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CDC urges people with weak immune systems to take extra precautions after Covid subvariants knock out Evusheld

Evusheld was a key antibody treatment taken by people with weak immune systems as an added layer of protection.

FDA proposal would allow gay men in monogamous relationships to donate blood

The FDA said the policy would shift to an individual assessment that evaluates an individual's risk regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

What diabetes is revealing about the benefits and risks of personal medicine connected to the internet

Personal medical devices for conditions such as diabetes and sleep apnea are connecting to the internet, introducing privacy, hacking and health risks.

FDA withdraws Covid antibody treatment Evusheld because it's not effective against 93% of subvariants

Many take Evusheld as an additional layer of protection because the vaccines do not trigger a strong immune response for them.

FDA advisors recommend replacing original Covid vaccine with bivalent omicron shots for all doses

Currently, Pfizer's and Moderna's omicron shots are authorized as a booster, while the first two doses are still the old shots based on the original strain.

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French Prime Minister Macron doubles down on pension age as strikes loom

France's prime minister on Sunday ruled out backtracking on a plan to raise the retirement age as unions prepared for another day of mass protests against the contested reform.

The best events and festivals in Austria in 2023

From music festivals to sporting competitions, Austria is home to some great events. Here are the key dates for your diary in 2023.

Will Norway's cost of living crisis ease in 2023?

A number of crises - from the pandemic to the war in Ukraine - battered the personal finances of Norwegians last year. What does 2023 have in store for Norway?

Zurich hit by affordable housing shortage amid record-high immigration

Switzerland’s largest city has experienced an unprecedented influx of foreigners in 2022. But finding affordable housing is a growing problem.

13 ways to make your life in Italy easier without really trying

Living in Italy can be challenging, with bureaucracy, local dialects and new customs to get used to. Here are some tips on how to make life easier without too much effort involved.

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Tyre Nichols: Police unit is disbanded after death

The so-called Scorpion special unit will be disbanded after its officers were seen beating Mr Nichols.

Tyre Nichols: What is the 'Scorpion' unit of Memphis police?

The special police squad unit focuses on violent crime, but critics say it has a reputation for brutality.

New US childhood obesity guidelines criticised by families

Some families worry that new guidelines from US paediatricians prioritise surgery and intensive therapy.

Jerusalem shooting: Israel proposes looser gun laws after attacks

Two separate attacks have left at least seven dead and five seriously injured.

'Elon Musk has made me embarrassed to drive my Tesla now'

Elon Musk was once hailed as the secret to Tesla's success. Now he's one of its problems.

Nigeria floods: Songs and testimonies from a drowning world

Portraits of communities devastated by the worst recorded floods in Nigeria.

Television frontman Tom Verlaine dies at 73

His band rose to fame in the 1970s New York punk scene, scoring UK hits including Marquee Moon.

Unanswered questions from videos of Tyre Nichols' arrest

The footage shows a brutal beating but we still don't know why officers decided to stop his car.

Petr Pavel: Ex-general beats populist rival in Czech election

Defeated former PM Andrej Babis conceded to retired Nato general Petr Pavel on Saturday afternoon.

New Zealand: Auckland cleans up after 'unprecedented' floods

At least three people are killed as New Zealand's largest city is hit by record rainfall.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Case Tracker

Provided by Johns Hopkins University this COVID-19 Global Case Tracker Dashboard shows you the most up-to-date information about the global spread of the new corona virus.

About the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern regarding COVID-19 on 30 January 2020, and later declared a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of 2 June 2021, more than 171 million cases have been confirmed, with more than 3.56 million confirmed deaths attributed to COVID-19, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in history.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are highly variable, ranging from none to life-threateningly severe. COVID-19 transmits when people breathe in air contaminated by droplets and small airborne particles. The risk of breathing these in is highest when people are in close proximity, but they can be inhaled over longer distances, particularly indoors. Transmission can also occur if splashed or sprayed with contaminated fluids, in the eyes nose or mouth, and rarely via contaminated surfaces. People remain contagious for up to 20 days, and can spread the virus even if they do not develop any symptoms.

