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Australia prolongs COVID-19 lockdown in Victoria amid Delta outbreak

Australia prolongs COVID-19 lockdown in Victoria amid Delta outbreak

Australia, COVID-19, HEALTH, LOCK DOWN, PANDEMIC
A lone passenger sits at a tram stop on a mostly-empty city centre street on the first day of a lockdown as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File Photo Australian authorities said Victoria state would extend a COVID-19 lockdown beyond Tuesday to slow the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant, despite a slight drop in new infections in the state and nationwide. Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said lockdown rules would not be lifted as cases were still being detected in the community, promising more details would be provided on Tuesday, when the lockdown had been due to end. "It would be perhaps a few days of sunshine and then there is a very high ...
Beijing organizers say 2022 Winter Olympics on track despite pandemic

Beijing organizers say 2022 Winter Olympics on track despite pandemic

China, COVID-19, OLYMPICS, PANDEMIC, Sports
With the postponed Summer Olympics set to open in Tokyo next week, Beijing has made moves to show its preparations for the Winter Games are well on track for February despite the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Journalists taken on a tour of snow event venues in the outlying city of Zhangjiakou this week were shown the locations for ski jumping, snowboarding and Nordic events. While China has largely eliminated local transmission of the coronavirus, it has maintained strict quarantine regulations. Organizers have not announced what rules will be in place for athletes, officials and coaches at the 2022 Winter Olympics, or if fans will be allowed. Jia Maoting, general manager of the company overseeing construction of the venues, told reporters that the "pandemic situation...
India’s true COVID-19 death toll could be as high as 2.4 million, 6 times the official figures, experts warn

India’s true COVID-19 death toll could be as high as 2.4 million, 6 times the official figures, experts warn

COVID-19, HEALTH, Health Workers, INDIA, PANDEMIC, World Health Organization
A mass cremation of people who died due to COVID-19 in New Delhi, India, on April 22, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui Experts believe that India's COVID-19 death toll is far higher than official numbers suggest.One study estimates that between 1.8m and 2.4m people in India have died from the virus.Reports suggest that Indian officials have attempted to suppress the true figures. India's true COVID-19 death toll could be 5 to 7 times more than the official figures suggest, according to The Economist. Earlier this year, the country was ravaged by a disastrous second wave of COVID-19, with widespread reports of hospitals overflowing and oxygen shortages. The Indian health ministry claims that since the start of the pandemic, a little over 411,000 people have lost their lives t...
Sydney imposes more COVID-19 restrictions after lockdown fails to curb cases

Sydney imposes more COVID-19 restrictions after lockdown fails to curb cases

Australia, COVID-19, HEALTH, PANDEMIC
A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past the Sydney Opera House, during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, July 1, 2021. (Reuters) Australian authorities ordered more businesses to close Saturday along with a slew of new restrictions in the country’s largest city as a weeks-long lockdown failed to quash an outbreak of COVID-19. For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page. Any retail deemed not “critical” would be forced to close across Sydney and its surroundings while those in hard-hit suburbs would be placed under stricter stay-at-home orders from midnight on Saturday, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian told media in Sydney. “It’s not good enough for us to tread water which is what we’re d...
Brazil inches close to half a million Covid-19 deaths, second worst-hit globally

Brazil inches close to half a million Covid-19 deaths, second worst-hit globally

BRAZIL, COVID-19, HEALTH, PANDEMIC
As of Friday, Brazil has registered 498,499 deaths and a total of 17,801,462 confirmed Covid-19 cases, according to the official data. Brazil continues to be the second worst-hit nation globally - second after the United States. In the last week, Brazil saw 2,000 deaths per day on average. A health worker treats a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patient at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the Ronaldo Gazolla Hospital, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 18, 2021.(REUTERS) Already battered by the delayed vaccination campaign and the government's staunch opposition to social distancing measures, Brazil is expected to cross the grim milestone of at least half a million deaths due to coronavirus disease (Covid-19). As of Friday, Brazil has registered 498,499 deaths and a total of 17,801,46...
COVID-19 deaths in Africa surge more than 40% over previous week

