Omicron as severe as previous COVID variants, large study finds

A sign requiring masks is seen outside of a closed-down business during the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Washington, US, December 27, 2021. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register May 5 (Reuters) – The Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV2 virus is intrinsically as severe as previous variants, unlike assumptions … Read more

Bird flu puts organic chickens into lockdown from Pennsylvania to France

CHICAGO/PARIS, May 2 (Reuters) – Organic and free-range chickens have been thrown into lockdown. Egg-laying hens that normally have access to the outdoors can no longer roam as freely or feel the sun on their beaks as some US and European farmers temporarily keep flocks inside during lethal outbreaks of bird flu, according to egg … Read more

Measles cases jump 79% in 2022 after COVID hit vaccination campaigns

LONDON, April 27 (Reuters) – Measles cases jumped by 79% in the first two months of this year compared to 2021, after COVID-19 and lockdowns disrupted child vaccination campaigns around the world, according to data from UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). In January and February, there were 17,338 meal cases reported worldwide, up … Read more

‘We’re done with dead kids’: U.S. bars hand out free fentanyl tests

OAKLAND, Calif., April 20 (Reuters) – Walking into the Good Hop craft beer bar in Oakland, California, Alison Heller looks like any other patron thirsting for happy hour. But instead of heading to the bar, she goes straight to the bathroom, opens her backpack and pulls out a plastic bag with fentanyl test strips. She … Read more

The case for testing Pfizer’s Paxlovid for treating long COVID

Two long COVID patients recover after Paxlovid treatment Side effects, safety issues need to be studied CHICAGO, April 18 (Reuters) – Reports of two patients who found relief from long COVID after taking Pfizer Inc’s (PFE.N) antiviral Paxlovid, including a researcher who tested it on herself, provide intriguing evidence for clinical trials to help those … Read more

Explainer: I’m eligible for a second COVID booster. Should I get one?

A 50-year-old and immunocompromised resident receives a second booster shot of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Waterford, Michigan, US, April 8, 2022. REUTERS/Emily Elconin Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register CHICAGO, April 11 (Reuters) – US officials now say that people 50 and older can get a second COVID-19 booster shot … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Sri Lanka to seek $3 billion to stave off crisis

Seeks further $500 mln from India for fuel Government’s top priority is ensuring supply of essentials To raise taxes and fuel prices within six months COLOMBO, April 9 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka will need about $3 billion in external assistance in the next six months to help restore supplies of essential items including fuel and … Read more

Ukraine war pushes Germany to strengthen its bunker infrastructure

German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser speaks to the media after the first flight bringing Ukrainian refugees from Moldova to Germany arrived at Frankfurt Airport, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Frankfurt, Germany, March 25, 2022. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BERLIN, April 9 (Reuters) – Germany has started working … Read more

British defence ministry says Russia targeting civilians

Ukraine seeks more weapons, harsher sanctions on Russia US, EU and Britain condemn railway station attack West imposes more trade restrictions on Russia LVIV, Ukraine, April 9 (Reuters) – Britain’s defense ministry said on Saturday that Russian forces were targeting civilians, a day after a missile attack on a train station crowded with women, children … Read more

British, French divers rescued in Malaysia after more than two days at sea

MERSING, Malaysia, April 9 (Reuters) – A French woman and British man who disappeared while diving off the coast of Malaysia were found safe on Saturday, drifting at sea two and a half days after they went missing, police said. Four people went missing on Wednesday at around noon on a training dive near Tokong … Read more