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    There is growing concern that the United States may have lost its chance to contain the monkeypox virus, as the nation has been slow to vaccinate those most at risk on a broader scale. “I think we’re going to have to live with it until they vaccinate every high-risk person,” Dr. Robert Murphy, executive director of the Havey Institute for Global Health at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said this week. Vaccinating against monkeypox has been a part of the Biden administration’s response to the global outbreak since the nation identified its first case of the disease in May, but supplies have been limited, even as demand for protection from the virus surges. At first, officials at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that vaccines for monkeypox were being released from the Strategic National Stockpile and offered to the “high-risk” contacts of monkeypox patients, as well as the health-care workers treating them. Vaccinating someone already exposed to monkeypox to help prevent illness is called post-exposure prophylaxis or a ring vaccination strategy. Vaccinating a patient’s...
    People line up outside the Test Positive Aware Network nonprofit clinic to receive the monkeypox vaccine in Chicago, Illinois, July 25, 2022Eric Cox | Reuters The World Health Organization on Wednesday recommended that gay and bisexual men limit their number of sexual partners to protect themselves from monkeypox and help slow transmission of the rapidly spreading virus. The WHO's monkeypox expert, Rosamund Lewis, said men who have sex with men are the group at the highest risk of infection right now. About 99% of cases are among men, and at least 95% of those patients are men who have sex with men, Lewis said. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it is crucial for public health authorities to engage communities of men who have sex with men to reduce transmission of the virus and take care of those infected, while protecting human rights by fighting stigma and discrimination. "For men who have sex with men, this includes for the moment, reducing your number of sexual partners, reconsidering considering sex with new partners, and exchanging contact details with any new partners...
    THE World Health Organization has warned men at risk of catching monkeypox to "limit sexual partners for the moment" as cases across the globe continue to rise. The warning comes as the monkeypox outbreak has grown to nearly 14,000 cases worldwide. 1The WHO has warned men at risk of catching monkeypox to consider 'limiting sexual partners' for the moment Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, the WHO Regional Director for Europe, has warned that "vaccines alone won't end the monkeypox outbreak". More to follow...For the latest news on this story, keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun.
    A WAVE of colds and tummy bugs after Covid rules were lifted caused a surge in rare hepatitis in children, scientists say. At least 12 kids under the age of 10 have needed liver transplants and 263 have been hospitalised with the mystery illness. 1At least 263 children have been hospitalised with the viral liver damage (stock image)Credit: Alamy Doctors were baffled because the young patients were not testing positive for the hepatitis bug. But they now believe the cases were caused by a spike in two viruses that combined to trigger liver damage in some children. Two studies blame a bug called adeno-associated virus 2 and say it spread alongside other common adenoviruses, which cause colds or diarrhoea and vomiting. Serious hepatitis cases were not noticed in the past because they were spread out – but an infections spike when Covid restrictions ended meant dozens came along at once. Dr Antonia Ho, from Glasgow University, said: “All the measures we put in place to reduce transmission of coronavirus meant there was much reduced circulation of seasonal viruses.  “Now that children...
    Monkeypox cases exploded in New York City because the Federal Government failed to supply vaccines quickly, the city's head of public health has insisted. Speaking in an interview with CNN, Dr Ashwin Vasan, commissioner of NYC Health, warned the city's tally of 500-odd cases — the highest in America — was likely just a fraction of the total. He claimed the 'root cause' of the rapid spread of the illness was a failure by federal officials to roll out jabs against the disease quickly. New York City (NYC) and Washington D.C. are offering the jabs to gay or bisexual men who have multiple sexual partners every two weeks in an attempt to put a lid on the outbreak. But their roll outs have been repeatedly blasted for not offering enough doses, with available appointments being fully booked minutes after they are opened. NYC is now delaying second doses — due four weeks after the first dose — because the priority is to roll out first jabs. The city says this is safe, but other experts have raised concerns as this...
    New York City became the first place in America to record more than 100 cases of monkeypox late Wednesday, just over a week after its annual Pride celebrations. The city's Department of Health revealed it has now spotted 119 infections with the tropical disease, up by half on the same time seven days ago. Before the Pride weekend concerns were raised that the events — which drew crowds numbering more than 2 million — could spread monkeypox. In San Francisco officials have already linked several Pride-themed parties in nightclubs to outbreaks of the disease. America has recorded 605 cases of monkeypox to date, with most in New York, California and Florida. No deaths have been reported. Experts warned before the Pride weekend that people should avoid skin-to-skin contact where possible, which is how the virus transmits. But health officials mostly brushed them under the carpet, with little attempt made to put out posters or have boots on the ground warning people over the disease. Just 1,000 doses of a monkeypox vaccine were rolled out — in a city of...
