Archive | March 21, 2020

Coronavirus: Number of COVID-19 infections in UK tops 5,000 as 233 die #COVID19 #coronavirus #UK #pandemic #quarantine #emergency

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More than 5,000 people in the UK have now been infected with coronavirus.

It comes as the number of COVID-19-related deaths has risen to 233 after 53 more fatalities were announced in England.

NHS England said the patients who died were aged between 41 and 94 and all had underlying health conditions.

Wales’s number of dead has risen to five, Scotland’s now stands at seven and Northern Ireland’s remains at one.

There has been a rise in the number of confirmed cases by 1,035 in a day to 5,018.

The latest figures come after Boris Johnson ordered the shutdown of cafes, pubs, restaurants and gyms as efforts were ramped to halt the spread of coronavirus.

It coincided with a warning by the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) that young people are “not invincible” and can still be killed by the infection or be confined to hospital “for weeks”.

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Coronavirus: Number of COVID-19 deaths in UK rises by 53 to 233 #COVID19 #coronavirus #UK #pandemic #quarantine #emergency

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The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK has risen to 233 after 53 more fatalities were announced in England.

The latest figures come after Boris Johnson ordered the shutdown of cafes, pubs, restaurants and gyms as efforts were ramped to halt the spread of coronavirus.

It coincided with a warning by the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) that young people are “not invincible” and can still be killed by the infection or be confined to hospital “for weeks”.

Schools across the UK have also now closed, except for children of key workers, in the battle to contain the pandemic.

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Coronavirus: 8,000 more hospital beds and 20,000 extra staff join COVID-19 fight to help the NHS #COVID19 #coronavirus #UK #NHS #pandemic

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Nearly 20,000 fully qualified staff will join the NHS response to coronavirus after a deal with the private sector which will include 8,000 more hospital beds being made available.

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Coronavirus: UK expert says new symptoms could be loss of taste or smell #COVID19 #coronavirus #UK #Global #pandemic #quarantine

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The British Association of Otorhinolaryngology also says two of its consultants are on ventilators and being treated for COVID-19.

One of the country’s leading Ear, Nose and Throat consultants has told Sky News there are new signs for detecting COVID-19 in patients.

The British Association of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT UK) say asymptomatic patients – ones who do not have a fever or a cough – could show a loss of smell or taste as symptoms after contracting coronavirus.

It said in a statement: “Evidence from other countries that the entry point for the coronavirus is often in the eyes, nose and throat areas.

“We have also identified a new symptom (loss of sense of smell and taste) that may mean that people without other symptoms but with just the loss of this sense may have to self-isolate – again to reduce the spread of the virus.”

It comes after the organisation revealed that two of its consultants are on ventilators and are being treated for COVID-19.

They say the ENT specialists “most likely” contracted the coronavirus from people who did not show any symptoms in the course of their daily clinical work.

Professor Nirmal Kumar consultant otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon said the nose was main entry point for the virus when we breathe in droplets infected with coronavirus.

He said: “In young patients, they do not have any significant symptoms such as the cough and fever, but they may have just the loss of sense of smell and taste, which suggests that these viruses are lodging in the nose.”

Current Public Health England guidelines says that a high temperature or new continuous cough are the only symptoms to trigger self-isolation and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Dr Nathalie MacDermott, clinical lecturer at King’s College London said infections that normally occur through the “nose or the back of the throat” often lead to loss in sense of smell and taste, but cautioned that research around the new symptoms for COVID-19 isn’t yet widespread in the medical community.

In the wake of the new symptoms, ENT UK have also requested for full personal protective equipment (PPE) be distributed to frontline staff that examine patients up close.

Professor Kumar added: “At the present time PPE is available only in limited quantities and will be reserved for use only when patients presenting as emergencies show up.”

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NBC News employee has died after testing positive #COVID19 #coronavirus #NBCNews #USA #pandemic

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A longtime employee of NBC News died on Thursday after testing positive for the coronavirus, NBC News chairman Andy Lack said in an email to staff members.

Larry Edgeworth, 61, worked in an equipment room at NBC News’ headquarters in New York. He had previously spent 25 years at NBC News working as an audio technician, and had traveled the world with many of the network’s correspondents.

“Many of you were fortunate enough to work with Larry over the years, so you know that he was the guy you wanted by your side no matter where you were,” Lack wrote.

“We lost a dear colleague today. I wish you could have known him he brightened our lives and lifted our spirits with his love and kindness,” Andrea Mitchell, NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent, wrote on Twitter.

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MAGNITUDE 5.0 COMOROS REGION #earthquake #comoros


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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 54 km NW of Mamoudzou, Mayotte / pop: 54,900 / local time: 09:42:34.5 2020-03-21

37 km NW of Mtsamboro, Mayotte / pop: 7,800 / local time: 09:42:34.5 2020-03-21

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MAGNITUDE 4.8 NEVADA, USA #earthquake #nevada


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Depth: 9 km

Distances: 577 km N of Los Angeles, United States / pop: 3,793,000 / local time: 18:33:35.8 2020-03-20

7 km SE of Carson City, United States / pop: 55,300 / local time: 18:33:35.8 2020-03-20
6 km NE of Indian Hills, United States / pop: 5,700 / local time: 18:33:35.8 2020-03-20

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MAGNITUDE 5.7 GREECE #earthquake #greece


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Depth: 7 km

Distances: 235 km S of Tirana, Albania / pop: 375,000 / local time: 01:49:51.8 2020-03-21

45 km SW of Ioánnina, Greece / pop: 64,100 / local time: 02:49:51.8 2020-03-21
8 km N of Kanallákion, Greece / pop: 2,500 / local time: 02:49:51.8 2020-03-21

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