Britain says 6,000 more people needed for trial of Merck COVID pill

An experimental COVID-19 treatment pill, called molnupiravir and being developed by Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP, is seen in this undated handout photo released by Merck & Co Inc and obtained by Reuters on October 26, 2021. Merck & Co Inc /Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com … Read more

New York judge strikes down state mask mandate

Jan 24 (Reuters) – A New York judge overturned the state’s mask mandate on Monday, a week before it expired, ruling that the governor exceeded his authority by imposing a rule that needed to be passed by the state legislature. ‘State. Judge Thomas Rademaker of the New York State Supreme Court on Long Island found … Read more

Omicron survives longer on plastic, skin than prior variants; nose swabbing found best for rapid tests

Test tube labeled “COVID-19 Omicron variant test positive” is seen in this illustration picture taken January 15, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Jan 24 (Reuters) – The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings … Read more

One surrendered Hong Kong hamster tests COVID positive as city lockdown grows

A man wearing personal protective equipment sits in a vehicle outside a temporarily closed pet store after the government announced it would euthanize about 2,000 hamsters in the city after first finding evidence of possible animal-to-human transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Hong Kong, China, Jan. 18, 2022. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu Register now for FREE unlimited … Read more

Hong Kong warns of worsening COVID outbreak as leader defends hamster cull

People queue at a community testing center for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), after the district is identified as a high-risk area, in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China, Jan. 12, 2022. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register HONG KONG, Jan. 22 (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam warned on Saturday … Read more

Thousands in Hong Kong volunteer to adopt hamsters amid COVID-19 fears

HONG KONG, Jan. 19 (Reuters) – Thousands of people in Hong Kong volunteered to adopt unwanted hamsters on Wednesday after a massive government cull order over COVID-19 sparked fears panicked owners would leave their pets behind. Authorities on Tuesday ordered 2,000 hamsters from dozens of pet stores and storage facilities to be culled after tracing … Read more

Japan set to widen COVID-19 curbs as Omicron drives record infections

TOKYO, Jan. 19 (Reuters) – Japan on Wednesday stood ready to widen its COVID-19 borders to the capital Tokyo and a dozen regions covering half the population as the Omicron variant of coronavirus causes record new infections. The measures, already in place in three regions, are expected to be approved by the prime minister from … Read more

Hong Kong to cull hamsters after COVID-19 found in pet shop

People stand in front of a temporarily closed pet store after the government announced to euthanize about 2,000 hamsters in the city after finding evidence for the first time of possible animal-to-human transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Hong Kong, China, Jan 18, 2022. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register … Read more

Australia suffers deadliest day of pandemic as Omicron drives up hospital cases

SYDNEY, Jan. 18 (Reuters) – Australia experienced the deadliest day of the pandemic on Tuesday as a fast-moving Omicron outbreak continued to push hospital admissions to record levels, even as daily infections eased slightly. Australia is facing the worst COVID-19 outbreak, fueled by the Omicron strain of the coronavirus, which has sent more people into … Read more

Return of the flu: EU faces threat of prolonged ‘twindemic’

A doctor vaccinates a patient as part of the start of the seasonal flu vaccination campaign in Gouzeaucourt, France, October 13, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Flu reappears in Europe after hiding last year Flu season could extend into summer, says ECDC expert Few serious cases so … Read more