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Global report: Covid-19 cases exceed 10m as anxieties rise over US

Date Published: June 29, 2020

Source: The Guardian

There are more than 10 million COVID-19 cases worldwide. 

In the US, infections in 29 of the 50 states are increasing, and had their largest daily increase in cases, 44,000, this past Friday. The Republican governors of Florida, Texas and Arizona, three of the five states with the largest number of infections, have been criticised for pushing for aggressive reopenings following lockdown […]

Coronavirus cases have hit 10 million worldwide. Where do we go from here?

Date Published: 06/28/20

Source: Global News

As of Sunday, there have been over 10 million lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus globally, six months after the first case was reported in Wuhan, China. Most countries that were hit hard by COVID-19 near the beginning of the year have slowly flattened their curves […]

Coronavirus: US hits record high in daily cases

Date Published: June 26, 2020

Source: BBC

On Thursday, the United states experienced an all-time high of 40,000 cases of coronavirus infections. The increase in new cases and hospitalizations has prompted Texas, Florida, and Arizona to pause their reopening plans. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the surge in cases is being driven by more young people testing positive, especially in southern and western states. […]

COVID-19 vaccine a matter of ‘when not if,’ but must be produced safely: Fauci

Date Published: June 23, 2020

Source: CBC

As the world waits with bated breaths for a coronavirus vaccine, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the U.S., today made a statement that gives hope to the possibility of a vaccine by the end of the year […]

Coronavirus: German outbreak sparks fresh local lockdowns

Date Published: June 23, 2020

Source: BBC

For the first time since Germany began lifting restrictions in May, a lockdown has been reintroduced where a meatpacking plant experienced an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Over 1,500 workers tested positive […]

Global report: South Korea has Covid-19 second wave as Israel ponders new lockdown

Date Published:June 22, 2020

Source: The Guardian

Although South Korea had begun easing physical-distancing in early May, they are experiencing a second wave of the coronavirus in and around Seoul. Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director, Jeong Eun-kyeong explains “We originally predicted that the second wave would emerge in fall or winter. Our forecast turned out to be wrong. As long as people have close contact with others, we believe that infections will continue.” The mayor of Seoul has said stronger physical-distancing measures will be introduced if infections are not below an average of 30 in the next three days. […]

Spain welcomes tourists back as emergency ends

Date Published:June 21, 2020

Source: BBC

In response to COVID-19, Spain declared a national state of emergency on March 14 and entered one of the strictest lockdowns in the world. Three months later, Spain has lifted its state of emergency and is now allowing tourists from most European countries to enter. […]

UK’s COVID-19 alert level is lowered from 4 to 3

Date Published: June 19th, 2020

Source: The Guardian

Endorsed by all four chief medical officers, the UK has lowered its nation-wide COVID-19 alert level from 4 to 3. This means that the transmission of the virus is no longer found to be “high or exponentially rising” […]

Covid-19 can damage lungs of victims beyond recognition, expert says

Date Published: June 15, 2020

Source: The Guardian

Mauro Giacca, a professor in cardiovascular science at King’s College London, has reviewed autopsies of patients who died in Italy after 30 to 40 days in intensive care. He explains that in the findings “you see massive thrombosis. There is a complete disruption of the lung architecture. There are large numbers of very big fused cells which are virus positive with as many as 10, 15 nuclei. I am convinced this explains the unique pathology of COVID-19. This is not a disease caused by a virus which kills cells, which had profound implications for therapy.” These findings highlight there is still much to learn about COVID-19. […]

Fears of second coronavirus outbreak hit global shares

Date Published: June 12, 2020

Source: BBC

The global stock markets have fallen following warnings from the US Federal Reserve that the American economy faces a long road to recovery. Yesterday, the three main share indexes in the US saw their worst days in weeks, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling almost 7%. In prior weeks […]

U.K. economy nosedives 20.4% in one month due to COVID-19 lockdown measures

Date Published: June 12, 2020

Source: Global News

The Office for National Statistics said the British economy has shrunk by 20.4% in April. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warns that the country is heading for one of its deepest recessions ever […]