    The United States is among the more than 100 countries that does not meet recommended vaccine coverage thresholds to control a potential outbreak of polio, leaving America vulnerable to an outbreak of the devastating disease. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 92.6 percent of Americans children are vaccinated against polio by their second birthday, falling short of World Health Organization (WHO) threshold of 95%. The virus - which can cause paralysis in some patients - has been stopped in every country in the world except Pakistan and Afghanistan. The WHO warns that as long as it is circulating in these countries, it remains a threat around the world. That threat was realized this week when the UK was placed under high alert after remnants of an infection was found in the nation's sewage - signaling at least one active infection. While polio vaccine uptake is strong in many nations - with over 90% coverage - many still fall short of the 95% mark set by the WHO to control a potential infection. The U.S....
    POLIO is spreading in the UK for the first time in decades, officials claim. Health bosses urged Brits to check their children's jabs are up to date after picking up signs of the virus being passed between individuals. 1Polio is an infectious disease that can spread from person to personCredit: Getty Experts have detected the same bug in London sewage samples since April – a clear signal of a community outbreak. The last case of polio being contracted in Britain was in 1984 and the country was declared polio-free in 2003. Before a vaccine was introduced in the 1950s, epidemics would result in thousands of people being paralysed annually and hundreds of deaths. UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) experts believe a traveller – likely from Pakistan, Afghanistan or Nigeria - shed the virus in their stools after being given the oral polio inoculation. Read more on infections JABS UP Vaccines to be rolled out to more Brits as monkeypox spreads - are you eligible?SPOT CHECK I’m a GP - here’s my tips to treat chickenpox and something you should NEVER do...
    Last week, hundreds of experts in liver health gathered for the World Hepatitis Summit, and one topic dominated the agenda: the mysterious outbreak of hepatitis in children which has gradually spread across 34 countries – including the UK. Speaking at the event, liver expert Dr Philippa Easterbrook said: ‘It is the first time so many severe cases have been seen in children. It is important we understand the cause and take these cases seriously.’ At its most extreme, hepatitis can cause the liver to stop working. So far, more than 240 cases have been reported in the UK, while 11 British children have needed a transplant. What could be behind this is a subject that divides the scientific world. But the latest development comes from intriguing research by Israeli scientists which suggests the answer may lie with Covid-19. Last week, hundreds of experts in liver health gathered for the World Hepatitis Summit, and one topic dominated the agenda: the mysterious outbreak of hepatitis in children which has gradually spread across 34 countries – including the UK Some experts claimed there...
    (CNN) — A monkeypox outbreak continues to grow in countries where the virus isn’t normally found, putting global health officials on high alert. Now with more than 643 cases of monkeypox in dozens of countries where the virus is not endemic, “the sudden appearance of monkeypox in many countries at the same time suggests there may have been undetected transmission for some time,” World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday. READ MORE: Man Charged In Belle Isle Hit-And-Run That Killed 12-Year-Old Girl FILE – This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. The World Health Organization said Friday, May 27, 2022, that nearly 200 cases of monkeypox have been reported in more than 20 countries not usually known to have outbreaks of the unusual disease. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP, File) The virus has been circulating for decades in some places, including parts...
    (CNN)A monkeypox outbreak continues to grow in countries where the virus isn't normally found, putting global health officials on high alert.Now with more than 643 cases of monkeypox in dozens of countries where the virus is not endemic, "the sudden appearance of monkeypox in many countries at the same time suggests there may have been undetected transmission for some time," World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday.The virus has been circulating for decades in some places, including parts of West and Central Africa. In early research posted this week, scientists at the ​​Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh described how the genetic pattern they're seeing suggests that "there has been sustained human to human transmission since at least 2017."More than 550 monkeypox cases have been reported in 30 countries, WHO official saysIn that research, genetic sequences showed that the first monkeypox cases in 2022 appear to have descended from an outbreak that resulted in cases in Singapore, Israel, Nigeria and the United Kingdom from 2017 to 2019.Michael Worobey, an evolutionary biologist and professor at the...
    Pennsylvania has become the latest state to detect a case of monkeypox, health chiefs revealed Thursday. It brings the U.S. tally to 19 across as many as ten states, after another three infections were reported yesterday. Pennsylvania officials are yet to reveal any details of the new case, including its sex, its location and whether it is linked to international travel. But most infections in the U.S. have been detected among gay and bisexual men who had recently returned from abroad.  It is the latest in a global outbreak with more than 500 cases of the tropical disease spotted in two dozen countries outside of West Africa — where it is native. World Health Organization chiefs are calling on people to limit their number of sexual contacts to stop the virus transmitting. Monkeypox has now been detected across 19 U.S. states. Some of these cases have only tested positive for orthopox viruses — a family which includes monkeypox — but it is overwhelmingly likely these will be confirmed as the tropical disease Pictured above are the early spot symptoms triggered...
    Scientists have been raising the alarm about monkeypox's potential to spill out of Africa and fill a gap left by smallpox since 2018. But the warnings went unheeded.  A British scientist at a level four biosecurity lab - which works with smallpox-like viruses - first warned about its epidemic-causing potential four years ago. They warned how the emergence of monkeypox could have 'potentially devastating consequences' due to declining smallpox vaccination rates leaving the majority of the world's population completely unprotected from the virus.     The following year a group of international experts estimated that 70 per cent of the world was vulnerable to monkeypox because they had not been jabbed against smallpox. It comes as another 12 Britons were diagnosed with the tropical illness on Thursday bringing the UK total to 90. The virus has been spotted in 19 countries outside of it usual range so far, making it the widest ranging outbreak ever.  Previously monkeypox has only ever been spotted in a handful of cases outside of central or western Africa and experts say they are surprised...
