Exclusive: WHO investigating links between cough syrup deaths, considers advice for parents

Jan 24 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is investigating whether there is any connection between manufacturers whose contaminated cough syrups it has linked to the deaths of more than 300 children in three countries, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. Citing “unacceptable levels” of toxins in the products, the WHO is … Read more

Cargo ship from Ukraine grounded in Bosphorus strait, traffic halted

ISTANBUL, Jan 16 (Reuters) – The cargo ship MKK 1, travelling from Ukraine to Turkey, was grounded in Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait on Monday and traffic in the strait was suspended but no damage was reported, shipping agents Tribeca said. Several tugs were among vessels sent to provide assistance to the ship, the coastguard authority said. … Read more

China reports first COVID deaths in weeks as official count questioned

Beijing reports two deaths, first since Dec. 3 Comes after Beijing relaxed anti-virus controls Citizens, analysts question official figures Virus surge weighs on world’s No. 2 economy BEIJING, Dec 19 (Reuters) – China reported its first COVID-related deaths in weeks on Monday amid rising doubts over whether the official count was capturing the full toll … Read more

Queues form at fever clinics as China wrestles with COVID surge

Tracking app due for deactivation Top virus expert says peak may come in a month Stocks, yuan sag on concern over rising cases China acts to free up domestic travel BEIJING/HONG KONG, Dec 12 (Reuters) – People queued outside fever clinics at Chinese hospitals for COVID-19 checks on Monday, a new sign of the rapid … Read more

Measles now an imminent global threat due to pandemic, say WHO and CDC

Nov 23 (Reuters) – There is now an imminent threat of measles spreading in various regions globally, as COVID-19 led to a steady decline in vaccination coverage and weakened surveillance of the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. public health agency said on Wednesday. Measles is one of the most contagious human … Read more

U.N. Secretary General says Black Sea grain deal extended

Nov 17 (Reuters) – A deal aimed at easing global food shortages by facilitating Ukraine’s agricultural exports from its southern Black Sea ports was extended for 120 days on Thursday. The agreement, initially reached in July, created a protected sea transit corridor and was designed to alleviate global food shortages by allowing exports to resume … Read more