COVID-19 lockdown

The city of Jilin will lock down some 4.5 million people for three days starting Monday to help curb the…

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China reports first COVID deaths since January 2021

Two deaths were recorded in the northeastern province of Jilin, the epicentre of an Omicron-fuelled wave of cases that has…

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