    Another 36 cases of mysterious pediatric hepatitis in children aged 10 or younger, health chiefs revealed Wednesday — after six deaths were reported in the outbreak. It brings the tally of children affected by the liver inflammation to 216 across 37 states, with Mississippi and Utah the latest to be added to the growing list. No new deaths or liver transplants were reported in the last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in their weekly update with the totals remaining at 14 and six respectively. The agency has refused to reveal where the deaths have occurred sighting 'confidentiality issues', but at least one was registered in Wisconsin health chiefs in the state say.  Globally, the U.S. has recorded the most fatalities and suspected cases out of any nation — although this may be because of strong surveillance. Indonesia has reported five deaths in the outbreak, while both Palestine and Israel have registered one each. Scientists say it will still be weeks before the cause of the cases is revealed, although the CDC continues to consider adenoviruses...
    World Health Organization bosses will hold an emergency monkeypox amid growing fears about the international outbreak. Eleven countries have now detected the tropical virus, which is usually only spotted within Africa. Germany and Belgium today became the latest nations to declare monkeypox cases, while France and Australia announced patients had tested positive overnight. Experts on the UN agency are set to discuss the unusually high rates among gay and bisexual men, it was claimed today. The panelists, reported to include one of the WHO's most senior Covid advisers, will also deliberate how monkeypox vaccines should be dished out to control spiralling cases. Britain's monkeypox outbreak doubled in size today, as Sajid Javid revealed another 11 Britons had tested positive for the virus. The Health Secretary said that he had briefed 'G7 Health Ministers on what we know so far'. No details about the new eleven patients have been released yet.  But six of the previous nine confirmed cases were in men who have sex with men — which officials say is 'highly suggestive of spread in sexual networks'. Experts told MailOnline today...
    EXPERTS fear monkeypox could be passed on during sex, after the UK has seen seven new cases in a matter of weeks. Infections have risen rapidly, after the first patient travelled with the virus back into Britain from Nigeria. 3Case of monkeypox have risen in the last fortnight - with health chiefs probing linksCredit: Alamy Yesterday health chiefs warned gay and bisexual men to be on the lookout for new unexplained rashes. This came after four of the new cases identified as gay or bisexual, having all picked up the bug in London. It led to new theories emerging surrounding the spread of the virus, which could have been due to intimate contact, such as during sex. While it might not mean it is a sexually transmitted disease in the exact sense that HIV is, but in that very close contact means it is passed on more easily. Read more on monkeypoxTROPICAL VIRUS Everything you need to know about monkeypox as cases spread in the UKVIRAL SPREAD Monkeypox spreads in UK as 4 more infections found in scramble to...
    Hawaii became the 25th state to begin probing a case of mysterious hepatitis in a child less than ten years old — after five deaths and more than 100 cases were reported across America. The state's Department of Health said the child was hospitalized with abdominal pain and fever on Maui, its second largest island, at the end of April. It was unclear whether the child — who has not been named — was still in hospital or had been discharged. Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed the grim fatality tally in the U.S., which is the biggest in the world with only Indonesia also reporting three deaths in the outbreak. A total of 15 American children have also been left needing liver transplants by the disease. More than 300 cases have been reported worldwide with most in the UK (160) and U.S. (109), although this is likely because the country's have better surveillance.  Scientists are puzzled as to what is causing the outbreak, but the leading theory suggests it could be due to adenovirus...
    Seven more cases of severe hepatitis have been detected in California, and a child has died in Wisconsin, as the mysterious disease spreads throughout the country.   California's Department of Health said it had detected the cases in 'young' children, who had all been taken ill since October. It takes the U.S. total for suspected hepatitis cases to 27, with the condition now being spotted across seven states — mostly east of the Mississippi river. Wisconsin is the only state to report a suspected child death from hepatitis. If confirmed, it will be the first in the country and second in the world. State officials confirmed to the DailyMail.com that the child had developed the disease after being infected with the adenovirus. Cases of the peculiar illness have already been spotted in Alabama, North Carolina and Delaware. Health chiefs in Illinois and New York are currently probing reports of similar occurrences. The cause of the mysterious illness remains a 'mystery', chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, Dr Anthony Fauci says. But experts have raised concerns that lockdowns weakening immunity in children s or...
    A child has died of suspected hepatitis in the US, with six states now investigating cases of the mystery illness sweeping the world. Wisconsin's Department of Health Services announced four youngsters have been struck down with unusual liver damage. One died and another needed a transplant, officials said.  If the death is confirmed to be down to the unusual type of hepatitis, it would be the first confirmed in the US and second in the world. Cases of the peculiar illness have already been spotted in Alabama, North Carolina and Delaware. Health chiefs in Illinois and New York are currently probing reports of similar occurrences. In total, there have been at least 20 suspected cases in the US.  Dr Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden, said the cause of the illness is 'still a mystery'. Nearly 200 children have been sickened by the condition across the world in up to 14 countries. At least 18 have needed liver transplants.  Nearly 200 children have been sickened by the condition across the world in up to 14 countries since last October *cases in Canada,...
