COVID-19: Why weren’t we ready?

In May 2009, Alan Johnson, the then Labour health secretary, was questioned by the House of Lords science and technology committee. The committee was, in the midst of the 2009 swine flu outbreak, investigating the threat of pandemic influenza. Swine Read More …

Trump declares national emergency over coronavirus

President Donald Trump announced plans to partner with pharmaceutical and retail companies to set up drive-thru test sites for coronavirus in an effort to catch up to a nationwide demand and deliver on the administration’s promise for wider access to Read More …

WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation report – 52

Four new countries/territories/areas (French Polynesia, Turkey, Honduras and Côte d’Ivoire) have reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. The Clinical Unit continues to convene clinicians around the globe, twice weekly by teleconference (COVID-19 Clinical Network) to share knowledge Read More …

Coronavirus: Italy extends emergency measures nationwide

Italy has extended its emergency coronavirus measures, which include travel restrictions and a ban on public gatherings, to the entire country. On Monday, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte ordered people to stay home and seek permission for essential travel. He said Read More …

14% of Recovered Covid-19 Patients in Guangdong Tested Positive Again

About 14% of patients who recovered from the novel coronavirus and were discharged from hospitals in southern China’s Guangdong province were tested positive again in later check-ups, according to the local health authority. A positive test suggests the recovered patients Read More …

WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation report – 37

Four new Member States (Algeria, Austria, Croatia, and Switzerland) reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Algeria is the first Member State of the AFRO Region to report a case of COVID-19. For the first time, since the Read More …

COVID-19: Cambridge-based Moderna sends possible coronavirus vaccine for testing

A Cambridge company has submitted a potential coronavirus vaccine for federal testing just two months after an outbreak of the infectious virus that started in China, killing 2,500 people while spreading rapidly through Asia into Europe and the United States. Read More …

New developments suggest coronavirus incubation could be longer than 14 days, as global infections rise

There are some indications that the incubation period for the coronavirus could be longer than 14 days, with patients testing positive after much longer quarantine periods, researchers said. The rush to understand the virus came as infections rose in South Read More …

WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation report – 30

No new countries reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. WHO is working with an international network of statisticians and mathematical modelers to estimate key epidemiologic parameters of COVID19, such as the incubation period (the time between infection 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 …