Russian ambassador rejects virus vaccine hacking claims
Russia’s ambassador to the United Kingdom has rejected allegations that his country’s intelligence services sought to steal information about a coronavirus vaccine.
Andrei Kelin said in a BBC interview broadcast on Sunday that there was “no sense” in the allegations made last week by the United States, the UK and Canada.
Intelligence agencies in the US, the UK and Canada on Thursday accused the hacking group APT29 – also known as Cozy Bear and believed to be part of Russian intelligence – of using malicious software to attack academic and pharmaceutical research institutions involved in COVID-19 vaccine development
Hungary’s Orban says EU leaders determined to get COVID stimulus deal
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said there were four broad divisive themes in European Union leaders’ talks on a mass economic recovery package but that the gathering was determined to seal a deal on their third day of talks.
“We are aware that we have to make a deal, we are negotiating under the pressure that a deal is a must,” Orban told reporters.
He listed the contentious issues as – the size of the new recovery fund; the proportion between free grants and repayable loans as part of that; the scale of rebates on the core EU budget for rich net payers; rule-of-law strings attached to handouts from the bloc.
Philippines records 58 coronavirus deaths, 2,241 new cases
The Philippines’ health department reported 58 deaths related to COVID-19 and 2,241 additional infections of the new coronavirus.
Total deaths now stand at 1,831, with 67,456 confirmed cases, it said in a bulletin.
The Philippines recorded 162 COVID-19 deaths a week ago, the highest daily rise in Southeast Asia so far.
Turkey has suspended flights to Iran amid coronavirus outbreak- Iran aviation official
Turkey has suspended flights to Iran amid a coronavirus outbreak in the Islamic Republic, a spokesman for Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, Reza Jafarzadeh, said, according to the official IRNA news agency.
The suspension of flights had begun on Saturday, he said.
Hong Kong tightens coronavirus restrictions as new cases spike
Non-essential Hong Kong civil servants will work from home starting Monday as the global financial hub tightens social distancing restrictions further amid an escalating third wave of coronavirus cases, the city’s leader Carrie Lam said.
Lam said the city recorded more than 100 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the tally since late January to about 1,800 patients, 12 of whom have died.