    DOZENS of children all over the world have been struck down with a mystery hepatitis outbreak. It has caused 17 to become so ill they need liver transplants, as experts scrabble to understand what has sparked it. 1Cases have risen over the past few weeks of hepatitis in childrenCredit: Getty - Contributor One youngster has now died, with parents urged to watch out for warning signs. Currently scientists think the most likely cause is an adenovirus - common viruses that cause flu-like and gastro symptoms, and usually resolve without any lasting issues. In kids they generally spark a mild illness, with liver inflammation (hepatitis) rare in healthy youngsters. But last night it was revealed in a UK Health Security Agency report, experts think the adenovirus type 41F could be to blame. Read more on hepatitis GET IN THE KNOW What causes Hepatitis and what are the main symptoms to look out for?HEPATITIS ALERT Parents warned as under 5s hit by hepatitis - with lockdown blamed for rise Many of the infections involve this bug, which usually causes diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal...
    U.S. health officials have sent out a nationwide alert warning doctors to be on the lookout for symptoms of unexplained hepatitis in kids, after clusters of mysterious cases in the US and UK.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding its probe after scores of young children came down with severe liver inflammation, but did not have the viruses hepatitis A, B, or C that usually cause it. In the alert on Thursday, the CDC said it is working with counterparts in Europe to understand the cause of the infections, and urged doctors across the country to report potential cases.  A common cold virus known as an adenovirus has been confirmed in several of the European cases, but not all.  In the UK, researchers have speculated that kids may have weakened immune systems due to rounds of COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. However, the US cases of pediatric hepatitis are so far all in Alabama, a state that did not pursue the most stringent pandemic restrictions, deepening the mystery.  Clusters of mysterious pediatric hepatitis have prompted the CDC to issue a...
    Shanghai, home to the world's largest container shipping port, began a two-part lockdown on March 28 and has yet to announce when restrictions will lift.Yang Jianzheng | Visual China Group | Getty Images The World Health Organization on Monday said it is monitoring a major surge in Covid cases in mainland China, an outbreak that local officials have attributed to the more contagious omicron BA.2 subvariant.  Dr. Kate O'Brien, director of WHO's immunization and vaccine program, said the agency is in contact with public health authorities in China about its Covid resurgence. WHO officials said they need to monitor the effectiveness of regional lockdowns and the country's vaccines, but it doesn't have enough information. "We will continue to follow that situation as it continues to emerge and as they're responding to the situation so that we can understand the nature of the cases, underlying vaccination status and other components there," said during a press briefing from the organization's Geneva headquarters.  The remarks come as China grapples with its worst Covid outbreak since the virus was first discovered in Wuhan over...
    Hong Kong (CNN)How to contain a runaway Covid outbreak, in a city committed to keeping cases at zero? That's the question now facing Hong Kong officials, as daily infections top 4,000, and previous fail-safe systems begin to buckle under the strain of their own uncompromising rules.For almost two years, Hong Kong had relied on a combination of stringent quarantines and sophisticated track-and-trace efforts to isolate positive cases, keeping the city comparatively virus-free -- even as the rest of the world began to loosen restrictions. But those measures no longer appear sufficient in the face of the latest Omicron wave, which officials have described as a "tsunami." Hong Kong's insistence on sending all positive cases to hospital, irrespective of the severity, has led to at least one hospital being so overwhelmed it was forced to move patients on gurneys outside, lining them up in the parking lot.Read MoreMeanwhile, a raft of tightened restrictions and targeted lockdowns have led many experts and residents to question the sustainability of such an approach. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam at a news conference on...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The holiday rush is on at San Francisco International Airpirt, but some are feeling uneasy amid warnings of omicron cases spreading across the country and the globe. Besia Rose is flying to New York, which is seeing the fastest spread of the omicron variant in the country. READ MORE: Suspect Arrested In Murder of Afghan Refugee Working As Lyft/Uber Driver In San Francisco“It makes me nervous, but I’m boosted, and my son’s very good at wearing a mask so we’re going, we’re going to see my newborn baby brother,” she said. But she’s already adjusted her vacation plans. “I’m not seeing a friend tomorrow, because her boyfriend just tested positive but all our plans are just to stay in the house with family,” she added. SFO said this weekend it’s expecting more than 50,000 travelers to fly out of the airport. It’s still at least 10,000 fewer people per day during the pre-pandemic holiday weekend. When asked what level of protection people who are doubled vaccinated and boosted against omicron, Dr. Peter Chin-Hong...
