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    THE Queen has been inundated with good wishes after Buckingham Palace revealed doctors were concerned for her health. Her Majesty, 96, is currently under medical supervision at Balmoral where she is said to be resting. 1The Queen is under medical supervision at Balmoral, the Palace said todayCredit: PA Prince Charles, Camilla and William have rushed to be by her side, it was confirmed today. And Meghan and Harry, who had been due to carry out an engagement in London tonight, are also on their way to Scotland. But figures from across the nation have joined in wishing the monarch well from afar. Prime Minister Liz Truss said "the whole country will be deeply concerned by the news", adding: "My thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time." READ MORE ON THE QUEENREST UP MA'AM William & Charles rush to Balmoral to be by Queen’s side amid health fearsQUEEN BILL OF HEALTH? Latest news and health update on the Queen While...
    The Queen has been receiving 'unusual' daily morning visits from the Prince of Wales at Balmoral, as reports of her mobility problems continue. Royal experts say unplanned visits between Prince Charles and his mother are uncustomary, and they are usually arranged by household staff. Her Majesty is not expected to travel to London to appoint a new Prime Minister next month, with the likelihood that Boris Johnson and his successor will instead make the 1,000 mile trip to the Scottish estate, The Sun reports. The Queen's advisors are reportedly worried about her comfort during the next PM's 48-hour visit, after more than a year of mobility troubles. Traditionally, the Queen receives a public welcoming party on her arrival to Balmoral but this has been moved behind doors. The Queen (pictured) has been receiving 'unusual' daily morning visits from the Prince of Wales, as reports of her mobility problems continue Royal experts say unplanned visits between Prince Charles (pictured) and his mother are uncustomary, and they are usually arranged by household staff The Queen has also been absent from her regular Sunday...
    Royalist is The Daily Beast’s newsletter for all things royal and Royal Family. Subscribe here to get it in your inbox every Sunday. There was renewed speculation over Queen Elizabeth’s health Monday after it was revealed that a traditional public welcoming ceremony, usually held outside Balmoral Castle to mark the start of the queen’s summer holidays in Scotland, will this year take place behind closed doors. The event, which usually sees the queen inspect a guard of honor at the gates of Balmoral Castle, will now take place “privately within the grounds of Balmoral” a royal source told The Daily Beast. Last year, the event involved the queen inspecting a guard of honour, and meeting a tiny Shetland pony which is the official mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. The ceremony is typically seen as marking the beginning of her summer holidays in Scotland, where she usually stays until October. This year, the event will be held privately instead. The designation of the event as private means that the queen, who has been suffering from “episodic mobility problems”...
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s health minister, an epidemiologist by training who has led the country’s fight against COVID-19 since December, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach’s ministry said early Friday that the 59-year-old has only light symptoms and is working from home. It said that Lauterbach has had four vaccine shots and his infection “shows that, with the highly contagious omicron variant, an infection can’t be entirely ruled out even with utmost caution.” Germany, like many other countries, has seen large — though recently declining — numbers of cases this summer as new subvariants of omicron drive infections. The government said on Wednesday that some basic restrictions would remain in place during the coming fall and winter, when experts expect COVID-19 cases to rise again as people spend more time indoors. ___ Follow AP’s coverage of the pandemic at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    COVID restrictions could return with face masks and free lateral flows brought back, a health minister has warned. Lord Syed Kamall said it was to help protect the NHS if the latest spike in cases and hospital admissions hindered the health service's ability to treat other conditions. 3A Tory health minister said No 10 was prepared to reintroduce Covid restrictions to help with NHS cope with a backlogCredit: Getty 3The government is also considering reintroducing free Covid testsCredit: EPA He told the House of Lords that doctors are still focusing on the massive backlog caused by the pandemic. "If it gets to a point where it is affecting the backlog then clearly measures may well have to be introduced," the junior health minister said. It comes as individual hospitals have already started to reintroduce face masks and social distancing in corridors and waiting rooms as Covid hospital admissions near an 18-month high. There were 1,911 Covid admissions in England on July 4 - the latest data to come out - and it's expected to rise further in the coming days....
    BORIS JOHNSON is hanging on by a thread after a Cabinet revolt - sparked by the resignations of Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid - left him on the brink as PM. The embattled Prime Minister is fighting for his political life after an avalanche of ministers and top aides quit in the wake of the PM's handling of the Chris Pincher scandal. A poll of more than 1,000 Sun readers saw Rishi Sunak come out on top when asked who should replace Boris. The former Chancellor received 36.66% of the vote with Ben Wallace second on 21.82%, Liz Truss third with 14.49% and Penny Mordaunt fourth on 13.96%. Jeremy Hunt received just 7.24% with Nadhim Zahawi receiving 5.83% of the vote. But who could replace the PM if he also resigns? Here are the runners and riders with their bookies’ odds and whether they voted for or against Brexit. 9The PM lost his Chancellor and Health Secretary on Tuesday sparking to the chaosCredit: Getty Rishi Sunak - Odds: 5/1 9The departing Chancellor is favourite to replace BorisCredit: Elliott Franks...
