Coronavirus infections

  • Last doctor standing: Pandemic pushes Indian hospital to brink
    BHAGALPUR, August 13(Reuters): Guards armed with rifles escort Dr. Kumar Gaurav as he makes the rounds at his hospital on the banks of the Ganges River. The guards are there to protect him from the relatives of patients, including those suffering from COVID-19. The relatives keep barging into the wards, even the ICU, to stroke and feed their loved ones, often without wearing even the flimsiest of masks as barriers against the novel coronavirus. "If we stop them, they ge
  • Half of India's Covid victims older than 60 yrs: Govt
    New Delhi, August 4 (PTI): The coronavirus infection has spread to new areas in the country, but 82 per cent of the total cases are still limited to 10 states and Union Territories, the health ministry said on Tuesday. Addressing a press briefing, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said 50 districts account for 66 per cent of the total caseload and the COVID-19 case fatality rate has progressively declined to 2.10 per cent, the lowest since the first lockdown was imposed on March
  • Indigenous Australian group blocks Uluru access route over pandemic fears
    SYDNEY, August 4 (Reuters): Australia has closed the national park home to its revered indigenous site of Uluru after some in the community blocked an access route for fear that visitors could carry in coronavirus infections. The country is battling a new wave of the deadly virus, with southeastern Victoria state reeling from hundreds of infections, while Indigenous Australians are seen at greater risk as they suffer a higher incidence of other health woes. "It's up
  • WHO urges mothers to breastfeed even if infected with COVID-19
    GENEVA, August 3 (Reuters): Mothers should breastfeed their babies even if they have contracted COVID-19, the World Health Organization's head said on Monday, as the benefits outweigh the risks of infection. "WHO recommends that mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be encouraged the same as all other mothers to initiate or continue breastfeeding," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference. As the world marks breastfeeding awareness week,
  • UK worried about second wave in Europe, more quarantine measures possible
    LONDON, July 30 (Reuters): The British authorities are worried about a second wave of coronavirus infections in Europe and will not hesitate to bring back more quarantine measures, possibly within the next few days, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Thursday. Britain last week re-imposed a 14-day quarantine period on people arriving from Spain, a move that caused havoc to plans to reopen the continent for tourism in the summer high season. Hancock stopped short of naming
  • Coronavirus spikes in Asia spur warnings against complacency
    SYDNEY/NEW DELHI, July 30 (Reuters): Spikes in novel coronavirus infections in Asia have dispelled any notion the region may be over the worst, with Australia, India and Hong Kong reporting record daily cases, Vietnam testing thousands and North Korea urging vigilance. Asian governments had largely prided themselves on rapidly containing initial outbreaks after the virus emerged in central China late last year, but flare-ups this month have shown the danger of complacency.
  • Health workers should be top priority for vaccines - nurses' group
    GENEVA, JULY 27 (Reuters): Nurses and other health workers must be top priority for the first COVID-19 vaccines, especially as they are often left without enough protection against the virus in their frontline jobs, the International Council of Nurses said on Monday. An estimated 1.5 million health care workers have been infected, three times the number in early June, it said, citing figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) on the novel coronavirus which has infected so
  • Philippines to ramp up coronavirus testing as Duterte warns of arrests
    MANILA, July 21 (Reuters): The Philippines said on Tuesday it would ramp up testing for the novel coronavirus amid a sharp rise in infections and deaths since a lockdown was eased in June, while President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to arrest anyone not wearing a mask. The government aimed to test 32,000 to 40,000 people a day compared with the current 20,000 to 23,000, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said in a televised meeeting with Duterte. The Philippines has tested near
  • Iran faces shortage of medics, beds as virus cases spike again - official
    Reuters   Hospitals in Iran face acute shortages of medical personnel and beds as the country tackles a powerful second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior official of Tehran’s anti-coronavirus task force said on Thursday.   Iran, the Middle East country hardest hit by the pandemic, began relaxing its lockdown in mid-April.   But a second wave of infections emerged in early June and has proven much more serious than the first one, said Reza Ja
  • Assam registers 118% rise in Covid-19 cases in 2 weeks
    GUWAHATI, JULY 15 (IANS): Assam has registered 118 per cent rise in Covid-19 cases in in the past two weeks because of return of around 300,000 people from other states, according to an official here on Wednesday.   Given the spike, the state government has taken a series of steps, including door-to-door tests in vulnerable areas and 21-day lockdown in the Kamrup (Metro) district.   From 8,547 coronavirus cases and 12 deaths on July 1, the case number jumped to 18
