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20 Countries Report First Cases of Coronavirus This Week As Infections Skyrocket

Twenty countries have reported their first cases of the new coronavirus this week, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to over 82,000 in 50 countries since the outbreak began in December. At least 2,800 people have died worldwide. Read More >>

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China Enlists Tech Titans to Help It Track Coronavirus With Colour-Based QR Codes: Report

In its latest dystopian stab at curbing the spread of COVID-19, the Chinese government has employed two of the biggest tech giants in Asia to help it roll out a nationwide color-based tracking system to keep tabs on those suffering from coronavirus symptoms, according to a new Reuters report. Read More >>

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Cruise Ship Previously Rejected by Five Countries Over Virus Fears Will Finally Be Allowed to Dock

The Westerdam cruise ship will be allowed to dock in Cambodia, according to a new statement from Holland America Line. The ship had previously been refused entry by five countries over concerns that passengers might have been infected with the new coronavirus that has killed 1,116 and sickened over 45,000 worldwide. Read More >>

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Coronavirus Cases on Cruise Ship Skyrocket as China Records Highest Single-Day Death Toll

The number of coronavirus cases on a cruise ship currently docked in Yokohama, Japan has dramatically risen by 65, bringing the total number of cases linked to the passenger vessel to 135, according to Japan’s NHK News. Read More >>

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How Online Platforms Are Tackling Coronavirus Misinformation

As the deadly coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in China and around the world, several social media kingpins are fighting the outbreak on a different front: by curbing the spread of misinformation and fake claims online amid a public health emergency. Read More >>

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Germany and Japan Report First Coronavirus Cases in People Who Haven’t Visited China

Germany and Japan have reported the first cases of a new SARS-like virus in people who haven’t recently visited China. The announcements, made on Tuesday, come as the number of confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV worldwide reached 4,587 and the death toll hit 106. Read More >>

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20 Million on Lockdown As China Halts Travel From Three Cities Over Deadly Virus

Two more cities in China are being placed on lockdown in an attempt by Chinese authorities to control the spread of a deadly new virus called 2019-nCoV and avoid a global epidemic. The SARS-like virus has killed at least 17 people and sickened more than 570, spreading to at least four countries outside China so far. Read More >>

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Deadly Mystery Virus Spreads Outside China to New Countries

Health officials in Thailand and Japan have announced that a strange new virus, which has killed two people and sickened dozens of others in China, has appeared inside their borders this week. The virus, known as 2019-nCoV, was first identified in Wuhan, China in late December and questions remain about how it spreads, according to the World Health Organization. Read More >>

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No Screen Time for Kids Under 2, WHO Says

The World Health Organisation is coming out strong against letting young kids watch TV or play with smartphones, and is pushing parents to help their kids stay active and get enough sleep. Read More >>

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The World Health Organization Just Declared War on Trans Fats

The World Health Organization has announced a comprehensive plan to eliminate industrially produced trans-fatty acids from the global food supply by 2023. It’s a good idea — but the five-year plan may be overly ambitious. Read More >>

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A Cholera Epidemic in Yemen Is Now Wildly Out of Control

With the civil war in Yemen now having entered into its third year, the beleaguered Middle Eastern nation is having to contend with the devastating impacts of conflict, including disease. An alarming report from the World Health Organization estimates that some 500,000 Yemenis have contracted cholera since April of this year, of which 2,000 have died. It’s now the worst active cholera epidemic in the world, and one of the largest in decades. Read More >>

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These Are the World’s Most Dangerous Superbugs

For the first time ever, the World Health Organisation has published a list of the 12 superbugs that pose the greatest threat to human health. Read More >>

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The WHO Was Wrong to Say Zika Is No Longer an Emergency

Late last week, the World Health Organization declared that the Zika virus, along with its related neurological complications, no longer constitutes an international emergency. The announcement is a troubling development that could threaten important research, while also undermining those who are most affected, namely women, children, and the poor. Read More >>

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Failure to Bone Is Now a Disability, According to the World Health Organization

According to the Telegraph, the World Health Organization will change its definition of disabilities to classify people without a sexual partner as “infertile.” Read More >>

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Nearly Half a Billion People Now Have Diabetes

Today is World Health Day, and to mark the occasion, the World Health Organization has released its first ever global report on diabetes. The results are frightening. Read More >>