UK COVID-19 deaths could reach 100,000 by spring, health expert warns

A nationwide lockdown, empty shops and streets, surging novel coronavirus disease infections and hospitals at full capacity – the health crisis facing the United Kingdom this winter is familiar, but the spike in numbers are worrying. Great Britain recently passed a somber milestone as the COVID-19  death toll reached 81,000 – with 30,000 fatalities in just the last 30 days …

WHO: Prioritize high risk groups in COVID-19 vaccination

So far, 44 countries are currently administering coronavirus vaccines, according to The Global Change Data Lab. Belarus, Switzerland, Serbia and Qatar have also confirmed they have begun vaccination programs. The WHO’s Emergencies chief, Mike Ryan, stressed the need to give doses to vulnerable groups and frontline healthcare workers first, no matter where they live. Ryan said, “The people likely to …

China’s fertility rate on a constant decline

As more and more young couples now delay birth schedules and are not willing to have more kids, China’s fertility rate has been on a constant decline. According to Li Jiheng, China’s minister for civil affairs, the country’s total birth rate has hit the lowest level, falling below the warning line at 1.5. Total birth rate measures the average number …

Rich countries told to stop ‘cutting’ the COVID-19 vaccine queue

The World Health Organization is concerned low and most middle-income countries have yet to receive COVID-19 vaccines, urging rich nations to stop jumping the queue. WHO’s director-general said right from the outset, wealthier nations snapped up the “majority of the supply” through bilateral deals – potentially bumping up the price for everyone else battling COVID-19. He called on states that …

NCOV UPDATE 1/13

As of 6 p.m. on January 13, there were over 91 million coronavirus cases globally, with the death toll hitting close to two million, according to John Hopkins University. The good news is that there are over 60 million recoveries. The United States is leading the world in both COVID-19 infections and fatalities, with over 23 million confirmed cases and …

The amazing double meaning of Chinese numbers

In Chinese culture, certain numbers are considered “lucky” compared to others because their pronunciation sounds similar to words that have a positive meaning. In fact, lucky numbers have such huge importance in China that they often dictate people’s choice of phone number, business address, place of residence, wedding date and so on. The most popular number in China is eight, …

Madrid buried in snow as Spain braces for second snowstorm

Four people have been killed by a persistent snowstorm that has blanketed large parts of Spain. The northern Andalucia region emergency service recovered the bodies of two people, a man and a woman, the first official victims of the storm. Their car was washed away by a flooded river. Two homeless people also froze to death, one in Madrid and …

France to open COVID-19 vaccination centers in 600 towns to boost uptake

Every French resident aged over 75 will be eligible for a coronavirus vaccination from January 18, Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced. The broadening of the target group is part of a plan to speed up the immunization program, which began at a slower pace than France’s European neighbors. The government says it is hoping a million people will receive …

People come first: China’s vaccination free for public

Chinese residents will not have worry about paying for voluntary COVID-19 vaccinations, government officials said. Coronavirus vaccination fees in China – including the vaccine cost and service fees – will be jointly borne by the medical insurance fund and the government reserves, according to Li Tao, deputy head of China’s National Healthcare Security Administration. Li said herd immunity against the …