    "As any physician or health expert will tell you, it's critical you go and get the shot that's waiting for you," he continued. "Like the virus, immunity also evolves and Omicron has cruelly made us understand that two doses is no longer enough." Though Duclos claimed that Canada is "behind" in boosters, 86% of Canadians age 5 and older have received at least the initial two-shot vaccinations. "If you look at our vaccination rate, we had the highest in the entire G10," Dr. Fahad Razak said. "We had the lowest number of people infected and lowest of people dying." G10 refers to the G7 countries, plus Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. But despite these high rates of vaccination, officials are still preparing for a resurgence of COVID this fall, and Duclos refused to rule out the possibility of more vaccine mandates. When reporters asked him about a return to mandates, Duclos gave nebulous, boilerplate responses. "We must continue to fight against COVID," he said. "We want to be prepared for next fall and that requires an up-to-date vaccination, which...
    STEPHEN Barclay has been given one of the largest portfolios in the Government after the Covid pandemic - health. Here's what we know about the new boy in the post as he takes over after Sajid Javid's shock resignation. 1 Stephen Barclay has been appointed Brexit SecretaryCredit: Press Association Images Who is Stephen Barclay? Stephen Paul Barclay has been MP for North East Cambridge since May 2010. The 46-year-old grew up in Lancashire before joining the Army and attending Sandhurst. He served as a Second Lieutenant with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers for five months. After his short military career he read history at Cambridge University before training as a lawyer and going on to a career in The City. He joined the Conservative Party in 1994 after leaving Cambridge and was twice an unsuccessful parliamentary candidate, contesting Manchester Blackley in 1997 and Lancaster & Wyre in 2001. In 2007 he became Organiser of the Carlton Political Dinner which raises funds for the Conservative Party’s target seats. Barclay was selected in January 2008 to replace outgoing North East Cambridgeshire MP,...
    Colombo, Sri LankaDoctors and bankers were among hundreds of Sri Lankans who marched on Wednesday to demand the government resolve a severe fuel shortage at the heart of the Indian Ocean island's worst economic crisis in decades or step down.Weeks of street demonstrations against cascading woes such as power cuts and shortages of food and medicine brought a change in government last month after nine people were killed and about 300 injured in protests.Left with just enough fuel for about a week and fresh shipments at least two weeks away, the government restricted supplies on Tuesday to essential services, such as trains, buses and the health sector, for two weeks.The prime minister's office said in a statement a government-ordered petrol shipment would arrive on July 22, while Lanka IOC, a unit of Indian Oil Corporation, is expecting a shipment of petrol and diesel around July 13. "The government is also attempting to secure fuel shipments at an early date. However, until those are confirmed, the details would not be released," the statement said.Read MoreDoctors, nurses and medical staff say that...
    Ireland’s pro-lockdown health minister has said that he may reintroduce forced mask-wearing lockdown measures ostensibly to curb the spread of COVID-19. Stephen Donnelly, Ireland’s pro-lockdown Minister for Health, has said that he may reintroduce forced mask-wearing ostensibly to curb the spread of the Chinese coronavirus, telling the public to “never say never” in regards to the restrictions. According to a report by the Irish Independent, Donnelly warned that forced mask-wearing in shops and public transport may be reintroduced if deemed necessary by Irish state mandarins. “You couldn’t rule that out,” the minister told the publication on Sunday. “It’s not where we’re at, but you can never say never.” While the Fianna Fáil minister noted that he was not receiving such recommendations to reintroduce the measure as of yet, his admission that such lockdown restrictions could come back into force arise shortly after the country’s Deputy PM, Leo Varadkar, expressed concern about Ireland’s COVID case numbers. “[The] Number of people in hospital who are positive for COVID has risen above 300. ICU cases rising too,” Varadkar wrote on social media. “Could be...
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s health minister urged residents and visitors to wear face masks indoors to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, but he acknowledged that current data doesn’t justify making mask use a legal requirement. An indoor mask mandate largely lapsed across Germany this spring, with the requirement remaining for places such as hospitals and care homes. The libertarian Free Democratic Party, which is part of the country’s governing coalition, has been particularly vocal in pressing for an end to COVID-19 measures. German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, an epidemiologist by training, said Germany was experiencing an expected increase in cases that amounted to a “summer wave.” The country has recently reported between 50 and 130 coronavirus-related deaths a day, according to official figures. “I ask those who want to protect themselves or others to wear masks indoors,” Lauterbach, a member of the Social Democrats, told reporters in Berlin, noting that cases could continue rising over the coming months. “Voluntarily wearing masks needs to be a normality indoors.” The dominant variant circulating in Germany is comparatively mild, and many...
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam’s health minister and the mayor of the capital Hanoi have been arrested as part of an expanding investigation into massive price gouging of COVID-19 tests, state media reported. Nguyen Thanh Long was dismissed from his ministry post and Chu Ngoc Anh, who previously was the science minister, was fired as Hanoi mayor, Tuoi Tre online news outlet reported Tuesday. They are being investigated for abuse of power, according to the Ministry of Public Security, and have been expelled from the ruling Communist Party. An investigation concluded earlier that mismanagement in the science and health ministries had allowed Viet A Technology Corporation to inflate prices for test kits supplied to hospitals and health centers in Vietnam. Nearly 60 suspects including ministry officials, public health leaders and military generals have been detained or are being investigated for involvement in the price gouging, according to the Ministry of Public Security. The report said the two officials’ violations had harmed Vietnam’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and were costly to the state budget. A deputy science minister,...
    Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has claimed that Jeremy Hunt, Britain’s longest-serving Health Secretary, wanted a China-style regime in which people testing positive for Covid would be taken from their homes and confined in “isolation hotels”. Dorries and Hunt were sparring ahead of the confidence vote among Conservative (Tory) Members of Parliament (MPs) on Boris Johnson’s leadership of their party, with Hunt having publicly called for Johnson’s ouster. “Having been trusted with power, Conservative MPs know in our hearts we are not giving the British people the leadership they deserve,” asserted Hunt, Health Secretary from 2012 to 2018, Foreign Secretary from 2018 to 2019, and now a backbencher believed to be a likely challenger for the Tory leadership, in a series of social media posts. “[B]ecause we are no longer trusted by the electorate… we are set to lose the next general election,” he went on, concluding with a Barack Obama-style plea that “[t]oday’s decision is change or lose [the next election]” and “I will be voting for change”. This prompted Dorries, a serving member of Johnson’s Cabinet, to reveal some...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s health minister said Thursday the country has marked its first day after more than two years without a single COVID-19 death, lauding this as a significant milestone for a nation that long had the highest number of coronavirus cases in the Middle East. The ministry reported 175 new cases over the past day, bringing Iran’s number of confirmed cases during the pandemic to more than 7,230,000. Iran’s officially registered death toll stands at 141,318. “Iran has experienced the first day without a coronavirus death while America and Europe still have high casualty rates,” tweeted Health Minister Bahram Einollahi. At its peak in the pandemic, in August 2021, Iran registered more than 50,000 new cases a day. That same month also marked the highest daily number of fatalities, 709 deaths a day. Earlier this year, in February, authorities said the aggressive omicron variant was dominant in Iran and urged hospitals to prepare for a new wave of infections and hospitalizations. Like many middle-income countries, Iran has relied on Sinopharm, the state-backed Chinese vaccine. The...
    (CNN)Senegalese President Macky Sall has fired his health minister as the country mourns eleven babies killed by a fire at the neonatal ward of a hospital in the western city of Tivaouane.Health Minister Diouf Sarr was relieved of his duties Thursday, and has been replaced by a senior ministry official, Marie Khemesse Ngom Ndiaye, according to a government statement.Sarr was attending the World Health Assembly conference in Geneva during the time of the fire at the Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital, which occurred late Wednesday. He cut short his trip and returned to Senegal Thursday, the health ministry said.Before his dismissal, Sarr told local radio station RFM that the blaze which engulfed the Tivaouane hospital's newborn unit was caused by an electrical short circuit.Senegal has been rocked by a number of recent health care scandals, including a fire last year at the neonatal unit of a hospital in Linguere, in the country's north. Four babies were killed in the Linguere hospital fire, the health ministry said last April.Fire that killed 11 newborn babies in Senegal hospital may have been...
    (CNN)Eleven newborn babies have died after a fire that broke out in the neonatal department at the Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital in the western Senegalese city of Tivaouane, said the country's president Macky Sall on Thursday. "I just learned, with pain and consternation, the death of 11 newborn babies," Sall said in a tweet."I express my profound compassion to their mothers and their families," he added. CNN has contacted the hospital, but has not yet heard back. In a statement later Thursday, the country's health ministry said an emergency response plan had been put in place and "arrangements are being made for the assistance of the families of the victims."Read MoreThe ministry's statement added that Health Minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, who is attending the World Health Assembly in Geneva had cut short his trip and would return to Senegal today.Senegalese Minister of Regional Planning and Local Government, Cheikh Bamba Dièye, described the fatal incident as "horrific and unacceptable" while urging a probe of the country's health systems."I am appalled by the horrific and unacceptable death of 11 newborn babies in Tivaoune. The recurrence of...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Bahamian officials have confirmed the deaths of three U.S. tourists at a resort in the Bahamas after they fell ill. Another tourist had to be airlifted to a hospital for treatment. Acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper issued a statement Friday saying that police are investigating and the cause of death was unknown, though foul play “is not suspected.” READ MORE: Capitals Beat Panthers 6-1, Lead Series 2-1Their identities were not initially made public. The health minister, Dr. Michael Darville, told Eyewitness News Bahamas on Saturday that some hotel guests went to a clinic Thursday with nausea and vomiting, were treated and left. Three were later found dead. A fourth was flown to a hospital in New Providence. He said the environmental health scientists, physicians and others were investigating to ensure there was not a public health hazard. “We feel that what we are seeing is an isolated case associated in a particular area,” he said, adding that investigators are doing toxicology and blood tests to help determine the cause of the illness. READ MORE: Parkland Survivor Eden...
