US set to end Covid-19 public health emergency
The emergency was first instituted more than three years ago to provide funding and resources for the country to fight against the global pandemic, Xinhua news agency reported.Since taking office in 2021, US President Joe Biden has repeatedly extended the emergency. The US Departments of Health and Human Services has provided a roadmap outlining the transition away from the public health emergency.
Cambodia holds royal ploughing ceremony after 4-yr-hiatus
Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni presided over the elaborate ceremony held in central Kampong Thom province's Kampong Svay district, attracting thousands of local visitors. At the event, King Sihamoni assigned Kampong Thom Provincial Governor Nguon Ratanak as the King of the ploughing ceremony and the Governor's.
Covid-19 no longer a public health emergency: WHO
Covid-19 was declared a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) in January 2020. About six weeks later, it was characterised as a pandemic. The deadly disease has to date infected over 763 million and claimed more than 6.9 million lives globally.
New Omicron subvariant spreading in US
The subvariant XBB.1.16, referred to as "arcturus", has been added by the CDC to its variant tracker, Xinhua news agency reported. The percentage is expected to increase in the coming weeks, and it may become the next dominant coronavirus strain in the country, experts warned.The highly transmissible Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 remains the dominant strain in the US and accounted for about 73.6 per cent of new Covid-19 cases this week, CDC data showed.
Top Aus health official warns of looming Covid spike
Case numbers in most states and territories have been rising over recent months as Australia heads into its winter season, reports Xinhua news agency.According to Department of Health data, an average of 3,963 new cases were reported every day in the seven days to April 3, up from 3,757 the previous week.
US Senate passes bill to end national Covid emergency
The 68-23 vote on Wednesday was overwhelmingly bipartisan and the joint resolution, which cleared the House earlier this year, now heads to President Joe Biden, reports CNN. A White House official told CNN that while the President "strongly opposes" this bill, the administration is already winding down the emergency by May 11, the date previously announced for the end of the authority.
Over 15 mn children in US infected with Covid
The report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Children's Hospital Association said that over 66,000 of these cases have been added in the past 4 weeks, Xinhua news agency reported. Over 13,000 child Covid-19 cases were reported in the week ending March 23, it added.
White House to disband Covid response team in May
Under President Joe Biden's administration, the team was responsible for coordinating the nationwide rollout and distribution of vaccines, treatments and medical supplies. "As a result of this administration's historic response to Covid-19, we as a nation are in a safer, better place than we were three years ago.
Alarm in Karachi as Covid-19 positivity rate jumps over 28%
"Covid-19 positivity rate has started rising in the country since 100 individuals tested positive during the last 24 hours after as many as 3,147 tests were conducted across the country registering 3.18 per cent Covid-19 positivity rate," an official of the National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad told The News.
Biden okays bill to declassify intelligence info on Covid origins
"We need to get to the bottom of Covid-19's origins to help ensure we can better prevent future pandemics. In implementing this legislation, my administration will declassify and share as much of that information as possible, consistent with my constitutional authority to protect against the disclosure of information that would harm national security," he said.