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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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Australia redesigns ‘Covid-tainted’ national logo

Australia has changed its national brand logo after the previous iteration was mocked for bearing a close resemblance to a Covid-19 particle. The new logo, which was unveiled on Friday, features a minimalist kangaroo made of boomerangs and ‘Australia’ in dark green capital letters below. The logo will be accompanied …

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China gives green light to Pfizer Covid pill

China has given conditional approval to the importation and use of Pfizer’s Covid-19 antiviral pill Paxlovid. The Chinese drug regulator noted, however, that further research into the medicine is needed for it to be granted general approval. China’s National Medical Products Administration announced on Saturday that it had “conducted an …

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South Korea limits Covid-19 care

South Korea will limit Covid-19 care to those who are over the age of 60 or have underlying health conditions from Thursday, with the rest of cases forced to undergo ‘self-treatment’ at home as cases of the Omicron variant rise. ‘Low-risk’ cases – or those with Covid-19 who are under …

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