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China locks down city of 9m amid new spike in COVID-19 cases

China on Friday ordered a lockdown of the 9 million residents of the northeastern city of Changchun amid a new spike in COVID-19 cases in the area, reports Associated Press. Residents are required to remain home and undergo three rounds of mass testing, while non-essential businesses have been closed and transport links suspended. China reported another 397 cases of local ...

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Australia battles spread of Japanese encephalitis

Australia said Friday it is buying extra vaccines to fight the potentially deadly, mosquito-borne Japanese encephalitis virus, which has spread down the flood-hit east coast for the first time. Previously confined to the tropical north, since late February Japanese encephalitis has travelled as far south as South Australia — infecting a total 16 people with two confirmed deaths, according to ...

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First pig heart transplant patient dies after two months

The first person to receive a heart transplant from a genetically modified pig has died two months after the medical milestone, the hospital that carried out the surgery said Wednesday. The procedure raised hopes that advances in cross-species organ donation could one day solve the chronic shortage of human organs available for donation, and the team behind the operation say ...

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Moderna readying for next pandemic with human tests of 15 shots

Moderna Inc. plans to start human trials for vaccines against 15 threatening viruses and other pathogens by 2025, part of a strategy to develop shots that could be made quickly in response to a future pandemic, reports Bloomberg. The effort will include prototype vaccines against the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome, a cousin of Covid-19; the Ebola and ...

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COVID-19 can cause brain shrinkage, memory loss: Oxford study

COVID-19 can cause the brain to shrink, reduce grey matter in the regions that control emotion and memory, and damage areas that control the sense of smell, an Oxford University study has found. The scientists said that the effects were even seen in people who had not been hospitalized with COVID, and whether the impact could be partially reversed or ...

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Girls must get priority in Covid recovery plans: Unicef

As the world works toward a post-pandemic era, girls must be at the centre of global, national, and local pandemic response and recovery plans, Unicef Executive Director Catherine Russell said in a statement on the International Women’s Day on Tuesday. “On International Women’s Day, we acknowledge the international community’s hard-fought gains for the world’s women and girls. We celebrate the ...

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Coronavirus: There’s a third variant of Omicron ‘BA.3’

There is also a BA.3 subvariant of Omicron, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Saturday, Times of India reported. Though the third wave of COVID is waning, the degree of risk stays the same as it was before. On March 5, 2022, Maria Van Kerkhove, Infectious Disease Epidemiologist and COVID-19 Technical Lead at the World Health Organisation (WHO), said ...

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3,01,41,070 students receives COVID-19 vaccines so far : DGHS

A total of 3,01,41,070 students aged 12-17 years were vaccinated with the first and second doses of COVID-19 jabs. “Of them, 1,69,78,567 students received first dose of vaccines while 1,31,62,503 were immunized with second dose of vaccines,” according to data issued by Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). On November 1, last year, the vaccination campaign for students aged between ...

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Another life-saving Covid drug identified

UK experts say they have found another life-saving drug that can help people ill with Covid. The anti-inflammatory baricitinib is normally used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Trials suggest it can cut death risk by about a fifth in patients needing hospital care for severe Covid. It could be used with other Covid treatments, such as the cheap steroid dexamethasone, to ...

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France has lifted Covid-19 restrictions on Bangladesh

France has lifted her restrictions on Bangladesh and has decided to consider Bangladesh as a ‘Green’ listed country with regards to Covid-19 restrictions in France. French Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Interior have said that the decision will be effective from March 3, 2022. To note, France considers those countries as ‘green’ with negligible or moderate circulation of the virus ...

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