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  • UK ministers were warned last year of risks of coronavirus pandemic

    April 24, 2020

    Ministers were warned last year the UK must have a robust plan to deal with a pandemic virus and its potentially catastrophic social and economic consequences in a confidential Cabinet Office briefing leaked to the Guardian. The detailed document warned that even a mild pandemic could cost tens of thousands of lives, and set out the ...

  • Research finds coronavirus in stool samples 22 days after onset of symptoms, but experts say risk of faecal transmission is low

    April 23, 2020

    A new study by Chinese scientists found that the coronavirus was detectable in stool samples taken from people suffering with Covid-19 almost a week after it was no longer present in their blood. The 30-strong team, mostly from Zhejiang University, based their research on the viral loads found in respiratory, stool and serum samples taken on ...

  • WHO call to minimize disruptions to malaria prevention and treatment services during the COVID-19 pandemic

    April 23, 2020

    Severe disruptions to insecticide-treated net campaigns and in access to antimalarial medicines could lead to a doubling in the number of malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa this year compared to 2018, according to a new modelling analysis released by WHO and partners ahead of World Malaria Day (25 April). WHO urges countries to move fast and ...

  • China detects African swine fever in another pig truck

    April 21, 2020

    China’s agriculture ministry said on Tuesday it had detected the deadly African swine fever virus in pigs transported to the southwestern province of Sichuan, the latest in a dozen such cases in the last two months. China has been battling African swine fever since August 2018, after the disease spread rapidly throughout the world’s top pork ...

  • The Growing Threat Posed by Accelerationism and Accelerationist Groups Worldwide

    April 20, 2020

    As the world is paralyzed by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), some violent non-state actors have welcomed the global pandemic as an opportunity to push their propaganda and ideology, and perhaps to strike at their perceived foes. White supremacist extremists see the pandemic as confirmation of many of the movement’s preexisting beliefs, and as ...

  • Karachi’s Jinnah Hospital gets its first biosafety level 3 lab

    April 20, 2020

    The Sindh government has established the first biosafety level 3 laboratory at Karachi’s Jinnah Hospital. The lab was inaugurated by the hospital’s Executive Director Dr Seemin Jamali on Monday. It has started functioning. The BSL-3 lab is a containment laboratory designed for work with Risk Group 2 and 3 of microorganisms that can spread through aerosols, according ...

  • Currently ‘no evidence’ that COVID-19 survivors have immunity, WHO warns

    April 18, 2020

    There is no evidence that people who have recovered from coronavirus have immunity to the disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. The UK government has bought 3.5 million serology tests – which measure levels of antibodies in blood plasma. But senior WHO epidemiologists have warned that there is no proof that such antibody tests can ...