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List: Stores requiring face masks List: Stores requiring face masks
- July 17, 2020

Her statement noted that a customer "either brings a mask or readily complies with the requirement" before entering stores. The move by the world's biggest retailer, which had previously only encouraged consumers to use face coverings, adds to the momentum in favor of an item broadly embraced in many countries but which has become a cultural flashpoint in the United States in its struggle with COVID-19. (more...)
BC records deadliest month for drug overdoses BC records deadliest month for drug overdoses
- July 17, 2020

In 2020, there have been 52 illicit drug overdose deaths in the Okanagan and 44 in the Thompson Cariboo region. OD deaths in 2018 had dipped to 67,850. Bonnie Henry. "Access to key harm reduction services has been a challenge and our social networks are smaller". The chief coroner warned that the "drug supply in our province is highly toxic" as data from the coroners service published Thursday reveals an increasing number of drug users in April, May and June had "extreme fentanyl ... (more...)
Ireland calls off party and delays opening all pubs after rise in coronavirus infections among young Ireland calls off party and delays opening all pubs after rise in coronavirus infections among young
- July 17, 2020

Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast on Thursday morning, VFI CEO Padraig Cribben suggested the government should consider the radical move after it was confirmed that pubs in Ireland would not be permitted to reopen until 10 August and not 20 July, as had recently been scheduled as part of government plans to ease Covid-19 restrictions. (more...)
Colorado squirrel tests positive for the plague Colorado squirrel tests positive for the plague
- July 17, 2020

However, if adequate measures are taken, the risk of contracting the plague is "extremely low", they stated. Officials also said that dogs are not as susceptible to the plague as cats are but still may pick up and carry plague-infected rodent fleas. (more...)
Idris Elba: Coronavirus had a 'traumatic' impact on me mentally Idris Elba: Coronavirus had a 'traumatic' impact on me mentally
- July 16, 2020

During a Q&A with Sky News , he said a film version of Luther will, "allow us to now have more dramatic pin points moments that are slightly more compressed and it's a bigger but smaller dose of Luther ". While not referring to a specific programme, he said, "To mock the truth, you have to know the truth. However, to censor stereotypical topics within a series, to pull on it wait a moment, I think audiences should know that individuals made shows in this way". (more...)
Victoria sees new record spike in COVID-19 cases Victoria sees new record spike in COVID-19 cases
- July 16, 2020

That's the real time work we're doing now. "It won't be as easy to drive numbers down with the community transmission out there", he said, noting mandatory mask-wearing "shouldn't be off the table". "It's a big number". In some ways, I expected it to turn around this week, but as I always said, it's no guarantee. "It's upon all of us to be able to turn this number around". (more...)
France honors frontliners on Bastille Day France honors frontliners on Bastille Day
- July 16, 2020

France has agreed to give its health care workers a pay raise in thanks for their efforts to contain COVID-19. "No one can deny that this is a historic moment for our health system", Prime Minister Jean Castex said after a signing ceremony that followed seven weeks of negotiations between government and unions. (more...)
BC reports 13 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths BC reports 13 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths
- July 16, 2020

The province is now seeing 209 active cases, of whom 14 are in hospital and five in the ICU. Once again Dr. Henry made note of the fact that there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted through food or food packaging-this after yesterday's announcement of an outbreak at a cherry farm in the Okanagan. (more...)
How to volunteer for a COVID-19 vaccine study How to volunteer for a COVID-19 vaccine study
- July 16, 2020

Zydus is set to include over 1,000 subjects for human trials across multiple clinical study sites in India. But, by September, the world should know the results of the massive UK COVID vaccine trial, per Gilbert, and right now, she likes her chances: she says she currently believes it has an 80% probability of being effective in stopping people who are exposed to coronavirus from actually developing the virus. (more...)
White House Strips CDC Of Data Collection Role For COVID-19 Hospitalizations White House Strips CDC Of Data Collection Role For COVID-19 Hospitalizations
- July 16, 2020

