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Biden says delta Covid variant is 'particularly dangerous' for young people

"The data is clear: If you are unvaccinated, you're at risk of getting seriously ill or dying or spreading it," Biden said from the White House.

Peter Thiel-backed psychedelic start-up's shares pop in Wall Street debut

The German biotech's initial public offering was priced Thursday night at $15 per share, the high end of the expected range.

New Jersey has fully vaccinated 4.7 million people, a goal it met two weeks early, Gov. Murphy says

New Jersey met its goal of fully vaccinating more than 4.7 million people two weeks early, Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday.

WHO says delta is becoming the dominant Covid variant globally

Covid-19 variant delta, first identified in India, is becoming the dominant variant of the disease worldwide, the WHO's chief scientist said Friday.

New Covid study hints at long-term loss of brain tissue, Dr. Scott Gottlieb warns

Dr. Scott Gottlieb warned about the potential long-term effects of Covid and pointed to a new study that suggests brain tissue is being destroyed.

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TRAVEL: Germany plans to maintain border restrictions after pandemic laws end

The German government is preparing legislation that will allow the Health Ministry to impose travel restrictions on entry from certain countries after the emergency pandemic laws have been lifted.

The most common problems with the Spain Travel Health app and some potential solutions

The official government website or app which travellers flying to Spain have to download their health control form and QR code from before travel reportedly has bugs, poor design and bad translations that is confusing to international users. 

Several hurt as French police break up mass rave

Eleven police officers were injured in the early hours of Saturday morning in western France, as they broke up a 1,500-strong illegal rave, authorities said, with one party-goer losing a hand in the clashes.

How a new Berlin museum is carefully exploring Germany's wartime suffering

A new museum dedicated to the long-silenced trauma of German civilians forced to flee eastern Europe at the end of World War II opens next week after decades of wrenching debate.

Face masks to cafés: What Covid-19 rules are still in place in France?

Falling Covid-19 cases in France have prompted the government to ease certain restrictions earlier than anticipated - but some rules still remain. Here's a round-up of what restrictions and face mask rules you need to respect.

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Tokyo Olympics: Ugandan tests positive for Covid in Japan

The Ugandan was part of a nine-member squad which were fully vaccinated, reports say.

Trans US veterans to be offered gender surgery for first time

Veterans Affairs officials announce they will cover surgery for trans veterans for the first time.

Covid: Brazil hits 500,000 deaths amid 'critical' situation

Experts warn the outbreak could worsen amid a slow vaccination programme and the start of winter.

Thelma & Louise stars recall male backlash to film 30 years on

Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon reflect on the role of women in film at an anniversary screening.

Iran election: Israel PM warns world of Ebrahim Raisi

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attacks Iran as a "regime of brutal hangmen" at a cabinet meeting.

Ethiopia elections: The misinformation circulating online

As Ethiopians prepare to go to the polls, false and misleading content has been spreading online.

K-wave: How fans are supporting their favourite idols

From buying billboard space to food trucks, here's how fans of Korean pop culture support their idols.

'War on Terror': Are big military deployments over?

Twenty years on from the "War on Terror", is it the end of big military deployments to warzones?

Antwerp: Five construction workers killed in school building site collapse

All of the victims were construction workers who had been building the new primary school.

In pictures: 1,000 Dreams to mark World Refugee Day

Refugees across Europe set out to record the lives of those who have also fled persecution.

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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).

WHO issues its first emergency use validation for a COVID-19 vaccine and emphasizes need for equitable global access

The World Health Organization (WHO) today listed the Comirnaty, COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for emergency use, making the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine the first to receive emergency validation from WHO since the outbreak began a year ago.

COVID-19: One year later – WHO Director-General’s new year message

In his end of year message for 2020, WHO Director-General says there is light at the end of the tunnel in the fight against COVID-19. But going into 2021, he urges countries and communities to work together, in solidarity, to overcome this and future health challenges.