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

‘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

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

China’s Shenzhen to adopt tiered COVID measures; Chengdu extends lockdown

China’s Shenzhen to adopt tiered COVID measures;  Chengdu extends lockdown

Medical workers in protective suits collect swabs at a nucleic acid testing site at the Software Park in Nanshan district, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China September 2, 2022. REUTERS/David Kirton Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Sept 4 (Reuters) – China’s southern tech hub of … Read more

Harper didn’t address ‘batty’ Poilievre policies in endorsement: former cabinet ministers

Harper didn’t address ‘batty’ Poilievre policies in endorsement: former cabinet ministers

Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 15.Justin Tang/The Canadian Press Two Stephen Harper-era cabinet ministers say his endorsement of Pierre Poilievre for the leadership of the Conservative party failed to address the candidate’s “batty” economic policies. Lawrence Cannon, a Quebec lieutenant … Read more

World Health Organization declares monkeypox a global emergency

World Health Organization declares monkeypox a global emergency

FILE PHOTO: Test tubes labeled “Monkeypox virus positive and negative” are seen in this illustration taken May 23, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoDADO RUVIC/Reuters The expanding monkeypox outbreak in more than 70 countries is an “extraordinary” situation that qualifies as a global emergency, the World Health Organization chief said Saturday, a declaration that could spur further … Read more

Canada confirms 681 monkeypox cases as WHO declares global health emergency – National

Canada confirms 681 monkeypox cases as WHO declares global health emergency – National

Canada confirmed 681 cases of monkeypox across five provinces on Saturday as the global outbreak of the virus was deemed a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO). Cases are expected to keep rising, according to a statement from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Read more: WHO declares … Read more

Global COVID-19 cases continue rise for fifth week in a row, WHO reports – National

Global COVID-19 cases continue rise for fifth week in a row, WHO reports – National

The number of new COVID-19 cases reported worldwide rose for the fifth week in a row while the number of deaths remained relatively stable, the World Health Organization reported Thursday. In the UN health agency’s weekly review of the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO said there were 5.7 million new infections confirmed last week, marking a six … Read more