    Three U.S. tourists have died at a resort in the Bahamas after falling ill, officials of the Atlantic island nation confirmed, and another was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.Acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper issued a statement Friday saying that police are investigating and the cause of death was unknown, though foul play "is not suspected."Their identifies were not initially made public.The health minister, Dr Michael Darville, told Eyewitness News Bahamas on Saturday that some hotel guests went to a clinic Thursday with nausea and vomiting, were treated and left. Three were later found dead. A fourth was flown to a hospital in New Providence.He said the environmental health scientists, physicians and others were investigating to ensure there was not a public health hazard."We feel that what we are seeing is an isolated case associated in a particular area," he said, adding that investigators are doing toxicology and blood tests to help determine the cause of the illness.Cooper was filling in for Prime Minister Philip E. Davis, who was out of the country.The head of communications for the prime minister's...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Three U.S. tourists have died at a resort in the Bahamas after falling ill, officials of the Atlantic island nation confirmed, and another was airlifted to a hospital for treatment. Acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper issued a statement Friday saying that police are investigating and the cause of death was unknown, though foul play “is not suspected.” Their identifies were not initially made public. The health minister, Dr Michael Darville, told Eyewitness News Bahamas on Saturday that some hotel guests went to a clinic Thursday with nausea and vomiting, were treated and left. Three were later found dead. A fourth was flown to a hospital in New Providence. He said the environmental health scientists, physicians and others were investigating to ensure there was not a public health hazard. “We feel that what we are seeing is an isolated case associated in a particular area,” he said, adding that investigators are doing toxicology and blood tests to help determine the cause of the illness. Cooper was filling in for Prime Minister Philip E. Davis, who was out...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has likely entered a new wave of COVID-19 earlier than expected as new infections and hospitalizations have risen rapidly over the past two weeks, the country’s health minister said on Friday. The increase in new cases has been dominated by the BA.4 and BA.5 lineages of the omicron variant which dominated the country’s earlier wave of the virus. “Whichever way you look at it, it does suggest that we may actually be entering the fifth wave much earlier,” Health Minister Joe Phaahla said Friday at a televised press briefing. He said officials will be watching carefully over the next few days to determine if the increase is sustained which would confirm a new wave. The country’s new infections are now several thousand per day, up from a few hundred a few weeks ago. According to Phaahla, there was currently no information indicating the emergence of a new strain, which scientists had earlier suggested may drive the country’s fifth wave, expected during the country’s upcoming winter season from May into June. “We have always been...
    German investigators on Thursday said they had arrested four members of a far-right anti-lockdown group for planning violent attacks, including a plot to kidnap the country's health minister. The suspects from the 'Vereinte Patrioten' (United Patriots) group are accused of 'preparing explosive attacks and other acts of violence' as well as the 'kidnapping of well-known public figures', prosecutors in Koblenz said in a joint statement with the Rhineland-Palatinate police. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach confirmed he was among their targets and had received police protection. Health minister Karl Lauterbach (pictured at a press conference on April 4) thanked state cops The main aim of the group was to 'destroy power supply facilities in order to cause a prolonged nationwide blackout', the investigators said. 'This was intended to cause civil war-like conditions and ultimately overthrow the democratic system in Germany,' they said. Investigators had identified five suspects aged between 41 and 55 and on Wednesday carried out searches leading to four arrests and the seizure of around two dozen guns, including a Kalashnikov. They also seized ammunition, around 8,900 euros ($9,700) in...
    LONDON (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization has slammed the global community for its focus on the war in Ukraine, arguing that crises elsewhere, including in his home country of Ethiopia, are not being given equal consideration, possibly because those suffering are not white. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus questioned “if the world really gives equal attention to Black and white lives,” given that the ongoing emergencies in Ethiopia, Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria have garnered only a “fraction” of the global concern for Ukraine. He was speaking in a virtual press briefing from Geneva on Wednesday. Last month, Tedros said there is ”nowhere on earth where the health of millions of people is more under threat” than Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Since a truce was declared in Tigray three weeks ago, about 2,000 trucks should have been able to bring food, medicines and other essentials to the conflict-ridden area, he said. Instead, only about 20 trucks have arrived, said Tedros, a former minister of health in Ethiopia and an ethnic Tigrayan. “As we...
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s health minister has backed off a decision to end obligatory isolation for people who test positive for COVID-19, declaring that it was a mistake and sent the wrong signal. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said on Monday that the obligatory self-isolation, usually for 10 days — which can be cut to seven days with a negative test — would be scrapped May 1 and replaced with a strong recommendation to isolate for five days. Local health offices would still have ordered infected people in health facilities to stay off work. Lauterbach announced his change of heart on ZDF television Tuesday night, saying he would give more details on Wednesday. The plan is now to keep a five-day obligatory isolation. In a tweet early Wednesday, Lauterbach said that dropping obligatory isolation would have relieved local health offices of a burden “but the signal is wrong and damaging.” “I made a mistake here,” he said. “Corona is not a cold,” Lauterbach added. “So there must continue to be isolation after infection. Ordered and supervised by health offices.” Infection levels...
    Germany’s lockdown-loving health minister still wants compulsory vaccination to be implemented despite parliament not supporting the measure. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach is reportedly still hoping to legally force everyone over the age of 18 in the European Union member-state to get vaccinated against the Chinese coronavirus. This is despite the fact that there is now a significant lack of support for such forced vax measures in the country, with politicians in the thought-policing nation now looking at implementing different methods to tackle the disease. In an interview posted by public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk, Lauterbach made clear that his dream scenario of all over-18s being forced to get jabbed against COVID-19 is still something he is committed to, despite a reported lack of support from elected officials. “I still hope that this will work,” the German health minister said regarding his forced vaccination plans, noting that he was not going to stop pushing the legislation in parliament. “I think we’re going to push through a motion for mandatory vaccination on Thursday,” he said. Lauterbach was then asked whether he was preparing for...
