Seasonal flu reports hit record lows amid global social distancing
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Seasonal flu reports hit record lows amid global social distancing

BEIJING — Global social distancing rules targeting coronavirus have pushed influenza infection rates to a record low, early figures show, signaling that the measures are having an unprecedented impact on other communicable diseases. In China, where the earliest wide-scale lockdown measures began, new reports of diseases including mumps, measles and some sexually transmitted diseases, have […]

Brazil's president threatened with big daily fine for refusing to wear mask
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Brazil president tests positive for Covid-19 after dismissing it as ‘little flu’

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro – who has held large rallies calling for lockdowns to be lifted – has been diagnosed with coronavirus. The far-right rabble rouser today revealed he had tested positive for the virus after he became unwell. He told TV journalists: “It came back positive.” Just three days ago he was pictured celebrating […]

WHO warns 'we cannot let our guard down' over newly discovered Chinese pig flu
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WHO warns 'we cannot let our guard down' over newly discovered Chinese pig flu

A “very dangerous” and potentially pandemic-causing swine flu is to come under close scrutiny from the World Health Organisation. The potential for the new “G4 virus” to rip through human populations has gripped the attention of the World Health Organisation (WHO) which broke its silence on the findings on Tuesday. A new “G4” strain of […]