India’s Crusade To Save Babies And Moms In The Pandemic

Ezhil Arasi Kumar was 8 weeks pregnant and due for her first prenatal visit — which would include an ultrasound scan. But she didn’t go. Her appointment had been scheduled around the time when India’s 21-day lockdown began, with little notice, on the eve of March 24, 2020. Not a single private hospital was open… Continue reading India’s Crusade To Save Babies And Moms In The Pandemic

In Coney Island, The Wonder Wheel Spins Again

Coney Island’s eccentric orchestra is back: Roller coaster carts tick up, up, up and then plummet and swerve along winding tracks. Rides hum, buzz and creak to the beat of carnival music. After a year of being shut down due to the pandemic, Coney Island’s two amusement parks, Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement… Continue reading In Coney Island, The Wonder Wheel Spins Again

For the second time, China has ‘fared well’ in a major crisis

China’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been impressive, an International Monetary Fund official on Tuesday, adding that it had once again managed to do well when faced with a major crisis. The Chinese economy managed to end 2020 — the year in which the coronavirus pandemic brought most of the global economy to a… Continue reading For the second time, China has ‘fared well’ in a major crisis

New Zealand, Australia To Create ‘Travel Bubble,’ Resume Quarantine-Free Travel

New Zealand and Australia will allow quarantine-free travel between the two countries starting April 19, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Tuesday. Ardern called the new arrangement the Trans-Tasman bubble. “The bubble will give our economic recovery a boost and represents a world leading arrangement of safely opening up international travel while continuing to… Continue reading New Zealand, Australia To Create ‘Travel Bubble,’ Resume Quarantine-Free Travel

It’s a big mess.’ Europe buckles down for Easter as Covid cases eclipse spring 2020 levels

Over a year after the coronavirus first hit Europe, much of the continent spent Easter — usually a major holiday in the region — in lockdown as it grapples with a third wave of virus infections. “It is just a big mess. Everyone is frustrated with the government,” Hannah Weiler, a medical student in Cologne,… Continue reading It’s a big mess.’ Europe buckles down for Easter as Covid cases eclipse spring 2020 levels

AstraZeneca Covid vaccine will be Thailand’s ‘principal’ shot, says health minister

The coronavirus shot developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford will be Thailand’s “principal vaccine” as the country seeks to revive its crucial tourism sector, the Thai public health minister told CNBC on Monday. Renewed safety concerns around the AstraZeneca-Oxford shot led countries including Germany and the Netherlands to halt the use of the… Continue reading AstraZeneca Covid vaccine will be Thailand’s ‘principal’ shot, says health minister

Pandemic Has Strengthened Faith For Some

old Nicole Oneto moved back in with her parents about an hour south of Fresno, Calif. “I was brought back into this bubble again,” says Oneto about feeling isolated in her rural hometown of Woodlake. She lives on 10 acres and doesn’t share some of the worldviews of her neighbors. So earlier this year, after… Continue reading Pandemic Has Strengthened Faith For Some

FDA Approves 2 Rapid, At-Home COVID Tests

More consumers will soon be able to test themselves for COVID-19 from the comfort of their own home. On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved two rapid antigen home tests for use in the U.S. Americans will soon be able to purchase Abbott’s BinaxNOW and Quidel Quickvue tests at drug stores. The two options… Continue reading FDA Approves 2 Rapid, At-Home COVID Tests

India Reports Its Highest Daily Number Of COVID-19 Deaths So Far This Year

India on Wednesday recorded its biggest jump in COVID-19 deaths so far this year, as authorities in worst-hit Mumbai commandeered private hospitals and nursing homes amid an unprecedented wave of coronavirus infections. Wednesday’s death toll from the coronavirus was 354 — the highest since mid-December. India’s confirmed caseload has more than quintupled from some 9,000… Continue reading India Reports Its Highest Daily Number Of COVID-19 Deaths So Far This Year

WHO Report: Wildlife Farms, Not Market, Likely Source Of Coronavirus Pandemic

The highly anticipated World Health Organization report on the origins of the coronavirus that sparked a global pandemic is due out Tuesday. In an exclusive interview with NPR, Peter Daszak, part of the investigative team that did two weeks of research in China, said they found evidence that wildlife farms may be a potential source… Continue reading WHO Report: Wildlife Farms, Not Market, Likely Source Of Coronavirus Pandemic