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s health minister said Friday that it’s too soon to declare a ‘freedom day’ from COVID-19 as the virus continues to run rampant, claiming hundreds of lives each day. The country’s disease control agency reported 296,498 newly confirmed coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, and 288 deaths. German lawmakers voted last week to let most federal rules on wearing masks and testing expire. But Health Minister Karl Lauterbach urged the country’s 16 states to use their powers to ensure social distancing and other safety measures in virus hotspots. “The pandemic isn’t over by a long shot,” Lauterbach told reporters in Berlin. “There can be no talk of a ‘freedom day.’ Quite the contrary.” He said the real number of daily infections wasn’t known but could be twice that currently reported. Hospitals in particular were having to cancel procedures due to large numbers of sick staff, he added. Germany has had fewer deaths per capita than comparable European countries since the start of the outbreak, but officials are concerned that the low vaccination rate of under 76%...
    Just two weeks after lifting indoor mask mandates, the Austrian government is set to reintroduce the mandates this week after a surge in Chinese coronavirus cases. Austrian Health Minister Johannes Rauch has announced that mandatory indoor mask-wearing will resume across Austria starting on Wednesday and that FFP2 medical-grade masks will be required. “In the past few days, experts have corrected the forecasts for the course of the omicron wave. In many hospitals, retirement and nursing homes, the staffing situation is tense. We have to take action,” Rauch said on Twitter. While the mask mandate was lifted for most indoor activities, it remained in place in certain areas, such as supermarkets, banks, pharmacies and public transport and in the Austrian capital of Vienna, which maintained the mask mandate after March 5th, Kronen Zeitung reports. Failed Experiment: Austria Suspends Not Proportionate Forced Vaccination Requirement https://t.co/HhricKdk0s — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) March 9, 2022 According to a report from the website Politico, Health Minister Rauch admitted that easing Wuhan virus restrictions may have come too early as cases have increased over the last two weeks with...
    Germany’s health minister denounced the country’s unjabbed population in a public demand for compulsory vaccination on Thursday. Karl Lauterbach, Germany’s left-wing Federal Health Minister, salmmed the unvaccinated during a parliamentary debate on Thursday, in which he once against pushed for the implementation of forced vaccination in Germany. According to a report by Die Welt, Lauterbach blamed unvaccinated people in Germany for the country’s current health situation, claiming that the Federal Republic faces having its health system overloaded. “The unvaccinated bear the responsibility that we do not get any further,” Lauterbach alleged. “The whole country will be held hostage by these people,” he continued, adding: “We can no longer afford that” “2022 is the first year in which we can end the pandemic in Germany with compulsory vaccination,” he went on to say, calling for parliament to vote to make vaccination against the Chinese coronavirus mandatory. Man werde #Ungeimpfte im #Krankenhaus behandeln müssen, dann befinde sich DE in der "Geiselhaft" genau dieser Menschen, mahnt Gesundheitsminister @Karl_Lauterbach @spdbt. Die #Impfstoffe wirken und müssen eingesetzt werden, um schwere Verläufe und Tode zu verhindern. @bmg_bund pic.twitter.com/y5n9rn5lex...
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s health minister pleaded with his compatriots Friday not to assume that the coronavirus pandemic is over as the country sees a steady rise in new cases, warning that it is still in a “critical” situation. Germany had seen COVID-19 cases decline last month, but official figures have now shown the infection rate increasing for nine consecutive days. Officials point to the spread of an even more contagious version of the omicron variant known as BA.2, which by this week accounted for half of cases in Germany, and to the relaxation of restrictions. On Friday, the national disease control center said more than 250,000 new cases had been reported in the past 24 hours, along with 249 deaths. The infection rate stood at 1,439 new cases per 100,000 residents over seven days. “We are in a situation that I would like to describe as critical,” Health Minister Karl Lauterbach told reporters. “We have strongly rising case figures again. … I keep reading that the omicron variant is a milder variant and that’s only true to a...
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s health minister warned Friday that the coronavirus pandemic isn’t over yet, noting that the country is still seeing record infections and high numbers of deaths. The Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s disease control agency, reported 210,743 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 226 deaths in the past 24 hours. Officials say laboratory data suggests there may be a large number of undetected cases. “We need to be careful not to think that the pandemic is over,” Health Minister Karl Lauterbach told reporters in Berlin. A subtype of the omicron variant, dubbed BA.2, could lead to a further rise in cases, he said. Lauterbach urged Germany’s 16 states not to relax restrictions faster than recently agreed. He rejected the idea of declaring a so-called Freedom Day as some other countries have done, saying it would give people a false sense of security. Unlike many comparable countries, Germany also has a higher rate of unvaccinated people over 60 who are particularly vulnerable to serious illness if they contract COVID-19, he said. ___ Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic Copyright...
    By YURAS KARMANAU, JIM HEINTZ, VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV and DASHA LITVINOVA KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s Health Minister Viktor Lyashko says 57 Ukrainians have been killed as a result of the Russian invasion, and 169 more were wounded. Lyashko also said Thursday that Ukraine’s authorities are repurposing the country’s health care facilities to make room for those who need medical assistance because of the hostilities. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, unleashing airstrikes on cities and military bases and sending troops and tanks from multiple directions in a move that could rewrite the world’s geopolitical landscape. Ukraine’s government pleaded for help as civilians piled into trains and cars to flee. President Vladimir Putin ignored global condemnation and cascading new sanctions as he unleashed the largest ground war in Europe in decades, and chillingly referred to his country’s nuclear arsenal. He threatened any country trying to interfere with “consequences you have never seen.” Ukrainian officials said their forces were battling Russians on a multiple...