COVID-19 deaths in Africa surge more than 40% over previous week

COVID-19, HEALTH, PANDEMIC, World Health Organization
Africa has recorded a 43% week-on-week rise in COVID-19 deaths, as hospital admissions increase rapidly and countries face shortages in oxygen and intensive care beds. Fatalities increased to 6273 in the week ending on 11 July 2021 from 4384 deaths in the previous week. Africa is now less than 1% shy of the weekly peak reached in January when 6294 deaths were recorded. Namibia, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia accounted for 83% of the new deaths recorded in the past week. The continent’s case fatality rate, which is the proportion of deaths among confirmed cases, currently stands at 2.6% against the global average of 2.2%. COVID-19 cases have risen for eight straight weeks, topping 6 million on 13 July 2021. Over the past month, Africa recorded an additional 1 million cases. Th...
CDC Group announces US$50m trade finance facility with Ecobank as part of its Covid-19 response

CDC Group announces US$50m trade finance facility with Ecobank as part of its Covid-19 response

COVID-19, HEALTH, PANDEMIC
Provides systemic liquidity and supports vital supply chains across Africa’s markets; Sustains and increases access to goods and services during the pandemic; Bolsters economic opportunities and inclusive growth, in markets such as Togo, Burkina Faso and Chad. CDC Group, the UK’s Development Finance Institution and impact investor, has announced a US$50 million trade finance facility for Ecobank International (EBI SA), the Paris based member of the Ecobank Group. This marks CDC’s first partnership with EBISA with the commitment aimed at providing systemic liquidity to underserved markets and crucial trade finance support to local banks and businesses across Africa. The Covid-19 crisis has had a significant adverse effect on trade flows, business operations and jobs in Africa’s ma...
Parenting in a pandemic: How to develop stronger family relationships during COVID-19

Parenting in a pandemic: How to develop stronger family relationships during COVID-19

CHILDREN, COVID-19, FAMILY, HEALTH, PANDEMIC
The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly affected us. It has increased our worries and concerns about physical health. COVID-19 has added to the existing challenges parents face, and has also created greater awareness surrounding the fragility of mental health. Yet, the second wave has also paved the way for a larger discussion on ways to promote mental well-being. As a researcher and a clinical psychologist, I lead a research group that investigates how emotion regulation, values and beliefs affect the development and inter-generational transmission of mental or behavioural disorders, and how these problems can impact educational achievement. The Childhood Anxiety and Regulation of Emotions (C.A.R.E.) research group has developed a school-based program as well as a parenting pr...
Scientific discovery paves way for test for Long Covid

Scientific discovery paves way for test for Long Covid

COVID-19, HEALTH, PANDEMIC
Scientists are hoping that a blood test could soon be developed to help identify long Covid. Imperial College London researchers have discovered so-called “autoantibodies” in long Covid patients that didn’t appear in patients who recovered quickly from the virus. Usually, immune systems create antibodies to fight disease but sometimes the body creates autoantibodies that turn on the host and attack healthy cells. Danny Altmann, a professor of immunology at Imperial, believes these autoantibodies may be one of the things causing long Covid symptoms. They are hoping the research could lead to a simple blood test within six to 18 months. It comes as cases are expected to soar as the nation unlocks for Freedom Day on July 19. “It’s hard to escape a prediction that 100,00...
COVID-19 Delta outbreak worsens in Australia despite Sydney lockdown

COVID-19 Delta outbreak worsens in Australia despite Sydney lockdown

Australia, COVID-19, HEALTH, LOCK DOWN, PANDEMIC
The prospect of an extended lockdown in Sydney loomed on Monday as Australian health officials reported yet another record daily rise in COVID-19 cases for the year, fuelled by the highly infectious Delta variant. A general view of the Sydney Opera House which is closed due to Covid-19 Delta outbreak.GETTY IMAGES New South Wales state reported 112 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, almost all in Sydney, despite the country’s biggest city entering its third week of lockdown. Case numbers have been at record levels for at least three days. There was, however, a glimmer of light as the number of newly-infected people who were out in the community while infectious dropped to 34 from 45 on Sunday. State Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the progress of that figure in coming days...
Africa suffers ‘worst week’ of pandemic ever, according to WHO

Africa suffers ‘worst week’ of pandemic ever, according to WHO

AFRICA, COVID-19, HEALTH, PANDEMIC, VACCINE
Africa has just record its worst week of the pandemic ever, according to the World Health Organisation A third wave of infection is sweeping the continent, increasing the pressure on already fragile health systems. The WHO said during the week ending July 4 there were more than 251,000 cases, a 20 per cent increase on the previous week. The Organisation’s African Director Dr Matshidiso Moeti said new cases have increased for the seventh week running. “For Africa, the worst is yet to come,” said Dr Moeti. Southern and eastern Africa is particularly hard hit. Video footage obtained by CNN of a hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, shows Covid patients on stretchers, overwhelming an emergency room. “There are patients who are dying while they are waiting to be seen, w...
Australia to donate AstraZeneca, oxygen to virus-hit Indonesia

