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Updated Apr 5, 2021 - World

Indonesia landslides and flash floods kill more than 70 people

An elderly villager and her grandson stand in floodwaters in front of their damaged home in the village of Haitimuk in East Flores, Indonesia, on Sunday. Photo: Joy Christian/AFP via Getty Images

At least 76 people have been killed and thousands displaced after flash flooding and landslides struck Indonesia and the tiny nation of Timor-Leste Sunday following heavy rains overnight, per Reuters.

The big picture: Dams overflowed, inundating thousands of homes from Indonesia's Flores Island to Timor-Leste, AFP notes. Officials said Monday the disaster killed 55 people in Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara province and 21 in Timor-Leste. Dozens were missing.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect the death toll increase.

Updated Apr 5, 2021 - World

India surpasses 100,000 new COVID cases in 1 day for first time

A health worker collecting a swab sample in New Delhi, India, on Sunday. Photo: Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

India's Ministry of Health confirmed 103,558 new COVID-19 infections on Monday.

Why it matters: It's the first time the country has reported over 100,000 new coronavirus cases in one day. India is the second country after the U.S. to reach that milestone.

Johnson & Johnson takes control of COVID vaccine output in Baltimore

Employees in Februar work in a lab at Emergent Biosolutions, which has been manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines for AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo: Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Johnson & Johnson announced late Saturday that it's "assuming full responsibility" for manufacturing its COVID-19 vaccine at a Baltimore plant where 15 million doses were ruined last week.

Of note: AstraZeneca said Saturday night it is in "full cooperation with the U.S. government" moving production from the facility, run by Emergent BioSolutions, which been producing both vaccines.

Apr 4, 2021 - World

Argentina's president tests positive for COVID after vaccination

President Alberto Fernández during the opening session of the 139th period of the Argentine Congress on March 1 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo: Natacha Pisarenko - Pool/Getty Images

Argentina's President Alberto Fernández announced Saturday that he's tested positive for COVID-19.

Of note: Fernández received his first dose of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine on Jan. 21 and the second on Feb. 11, per the Wall Street Journal.