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Coronavirus: Death toll rises, millions more confined

first_imgThe new coronavirus that appeared late December has claimed 563 lives, infected more than 28,000 people in mainland China and spread to more than 20 countries.Here is a timeline.New virus  – First death -China announces its first death in Wuhan on January 11.Two days later the first case outside China is reported in Thailand, originating in Wuhan.Japan reports its first case, also from Wuhan, on January 16.The United States, Nepal, France, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan confirm cases over the following days.The US starts screening flights from Wuhan, to be followed by Asian countries.- Human transmission -By January 20, nearly half of China’s provinces are affected, including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.A Chinese infectious disease expert confirms the illness can be transmitted between humans.Epicentre quarantined Wuhan is placed under quarantine on January 23, with transport links cut there and in other Hubei province cities, affecting more than 56 million people.The WHO says the outbreak is an emergency in China but not yet globally.Beijing cancels events for the upcoming Lunar New Year. Several landmarks are closed. The first two deaths are reported outside Hubei.On January 24, the first cases are recorded in Europe, in France.Public shutdown Beijing extends the Lunar New Year holiday to limit travel. On January 27, the US and Germany tell their citizens not to travel to China.On January 28, Germany and Japan announce the first two confirmed human-to-human transmissions outside China.Evacuations On January 29, the US and Japan become the first of several nations to start evacuating citizens from Wuhan.The coronavirus emerges in the Middle East, in the United Arab Emirates.Some international airlines suspend their China flights. Foreign companies shutdown Chinese factories and shops.- International emergency -On January 30, the WHO declares a “public health emergency of international concern”.Russia shuts its border with China.On January 31, as Britain, France and North Korea airlift their nationals, Italy declares a state of emergency.The US says on February 1 it is banning the entry of foreign nationals who had recently travelled to China, a move followed by other countries. First deaths outside China On February 2, Wenzhou — around 800 kilometres (500 miles) from Wuhan — becomes the second city to be locked down.The Philippines reports the first coronavirus death outside China.China says it will pump in 1.2 trillion yuan ($173 billion) to protect growth. Chinese stocks collapse on February 3, the first day of trading since the holiday.On February 4, Hong Kong reports a coronavirus death, the second outside the mainland.Singapore announces its first cases of local transmissions. Gaming centre Macao closes its casinos for two weeks.The WHO says the outbreak does not yet constitute a “pandemic”.Cruise ship infections On February 5, Hong Kong announces a mandatory two-week quarantine for all travellers from mainland China. Millions more on the Chinese mainland are told to stay at home. Twenty people on a cruise ship off the Japanese coast test positive for the virus, with around 3,700 onboard. Airbus closes an aircraft production facility in Tianjin near Beijing, and Vietnam joins countries banning arrivals from China.Topics : Health authorities in Wuhan, an industrial city in central Hubei province, first document the new illness on December 8. On December 31, China alerts the World Health Organization (WHO) to cases of pneumonia in the city.Several infections are traced to a Wuhan market, which is shut on January 1.As infections rise, Chinese officials say on January 7 they have identified a new virus from the coronavirus family. It is named 2019-nCoV.last_img read more

