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China COVID-19 cases double in a day; the latest health stories from around the world

China reported nearly 3,400 daily COVID-19 cases on Sunday, double the previous day, forcing lockdowns in virus hotspots as the country contends with its gravest outbreak in two years www.theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/13/china-battles-worst-covid-outbreak-for-two-years-as-cases-double-in-24-hours? A nationwide surge in cases has seen authorities close schools in Shanghai and lock down several north-eastern cities, as almost 19 provinces battle clusters of …

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COVID-19 cases falling globally; the latest health stories from around the world

Global COVID cases and deaths have dropped, except in key hot spots. Overall, cases declined 16% last week compared to the week before, reflecting a 4-week downward trend. Meanwhile, deaths dropped by 10%. Of the more than 10 million cases reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) last week, the countries that reported the most …

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International HPV Awareness Day 2022 – an interview with Benda Kithaka, KILELE Health, Kenya

The international HPV awareness day is observed each year to sensitise the global audience on the value of prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of human papillomavirus. These efforts aim to increase awareness and reduce stigma around the disease, thereby eliminating it and lowering the cervical cancer burden. In Africa, HPV is a highly prevalent virus …

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COVID-19 sourced to a market in Wuhan? The latest health stories from around the world

Scientists released a pair of extensive studies on Saturday that point to a market in Wuhan, China, as the origin of the coronavirus pandemic. Analysing data from a variety of sources, they concluded that the coronavirus was very likely present in live mammals sold in the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in late 2019 and suggested …

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Queen Elizabeth tests positive for COVID-19; the latest health stories from around the world

Queen Elizabeth II has been infected with the coronavirus, Buckingham Palace said on Sunday, becoming one of the world’s most prominent figures to battle the virus and rattling the country she has led for seven decades. The palace issued few details about the condition of the queen, who turns 96 in April. “Buckingham Palace confirm …

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Canada continues its struggle with vaccine-mandate protests; the latest health stories from around the world

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/13/world/americas/canada-trucker-protest.html There’s been a breakthrough in Canada engulfed in anti-Covid vaccine mandates by irate truckers. Law enforcement officials said Sunday that they had reopened a major international bridge that protesters had been blockading for almost a week, raising hopes for industries that the unrest had slowed to a near-standstill. As they announced that the Ambassador …

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“Human challenge” study grants insights into COVID treatments and variants; the latest health stories from around the world

Earlier this month, researchers in the United Kingdom posted the results of a first-of-its-kind study in which healthy young volunteers were purposely infected with an early strain of the pandemic coronavirus (www.science.org/content/article/scientists-d) As hoped, none of the participants got seriously ill, and scientists were able to closely track their symptoms and gain unique insight into how both …

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Vaccine equity issues among Omicron surge; the latest health stories from around the world

A year and twenty days since the first jab was given, 10 billion Covid shots have been administered globally. However, gaps persist in who gets the vaccine since the milestone has not been arrived at equitably. Theoretically, 10 billion doses could have meant at least one shot for each of the world’s 7.9 billion people. …

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Indonesia plans new global health agency; the latest health stories from around the world

Indonesia plans to propose the creation of a new global health agency when leaders meet at the Group of 20 Summit. The agency will set up standard operating procedures for international travel and health protocols, as well as procure vaccines and ensure access and investment in medical equipment and medicines for developing countries, President Joko …

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