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Dr Meerjady Flora made Director of NIPSOM

Professor Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, Additional Director General (Planning and Development) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), has been appointed as the Director of National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM). Md Alamgir Kabir, Senior Assistant Secretary of the Health Service Division of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, stated in a circular on Tuesday (January ...

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WHO says Covid still an international emergency

Three years to the day after the World Health Organization sounded the highest level of global alert over Covid-19, it said Monday the pandemic remains an international emergency. The UN health agency’s emergency committee on Covid-19 met last Friday for a 14th time since the start of the crisis. Following that meeting, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus “concurs with the ...

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5 die of Nipah virus in Bangladesh, 8 cases detected

Health Minister Zahid Maleque has said five people have died from deadly Nipah virus in the country so far. He told journalists at his office in Health Ministry at the Secretariat in Dhaka on Sunday. The health minister said, “Eight people have been infected with Nipah virus in the country so far. Of the infected patients, five died from the ...

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Odisha health minister shot by cop, accused nabbed

Odisha’s Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das was shot at by an assistant sub-inspector of police in Jharsuguda district on Sunday. Das received bullet injuries to his chest and was rushed to hospital. The minister’s condition is said to be critical. He is being taken to Jharsuguda airport from where Das will be airlifted to Bhubaneswar. The health ...

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WHO discusses end of COVID-19 emergency status

The World Health Organization  began discussions on lowering the level of alert about the coronavirus. WHO sources said no decision would be announced before Monday. The WHO’s emergency committee on COVID-19 is holding its 14th meeting since the start of the pandemic. The panel meets every three months to discuss the crisis and then brief WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. ...

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FDA’s advisers back plan to simplify COVID-19 vaccinations

The U.S. is poised to make COVID-19 vaccinations more like a yearly flu shot, a major shift in strategy despite a long list of questions about how to best protect against a still rapidly mutating virus. The Food and Drug Administration asked its scientific advisers Thursday to help lay the groundwork for switching to once-a-year boosters for most Americans — ...

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China: COVID deaths, severe cases have fallen over 70pc since peak

Critically ill COVID-19 cases in China are down 72% from a peak early this month while daily deaths among COVID-19 patients in hospitals have dropped 79% from their peak, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. The figures, published on the centre’s website, come after a prominent government scientist said over the weekend that 80% of China’s ...

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9 new Covid cases with zero death recorded

Nine new Covid-19 cases were reported in the country in 24 hours till Wednesday morning. According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), with the new number, the country’s total caseload rose to 2,037,478. However, the official death toll from the disease remained unchanged at 29,441 as no new fatalities were reported. The daily case test positivity dropped to ...

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N. Korea locks down capital over ‘respiratory illness’: report

North Korea has ordered a five-day lockdown in the capital over “respiratory illness”, a report said Wednesday, in what appears to be the first city-wide restrictions since Pyongyang declared victory over Covid-19 in August 2022. Residents of the North Korean capital have been ordered to stay in their homes from Wednesday to Sunday and must submit to multiple temperature checks ...

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Global Covid-19 cases now over 673 million

The overall number of Covid-19 cases around the world has now surpassed 673 million, with a sudden surge of cases in Asia and some other parts of the world. According to the latest global data, the total Covid-19 case count mounted to 673,506,825 while the death toll from the virus reached 6,748,110 this morning, AP reports. The US has recorded ...

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