    New Zealand has finally acknowledged what most other countries realised long ago, that it cannot completely eradicate Covid.  Jacinda Ardern is abandoning her draconian 'Zero Covid' strategy after admitting she cannot stop the spread of the Delta variant with harsh lockdown measures and aggressive contact tracing.  The Pacific nation, which has been slow to move on vaccines with only 40 per cent of the population fully jabbed, managed to eliminate the virus last year and stayed largely free until an outbreak of the Delta variant in August after a traveller returned from Australia. The restrictions have been in place despite only a total of 27 deaths recorded throughout the pandemic.  The prime minister enforced what was meant to be a 'short and sharp' nationwide lockdown in response to the Auckland outbreak of the 'game changer' variant, which now stands at 1,357 cases. Jacinda Ardern is abandoning her draconian 'Zero Covid' strategy after admitting she cannot stop the spread of the Delta variant But the harsh measures persisted in an effort to rid the country of the contagious strain, which have so...
    Control of capital Australian It was extended until mid-October by Tuesday by Canberra officials. 400,000 Canberra residents are forced to stay home for a month After the first case was discovered Govit-19 In the city. “This is the safest way to go” The Epidemiology Center, affiliated with the Delta Variation, is highly contagious, with 252 active cases and 276 cured to date. Andrew Barr, head of government in the Australian capital region, said authorities wanted to limit the spread of the virus and vaccinate as many people as possible. “This is the safest way to go. It will make Christmas, the summer holidays and 2022 possible without risk.”, He told a news conference. National Road Map Nearly 53% of the region’s 16-year-olds have received two doses of the vaccine, the highest rate on the largest island-continent, which has been affected by the outbreak for three months in several regions. The vaccination campaign has accelerated in recent months, especially among the millions of people in the southeast of the country, namely Sydney and Melbourne, two of the most populous cities. State...
    Hong Kong (CNN)On July 20, Chinese authorities detected a cluster of Covid-19 cases in the eastern city of Nanjing. The virus soon spread across the country, with dozens of cities reporting infections fueled by the highly infectious Delta variant.At its peak, China was reporting more than 140 new symptomatic cases a day, which, though a tiny proportion of its 1.4 billion population, marked a significant uptick in a country that for months had largely contained the virus' spread. But less than a month later, the outbreak is showing early signs of winding down. Numbers have fallen steadily with the country reporting six new locally-transmitted symptomatic cases on Tuesday, and six more on Wednesday. The apparent turnaround stands in sharp contrast to many other countries still grappling with large Delta-driven outbreaks, including the United States. Delta now makes up more than 93% of all coronavirus cases circulating in the US, and is pushing hospitals past capacity once again. The country could soon see more than 200,000 new cases every day as the virus spreads, particularly among unvaccinated people, experts warn.Read MoreMeanwhile...
    China has placed millions under lockdown as the nation faces the biggest outbreak of the coronavirus in months due to the more transmissible delta variant.  Initial reports from last week noted that the variant had spread to 15 cities, but that number had risen to 20 cities by Monday. The latest outbreak started July 20 with the variant detected on a plane that arrived at Nanjing Lukou International Airport during a routine cleaning.   The infection resulted in 184 new infections since then, of which 52 were linked to the delta variant, Reuters reported.  A worker transporting work tools pass by security personnel outside the Tianjin Binhai No. 1 Hotel where U.S. and Chinese officials are expected to hold talks in Tianjin municipality in China on Sunday, July 25, 2021. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman travelled to China this weekend on a visit that comes as tensions between Washington and Beijing soar on multiple fronts, the State Department said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) "After their work was complete, due to cleaning and protective measures not meeting...
    Fears are growing over a Covid outbreak during the Summer Olympics with Japan seeing cases soar by 20 per cent in the past week and officials warning a healthcare crisis is 'highly possible'. The country recorded 4,204 new infections on Friday - a rise of 785 on the same day the previous week, which saw 3,419 cases reported, according to the Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Infections are also climbing in Tokyo, with the seven-day average daily test positivity rate soaring by 42 per cent, shows data from the capital's Metropolitan Government. Referring to the figures, the authority said it is 'highly possible' that the healthcare system will face a crisis, urging for a 'robust plan and system' amid the increased spread of the Delta variant.  Only 23 per cent of the Japanese population is fully vaccinated. Meanwhile in Britain, 69.5 per cent of adults have received both jabs, according to UK Government data up to July 22. Experts are concerned that the Games, which started yesterday in Tokyo, could accelerate already rising case numbers in the city and...
    SeoulSouth Korea's military has recorded in biggest cluster of Covid-19 infections to date, with more than 80% of personnel aboard a navy destroyer on anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden testing positive.While the 247 cases are not directly linked to new domestic infections, with the destroyer Munmu the Great having left South Korea to start its mission in February, the surge comes as the country battles its worst-ever outbreak of Covid-19 cases at home, with another 1,252 new infections reported for Sunday.The country's Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Monday that just 50 of the ship's complement of 301 personnel had tested negative in an outbreak first reported on July 15. Authorities have begun an operation to airlift them home, while a replacement team will steer the vessel back. South Korean capital bans fast workout music in gyms as Covid measureSunday's number meant new cases in South Korea -- which has so far fared better than many industrialized nations in case numbers and deaths -- have topped 1,100 a day for nearly two weeks in an outbreak stoked by...