As coronavirus cases rise nationwide, public health experts urge caution

Date Published: June 11, 2020

Source: The Washington Post

In the United States, many states issued guidance to allow for re-opening of their economies despite evidence and urging from public health that the first waves of COVID-19 had not yet passed. The effects of those guidelines are now coming to a head. Arizona is one example of this – two weeks after the state opened, which is aligned with the time it takes for the virus to incubate, Arizona saw a precipitous rise in infections and hospitalizations, forcing the state’s hospitals to activate its emergency plans.[…]

South Korea’s coronavirus success story threatened by surge of new infections

Date Published: June 11, 2020

Source: Global News

South Korea rose to global prominence a few months ago after having successfully managed its first wave of COVID-19. However, another surge of cases in Seoul, the capital of South Korea where 51 million people live, is threatening that success story. As South Korean officials race to stem the new increase in infections, which as of last Thursday was tallying around 45 cases daily, mostly in the Seoul metropolitan area, they are trying to balance restoring the economy with implementing stricter public health measures. […]

Surging Coronavirus Cases Push Latin America ‘to the Limit’

Date Published: June 9, 2020

Source: The New York Times

As COVID-19 spreads rapidly in Latin America and the Caribbean, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, the director of the Pan American Health Organization, warns that the unfolding crisis had “pushed our region to the limit.” Across Latin America, cases are surging in both countries which had implemented early isolation efforts – like Peru, as well as those who had ignored recommendations, such as Brazil […]

W.H.O. Walks Back Claim That Asymptomatic Transmission is Rare

Date Published: June 9, 2020

Source: The New York Times

Since the early stages of the pandemic there has been wide-spread concerns of asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus. However, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the technical lead of the COVID-19 response at World Health Organization had hushed these concerns by asserting that transmission of the virus by asymptomatic individuals was very rare. .[…]

Those COVID-19 masks, gloves and wipes we’re all using are polluting land and sea

Date Published: June 9, 2020

Source: CBC

The negative impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are not limited to human health and the economy, with effects on the environment beginning to appear. With the increased usage of personal protective equipment (PPE), disposable masks, gloves and sanitary wipes are creating a global waste problem. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, sewage facilities across Canada are seeing a recent increase in discarded masks, gloves and wet wipes being flushed down toilets, leading to challenges in sewage treatment.[…]

Furious Backlash in Brazil After Ministry Withholds Coronavirus Data

Date Published: June 8, 2020

Source: The New York Times

President Jair Bolsonaro has been criticized for disrupting state imposed isolation measures for COVID-19 by encouraging mass rallies among his supporters and not addressing the increasing death toll. Currently, Brazil has the second highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world. In light of this, Brazil’s health ministry has stopped reporting cumulative data. As of Saturday, the website reporting COVID-19 statistics no longer has the number of already confirmed cases or deaths due to the virus. There also has been no explanation of the government’s new method for tracking cases.[…]

First arrivals under UK quarantine rules: ‘They didn’t even check my temperature’

Date Published: June 8, 2020

Source: The Guardian

Beginning Monday, passengers returning to Britain will need to quarantine for 14 days, and will only be allowed to shop for essentials if they are unable to have others do it for them. Upon return, passengers will be required to fill an online form with contact and travel information, as well as the address of where they will be completing their quarantine. Public Health England will complete random checks on passengers in quarantine in England. […]

Prince William has been secretly volunteering for a mental crisis hotline

Date Published: June 6, 2020

Source: CNN

Prince William revealed he has been volunteering with Shout, a 24/7 mental crisis hotline, to help people who are struggling with mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shout was launched by The Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex last May […]

Protesting amid a pandemic: New Yorkers vow to mask up and keep fighting

Date Published: June 6, 2020

Source: CBC

The New York protesters voicing anger over the death of George Floyd from a police officer have continued their movement throughout the week and into the weekend, with most of the crowd wearing masks. However, given that New York City alone had over 200,000 coronavirus cases draws concern over the potential spikes in coronavirus cases […]

Rumours, fear, and rising COVID deaths in Pakistan

Date Published: June 5, 2020

Source: BBC

The healthcare system in Pakistan is being stretched nearly to capacity as lockdown restrictions lift and skepticism about healthcare workers are on the rise. Theories including one that doctors are falsely declaring that patients have COVID-19 in order to be paid […]

