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Keep wearing masks, charities urge as Covid measures are lifted in England | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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Charities supporting the UK’s most vulnerable patients have pleaded with the public to keep wearing masks even after most Covid restrictions end in England this week. Transplant patients and those with illnesses such as blood cancer and late-stage kidney disease “feel abandoned” by the government, charities said, after Boris Johnson announced that plan B measures will end on Wednesday. People will no longer be required to wear masks on public transport and in shops, or use vaccine certificates, and the government has stopped asking people to work from home. By 24 March, the legal requirement for people with Covid to […]

Coronavirus Australia: RPA department head Paul Torzillo lashes ‘politically-driven’ management of crisis

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NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard declined to comment but has previously stressed the system can cope with the Omicron wave. The record number of COVID-positive hospital patients – there were 2863 on Wednesday – has triggered the activation of additional surge staff plans. There were 217 people in intensive care, below the peak of 244 in September during the Delta outbreak. Staff at Westmead Hospital’s intensive care unit who were not authorised to speak publicly confirmed on Wednesday that their unit had moved to a “level one” escalation of its surge plan, used during a depletion of skilled core staff. […]

Ireland to drop almost all COVID restrictions | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

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Ireland is to scrap almost all its COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday after coming through the storm of the Omicron variant that led to a major surge in infections, Prime Minister Micheal Martin has said. Ireland had the second-highest incidence rate of COVID-19 in Europe just last week but also one of the continent’s highest uptake of booster vaccines, which has helped keep the number of seriously ill people well below the previous peak. “We have weathered the Omicron storm,” Martin said in Friday’s televised address, in which he said booster vaccines had “utterly transformed” the situation in the country. “I […]

The public library is the latest place to pick up a coronavirus test. Librarians are overwhelmed. – The Washington Post

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As public libraries in the District and across the nation have been pressed into service as coronavirus test distribution sites, librarians have become the latest front-line workers of the pandemic. Phones ring every few minutes with yet another call from someone asking about the library’s supply of free coronavirus tests, often asking medical questions library workers aren’t trained to answer. Patrons arrive in such large numbers to grab tests that the line sometimes backs up for blocks. And exhausted librarians also are getting sick with covid themselves. “The library has always been a community center, a place where the public […]

Coronavirus: 2,000 hamsters to be culled over fears of first animal-to-human transmission in Hong Kong | South China Morning Post

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Pet shops and owners told to hand over any hamsters bought since December 22; Hong Kong leader earlier says it is a concern pet shop employee has been confirmed as infected with Delta variant This content was originally published here.

Coronavirus: Worse variants than Omicron to come, warn scientists | South China Morning Post

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Experts say viruses do not always get less deadly over time, and people may get double infections that could spawn ‘Frankenvariant’ hybrids. This content was originally published here.

The poor die from COVID while the rich get richer, Oxfam warns | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

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The wealth of the 10 richest men has doubled during the coronavirus pandemic, stoking inequality that contributes to the deaths of at least 21,300 people each day, according to a new report released on Monday from Oxfam International. “We enter 2022 with unprecedented concern,” Oxfam’s Inequality Kills (to add link) report warns, arguing that the current global state of extreme inequality is a form of “economic violence” against the world’s poorest people and nations. In this deeply unequal world, structural and systemic policy and political choices are skewed in favour of the richest and most powerful, resulting in harm to […]

Poorer nations forced to dump close-to-expiry COVID vaccines | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

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Poorer nations last month rejected more than 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines distributed by the global programme COVAX, mainly due to their approaching expiry date, a UNICEF official has said. The figure shows the difficulties of vaccinating the global population despite growing supplies of jabs, with COVAX getting closer to delivering one billion doses to a total of nearly 150 countries. “More than a 100 million have been rejected just in December alone,” Etleva Kadilli, director of supply division at UN agency UNICEF told lawmakers at the European Parliament on Thursday. The main reason for rejection was the delivery […]

COVID pediatric death: Infant is youngest person to die from coronavirus in Riverside County – ABC7 Los Angeles

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An infant who had contracted COVID-19 died earlier this week at a hospital in Riverside County, becoming the youngest person in the county to die This content was originally published here.

Repeated Covid boosters not viable strategy against new variants, WHO experts warn | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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World Health Organization experts have warned that repeating booster doses of the original Covid vaccines is not a viable strategy against emerging variants and called for new jabs that better protect against transmission. “A vaccination strategy based on repeated booster doses of the original vaccine composition is unlikely to be appropriate or sustainable,” the WHO Technical Advisory Group on Covid-19 Vaccine Composition (TAG-Co-VAC) said in a statement published on Tuesday. The group of experts, who are working to assess the performance of Covid-19 vaccines, called for the development of new vaccines that not only protect people who contract Covid against […]