National Healthcare Safety Network site is the primary CDC system that now handles data from some 25,000 US medical institutions. They can share data with their states and authorize them to send data to the HHS, use a direct reporting platform called TeleTracking. (more...)
Engineered antibodies from llamas neutralise COVID-19 virus Engineered antibodies from llamas neutralise COVID-19 virus
- July 16, 2020

The research, published in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology , is in its early stages. "At the University of Reading, we are now working with the Rosalind Franklin Institute , Oxford to generate llama nanobodies that bind to proteins in the SARS-CoV-2 virus including the 'spike" glycoprotein that enables the virus to enter human cells . (more...)
As Lancet Withdraws Report Damning Hydroxychloroquine, Another WHO Flip-Flop in Limelight
- July 16, 2020

The drug has now been pulled from the UK's Recovery trial , which is run by the University of Oxford. "Randomised controlled trials are considered the "gold standard" when it comes to testing treatments in humans as they remove any bias, therefore providing the robust evidence that's required to make safe and informed decisions about the ongoing use of a treatment". (more...)
Alberta counts 82 new cases of COVID-19 Alberta counts 82 new cases of COVID-19
- July 16, 2020

Like President Donald Trump, Stitt has repeatedly balked at wearing a mask or facial covering out in public, including Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa on June 20. Oklahoma reported a record case increase for the second day in a row on Wednesday, with 1,075 new cases, bringing its total to 22,813. Alberta has 704 active cases, 163 deaths, and 8127 recovered cases of the virus. (more...)
United Kingdom press with another bullish coronavirus vaccine story United Kingdom press with another bullish coronavirus vaccine story
- July 16, 2020

However, only the first group under 55 years of age was part of the interim results. Oxford scientists believe they have made a breakthrough in their quest for a Covid-19 vaccine. "This is an essential building block that is needed to move forward with the trials that could actually determine whether the vaccine does protect against infection", Dr. (more...)
Trump administration tells hospitals they should NOT send data to the CDC
- July 16, 2020

But hospitals must now report the information directly to the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC. But the HHS itself does not have a platform through which it shares its data with the public, one of CDC's crucial functions, raising concerns about transparency and the potential for the federal government to wield too much control over COVID-19 data. (more...)
Russian scientists hail results of Covid-19 vaccine trial
- July 16, 2020

Moderna's chief executive officer, St├ęphane Bancel, said in a statement that the company is "committed to advancing the clinical development" of the vaccine "as quickly and safely as possible while investing to scale up manufacturing so that we can help address this global health emergency". (more...)
Goldman Sachs stock pops after big Q2 earnings beat Goldman Sachs stock pops after big Q2 earnings beat
- July 16, 2020

Goldman Sachs Group's trading revenue doubled in the second quarter, driven by big swings in stock and bond markets since March, helping the bank beat estimates for quarterly profit by a wide margin. The investment bank also scored record quarterly net revenue in both equity and debt underwriting as its corporate clients sought to raise funds to ensure adequate liquidity. (more...)
Alberta to launch third-party review into COVID-19 response Alberta to launch third-party review into COVID-19 response
- July 15, 2020

The new cases are spread out around Alberta, with the province's Calgary zone having the most new cases, with 30. Alberta first reported a presumptive case of the coronavirus March 5, when a Calgary woman tested positive after returning from a cruise off the coast of California. (more...)
'Prepare now for winter COVID-19 peak', says Academy of Medical Sciences 'Prepare now for winter COVID-19 peak', says Academy of Medical Sciences
- July 15, 2020

Using a worst-case scenario - in which the effective reproduction number, R, of SARS-CoV-2 rises to an assumed value of 1.7 in September - a peak in hospital admissions and deaths is expected in January and February with an estimated 119,000 (95% credible interval 24,500 - 251,000) associated hospital deaths between September 2020 and June 2021. (more...)
CDC Director Redfield: Trump, Pence Should Wear Masks to Set Example CDC Director Redfield: Trump, Pence Should Wear Masks to Set Example
- July 15, 2020

Michael Caputo, the assistant secretary for public affairs at the department, confirmed the change first reported by The New York Times earlier in the day, saying in a statement that the "new faster and complete data system is what our nation needs to defeat the coronavirus and the CDC, an operating division of HHS, will certainly participate in this streamlined all-of-government response". (more...)

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