North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said the country's economy improved this year but called for measures to tackle the "tense" food situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic and last year's typhoons, state media said on Wednesday.
Peru on Monday almost tripled its official COVID-19 death toll to 180,764, following a government review, making it the country with the worst death rate per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
As gun sales in the United States continued climbing amid the COVID-19 pandemic and protests, about a fifth of all Americans who bought guns last year were first-time gun owners, and they were less likely than usual to be male and white, US media said Sunday.
Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in a letter, expressed regret that he missed attending an annual meeting of Iranian poets and literati due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Three months before it hosts the Olympics – the biggest international event since the pandemic began – Japan has fully vaccinated less than one percent of its population in a cautious, slow-moving program.
Germany’s public sector deficit reached €189.2 billion ($225 billion) in 2020 thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the first deficit since 2013 and the highest budget shortfall since German reunification three decades ago, the Statistics Office said.
Pope Francis urged countries in his Easter message on Sunday to quicken distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, particularly to the world’s poor, and called armed conflict and military spending during a pandemic “scandalous”.