Health


B.C. health officials to announce new COVID-19 cases Friday
- July 18, 2020

There were no new deaths Thursday, leaving the death toll at 189 for B.C. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and lead author Dr. Danuta Skowronski with the BC Centre for Disease Control say the serology study determined the level of antibodies in hundreds of blood tests. (more...)
Oxford University vaccine may offer 'double protection' against COVID-19
- July 17, 2020

A leader contender among nearly 100 prototypes now in development, the vaccine is being supported by the British government and pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. What the vaccine is not for: Curing someone who is now sick with the novel coronavirus . This trial has been successful on monkeys and rabbits and now its trial has started on humans as well. (more...)
World`s 1st phase 3 clinical trial of covid-19 inactivated vaccine begins World`s 1st phase 3 clinical trial of covid-19 inactivated vaccine begins
- July 17, 2020

The Phase-III clinical trial is being conducted by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company at five sites in the capital and Al Ain. Inactivated vaccines are well known and have been used against diseases such as influenza and measles. The vaccine is developed in collaboration with the National Institute of Virology, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Sinopharm secured approval for the trial in late June. (more...)
COVID-19 restrictions to be tightened
- July 17, 2020

The NSW government has announced a number of COVID-19 restrictions will be returning. Yep, from Friday next week, the same reimposed restrictions on pubs in NSW will also be extended to clubs, restaurants, cafes, and all indoor hospitality venues. (more...)
Melbourne, On COVID-19 Lockdown, Reports Record Case Count Melbourne, On COVID-19 Lockdown, Reports Record Case Count
- July 17, 2020

New detections of COVID-19 have been between 200 and 300 for four of the past five days. Premier Daniel Andrews this morning said there had been a further 270 cases confirmed in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number in the state to more than 1,800. (more...)
Zydus vaccine: Human trials start Zydus vaccine: Human trials start
- July 17, 2020

Zydus Cadila begins human clinical trial of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate! It is also the only vaccine being developed in the country that has reached the human trials stage. "Safety and tolerability" of a vaccine is tested in phase I on a small group of volunteers. Speaking to a crowded room without wearing masks, three of 18 volunteers monitored over a month at the Sechenov University said they all had experienced few side-effects. (more...)
CBBC Newsround: Lockdown restrictions in Leicester will be 'eased CBBC Newsround: Lockdown restrictions in Leicester will be 'eased
- July 17, 2020

Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: "I am not surprised by this decision but remain extremely frustrated that a sledgehammer approach is being taken to deal with an issue in a very small part of the city". How have local politicians reacted? Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth, who is MP for Leicester South, told MPs: "If we still have to make further personal sacrifice to keep people safe and hunt this virus down with the lockdown, then so be it". (more...)
Health officials announce 21 new cases of COVID-19 Health officials announce 21 new cases of COVID-19
- July 17, 2020

Right now, we need people, we need clinicians to take the training we need to support people who use drugs to access pharmaceutical alternatives". "Here in British Columbia, as we spend more time with others, we need to find our balance with COVID-19". (more...)
Ontario adds 102 new cases of COVID-19 Ontario adds 102 new cases of COVID-19
- July 17, 2020

Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott tweeted that locally, 30 of Ontario's 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases, with fully 19 of them reporting no new cases. Keeping emergency orders in place allows the government flexibility to ensure vulnerable populations are protected as many regions are about to move into Stage 3 of reopening, the government said. (more...)
Teenage boy dies of plague in Mongolia after eating marmot Teenage boy dies of plague in Mongolia after eating marmot
- July 17, 2020

More than 140 people were tested, but no other cases were found. The National Center for Zoonotic Diseases (NCZD) in Mongolia, said the boy is suspected to have died from an infection of bubonic plague in the Mongolian province of Govi-Alta. (more...)
42 new COVID-19 cases, mostly in the South region 42 new COVID-19 cases, mostly in the South region
- July 17, 2020

