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

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

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

UK designates Omicron sub-lineage a variant under investigation

UK designates Omicron sub-lineage a variant under investigation

LONDON/COPENHAGEN, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Britain’s Health Safety Agency on Friday designated a sub-lineage of the dominant and highly transmissible variant of the Omicron coronavirus as a variant under investigation, saying it could have a growth advantage. BA.2, which lacks the specific mutation seen with Omicron that can help distinguish it easily from Delta, is … Read more

Hong Kong warns people to stop trying to prevent COVID hamster cull

Hong Kong warns people to stop trying to prevent COVID hamster cull

HONG KONG, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Hong Kong police will deal with animal lovers who try to stop people from abandoning their hamsters to put them down or who offer to care for abandoned hamsters, authorities said. authorities after ordering the slaughter of the animals. cuddly rodents to curb the coronavirus. On Tuesday, officials ordered … Read more

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

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

HONG KONG, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Thousands of people in Hong Kong volunteered on Wednesday to adopt unwanted hamsters after a government mass cull order over COVID-19 fears raised alarm that panicked owners would abandon their pets. Authorities on Tuesday ordered the culling of 2,000 hamsters from dozens of pet stores and storage facilities after … Read more

Are hospital admissions still the best way to assess the COVID crisis?

Are hospital admissions still the best way to assess the COVID crisis?

More people hospitalized with COVID are there for other reasons Italian regions want to review how admissions are counted ICU occupancy may better reflect severity, scientist says Omicron still puts hospitals under pressure, doctors warn MADRID/LONDON, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Using the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 to gauge the severity of the pandemic … Read more

Mild COVID cases still lead to problems with attention and memory – study

Mild COVID cases still lead to problems with attention and memory – study

A health worker closes the door of an ambulance outside the Royal London Hospital amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in London, Britain January 7, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, Jan 19 (Reuters) – People with mild COVID-19 who have no other traditional “long COVID” symptoms may … Read more

Damage in tsunami-hit Tonga hampering relief efforts

Damage in tsunami-hit Tonga hampering relief efforts

An eruption occurs at the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai submarine volcano off Tonga, January 14, 2022 in this screenshot obtained from social media video. Video recorded January 14, 2022. Tonga Geological Services/via REUTERS Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Extensive damage to the west coast of the main island Airports closed, hampering international … Read more

Distress signal prompts U.N. concern after Tonga volcanic eruption

Damage in tsunami-hit Tonga hampering relief efforts

Australia and New Zealand send reconnaissance flights to Tonga The Red Cross says 80,000 people could have been affected Two people, including a British, missing Two drowned in Peru Ash clouds from the eruption moving towards New Zealand, Australia SYDNEY/WELLINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – A distress signal has been detected in a group of isolated, … Read more

Return of the flu: the EU faces the threat of a prolonged “double epidemic”

Return of the flu: the EU faces the threat of a prolonged “double epidemic”

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

Australia records highest temperature in 62 years

Australia records highest temperature in 62 years

SINGAPORE, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Another day, another record-breaking heat. Australian authorities warned people to stay indoors on Friday as a severe heatwave along the northwest coast pushed temperatures to 50.7 degrees Celsius (123 degrees Fahrenheit), hitting an all-time high 62 years ago. Climate scientists and activists have sounded the alarm that global warming due … Read more