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Packed ICUs, crowded crematoriums: COVID roils Chinese towns

Yao Ruyan paced frantically outside the fever clinic of a county hospital in China’s industrial Hebei province, 70 kilometers (43 miles) southwest of Beijing. Her mother-in-law had COVID-19 and needed urgent medical care, but all hospitals nearby were full. “They say there’s no beds here,” she barked into her phone. As China grapples withits first-ever national COVID-19 wave, emergency wards ...

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India says arrivals from Thailand, China must show negative Covid tests

India will require a negative Covid-19 test result from travellers arriving from Thailand, China, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong, the country’s health minister said on Saturday, reports Reuters. Passengers from those countries would be put under quarantine if they showed symptoms of Covid-19 or tested positive, Mansukh Mandaviya said. Passengers from the countries in question will have to declare ...

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Bangladesh reports zero Covid death, 7 new cases

Bangladesh reported seven more Covid cases in the 24 hours to Saturday morning. With the new numbers, the country’s total caseload rose to 2,037,018, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). However, the official death toll from the disease remained unchanged at 29,438 as no new fatalities were reported. The daily case test positivity rose to 0.78 percent ...

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Bangladesh reports 39 dengue cases

Thirty-nine more people were hospitalised with dengue in the 24 hours to Friday morning. However, the official death toll from the mosquito-borne disease remained unchanged at 274 – the highest on record after the 179 deaths recorded in 2019 – as no fatalities were reported during this period, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). A total of ...

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WHO ‘very concerned’ about reports of severe COVID in China

The head of the World Health Organization said the agency is “very concerned” about rising reports of severe coronavirus disease across China after the country largely abandoned its “zero COVID” policy, warning that its lagging vaccination rate could result in large numbers of vulnerable people getting infected. At a press briefing on Wednesday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the ...

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Indian govt asks states to ramp up genome sequencing amid global rise in COVID-19 cases

India’s federal government has asked its states to increase genome sequencing of positive samples amid a rise in COVID-19 cases in different countries, officials said Wednesday, reports Xinhua. “It’s essential to gear up whole genome sequencing of positive case samples to track variants through Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) network,” read a letter issued by India’s federal health ministry to ...

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4th dose of COVID vaccination starts across country

A special campaign for administering the fourth COVID vaccine dose started on Tuesday across the country. Ahmedul Kabir, director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS, launched the campaign at Kurmitola general Hospital in the capital at 9am. Only Pfizer vaccine will be used in the campaign. People aged above 60, who already received their third dose, will ...

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Bangladesh logs 20 more Covid cases

Bangladesh reported 20 more Covid cases in 24 hours till Monday morning. With the new numbers, the country’s total caseload rose to 2,036,948, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). However, the official death toll from the disease remained unchanged at 29,437 as no new fatalities were reported. The daily case test positivity rose to 0.85 percent from ...

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Bangladesh reports 17 Covid cases

Bangladesh on Sunday recorded zero Covid-19 death while it reported 17 coronavirus positive cases. “Bangladesh reported 0.65 percent Covid-19 positive cases as 2,612 samples were tested during the last 24 hours,” a daily statement of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said here. During the period, the combined figure of coronavirus infection in Dhaka district and the capital is ...

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COVID-linked deaths seen in Beijing after virus rules eased

Outside a funeral home in eastern Beijing, dozens of people were bundled up in parkas and hats against the freezing temperatures Friday evening as workers in full protective suits wheeled out coffins one by one. When an employee with a clipboard shouted the name of the dead, a relative trundled up to the coffin to examine the body. One of ...

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