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Environment

2020 one of three hottest years ever recorded: UN

This year is on course to be one of the three warmest ever recorded, the United Nations said Wednesday, as the UN chief warned the world was on the brink of "climate catastrophe".

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

COVID-19 outbreak

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the infectious disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)

A pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China was first reported to the World Health Organization Country Office in China on 31 December 2019 and recognised as a pandemic on 11 March 2020.

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.

More information: WHO, CDC, global cases.

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Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Living with dementia in a virtual world: hope for the future

With much of the U.K. just emerging from its second coronavirus 'lockdown' into new tiers, the amount of social contact we are able to have is still limited. Among the worst affected are people living in the country's care ...

Security

Phishing ploy targets COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort

IBM security researchers say they have detected a cyberespionage effort using targeted phishing emails to try to collect vital information on the World Health Organization's initiative for distributing COVID-19 vaccine to ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Italy curbs Christmas travel to avoid virus 'third wave'

Italy on Thursday announced national travel restrictions for the Christmas holidays designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the European country first hit by the pandemic.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Growing fears over Thai coronavirus cluster from Myanmar

A coronavirus cluster in Thailand grew to 10 on Wednesday amid fears scores of other Thai women connected to a hotel in a notorious Myanmar border town could be infected and may attempt to return home under the radar.

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Britain OKs vaccine as global COVID death toll nears 1.5 million

Britain on Wednesday became the first western country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine for general use, while Japan and Italy pledged free inoculations for all even as the Americas reported a big surge in cases and the global ...

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Iran surpasses one million COVID-19 cases

Iran said its novel coronavirus infections surpassed one million cases on Thursday, as the authorities consider easing restrictions in many parts of the Middle East's hardest hit country.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Anti-vaccine bastion France warily eyes COVID shots

France was once home to the father of immunisation, Louis Pasteur, but it is now among the most vaccine-sceptic nations on Earth—a pressing concern as it prepares one of the biggest vaccination campaigns in its history.

Vaccination

Vaccine 1st puts spotlight on German pharma company BioNTech

The email that arrived in the ancient German city of Mainz shortly before 1 a.m. in the morning marked a turning point in the global effort to deliver a reliable vaccine against the coronavirus pandemic—and for the little-known ...