    SYPHILIS cases around the world have risen as countries open up again and romances are struck up once more. Currently Ireland is having an outbreak, with "urgent action" required to tackle it. 2STI cases have seen a stark rise as people make up for lost time in the pandemicCredit: Getty - Contributor In England, London is the epicentre for rising syphilis cases. The centre of the capital is the hotspot, with the borough City of London carrying a diagnosis rate of 206 per 100,000. Following are Brighton and Hove (South East), Blackpool (North West), Stockton-on-Tees (North East), Stoke-on-Trent (West Midlands), Leicester (East Midlands), Bournemouth (South West), Cambridge (East) and Hambleton (Yorkshire). Cases have also risen in Australia and the US as countries ease up on Covid restrictions. Melbourne saw a 220 per cent rise in women in May as citizens got back to business, and US has seen a steady increase for years. In Ireland, the majority of cases has been seen in men, the Health Service Executive (HSE) said - coinciding with the country slowly opening up. A statement...
    Filming of Danny Boyle's new Sex Pistols series has been shut down due to a Covid outbreak. The six-episode series, which began principal photography in March, will focus on the iconic punk band during their heyday in the late 1970s, and stars Anson Boon as the group's frontman Johnny Rotten. It's thought that indoor scenes featuring a 'mosh pit' with hundreds of people packed together may have sparked the outbreak, with cast and crew informed filming has been temporarily halted. Drama: Filming of Danny Boyle's new Sex Pistols series has been shut down due to a Covid outbreak (Louis Partridge is pictured in character as Sid Vicious) Extras who were due to take part in a crowd scene this week have since been told to avoid using public transport to prevent a further spread of the virus. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Love Island's Demi Jones showcases her toned legs in a tight... 'They won't be on together for a while!' Loose Women fans... Ant McPartlin shares a laugh with grime superstar Stormzy as... ...
    President Biden admitted that more lives will be lost to the Delta variant of COVID-19, even as he encouraged Americans to enjoy their Fourth of July holiday weekend. Delivering an optimistic message at the White House on positive jobs numbers, he struck an uneasy balance as he warned of more COVID deaths ahead but played down worries that the Delta variant would turn back the clock to the worst days of the pandemic. 'I am concerned that people who have not gotten vaccinated have the capacity to catch the variant and spread the variant to other people who have not been vaccinated,' he said. 'I am not concerned there's going to be a major outbreak, in other words that we're going to have another major epidemic nationwide, but I am concerned that lives will be lost.' President Biden said: 'I am not concerned there's going to be a major outbreak, in other words that we're going to have another major epidemic nationwide, but I am concerned that lives will be lost' AAA is forecasting that more than 47.7 million...
    Israel is facing a fresh surge of coronavirus cases leading to calls for teenagers to be given jabs as even the fully vaccinated are catching the Delta variant of the virus. Israel recorded 125 new cases on Monday - the most per day since April, in a country where more than half the population has been fully vaccinated. The country's latest outbreaks were identified in several schools during random testing and came after Israel rolled back nearly all of its coronavirus restrictions. According to local newspaper Haaretz nine fully-vaccinated teachers in two schools were among those who contracted the virus, as were three fully-vaccinated members of the military, the Israeli Defence Forces announced. At the peak of the country's outbreak in January, Israel was recording some 10,000 daily cases but has since been able to get it under control thanks to its world-leading vaccination programme. On Tuesday, newly-elected Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned of a 'new outbreak' of coronavirus in Israel after the rise in infections, that he said was likely due to returning travellers carrying the Delta variant. Israel...
    The summit of Mount Everest. Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images China will create a "line of separation" at the upcoming summit of Mount Everest to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread among participants from Nepal and Tibet, according to Reuters. The news was first reported by Chinese state media, according to the report. Tibetan guides will set up the "line of separation" before a group of 21 Chinese nationals arrive on the Tibetan side of the mountain, the report said. The Everest base camp in Nepal has been hard hit by cases of COVID-19 since April, the report said. The government of Nepal has so far not announced any changes to the spring climbing season due to the cases, according to Reuters. Loading Something is loading. Sign up for notifications from Insider! Stay up to date with what you want to know. Subscribe to push notifications
    The White House on Friday revealed that the United States will screen airline passengers arriving from two African countries for Ebola 'out of an abundance of caution'. The Centers for Disease Control said that beginning next week, travelers from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea will be funneled to six U.S. airports for health checks. Airlines will collect passenger information for public health follow-up, contact tracing, and intervention for all passengers boarding a flight to the U.S. who were in DRC or Guinea within the previous 21 days. It comes after at least five people died in the latest outbreak in Guinea and four in DRC.  The Centers for Disease Control said that beginning next week, travelers from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea will be funneled to six U.S. airports for health checks due to an outbreak Ebola. Similar restrictions were in place for coronavirus, as pictured in November The CD said it is closely following the outbreaks and that the risk of Ebola to the United States is extremely low but it is bring in...