Indonesia, major advocate of hydroxychloroquine, told by WHO to stop using it

first_imgLast week, the Lancet medical journal published the most comprehensive study to date on the drugs, which found that coronavirus patients prescribed them were more likely to experience heart rhythm disturbances and more likely to die.”Gamechanger”On Monday, the WHO announced it was suspending the use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients in a global clinical trial. It has advised against using the malaria drugs for the coronavirus outside such trials.Trump has touted hydroxychloroquine for months as a potential cure or preventive treatment for the coronavirus, and has said he was taking it himself to prevent infection.On March 21, Trump described hydroxychloroquine as a “gamechanger”. Days later, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo said the drug, while not a cure, could help patients recover.According to a report from the ministry of health prepared for parliament, Indonesian companies were on course to produce 15.4 million doses of the two drugs between April and May.Indonesia’s food and drug agency published a COVID-19 “Informatorium” which included detailed dosage guidelines for the use of the drugs for adolescent and adult coronavirus patients suffering from moderate to severe symptoms.The guidelines, which include warnings about potential heart complications, recommend they be used in tandem with the antibiotic azithromycin, a combination some studies show elevates the risk of heart rhythm disturbances.Burhan said chloroquine and azithromycin have been routinely used. Earlier this month she told Reuters it was “hard to tell” if chloroquine was increasing the death rate of coronavirus patients, as any links were yet to be investigated.Stephen Nissen, a cardiologist and chief academic officer of the Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, said he was surprised Indonesian authorities had ever recommended widespread use of the drugs.“We know these drugs produce a rare, but very serious and potentially lethal cardiovascular side effects, which is a heart rhythm disturbance that is very difficult to treat,” he said.“So the idea of giving them routinely on the basis of the flimsiest of evidence of benefit makes absolutely no sense.”Jane Quinn, a pharmacology researcher at Australia’s Charles Sturt University, said the anti-malaria drugs could be more dangerous forIndonesians than for other groups, because of the enzyme profile of Indonesia’s population.“The evidence from looking at those enzymes globally is that populations in Indonesia are actually much less effective at breaking chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine down,” she said, adding this could make the drugs less effective and more toxic.  The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a recommendation not yet made public, said the WHO had sent a notice toIndonesia’s health ministry advising that use of the drugs should be suspended.Erlina Burhan, a doctor who helped draft coronavirus treatment guidelines as a member of the Indonesian Association of Pulmonologists, confirmed that the association had also received new advice from the WHO to suspend use of the drugs.”We discussed the issues and there are still some disputes. We have no conclusion yet,” she told Reuters.A spokesperson for the WHO mission in Indonesia did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Indonesia’s health ministry, Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) and the spokesman for Indonesia’s COVID-19 taskforce were not immediately available to comment. Topics :center_img The World Health Organization has urged Indonesia, one of the world’s biggest advocates of two malaria drugs to treat the coronavirus, to suspend such treatment over safety concerns, a source familiar with the advice told Reuters on Tuesday.Any decision by Indonesia to halt use of the drugs, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, in coronavirus patients would mark a major global shift away from a treatment which has been touted for months by US President Donald Trump.Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation, had told doctors to use the drugs to treat all COVID-19 patients with symptoms from mild to severe. The country has ramped up production since March, granting two dozen licenses to local manufacturers who have churned out millions of doses.last_img read more

More than 100 properties going under the hammer

first_imgMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago49 St Andrews Avenue, Isle Of Capri is going under the hammer on Sunday. A huge crowd turned out for last year’s The Event. Picture Glenn HampsonRWSP CEO Andrew Bell said this year’s program included homes that typify the Gold Coast lifestyle, from one bedroom apartments in Surfers Paradise to acreage homes in the Hinterland and a five-bedroom mansion at Sanctuary Cove. “We’ve seen an enormous lift in the quality of product coming onto the market this year, but as always this program has something for every buyer,” Mr Bell said. 80 Admiralty Drive, Paradise Waters.“We’ve been saying this for some time, and now it’s pleasing to see that those coming to experience the Coast are getting a real sense of that for themselves.“There is more confidence in the Gold Coast now than in most other Australian markets.“Buyers from Sydney were dominant as far as interstate inquiry goes over 2017, and we’re expecting this to continue into the new year.Mr Bell said this year’s program includes homes that typify the Gold Coast lifestyle. 4/1 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise will be going under the hammer on Sunday at The Event. A huge crowd turned out for last year’s The Event hosted by Ray White Surfers Paradise. Picture Glenn HampsonEAGER buyers are expected to flock to the Gold Coast this weekend for Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s auction bonanza The Event.More than 100 properties are set to go under the hammer at The Event, to be held at the Royal Pines Resort from 11am.center_img 4/1 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise. 49 St Andrews Avenue, Isle Of Capri.The Event is leveraging off a busy holiday period and rising enthusiasm for the Commonwealth Games.“The interstate visitors holidaying on the Gold Coast are showing a great deal of confidence and have nothing but positive comments about the Gold Coast.“They understand that the city has gone beyond its rollercoaster days in property and that it has entered a new era. 80 Admiralty Drive, Paradise Waters is one of the properties being offered at Sunday’s The Event.last_img read more

