WHO-led Covid-19 project halts tests of anti-malarial drug May 26, 2020 0 1080 12345 DPAGenevaTests of hydroxychloroquine on COVID-19 patients have been halted following a recent report that the anti-malarial drug could increase the mortality in coronavirus patients, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Monday.The tests were part of the WHO-led international Solidarity Trial, which aims to find out if existing medications that were developed against malaria, HIV, Ebola and multiple sclerosis could help to treat the COVID-19 coronavirus disease.Last week, US and Swiss scientists reported in The Lancet journal that hydroxychloroquine and the similar drug chloroquine could lead to higher death rates and heart palpitations. The medications have not been shown to be effective against COVID-19, they wrote.A decision has been taken to implement “a temporary pause of the hydroxychloroquine arm within the Solidarity Trial while the safety data is reviewed,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press briefing from Geneva.So far, 3,500 patients from 17 countries have been enrolled in tests that are being carried out under the umbrella of the Solidarity Trial.While WHO has been advising against using malaria drugs against the novel coronavirus as long as the trials are still under way, the Brazilian Health Ministry last week authorised hydroxochloroquine for treating mild as well as severe COVID-19 cases. RELATED ARTICLES (Stand-alone) May 26, 2020 0 2115 Unease in Greece as restaurants, cafes reopen May 26, 2020 0 669 France promises ‘significant’ pay hikes for health workers May 26, 2020 0 667 US bans travel from new pandemic hotspot Brazil AFP Washington The United States suspended travel from Brazil over an explosion of coronavirus infections in the South American nation, but across the Atlantic, many parts of Europe were set to further ease lockdowns on .. Czechs, Slovaks open border for short visits PRAGUE: The Czech Republic and Slovakia will open their border this week for those travelling to the other country for up to 48 hours, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Monday. “This will be possible without tests .. Spain revises virus death toll down by nearly 2,000 MADRID: Spain’s government on Monday revised downward the country’s death toll from the coronavirus by nearly 2,000, bringing the total number of deaths recorded to 26,834. A new system of gathering data had allowed .. UK PM’s top aide Cummings defies calls to step down AFP London British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top aide Dominic Cummings defied calls to resign on Monday over allegations that he broke coronavirus rules and undermined the government’s response to the health .. Russian police to probe Siberia street party MOSCOW: Authorities in Russia have opened an investigation into a street party that saw dozens gather in the centre of Novosibirsk despite an anti-coronavirus lockdown in the Siberian city. The local investigative .. Dutch PM didn’t see dying mother due to virus rules GENEVA: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was unable to visit his dying mother in her final weeks because he obeyed coronavirus restrictions against visiting care homes, his office said on Monday. The news about Rutte .. Trump honours fallen soldiers on Memorial Day twin events DPA Washington US President Donald Trump took part in a solemn ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington to commemorate Memorial Day, a federal holiday to mark the members of the armed forces who .. Trump fumes as media slams his golf outing AFP Washington US President Donald Trump on Monday fumed at negative media coverage of him playing golf over Memorial Day weekend, as the US death toll from the coronavirus pandemic neared 100,000. “The Fake and Totally ..