    Joe Biden will hold a candlelight ceremony Monday at sunset as the United States stands on the brink of 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.  The president will address the nation at 6 p.m. ET to mark the lives lost to the deadly virus.  Then he, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and second gentleman Doug Emhoff will hold a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at sundown on the South Portico of the White House. Biden last month observed America's COVID-19 deaths on the eve of his inauguration with a sundown ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial's Reflecting Pool.  A little more than a year after the first COVID death in the country, the United States stands at the brink of the half-million mark. No other county has had so many deaths from the virus. A year into the pandemic, the running total of lives lost was about 498,000 — roughly the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and just shy of the size of Atlanta.  The figure compiled by Johns Hopkins University surpasses the number...
    BEIJING — More than 360 people have tested positive in a growing coronavirus outbreak south of Beijing in neighboring Hebei province. China’s National Health Commission reported Sunday that 69 new cases had been confirmed in the latest 24-hour period, including 46 in Hebei. The outbreak has raised particular concern because of Hebei’s proximity to the nation’s capital. Travel between the two has been restricted, with workers from Hebei having to show proof of employment in Beijing to enter the city. Hebei has recorded 183 confirmed cases and an additional 181 asymptomatic cases over the last eight days. China does not include those who test positive but do not show symptoms in its official case count. Almost all of the cases are in Shijuazhuang, the provincial capital, which is about 260 kilometers (160 miles) southwest of Beijing. A handful have also been found in Xingtai city, 110 kilometers (68 miles) farther south. Both cities have conducted mass testing of millions of residents, suspended public transportation and restricted residents to their communities or villages for one week. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:...
    DUBLIN — Alameda County’s jail is in the midst of its second-biggest outbreak of the coronavirus inside Santa Rita Jail, the largest it has seen since July. As of Thursday, there are 82 positive COVID-19 cases among jail inmates and staff. But the highest recent surge was reported by the sheriff’s office on Dec. 30, with 109 positive inmates and 12 positive jail staff or contractors. As of Thursday, there are 76 infected inmates and six staff members with positive cases. The jail’s current population is 2,124. The end of December spike was the second-largest surge in cases the jail has seen during the pandemic. In July, there were a reported 110 people who tested positive, and other smaller spikes were seen in August with 25 positive inmates, and again in September with 18 reported cases. Since the height of the surge on Dec. 30, the case numbers appear to be on a downhill trend: On Jan. 4 there were 80 positive inmates, and now 76. Alameda County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said although all new incoming inmates are...
    A man receives a nasal swab COVID-19 test at Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) amid a coronavirus surge in Southern California on December 22, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.Mario Tama | Getty Images Three states across the U.S. have now identified cases of the new coronavirus strain in people with no travel history, a sign that the variant could already be spreading unknowingly among Americans. Florida health officials on Thursday announced that they found the state's first case of Covid-19 with the new, more infectious virus variant. The man, who lives in the county just north of West Palm Beach, is in his 20s with no history of traveling, the Florida Department of Health said in a Twitter post. The Florida man is among the first handful of people to be diagnosed with the new variant, known as B.1.1.7., first identified in the United Kingdom. California has now identified at least four cases of the new strain in San Diego county among men with no reported travel histories. The cases have come only days after...
    By Stefanie Dazio and Tamara Lush | Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Hard-hit California eclipsed 2 million coronavirus cases on Christmas Eve as the U.S. headed into a holiday season of travel and family gatherings that threaten to fuel the deadly crisis across the nation. Despite warnings from public health experts to stay home, over 1.19 million travelers passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints Wednesday — down by about 40% from a year ago, but the highest one-day total since the crisis took hold in mid-March. Airports also recorded around 1 million travelers on each of the five days between last Friday and Tuesday. Ember McCauley, a 21-year-old nursing student at Missouri Western in St. Joseph, was headed Tuesday from Kansas City, Missouri, to Austin, Texas, with family to go wedding dress shopping with a cousin, who is getting married in November. She was returning home on Christmas Eve. She said she was “kind of” anxious about traveling during the pandemic. But she added: “I feel like I eat healthy and I take a lot of precautions, like sanitizing and...
    (CBSDFW.COM) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has joined the global public health community in marking the end of the Ebola outbreak in the province of Équateur in The Democratic Republic Of The Congo. Today marks 42 days, or two incubation periods, since the last survivor tested negative for the virus. “This is a tremendous accomplishment, particularly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. “CDC congratulates the DRC Ministry of Health and partners who have worked tirelessly to overcome challenges and bring this Ebola outbreak to an end.” Reaching this milestone is a great achievement. However, efforts to quickly detect new cases of Ebola must continue for at least six months as cases due to sexual transmission or relapse are always possible following an outbreak. CDC remains committed to supporting the DRC MOH in strengthening key public health capacities to detect and respond to future cases, related to this outbreak or a new introduction of the virus. Before the Ebola epidemic — which is believed to have started in rural...
