Nicaragua celebrates patron saint with fewer numbers amid Covid
Residents of Diriamba, 50km south of the Nicaraguan capital Managua, wear colourful costumes and dance in celebration of the town's patron saint San Sebastian. The festival takes place with fewer numbers than usual amid Covid-19, with most people wearing masks and some social distancing rules.
Africa lags in COVID-19 vaccination drive
Officials say 60% of Africa's 1.3 billion people will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to achieve continentwide herd immunity. But, with cases surging, governments are scrambling to secure enough supplies.
'Say ahh': Chinese robots take throat swabs to fight Covid outbreak
In the northern Chinese city of Shenyang, robotic arms, built to collect samples quickly while lowering the risk of cross-infection between people, were used as part of a campaign to suppress a rise in coronavirus cases in the surrounding province.
Disneyland opens as mass Covid vaccination center
California's Disneyland opens a giant coronavirus vaccination center, some 10 months after the pandemic's appearance forced the closure of the world-famous theme park.
Nigeria's total public debt increases by N6 trillion in 1 year, Pope receives vaccination and more
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Senegal's hospitals stretched as COVID infections surge
Senegal is preparing its vaccine strategy and is rushing to deliver more beds for coronavirus patients as infections soar and a lack of capacity means doctors are only able to admit the most severe cases, health officials said.
Germany's COVID vaccine procurement labeled a 'gross failure'
The Berlin government is under increasing fire from experts and politicians for not buying enough doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to quickly roll out its immunization program.
Coronavirus digest: US surpasses 20 million COVID cases
The US has entered the first days of the new year with bleak figures. With over 20 million cases — the US has about a quarter of all infections recorded worldwide. Follow DW for the latest.
COVID: London NHS frontline workers brace for post-holiday case surge
Parts of the UK have entered a third lockdown due to the pandemic, with London's NHS frontline staff preparing for an "inevitable" coronavirus case surge following Christmas and New Year's Eve gatherings. DW reports.