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Irish PM Accepts Minister’s Resignation Over COVID-19 Breach

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Ireland’s prime minister has on Friday accepted the resignation of Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary after his attendance at a social event with more than 80 persons which may have breached COVID-19 regulations.

On Thursday, the agriculture minister apologized “unreservedly” for attending a hotel dinner hosted by the Irish parliament’s golf society a day after the government significantly tightened nationwide restrictions to try to rein in a spike in cases, an incident which immediately drew a wave of public anger.

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Announcing the acceptance of his resignation, prime minister Micheál Martin said in a statement “his attendance at this event was wrong and an error of judgment on his part. I have accepted his resignation”.

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He added “people all over the country have made very difficult, personal sacrifices in their family lives and in their businesses to comply with COVID regulations. This event should not have gone ahead in the manner it did.”

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The country with a population of 6.5 million has recorded more than 27,500 coronavirus cases in which more than 1,500 have died.

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India Surpasses 5 Million Coronavirus Cases

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India Surpasses 5 Million Coronavirus Cases, 82,066 Deaths

India has set a record for the world’s highest single-day increase in Coronavirus cases. The country reported more than seventy-eight thousand cases in one day.

India is the world’s second most infected country behind United States with a total of 5,020,359 COVID-19 cases, while the US is leading with more than 6.6 million infections.

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The rise comes as the government continues to lift restrictions to try to boost an economy that lost millions of jobs when the virus hit in March.

Despite the increase, the government is pressing ahead with easing restrictions.

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Chairman of the Medanta division of peripheral vascular and endovascular sciences, Dr Rajiv Parekh says doctors are concerned about under-reporting and limited testing.

COVID-19 deaths in India is now more than 82,000, the third highest in the world behind the US and Brazil.

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According to data from Johns Hopkins University, more than 29.6 million persons around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 936,377 have died,  while nearly 20.1 million persons have recovered from the disease so far.

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UAE Announces Emergency Approval For Use Of Coronavirus Vaccine

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UAE Announces Emergency Approval For Use Of Coronavirus Vaccine

United Arab Emirates (UAE) has granted emergency approval for the use of a Coronavirus vaccine, six weeks after human trials in the gulf state started.

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The third phase of the trial of a COVID-19 inactivated vaccine developed by Chinese state-owned pharmaceutical company began in the UAE in July and is yet to be completed.

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The country’s national emergency crisis and disaster management says the vaccine will be available to its front line health workers who are at the highest risk of contracting the virus.

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