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    Covid-19: 04/06 - Global News

    Summary of latest headlines from the Guardian.


    • Donald Trump says US government has ordered 29m doses of hydroxychloroquine, a drug used to treat malaria for which testing for its use to treat coronavirus is still under way. The drug has potentially harmful side effects. Personal protective gear is also being airlifted to US affected states, including millions of masks, gloves, and sterile gowns.
    • UK prime minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests after showing persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after announcing that he had tested positive for the virus.
    • Scotland’s chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood has resigned after being criticised for not following her own social distancing guidance by visiting her second home.
    • Ireland’s premier Leo Varadkar has re-registered as a medical practitioner and will work one shift a week during the coronavirus crisis, Reuters reports.
    • Some 1,000 migrants have been placed under quarantine after an outbreak of Covid-19 at a camp at Hal Far in the south of Malta. The camp has been was surrounded by police and army trucks.
    • Daily death tolls slowed on Sunday in Italy, Spain and France. Italy registered 525 new coronavirus deaths on Sunday, the lowest daily rate since March 19. Spain recorded 674 deaths in the past 24 hours – the lowest daily death toll reported since March 26. In France, 357 people died from Covid-19 in hospitals, compared with 441 in the previous 24 hours.
    • Sweden’s government is drawing up legislation to allow it to take “extraordinary steps” to tackle Covid-19. On Sunday, Sweden reported a total of 401 deaths – an 8% increase from Saturday.
    • Belgium’s coronavirus outbreak appears to be reaching its peak according to reports after the number of intensive care hospitalisations rose from 1,245 to 1,261, while Austria’s the daily rate of new infections has fallen significantly in recent days.
    • A tiger at New York City’s Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the coronavirus, in the first known case of Covid-19 in an animal in the US, a zoo spokesman told Reuters on Sunday.
    • Ethiopia, Haiti and Barbados have reported their first coronavirus deaths.
    • Pakistan has quarantined 20,000 worshippers and is looking for tens of thousands of others who attended a religious event in Lahore in March. Authorities want to test or quarantine 100,000 people who were at the event held by the Tablighi Jamaat, an Islamic missionary movement.
    • Lebanon has started repatriating nationals in its first flights in weeks since it closed its international airport in response to the pandemic. Authorities said more than 20,000 people had signed up to be repatriated.
    • Pope Francis has celebrated Palm Sunday mass without the public due to the pandemic, which he said should focus people’s attention on what’s most important.
    • Singapore reported its highest one-day increase with 120 new cases of the virus on Sunday, compared to 75 on Saturday.


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    20k in quarantine in SG after yesterday's spike in cases, many linked to worker dormitories
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...n-s11-12611426

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    Quote Originally Posted by shri:
    Summary of latest headlines from the Guardian.
    "A tiger at New York City’s Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the coronavirus, in the first known case of Covid-19 in an animal in the US, a zoo spokesman told Reuters on Sunday."

    For me, that's the most scary point in your list. If animals, generally, are going to get this virus as well....
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    Quote Originally Posted by shri:
    Summary of latest headlines from the Guardian.
    Oh...so Sweden is finally deciding is a not so good idea to let everyone just walk about like nothing's happening?
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    A few more points from CNBC.

    Good to see Apple put its design and manufacturing expertise to good use.

    • Singapore’s health ministry said that around 19,800 foreign resident workers housed in two dormitories have been placed under a 14-day quarantine due to the growing number of confirmed infection cases from those places.
    • Apple will produce 1 million face shields per week for medical workers, CEO Tim Cook said.
    • At least 69,309 people worldwide have died from coronavirus-related complications, according to the latest numbers from Johns Hopkins University.
    • South Korea reported 47 new cases of infection, one of the lowest daily reported numbers for the country since late February when the outbreak spread exponentially.


    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/06/coro...t-updates.html

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    Not all states were created equal in the eyes of the current administration: While Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York haven’t received anywhere near the requested levels of aid, Florida quickly got all of what it asked for in its first two appeals. “The president knows Florida is so important for his reelection,” a White House official told the Washington Post. “He pays close attention to what Florida wants.”

    http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/...aign=feed-part
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    The coronavirus has revealed a need to reassess how we finance public healthcare and the proper balance between private and public enterprise:

    https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion...are-investment

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    In Japan...

    "If necessary, we will decide [to declare an emergency] without hesitation," said Nishimura, who heads the government's coronavirus response, on a show of public broadcaster NHK on Sunday. "We are looking for signs of an overshoot," he said, referring to an explosion in cases, and noted that the atmosphere has grown extremely tense.

    On the same program, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike called on the central government to issue an emergency declaration promptly.

    An emergency declaration gives governors in the areas covered formal powers, such as issuing requests that people stay home. A declaration could come any day now, a cabinet member said Sunday.
    https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Abe...ency-for-Japan

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    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...for-sale-in-eu

    Shares of Biolidics Ltd., a Singapore-based medical device manufacturer, jumped on Monday as the firm said its rapid test kits for Covid-19 got approval for sale in the European Union.

    Biolidics’s stock rose as much as 12% in early trading

    “The results from the test is not to be used for confirmatory testing or as sole basis for diagnosis,” Biolidics said in the statement. “The results will have to be interpreted together with clinical presentation and are to be confirmed with supplementary testing.”The company’s shares have shot up more than 40% from a low on March 18.

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    We laugh about HK's "chop" and "fax" culture...


    Many employees don’t even own laptops — partly because of the risk of losing them during after-work drinking sessions — and many don’t have WiFi at home. Even if they did, many would be forced to work on the dining room table in a cramped Tokyo apartment.

    This is a country where businesses still send faxes, and where documents have to be stamped with a seal, or hanko, dipped in ink. Even people working from home have to go into the office to get documents stamped by a manager, according to local media.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...3bc_story.html

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