Coronavirus infections

  • 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
  • 'A recipe for disaster,' U.S. health official says of Americans ignoring coronavirus advice
    WASHINGTON, June 29 Reuters): A spike in U.S. coronavirus infections is fueled in large part by people ignoring public health guidelines to keep their distance and wear masks, the government's top infectious disease official said.   A daily surge in confirmed cases has been most pronounced in southern and western states that did not follow health officials' recommendations to wait for a steady decline in infections for two weeks before reopening their economies.
  • Facing surge in cases, Iran launches campaign to urge wearing of masks
    Reuters   Iran launched a campaign on Saturday to motivate a reluctant public to use face masks as the country faces a sharp increase in infections and deaths from the coronavirus.   Iran was one of the worst hit countries early in the pandemic, and since restrictions to stem its spread were gradually lifted from mid-April, cases have increased again, with the death toll topping 100 a day in the past nine days for the first time in two months.   Some 2,
  • DC Kohima notifies on paid QCs   
    KOHIMA, JUNE 25 (MExN): Kohima Deputy Commissioner, Gregory Thejawelie, NCS, Deputy Commissioner, Kohima, has notified and declared JN Hotel under Kohima Municipal Area to be utilized as a paid Quarantine Centre. Permit has also been granted to the following hotels for operation as paid Quarantine Centres under Kohima Municipal Area, Kohima: Hotel Eden, Hotel Ariel, and JN Hotel, Kohima The paid Quarantine Facilities are provided to returnees coming back to Nagaland who are w
  • Pompeo says U.S. working with Europe on how to reopen travel safely
    WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday the United States was working with countries in Europe and elsewhere on how to reopen for travel safely following coronavirus-linked shutdowns, after details emerged of EU criteria that could keep out Americans due to high rates of coronavirus infections.   "We're working on finding the right way to do that, the right timing to do it, the right tactics to have in place,&qu
  • Beware second wave of coronavirus, medics warn Britain
    LONDON, June 24 (Reuters): A second coronavirus wave is a real risk for the United Kingdom and local flare-ups are likely, major health bodies said on Wednesday, in one of the strongest warnings yet to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he eases lockdown to help the economy.   The United Kingdom has one of the world's highest death tolls from COVID-19 but, with infections falling, plans to lift many restrictions from July 4 to help an economy facing the deepest contrac
  • Approval of Trump's coronavirus response sinks to lowest on record amid surge in cases: Reuters poll
    NEW YORK, June 24 (Reuters): American approval of President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic has dropped to the lowest level on record, the latest Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll shows, as new COVID-19 cases surged and Trump was widely criticized for suggesting he wanted to slow down testing.   The June 22-23 poll also found that a majority of Americans want Trump's former national security adviser, John Bolton, to testify to Congress under oath, a