Fire Disables Polaris Shipping’s Ore Carrier

first_imgA very large ore carrier of Polaris Shipping, South Korean owner of the ill-fated Stellar Daisy that sank off Uruguay in March 2017, has been stuck for four days off Brazilian coast after a generator fire, Yonhap reports citing the company.According to the initial findings, the fire, which broke out in one of Stellar Samba’s generators on May 26 while the ship was some 50 miles off the Brazilian coast, was allegedly caused by oil leakage.There have been no injuries reported to the crew members of the ship who managed to contain the fire.The crew is now focused on restoring power to the ship so it can continue to the port on its own. However, should those efforts fail, Polaris Shipping has dispatched a tug to the scene to tow the stricken bulker to a nearby port, Yonhap reports.The tugboat is expected to arrive on May 30.Brazilian maritime authorities have been informed of the incident and a navy ship has been deployed to the spot to monitor the situation.Stellar Samba was built in 1994 and sails under the flag of Marshall Islands. Based on the latest data from Marine Traffic, the ship was headed from Caofeidian, China to Ponta de Madeira, Brazil.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Texas birthday party leaves 18 with coronavirus

first_imgTexas has reported more than 11,000 new cases in the previous two days alone. CARROLLTON, Texas – A surprise birthday party that resulted in 18 people testing positive for the coronavirus has left a North Texas man horrified as his father continues to fight for his life in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU). Ron Barbosa, who is married to a doctor and refused to attend the May 30 party for his daughter-in-law because of safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, said those hospitalized included his parents, both in their 80s, and his sister, who is also battling breast cancer. He said his father, Frank, who didn’t attend the get-together but later contracted COVID-19, was hospitalized June 17. He said his dad is currently “hanging on by a thread” in the ICU while on life support. (AP) Barbosa said his nephew, unknowingly infected with the virus, hosted last month’s gathering of 25 people that only lasted a few hours and followed the state’s latest health standards. During the party, he said the nephew interacted with seven relatives, who subsequently contracted the virus and spread it to 10 other family members, including two children. Barbosa’s mother, Carole, tested positive for coronavrius June 6 and was admitted to the hospital a week later. Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday said Texas would halt its aggressive reopening as it deals with a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations that has made the state a virus hot spot.last_img read more

Westport water project benefits from USDA investment

first_imgWashington D.C. — Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing $1.2 billion to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 936,000 rural Americans living in 46 states. Five projects in Indiana are receiving funding.“Access to water is a key driver for economic opportunity and quality of life in rural communities,” Hazlett said. “Under the leadership of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural communities in building prosperity through modern water infrastructure.”USDA is providing financing for 234 water and environmental infrastructure projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. The funding can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.Eligible communities and water districts can apply online on the interactive RD Apply tool, or they can apply through one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices.Below are examples of the investments USDA is making in Indiana:The Town of Lynnville will use a $1,214,000 loan to provide additional funding to upgrade sewer facilities and flow for the town’s 376 homes in rural Warrick County.  Other funding for this project includes a previously obligated $441,000 loan and $932,000 grant from USDA Rural Development; a $50,000 applicant contribution; and a $600,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.The Town of Westport will use a $1,082,000 loan and a $2,552,000 grant to replace the water treatment plant.  In addition, the funding will assist with distribution system upgrades, install a new water main, make improvements to the elevated storage tank, stabilize the water supply dam, and replace water meters.  This project will provide safe drinking water and help protect the health of nearly 603 homes in rural Decatur County.  The applicant will contribute $46,000 and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs will contribute a $700,000 grant.The Town of Monroe City will use a $1,588,000 loan and a $1,204,000 grant to replace the existing lift station and build a new manhole with new 10” sewer to direct flows to a new wet well.  Also, all existing inoperable equipment will be replaced, including the blowers, comminutor and controls. This investment will help the town rehabilitate the existing plant, allowing new liners and piping for the polishing ponds, which will then be converted to wet weather flow tanks.  The development and rehabilitation of the system will benefit the Town’s 248 homes.The Town of Monroe City will use a $755,000 loan and a $281,000 grant to install a new, deeper well within the current well field, rehabilitation of current wells, elevated tank rehabilitation, gate valve replacement and water meter replacement.  The upgrades of the aged system will assist the 275 homes in rural Knox County.The Town of Summitville will use a $2,756,000 loan and a $2,734,000 grant to separate the sanitary sewer system from the storm water system for the 394 homes in rural Madison County.  The proposed facility will include a new vacuum sewer system to serve nearly 230 homes.“Having access to safe, clean, dependable water and wastewater collection and treatment services is important to Indiana’s rural communities,” said Michael Dora, USDA Rural Development State Director for Indiana.  “The five projects in today’s announcement will improve the access and infrastructure for these systems and serve 1,896 rural Indiana homeowners in Lynnville, Westport, Monroe City, and Summitville. USDA Rural Development is proud to partner with these communities.”USDA is making investments in rural communities in: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force.To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.last_img read more

