The number of people with Covid-19 in hospital and in ICU continues to decline overall. Photograph: Alan Betson

The number of Covid-19 deaths has passed the 7,000 mark, almost 26 months into the pandemic. A total of 7,016 deaths of people with Covid-19 were rep(...)

PJ O’Rourke authored more than 20 books, with topics including politics, economics and cars. Photograph: James Kegley

PJ O’Rourke, the US journalist, political satirist and best-selling author who rose to fame as editor-in-chief of the now-defunct humorous magazine Na(...)

Members of the US House and Senate in a Moment of Silence for 800,000 American Lives Lost to Covid-19 at the US Capitol in Washington. Photograph: Shawn Thew/PA

The US death toll from Covid-19 topped 800,000 on Tuesday, a figure seen as doubly tragic given more than 200,000 of those lives were lost after the v(...)

Coronavirus is pummelling Russia, Ukraine and other parts of Eastern Europe. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty

The global death toll from Covid-19 has topped five million, according to Johns Hopkins University. The grim figure comes less than two years into a(...)

The more we drink caffeine, the more we build up our body’s tolerance to it. Photograph: iStock

Caffeine, the main active ingredient in coffee, has a well-justified reputation for being an energy booster. But caffeine is also a drug, which means (...)

 Gravediggers carry the coffin of a Covid-19 victim during a burial at Vila Formosa cemetery in São Paulo on May 8th, 2021. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

The world’s known coronavirus death toll passed 4 million Thursday, a loss roughly equivalent to the population of Los Angeles, according to the Centr(...)

UK health secretary Matt Hancock arrives at BBC Broadcasting House in London on Sunday morning. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

The UK is drawing up plans to offer coronavirus vaccines to children over the age of 12 later this summer, the health secretary Matt Hancock signalled(...)

Malawi will still have adequate stocks of Covid-19 vaccines in both public and private health facilities, says health secretary Charles Mwansambo. File photograph: Amos Gumulira/AFP via Getty

Malawi has burned nearly 20,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine because they had expired. The government incinerated 19,610 doses of the va(...)

Latest research suggests that if you suffer with  persistently high systolic blood pressure, your doctor can treat the systolic value, without being overly concerned about the diastolic reading falling too low. Photograph: iStock

Are you one of the almost one million people in Ireland with high blood pressure? Hypertension affects more than one in four men and one in five women(...)

 Remains of a woman who died from complications related to Covid-19 are placed by cemetery workers  in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Silvia Izquierdo/AP Photo

The global death toll from coronavirus topped three million on Saturday, amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening (...)

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