  • Swiftly waning COVID-19 immunity poses vaccination challenge
    LONDON, July 14 (Reuters): Emerging evidence that the body's immune defence against COVID-19 may be short-lived makes it even harder for vaccine developers to come up with shots fully able to protect people in future waves of infection, scientists said on Tuesday.   Preliminary studies in China, Germany, Britain and elsewhere have found that patients infected with the novel coronavirus make protective antibodies as part of their immune system's defences, but the
  • Fines for not wearing masks in England shops
    LONDON, JULY 14 (IANS): The UK government has made wearing masks in shops across England mandatory and anyone flouting the measure would be imposed with a 100-pound ($125) fine starting from July 24, the media reported on Tuesday.   The development came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned last week that the rule was going to be put in place, but then Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove dismissed the claim over the weekend before Number 10 confirmed on Monday night the
  • Asia ramps up coronavirus curbs as new clusters erupt
    SYDNEY/TOKYO, July 14 (Reuters): Australian states tightened borders and restricted pub visits on Tuesday, while Disney prepared to close its Hong Kong theme park and Japan stepped up tracing as a jump in novel coronavirus cases across Asia fanned fears of a second wave of infections.   Many parts of Asia, the region first hit by the coronavirus that emerged in central China late last year, are finding cause to pause the reopening of their economies, some after winning
  • Brazil press group files criminal complaint against Bolsonaro for removing mask
    RIO DE JANEIRO, July 9 (Reuters): The Brazilian Press Association on Thursday filed a criminal complaint to the Supreme Court against President Jair Bolsonaro, after he took off his mask in a televised interview in which he announced he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.   Bolsonaro made his announcement on Tuesday. His illness is a potent symbol of his government's botched response to the outbreak in Brazil, the second-worst in the world. More than 1.7
  • Indonesia posts worst rise in COVID-19 cases after outbreak among military cadets
    JAKARTA, July 9 (Reuters): Indonesia reported its biggest single-day increase in coronavirus infections on Thursday, with almost half of the 2,657 new cases found at a military training centre in West Java.   So far, the world's fourth most populous country has 70,736 cases. But, public health researchers suspect that due to limited testing actual total cases could be far higher, though the government denies this, and has told people not to panic.   There
  • Coronavirus infections rise above 250,000 in Iran
    DUBAI, July 9 (Reuters): Iran's total number of coronavirus cases has reached 250,458 and a record 221 people died of the disease over the past 24 hours, raising the overall death toll to 12,305, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.   Iran, the Middle East country hardest hit by the pandemic, has suffered a new spike in the number of daily infections and deaths in recent weeks as lockdown measures have been relaxed to help the economy revive.   Pres
  • Pak PM urges world community to share info on COVID-19 strategies as tally rises to 239,225
    Islamabad, July 8 (PTI): Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday urged the world community to share information on their strategies to deal with the coronavirus, as the country's COVID-19 death toll reached near 5,000-mark.   Addressing a virtual summit of the International Labour Organisation, Khan said that the constant exchange of ideas will help soften the coronavirus impact on labourers.   He said that the entire world was praying for a vaccine bu
  • Israel reimposes series of restrictions after coronavirus spike
    JERUSALEM, July 6 (Reuters): Israel reimposed on Monday a series of restrictions to fight a spike in coronavirus infections, including the immediate closure of bars, night clubs, gyms and event halls.   In public remarks at a special cabinet session on the health crisis, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had to reverse course to avoid a wider lockdown that could paralyse its economy, where unemployment is just above 20%.   "The pandemic is sp
  • Global COVID-19 prevention trial of hydroxychloroquine to resume
    LONDON, June 30 (Reuters): A global trial designed to test whether the anti-malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine can prevent infection with COVID-19 is to restart after being approved by British regulators.    The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) took its decision on what is known as the COPCOV trial after hydroxychloroquine was found in another British trial to have no benefit as a treatment for patients already infected with
  • Philippine doctors shield families with 'quarantent', safe spaces
    MANILA, June 30 (Reuters): After taking a job in a hospital's COVID-19 emergency room, Philippine doctor Jan Claire Dorado planned to move out of the family home to protect relatives from the risk of infection.   But Dorado's parents insisted the 30-year-old keep living at home, so her father constructed a makeshift isolation area in a storage room there.   Now, when she returns from work at one of the country's main hospitals treating coronavirus