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WHO declares monkeypox a global emergency

New Delhi |Β The World Health Organisation on Saturday declared the monkeypox as public health emergency of international concern. The global health body said the expanding monkeypox outbreak in more than 70 countries is an “extraordinary” situation that now qualifies as a global emergency. “WHO’s assessment is that the risk of monkeypox is moderate globally and […]

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WHO ‘concerned’ as monkeypox spreads to children, pregnant women

Geneva |Β The World Health Organisation has expressed concern as the recent monkeypox outbreak has spread to vulnerable people, including children, pregnant women and those with weak immune systems. While the virus did manifest earlier in children, this reportedly the first in the recent outbreak, now confirmed in more than 3,000 patients spread across over 50 […]

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WHO does a u-turn on monkeypox, says unsure whether it can be contained

New Delhi |Β After claiming that the monkeypox infections, now spread to about 30 countries with more than 550 confirmed cases, can be contained, the World Health Organisation has admitted that it is not sure whether the virus can be kept in check. WHO officials, had earlier, stated that the monkeypox outbreak “is a containable situation”, […]

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India objects to methodology adopted by WHO to project ‘excess mortality estimates’

New Delhi |Β India has been consistently objecting to the methodology adopted by the WHO to project excess mortality estimates based on mathematical models, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. “Despite India’s objection to the process, methodology, and outcome of this modelling exercise, the WHO has released the excess mortality estimates without adequately addressing India’s […]

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Global Covid-19 cases on rise again despite reduced testing: WHO

Geneva |Β The World Health Organization (WHO) has sounded the alarm over a global spike in Covid-19 cases, despite reduced testing and several weeks of declining infections. WHO said cases are especially on the rise in parts of Asia, urging for vaccination coverage to be extended and caution to be exercised in lifting pandemic response measures, […]

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No guarantee that future Covid variants will be less severe: WHO

Geneva |Β The next Covid-19 variant that will rise will be more contagious than Omicron, but there’s no guarantee that the future strains will be milder, the World Health Organization said. According to Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s Covid-19 technical lead, the real question scientists need to answer is whether or not it will be more deadly, […]

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No science behind night curfews in India: WHO’s Swaminathan

New Delhi |Β There is no science behind night curfews when it comes to tackling the spread of Covid variants, WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan has stressed. In a TV media interview, she said that countries like India must formulate science-based policies for curbing the spread of the virus. “Things like night curfew, there is no […]

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Omicron risk ‘very high,’ could ravage health systems: WHO

Geneva |Β The overall risk associated with the Omicron variant remains ‘very high’ which could cause widespread disruption to health systems and other critical services, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned. In its weekly epidemiological update, the WHO said on Tuesday that “The overall risk related to the new variant of concern Omicron remains very […]

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Omicron variant spread to 89 countries, cases doubling in 3 days: WHO

New Delhi |Β The hyper mutated Omicron variant of Covid-19 has now spread to about 89 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. Omicron is a highly divergent variant with a high number of mutations, including 26-32 in the spike protein, some of which are concerning and may be associated with immune escape potential […]