Global health

With crowded jails, North Macedonia adopts pandemic amnesty

North Macedonia's parliament has adopted a legislative amendment to pardon people facing imprisonment for violating Covid-19 safety rules.

Lawmakers late Monday voted 76-1 in favor of the amnesty which will affect more than 200 people currently facing trial as well as more than 90 people reportedly serving prison sentences.

TÜİK’s latest data raise eyebrows over COVID death counts

The latest data published by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) have raised many eyebrows as the figure officially declared during the COVID-19 pandemic period in 2021 does not match, with the new data revealing 128,000 unexplained deaths, a journalist from the daily Hürriyet has stated.

Surviving but not evolving

The recent rash of acts of violence against hospital staff tells us that the medics who work in Greece's National Health System (ESY) - the same people who were hailed as heroes during the pandemic - are falling victim once more to the failings of the system.

WHO maintains Highest Level of Alert for COVID, but Sees Hope this Year

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that COVID-19 remains a public health emergency of international concern, its highest form of alert, Reuters reported.

The pandemic is likely at a "transitional moment" that continues to need careful management to "mitigate potential negative consequences," the organization added in a statement.

COVID-19 in Bulgaria: 20 New Cases in the Last 24 hours

In the last 24 hours, 20 new cases of COVID-19 were registered in Bulgaria after 728 tests were performed, the Unified Information Portal reported.

The proportion of positive tests is 2.7%.

In the last 24 hours, there have been no deaths from the pandemic in Bulgaria.

There are no new hospital admissions with a diagnosis of coronavirus.