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

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 Read More …

Tracking the course of the pandemic in wastewater

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 Read More …

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

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 Read More …

UK ministers were warned last year of risks of coronavirus pandemic

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 Read More …

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

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 Read More …

The Growing Threat Posed by Accelerationism and Accelerationist Groups Worldwide

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 Read More …

Use of the Incident Command System during infectious disease outbreaks

Compliance with the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule indicates that skilled nursing facilities (SNF) along with other healthcare providers receiving Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services funds implement an “All Hazards” approach to emergency Read More …

WHO Director-General’s Statement on IHR Emergency Committee on Ebola Virus Disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) met today, and has advised me that in its view the Ebola outbreak in the DRC continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of Read More …