(NORTHERN IRELAND) #Coronavirus Care Homes Report: NISRA Publishes bulletin that shows that by last Friday, 380 (53.1%) of the 716 deaths of those just over 83% (318) occurred in a care home with the remaining 62 taking place in hospital and confirmed 80% were all over 75yrs-old #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – May.29: People residing in care homes have accounted for more than half of Covid-19 related deaths in Northern Ireland, official figures show: The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) has published its latest statistical bulletin: It shows that by last Friday, 380 (53.1%) of the 716 deaths it recorded in total had been care home residents: Of those deaths, just over 83% (318) occurred in a care home with the remaining 62 taking place in hospital:

#Coronavirus Report: Care home residents account for more than half of NI deaths

By Jayne McCormack BBC News NI Political Reporter

The numbers also show that deaths involving Covid-19 have fallen for the fourth week in a row: Nisra records all fatalities where Covid-19 is mentioned on a death certificate.

NI’s Department of Health, which releases daily figures where deaths were confirmed by a test, had recorded 504 deaths by the same date: Its report says of the 716 deaths it recorded by last Frday – 353 (49.3%), occurred in care homes; 318 (44.4%) occurred in hospital and eight (1.1%) occurred in hospices: Thirty-seven (5.2%) took place at residential addresses or another location.

The deaths in care homes and hospices involved 76 separate establishments, Nisra reported: People aged over 75 accounted for almost 80% of all Covid-19 related deaths in Northern Ireland:

#AceHealthDesk report ………….Published: May.29: 2020:

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Editor says ……..Are we witnessing the media pulling apart the fabric of society just to get a story ?

The #pandemic has opened up a bio-based-weapon that can be used to politicise a story on peoples heartache over the death of a loved or to enable ‘ hard hearted ‘ journalists who want the story first to leave no stone unturned even if their intentions are not honourable……


So what of #truth this concept that alludes the media just to create sensationalism and lead people like the shepherd …herding their flock to the edge of the cliff and offering advice of what to do when the hit the bottom ….followed by blaming their stupidly of being lemmings ……

The news should be informative and place before its readers …advice and guidance to enable the public to become to form an opinion and not to place before their audience a convoluted message of misleading information ..that neither informs or provides anything but hollow words ……

People deserve better than the sum of what the media call news …..and we need to become the purveyors of #truth and not publish as bloggers what they wheel out and call the daily news …….

Be safe my friends, followers and readers God Bless 🙏’s

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(SEOUL. S.K.) #Coronavirus Latest Report: After lockdown is lifted and the country reports its biggest jump in cases in last 50-days of 79-cases in the metropolitan area where about half of the 51-million people live and with Korean health officials warning that the virus is now becoming harder to track as they reimpose certain restrictions #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – May.28: The world had been eyeing how South Korea has handled the virus after early intervention appeared to keep its death toll relatively low: But, on Thursday, it reported its biggest jump in coronavirus cases in more than 50 days: Korean health officials are warning that the spread of the virus is getting harder to track, which risks erasing some of the big steps forward the country was making:

#Coronavirus Report: Restrictions return in South Korea after new spike in #COVID19 cases after relaxation of rules after lockdown

• last updated: 28/05/2020 – 17:43 – EuroNews.Com/

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 67 of the 79 new cases reported were from the Seoul metropolitan area, where about half of South Korea’s 51 million people live: Currently, 11,344 coronavirus cases have been recorded since the outbreak of the pandemic in South Korea. 269 people have died.

Some restrictions reimposed:

Following an emergency meeting, the government decided to shut public facilities such as parks, museums and state-run theatres in the metropolitan area over the next two weeks to slow the spread of the virus: Officials also advised private tutorial schools and computer gaming lounges in the area to close during the period or otherwise enforce anti-virus measures: “The two weeks from now will be crucial in containing infections,” said Health Minister Park Neung-hoo, who called for residents in the metropolitan area to avoid unnecessary gatherings and urged companies to keep sick employees off work.

Several superspreader events and facilities

At least 82 infections so far have been linked to workers at a massive warehouse operated by local e-commerce giant Coupang: Health authorities plan to finish testing more than 4,000 workers and visitors to the warehouse later Thursday: Hundreds of other infections have been linked to nightclubs and other entertainment venues, which saw huge crowds in early May after officials relaxed social distancing guidelines.

Another recent uptick in fresh infections was linked to nightclubs in Seoul’s Itaewon entertainment district has raised fears of another big outbreak: Since the first patient was associated with the nightclubs on May 6, the same day social distancing policy was officially eased, South Korea has confirmed over 250 related cases: It remains to be seen whether the recent spike in infections forces back a phased reopening of schools, which had been a major accomplishment in the nation’s anti-virus campaign. The Education Ministry on Wednesday said class openings were delayed at 561 schools nationwide because of virus concerns.

