Medicine


United Kingdom medical officer: New virus variant spreading more rapidly United Kingdom medical officer: New virus variant spreading more rapidly
- December 20, 2020

A travel ban will remain in place until January 1, the government said in a statement early Sunday, adding that it is monitoring developments and is considering additional measures regarding other modes of transport. Whitty said authorities had alerted the World Health Organization and were continuing to analyse the available data to improve their understanding of the new strain. (more...)
COVID-19 nearly three times more deadly than the flu, study finds COVID-19 nearly three times more deadly than the flu, study finds
- December 20, 2020

The researchers contrasted that with flu deaths: more than 2,600 out of a total of 45,800 people who fell ill in the winter of 2018/2019, a rate of 5.8 percent. Socializing with guests for dinner also increases the likelihood of infection. "As COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to our communities, it is critical for New Yorkers to get their flu vaccine this year", said Machelle Allen, MD, Chief Medical Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals. (more...)
Operation Warp Speed: First Moderna shots to arrive Monday
- December 20, 2020

Distribution of the Moderna vaccine has already begun, Perna said Saturday, and trucks from Fedex and UPS will begin rolling out Sunday. The general pointed out that there are no problems with the production of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, as well as the US-made jab from Moderna, which was authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday, adding that he has "failed" and he is working on "fixing" that. (more...)
Nicola Sturgeon considers "preventative action" for new COVID strain
- December 20, 2020

A ban on travel between Scotland and other parts of the United Kingdom - except for essential goal - will remain, with Ms Sturgeon saying she will speak to police and transport operators to see how this can be "strengthened". "By January the NHS could be overwhelmed, it would mean many more people dying". Cross-border travel for all but the most essential purposes must be enforced. (more...)
Covid-19: Sydney beach suburbs in lockdown as coronavirus cases rise Covid-19: Sydney beach suburbs in lockdown as coronavirus cases rise
- December 20, 2020

People who worked out there between November 23 and December 7 should be tested as well. Although the restrictions - which will be enforced by police - only apply to the northern beaches, Berejiklian pleaded with Sydney's more than five million residents to stay home as much as possible over the coming days. (more...)
FDA authorizes Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use
- December 20, 2020

The striking mea culpa - rare among USA officials in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic - came during a briefing in which Perna, the chief operating officer of OWS, said repeatedly that he had underestimated the time required to get the vaccine doses approved for distribution to states. (more...)
Coronavirus Canada Updates: Saskatoon City Yards hit by COVID-19 outbreak Coronavirus Canada Updates: Saskatoon City Yards hit by COVID-19 outbreak
- December 20, 2020

One hundred and four people are receiving inpatient care - 41 in Saskatoon, 24 in Regina, 20 in the North Central, eight in the North West, five in the South East, three in the Far North West, two in the Central East, and one in the Central West. (more...)
Wary of new Covid variant, UK's Johnson imposes tighter curbs on millions Wary of new Covid variant, UK's Johnson imposes tighter curbs on millions
- December 20, 2020

Johnson is expected to announce to announce changes to his country's current infection-prevention restrictions when he holds a news conference later Saturday. The UK is rolling out the Pfizer vaccine under emergency provisions, but not quickly enough to save Christmas for millions of residents. "In the East of England, it's 59 percent and London 62 percent". (more...)
86 covid-19 related deaths recorded in NI in last week 86 covid-19 related deaths recorded in NI in last week
- December 20, 2020

From 26 December, all non-essential retail will close, as will contact services such as hairdressers and barbers, no sporting events are permitted, and the hospitality sector will be reduced to serving takeaway food and drink only. "We are facing very, very hard times across Northern Ireland", said the DUP leader. Auto dealers in Northern Ireland are facing yet another blow after a new six-week national lockdown was announced - with no click-and-collect allowed. (more...)
Ontario reports 2,357 new cases of COVID-19 Ontario reports 2,357 new cases of COVID-19
- December 19, 2020

