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Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-10-08)

Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-10-08)
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Oct 14, 2020

Detention Of Ghanaians Unable To Pay COVID-19 Testing Fees Is Kidnapping — Kofi Kapito Threatens Law Suit

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Consumer Protection Agency, Kofi Kapito says government and its agencies responsible for COVID-19 testing at the Kotoka International Airport must immediately desist from detaining people who are unable to pay the testing fees at the airport.

In a statement copied to Citi News, Mr. Kapito said such detentions are “unlawful” and “tantamount to kidnapping.”

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Oct 14, 2020

Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, closed by Covid, back in business after 70 days

Turkey claims to have one of Europe's lowest Covid-19 mortality rates. The Turkish government is, as a result, rapidly easing restrictions. The reopening of Istanbul's world-famous Grand Bazaar is one of the most dramatic signs of the country's determination to get back to business.

The ancient green doors of the Grand Bazaar, which have welcomed customers for over five hundred years, are again open after 70 days of closure.

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Oct 14, 2020

Macron under pressure to clarify Covid-19 strategy in televised interview

French President Emmanuel Macron was to outline and clarify his government's strategy for dealing with a surging wave of Covid-19 infections during a televised interview on Wednesday evening, the first time the public will hear him speak at length about the epidemic since July.

Macron will speak with two journalists for about 45 minutes in a televised interview in the Elysée presidential palace Wednesday evening, his first long intervention since a similar interview on the 14 July national holiday.

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Oct 14, 2020

New year's French Agricultural Fair cancelled over Covid-19 fears

The 2021 Salon de l'Agriculture, one of the showpiece events of the French farming calendar, has been cancelled because of the continuing spread of coronavirus.

While there'll be no public show of agricultural produce at the Paris exhibition centre, originally scheduled to run between 27 February and 7 March next, the traditional competitions will be maintained in all categories. 

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Oct 14, 2020

Thousands sign up for Covid-19 vaccine clinical trials in France

In less than ten days, 25,000 volunteers have signed up to be part of the Covid-19 vaccine testing programme coordinated by France's medical research facility Inserm.The recruitment drive is the first of its kind ever launched on such as scale in France and will open the way to testing before the end of 2020.

Since enrollments started on 1st October, 25,000 people have signed up via the online platform known as 'Covireivac', coordinated by France's medical research body Inserm.

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Oct 14, 2020

World Bank approves $12 bln for Covid-19 vaccines

The World Bank said Tuesday that it approved $12 billion for developing countries to finance the purchase and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, tests and treatment.

The financing "aims to support vaccination of up to a billion people," the bank said in a statement.

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Oct 14, 2020

Dale Vince: Coronavirus And Climate Crisis Are Consequences Of Energy, Transport And Food

Dale Vince, the chairman of Forest Green Rovers football club has stated that coronavirus and the climate crisis are consequences of how humans produce energy, transport themselves, and consume food.

Speaking at the first edition of the Sport Positive Summit (virtual) held from October(1-2), Dale Vince said: “Three out of four zoonotic viruses come straight out of factory farms, so it’s caused by our diets. It was exacerbated by the rate at which we fly around the world in a crazy fashion, and the mortality rate of the virus was exacerbated by the burning of fossil fuels – you are at much more risk of death if you’ve been exposed to air pollution. Studies have shown that."

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Oct 13, 2020

Gov't Orders NCCE To Return 25 Vehicles Meant For Covid-19 Campaign

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) says government has ordered the commission to return 25 of its 50 vehicles meant for the COVID-19 safety campaign.

The commission in June 2020 received 50 Isuzu vehicles from the government to support its public education campaign on COVID-19.

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Oct 13, 2020

Reboot on the way for France's failed coronavirus tracking app

France is to reboot its StopCovid contact tracing app, which has proved a failure since going live four months ago, while coronavirus infections across the country continue to hit record highs.

In an interview with France Info this week, Prime Minister Jean Castex revealed the government was working on a “new version” of the tracking tool, to be rolled out during school holidays on 22 October.

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Oct 13, 2020

French departments call for delay of March 2021 poll due to Covid-19

The leaders of seven administrative departments across France are calling for the government to postpone departmental elections set for next March due to the Covid-19 epidemic. They feel it is inappropriate to begin campaigning while managing a national health crisis.

