Indonesia turns train carriages into Covid-19 hospital amid surge in cases
30 January 2021 | 1:34 pm
Local authorities in Indonesian city of Madiun in Java island convert 24 train carriages into emergency medical facilities for Covid-19 patients amid a surge in infection cases. The Southeast Asian country has passed one million mark as the government launches one of the world's biggest vaccine drives to clamp down on a soaring infection rate.
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US President Joe Biden tells reporters that Bill Clinton is "doing fine" after he talked to him on the phone. The former US president is in hospital as he undergoes treatment for a reported case of sepsis.
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