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World in early stages of Covid-19 third wave: WHO head

World in early stages of Covid-19 third wave: WHO head

July 15, 2021, 3:02 pm

GENEVA – The world is currently in the early stages of a third wave, World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. In his opening remarks at the 8th meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee on Covid-19, Ghebreyesus said in the past week, cases of… Read More

Covid-19 cases soar in US amid falling vaccination rates

Covid-19 cases soar in US amid falling vaccination rates

July 13, 2021, 1:35 pm

WASHINGTON – Covid-19 cases rose in more than 40 US states over the past week as the vaccination rate has slowed down and the highly transmissible Delta variant continues to spread. The country is averaging about 19,455 new cases over the last seven days, a 47 percent increase from the week… Read More

Global hunger, malnutrition rose in 2020 mainly due to Covid: UN

Global hunger, malnutrition rose in 2020 mainly due to Covid: UN

July 13, 2021, 1:34 pm

ANKARA – World hunger and malnutrition levels worsened dramatically last year, mainly due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a multi-agency UN report released on Monday. UN agencies, including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Program (WFP) and the World Health… Read More

Vietnam reports record high of new Covid-19 cases

Vietnam reports record high of new Covid-19 cases

July 12, 2021, 7:22 am

HANOI – For the fourth day running, Vietnam has recorded a record high of new Covid-19 infections. Sunday saw 1,953 new cases in the daily tally including eight imported cases and 1,945 locally transmitted infections. Of the new local cases, Ho Chi Minh City reported 1,397, bringing the total… Read More

Pfizer to develop booster Covid-19 jab; CDC says it's unnecessary

Pfizer to develop booster Covid-19 jab; CDC says it's unnecessary

July 10, 2021, 7:24 pm

WASHINGTON – US drugmaker Pfizer on Thursday revealed its plan to develop a booster dose of its coronavirus vaccine to better protect people from growing variants, heightening hesitancy of the unvaccinated population and sparking confusion around the United States on whether a booster shot is… Read More

 Cuba OKs emergency use of homemade Covid-19 vaccine

Cuba OKs emergency use of homemade Covid-19 vaccine

July 10, 2021, 5:21 pm

HAVANA - The Cuban Center for State Control of Medicines, Equipment and Medical Devices on Friday gave emergency use authorization to Abdala, one of five vaccines against Covid-19 being developed by Cuban scientists. The regulatory body said in a statement it granted emergency use authorization to… Read More

Global food prices fall for 1st time in 12 months: UN body

Global food prices fall for 1st time in 12 months: UN body

July 9, 2021, 8:18 pm

ANKARA  – World food prices fell in June for the first time in 12 months, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday. Following 12 consecutive monthly increases, the FAO Food Price Index slipped 2.5 percent from May, averaging at 124.6 points this June. The figure was… Read More

Pfizer developing Covid-19 booster shot to target Delta variant

Pfizer developing Covid-19 booster shot to target Delta variant

July 9, 2021, 5:50 pm

WASHINGTON – Pfizer and BioNTech said they are developing a coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) booster shot intended to target the highly transmissible Delta variant, according to U.S. media reports on Thursday. Concerns continue to rise as the Delta strain has already become the dominant… Read More

Haiti prexy assassinated at his residence: official   

Haiti prexy assassinated at his residence: official  

July 7, 2021, 11:08 pm

ANKARA – Haiti President Jovenel Moise was assassinated at his residence while the first lady was injured, the country's interim prime minister said on Wednesday. According to a statement by Claude Joseph, a group of unidentified people, including those speaking Spanish, attacked the private… Read More

Russia sees Asean as reliable ally amid global instability

Russia sees Asean as reliable ally amid global instability

July 7, 2021, 1:01 pm

MOSCOW – Russia regards the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) as a reliable and predictable ally in an unstable geopolitical situation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday at a special meeting of the Russian and Asean Foreign Ministers in Jakarta. "Amid unstable… Read More

SoKor says Delta variant rapidly spreading across country

SoKor says Delta variant rapidly spreading across country

July 6, 2021, 4:17 pm

ANKARA – A South Korean health official warned on Monday that Delta, the latest alarming variant of Covid-19, is rapidly spreading across the country. According to Son Young-rae, the variant, which was first identified in India, "currently accounts for about 7 percent of new coronavirus cases."… Read More

Pope Francis undergoes surgery for colon diverticulitis

Pope Francis undergoes surgery for colon diverticulitis

July 5, 2021, 1:52 pm

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis "reacted well" to planned surgery for a symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon, according to the Vatican spokesman Sunday. The 84-year-old Pope was admitted to the A. Gemelli Polyclinic, a Catholic teaching hospital, in Rome in the afternoon and underwent… Read More

Indonesia logs record 27,913 Covid-19 daily cases

Indonesia logs record 27,913 Covid-19 daily cases

July 4, 2021, 4:38 pm

JAKARTA – Indonesia saw a record increase in daily Covid-19 cases on Saturday, with 27,913 new infections reported across the country that increased the total tally to 2,256,851, the Covid-19 Response Task Force said. The country’s death toll also increased to 60,027 after recording 493 more… Read More

Deaths as historic heat wave hits Western Canada

Deaths as historic heat wave hits Western Canada

June 30, 2021, 3:12 pm

TRENTON, Canada – Western Canada is sweltering under record-high temperatures that may have killed scores of people in Vancouver, police reported Tuesday. In the province of British Columbia (BC), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) issued a plea for people "to check on loved ones and… Read More

G20 foreign ministers worried over food security in world

G20 foreign ministers worried over food security in world

June 30, 2021, 12:46 pm

MATERA, Italy – The foreign ministers of G20 countries voiced deep concern over food insecurity in the world, according to a declaration released after a meeting in Italy on Tuesday. "We express deep concern for the state of food insecurity across the world," they said in the G20 declaration… Read More

EU, WHO launch new tool for pandemic contact tracing

EU, WHO launch new tool for pandemic contact tracing

June 29, 2021, 12:32 pm

BRUSSELS – The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization's European regional office have developed a tool to evaluate the public health effectiveness of contact tracing solutions, according to a statement on Monday. The tool, described as an… Read More

Too early to judge how dangerous Delta strain is

Too early to judge how dangerous Delta strain is

June 27, 2021, 7:14 pm

MOSCOW – Experts have noted that the Delta coronavirus strain is more contagious. However, it is too early to say how dangerous it is, Deputy Director for Clinical and Analytical Work at the Central Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology Natalya Pshenichnaya told TASS. "It is difficult to… Read More

UK reports highest daily Covid-19 cases since early February

UK reports highest daily Covid-19 cases since early February

June 27, 2021, 3:31 pm

LONDON – Britain has reported another 18,270 coronavirus cases in the last 24-hour period, the highest since early February, according to official figures released Saturday. The total number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the country now stands at 4,717,811. The country also… Read More

Killer-cop of George Floyd gets 22.5 years

Killer-cop of George Floyd gets 22.5 years

June 26, 2021, 2:25 pm

MINNESOTA – Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced on Friday to 22.5 years for the murder of George Floyd, a death that touched off international outrage. Chauvin showed no reaction as the verdict was announced by Judge Peter Cahill. Reaction outside the courthouse, where… Read More

Scientists find signs of geological activity on Venus

Scientists find signs of geological activity on Venus

June 25, 2021, 4:19 pm

ANKARA – There is evidence that some parts of Venus’ surface move around similar to that of Earth, scientists announced. “We’ve identified a previously unrecognized pattern of tectonic deformation on Venus, one that is driven by interior motion just like on Earth,” said Paul Byrne, a… Read More