In France there are two levels of governance between municipal and national: departmental and regional.

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Oct 13, 2020

France launches reinforced flu vaccine campaign as Covid cases rise

French health services have launched an annual flu vaccine campaign with an emphasis on the importance of the vaccine during the Covid-19 epidemic. Officials boosted orders of doses in hopes of attaining a higher-than-usual rate of participation. 

The annual campaign began Tuesday with the aim of reaching the same target groups as a typical year, but with added emphasis on importance in a time that Covid-19 hospital admissions are rising

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Oct 13, 2020

Environmentalists raise alarm over India's growing mountain of Covid waste

India has generated 18,000 tonnes of Covid-19 biomedical waste in the last four months, with the western state of Maharashtra topping the list, according to the country's pollution watchdog. 

The waste is being collected, treated and disposed of by 198 common biomedical waste treatment facilities.

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Oct 13, 2020

Study dims hope of building Covid resistance as WHO slams herd immunity strategy

A US study of a man who had recovered from Covid-19 being reinfected with a more serious case has cast doubt on the prospect of building lasting immunity to the new coronavirus, as the World Health Organization warned that relying on herd immunity as a public health strategy was "unethical".

A study published in medical journal The Lancet on Tuesday backs up the widely suspected hypothesis that it is possible to catch the coronavirus more than once. 

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Oct 13, 2020

'All options on the table' to tackle Covid-19 second wave, says French PM

The French Prime Minister Jean Castex has warned the population that the second wave of Covid-19 is gaining momentum, as the daily intensive care and death rates continued to rise. President Emmanuel Macron is to hold a special defence council meeting on Tuesday to discuss the next steps.

The number of Covid-19 patients being treated in intensive care in French hospitals jumped to more than 1,500 on Monday, 56 more than the previous day, representing the highest level reported since 27 May.

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Oct 13, 2020

Covid-19: Two More Die, Deaths Rise To 308

Two more persons have succumbed to Covid-19.

This takes the death toll to 308 from the previous 306.

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Oct 13, 2020

COVID- 19 Affects Prices Of Consumer Goods In Takoradi

Traders in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis have attributed the marginal price spike of foodstuff to the outbreak of COVID-19.

According to them people did panic buying, resulting in high demand for foodstuff thereby making traders to capitalize on the situation to increase the prices of their items.

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Oct 13, 2020

Covid-19 reinfection casts doubt on virus immunity: study

Covid-19 patients may experience more severe symptoms the second time they are infected, according to research released Tuesday confirming it is possible to catch the potentially deadly disease more than once.

A study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal charts the first confirmed case of Covid-19 reinfection in the United States -- the country worst hit by the pandemic -- and indicates that exposure to the virus may not guarantee future immunity.

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Oct 12, 2020

France's Macron to address Covid-19 second wave in live TV appearance

President Emmanuel Macron is to address the Covid-19 situation in France during a live appearance on French national television on Wednesday, amid heightened concerns over the worsening second wave. 

TV channels TF1 and France 2 said the interview “will focus in particular on the health and economic situation of the country, while France is facing an upsurge in the epidemic.”

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Oct 12, 2020

Study reveals coronavirus can survive for nearly a month on phones, banknotes

Australian scientists say the virus that causes Covid-19 can survive for up to 28 days on common surfaces such as mobile phones and banknotes – outstripping flu survival rates.

The national science agency, the CSIRO, on Monday said experiments carried out in a controlled environment suggested SARS-Cov-2 lived longer on smooth, rather than porous surfaces.

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Oct 11, 2020

Surge in number of French Covid cases, decline in admissions to intensive care

Despite the fact that nearly 27,000 French people have tested positive for coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours, there has been a slight drop in the number being admitted to intensive care.

As widespread testing continues across France, each 24-hour period produces a grim new record for the number of infections.

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SUMMARY

  • Global confirmed cases: 37,554,022; total deaths: 1,077,228; total recovered: 26,098,858
  • Argentina surpasses 900,000 cases as infections rise outside Buenos Aires
  • France on Monday reports most COVID-19 patients in intensive care since May
  • Johnson & Johnson pauses global vaccine trials due to participant's unexplained illness
  • Head of WHO says relying on herd immunity to control pandemic is "unethical"

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