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s health minister: 57 Ukrainians killed as a result of the Russian invasion, 169 more wounded. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    [The stream is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, joins CNBC's Hadley Gamble on a panel at Germany's annual Munich Security Conference to discuss what action needs to be taken to bring an end to the pandemic. It comes as the World Health Organization warns that it is dangerous to assume the omicron Covid variant, which has sent global cases to over 420 million, will mark the end of the pandemic's most acute phase. Indeed, the U.N. health agency recently described worldwide conditions as ideal for more variants to emerge more than two years after declaring the virus a public health emergency of international concern. Also on the panel is Melanie Joly, Canada's foreign affairs minister, Ann Linde, Sweden's foreign affairs minister and Comfort Ero, CEO of the International Crisis Group. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delivers the introduction. Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube. TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s health minister said Friday that he thinks the country has passed a peak in new daily infections with the omicron variant of the coronavirus. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said government measures taken to curb the number of cases had been effective, but he warned against relaxing the public health rules too hastily. “We are not really in safe waters,” he told reporters in Berlin. Lauterbach, an epidemiologist by training, noted that as many as 12% of people over age 60 in Germany are still unvaccinated. That share is three to four times higher than for the unvaccinated vulnerable populations in comparable countries. Germany has been slower than many of its neighbors to relax pandemic restrictions. Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the country’s 16 state governors agreed Wednesday on a three-step plan to end most of the country’s COVID-19 rules by March 20. Lauterbach defended the cautious approach, saying that “if we open too quickly, then the case numbers will rise again.” He also said a general vaccine mandate was still necessary, noting that new or existing variants...
    Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Wednesday that the province has “no plans” to end the vaccine passport system or mask mandates, as other conservative Canadian provinces scrap Wuhan coronavirus restrictions. The Ontario Health Minister gave her remarks at a press conference Wednesday saying that the government was sticking to its re-opening plan, but said the idea of scrapping the vaccine passport system was not under consideration. “We have no plans to currently drop the vaccine passport or masking,” Elliot said, and added that the mask mandate will be in place “for some time to come,” refusing to give a timeline for the end of either policy. I asked Ontario Health Minister @celliottability about the provinces plans to end, at some point, vax pass and mask requirements.Ontarios plan, up to March 14, only says those measures will remain in place. I asked her as other countries and provinces drop these measures. pic.twitter.com/hSsknKAzxS — Brian Lilley (@brianlilley) February 9, 2022 Elliott did, however, announce that rapid antigen tests would be available to Ontarians at grocery stores and pharmacies but would...
    The European Commission has approved a proposal to extend the European Union Chinese coronavirus health pass until June 30th of 2023, but still maintains the measure is “exceptional.” The announcement to extend the passport until June of 2023 was made this week by European Commission spokesman Christian Wigand, who stated that the pass was being extended as the EU was cautious of possible increases in the spread of the virus later this year. The European Union coronavirus passport came into force on July 1st of 2021 and was limited to a year with the possibility of extensions and is meant to facilitate travel across the various member state of the political bloc, newspaper Il Tempo reports. The extension of the EU passport comes despite many countries within the European Union starting to scrap coronavirus restrictions entirely, including their domestic health pass systems. Denmark has announced that it will be abolishing all domestic COVID restrictions currently in place, and that the country could smile again https://t.co/yZpiFknLz4 — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 29, 2022 Denmark announced it would be scrapping all coronavirus restrictions...
    The hotly anticipated report into apparent violations of lockdown measures by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has found that there were “serious failures” of judgment and leadership in hosting events in Number 10 Downing Street during the pandemic. The initial report, which has been curtailed amid an ongoing police investigation launched by Met Police Chief Cressida Dick, was published on Monday afternoon by civil servant Sue Gray, who admits that she is “extremely limited” in what she can reveal about the alleged lockdown violations because of the police investigation. The government has been accused of breaching the very lockdown restrictions it expected the nation to abide by, through hosting several boozy parties in the Prime Minister’s residence at Number 10 Downing Street. The government has maintained that the parties were mostly “work-related” events. However, in her report, Ms Gray said: “Against the backdrop of the pandemic, when the government was asking citizens to accept far-reaching restrictions on their lives, some of the behaviour surrounding these gatherings is difficult to justify.” “At least some of the gatherings in question represent a...
    Ottawa (CNN)Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has tested positive for Covid-19, he announced Monday."This morning, I tested positive for COVID-19. I'm feeling fine -- and I'll continue to work remotely this week while following public health guidelines. Everyone, please get vaccinated and get boosted," Trudeau tweeted.Trudeau and his family have been isolating for several days after being exposed to Covid-19. At least one of his children also has tested positive, according to the Prime Minister's office. The family has also been relocated to an undisclosed location as a precaution as rowdy protests continue in Ottawa by those opposing health restrictions.This is a developing story and will be updated.
    While domestic COVID-19 restrictions will almost entirely disappear on Feb. 1, there will still likely be some protocols for international travelers. "Denmark intends however to keep some border measures in place for another four weeks, including tests and/or quarantine depending on travelers' immunity status," the Daily Mail reported. "According to Health Minister Magnus Heunicke, Denmark's recent cases of COVID were more than 46,000 daily on average; however, only 40 people are in hospital intensive care units," according to Newsweek. "We continue with a strong epidemic surveillance," Heunicke declared. "Then we ... can react quickly if necessary." Frederiksen added, "It may seem strange that we want to remove restrictions given the high infection rates. But fewer people become seriously ill." "The Danish Health Authority said that 35 percent of those in hospital with Covid were actually in hospital for another diagnosis," The Local Denmark reported. Other European nations are also significantly curbing their COVID-19 restrictions during the current Omicron wave. Starting on Thursday, England halted its mask mandate – including in classrooms. The requirement for proof...
