What’s Happening: The massive floods that overtook parts of Western Germany and Belgium this week have begun to recede, but the damage is significant. According to officials, the confirmed death toll has now surpassed 160 people. Search-and-rescue efforts are ongoing with up to 1300 people still missing or trapped. The German states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia were the hardest hit with 98 and 43 confirmed deaths, respectively. The death toll in Belgium
What’s Happening: On Friday, officials announced that at least 100 people died in the massive floods overtaking parts of Western Germany and Belgium.
Rescue operations are ongoing with up to 1300 people still missing or trapped. The German states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia were the hardest hit thus far with 50 and 43 confirmed deaths, respectively. The death toll in Belgium rose to 12 on Friday with 5 people still unaccounted for. Flash floods occurr
What's Happening: The Covid-19 pandemic continues to surge in India with the country reporting 352,991 new cases and 2,812 virus-related deaths in the past 24 hours. One of the most populous countries in the world, India has now broken the worldwide daily new case record for the fifth straight day. The situation in India is dire with hospitals being forced to turn away patients due to a lack of supplies and oxygen. The US, UK, Germany and Pakistan are sending aid to help the
What Happened: On Wednesday, the United Kingdom joined other countries in restricting the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine in people under 30, citing concerns over unusual blood clot formations in a small number of cases. Authorities continue to say that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for most people, however, they recommended that people under 30 be offered alternatives to AstraZeneca. The move comes a few weeks after the European Medicines Agency concl
What's Happening: Spain has confirmed an additional four cases of the new, more contagious, coronavirus variant that seems to have originated in the UK. All of the new cases are linked to recent travel in the UK. France, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Australia Italy and the Netherlands have all reported cases of the new variant over the last few days. Scientists say the new strain is considerably more contagious than previous strains, but not necessarily any more dangerous. Italy,