90 attacks on phone masts reported during UK’s lockdown

Around 90 attacks targeting the UK’s telecommunications infrastructure have been reported during the coronavirus lockdown. The incidents, which surged over the Easter weekend, are believed to be motivated by conspiracy theories linking COVID-19 to the deployment of 5G masts. Derbyshire Read More …

India gas leak: At least 13 dead after Visakhapatnam incident

At least 13 people have been killed by a massive gas leak at a chemical plant in southern India, with 800 others taken to hospital. The leak from the LG Polymers plant in the city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh Read More …

UK: Man jailed for spitting at Brighton police officers while claiming to have coronavirus

A man has been jailed for spitting at three police officers in Brighton while claiming to have coronavirus. Peter Davy, 65, unemployed, of Albion Street, Brighton pleaded guilty to all charges over the incident on Saturday – including three of assault, Read More …

WHO: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Situation Report – 23

No new countries reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. WHO has published key considerations for repatriation and quarantine of travellers in relation to COVID-19. More information can be found here. The UN activated a Crisis Management Team Read More …

WHO: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Situation report

WHO Director-GeneralDr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and colleagues are in Beijing to meet with government and health experts supporting the response. The mission’s aim is to understand the latest developments and strengthen the partnership with China, in particular for the response. Read More …

Mystery SARS-Like Virus Spreads as First Confirmed Case Emerges Outside China

A new virus from the same family as the deadly SARS disease has spread beyond China’s borders for the first time with a case emerging in Thailand, UN and Thai officials said on Monday. Thai doctors diagnosed a Chinese traveller with mild Read More …

Ebola fears in Sweden as patient suspected of having deadly virus rushed to hospital in Malmo

An outbreak alert was sparked when a patient was rushed to Skane University Hospital in Lund, near Malmo, with worrying symptoms linked to the deadly virus. “There are confirmed cases of Ebola in the area where the person has been staying,” Read More …

Ebola outbreak spreads from DRC to Uganda as child diagnosed with virus

A five-year-old boy in Uganda has tested positive for Ebola in the first cross-border case of the deadly virus since an outbreak started in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last year, the country’s health ministry has said. The Congolese child has been isolated with family members Read More …

‘Zombie’ deer disease could spread to humans, experts warn

People who eat deer meat could be at risk of contracting a deadly infectious disease that is spreading across the animals’ US populations, experts have warned. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) –dubbed “zombie” deer disease – has infected deer, elk and moose across 24 American states and Read More …