Social distancing guidelines may need to be reimposed

South Korea was reporting around 500 new cases per day in early March before managing to stabilise its outbreak with aggressive tracking and testing, which allowed officials to relax social distancing guidelines: KCDC director Jeong Eun-Kyeong said the country may need to reimpose social distancing restrictions, noting it’s becoming increasingly difficult for health workers to track transmissions amid increasing public activity: “We will do our best to trace contacts and implement preventive measures, but there’s a limit to such efforts,” she said. “There’s a need to maximize social distancing in areas where the virus is circulating, to force people to avoid public facilities and other crowded spaces.”

Seoul and nearby cities restored some of the controls in recent weeks by shutting thousands of bars, karaoke rooms, and other entertainment venues to slow the spread of the virus: The country also began requiring masks on public transit and airline flights this week. Taxi drivers are allowed to refuse passengers not wearing masks.

Still a model for success in defeating the virus?

Because of a new spike in cases, South Korea may be at risk of losing its reputation as a role model for handling the virus. It is often praised internationally for its early strategy of testing and thorough tracing of people with COVID-19: South Korean officials previously said the nation was approaching its economic and social limits.

Professor Hyukmin Lee, of the Yonsei University College of Medicine, says the government now has to think about whether it can tolerate small outbreaks and let the economy operate smoothly, or if it should restore strict social distancing rules: In light of the new developments, many countries and leaders are looking at South Korea to see how it will handle this new wave of cases. It is yet another reminder for many that this coronavirus is particularly hard to defeat and a warning sign not to rejoice too early about low case numbers.

#AceHealthDesk report …………..Published: May.28: 2020:

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(LONDON) Dominic Cummings Report: BBC Bosses replace Emily Maitlis for Newsnight Episode over her monologue in which she attacked the government’s handling of Dominic Cummings’ lockdown trip to Durham and she breached the impartiality rules with her opening remarks on Tuesday night #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.28: Katie Razzall stepped in after BBC reprimanded host over ‘breach of impartiality rules’ Emily Maitlis was replaced as host of Wednesday night’s episode of Newsnight by another member of the programme’s team after BBC bosses reprimanded her over a monologue in which she attacked the government’s handling of Dominic Cummings’ lockdown trip to Durham: News bosses at the corporation said the BBC2 programme’s lead presenter breached impartiality rules with her opening remarks on Tuesday night. She had been due to host the show on Wednesday night, but the Newsnight reporter Katie Razzall presented it instead: // The Guardian Continue reading…

BBC BACKLASH: Emily Maitlis blasted for ‘pure propaganda’ after staggering Cummings rant

EMILY MAITLIS and the BBC suffered a furious Twitter backlash following their attack on Dominic Cummings during the opening minutes of Newsnight.

By Svar Nanan-Sen

PUBLISHED: 11:50, Wed, May 27, 2020 | UPDATED: 18:42, Wed, May 27, 2020

Emily Maitlis slams ‘blind loyalty’ over Dominic Cummings row

The BBC Newsnight host slammed Dominic Cummings for “breaking the rules” following his trip to Durham while displaying coronavirus symptoms during the lockdown period: However, enraged viewers took to social media to share their concerns regarding the lack of impartial reporting on the subject displayed by the BBC.

Ms Maitlis said: “Dominic Cummings broke the rules, the country can see that, and it’s shocking the Government cannot:“The longer ministers and the Prime Minister tell us he worked with them, the more angry the response to this scandal is likely to be: “He was the man, remember, who always got the public mood, he tagged the lazy label of ‘elite’ on those who disagreed: “He should understand that public mood. One of fury, contempt, and anguish.

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Dominic Cummings is the Prime Minister’s senior adviser (Image: BBC)

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Emily Maitlis slammed Dominic Cummings on BBC’s Newsnight (Image: BBC)

“He made those who struggled to keep to the rules feel like fools, and has allowed many more to feel like they can flout them.”

She added: “The Prime Minister knows all this, and despite the resignation of one minister, growing unease from his backbenchers, a dramatic early warning from the polls, and a deep national disquiet, Boris Johnson has chosen to ignore it.”

One Twitter user wrote in response: “The BBC has reached a new low over the Cummings affair. The editorialising and left-wing bias is plain for all to see: “If they want to be partisan, the public simply should not be forced to pay for it.”

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: May.28: 2020:

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(LONDON) GOVUK REPORT: Joint statement by UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Australian Foreign Minister Mar ise Payne, Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne, and US Secretary of State Michael Pom peo responding to China’s proposed new security law for Hong Kong #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.28: Signatories to this statement reiterate our deep concern regarding Beijing’s decision to impose a national security law in Hong Kong:

Joint Statement from the UK, Australia, Canada, and United States on Hong Kong

Joint statement by UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne, and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo responding to China’s proposed new security law for Hong Kong.

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Hong Kong has flourished as a bastion of freedom: The international community has a significant and long-standing stake in Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability. Direct imposition of national security legislation on Hong Kong by the Beijing authorities, rather than through Hong Kong’s own institutions as provided for under Article 23 of the Basic Law, would curtail the Hong Kong people’s liberties, and in doing so, dramatically erode Hong Kong’s autonomy and the system that made it so prosperous.