Big shift in WHO face covering guidance

Date Published: June 5, 2020

Source: BBC

The World Health Organization has shifted their guidance on the use of face coverings by the public. For the last few months, the WHO has discouraged the use of masks by the public as it would encourage a false sense of security and take away supplies from frontline healthcare professionals […]

NBA owners set a July 31 restart, all in Florida

Date Published: June 5, 2020

Source: The New York Times

After spending most of May following public health directives and emerging trends, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has approved a plan to restart the season on July 31. The plan would see 22 of the league’s 30 teams competing at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida […]

Scientist behind Sweden’s COVID-19 strategy suggests it allowed too many deaths

Data Published: June 4, 2020

Source: The Washington Post

Sweden has not escaped worldwide notice in the past few months due to its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic – as countries across the world instituted lockdowns, Sweden has instead decided to keep its hand in public affairs relatively light-handed. In contrast to other countries, they have allowed groups of people up to 50 to continue to congregate and have kept public life relatively untouched. Mask wearing has also not been mandated. […]

Italy opens borders ahead of neighbors, still eyed warily

Data Published: June 3, 2020

Source: AP News

Italy is the first country in Europe to fully open its international borders, and it has also removed the 2-week quarantine period for visitors. Many other countries in Europe are set to open on June 15, with some opening even later […]

UN: Yemen programs fighting virus might stop by end of June

Data Published: June 3, 2020

Source: AP News

The United Nations (U.N.) have warned that its programs to fight coronavirus and starvation in Yemen will be cut or even stopped by the end of June unless donor countries provide immediate monetary relief. Aid agencies need $2.41 billion to cover essential programs until December, and funding from other countries has fallen a billion dollars short […]

Coronavirus pandemic: Updates from around the world

Date Published:June 2, 2020

Source:CNN

In some countries where the virus was rampant and has now died down—such as South Korea, China and Taiwan—restrictions have been since lifted for some while. South America is not in the same position. They are only in the beginning phases of the virus and cases have been quickly surmounting with densely packed populous city centres. Of note, Argentina remains under mandatory lockdown until June 7. […]

WHO warns overuse of antibiotics for Covid-19 will cause more deaths

Date Published:June 1, 2020

Source:The Guardian

As if having one microbial pandemic wasn’t enough, the world may be on the precipice another, far worse pandemic. The increased use of antibiotics to treat critically-ill COVID-19 patients, is adding to the global health issue of antibiotic resistance, a threat well-known among scientists and healthcare providers. […]

How Iceland beat the Coronavirus

Date Published:June 1, 2020

Source: The New Yorker

Following the news from China, officials in Iceland’s university hospital began meeting in January to prepare for their first case of COVID-19. They ordered more protective gear for healthcare workers, and assembled a back up team that could help with counselling over the phone. […]

Iran’s rapid rise in Covid-19 cases stokes fears of second wave

Date Published:June 1, 2020

Source: The Guardian

There have been internal pressures to lift restrictions and restart the economy in Iran. This past weekend, it was announced that most restrictions had now been lifted. However, 2979 new cases and 81 deaths in the previous 24 hours raises concern. […]

Russia to start coronavirus vaccine clinical trials in two weeks, health minister says

Date Published: May 30, 2020

Source: Global News

Russia, which has the world’s third-largest caseload of COVID-19, plans to start clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine within the next two weeks. Volunteers have already been selected for the upcoming clinical trial. Researchers in Russia are currently working on 50 different vaccine projects. […]

Belgian zoo comes back to life from lockdown

Date Published: May 30, 2020

Source: BBC

Pairi Daiza zoological gardens in Belgium is preparing to open for the first time since locking down on March 13 due to COVID-19. The zoo says its opening will be gradual and safe, and will allow a maximum of 5,000 visitors per day rather than the usual 30,000. In addition, visitors will be asked to wear masks, socially distance, and follow one-way walkways. […]