Australia to donate AstraZeneca, oxygen to virus-hit Indonesia

Australia, COVID-19, HEALTH, INDONESIA, PANDEMIC
Australia will send 2.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Indonesia as well as testing kits and ventilators as part of a $12 million package for oxygen-related equipment announced on Wednesday night. The support effort comes as south-east Asia’s largest country suffers a devastating new wave of the Delta variant of COVID-19 that has caused infections and deaths to climb to record levels and left hospital beds and oxygen in short supply. Foreign Minister Marise Payne said she had spoken to her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on Wednesday and confirmed an assistance package for Australia’s near neighbour as it battles the worst virus outbreak of the region. It includes a shipment of AstraZeneca by the end of the year as well as more than 40,000 rapid antigen test...
Pakistan reports 1,517 new COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths

Pakistan reports 1,517 new COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths

COVID-19, HEALTH, PAKISTAN, PANDEMIC
ISLAMABAD, 7th July, 2021 (WAM) -- The national tally on Wednesday of total active COVID-19 cases in Pakistan was recorded 34,013 with 1,517 more people testing positive for the deadly virus and 877 people recovering from the disease during last 24 hours. Seventeen corona patients have died during past 24 hours,16 of whom were under treatment in the hospitals and one of them perished in their respective homes or quarantine facilities, according to the latest update issued by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC). National COVID-19 positivity ratio during past 24 hours was recorded 3.27 percent, Pakistan's official news agency (APP) reported, adding that the COVID-19 positivity ratio is the percentage of actual positive cases appearing in every 100 tests performed to i...
Indonesia reports record 1,040 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours

Indonesia reports record 1,040 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours

COVID-19, HEALTH, INDONESIA, PANDEMIC, TERROR
Workers bury the bodies of Covid-19 coronavirus victims at the Pedurenan public cemetery in Bekasi, West Java, on Wednesday. (AFP photo) The daily death toll from Covid-19 in Indonesia exceeded 1,000 for the first time, intensifying the battle to contain a resurgence of infections that has overwhelmed its medical system. The nation reported 1,040 more deaths in the past 24 hours, double the number just a week ago, latest ministry data show. It registered 34,379 new cases as of Wednesday, also a daily record. Southeast Asia’s biggest economy is preparing a response should daily cases hit 70,000, which would be a worst-case scenario, according to Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, who is overseeing the pandemic response in the country’s most-populated islands of Java and Bali. The government ...
African Development Bank “AfDB” Pledges More Health Support

African Development Bank “AfDB” Pledges More Health Support

AFRICA, COVID-19, DEVELOPMENT, PAN AFRICA, PANDEMIC
The African Development Bank has pledged to support Africa's health systems, some of which are being overrun by the coronavirus pandemic, as a way of safeguarding some of the economic gains that the continent has achived over the years. At the end of the 56th annual AfDB meeting last week, Akinwumi Adesina, the president of the bank, said in a press statement that they would "invest heavily in domestic vaccine manufacturing and in Africa's healthcare system [as] only 51 per cent of public health facilities have basic water and sanitation, and only 31 per cent of healthcare facilities have electricity." He said that Africa imports between 60 per cent and 70 per cent of its pharmaceutical drugs. "The lives of 1.2 billion people in Africa are at risk... we must give hope to t...
Pandemic-related financial stress causing health problems in NL

Pandemic-related financial stress causing health problems in NL

COVID-19, HEALTH, PANDEMIC
Financial stress due to the coronavirus crisis is causing health problems among Netherlands residents, including anxiety disorders, depression, and insomnia, Wijzer in Geldzaken, an advisory body for the Ministry of Finance, said in a report. The organization warned that the coronavirus health crisis is fueling an economic crisis, that could trigger a new health crisis. "We are already seeing more worries and stress among self-employed workers and flex workers who can work fewer hours," Olaf Simonse of Wijzer in Geldzaken said. He expects a major increase in problematic debts once the government's coronavirus support packages come to an end. The Ministry of Finance therefore believes now is the time to look at how financial stress-related health problems can best be treated, or ...
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