Archive | March 13, 2020

Coronavirus: Venezuela has detected 2 new cases #COVID19 #coronavirus #Venezuela #pandemic #quarantine

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WORLD’S YOUNGEST VICTIM Newborn baby in London, UK #COVID19 #coronavirus #London #UK #pandemic #quarantine

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A NEWBORN baby in England has tested positive for coronavirus — the world’s youngest victim.

The child’s mother had been rushed to a London hospital days earlier with suspected pneumonia.

Last night she and her tot were being treated at separate hospitals.

The mum was tested at North Middlesex Hospital but her positive result was known only after the birth.

The baby was tested within minutes of arrival.

Medics are trying to establish whether the tot was infected during birth, or contracted the virus in the womb.

The baby remains at the hospital while the mum has been moved to a specialist infections hospital.

A source said: “Staff in contact with both patients have been advised to self-isolate. Health officials are urgently trying to find out the circumstances behind their infections.”

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has advised that healthy babies should not be separated from infected mums and can be breastfed.

Health officials stress pregnant women and babies are at low risk of complications from the virus and most will have mild symptoms.

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Parliament coronavirus lockdown: House of Commons cancels ALL events in major move #COVID19 #coronavirus #Parliament #London #UK #pandemic #quarantine #emergency

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ALL events scheduled to take place in the House of Commons have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, including a reception for the 1922 Committee planned for Monday.

Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady sent an email to all Tory MPs on Friday explaining the measures. The cancellations come as Boris Johnson is under pressure to completely shut down Parliament. ITV News’ Paul Brand tweeted: “BREAKING: Sir Graham Brady has emailed all Conservative MPs saying ‘The House of Commons has cancelled all events and therefore the 1922 Reception will be cancelled on Monday’.

“It is not clear yet what cancelling “all events” means. Is Parliament going into reduced service?”

Mr Brand added: “Parliament is under increasing pressure to close, with a growing number of MPs in self-isolation.

“But as one Conservative MP tells me, “you can’t close down parliament and not other public institutions – schools etc.” Would look inconsistent.”

Twitter users were quick to point out the irony between the actions of politicians and the government’s official advice.

At a press conference on Thursday, Boris Johnson did not call off public events to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

One person said: “The House of Commons are cancelling events but the government says there’s no need to cancel events?”

Another person tweeted: “Government: we don’t advise cancelling events.

“Also government: we’re cancelling events which might put *us* at risk.”

On Friday Parliament announced measure to “limits” visitor access.

No new banqueting bookings will be accepted and existing bookings from Monday onwards will be cancelled.

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Coronavirus: Trump declares national emergency in US over COVID-19 #COVID19 #coronavirus #USA #pandemic #emergency

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US President Donald Trump has declared the coronavirus outbreak is a national emergency.

The move is set to free up tens of billions of federal dollars to try to combat the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.

More than 30 people in America have died after contracting COVID-19 and there have been over 1,200 infections in the pandemic.

It comes as the speaker in House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, announced the Democrat-controlled House would approve a coronavirus aid package.

The plan would provide free coronavirus testing and two weeks of paid sick and family leave for those affected by the disease, Ms Pelosi said.

But Mr Trump has not yet publicly backed the package, making its outcome uncertain in Congress.

Ms Pelosi does not need support from the Republicans to pass legislation in the Democrat-majority House.

But it would probably not get far in the Republican-controlled Senate without bipartisan support.

The House aid package builds on an emergency $8.3bn measure approved last week.

Ms Pelosi promised a third coronavirus package will follow soon.

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Coronavirus: Europe now centre of pandemic – WHO #COVID19 #coronavirus #WHO #Europe #pandemic #quarantine #emergency

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Europe is now the world centre for the coronavirus outbreak, according to the WHO director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

In a press briefing at WHO headquarters, he said that Europe had more cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined apart from China.

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Coronavirus: Switzerland closes all schools #COVID19 #coronavirus #Switzerland#pandemic #quarantine #emergency

Coronavirus Breaking News

Switzerland has announced that it is closing all schools and is to provide around 10 billion Swiss francs in aid for businesses hit by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The situation is difficult,” Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga told reporters, as the government listed a range of measures to halt the spread of the virus after the small Alpine country saw its number of positive tests balloon to over 1,000

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Six students at University of Oxford have tested positive for coronavirus #COVID19 #coronavirus #UK #OxfordUniversity #pandemic #quarantine #emergency

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The University of Oxford has announced that it has six students who have tested positive for Covid-19, and that it may switch to “more extensive use of technology for teaching and assessment” next term.

To date, six students have been diagnosed positive for coronavirus at the University. All are receiving all necessary support and medical attention and are recovering well.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, has now written to all staff and students to outline new measuresdesigned to ensure the University remains open and operational as far as possible while following the latest public health advice.

The measures include advice to all UK undergraduates to return home as soon as possible after the end of term today, unless there is a compelling reason to stay in Oxford. The move is designed to reduce the pressure on colleges and academic departments. Accommodation is being made available for those students who are unable to return home.

The small number of exams which were due over the Easter break have all been cancelled or rearranged. Students have been notified and will be kept informed as new arrangements are made

Comprehensive and detailed contingency plans are also being drawn up for the next University term, including more extensive use of technology for teaching and assessment. The University will update staff and students when these plans are finalised shortly.

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Coronavirus: London Marathon postponed until October #COVID19 #coronavirus #UK #London #Marathon #pandemic #quarantine #emergency

Coronavirus Breaking News

April’s London Marathon has been postponed and rearranged for 4 October because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The event was scheduled to take place around the streets of the city on Sunday, 26 April.

It is the first time the race has been postponed since its launch in 1981.

“The world is in an unprecedented situation, grappling with a global pandemic of Covid-19, and public health is everyone’s priority,” said event director Hugh Brasher.

Organisers say every runner with a marathon place will be eligible for the new October date, but they can claim a refund if they want to.

Nearly 43,000 runners competed in 2019, with £66.4m raised for charity.

“We know how disappointing this news will be for so many – the runners who have trained for many months, the thousands of charities for which they are raising funds and the millions who watch the race every year,” added Brasher.

“We know that there will be many, many questions from runners, charities and others and we ask you to please bear with us as we work through the detailed planning process to deliver the 2020 London Marathon on its new scheduled date.”

It is the latest sporting event to be cancelled as authorities seek to limit the spread of the virus.

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