COVID-19 triples across Europe, hospitalizations double: WHO

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization said Tuesday that coronavirus cases have tripled across Europe in the past six weeks, accounting for nearly half of all infections globally. Hospitalization rates have also doubled, although intensive care admissions have remained low. In a statement on Tuesday, WHO’s Europe director, Dr. Hans Kluge, described COVID-19 as… Continue reading COVID-19 triples across Europe, hospitalizations double: WHO

Russia attacks Ukraine; peace in Europe ‘shattered’

Russia launched a wide-ranging attack on Ukraine on Thursday, hitting cities and bases with airstrikes or shelling, as civilians piled into trains and cars to flee. Ukraine’s government said Russian tanks and troops rolled across the border in a “full-scale war” that could rewrite the geopolitical order and whose fallout already reverberated around the world.… Continue reading Russia attacks Ukraine; peace in Europe ‘shattered’

‘False sense of security’ around vaccines as Europe again COVID epicentre – WHO

GENEVA, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Europe is once again the epicentre of the COVID-19 amid a “false sense of security” over the protection offered by vaccines, and “no country is out of the woods”, World Health Organisation director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. Tedros, addressing a news conference, voiced hopes that a consensus can… Continue reading ‘False sense of security’ around vaccines as Europe again COVID epicentre – WHO

Mexico’s COVID-19 deaths average 55 years vs. 75 in Europe

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s coronavirus spokesman said Thursday the country’s median age of death from COVID-19 was a shockingly young 55, as compared to an average of 75 in many European countries. Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell said that nonetheless, Mexico’s future coronavirus vaccination program would target the oldest Mexicans first. López-Gatell said the… Continue reading Mexico’s COVID-19 deaths average 55 years vs. 75 in Europe

European regulator to decide Dec. 29 on 1st virus vaccine

BERLIN (AP) — The European Medicines Agency will convene a meeting on Dec. 29 to decide if there is enough data about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech for it to be approved, the regulator said Tuesday. The agency also said Tuesday it could decide as early as… Continue reading European regulator to decide Dec. 29 on 1st virus vaccine

India reports under 50,000 new daily COVID-19 cases since 8 days; active caseload contracts further

New Delhi, Nov 15 (PTI) India has reported less than 50,000 new daily cases of COVID-19 for the eighth continuous day, a trend which assumes wider significance as many countries in Europe and America continue to see a surge in their daily numbers, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday. A total of 41,100 persons… Continue reading India reports under 50,000 new daily COVID-19 cases since 8 days; active caseload contracts further

WHO says COVID-19 spread in Europe accelerating

GENEVA — The World Health Organization says there has been a “further acceleration” in the speed of COVID-19’s spread in Europe, which was responsible for about half of the globe’s new cases reported last week. The U.N. health agency said in a weekly report published late Tuesday that European countries also recorded a 46% increase… Continue reading WHO says COVID-19 spread in Europe accelerating

US tops 5 million confirmed virus cases, to Europe’s alarm

ROME (AP) — With confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. hitting 5 million Sunday, by far the highest of any country, the failure of the most powerful nation in the world to contain the scourge has been met with astonishment and alarm in Europe. Perhaps nowhere outside the U.S. is America’s bungled virus response viewed… Continue reading US tops 5 million confirmed virus cases, to Europe’s alarm

Europe reopens many borders but not to Americans, Asians

Berlin: Europe is taking a big step toward a new normality as many countries open borders to fellow Europeans after three months of coronavirus lockdowns — but even though Europeans love their summer vacations, it’s not clear how many are ready to travel again. Tourists from the U.S., Asia, Latin America and the Middle East… Continue reading Europe reopens many borders but not to Americans, Asians

Europe relaxing virus restrictions but cases flare elsewhere

Berlin: Germany and several other European countries where the coronavirus spread has slowed were moving ahead Friday with relaxing border restrictions, while flare-ups in Mexico and elsewhere served as a reminder the pandemic is far from over. Slovenia, which has been gradually easing strict lockdown measures, declared that the spread of the virus is now… Continue reading Europe relaxing virus restrictions but cases flare elsewhere