Women, babies at risk as Covid-19 disrupts health services, World Bank warns

LONDON (REUTERS) - Millions of women and children in poor countries are at risk because the Covid-19 pandemic is disrupting health services they rely on, from neonatal and maternity care to immunisations and contraception, a World Bank global health expert has warned. Ms Monique Vledder, head of secretariat at the bank's Global Financing Facility (GFF), … Continue reading Women, babies at risk as Covid-19 disrupts health services, World Bank warns

Australia calls military in after virus surge

Melbourne (AFP) Australia's military was called in Wednesday to help tackle a coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne -- a surge in infections that has rattled the country's second-most populous city. Victoria has recorded double-digit increases in new daily cases for more than a week -- mostly in the state capital Melbourne -- representing a sizeable spike … Continue reading Australia calls military in after virus surge

Covid-19: NCDC announces 182 new cases, total now 8915

LAGOS, (LEGIT) The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday, May 28 reported that there are 182 new cases of coronavirus in Nigeria. The NCDC via its official Twitter account revealed that the new cases are as follows: Lagos-111, FCT-16, Akwa Ibom-10, Oyo-8, Kaduna-6, Delta-6, Rivers-5, Ogun-4, Ebonyi-4, Kano-3, Plateau-2, Gombe-2, Kebbi-1, Kwara-2, Bauchi-1, … Continue reading Covid-19: NCDC announces 182 new cases, total now 8915

Under-fire Nicaragua reports significant rise in COVID-19 cases

Managua (AFP) Nicaragua, criticized by its Central American neighbors for doing little to halt the spread of the coronavirus, on Tuesday reported a significant rise in COVID-19 deaths and infections. The health ministry reported 480 new infections and 18 deaths in the week since May 19. Workers dig graves at the Caminos del Cielo cemetery … Continue reading Under-fire Nicaragua reports significant rise in COVID-19 cases

WHO warns of ‘second peak’ in areas where Covid-19 declining

GENEVA (REUTERS) Countries where coronavirus infections are declining could still face an "immediate second peak" if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organization said on Monday (May 25). The world is still in the middle of the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak, WHO emergencies head Dr … Continue reading WHO warns of ‘second peak’ in areas where Covid-19 declining

WHO suspends trial of hydroxychloroquine as Covid-19 treatment over safety concerns

GENEVA (REUTERS) The World Health Organisation has suspended testing the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in Covid-19 patients due to safety concerns, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday (May 25). Hydroxycholoroquine has been touted by US President Donald Trump and others as a possible treatment for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The … Continue reading WHO suspends trial of hydroxychloroquine as Covid-19 treatment over safety concerns

Researchers revise US coronavirus death forecast, predicts 147,000 people to die by August

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A newly revised coronavirus mortality model predicts more than 147,000 Americans will die from Covid-19 by early August, up nearly 10,000 from the last projection, as restrictions for curbing the pandemic are increasingly relaxed, researchers said on Tuesday (May 12). The latest forecast from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation … Continue reading Researchers revise US coronavirus death forecast, predicts 147,000 people to die by August

Swedish footballers will not be tested for Covid-19 before games

Swedish soccer players and coaches will not be required to take a test for Covid-19 before training sessions or matches as part of the country’s proposed return-to-play protocol during the pandemic. Instead, they will have to fill in a self-assessment form each morning and email it to their club doctor no later than two hours … Continue reading Swedish footballers will not be tested for Covid-19 before games

London nurses mark Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary amid coronavirus

LONDON (REUTERS) - Nurses in central London admired a giant projection of Florence Nightingale onto the buildings of Guys and St Thomas' hospitals on Monday night (May 11) to mark 200 years since her birth and her legacy to modern nursing. The projection will be repeated on Tuesday night and includes a tribute to all … Continue reading London nurses mark Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary amid coronavirus

WHO sees ‘potentially positive data’ on Covid-19 treatments

GENEVA (REUTERS) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday (May 12) that some treatments appear to be limiting the severity or length of the Covid-19 disease and that it was focusing on learning more about four or five of the most promising ones. The Geneva-based WHO is leading a global initiative to develop safe … Continue reading WHO sees ‘potentially positive data’ on Covid-19 treatments

UK rail worker dies of Covid-19 after spitting ‘assault’: Union

LONDON (AFP) - A railway station worker in Britain died from Covid-19 last month after she was spat at and coughed over by someone claiming to have the coronavirus, her trade union said on Tuesday (May 12). Transport union TSSA said Ms Belly Mujinga, 47, contracted the virus with a colleague within days of the … Continue reading UK rail worker dies of Covid-19 after spitting ‘assault’: Union

Senegal to re-open mosques and ease other Covid-19 restrictions as cases jump

Senegalese President Macky Sall announced the re-opening of mosques and churches and the easing of other restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus, even as the largest one-day jump in cases was recorded on Monday. Men wearing face masks amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Liberte 6 Baraka district of Dakar, Senegal May … Continue reading Senegal to re-open mosques and ease other Covid-19 restrictions as cases jump