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Island with 99% Covid antibody rate found – study

A March study of 2,100 residents in Java, Indonesia’s most populous island, has revealed that 99.2% of people had antibodies for Covid-19. The island is home to 150 million people and the country’s top tourist spot, Bali.  Antibodies are formed in people who have been vaccinated or have recovered from …

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Date for global Covid-19 summit set

The White House announced on Monday that the US, Germany, Belize, Indonesia and Senegal will host the second global Covid-19 summit in May. While the pandemic has been pushed from the headlines in recent months, the Biden administration said a summit is necessary to “bring solutions to vaccinate the world, …

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Country defaults over Covid-19 and Ukraine

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka said it was halting payments on its foreign debt as its dwindling reserves of dollars were needed to purchase food and fuel. “We have come to a situation where the ability to service our debt is very low. That’s why we decided to go for a preemptive …

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Man suspected of getting over 80 Covid jabs – media

An unidentified 61-year-old man received at least 87 Covid-19 shots in the eastern German state of Saxony, the Freie Presse newspaper reported on Friday. On occasion, he is believed to have received as many as three doses in one day. The German Red Cross has pressed charges against the man …

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Fauci assesses chances of more Covid lockdowns

Americans may be in for yet more lockdowns – that’s the stark warning from Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which he made on Thursday. The official cited a new Covid strain which could potentially increase the number of cases. In an …

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China reports first Covid-19 deaths in more than a year

China reported two new deaths from Covid-19 on Saturday – its first fatalities related to the virus since January 2021 – as the country battles a surge in Omicron cases. Both deaths occurred in the northeastern province of Jilin, which has been hit the hardest during the current wave, the …

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CDC slashes Covid-19 death tally

The supposed surge in American children being killed by Covid-19 amid rapid spread of the Omicron variant perhaps didn’t happen after all, as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its data with a sharply lower death toll. The agency’s Covid Data Tracker was updated this week …

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A leading scientist says the world went mad over Covid

Mark Woolhouse is professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, SAGE adviser, and now author of ‘The Year the World Went Mad’, a personal, insider’s view of how the Covid pandemic played out. The book is a very useful review of what happened, even for …

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UK’s Queen Elizabeth has tested positive for Covid-19

UK’s Queen Elizabeth II has contracted Covid, with a recent test yielding a positive result, Buckingham Palace said in a statement released on Sunday. The 95-year-old monarch is said to be experiencing only “mild cold-like symptoms,” and is expected to continue performing “light duties” in the coming days. Last Thursday, …

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