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Russia shatters COVID-19 death record as surge persists, killing 968 in a single day

Russia has recorded a new record-high daily death toll from COVID-19, continuing a persistent rise that has brought new records almost daily in October. The national coronavirus task force reported Saturday that 968 people in Russia died of COVID-19 over the past day — about 100 more daily deaths than were recorded in late September. The taskContinue reading “Russia shatters COVID-19 death record as surge persists, killing 968 in a single day”

WHO calls for surveillance to explain rise in human cases of H5N6 bird flu

The World Health Organization (WHO) says increased surveillance is urgently required to better understand what’s behind a recent spike in human cases of H5N6 bird flu in mainland China. Only 48 people have been infected with H5N6 bird flu since the first confirmed case in 2014, but a third of those were reported in mainlandContinue reading “WHO calls for surveillance to explain rise in human cases of H5N6 bird flu”

Global COVID-19 deaths hit 5 million as Delta variant sweeps the world

Worldwide deaths related to COVID-19 surpassed 5 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, with unvaccinated people particularly exposed to the virulent Delta strain. The variant has exposed the wide disparities in vaccination rates between rich and poor nations, and the upshot of vaccine hesitancy in some western nations. More than half of allContinue reading “Global COVID-19 deaths hit 5 million as Delta variant sweeps the world”

Utilities Took $1.25 Billion in Pandemic Aid Then Shut Off Power to Households Nearly 1 Million Times: Report

“These companies took bailout dollars from taxpayers and turned around to lobby against shutoff moratoria proven to save lives.” Over a dozen leading U.S. utility companies took more than a billion dollars of publicly-funded pandemic bailout money while pulling the plug on power to vulnerable households nearly a million times, according to a new report outContinue reading “Utilities Took $1.25 Billion in Pandemic Aid Then Shut Off Power to Households Nearly 1 Million Times: Report”

Brazil hospital chain hid COVID-19 deaths, whistleblowers’ lawyer tells Senate

A Brazilian hospital chain tested unproven drugs on elderly COVID-19 patients without their knowledge as part of an effort to validate President Jair Bolsonaro’s preferred ‘miracle cure,’ a lawyer for whistleblowing doctors told senators on Tuesday. At least nine people died of COVID-19 during the trials at the Prevent Senior hospital chain from March toContinue reading “Brazil hospital chain hid COVID-19 deaths, whistleblowers’ lawyer tells Senate”

Covid has wiped out years of progress on life expectancy, finds study

Pandemic behind biggest fall in life expectancy in western Europe since second world war, say researchers The Covid pandemic has caused the biggest decrease in life expectancy in western Europe since the second world war, according to a study. Data from most of the 29 countries – spanning most of Europe, the US and Chile – thatContinue reading “Covid has wiped out years of progress on life expectancy, finds study”

Police arrest 94 anti-lockdown protesters in St Kilda and Melbourne CBD

Police have arrested 94 people, mainly in St Kilda and the Melbourne CBD, after small groups of protesters gathered around the city for another day of anti-lockdown rallies.   The majority of the arrests were made after about 50 protesters congregated on St Kilda Esplanade in inner Melbourne early on Saturday afternoon.  By the time a fewContinue reading “Police arrest 94 anti-lockdown protesters in St Kilda and Melbourne CBD”

Romanian hospitals fill up with COVID patients amid widespread vaccine refusal

After living through three waves of the COVID-19 pandemic without getting sick, 55-year-old Roxana Pascu thought that she was healthy enough to withstand the virus and decided to turn down the vaccine. Now Pascu, who runs a small business, is one of around 1,040 COVID-19 patients currently in intensive care across Romania where cases haveContinue reading “Romanian hospitals fill up with COVID patients amid widespread vaccine refusal”

DeSantis Taps Anti-Mask Vax Skeptic to Be Florida’s Next Surgeon General

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis unveiled his pick for the next surgeon general of the Sunshine State on Tuesday and it’s a doozy. The Miami Herald reports that Dr. Joseph Ladapo, an anti-mask, vaccine-skeptical, Harvard-trained researcher, is set to replace Dr. Scott Rivkees, who inexplicably faded from public view before quitting recently. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Ladapo falsely wroteContinue reading “DeSantis Taps Anti-Mask Vax Skeptic to Be Florida’s Next Surgeon General”

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