Coronavirus World

Coronavirus World

US Tells Airlines To Keep Data On Travellers From SADC Countries

The Associated Press FEDERAL health officials are requiring airlines to gather contact-tracing information on passengers heading to the U.S. who have been in southern Africa in the previous two weeks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that it issued the latest requirement “to prevent the importation and spread of a communicable disease

 Tracking Global OMICRON Travel Restrictions

Al Jazeera NATIONS are adopting differing levels of border control with countries such as Israel, Morocco and Japan closing their borders entirely, while others have only tightened COVID testing at the border. The map below shows countries that have imposed travel bans. It will be updated as more information becomes available. Total bans China – China

Covid-Resistant People Inspire New Vaccine Tactic

BBC A TEAM at University College London said some people had a degree of Covid-immunity before the pandemic started. This likely came from the body learning how to fight viruses that are related to the one which has swept the world. Upgrading vaccines to copy this protection could make the jabs even more effective, the

Members of Zimbabwe Defence Forces at the State House in Harare in August. The armed forces now have more vaccines than they need.

China’s Army Furnishes Foreign Militaries With Covid Vaccines

Wall Street Journal IN ZIMBABWE, where just 18% of the population are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the armed forces have a surplus of shots thanks to a gift from a powerful benefactor: China’s People’s Liberation Army. In the Philippines, another PLA donation has helped the majority of service members get vaccinated. In Ethiopia, where the

Colin Powell

Ex-US Secretary Of State Colin Powell Dies Of Covid Complications

BBC TRIBUTES are being paid to former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who has died of Covid-19 complications aged 84. The former top military officer died on Monday morning, his family said. He rose to become the first African-American secretary of state in 2001 under Republican President George W Bush. Powell, who was fully

WHO Names New Team Of Scientists To Take Over Covid Origins Probe

China Morning Post THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has unveiled the team of scientists that will take on the gnarly task of investigating how the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 emerged. The 26-person group, announced on Wednesday, is stacked with experts in virology, epidemiology, animal health and biosecurity, among other fields. Selected by the WHO from

Heathrow airport. The government has scrapped the traffic light system and replaced it with a pared-down ‘red’ list of countries with quarantine restrictions for arrivals.

Half-Term Holiday Bookings Jump 200% After UK Travel Changes

The Guardian HALF-TERM holiday bookings have jumped by 200% compared with August since the government announced a relaxation of travel rules in England, the travel firm Thomas Cook has said. On Friday, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, unveiled plans to simplify the Covid rules around trips abroad from next month, scrapping the traffic light system and

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwan Rolls Out Homegrown Vaccine Amid Criticism

BBC TAIWAN has begun administering its first domestically developed Covid-19 vaccine, amid criticism that its approval was rushed.  The island’s health ministry authorised emergency use of the Medigen vaccine last month although clinical trials are yet to be completed. Taiwan’s vaccination efforts have been hampered by delivery delays and hesitancy amongst its population. President Tsai

150 Workers In US Hospital Lose Jobs For Refusing Vaccination

Sky News More than 150 workers at a Houston hospital system have resigned or been fired after refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Houston Methodist told its employees in April that they had to get vaccinated by 7 June, the first major US healthcare system to make the jabs compulsory. Some 178 people refused and

WHO Says Richer Countries Hoarding Covid Vaccines

BBC A large number of poorer countries receiving Covid-19 vaccines through a global sharing scheme do not have enough doses to continue programmes, the World Health Organization has said. WHO senior adviser Dr Bruce Aylward said the Covax programme had delivered 90 million doses to 131 countries. But he said this was nowhere near enough

Brazil Hits 500 000 Covid Deaths Amid ‘Critical’ Situation

BBC THE number of deaths related to Covid-19 has passed 500,000 in Brazil, the second highest in the world, as experts say the outbreak could worsen amid slow vaccination and the start of winter. The virus continues to spread as President Jair Bolsonaro refuses to back measures like social distancing. The health institute Fiocruz says

Covid: EU Approves Pfizer-BioNTech Jab For 12-15 Year Olds

BBC The EU’s medicines agency (EMA) has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 12-15 year olds – the first jab allowed for this age group in the bloc. Individual member states must now decide if they will offer the jab to children. German leaders gave the green light on Thursday. The US and Canada approved the

Now late...William Shakespeare

World’s First Man To Get Covid-19 Jab Dies Aged 81

MailOnline William Shakespeare, the first man in the world to have the Covid-19 jab, has died in hospital. Tributes were paid to the proud Coventry pensioner, 81, who hit global headlines on December 8 after being vaccinated at the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. His picture appeared on front pages across the world – much to both his

Sniffer Dogs Are 94% Accurate At Detecting Covid

MailOnline Sniffer dogs are more effective than rapid tests at detecting cases of Covid-19 and could soon be deployed at airports, according to a major British study. Researchers found coronavirus has a ‘distinctive odour’ that means specially-trained medical detection dogs can identify infected people, even those without symptoms. Astonishingly, the dogs are able to detect

India: 150 Rotting Bodies Of Covid Victims Wash Up On River Banks

Mail OnLine More than 150 bodies of suspected coronavirus patients have been dumped into the River Ganges amid fears that relatives could not bury or cremate them in latest shocking scene laying India’s crisis bare. The health ministry recorded another 366,161 infections and 3,754 deaths on Monday – both figures are almost certainly undercounts as

WHO Approves Chinese Sinopharm Vaccine

BBC THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has granted emergency approval for the Covid vaccine made by Chinese company Sinopharm. It is the first vaccine developed by a non-Western country to get WHO backing. The vaccine has already been given to millions of people in China and elsewhere. The WHO had previously only approved the vaccines

Lifesaving Oxygen Aid Arrives In India As Death Toll Hits New Record

AFP Mumbai: More emergency medical aid from foreign donors to alleviate a dire oxygen shortage arrived in India on Sunday, as COVID-19 deaths in the South Asian nation rose to a new record. India is setting almost daily records for new infections and deaths as the virus crisis engulfs overstretched hospitals in cities and spreads