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Coronavirus digest: US lowers travel advisory for India

The number of fresh cases in India has fallen to a four-month low. Elsewhere, a new study shows over 1 million children have lost a caregiver due to COVID. DW has the latest.

The US State Department has lowered its COVID-related travel advisory for India and Pakistan to “Level 3 — Reconsider Travel” from “Level 4 — Do Not Travel.”

The advisories had previously asked US residents not to travel to either country.

Restrictions imposed in May, which bar the entry of nearly all non-US citizens who have been in India within the last 14, remain in place.

Though India’s COVID cases have been slowing, some local hotspots remain quite active, driving up the total number of cases. The health ministry confirmed 42,015 new infections on Wednesday, and 3,998 deaths, the highest since June 12.

Some provinces in Pakistan have seen a sharp rise in cases lately, but the country has brought the situation under control more generally.

Nearly all travelers to the US must show a negative coronavirus test or proof of recovery from the disease.

Here’s an overview of other major coronavirus developments around the world.

Americas

Guatemala received three million doses of Moderna coronavirus vaccines donated by the US. The country’s health minister said it was the biggest shipment yet, and would allow the country to vaccinate everyone over 40.

Mexico‘s Health Ministry on Tuesday reported 13,853 new confirmed infections and 341 deaths, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 2,678,297 and the death toll to 236,810.

Brazil registered 27,592 new cases of coronavirus and 1,424 new deaths on Tuesday. The infection rate has been accelerating ever since officials relaxed social distancing rules in early May.

Asia-Pacific

The Tokyo Olympics should go ahead to demonstrate to the world what can be achieved with the right COVID measures in place, World Health Organization (WHO) head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. The world needed the Olympics “as a celebration of hope,” and the number of cases should not be used to judge the event, Tedros said. Instead, he urged people to think of the way the cases are handled.

South Korea reported a new daily high for COVID-19 infections, with 1,784 confirmed cases. The figures marked the biggest single-day jump since the pandemic began.

Australia’s Victoria state logged the biggest daily rise in locally acquired coronavirus cases in more than a week. Health authorities reported 22 new cases on Wednesday, up from nine a day earlier.

The state has extended its stay-at-home orders until July 27.

Mainland China reported 22 new COVID cases, compared to 65 a day earlier, the country’s health authority said on Wednesday. Of the new cases, 20 originated overseas. The rest were local cases, all in the southwestern border province of Yunnan. China’s total number of coronavirus cases stands at 92,364. The death toll remains unchanged at 4,636.

Europe

Authorities in Mallorca are rethinking COVID rules as cases continue to rise on the Spanish holiday island. The number of new infections per 100,000 people rose to 335 from 310 on Tuesday. Last Friday, the figure was 270.

The number of cases in Germany rose by 2,203 and the death toll increased by 19. The total number of cases now stands at 3,748,613 and deaths at 91,416.

Greek Orthodox Church authorities published a circular busting conspiracy theories about the coronavirus. It includes advice that vaccines “do not contain microchips.” Spiritual leaders have urged churches to read the guidelines out to the faithful.

Greece reported more than 3,000 new infections on Tuesday for its approximately 11 million inhabitants.

Global

Around 1.5 million children worldwide lost at least one parent, grandparent or other caregiver as a result of the pandemic between March 2020 and April this year, a new study led by a researcher at the Imperial College London reveals.

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Nettle health benefits: Pharmacist’s plant drink lowers blood sugar and blood pressure

Nettle health benefits: Pharmacist's plant drink lowers blood sugar and blood pressure

Stinging nettles are “quite remarkable”, remarked Roy Lamb. A rich source of omega-3, essential amino acids, vitamin A, calcium, and fibre, the nutrient-dense plant can prolong longevity. Its omega-3 content, which “plays a vital role in controlling cholesterol”, matches that of spinach. Nettles also contain “almost the same amount of amino acids as chicken”, so it’s abundant in its muscle-building capability.

While nettle has been part of traditional medicine for eons, scientific research is now providing vital evidence that the plant could have life-enhancing effects.

Lamb said there’s nothing wrong with picking weeds from the garden, as long as you wash them off and boil them before you add the plant to your meals.

However, if you’d rather a more simplistic way of enjoying the health benefits of nettles, Lamb recommends the Emunity detox health drink.

Easily drinkable from a can, Emunity harnesses the healing properties of the weed without the fuss.

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Diabetes type 2: A ‘superior’ weight loss drug lowers high blood sugar

Diabetes type 2: A 'superior' weight loss drug lowers high blood sugar

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) confirmed that semaglutide increases insulin secretion by binding to, and activating, the GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) receptor. Semaglutide also suppresses glucagon secretion and slows gastric emptying, meaning those who take it feel fuller for longer. Other side effects of the medication may include: constipation, diarrhoea, dizziness, fatigue, and gastrointestinal discomfort.

New research – published in The New England Journal of Medicine – shows that tirzepatide achieved superior results compared to semagutide.

In the 40-week trial, tirzepatide lowered blood sugar levels more than 1mg injectables of semagutide in people with type 2 diabetes.

Participants who had the highest dose of tirzepatide lost 12.4kg compared to 6.2kg for those on semaglutide.

Knowing that obesity is a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes, and that remission can be achieved via weight loss, the researchers are very excited about the results.

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Dr Kunal Gulati – a leader in diabetes care at Lilly, Northern Europe (who research and develop innovative medicines) – is chuffed with the “meaningful” results.

“As a leader in diabetes care, Lilly is proud to be researching and developing solutions that can lead to meaningful HbA1C [blood sugar] reductions,” he said.

A 15mg dose of tirzepatide lowered blood sugar levels, on average, by -2.46 percent.

Even a 5mg dose of tirzepatide lowered blood sugar levels by around -2.09 percent.

If you’re concerned you might have diabetes, the symptoms to look out for include:

  • Peeing more than usual, particularly at night
  • Feeling thirsty all the time
  • Feeling very tired
  • Losing weight without trying to
  • Itching around your penis or vagina, or repeatedly getting thrush
  • Cuts or wounds taking longer to heal
  • Blurred vision.

Having high blood sugars can damage blood vessels, leading to further health complications.

This is why it’s so important to lower blood sugar levels, and to take any medication that is prescribed to you, including semaglutide.

Author: Chanel Georgina
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