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    Covid-19: 04/08 (Wed) Global News

    update from FT, not flattening the curve in the US (yet), Iran's "curve" is not declining

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    Summary of some headlines from The Guardian Live Blog..

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/li...pdates?noembed

    • The British prime minister remains in intensive care. The foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, who is running the government while Boris Johnson receives treatment in hospital for coronavirus, says he is confident the prime minister will recover.
    • Official global death toll passes 80,000. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, there are also at least 1,414,738 confirmed cases worldwide. Due to suspected under-reporting, these figures are likely to be lower than the true statistics.
    • US president Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw funding from the World Health Organization, which he says is “China-centric” and “called every aspect [of the coronavirus crisis] wrong”. At Monday evening’s press briefing, after saying he would withdraw funding, he walked that back and said he was “looking into it”.
    • Africa, the world’s second-largest continent, now has at least 10,000 cases – and experts believe the true scale of the outbreak is much greater. More than 1,700 of the cases are in South Africa, which has been rolling out an aggressive testing campaign.
    • The chief executive of Square and Twitter, Jack Dorsey has pledged $1bn of his equity in the payments processor towards fighting the outbreak.
    • EU’s top scientist reportedly resigns over bloc’s virus response. The Financial Times reported that Professor Mauro Ferrari has resigned as the president of the European Research Council (ERC), saying he has been “extremely disappointed by the European response to Covid-19”.
    • Turkey has world’s fastest rising infection rate. The number is increasing by more than 3,000 a day, reaching 30,217 since the first case was confirmed four weeks ago. Reported fatalities remain much lower than other badly hit countries, at 649.
    • The death toll in Italy continues to rise. The country reported 604 more deaths, though it marked the lowest day-to-day increase in new infections since introducing quarantine measures. New cases rose 0.9% to 880.
    • The US is still obstructing medical supply shipment. Justin Trudeau says Canada still has more work to do to persuade Washington to ensure supplies flow freely, after it emerged Donald Trump had blocked a shipment of masks to Ontario.
    • The equivalent to 195m jobs are forecast to be lost in working hours as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, according to the International Labour Organisation, which forecasts the global downturn to be far more damaging than the 2009 crash.
    • The WHO held off recommending face mask use. Experts say that, despite evidence suggesting widespread use of masks could help reduce the virus’ spread, they are insufficient on their own, despite many places making them mandatory.

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    The US is still obstructing medical supply shipment. Justin Trudeau says Canada still has more work to do to persuade Washington to ensure supplies flow freely, after it emerged Donald Trump had blocked a shipment of masks to Ontario.
    the largest mask manufacturer in USA was interviewed on NPR, the owner said they will NOT ramp up production in US because the last time the US government asked them to ramp up production, they rented big a factory, bought more equipment, trained more staff, and increased production. But after the rush was over, everyone including the US government reverted to buying cheaper masks from overseas, so he had to sack workers, so no thanks.

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    Also... some other headlines...

    After 11 weeks of lockdown, the first train departed Wednesday morning from a re-opened Wuhan, the origin point for the coronavirus pandemic, as residents once again were allowed to travel in and out of the sprawling central Chinese city, AP reports.
    Spain saw a surge of 734 more COVID-19 deaths, with the total death toll reaching 13,798, according to Health Ministry data released Tuesday.

    This figure breaks Spain’s four-day streak of fatalities trending downwards. On Monday, 674 deaths were reported.
    High fatality rates in Indonesia, including a large number of Drs: https://www.usnews.com/news/world/ar...-cases?noembed

    The 218 new coronavirus cases took the number overall in Indonesia to 2,491. The 209 confirmed deaths among people who have contracted the virus is the highest number of fatalities in Asia outside China.

    "The trend of (doctors dying) is heading for the sky," said Halik Malik, a spokesman for the Indonesian Doctors Association which confirmed the doctors' deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.
    France reaches 10,000 fatalities: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...6.html?noembed

    France has become the fourth country to register more than 10,000 deaths due to coronavirus, while New York reported 731 new fatalities, the highest overnight jump since the beginning of the outbreak.
    Japan in state of emergency: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/w...y.html?noembed

    But some experts said the state of emergency amounted to a tacit admission that the approach the country had stood by for months was no longer working, as Japan reached 3,906 confirmed cases on Tuesday, exactly double the number a week earlier.
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    Some more points....

    • Spain aims to accelerate plans to introduce universal basic income after 302,265 people signed on as unemployed last month.
    • The number of confirmed new cases in the Netherlands rose by 777 to 19,580, continuing a slowing trend in the rate of increase.
    • Finland announced tougher border controls to further reduce arrivals from Sweden, where measures are less strict and the infection rate is higher.
    • Ukraine made wearing face masks mandatory in public, and several French towns and cities announced plans to do so when confinement rules are lifted.
    • Ten newborn babies tested positive for the virus on a maternity ward in Romania, amid suspicions they contracted it from staff.
    • Paris banned outdoor exercise between 10am and 7pm as too many residents ventured out in warm and sunny weather.
    • The Pakistani military promised that dozens of doctors who were briefly jailed after protesting at a lack of protective equipment would get what they need.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...gency-measures
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    Extreme social distancing in Singapore

    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...c-moh-12617800

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    And Japan taking things very seriously. I guess people have to go into work to chop their timecards before they go back home and login...

    https://twitter.com/monochromic/stat...54826483146753

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    Found this through a meme-ish post on the humor thread. Bizzare, the types of people who get appointed to some cabinet posts.

    https://www.jta.org/2020/04/07/israe...rtments-orders

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    The key to low infection numbers is of course less testing.

    The numbers we get from China are simply unbelievable.

    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/soci...try-tries-ease


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