English pubs set for comeback, India battles record virus surge

London (AFP) – Britain was to partially lift coronavirus restrictions Monday, reopening shops, gyms, pub gardens and hairdressers, while India moved to ban exports of a virus treatment drug as a record surge of cases overwhelms its healthcare system. The contrast in their fortunes comes as other nations grapple with mounting cases and vaccine rollouts hampered by health, efficacy and as the global death toll tops 2.9 million. Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed the easing as a “major step” towards normal life resuming in the country once the worst affected in Europe, following a successful vac…

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