The world’s new Covid-19 epicenter could be the worst yet

Date Published: May 30, 2020

Source: CNN

Latin America has had roughly 920,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and nearly 50,000 deaths across the region’s 33 countries, but health experts are nearly unanimous in the view that things are likely to get worse. Faulty government response coupled with Latin America’s unique economic and public health situation led to the severity of the current outbreak.. […]

Germany, a global leader on COVID-19 response, cautiously comes out of lockdown

Date Published: May 30, 2020

Source:CBC

Thanks to Germany’s robust response to the coronavirus, the country has slowly begun opening up from lockdown around April 20. According to Johns Hopkins University, Germany had about 183,000 cases of COVID-19 and 8,500 deaths. While this is a high number of infections, the death rate is substantially lower compared to other Western countries.[…]

Ottawa looking at how to reunite families separated by border closure, says Trudeau

Date Published: May 29, 2020

Source: CBC

The Canada-U.S. border has been closed to non-essential travel since March which has been extended until June 21 for now. The border is still open to commercial traffic and essential workers. For some families separated on opposite sides of the border, PM Trudeau has stated that he will be working with premiers to reunite families sooner than the June 21 opening date. […]

Ford says he is considering regional reopening of Ontario as new testing strategy rolled out

Date Published: May 29, 2020

Source: CBC

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has indicated that he’s considering a regional and phased approach to reopening the province, one which he was previously against. Ontario’s COVID-19 data has shown that the per capita rate of active cases is four times higher in the GTA and Hamilton than elsewhere in the province. […]

Moscow more than doubles city’s COVID-19 death toll

Date Published: May 29, 2020

Source: BBC

Moscow’s authorities now report that 1,561 people died from COVID-19 in the month of April, not 639 as initially reported. The city’s health department stressed that the new tally included even controversial and debatable cases. The death toll from coronavirus was revised following new information from post-mortem examinations.[…]

The impacts of COVID-19 around the world, as told by statistics

Date Published: May 26, 2020

Source: World Economic Forum

The Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) has released a new report which seeks to describe the economic and social impact of COVID-19 in different areas of the world. According to this report, the aviation industry is facing its worst-ever crisis, with 90% of the global fleet grounded […]

Here’s How Wuhan Tested 6.5 Million for Coronavirus in Days

Date Published: May 26, 2020

Source: The New York Times

At the 2-week mark of an unprecedented campaign to screen virtually all 11 million residents of Wuhan, nearly 6.5 million residents have been tested so far, which represents 90% of residents. Their outreach strategy includes sending medical workers to construction sites and markets to look for itinerant workers, making house-calls to reach older residents and people with disabilities […]

WHO warns that first wave of coronavirus pandemic not over

Date Published: May 26, 2020

Source: CBC

Although countries around the world are starting to ease lockdown measures, the World Health Organization executive director notes the first wave of COVID-19 is still ongoing. This is especially true for countries in South America and South Asia, including India, which is experiencing an increasing number of cases in poorer, highly populated areas and Brazil which has the second highest number of cases after the United States..[…]

Stockholm Won’t Reach Herd Immunity In May, Sweden’s Chief Epidemiologist Says

Date Published: May 25, 2020

Source: NPR

At the start of this pandemic Sweden was making headlines for being one of the only countries in the world to not enforce an official lockdown. They instead enforced social distancing rules,  allowing schools, restaurants and retail stores to remain open to the public, while reducing some viral spread. The Swedish government’s rationale behind this strategy was to develop faster herd immunity to the coronavirus, while minimizing economic decline.[…]

German state causes alarm with plans to ease lockdown measures

Date Published: May 25, 2020

Source: The Guardian

Premier of Thuringia, Bodo Ramelow, announced his state would end the obligation to wear face coverings and the limit on the number of people allowed to gather within two weeks. Ramelow indicates his plans are justified because his state has had one of the lowest infection rates in the country […]

Soaring infections dampen Eid festivities in Southeast Asia

Date Published: May 24, 2020

Source: CTV News

Rising COVID-19 cases are putting a damper on traditional Eid celebrations in Southeast Asia. Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, has reported almost 22,000 coronavirus cases and 1,350 deaths […]

Shops are reopening after COVID-19, and some are adding a new line to your bill to pay for it

