Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

COVID cases 'drop significantly' in Africa: WHO

Cases of COVID have plummeted in Africa and deaths are declining for the first time since the Omicron-dominated fourth wave of the virus reached its peak, the UN said Thursday.

Health

China's births fall in 2021, as workforce shrinks

The number of babies born in China fell again last year, official data showed Monday, adding to pressure on the ruling Communist Party's ambitions to boost national wealth and influence with a workforce that has been shrinking ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

WHO: 7 million new omicron COVID cases in Europe last week

There were more than 7 million new cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 across Europe in the first week of January, more than doubling in just two weeks, the World Health Organization said.

Vaccination

WHO: Africa might miss 70% vaccination goal until late 2024

The African continent might not reach the target of vaccinating 70% of its 1.3 billion population against COVID-19 until the second half of 2024, a target many of the world's richer countries have already met, the World Health ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

WHO warns that new virus variant poses 'very high' risk

The World Health Organization warned Monday that the global risk from the omicron variant is "very high" based on the early evidence, saying the mutated coronavirus could lead to surges with "severe consequences."

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

WHO Europe warns of possible surge in COVID deaths ahead

The World Health Organization's Europe office says projections show its 53-country region could face another 700,000 deaths in the coronavirus pandemic by next spring, topping 2 million in total.

Other

Food scientists create zinc index for human body

Zinc deficiency is prevalent around the world, and among children, these mineral shortfalls can lead to stunting, embryonic malformations and neurobehavioral abnormalities. Over several decades, science has improved understanding ...

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