    Dr. Deborah Birx issued a warning to the nation's governors on Friday that the United States is not 'rounding the turn' of the coronavirus pandemic as claimed by President Donald Trump.  Birx said that states should expect a 'broad surge' of COVID-19 cases as the weather cools, but that one-third of the country is already a coronavirus hotspot.  Her warning came as fellow White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned that the country can not wait to reach herd immunity to the virus as it would entail 'so much suffering and death'.   WH Coronavirus Task Force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx urged governors to promote masks and social distancing on Friday as she warned of a 'broad surge' of COVID-19 cases The warnings from Birx, the White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator, come as the U.S. broke another single-day record for new coronavirus cases, despite the president's insistence that the pandemic is under control.  While cases in the U.S. are soaring, the death rates are currently low compared to the first spike in March.   In the...
    The Czech Republic is facing a 'catastrophic' Covid-19 outbreak and needs a 'miracle' to avoid new restrictions, its prime minister said last night with its infection rate now the highest of any major country in the world.   Andrej Babis said the current lockdown measures 'are not working yet' after the country's coronavirus deaths doubled in the space of two weeks.  Like many countries which escaped lightly from the first wave, the Czech Republic is now seeing record numbers of fatalities, with average daily deaths rising from 14 at the start of October to 111 today - after a peak of just 10 in the spring.  Saturday saw a new record of 126 deaths along with 15,258 cases, and the current infection rate is the highest on the planet except for tiny Andorra.  In addition, the spread of the virus among doctors and medical workers is worsening the strain on Czech hospitals in the current state of emergency.  CZECH CASES: The infection rate in the Czech Republic is now the highest of any major country in the world, with an...
    By The Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — A COVID-19 outbreak in the north of Melbourne has led health authorities in Australia’s Victoria state to hold off on any further easing of restrictions in the beleaguered city. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews withheld any announcement on an easing on Sunday as the state awaits results on 3,000 people who were tested in the city’s north in the past 24 hours. He described it as a “cautious pause” – not a setback – to rule out there wasn’t widespread community transmission linked to the cluster. Among the current restrictions are mandatory wearing of masks and no traveling beyond 25 kilometers (15 miles) from home. At the start of the second wave of cases two months ago, Andrews instituted an overnight curfew and shut down most businesses. “I know it is frustrating,” Andrews said. “I know people are keen to have a long and detailed list of changes to the rules. It is not appropriate for us to do that now.”″ Victoria reported seven new coronavirus cases on Sunday, with six linked to the...
    Winter is coming and so is the prospect of a “twindemic.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and an expert in infectious diseases for the last four decades, told CNBC’s Shepard Smith Monday evening that it was more critical than ever to wear to do these five things: wear a mask, social distance, avoid crowded spaces, do things outdoors where possible, and wash your hands frequently. “I think we’re facing a whole lot of trouble,” Fauci said. “We have a baseline of infections now that vary between 40,000 and 50,000 per day. That’s a bad place to be when you’re going into the cooler weather of the fall, and the colder weather of the winter. In addition, we would like to see the percent positivity be coming down.” Over 215,000 have died in the U.S. from COVID-19. “ ‘We have a baseline of infections now that vary between 40,000 and 50,000 per day. That’s a bad place to be.’ ” — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy...
    Sorority sisters at the University of Washington are reportedly being forced to quarantine in the basements of their houses as coronavirus cases soar on Greek Row. As students returned to classes for the fall earlier this week, UW has announced a staggering 212 new cases of coronavirus across 15 fraternities and sororities. That’s up from 179 cases as of Tuesday afternoon, and 131 cases on Friday - a jump of around 72 percent in just five days.   The school previously experienced an outbreak back in in the summer. But vowing to have learned their lesson, Chapter leaders cut the number of residents in each house by half, moved rush week online, and put placed a ban on all social events ahead of the fall semester. However, speaking on the grounds of anonymity, multiple Greek life members told the Daily Beast that the measures weren’t enough and now they’re scrambling to try and control the latest outbreak, quarantining members in their basements and blocking off stalls in shared bathrooms. ‘I don't think people learned their lesson from the summer,’ one sorority...
    Hours after we called out major Denver-area grocery stores, among others, for slacking on COVID-19 safety even as hospitalizations from the novel coronavirus are on the rise, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released its weekly outbreaks report; a record number of new entries include the first appearances in months by King Soopers and Costco outposts. Two King Soopers stores make the list, including King Soopers #1, at 1331 Speer Boulevard. The Costco is at 6400 West 92nd Avenue in Westminster. The CDPHE considers an entity an outbreak after two or more COVID-19 cases among residents, staffers or other people connected to a specific location are confirmed within a fourteen-day period, or two or more cases of respiratory illness with an onset of symptoms within a fourteen-day period are paired with at least one additional COVID-19 diagnosis.Related Stories Denver Stores Dropping Many COVID-19 Safety Procedures Polis Rips Trump as Terrible COVID-19 Example CSU Kicking CU Boulder's A$$ on COVID-19 Safety The CDPHE's October 7 update lists 833 outbreaks: 236 active, 597 considered resolved. It adds 63 new outbreaks...
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