Date Published: May 23, 2020

Source: CBC

As businesses begin to re-open, Canadians are faced with a new COVID-19 surcharge being added to their bills. This news comes in light of retailers having their biggest sales plunge in March as social distancing requirements forced many businesses to shut down. Many businesses have had to not only purchase personal protective equipment, disinfectant, and assign extra staff hours, but also limit the number of customers that will be permitted to enter their store. […]

Disinfected dice: Las Vegas casinos getting ready to roll

Date Published: May 22, 2020

Source: CTV News

Casinos are set to reopen on June 4 in Las Vegas, Nevada as the governor of Nevada states that COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have been decreasing since the easing of restrictions two weeks ago. Nightclubs, dayclubs, buffets, and large venues will continue to remain closed. All employees including bartenders, dealers, and waiters are required to wear masks, although guests are not. […]

China records no new coronavirus cases for first time since outbreak began

Date Published: May 23, 2020

Source: Global News

There have been no new confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China on May 22 for the first time since the pandemic began. Since March, major restrictions have helped to decrease the transmission of the virus. However, recently, imported cases from Chinese citizens returning from abroad have continued to arise, as well as small clusters of infectious cases in various parts of the country. […]

Trump calls houses of worship “essential services” and urges governors to let them reopen

Date Published: May 22, 2020

Source: The New York Times

American President Donald Trump has called for the opening of religious places of worship such as churches, synagogues, and mosques by identifying them as essential services. Religious services have been pointed out in many cases as sources of outbreaks, such as the 61 cases and four deaths traced back to a rural Arkansas church in March. […]

Yemen’s health system ‘has in effect collapsed’ as coronavirus spreads, UN says

Date Published: May 22, 2020

Source: CBC

Aid workers in Yemen report having to turn people away from treatment of COVID-19 due to a lack of medical oxygen or sufficient supplies of PPE. The main COVID-19 treatment centre has recorded 68 deaths in two weeks, more than double the number announced by Yemeni authorities.[…]

The Striking Racial Divide in How Covid-19 Has Hit Nursing Homes

Date Published: May 21, 2020

Source: The New York Times

COVID-19 has been exacerbating inequities already existing in society, and in the case of long-term care and nursing homes, this is doubly apparent. In the United States, nursing homes where African-Americans and Latinos make up a significant portion of residents have been hit the hardest […]

Coronavirus: Hydroxychloroquine trial begins in the UK

Date Published: May 21, 2020

Source: BBC

A trial to determine if two antimalarial drugs, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, could prevent COVID-19 have begun in Brighton and Oxford. The participants in this trial will be 40,000 healthcare workers from Europe, Africa, Asia and South America who are in contact with COVID-19 patients […] 

States accused of fudging or bungling COVID-19 testing data

Date Published: May 19, 2020

Source: AP News

Public health officials in some US states have been accused of misrepresenting COVID-19 statistics, in what some believe to be an effort to push re-opening of the economy. In Virginia, Texas and Vermont, the results of viral (active infections) and antibody tests (past infections) are being reported as a single number […]

Trump says he’s taking unproven drug he believes could protect him against COVID-19

Date Published: May 18, 2020

Source: CBC

On Monday, US President Donald Trump reported that he had been taking hydroxychloroquine and a zinc supplement for “about a week and a half” with an “original dose” of azithromycin to prevent COVID-19, an unsubstantiated experimental drug combination that he has been touting as a potential cure for COVID-19 […]

WHO Director-General promises review of global pandemic response

Date Published: May 18, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General has announced the WHO will perform an inquiry into its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes after the virtual meeting of the World Health Assembly on May 18th, where a draft resolution was sponsored by the European Union and reached the necessary two-thirds of support from the WHO’s member states, including all EU member countries as well as Canada, Japan and Britain. […]

Italy’s Great Beautification: Hair Salons Are Back

Date Published: May 19, 2020

Source: The New York Times

One of the most entertaining trends to come out of the coronavirus lockdowns are all the at-home haircuts. This pandemic has made society appreciate all the routine aspects of life that we take for granted, such as in-store shopping and going to barbers and salons. With all the quaran-beards and quaran-cuts, it comes as no surprise that hair salon appointments will be booked up for months following the lockdown.[…]

