WHO reports another record-breaking COVID-19 increase

By Helene Fung The World Health Organisation reported another record increase of 292,527 COVID-19 cases globally within a 24 hour period on Friday (local time), up more than 8,000 cases compared to the previous record. The global COVID-19 death toll rose by 6,812 on Friday (local time). Average death toll has been 5,200 a day…

WHO updates guidance to encourage use of face masks

By Helene Fung The World Health Organisation updated their guidance on the use of face masks on Friday (local time) during the COVID-19 pandemic, changing their position on who should use masks, when it should be worn and what it should be made of. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a virtual news conference…

Greg Hunt Claims Vaccinations “Save Lives” as Rubella Eradicated in Australia

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has claimed Australia’s vaccination program is successful, following revelations that rubella has been eliminated in Australia. The World Health Organisation announced on Wednesday that the highly contagious viral disease had been eradicated across the country. The disease, also known as German measles, causes a fever, rash, joint pain and swollen…

Obesity in Children Rises to 124 Million In 40 Years

Childhood obesity has risen to epidemic levels, increasing more than tenfold worldwide over the past four decades, according to a new report. The Imperial College London study of 200 countries published in The Lancet revealed the number of children and adolescents with obesity spiked over 40 years, rising from five million girls in 1975 to…