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‘Phage therapy’ successes boost fight against drug-resistant infections

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Two US patients have recovered from intractable infections after being treated with a pioneering therapy involving genetically engineered bacteria-killing viruses. The cases raise hopes that so-called phage therapy co...

US sexually transmitted infections surged to record high in 2020

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After briefly dropping in the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) then resurged beyond 2019 levels to finish the year at a record high, according to new data ...

Covid infections remain around record levels in most of UK, figures show

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The number of Covid-19 infections remains near or at record levels in most of the UK, with only Scotland experiencing a drop, figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed. The ONS data, based on swabs...

Charging for Covid tests in England just as infections surge? This is an act of national self-sabotage

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They call it April Fools’ Day for a reason. From tomorrow, 1 April, Boris Johnson’s government will end the provision of free lateral flow and PCR tests for the majority of people in England. Ministers have announced ...

NSW education officials unmoved on return of masks in schools despite surging Covid infections

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The New South Wales education department says it is not planning to reintroduce masks in schools ahead of the general community, despite Covid case numbers spiralling in children and educators admitting learning is su...

China locks down province of 24m as new Covid infections rise

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China’s government has ordered a province of 24 million people into lockdown as it tries to contain a Covid-19 outbreak that has spread to multiple locations. Authorities reported 1,437 new cases across the country, i...

US children’s Covid vaccinations lag despite record infections

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As the Omicron variant rips through the US, children are being infected with Covid-19 in record numbers – yet their rate of vaccination has lagged, creating a surge in hospitalizations and undermining in-person school...

Pandemic brought ‘dramatic’ fall in English hospital admissions for childhood infections

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Hospital admissions for common childhood infections in England dropped by as much as 94% during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the first major study of its kind. Doctors have previously reported...

Covid live: Omicron will lead to difficult choices, says UK health boss; India reports more than 22,000 infections

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Sajid Javid says Omicron wave of infection will ‘test the limits of finite NHS capacity even more than a typical winter’; India death toll rises by 406

NSW reports 6,288 Covid cases on Christmas Day as Australia hits record infections

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New South Wales has recorded its highest ever Covid daily caseload, with 6,288 new infections announced on Christmas Day, as tens of thousands of Australians are forced into isolation over the festive period. Covid tr...

One in 35 had Covid in England last week as Omicron drives record infections

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The growing wave of Omicron cases has helped drive Covid rates to record highs in England, with one in 35 people now infected across the country and one in 20 infected in London, official figures have shown. Based on ...

UK Omicron infections ‘could reach 1m a day by end of December’

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Britain’s wave of Omicron infections could reach 1m a day by the end of December, the government’s most senior public health adviser has warned amid growing calls to limit Christmas gatherings. Dr Susan Hopkins told M...

US Covid infections rising again as upper midwest sees biggest jump

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America’s Covid-19 infections are climbing again, and could soon hit a weekly average of 100,000 cases a day as daily case reports increase more than 20% across the upper midwest. The fresh worsening of the coronaviru...

UK Covid infections dip but worries remain of ‘significant strain’ on NHS

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Covid infections have fallen across much of the UK, according to official figures, but remain high enough to put the health service under “significant strain” in the months ahead, scientists warn. The Office for Natio...

Covid live news: ‘Get booster to save Christmas,’ UK health secretary urges; sharp rise in German infections

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Three million more in England to be invited to get booster next week; Germany reports 23,543 new cases reported in past 24 hours

UK Covid infections are at record levels, but cases may have peaked

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Britain was last week presented with two differing pictures of Covid-19’s spread across the country. Together they suggest infections have reached record levels since the pandemic began but have also raised hopes that...

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