Germany Is Reopening. And Learning a Tough Lesson

Date Published: May 18, 2020

Source: The Toronto Star

Germany has been admired for the way they have handled the first wave of COVID-19: curve has flattened, with stable number of new infections, and low absolute number of deaths and fatality rate compared to other countries.[…]

70 cases of COVID-19 at French schools days after reopening

Date Published: May 18, 2020

Source: The Toronto Star

Schools had begun opening one week ago in France. Since then, there have been 70 COVID-19 cases linked to schools. The French Education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, indicated affected schools were closed immediately. Blanquer did not specify if the cases were among teachers or students, but said it was likely people were infected before schools had reopened, as the incubation period of COVID-19 is several days. […]

Mass testing won’t happen in Mexico. That’s the way the government wants it

Date Published: May 17, 2020

Source: CNN

Mexico is preparing to reopen its economy, allowing essential industries to open June 1 and other services to follow in phases during the weeks after. Despite reopening, the government plans to continue limiting testing to mainly those with severe symptoms of COVID-19. As of mid-May, Mexico was conducting 89 tests per 100,000 people, one of the lowest testing rates in the world. […]

India extends coronavirus lockdown by two weeks

Date Published: May 17, 2020

Source: BBC

India has extended its lockdown for another two weeks to curb the spread of COVID-19. The country has reported over 90,000 cases and 2,896 deaths among its 1.3 billion citizens since the outbreak. India went into lockdown on March 24, and flights, trains, educational institutions, metro services, restaurants, bars, cinemas, and shopping complexes have been closed since.[…]

Wuhan continues ambitious COVID-19 testing campaign

Date Published: May 16, 2020

Source: CBC

The city of Wuhan is currently undergoing a massive COVID-19 testing campaign following the report of clusters of new cases in the city. The new cases were asymptomatic carriers of the virus and their discovery spurred the authorities to enlist mass testing of all its 11 million inhabitants […]

Italy seeks to boost tourism by opening borders June 3

Date Published: May 16, 2020

Source: CTV News

The Italian government announced today that it will open its borders for tourism on June 3, 2020. This marks the end of Europe’s strictest and longest COVID-19 lockdown […] 

China tests millions within weeks as cases rise a month after last reported death

Date Published: May 14, 2020

Source: Global News

Since April, Wuhan has tested over three million residents for COVID-19 and will now focus its testing efforts on the rest of its 11 million population. The goal of this expansion in testing is to get a clear number of asymptomatic cases as businesses and schools reopen. Last weekend, a cluster of infections were reported, coming from previously asymptomatic cases.[…]

4 days at work, 10 days in lockdown would restart economy amid fears of COVID-19 resurgence, says economist

Date Published: May 14, 2020

Source: CBC

Researchers in Israel have proposed a new workweek model that may allow workers to return to offices while mitigating the risk of resurgence in COVID-19 cases. The model entails a four-day work week followed by 10 days in quarantine. The theory behind this model is that even if someone were to contract COVID-19 during their four workdays, they would be back in lock-down before they became highly contagious. […]

Why millions of Americans are losing health coverage during COVID-19 pandemic

Date Published: May 14, 2020

Source: CBC

While many Canadians enjoy the security of having insurance for healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans can no longer say the same. In the US, there is no single-payer healthcare system and many Americans rely on employment-based healthcare insurance. With unemployment increasing at a rapid rate due to public health measures, it is estimated that up to 27 million people will lose their insurance.[…]

Nearly 100 children in New York being treated for rare syndrome believed linked to COVID-19

Date Published: May 13, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

A new, rare, manifestation possibly linked to COVID-19 is becoming more apparent in children. Referred to variably as pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome or multisystem inflammatory vasculitis, it shares multiple symptoms with Kawasaki Disease and toxic shock. Symptoms reported so far include a longstanding fever, abdominal pain, red eyes, and in rare cases, cardiac arrest.[…]

Coronavirus: Over 300 lawmakers urge IMF, World Bank to cancel poor countries’ debt

Date Published: May 13, 2020

Source: Global News

On May 13, 300 lawmakers from around the world, led by former US presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Ilham Omar, have urged the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank to cancel the debt in the poorest countries and boost international funding in order to avert a global economic meltdown and prevent millions from going into poverty […]