    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s health minister on Tuesday urged people to get vaccinated and save hospitals from collapse as the North African nation faces a surge of COVID-19 infections. Algeria is battling infections from both the delta variant and the highly contagious omicron variant, which now accounts for 60% of COVID-19 infections. On Monday, health officials reported a daily record of 2,215 cases and 13 deaths. “I urge you to get vaccinated and break the chain of infections which risk bringing our health institutions to their knees,” Health Minister Abderahmane Benbouzid said at a media conference in the capital, Algiers. “For now, the hospitals’ staff are managing. The question is, how long can they hold on?” Omicron is less likely to cause severe illness than the previous delta variant, according to studies. Omicron spreads even more easily than other coronavirus strains, and has already become dominant in many countries. It also more easily infects those who have been vaccinated or had previously been infected by prior versions of the virus. The inoculation rate in Algeria remains low....
    By Stephen Jermaine | 11:26 on 01/20/2022 | Updated on 01/20/2022 at 11:39 am Sadiq Khan has confirmed that wearing a mask on the London Underground and on buses is mandatory despite the end of Plan B announced by Boris Johnson yesterday. Yesterday, Wednesday, January 19, the British Prime Minister announced that Plan B would be abolished in the UK. Most health restrictions such as wearing a mask, health pass and delivery will not be mandatory from next week. Isolation of positive Covid 19 cases in March will also be a matter of the past. Although Sadiq Khan welcomed the news, he praised the government.Review the results“Regarding wearing a forced mask. London mayor believes “Wearing a mask is one of the easiest and most important things we can all do to prevent the spread of Covid 19.”, So London decided to continue wearing the mask on public transport. “If we are to learn one thing from this epidemic, we must refrain from making all our efforts and sacrifices without compromising our efforts. This is why wearing a mask...
    (Reuters)American surfing great Kelly Slater will not be allowed to compete in upcoming events in Australia if he doesn't get vaccinated against Covid-19, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Thursday.Eleven-time world champion Slater, who hasn't revealed his vaccination status, defended tennis world No. 1 Novak Djokovic after the unvaccinated Serbian was detained and later deported by authorities ahead of the Australian Open.Two World Surf League (WSL) championship events are scheduled for Victoria and Western Australia in April and May. It remains unclear whether Slater, 49, will take part."I think we've been pretty clear with the Novak Djokovic case of no vax, no play," Hunt told Australian broadcaster Channel 9."It's a pretty simple message, doesn't matter what sport, we're even-handed. I hope he (Slater) gets vaccinated and I hope he competes."Read MoreVisit CNN.com/sport for more news, videos and featuresThe WSL has not mandated vaccines for competitors but has encouraged them to take the jab, warning they may face "significant" challenges if they choose not to.
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s health minister spoke Wednesday in favor of making COVID-19 certificates mandatory for employees. The country is reporting a surge in coronavirus infections, including over 30,000 new cases in 24 hours, Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said, noting that 20% involve the highly contagious omicron variant. Poland currently has some 31,000 hospital beds for COVID-19 patients, and the current infection rate posed a “great risk to the efficiency of the health care system,” he said. Niedzielski backed a draft regulation that would require workers to show proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 to their employers. The right-wing government of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also backs the plan. Niedzielski said the certificates, coupled with people working remotely when possible, were seen as a better option for fighting the pandemic than a lockdown. Some 56.6% of Poland’s population of 38 million is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, and almost 9 million people have received booster shots. Since the start of the pandemic, the country has reported almost 4.4 million cases and over 103,000 deaths. ...
    HEALTH chiefs are under growing pressure to slash Covid self-isolation to five days after admitting giving ministers faulty advice. Boris Johnson yesterday added to calls for the UK Health and Security Agency to revisit guidance that says Brits should quarantine for at least a week. 4Boris Johnson said self-isolation could be cut to five days if scientists recommend itCredit: Getty 4Health minister Ed Argar said slashing quarantine could help alleviate workforce shortages His remarks came as boffins were forced to admit they were wrong to slap down calls to slash isolation with untrue claims the US rules are different. The UKHSA has already recommended moving from ten to seven days last month as long as people test negative on days six and seven. But in a blog last week the agency said our rules couldn't be compared "like with like” with America's, where people can quit quarantine on day 5. It claimed isolation in Britain was counted from the day someone experienced symptoms, whereas in the US people had to wait for a positive test. However, the agency has now...
    The Polish-Canadian pastor who has been repeatedly arrested for holding church gatherings in Calgary, Alberta, was arrested again over the weekend after he attended a protest outside the provincial health minister's home. Pastor Artur Pawlowski and his brother Dawid Pawlowski were arrested roadside on New Year's Day on their way home from the protest, where approximately 50 people gathered for about 45 minutes on the road outside Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping's house to demonstrate against ongoing health orders and the province's vaccine passport program. Artur Pawlowski has faced repeated, dramatic arrests and been fined tens of thousands of dollars for his resistance to restrictive COVID-19 rules for his church that he believes are unconstitutional, including strictures compelling certain speech from the pulpit.  According to video of the latest incident, a motorcade of Calgary Police pulled Pawlowski over, cuffed him while he was facedown in the snow and carried him to one of their vehicles. Since first drawing international attention last Easter for ejecting armed police who entered his sanctuary to inspect it for COVID-19 rules compliance, Pawlowski has refused...