Porter prevails in Arlington Modified main

first_imgARLINGTON, Minn. (June 13) – Chad Porter picked up his first feature win of the season in the MN 93 IMCA Modified feature Saturday at Arlington Raceway.Jeff Coon led the first three laps but spun out and relinquished the lead to Porter. He was half a lap ahead of the rest of the field at the end of the race. Clint Hatlestad took second, passing Billy Johnson on the white flag lap.Andrew Westphal took the lead from the pole in the 95.7 the Rock IMCA Sprint Car feature and led the first nine laps with Kyle Sargent on his tail. Westphal encountered engine problems, pull­ing into the infield and giving the lead and win to Sargent, his first in the division. Jordan Wilmes was second and Gary Serbus was third.The B&B IMCA Stock Car feature saw six different leaders. The early leader was pole sitter Dave Moriarty. On lap four, Brent Reierson passed Moriarty but hot on his tail was Dean Cornelius. He only led one lap with hotshoe Matt Speckman taking the front away from him on the seventh lap.Speckman’s tire went down on the 10th circuit, sending him to the pits. Dan Mackenthun took over the lead for one lap until he got too high in turn four. Jeff McCollum slid by him on the low side to take the lead and win.Kyren Porter took the lead on the Coors Light IMCA Sport Compact feature but couldn’t hold off Nate Coopman after an early restart. Coopman went on to win the event with Porter second ahead of Alan Lahr.Cory Probst won the Eckblad Trucking IMCA Hobby feature taking the lead on the second lap and holding off Brian Loscheider for the remaining laps. Mike Christensen of Hutchinson took third.last_img read more

NFL players approve new labor agreement with league that features 17-game regular season

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — NFL players approve new labor agreement with league that features 17-game regular season.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 15, 2020 Associated Press center_img NFL players approve new labor agreement with league that features 17-game regular seasonlast_img

In the Dumps

first_imgRalf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe University Park Health Center, USC’s former student health center, is being demolished. The building was replaced last year by the Engemann Student Health Center. In the place where the old health center once stood, the center for the new Kaufman School of Dance, a school created last year, will be built.last_img

New student housing opens at HSC

first_imgOver the past several months, construction projects such as the University Village have made significant changes to the University Park Campus — however, the Health Sciences Campus has also undergone a process of expansion. The Malcolm and Barbara Currie Residence Hall, a new student housing complex at the Health Sciences Campus, opened for graduate students at the end of July, according to USC News.The hall has 178 residential units and features a fitness center, swimming pool and barbecue grills as well as an “academic success center” that provides computers, printers and two study rooms. The units, which can house around 450 residents total, were entirely booked by the end of May, according to Samantha Grande, the assistant general manager of Currie Hall. “Currie Hall was built in order to have another housing option on campus,” Grande said. “We only had one other on-campus housing complex, so a lot of students were finding housing off campus. With enrollment growing, we wanted to accommodate that.”Students feel that the new facility is an upgrade from the other housing complex in HSC, Seaver Residence Hall. Magdalena Borisov, a graduate student in the Keck School of Medicine of USC, said that students can access more services in Currie Hall than in Seaver, where she lived last year. “Everybody [in Currie Hall] has their own departments. Everyone has their own washing machine and dryer and a kitchen,” Borisov said. “At Seaver, there were only three washing machines and dryers, so it’s definitely more convenient here. There’s more for what you pay.”Currie Hall has experienced some minor difficulties with its infrastructure. On Aug. 4, days after it was finished, a faulty pipe flooded four apartments, according to Grande. The Hall is managed by American Campus Communities, so USC Facilities Management Services was unable to help with maintenance. Despite these difficulties, Currie Hall remains a welcome addition to the Health Sciences Campus, where the last major construction project, other than a parking structure built in 2015, took place in 2009. “It’s very convenient, [and] I like how it’s very cozy it makes me feel at home,” Borisov said. “There are a lot of areas for students to study if I want to study with my friends. There’s free printing, and during the night, there’s security.” Currie Hall was named after USC trustee Malcolm Currie and his wife Barbara, who donated $10 million to Keck and the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience. It is part of a $35 million project aimed to renovate HSC, according to USC Transportation. The project plan includes four main objectives: opening a 200-bed hotel known as Hyatt House for students, remodeling the Norris Health Care Consultation Center, constructing a clinical building dedicated to cancer treatment and beautifying the streets in and around HSC.last_img read more