The SHA has ramped up their contact tracing in these areas, which helped reveal numerous new cases in the at-risk areas. In the province, 11 people are now in hospital - nine are receiving in-patient care and two are in intensive care. In a release, the SHA said it has identified additional people with COVID-19 in these areas, as a result of aggressive contact tracing. With an increase in transmission in southwest and west central Saskatchewan, Kaeding is asking everyone in the affected ... (more...)
Health authorities "concerned" about number of COVID-19 cases
- July 17, 2020

This is the only active community outbreak. Fifteen people were in hospital as of Thursday, with just three of them in critical care. Health officials are concerned about the increase in new COVID-19 cases in recent days, said the latest provincial update. (more...)
Questions remain over labs reporting 100% positive cases Questions remain over labs reporting 100% positive cases
- July 17, 2020

An Orlando Health spokeswoman told the Orlando Sentinel that the organization is looking into how the 98 percent figure was reported. Hendry Regional Medical Center reported 164 positive tests and only two negative ones, for a positivity rate of 99 percent. (more...)
Walmart says all customers will be required to wear a mask Walmart says all customers will be required to wear a mask
- July 17, 2020

All Walmart stores will have Health Ambassadors, in black polo shirts, stationed at the entrance to remind customers without a mask of their new requirements. "Starting July 22, we will require all customers in all locations to wear a mask, joining our associates who continue to wear masks". Craig resident Lauren Samuelson was at Walmart without a mask but she said she would follow along with the new requirements. (more...)
Drug Overdoses Reached Record High in 2019 — CDC Drug Overdoses Reached Record High in 2019 — CDC
- July 17, 2020

Another record for monthly overdose deaths related to illicit drugs has been set in British Columbia. "For the second month in a row, this province has experienced the highest number of deaths ever as a result of illicit substances with 175 lives lost, leaving behind grief and frustration while this public health emergency carries on into its fifth year", said chief coroner Lisa Lapointe in a statement Thursday. (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

The Vintners' Federation of Ireland (VFI) said publicans have been dealt a "hammer blow". He said the priority must be to get the R number - the rate at which the virus is transmitted - back below 1 after it rose to between 1.2 and 1.8. The vast majority of these pubs are small rural outlets run by families who are on first-name terms with their customers. "They need cash injections to keep them going, including the costs of insurance and all other bills". (more...)
Squirrel Tests Positive For Bubonic Plague In Colorado Squirrel Tests Positive For Bubonic Plague In Colorado
- July 17, 2020

Humans can get the plague if an infected animal or flea bites them or if an infected person coughs on them, according to Jefferson County Public Health. Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it was "carefully" monitoring a case of bubonic plague in China after being notified by the authorities in Beijing. (more...)
Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus Found, NYC Health Officials Say Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus Found, NYC Health Officials Say
- July 17, 2020

Two positive samples of eastern equine encephalitis, another mosquito-borne disease, have been reported in MA this year, both in the Pioneer Valley. In 2019, six of the commonwealth's 12 patients with the virus died from their infections. An estimated one in 150 infected people develop a severe, potentially fatal, illness affecting the brain and spinal cord. For more information about West Nile virus or to report standing water, visit nyc.gov/health/wnv or call 311. (more...)
Victoria records highest-ever daily total with 317 new COVID cases Victoria records highest-ever daily total with 317 new COVID cases
- July 16, 2020

When you do not have your controls in place, and the restrictions that we have applied across metro Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, and across the state to some degree, you get 1,000 cases a day, 10,000 or more cases a day, as has occurred in some countries, and you get up to 1,000 deaths per day, as has occurred in countries in Europe, in Brazil, and elsewhere. (more...)
Russia Coronavirus Vaccine Could Be Distributed Next Month Russia Coronavirus Vaccine Could Be Distributed Next Month
- July 16, 2020

As part of the trial, three doses of the vaccine will be given to the participants, with the first dose on day 0, and the subsequent two doses 28 days apart, as per the clinical trial registry. After Russia , and US-based Moderna , positive news pertaining to the Coronavirus COVID19 vaccine could come today from Oxford-AstraZeneca! Researchers in the United States reported on Tuesday that Moderna Inc's experimental vaccine showed it was safe and provoked immune responses in all 45 ... (more...)

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