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s health minister is advocating tougher curbs on contact between people as the country prepares for a new rise in coronavirus infections fueled by the omicron variant. Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the country’s 16 state governors are set to confer Friday on charting a way forward. They’re likely to build on restrictions introduced just after Christmas that limited private gatherings to 10 people, among other things. “Tightening will unfortunately be necessary to face the serious wave that is coming our way,” Health Minister Karl Lauterbach told the RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland newspaper group in comments published Wednesday. He said he would make proposals, but didn’t elaborate. Lauterbach also renewed an appeal for vaccine holdouts to reconsider. He said people who remain unvaccinated in Germany can’t expect contact restrictions for them to be lifted “in the short- or medium-term.” Scholz and the governors also are expected to consider shortening required quarantine periods, something that many other countries already have done. At present, people who are infected have to self-isolate for 14 days; fully vaccinated people who have no...
    SYDNEY (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday said his country’s health system can cope with the new wave of coronavirus infections as Victoria state reported a record number of new cases and hospitalizations surged in New South Wales. Morrison spoke in two television interviews before Monday’s figures were released. Victoria reported 8,577 new cases, a record for the state which eclipsed the previous peak of 7,442 on New Year’s Day. New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, saw a slight decline in case numbers from a record 22,577 on Saturday to 20,794 on Monday. But the number of people in hospitals rose to 1,204 from 1,066 the day before. There were 95 people in intensive care, a rise of 12 on the previous day. Speaking with the Seven Network, Prime Minister Morrison said Australia’s health system is well equipped to deal with the surge in case numbers caused by the spread of the omicron variant. “It’s important that with the rising case numbers, we see that the severeness of this illness is already being shown to be...
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s health minister said Thursday that he expects a surge in coronavirus cases around New Year’s snd people will likely need a fourth vaccine shot to maintain the best immune response against COVID-19. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach told public radio network WDR 2 that Germany hasn’t yet seen a big, rapid wave of new infections from the omicron variant like some other European countries. “That will change around New Year and in the first week of January,” Lauterbach said. The government is urging Germans to limit their contacts over the holiday period and to get vaccinated, including with booster shots if they’ve already had their initial vaccines. . Official figures show 70.7% of the population have received a full course of vaccine, while 35% have had boosters. Demonstrations against new pandemic restrictions and a planned vaccine mandate have flared up in Germany over the past weeks. Police said about 5,000 protesters gathered in the center of Munich late Wednesday, with some participants attacking officers. Eleven people were detained. ___ Follow AP’s coverage of the coronavirus...
    PARIS (AP) — French Health Minister Olivier Veran said Wednesday that omicron infections are spreading fast and that the coronavirus variant will become the dominant infection in the last days of 2021. Speaking to BFMTV, Veran ruled out additional restrictions on public life and said the government’s main effort to stop the spread of the virus is a robust vaccination campaign, including vaccination of children aged 5-11 that started on Wednesday. “It’s time to start vaccinating children,” Veran told the morning news program on BFMTV after 350 vaccination centers opened around the country to start administering shots to young children. Children need the consent of one parent to be vaccinated, and one parent has to be present when they get a shot. More than a thousand in every 100,000 children aged 6-10 are infected with coronavirus, according to government figures that were last updated Dec. 6. Currently, 145 children are hospitalized in France for severe illness due to COVID-19 and 27 children are receiving medical treatment in intensive care units, the heath minister said. He did...
    Italy is hoping to make Covid vaccines available to children aged under five next year, the country's health minister has revealed. Andrea Costa said on Thursday that he is 'hopeful' jabs can be made available to the very youngest by the end of March. 'We await the work of the scientists, who every day give is the right weapons to fight the pandemic, with great trust,' he said. Most countries are now vaccinating at least some children against Covid, with a handful already inoculating those aged under five. That is despite the fact that serve illness in under-fives is extremely rare, and deaths in that age group are almost unheard of. Covid vaccines for children aged under 5 could be approved in Italy before April next year, the country's health minister has said (file image) In England throughout the whole of 2020 there was just one death in a child aged under five, and just 25 in children under 17 between March 2020 and February 2021. Around half of the 25 who died had severe underlying conditions and required intensive...
    (CNN)Germany hasn't ordered enough vaccines nor stocked enough to keep its vaccination campaign going through the first quarter of the year, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said on Tuesday, amid fears that the country's fourth wave of the pandemic might continue to spiral out of control."I have been working for days to get rid of the vaccine shortage," Lauterbach told public broadcaster AFD. "But indeed, we do not have enough vaccines."The announcement comes as Germany battles a surge in cases that has pushed Europe back to the epicenter of the pandemic, with the newly discovered Omicron variant driving the rise. Europes biggest economy is on the brink of a winter recessionLast week, Germany recorded its highest number of daily deaths from Covid-19 since February.Earlier this month, the country banned unvaccinated people from accessing all but the most essential businesses, such as supermarkets and pharmacies, as part of new restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.Read MoreYet the percentage of fully vaccinated residents has remained at just under 70 percent for weeks. Few people are receiving their first vaccination, with the...