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India's daily COVID-19 deaths near 4,000 as WHO flags concern

(Refiles to correct paragraph 9 spelling of “Maharashtra”)Medics tend to a man with breathing problems inside a COVID-19 ward of a government-run hospital, amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Bijnor district, Uttar Pradesh, India, May 11, 2021. REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiMUMBAI (Reuters) – India reported a smaller rise in daily coronavirus infections on Saturday, but deaths […]

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With ICUs nearly full, Colombia surpasses 80,000 COVID-19 deaths

BOGOTA (Reuters) -Confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Colombia passed 80,000 on Friday with intensive care units almost full in the biggest cities, where large crowds have been gathering for weeks of anti-government protests.FILE PHOTO: Doctors and nurses are seen inside the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the El Tunal hospital, where they treat patients suffering […]

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US advisers endorse Pfizer COVID shot for kids 12 and up

U.S. health advisers endorsed use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in kids as young as 12 on Wednesday, just as expected new guidelines say it’s OK for people of any age to get the shot at the same time as other needed vaccinations. The sprint to vaccinate millions of middle and high school students has already […]

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Taiwan warns on rising COVID-19 risk, stocks tank

TAIPEI (Reuters) -Taiwan may raise its COVID-19 alert level in the “coming days”, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said on Wednesday, warning of an extremely serious situation on the island which has so far controlled the pandemic well, sending the stock market tanking.People wearing protective face masks wait for the metro, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) […]

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As pandemic rages globally, US set to vaccinate low-risk teens

The imminent authorization of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in adolescents is expected to give the United States’ stalling immunization campaign a boost while helping more schools return to in-person learning. But it has also sparked a debate about the ethical considerations of vaccinating a low-risk population while the pandemic rages in other countries, such as […]

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Vaccine hesitancy slows Africa's COVID-19 inoculation drive

NAIROBI (Reuters) – When Edith Serem received her COVID-19 vaccination last month at a hospital in Nairobi where she works as a doctor, nurses jokingly warned she might start speaking in a foreign language.FILE PHOTO: A health worker talks to her colleagues as they prepare to receive the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine under the COVAX scheme against […]

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'Hospitals are full' as Argentina COVID-19 cases hit 3 million

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina coronavirus cases hit 3 million on Sunday since the pandemic began, as medical workers said hospitals were full to capacity despite toughened government measures to bring down the spread of infections.Slideshow ( 2 images )The country’s health ministry said there were 11,394 new cases over the last 24-hour period, bringing […]

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China reports 13 new COVID-19 cases vs 20 a day earlier

FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective face masks walk along Nanluoguxiang alley, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Beijing, China January 16, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu WangSHANGHAI (Reuters) – China reported 13 new mainland COVID-19 cases on April 29, down from 20 cases a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Friday. All of the […]