‘More infectious and vaccine resistant’ Botswana Covid variant is driving South African surge

A new Covid variant that has more mutations than have ever been seen before is becoming dominant in South Africa and is feared to be ultra infectious and vaccine resistant, scientists warned today. Experts said the variant is growing ‘very quickly’ in South Africa and is driving the country’s surge in infections.  Around 100 cases … Read more

Latest COVID-19 outbreak in South Korea linked to little-known church as cases surge – National

A little known sect led by a pastor who pokes eyes to heal is at the centre of a COVID-19 outbreak in South Korea, as the country reported a new daily record of 4,116 cases for Tuesday and battles a spike in serious cases straining hospitals. In a tiny rural church in a town … Read more

Doctor urges governors to “use some common sense” as coronavirus cases surge

The U.S. saw 63,000 new coronavirus cases Thursday, yet another record amid a surge in illnesses driven by states that have fast-tracked the reopening of their economies. Public health professionals, like top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, have repeatedly urged states to proceed with caution or risk fatalities spiraling out of control. “I’m hoping that … Read more

Austria orders COVID-19 lockdown for unvaccinated amid surge in cases – National

The Austrian government ordered a nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated people starting midnight Sunday to slow the fast spread of the coronavirus in the country. The move prohibits unvaccinated individuals older than age 12 from leaving their homes except for basic activities such as working, grocery shopping, going for a walk – or getting vaccinated. … Read more

Hospitals see surge in COVID-19 patients as restrictions are lifted

Hospitals see surge in COVID-19 patients as restrictions are lifted – CBS News Watch CBSN Live Three states are allowing coronavirus booster shots for all adults, even though federal health officials recommend limiting shots to those patients considered most at risk. California, Colorado and New Mexico have some of the nation’s highest rates of new … Read more

International Arrivals Surge Under New U.S. Travel Rules

On Monday, for the first time in at least 18 months, fully vaccinated visitors from England, Ireland, France, Brazil, China, India, Iran and 26 other previously restricted countries were able to travel to the United States as long as they could show a negative coronavirus test. And for the first time ever, airlines required proof … Read more

Consumer Prices Surge 6.2% in October, Highest Inflation Since 1990 – Footwear News

Prices are surging at the highest inflation rate in over 30 years. Consumer prices rose by 6.2% in October compared to a year ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly report. This number represents the highest inflation rate since the 12-month period ending in November 1990. The largest change was seen in the … Read more

Astroworld concert deaths: Crowd surge not mentioned in security plan – National

Emergency plans for the Astroworld music festival did not include protocols for dangerous crowd surges like the one that unfolded during a rush to see headliner Travis Scott, which left eight people dead and injured hundreds of others, including a 9-year-old boy whose family said was still in a coma on Tuesday. The concert … Read more

Crowd Surge During Travis Scott Performance Leads to at Least 8 Deaths, Fans as Young as 16

The Astroworld festival in Houston, Texas, was the site of what reports have dubbed a “mass casualty incident” on Friday night. A crowd surge during Travis Scott’s performance led to at least eight deaths and more injuries, the Associated Press reported. Those who died were between 16 and 23 years old, the city mayor’s office told the New York Times.  Houston Fire … Read more

Maternity wards could be unable to deliver care if Covid surge continues, medics warn

Pregnant women could be denied the care they need if Covid cases continue to surge, Britain’s top gynecologist has warned.   Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists president Edward Morris warned that maternity staff are facing ‘immense pressure’. He argued the pandemic was ‘far from over’ and said maternity wards could soon be unable to ‘deliver … Read more