After deaths, WHO urges Tanzania to share COVID data, take action

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus appeals to authorities to take measures against the pandemic and to prepare for vaccinations. The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged Tanzania’s authorities to take “robust action” against the coronavirus pandemic amid increasing warnings that the country is witnessing a deadly resurgence in infections. President John Magufuli has […]

Covid-19 Live Updates: Cuomo Admits Mistake on Nursing-Home Deaths Data

Here’s what you need to know: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York conceded on Monday that his administration’s lack of transparency about coronavirus-related deaths in nursing homes in the state had been a mistake.Credit…Hans Pennink/Associated Press Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York wrote the book on pandemic leadership, literally. He won an International […]

New York should have released care home death data faster: Cuomo

New York governor is under fire for his administration’s handling of data on COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes. The governor of the US state of New York has said his administration should have released information faster on coronavirus-related deaths in nursing homes, after reports emerged that thousands more residents died of COVID-19 than the state’s […]

China ‘refused’ to give raw COVID data to WHO team

China refused to give raw data on early COVID-19 cases to a World Health Organization-led team probing the origins of the pandemic, one of the team’s investigators has said. The team had requested raw patient data on 174 cases that China had identified from the early phase of the outbreak in the city of Wuhan […]

On W.H.O. Trip, China Refused to Hand Over Important Data

Chinese scientists refused to share raw data that might bring the world closer to understanding the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, independent investigators for the W.H.O. said on Friday. The investigators, who recently returned from a fact-finding trip to the Chinese city of Wuhan, said disagreements over patient records and other issues were so tense […]

‘Not rocket science’: US experts demand COVID vaccine race data

When the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in the United States last year, public health officials and community experts warned that Black and other people of colour would be disproportionately hard hit. Their warning was quickly proven true, with Black, Hispanic and other racialised communities bearing the brunt of infections, deaths and hospitalisations linked […]

CPI data show pandemic continues to tame US inflation — for now

US consumer price index data show core inflation eased in January, but there is an intensifying debate in financial markets over the course of inflation. A key measure of prices paid by U.S. consumers was unchanged in January for a second straight month, underscoring the pandemic’s lingering restraint on inflation. The core consumer price index, […]

COVID slammed Indonesia’s economy hard in 2020, data shows

Indonesia’s GDP shrank by more than expected in the fourth quarter, leading to its first full-year contraction since 1998. Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) fell slightly more than expected in the fourth quarter, tipping Southeast Asia’s largest economy into its first full-year contraction in more than 20 years in 2020 as it grappled with the […]

New record: S&P 500, Nasdaq post new closing highs on upbeat data

Investors are betting on pandemic stimulus and healthy tech earnings to keep lifting markets. United States stocks rose more than 1 percent on Thursday and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq posted record closing highs after another batch of upbeat earnings and data suggesting the labour market may be stabilizing. The Dow and S&P 500 rose […]

Israel’s Early Vaccine Data Offers Hope

JERUSALEM — Israel, which leads the world in vaccinating its population against the coronavirus, has produced some encouraging news: Early results show a significant drop in infection after just one shot of a two-dose vaccine, and better than expected results after both doses. Public health experts caution that the data, based on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, […]

Fourth time’s the charm? Saudi Arabia delays jobless data release

The kingdom said the four-time delay was needed to validate data collected from 33,000 households during the coronavirus pandemic. Saudi Arabia has delayed the release of closely watched data on citizen unemployment four times amid political sensitivity over a jobless rate that rose to the highest level on record last year. The kingdom’s labor market […]

Ethical concerns raised as Israel to give Pfizer medical data

After sprinting ahead in the race to inoculate its population against the coronavirus, Israel has struck a deal with Pfizer, promising to share vast troves of medical data with the international drug giant in exchange for the continued flow of its hard-to-get vaccine. Proponents say the deal could allow Israel to become the first country […]

Indonesian divers recover flight data recorders from crashed jet

NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold three farm laws that have led to massive agitation by farmers in Delhi, who are demanding the repeal of the legislation, which they feel will lead to the corporatization of the farm sector. The court formed a four-member committee headed by a former chief justice of […]

Data Recorder Recovered from Indonesian Plane Crash

Indonesian Navy divers have recovered the flight data recorder from Sriwijaya Air Flight 182, which crashed into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff on Saturday with 62 people aboard, officials said Tuesday. Remains of some of the victims were also brought ashore in dozens of body bags, officials said. So far, four victims have been […]

India’s approval of own COVID vaccine criticised for lack of data

Opposition politicians and former ministers warn approval may be premature and risky after government fast-tracks Covaxin. India on Sunday granted emergency approval to Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin but faced questions after taking the step without publishing efficacy data for the homegrown coronavirus vaccine. The news, announced by the drugs controller general of India (DCGI) who did […]

New Data Triples Russia’s Covid-19 Death Toll

MOSCOW — After months of questions over the true scale of the coronavirus pandemic in Russia and the efficacy of a Russian-developed vaccine, the state statistical agency in Moscow has announced new figures indicating that the death toll from Covid-19 is more than three times as high as officially reported. From the start of the […]

Weak US jobs figures, consumer spending data signal slowdown

The number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, though levels remain elevated as more businesses face restrictions and consumers hunker down amid a surge of new COVID-19 cases. The coronavirus crisis is also taking a toll on consumer spending in the United States, which fell last month for the […]

Satellite data used to track forced labour on fishing vessels

Fishing vessels with crews of forced labourers behave in systematically different ways to the rest of the global fleet, according to a new study that used satellite data, machine learning and the on-the-ground expertise of human rights practitioners to identify such vessels. In the study, the first of its kind, up to 26 percent of […]

Wealthier, Whiter Areas Are More Likely to Get Help After Fires, Data Show

WASHINGTON — Wealthier and whiter neighborhoods stricken by wildfires are more likely to get help to reduce the risk of future fires, new data suggest, the latest evidence that racial and economic inequality leave some Americans more exposed to the worsening effects of climate change. The findings, issued Wednesday by Resources for the Future, a […]

Moderna Vaccine Is Highly Protective and Prevents Severe Covid-19, Data Show

But fewer cases of Covid-19 occurred among trial participants in the early days of the Moderna trial, making it harder to measure differences between the vaccinated group and the placebo group. In any case, health officials have said that for both vaccines, two doses are essential for full protection. A second difference involves the ability […]

Hackers steal Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine data in Europe, say firms

Pfizer and BioNTech say documents related to their development of a COVID-19 vaccine have been ‘unlawfully accessed’ in a cyberattack on Europe’s medicines regulator. United States drugmaker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech said on Wednesday that documents related to their development of a COVID-19 vaccine had been “unlawfully accessed” in a cyberattack on Europe’s […]

China uses big data to select Muslims for arrest in Xinjiang: HRW

A big-data program in China’s Xinjiang “arbitrarily selects” Muslims for detention, flagging behaviour such as wearing a veil, studying the Quran or going on the Hajj pilgrimage as reasons for arrest, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). In a new report on Wednesday, the rights group said it analysed a leaked list of more than […]

US FDA researchers back Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine data

The vaccine’s efficacy data meets its expectations for emergency use authorisation, the FDA finds in a new report. Pfizer cleared the next hurdle in the race to get its COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use in the United States on Tuesday after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released documents that raised no new […]