Care workers hit back at Matt Hancock’s claim staff brought Covid to care homes

Care workers have hit back at claims by the former health secretary Matt Hancock that the Covid virus was brought into homes by infected staff. In his book, the Pandemic Diaries, which is being serialised in the Daily Mail, Hancock said only a small proportion of cases were caused by his decision to discharge patients … Read more

China imposes new lockdowns as local Covid cases hit record high

China has imposed a fresh series of Covid lockdowns, including in a city where workers at the world’s largest iPhone factory clashed with police this week, as a record daily high in coronavirus cases tests its commitment to follow the rest of the world in easing pandemic restrictions. The national health commission reported 31,444 new … Read more

Mouth diseases hit nearly half the world’s people – WHO | The Citizen

Rotting teeth, swollen gums and oral cancers: nearly half the world’s population suffer from mouth diseases, the World Health Organization said Thursday. A new report highlighted glaring inequities in access to oral health services, saying it badly affected the most vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. “Oral health has long been neglected in global health,” WHO chief … Read more

Hospital waiting lists in England hit record highs | The Citizen

The number of people waiting to receive treatment in England’s state-run health service has hit at an all-time high of 7.1 million people, official figures showed Thursday. Struggling to clear backlogs from the pandemic, the National Health Service (NHS) is recording long waits for tests — including for cancer — and routine and emergency care. … Read more

Level 6 warning: Severe thunderstorms to hit parts of Free State, North West | The Citizen

An orange level 6 warning has been issued for severe thunderstorms over the western parts of North West and the central and western parts of the Free State on Friday. The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has also issued a yellow level 2 warning for severe thunderstorms, heavy downpours, large amounts of small hail and … Read more

Update: 13-year-old boy put in induced coma after being hit by reckless taxi driver | The Citizen

The community of Westbury in Coronationville, Johannesburg will be holding a prayer session for 13-year-old Ethan Tyrone Sass as he is still waiting to receive further medical care. Ethan has been in the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital’s paediatric intensive care unit for almost a month after he was hit by a speeding taxi in the Rea Vaya … Read more

New Covid-19 wave to hit NSW within weeks, chief health officer says – video

Chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant warns a new wave of Covid infections is looming in New South Wales, with transmission of the virus predicted to increase in the coming weeks. ‘BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron continues to be the most common variants. However, we are seeing a rise in XBB, BQ.1.1 and the BA.2 sublineages,’ … Read more

New Covid-19 wave to hit NSW within weeks, chief health officer says

A new wave of Covid-19 infections is looming in New South Wales, the state’s chief health officer, Dr Kerry Chant, will warn on Thursday, with transmission of the virus predicted to increase in coming weeks. It follows Victoria’s chief health officer, Prof Brett Sutton, making a similar announcement last week, with Omicron subvariants BQ.1 and … Read more

The Top 10 Hit Songs of 2001

2001 was a year in which music fans enjoyed some of the greatest musical hits. That year, numerous artists released popular songs, often featured in movies, television shows, and commercials. Any music fan will love a mixtape of popular hits dropped in 2001. They were incredible and are still relevant to this day. This article … Read more