Recommended preventive measures include social distancing, wearing face masks in public, ventilation and air-filtering, hand washing, covering one's mouth when sneezing or coughing, disinfecting surfaces, and monitoring and self-isolation for people exposed or symptomatic. Several vaccines have been developed and widely distributed since December 2020. Current treatments focus on addressing symptoms, but work is underway to develop medications that inhibit the virus. Authorities worldwide have responded by implementing travel restrictions, lockdowns and quarantines, workplace hazard controls, and business closures. Numerous jurisdictions have also worked to increase testing capacity and trace contacts of the infected.

The pandemic has resulted in significant global social and economic disruption, including the largest global recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It has led to widespread supply shortages exacerbated by panic buying, agricultural disruption, and food shortages. However, there have also been decreased emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. Numerous educational institutions and public areas have been partially or fully closed, and many events have been cancelled or postponed. Misinformation has circulated through social media and mass media, and political tensions have been exacerbated. The pandemic has raised issues of racial and geographic discrimination, health equity, and the balance between public health imperatives and individual rights.

Source: Wikipedia (June 2, 2021)

Please find below further updates from The World Health Organization (WHO).

Suspension of supply of COVID-19 vaccine (COVAXIN®)

Suspension of supply of Covaxin produced by Bharat, through UN procurement agencies and recommending to countries that received the vaccine to take actions as appropriate.

WHO, Qatar, FIFA leaders agree actions to promote health at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

As part of a unique global partnership to promote health, the senior leadership of the World Health Organization (WHO), the State of Qatar and FIFA today agreed a range of measures that will be implemented at this year’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ to protect and encourage health; and take lessons learned from the first tournament in the Middle East and Arab world to share with future mega sporting events.

The heads of WHO, Qatar Ministry of Public Health, FIFA and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) met together for the first Steering Committee meeting of the “Healthy FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – Creating Legacy for Sport and Health” partnership. Launched in late 2021, the partnership is committed to:

"The State of Qatar is proud to be the first country from the Middle East to host the FIFA World Cup,” said HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Qatar’s Minister of Public Health and Chair of the Steering Committee Meeting. “Our overall goal is not just to hold a successful sporting event, but to also show how football and sports in general can be drivers of better health for all people. This is why we are working so closely with WHO, FIFA and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.”

At today’s meetings, the Steering Committee leaders agreed a range of action areas to be taken for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and future events, including:

“WHO is committed to working with the State of Qatar and FIFA to leverage the global power of football to help people lead the healthiest lives possible,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “This partnership will help to make the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 a role model for healthy sporting events.”

The first-of-its-kind agreement was also lauded by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who said, “It’s important that the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East will be the healthiest World Cup ever. Here, we put our efforts together through this innovative partnership to promote health in a different way, using the power of football to communicate certain messages. We have been working together on different awareness campaigns and what better platform now than the FIFA World Cup for passing the Health for All message?"

“You have to do whatever you can to protect your health and that of those around you. That is part of education and that is why we are proud to be part of this team here. We need health for football, and we need football for health. Let’s win this World Cup, our World Cup, which is a World Cup of humanity in the end,” Mr Infantino added.

As part of the agreement, two SC legacy programmes – Generation Amazing and B4Development (B4D) – will provide operational and technical collaboration on a range of projects. Generation Amazing is a football for development programme that has positively impacted more than 725 000 people globally since being launched during Qatar’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup™, while B4D is the region’s first “nudge unit” that utilizes behavioural science to solve a range of societal issues.

H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, SC Secretary General, said, “As FIFA World Cup hosts, Qatar has worked to underscore the importance of leaving sustainable and transformative social legacies that improve lives – in Qatar, within our region and around the world.”

“This partnership is critical for us as we prepare for hosting the world at the end of this year in the context of the pandemic, which has affected so many lives around the world.  We’re engaging in every effort along with local and international partners to ensure a healthy and safe FIFA World Cup.”

“Together, our work with FIFA and WHO will add to our current efforts, including projects delivered by our legacy programmes such as Generation Amazing and B4Development, to ensure the first FIFA World Cup in our region serves as a benchmark for future mega-events across the globe,” he added.

Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, reinforced the Organization’s commitment to advancing health for all in the Region, and said that the partnership between WHO and Qatar would support improvements in physical activity, mental health and organized sports.

“WHO looks forward to working closely with Qatar in the months ahead to use the platform that sporting events offer to bring people together and foster solidarity, which is the core of our regional vision of 'Health for all by all: a call for solidarity and action', while at the same time promoting healthier habits, from diet to physical activity, for people of all ages, genders and cultures.”