Posted on Wed 24 Feb 2021, 04:20 PM

Pope Francis appointed a new personal doctor on Wednesday, several weeks after the death from Covid-19 of the previous holder of the post.

The 84-year-old pontiff picked Roberto Bernabei, an expert in health care for the elderly, as his physician, the Vatican said in a statement.

Bernabei, 69, leads the geriatrics and rehabilitative medicine department at Rome’s Gemelli, the Catholic hospital where popes are traditionally treated.

Posted on Tue 23 Feb 2021, 11:39 AM

The United States crossed the grim milestone of 500,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, a year since announcing its first known death from the virus on February 29, 2020 in the Seattle area.

Why does the world’s leading power have the highest death toll and what lessons are American health specialists learning from the past year?

Here, infectious disease experts Joseph Masci and Michele Halpern provide answers to some of the key questions.

Masci, 70, is one of the leaders of Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, which was at the heart of New York’s epidemic.

Posted on Tue 23 Feb 2021, 03:56 AM

Nigeria has recorded 542 new cases of the novel Coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the country to 152,616.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) disclosed this in a late night tweet on Monday.

The Health Agency said the country unfortunately recorded 23 new COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours under review.

The Centre said the new cases were reported from 21 states including the Fedral Capital Territory FCT.

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