Nigeria Health Workers, Officials at Odds Over Unpaid COVID-19 Allowances

ABUJA, NIGERIA – Nigerian doctors began a nationwide strike Monday over unpaid COVID-19 hazard allowances and inadequate protective equipment during the pandemic. Other health workers’ groups and associations are threatening to join the strike. Since the country’s first case, more than 1,000 Nigerian healthcare workers have become infected with COVID-19.

Summer of COVID-19 Ends With Health Officials Worried

The U.S. had about 1.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases  around Memorial Day, before backyard parties and other gatherings contributed to a summertime surge. It now has more than 6.2 million cases, according to the count kept by Johns Hopkins University. Deaths from the virus more than doubled over the summer to nearly 190,000.

COVID-19 Plunges Australia Into First Recession Since 1991

Australia survived the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s and the global credit crunch a decade later.  A long mining boom, sound financial management and good fortune all helped.  But the Australian economy was faltering before the coronavirus took hold, partly because of drought and bushfires.  

Despite Strict Lockdown, Spain Sees Sharp COVID-19 Spike

“The picture is not homogeneous, but some regions also failed to employ enough case tracers when outbreaks started. It also has to be said that the number of tests being carried out has increased dramatically since March and April, so we are seeing more positive diagnoses,” he said.  

How Superspreaders – People and Places – Drive COVID-19 Pandemic

Prolonged exposure in confined indoor spaces with limited ventilation clearly is problematic, as some of the earliest case studies showed. At a restaurant in Guangzhou, China, in January, one patient infected nine others along the flow of the air conditioning. At a call center in South Korea in February, more than 40% of the workers […]

San Francisco 49ers Reactivate Star Linebacker Fred Warner From COVID-19 Injured Reserve

“I think it’s just a good reminder that no one’s out of the woods,” Shanahan said on a recent Zoom call. “When you go a few weeks with nothing happening, you can start to feel pretty safe. It’s a reminder that this stuff’s out there, so we’ll see how it goes. I’m not going to […]

Northern German States Agree to Reopen Brothels, Despite COVID-19 Uptick

Evelyn Rochel, a 35-year-old Colombian sex worker and well-known activist, told the French news agency that the crisis has exposed a “shocking” paradox. Brothel owners have been “legally furloughing waitresses, the cleaners and everyone else with a contract, but throw the prostitutes onto the street—those who can’t get help because they’re not recognized as employees,” […]

Pharmaceutical Giant AstraZeneca Halts COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

The chief executive officers of the nine companies, which include Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Moderna and Novavax, as well as those heading two joint vaccine projects, Pfizer and BioNTech, and Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline, issued a statement promising they would “only submit for approval or emergency use authorization after demonstrating safety and efficacy through a Phase […]

Global Death Toll from COVID-19 Pandemic Reaches 900,000

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Wednesday his government will launch an ambitious program to test at least half a million people daily for COVID-19, with the results back within minutes. The prime minister said he hoped the “moonshot” program — a reference to the 1960s-era American manned lunar program — will be in place […]

Global COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 900,000

This is the second time AstraZeneca has paused large-scale testing of its experimental vaccine after a volunteer became ill after being inoculated.  The scientific journal Nature says the trial was halted in July after another participant in Britain also developed symptoms of transverse myelitis.  The individual was diagnosed with an “unrelated neurological illness.”