Another new corona virus arrives in New York City

A new corona virus, which shares some similarities with the more mobile and vulgar motifs discovered in South Africa, is on the rise in various parts of New York City. The new change, known as .1.526, was first identified in samples collected in New York City in November, and by mid-February about 12% of cases […]

Virus kills 239 in one day in Philippines

article author:  Reuters AFP Author:  Sat, 2021-02-20 22:06 MANILA, WELLINGTON: The Philippines’ Health Ministry on Saturday reported 239 new coronavirus deaths, the second-highest daily increase in casualties since the pandemic started, and 2,240 infections. Main category:  World Tags:  Coronavirus . Source link

New Zealand outbreak involves UK variant of virus: Ardern

Origin of the cases, involving the same family, is still being traced as Auckland begins three-day lockdown. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that genomic sequencing of two recent COVID-19 cases that prompted a lockdown in Auckland, the country’s largest city, showed they were the variant B117, a more transmissible variant first […]

UK scientist warns: Vaccines not the end of virus controls

Author:  Zaynab Khojji article author:  Arab News ID:  1613244362509051500 Sat, 2021-02-13 22:27 LONDON: A scientist advising the UK government has warned that early lifting of lockdown measures could see a resurgence of coronavirus disease cases leading to a return to restrictions, despite the country’s rapid vaccination program. Prof. Steven Riley, a member of the Scientific […]

U.K. Virus Variant Is Probably Deadlier, Scientists Say

LONDON — British government scientists are increasingly finding the coronavirus variant first detected in Britain to be deadlier than the original virus, a devastating trend that highlights the serious risks of this new phase of the pandemic. The scientists said last month that there was a “realistic possibility” that the variant was more lethal. Now, […]

Yellen pledges US cooperation, urges G7 to ‘go big’ on virus aid

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told her G7 peers that Washington ‘places a high priority on deepening our international engagement and strengthening our alliances’. United States President Joe Biden’s administration told allies Friday that it was committed to re-engaging with them in order to steer the global economy out of its worst slump since the […]

New Allegations of Cover-Up by Cuomo Over Nursing Home Virus Toll

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his top aides were facing new allegations on Friday that they covered up the scope of the death toll in the state’s nursing homes from the coronavirus, after admissions that they withheld data in an effort to forestall potential investigations into state misconduct. The latest revelations came […]

Latest Jobless Numbers Could Reflect Progress Against Virus: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: A closed restaurant at Grand Central Market in Los Angeles. Workers in leisure and hospitality industries have been hit especially hard by job losses during the pandemic.Credit…Philip Cheung for The New York Times An early indicator of whether a decline in coronavirus caseloads is helping the economy heal will […]

Opinion | How Germany Lost Control of the Virus

BERLIN — “We have lost control of this thing.” Those were the words of Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, surveying the country’s situation in late January at a confidential meeting. She spoke with typical precision. In Germany, which on Wednesday prolonged its current lockdown until at least March 7, things are bad: Since October, cases […]

COVID maths: All the virus in the world would fit in a coke can

Sum by UK expert reveals ‘just a few mouthfuls’ worth of virus particles are driving the global coronavirus pandemic. All the COVID-causing virus circulating in the world right now could easily fit inside a single cola can, according to a calculation by a British mathematician whose sum exposes just how much devastation is caused by […]

This Lunar New Year, less flying in China as virus fears persist

Some airlines are offering rock-bottom fares but about 10 percent of flights have been cancelled over the coming two weeks, data show. Lunar New Year is usually a bonanza for Chinese airlines criss-crossing the country fully loaded with passengers. Not this year though, after the government took the rare step of encouraging people to stay […]

Virus Variant First Found in Britain Now Spreading Rapidly in U.S.

A more contagious variant of the coronavirus first found in Britain is spreading rapidly in the United States, doubling roughly every 10 days, according to a new study. Analyzing half a million coronavirus tests and hundreds of genomes, a team of researchers predicted that in a month this variant could become predominant in the United […]

Growing Chorus of N.B.A. Stars Boos League’s Virus Strategy

On Jan. 12, the league and the players’ union announced new health protocols to deal with a rash of game postponements. Among the new rules, players and staff have been directed to remain at their homes or hotels when on the road except for team activities and essential tasks. After a recent game between the […]

Supreme Court Partly Backs Religious Challenge to California Virus Restrictions

Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw, writing for the panel, said the church had not met its burden for obtaining an injunction. “Notably, in response to the state’s mountain of scientific evidence, South Bay has not pointed to anything in the record to support the notion that the lesser restriction that it seeks — 100 percent occupancy […]

Power, Patriotism and 1.4 Billion People:How China Beat the Virus and Roared Back

The Chinese Communist Party reached deep into private business and the broader population to drive a recovery, an authoritarian approach that has emboldened its top leader, Xi Jinping. The order came on the night of Jan. 12, days after a new outbreak of the coronavirus flared in Hebei, a province bordering Beijing. The Chinese government’s […]

Vaccine v virus: Race to curb COVID spurs uneven Mideast recovery

The IMF warns that emerging markets in the Middle East and Central Asia will not recoup 2019 gross domestic product levels until 2022. The Middle East will see an uneven economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) official said, as countries move at different speeds to secure vaccines and fiscal policy […]

New York City Barely Tests for Virus Variants. Can That Change?

“Our machines could handle thousands or hundreds of thousands,” said Dr. Neville Sanjana, a scientist with a lab at the New York Genome Center in Lower Manhattan. “So the capacity is just not the issue.” The issue for research laboratories — strangely enough, amid a pandemic that has probably infected more than a quarter of […]

The AstraZeneca vaccine is shown to dramatically cut transmission of the virus.

The vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca not only protects people from serious illness and death but also substantially slows the transmission of the virus, according to a new study — a finding that underscores the importance of mass vaccination as a path out of the pandemic. The study by researchers at […]

WHO-led COVID-19 probe team in China visits Wuhan virus lab

World Health Organization investigators also set to meet with virology export, known as the ‘Bat Woman’, during sixth day of visit in Wuhan. A team of investigators working on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO) has visited a major virus research laboratory in China’s central city of Wuhan and is scheduled to meet a […]

Covid-19 Live Updates: Virus Variants Continue to Evolve, Sometimes in Dangerous Ways

Here’s what you need to know: Researchers at Aalborg University in Denmark analyzing coronavirus samples for the variant B.1.1.7 last month.Credit…Ritzau Scanpix/via Reuters A fast-spreading coronavirus variant first observed in Britain has gained a mutation that could make it harder to control with vaccines, Public Health England reported on Monday. It is the latest evidence […]

In Pictures: One of Bulgaria’s oldest doctors in virus fight

Infectious disease specialist Dr Maria Bogoeva was ready to hang up her scrubs and retire from her post in a small provincial hospital in western Bulgaria when the coronavirus pandemic struck. A year later, the 82-year-old is still on the COVID-19 front line despite her age, one of the oldest doctors known to still be practising in the country. […]