Medical & Health

UPDATE – 4 killed, several injured in Pakistan hotel blast

April 22, 2021

At least four people were killed and a dozen injured Wednesday in a blast in the parking lot of a five-star hotel in southwestern Pakistan, an official said. The blast in Quetta city also destroyed several vehicles with broken glass and pieces of metal seen strewn at the site, footage aired on local broadcaster Dawn […]

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Japan: 1st Olympic torch relay virus case reported

April 22, 2021

Tokyo Olympics organizers have confirmed the first COVID-19 case from the nationwide Olympic torch relay, local media reported on Thursday. The coronavirus patient is a police officer who engaged in traffic control duties in the western Kagawa prefecture last Saturday, according to the Kyodo news agency. The organizers said the officer, who is in his […]

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Delay in measles vaccinations risk African outbreak: UN

April 22, 2021

There is a risk of major measles outbreaks as several African nations have delayed vaccination drives, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. The WHO said 15 African countries delayed measles immunization drives in 2020 to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. The UN health agency said seven countries have completed campaigns but eight remain […]

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Kenya confirms 21 new coronavirus deaths

April 22, 2021

The Ministry of Health in Kenya confirmed new 21 coronavirus-related deaths and 965 infections on Wednesday by conducting 7,311 tests for the virus in the last 24 hours. The new infections include 907 Kenyans and 58 foreigners aged between 3 months old and 103 years. The figures bring the tally of confirmed fatalities to 2,540 […]

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Tension in Basque Country hospitals as COVID surges

April 22, 2021

Infections and hospitalizations in the Basque Country are beginning to soar while much of Spain manages to keep a fourth coronavirus wave at bay. The northern region of Spain reported 937 new infections on Wednesday — a 20% increase from the previous day. The seven-day infection rate is 2.2 times higher than the national average […]

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US jobless claims fall to new coronavirus pandemic-low

April 22, 2021

The number of Americans filing first-time unemployment claims fell to a new low since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Labor Department on Thursday. Initial jobless claims decreased 39,000 to 547,000 last week, its lowest since March 14, 2020, when the figure was 256,000. Analysts expected 617,000 for the week ending April […]

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Zimbabwe receives 1M doses of Chinese Sinovac vaccine

March 30, 2021

Zimbabwe on Tuesday received 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine made by the Chinese firm Sinovac. Last month, Zimbabwe received its first batch of 200,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine donated by the Chinese government. Deputy Health Minister John Mangwiro said that with the new batch, “we are moving forward and we will speed […]

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1 nations pledge to work with WHO to find COVID origin

March 30, 2021

Several countries have committed to working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and international experts to understand the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a joint statement on Tuesday. Australia, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Slovenia, South Korea, the UK and the US said they support a transparent and independent […]

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