With virus surge, U.S. to keep travel restrictions for now

WASHINGTON — The United States served notice Monday that it will keep existing COVID-19 restrictions on international travel in place for now due to concerns about the surging infection rate because of the delta variant. It was the latest sign that the White House is having to recalibrate its thinking around the coronavirus pandemic as the more infectious variant surges […]

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Delta surge forces fresh virus restrictions as England embraces ‘Freedom Day’

France and Greece on Monday joined countries that are reimposing tighter COVID-19 restrictions to stem the surge of Delta variant infections threatening the global fight against the pandemic. The virus has killed more than four million people since first emerging in China in late 2019, and attempts to halt its spread are being hampered by mutations creating highly contagious variants […]

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West Nile virus found in Weld County mosquitoes

Colorado’s weekly mosquito tests found West Nile virus in Weld County, but people statewide should take precautions, the state health department said. Not all counties and cities have mosquito-testing programs, so the virus could also be in other parts of the state, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The best way to protect yourself is to […]

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Virus deaths top 4,000 in India as WHO green-lights Chinese vaccine

New COVID-19 deaths surged past 4,000 for the first time in India on Saturday as it struggled with one of the world’s worst outbreaks, but the global immunisation effort was boosted with WHO approval for Chinese firm Sinopharm’s vaccine. And while many Western countries have started easing restrictions thanks to rapid vaccinations, the head of the World Health Organization warned […]

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India virus patients suffocate from low oxygen amid surge

Authorities scrambled anew Saturday to supply medical oxygen to Indian hospitals where COVID-19 patients were suffocating amid low supplies as the country with the world’s worst coronavirus surge set a new global daily record of infections for the third straight day. The 346,786 infections over the past day brought India’s total past 16 million, behind only the United States. The […]

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Iran sees highest daily death toll in months as virus surges

Iran’s daily coronavirus death toll climbed over 400 for the first time in months on Sunday, as the country, which has long had the region’s largest outbreak, battles a post-holiday infection surge. Iranian health authorities recorded 405 fatalities from the virus, pushing the total death toll to 66,732. Officials increasingly have warned about the impact of trends seen nationwide during […]

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Curcumin nanosystems could be powerful COVID-19 therapeutics

With new variants of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) emerging, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is far from over. While the global vaccine rollout has moved at an impressive speed, the search for new safe, effective, and targeted therapies is still on. Now, a new study in Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy reviews the potential for curcumin, a natural […]

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India battered by huge second COVID wave as virus imperils Olmpics

India’s huge coronavirus second wave accelerated Thursday with a record number of infections reported, as a top Japanese politician warned COVID-19 could still derail the already delayed Olympics. While nations like Britain have celebrated the beginning of normality and extended vaccine rollouts, some South Asian countries are grappling with fresh—and more terrifying—virus waves. More than 200,000 cases were logged in […]

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Researchers use new approach to detect high-risk Human Papilloma Virus

A study led by Queen Mary University of London researchers has compared the performance and acceptability of a urine test and four different vaginal self-sampling collection devices to detect high risk Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Corresponding author Professor Jack Cuzick from Queen Mary University of London said: Uptake of cervical screening has been declining in the UK in recent years, […]

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