The announcement was made nearly one month after the province imposed lockdowns in Toronto and Peel Region, located west of Toronto. The province said it will also provide updated virus projections on Monday, ahead of Ford's announcement. (more...)
Coronavirus restrictions tightened over Christmas period Coronavirus restrictions tightened over Christmas period
- December 19, 2020

People should not travel into or out of Tier 4 areas and those in Tier 4 areas will not be permitted to travel overseas, apart from limited exceptions including work and education. He has previously said there is no current evidence to suggest the new variant causes a higher mortality rate or that it affects vaccines and treatments. (more...)
Turkey: COVID-19 patients killed in hospital fire Turkey: COVID-19 patients killed in hospital fire
- December 19, 2020

An investigation is underway. There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy. Other patients affected by the fire were transferred to other hospitals. The figure includes incomplete cases, which Ankara did not report until the end of November in four months, criticizing the government for trying to cover up the extent of the country's outbreak. (more...)
LI expected to receive 1st doses of Moderna vaccine next week LI expected to receive 1st doses of Moderna vaccine next week
- December 19, 2020

Like the Pfizer vaccine, US regulators said the Moderna vaccine should not be given to individuals with a known history of severe allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine "out of caution". That's in keeping with the timelines between the Pfizer EUA and the first patients actually receiving the vaccine last week. But I am responsible. To provide states with a continuous supply of vaccines, OWS will not release first doses until it has second doses on hand, Perna said. (more...)
Sydney Imposes Lockdown On Beach Suburbs As COVID Cluster Grows Sydney Imposes Lockdown On Beach Suburbs As COVID Cluster Grows
- December 19, 2020

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. NSW previously recorded 26 days and then 12 days without a local Covid-19 case. Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the outbreak served as a reminder of the virus's potency amid an "avalanche" of complacency. (more...)
United Kingdom ministers discuss COVID-19 concern amid rise in cases United Kingdom ministers discuss COVID-19 concern amid rise in cases
- December 19, 2020

The NEW variant - the virulent one - is now responsive for more than 60 percent of cases in London and East England . Boris Johnson is holding emergency talks with Cabinet ministers as scientists confirmed that the new variant coronavirus was spreading more rapidly. (more...)
Brexit: UK-EU trade talks enter critical 48-hour period Brexit: UK-EU trade talks enter critical 48-hour period
- December 19, 2020

Von der Leyen said negotiations will continue on Friday. European Union fishing rights in British waters is the biggest remaining obstacle to reaching an accord. The conference of presidents of the Parliament's political groups said it is ready to organize a plenary session by the end of the month, but on condition that "an agreement is reached by midnight" on December 20. (more...)
US Congress seeks stopgap funding measure to avert govt shutdown US Congress seeks stopgap funding measure to avert govt shutdown
- December 19, 2020

Because the pandemic relief plan is tied to passage of a separate $1.4 trillion federal spending package, the impasse threatened to temporarily shut down the government - a scenario not unheard of in politically divided Washington, but disastrous given the worsening economy and record daily death tolls from Covid-19. (more...)
Michael Regan Nominated to Lead EPA Michael Regan Nominated to Lead EPA
- December 19, 2020

Regan would be the first Black man to lead the EPA if confirmed by the Senate. Regan, the state environmental head since 2017, has made a name for himself by pursuing cleanups of industrial toxins and helping the low-income and minority communities significantly affected by pollution. (more...)
US FDA panel recommends approval of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine US FDA panel recommends approval of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine
- December 19, 2020

While the vaccine needs to be shipped and stored frozen, unlike the BioNTech-Pfizer shot, it does not have to be kept at ultra-cold temperatures. US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to mark the authorisation of the Moderna vaccine in America. (more...)
India’s virus cases cross 10 million as new infections dip India’s virus cases cross 10 million as new infections dip
- December 19, 2020

The rising recoveries have also led to a continuous contraction of India's active caseload which presently stands at 3,22,366 and consists of just 3.24 per cent of India's total infections. 1,363 more people tested positive in Delhi . On the other hand, the total discharged or recovered cases in India stand at 94,89,740 with 33,291 new discharges in the last 24 hours. (more...)

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