Global report: Brazil and Mexico record deadliest day from COVID-19

Date Published: May 13, 2020

Source: The Guardian

On May 12, Brazil experienced its deadliest day with 881 new fatalities, making it the world’s 6th worst-affected country for deaths overall at 12,400 and the 7th highest number of confirmed cases at 177,589 in total. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed the threat of COVID-19, insisting that measures to contain the virus have caused more damage than the disease itself […]

New clusters emerge in countries praised for successful coronavirus fights

Date Published: May 12, 2020

Source: The New York Times

With the COVID-19 curve flattening in many parts of the world, countries have been relaxing their social-distancing restrictions; however epidemiologists warned about the repercussions of loosening restrictions too quickly. New clusters are beginning to appear in countries that were exemplary for the rest of the world in successfully limiting coronavirus spread, including China […]

China Is Defensive. The U.S. Is Absent. Can the Rest of the World Fill the Void?

Date Published: May 11th 2020

Source: The New York Times

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a revival of multilateralism – alliance of multiple countries to pursue a common goal – in the world’s middle powers. Countries in Europe and Asia are now creating new relationships centered on public health and trade issues. […]

Europe’s marginalised Roma people hit hard by coronavirus

Date Published: May 11th 2020

Source: The Guardian

Europe’s largest minority, the Roma people, are especially negatively impacted by COVID-19. Approximately 80% of the 10 million Roma live in dense neighbourhoods and over crowded houses, and many do not have access to running water. This makes distancing and hand washing to reduce spread of the virus difficult. […]

Coronavirus spread accelerates again in Germany

Date Published: May 10th 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

The Robert Koch Institute for Disease Control said new coronavirus infections are accelerating again in Germany days after it loosened social restrictions. Germany’s reproduction rate—the number of people each sick person infects—has risen to 1.1, meaning the number of cases is growing. […]

Three members of White House virus task force in quarantine

Date Published: May 9th 2020

Source: The CTV News

Three members of the White House coronavirus task force have entered quarantine after contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. These three members are Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leader of the task force, as well as Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, and Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the FDA. […]

Taiwan’s Weapon Against Coronavirus: An Epidemiologist as Vice President

Date Published: May 9th 2020

Source: The New York Times

Mr. Chen Chien-jen is the current vice-president for Taiwan and has played a key role in the island’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, using his training at Johns Hopkins in epidemiology. He served as a health official during the SARS crisis in 2003, and has since pushed for a series of reforms to prepare the island for the next outbreak including: building isolation wards […]

Commemorating Smallpox Eradication – a legacy of hope, for COVID-19 and other diseases

Date Published: May 8th 2020

Source: WHO

On May 8th 1980, smallpox was officially declarded at the 33rd World Health Assembly as being eradicated. World Health Organization (WHO) officials spoke on this historical moment in humanity’s victory over smallpox and states that similar global efforts could bring an end to COVID-19 […]

Coronavirus: Pandemic sends US jobless rate to 14.7%

Date Published: May 8, 2020

Source: BBC

The current US unemployment rate of 14.7% is the worst it has been since the Great Depression. Just two months ago, the rate was at 3.5%, a 50-year low. […]

Caught between weather-related disasters and coronavirus threats, millions of migrants have no safe place to go

Date Published: May 8, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

The COVID-19 pandemic had exposed the difficult circumstances faced by poor migrants who move in search of work as they are displaced by severe droughts or frequent floods back home. At the end of 2019, approximately 1.2 million people were forced to leave their homes by weather-related disasters in Afghanistan.[…]

Japan approves Gilead’s remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19

Date Published: May 7, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

Japan on Thursday approved Gilead Sciences Inc’s remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19, making it the country’s first officially authorized drug treatment. With no other approved treatments for COVID-19, interest in the drug is growing around the world […]

WHO urges countries to investigate early COVID-19 cases

Date Published: May 5, 2020

Source: CBC

The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging countries to investigate early cases of COVID-19 after a report that the virus first emerged in France in December of 2019, contrary to previous beliefs that it did not spread to Europe until January of 2020. […]

