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EU Endorses Dexamethasone For Patients On Oxygen Therapy

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EU Endorses Dexamethasone For Patients On Oxygen Therapy

The European health regulator has on Friday endorsed using dexamethasone to treat severely ill COVID-19 patients with breathing difficulty, paving way for the steroidal medication to possibly become the region’s second approved medication for the illness.

Back in July, Gilead’s antiviral drug, remdesivir, was the first to be approved for COVID-19 by Europe a month after the EMA endorsed the drug.

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And now, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said based on its review of results of a study by UK researchers, it concluded that dexamethasone – a commonly used drug against a range of inflammatory conditions – can be considered a treatment option in adults and adolescents needing oxygen therapy or mechanical ventilation.

While approvals are up to the European commission, it typically follows the EMA’s recommendation for its decision.

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The EMA said the recommended dose in adults and adolescents, from 12 years of age and weighing at least 40 kgs, is 6 milligrams once a day for up to 10 days.

On Friday, the global confirmed coronavirus cases surpassed 30 million as the number of deaths from virus neared one million.

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According to data by the Johns Hopkins University, some 20.4 million persons have recovered from the disease worldwide.

The United States remains the worst-hit country in the world, logging more than 6.7 million cases. India and Brazil had 5.1 million and 4.4 million cases, respectively.

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Egypt Launches New Health Insurance Program

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South Sudan’s Suspected Ebola Cases ‘Test Negative’

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South Sudan's Suspected Ebola Cases 'Test Negative'

South Sudan authorities have said the suspected cases of Ebola in the north-western region have tested negative. The ministry of health said the samples tested negative of Ebola and other forms of viral hemorrhagic fevers

The acting director for emergency preparedness and response, Dr Angelo Goup Thon, said samples collected from critically ill patients had returned negative and same test result had been sent to Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) for toxicology analysis. Results are expected in two days.

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Director-General for health preventive services, John Rumunu told reporters in the capital, Juba, that there is no Ebola virus in South Sudan and there is no reason to panic.

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Last week, the health ministry received an alert from raja county in a western Bahr El-Ghazal state, after three persons died from an unknown disease in Timssa area, near Central African Republic (CAR).

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The samples that tested negative were not of those who died from a yet to be established illness that sparked suspicions.

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Ten Percent Of World’s Population May Have Had COVID-19 – WHO

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Ten Percent Of World’s Population May Have Had COVID-19 - WHO

The head of emergencies at the World Health Organization (WHO) has on Monday said hundreds of millions of people may have already been infected with the new coronavirus, far more than the current tally of more than 35 million.

Mike Ryan, the WHO’s emergency operations chief, told the global health agency’s executive board on Monday “Our current best estimates tell us that about 10 percent of the global population may have been infected by this virus.”

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Ryan said COVID-19 cases and deaths were surging across Europe, Southeast Asia and the eastern Mediterranean, while the situation in Africa and the Western Pacific “is currently rather more positive”.

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India with more than 6.6 million COVID-19 cases has now crossed the grim milestone of 100,000 virus deaths, the third-highest in the world behind only the United States and Brazil.

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On Monday, it registered a single-day spike of 74,442 new cases, while 903 virus deaths in the past 24 hours took the total fatalities up to 102,685.

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