• Coronavirus present in France in December – a month earlier than thought, test indicates

    May 4, 2020

    Coronavirus was present in France in December – a month before the country’s first confirmed cases, according to an intensive care chief who tested old samples. Yves Cohen said negative tests for flu and other coronaviruses on 24 patients in hospital with respiratory problems during December and January had been checked. And in a development experts say would be ...

  • DARPA research leads to new early Covid-19 test

    May 1, 2020

    Scientists working for the US military have designed a new Covid-19 test that could potentially identify carriers before they become infectious and spread the disease, the Guardian has learned. In what could be a significant breakthrough, project coordinators hope the blood-based test will be able to detect the virus’s presence as early as 24 hours after ...

  • Tracking the course of the pandemic in wastewater

    April 30, 2020

    The novel coronavirus has been successfully detected in wastewater – even at low concentrations, in samples collected at an early stage of the outbreak. Researchers at EPFL and Eawag are now working to optimise the method. The aim is to develop a system which could warn of a resurgence of cases earlier than clinical diagnostic ...

  • African swine fever kills 61 pigs in Northern Namibia

    April 30, 2020

    On Tuesday, April 28, a Northern Namibia government veterinary official announced that the region has been hit by an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) which has killed 61 pigs and infected nearly 200 animals. Josephat Peter, a state veterinarian based in the Omusati region some 516 kilometres north of the capital Windhoek, said the outbreak ...

  • A third of all COVID-19 hospital patients die, with dementia and obesity carrying the highest risk

    April 30, 2020

    A third of all patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 die, with dementia and obesity the underlying health conditions carrying the biggest risk. The finding comes from a major British study by the Coronavirus Clinical Characterisation Consortium which looked at almost 17,000 people admitted to hospital with the virus. The research showed that overall a third (33%) ...

  • Hong Kong researchers invent antiviral “coating”

    April 27, 2020

    A team of researchers from a Hong Kong university claim to have developed an antiviral coating they say can provide 90 days of “significant” protection against bacteria and viruses such as the novel coronavirus. Read more… Source: Reuters  

  • Guangdong’s coronavirus success shows an outbreak can be controlled, study finds

    April 24, 2020

    New analysis of coronavirus genomes from Guangdong has revealed that mass testing and intervention measures such as travel restrictions were effective at containing the Covid-19 outbreak in China’s most populous province. Researchers from the University of Oxford and the Guangdong Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysed the genomic sequences of 53 patients from Guangdong. ...