Three reasons why the COVID-19 death rate is higher in the U.S. than Canada

Date Published: May 6, 2020

Source: CBC

Latest data shows that the U.S. has a COVID-19 mortality rate approximately twice that of Canada, which sits at 100 per million. Infectious disease experts have collectively pointed to three main contributors: the early spread of COVID-19 in New York City, lack of access to healthcare, as well as inconsistent political leadership. […]

With Crispr, a Possible Quick Test for the Coronavirus

Date Published: May 5, 2020

Source: The New York Times

Testing and contact tracing for the coronavirus is the key to slowing and eventually stopping its spread at the public health level, however it is well known by now that testing has become the rate limiting step in regions with highest infection rates. […]

China’s Coronavirus Vaccine Drive Empowers a Troubled Industry

Date Published: May 4, 2020

Source: The New York Times

Four companies in China have started testing vaccine candidates on humans. However, there is concern that this has empowered a vaccine industry that has had quality concerns and scandals […]

German Covid-19 cases ‘may be 10 times higher than official figures’

Date Published: May 4, 2020

Source: The Guardian

Researchers from Bonn University found that in a random sample of 919 people, approximately 15% of Gangelt’s population in Germany had been infected by COVID-19. Applying these findings nationwide finds ~1.8 million would have contracted the virus in Germany […]

Coronavirus: US authorizes use of anti-viral drug Remdesivir

Date Published: May 2, 2020

Source: BBC

Remdesivir, a drug initially developed to treat Ebola, has been given the emergency green-light by the FDA for emergency use of the drug in the treatment of COVID-19. A recent clinical trial demonstrated that remdesivir reduced duration of symptoms from 15 days to 11, but did not significantly improve survival rates […] 

India’s new coronavirus contact tracing app will be mandatory for all workers

Date Published: May 2, 2020

Source: Global News

The Aarogya Setu app (meaning Health Bridge) is a Bluetooth and GPS-based application launched last month in India which alerts users who may have come into contact with high-risk individuals or others who have been tested positive for COVID-19. The app is able to provide government authorities further information to control the spread of COVID-19 […]

Coronavirus: India lockdown extended for two more weeks

Date Published:May 1, 2020

Source: BBC

India’s nationwide coronavirus lockdown has been extended to May 18. During this time, air and rail travel remain prohibited, schools, restaurants, and places of worship also remain closed. […]

As Georgia Reopens, Virus Study Shows Black Residents May Bear Brunt

Date Published: April 30, 2020

Source: The New York Times

A report released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States showed that more than four-fifths of hospitalized coronavirus patients part of the study were Black. This study was completed based on 8 hospitals in Georgia, where the population of African Americans is only slightly above fifty percent […]

Coronavirus: Europe grapples with lifting limits on travel

Date Published: April 29, 2020

Source: BBC

Lifting travel limitations continues to be a challenge in Europe: starting May 11, France plans to allow people to go on trips within 100 km while wearing a mask, while Germany has warned against global travel until mid-June. […]

Coronavirus: How New Zealand got its coffees and fries back

Date Published: April 29, 2020

Source: BBC

New Zealand recently emerged from five weeks of strict lockdown and are now allowing take-out food restaurants to reopen, prompting many to line up in front of coffee shops and McDonald’s to enjoy takeaway coffee and fast food. […]

‘Life Has to Go On’: How Sweden Has Faced the Virus Without a Lockdown

Date Published: April 28, 2020

Source: The New York Times

While nearly every country in the world has enforced some sort of temporary lockdown measures, Sweden has been an anomaly, simply trusting its citizens to practice social distancing, without orders. This trust-based system appears to have been just as effective in controlling COVID-19 spread […]

In Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine, an Oxford Group Leaps Ahead

Date Published: April 27, 2020

Source: The New York Times

Scientists at the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute have begun human clinical trials to study the safety and effectiveness of a new vaccine against COVID-19. Due to the researchers’ experience in creating vaccines against other viruses including MERS and Ebola, regulators have allowed them to start a Phase I trial of 1,100 individuals last week, with the hope of continuing to Phase II and Phase III trials involving another 5,000 individuals next month […]