COVID pandemic led to surge in superbug infections, EU agency says

COVID pandemic led to surge in superbug infections, EU agency says

LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Infections from some antibiotic-resistant pathogens known as superbugs have more than doubled in health care facilities in Europe, an EU agency said on Thursday, providing further evidence of the wider impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control report said reported cases of two highly … Read more

Cases of BQ.1, BQ.1.1 COVID variants double in US as Europe warns of rise

Cases of BQ.1, BQ.1.1 COVID variants double in US as Europe warns of rise

Oct 21 (Reuters) – US health regulators on Friday estimated that BQ.1 and closely related BQ.1.1 accounted for 16.6% of coronavirus variants in the country, nearly doubling from last week, while Europe expects them to become the dominant variants in a month. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said the variants are likely … Read more

WHO says COVID-19 is still a global health emergency

WHO says COVID-19 is still a global health emergency

Oct 19 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that COVID-19 remains a global emergency, nearly three years after it was first declared as one. The WHO’s emergency committee first made the declaration for COVID-19 on Jan 30, 2020. Such a determination can help accelerate research, funding and international public health measures to … Read more

Xi opens 20th congress of China’s ruling Communist Party

Xi opens 20th congress of China’s ruling Communist Party

BEIJING, Oct 16 (Reuters) – President Xi Jinping on Sunday kicked-off the 20th congress of China’s ruling Communist Party, a week-long event where he is widely expected to win a third leadership term and cement his place as the country’s most powerful ruler since Mao Zedong. The gathering of roughly 2,300 delegates from around the … Read more

Cholera kills at least seven in Haiti as disease returns

Cholera kills at least seven in Haiti as disease returns

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Haiti on Sunday said at least seven people have died of cholera in a surprise return of the disease that comes as the nation is paralyzed by a gang blockade that has triggered shortages of fuel and clean drinking water. The disease killed some 10,000 people through a 2010 outbreak … Read more

‘Blood on your hands’ if world steps back on tackling COVID now, WHO official says

‘Blood on your hands’ if world steps back on tackling COVID now, WHO official says

Bruce Aylward, Senior Advisor to the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks during a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, December 20, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – If rich nations think the pandemic is over, they should help lower-income countries reach that … Read more

Hurricane Fiona pounds Bermuda as Canada braces for major jolt

Hurricane Fiona pounds Bermuda as Canada braces for major jolt

HAMILTON, Bermuda/HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Hurricane Fiona pounded the Atlantic island of Bermuda with heavy rain and winds on Friday as it tracked northward toward eastern Canada, where it threatens to become one of the most severe storms in Canadian history. Fiona had already battered a series of Caribbean islands earlier in … Read more

Canada to drop COVID vaccine requirement to enter country on Sept 30-source

Canada to drop COVID vaccine requirement to enter country on Sept 30-source

A sign pointing to a clinic where residents who are over 50 years old and immunocompromised can receive their second booster shots of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines in Waterford, Michigan, US, April 8, 2022. REUTERS/Emily Elconin Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Sept 20 (Reuters) – Canada’s federal government will likely … Read more

WHO ‘strongly advises against’ use of two COVID treatments

WHO ‘strongly advises against’ use of two COVID treatments

A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a “Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine” sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Two COVID-19 antibody therapies are no longer recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), on … Read more

End of COVID pandemic is ‘in sight’ -WHO chief

End of COVID pandemic is ‘in sight’ -WHO chief

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Sept 14 (Reuters) – The world has never been in a better position to end the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, his most optimistic outlook yet on the years-long health crisis which has killed over six million people. “We … Read more