Authorities in Hong Kong have called in building teams to construct isolation units as hospitals there grapple with a new spike in cases. Meanwhile, Australia is opening to tourists once again. DW has the latest.
Six months after the Taliban took over Afghanistan, the health system is collapsing. Amid the deteriorating humanitarian situation, a raging measles outbreak has already killed more than 150 people and infected tens of thousands more in January alone. Measles is not the only sanitary threat facing young children in the country.
The number of people who have died after being infected by the coronavirus in Britain has topped 150,000. It's the highest death toll in any European nation. As the total of omicron cases in the UK surges ever higher, the health care system is at its limits.
There's concern among European authorities about the impact the omicron variant could have on public life in the coming weeks. New measures are being discussed and put in place. But there's also some cautious hope.
31 Jul 2021
Senegal's ongoing record COVID-19 surge has left the capital without spare beds for the severest cases as hundreds now flock to health centres in the hope of getting vaccinated. Like many African countries facing a third wave of infections, Senegal is more vulnerable due to a low vaccination rate compared to richer nations. It has administered fewer than 1 million doses so far to a population of around 16 million people, according to government data.
27 May 2021
In France, women who wish to give birth in a non-medicalised setting have limited options. There are only six birth centres and 80 midwives who practise homebirths in mainland France. But since the onset of the Covid-19 crisis, these alternative methods of giving birth have been gaining traction. Not only are some couples concerned about exposing themselves and their newborn babies to the virus at a hospital, but maternity wards have had to put in place restrictions which mean fathers cannot stay for more than a few hours after the birth.
3 May 2021
With infection rates stabilizing, German hospitals are reportedly experiencing their "first, slight relief" in the latest coronavirus wave. But many warn it is too early to celebrate.
25 Apr 2021
India is in the middle of a second deadly wave of coronavirus infections, with the number of new infections skyrocketing in recent days. The medical response is hampered by shortages of oxygen, drugs and hospital beds.
18 Apr 2021
Urgent action is needed to contain a third wave of coronavirus, top health officials have warned. The number of intensive care patients could reach a record high this month.
28 Feb 2021
France will enter "crisis organization" on Thursday, increasing hospital beds, delaying non-urgent surgery and mobilizing all medical staff, a new report has revealed. Follow DW for the latest.
25 Feb 2021
Nigerian hospitals struggle under growing numbers of coronavirus cases as the wait for vaccines continue. According to a study, around one in five people in Lagos have had Covid-19, well above the official national infection figures. Meanwhile in Niger, ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum is declared the winner of the presidential run-off. Supporters of his rival take to the streets with accusations of fraud. And as the world rushes to source Covid-19 vaccines, Guinea launches an Ebola immunisation drive in response to a fresh outbreak.
6 Feb 2021
The second COVID-19 wave has started in South Africa, earlier than expected. After Christmas, another lockdown was announced – but the consequences of the holiday celebrations are now being felt in the country.