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Saturday December 3rd, 2022 day edition

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The comments by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mark a change in tone just months after he said that the world has never been in a better position to end the pandemic.

"We are much closer to being able to say that the emergency phase of the pandemic is over, but we're not there yet," Tedros said on Friday.

The global health agency estimates that about 90% of the world's population now has some level of immunity to SARS-COV-2 either due to prior infection or vaccination.

"Gaps in testing ... and vaccination are continuing to create the perfect conditions for a new variant of concern to emerge that could cause significant mortality," Tedros said.

COVID-19 infections are at record highs in China and have started to rise in parts of Britain after months of decline.

The WHO urged governments globally to focus on reaching those at risk, such as people over the age of 60 and those with underlying conditions, for vaccination.

Reporting by Bhanvi Satija and Manas Mishra in Bengaluru and Josephine Mason in London; Editing by Devika Syamnath and Shounak Dasgupta. »

Savannah teenager shot while volunteering for Warnock campaign

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A 15-year-old campaign volunteer was shot in Savannah, Georgia, on Thursday while knocking on doors for Sen. Raphael Warnock's re-election bid, local police said.

According to authorities, Savannah police detectives had arrested a 42-year-old local man who was suspected of shooting the teenager outside his home.

The initial probe into the shooting found that the teenager was volunteering for the Warnock campaign in the lead-up to the runoff election Tuesday between the Democratic senator and Herschel Walker, a former college football star running on the Republican ticket. »

Kanye West Suspended From Twitter After Swastika Post

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After making further anti-semitic remarks and messages this morning, the rapper ye, formerly known as Kanye West, was banned from Twitter.

West’s Twitter account had already been suspended due to anti-Semitic remarks, but he came back to the service in November.

Before Musk finished the acquisition of the social media site, Twitter disabled West’s account in October due to an antisemitic comment. »

Never-before-seen malware is nuking data in Russia’s courts and mayors’ offices

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Kaspersky researchers have named the wiper CryWiper, a nod to the extension .cry that gets appended to destroyed files.

Additional details, including how many organizations have been hit and whether the malware successfully wiped data, weren’t immediately known.

In 2017, self-replicating malware dubbed NotPetya spread across the globe in a matter of hours and caused an estimated $10 billion in damage. »