#coronavirus pandemic

Viraj Ghelani is digital creator, known in Instagram. (Photo credit: Instagram/ @viraj_ghelani)

  • COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to stay with the four walls of our houses since March last year
  • People didn't celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries with others to keep themselves safe
  • A funny video is doing the rounds on Instagram dedicated to everyone who was born in April

Actor Samentha Fernandes has worked in various Indian TV serials, including Dil Dosti Dance. (Photo Credit: Instagram/ @samenthaf)

  • Samentha Fernandes, Indian TV actor posted a hilarious reel on Instagram last week
  • In the video, she is seen comparing the duration of COVID-19 virus in different countries in a funny way
  • COVID-19 cases have increased to a dramatic high in India and restrictions have been imposed locally

The COVID-19 virus has took the lives of more than 2.8 million lives. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

  • The first case of the disease was reported in China in December 2019
  • Since March last year, the novel coronavirus has caused a pandemic and has taken millions of lives around the world
  • More than 130 million cases of COVID-19 have been registered around the world until now

.Tirana, Albania
Pandemic stress, the focus on faces during video chats and the convenience of hiding under a mask are fuelling a cosmetic surgery boom in Albania. (AFP Photo)

  • Doctors say the surge has been driven by demand from mainly young women such as Ana Kela
  • Kela, a 20-year-old student in Tirana had her lips plumped in December
  • "Every time I looked at my face on the screen, I couldn't even say a word, I was gripped by anguish," Kela said

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Instagram user Harjas Sethi's video has garnered over 4,000 views. (Photo Credit: Instagram/@vellijanani)

  • Millions of professionals have been working in the comfort of their homes due to the pandemic
  • Since the COVID-19 vaccines have rolled out, many offices are beginning to reopen
  • Instagram user Harjas Sethi's video has gone viral about complaining to return back to office

.Tokyo, Japan
Japan has started its first vaccination programme ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics against the COVID-19 on Wednesday. (Photo Credit: Representational/Pixabay)

  • Japan started COVID-19 vaccination programme at a Tokyo hospital on Wednesday morning
  • Tokyo Medical Centre director Kazuhiro Araki volunteered to be the first at the facility to get the jab
  • Japan has recorded nearly 418,000 COVID-19 cases with over 7,000 deaths till now

.Melbourne VIC, Australia
Australia's Melbourne will lift its lockdown orders on Wednesday but it was uncertain whether the Australian Open tennis tournament could welcome back fans in the state or not. (Photo credit: Instagram/@australianopen)

  • The Australian Open started three weeks late to permit international players to quarantine
  • Tickets for Thursday's matches of Australian Open tournament were on sale
  • The authorities said that the lockdown would be lifted at 11.59 pm as planned

.Tokyo, Japan
Japan approved its first COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday, further making the path for mass vaccination. (Photo credit: Representational/unsplash)

  • Japan is expected to vaccinate around 10,000 to 20,000 medical workers from as early as Wednesday
  • From April, Pfizer/BioNTech and other COVID-19 vaccines will be available for more medical workers and elderly
  • The government is yet to plan the exact rollout schedule for the rest of 126 million countrymen

.Wuhan, Hubei, China
A summary of the WHO's findings related to origin of novel coronavirus would likely be released in next week. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Pixabay)

  • Such raw data is called as 'line listings,' said expert Dominic Dwyer
  • He emphasised that gaining access to the raw data was vital
  • Issue of access to raw material would be mentioned in their final report, he added

.London, UK
A special WHO mission expert criticised US intelligence on coronavirus. (Photo Credit: Pixabay)

  • The special WHO mission to the ground zero city Wuhan concluded on Tuesday
  • The first case of coronavirus was reported in Wuhan in 2019
  • 'Don't rely too much on US intel', WHO team member Peter Daszak tweeted