China’s decision to impose the new national security law on Hong Kong lies in direct conflict with its international obligations under the principles of the legally-binding, UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration: The proposed law would undermine the One Country, Two Systems framework. It also raises the prospect of prosecution in Hong Kong for political crimes, and undermines existing commitments to protect the rights of Hong Kong people – including those set out in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: We are also extremely concerned that this action will exacerbate the existing deep divisions in Hong Kong society; the law does nothing to build mutual understanding and foster reconciliation within Hong Kong: Rebuilding trust across Hong Kong society by allowing the people of Hong Kong to enjoy the rights and freedoms they were promised can be the only way back from the tensions and unrest that the territory has seen over the last year.

The world’s focus on a global pandemic requires enhanced trust in governments and international cooperation: Beijing’s unprecedented move risks having the opposite effect.

As Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity are jeopardised by the new imposition, we call on the Government of China to work with the Hong Kong SAR Government and the people of Hong Kong to find a mutually acceptable accommodation that will honour China’s international obligations under the UN-filed Sino-British Joint Declaration.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: May.28: 2020:

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Downing Street Press Report: Matt Hancock Announces formal launch of ‘ NHS Tes t & Trace Programme ‘ saying its the ‘ Civic Duty’ of all citizens and it will start at 9am on Thursday with the first to be tested being found positive with #COVID19 and yesterday there were 2,013 people it will be voluntary at the start but can be made mandatory should it be required #AceHealthDes k reports

#AceHealthReport – May.28: Good afternoon and welcome back to Downing Street for the daily coronavirus briefing: I am joined by Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, and by Baroness Dido Harding, the Chair of NHS Improvement and of our Test and Trace programme: Today we formally launch the NHS Test and Trace service: This is an incredibly important milestone for the country that I know people will want to hear about:

#Coronavirus Report: Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus #COVID19 – 27 May 2020

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock gave the 27 May 2020 daily press briefing on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Department of Health and Social Care

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-nhs-test-and-trace-service

Before I do, I’d like to update you on the latest coronavirus data:

  • 3,798,490 tests have now been carried in the UK, including 117,013 tests yesterday
  • 267,240 people have tested positive, which is an increase of 2,013 cases yesterday
  • of those who tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 37,460 people have sadly died
  • and since yesterday, 412 deaths have been recorded

We mourn them and we will not forget them:

As I said yesterday, thanks to your effort and sacrifice we are past the peak. We’ve flattened the curve, we’ve protected the NHS.

And the big question that we’re all working to answer is this:

Until an effective treatment or vaccine comes through, how can we get back to doing more of the things that make life worth living without risking safety or putting lives at risk?

NHS Test and Trace is a big part – not the only part – but a big part of the answer to that question: NHS Test and Trace means we can start to replace the national lockdown with individual isolation for those who’ve been in contact with the virus and local action where it’s necessary to respond to a flare up: The concept is simple. First, through testing, we hunt down the virus, finding out who is infected right now: And I use ‘we’ very deliberately. Because we all have our part to play. This is a national effort and we all have a role. If you have symptoms, you must isolate immediately and get yourself a test…………Yesterday, 2,013 people tested positive……………..And the next step is that through contact tracing, like detectives, the NHS clinician from NHS Test and Trace and the person who’s tested positive work together to identify the possible movements of the virus, where it’s been and who else it might have infected……………………Then we isolate those contacts who might have been infected so the virus is unable to spread. And we break the chain of transmission……………..Think of it like this. The virus exists only to reproduce. That is its sole biological purpose: to make as many copies of itself as possible…………If we can thwart that purpose, we can control the virus and ultimately defeat it.

We must all follow the NHS Test and Trace instructions, because this is how we control the virus and protect the NHS and save lives: Some people have asked why now? Why not launch this programme earlier in the course of the pandemic? ………………The answer is because we needed to flatten the curve…………..Right at the start of this epidemic, we had a contact tracing system in place…………But, as the virus raged towards its peak, the number of infections grew so large that we needed a national lockdown…………….This was the only way to get it under control…………….Effectively, everyone in the country was contacted and told to stay at home.

Now we’ve got the number of new infections each day right down, the number of contacts of those who’ve tested positive is small enough that we can be in touch with everyone we need to: And, of course, testing capacity is critical to making this work.

We now have the capacity for 161,000 tests a day: And, because of that increased capacity, I can announce that we’re expanding eligibility yet further: From tomorrow, we are expanding eligibility for testing to include the under-5s so that now every single person who has symptoms of coronavirus can get a test, no matter their age:

And, what’s more, to make NHS Test and Trace as effective as possible, it is very important that everyone with symptoms must isolate immediately and go and get a test: Now, I want to thank and pay tribute to everyone involved in making this big project happen:

Dido Harding who has led the work, the technicians in the labs making mass-testing a reality, the contact tracers manning the phones, the healthcare staff providing expert advice and the companies who’ve helped us put it together at record scale and pace: And what really matters is this. To protect your friends and your family, testing and tracing must become a new way of life.

This is being launched today in England: Northern Ireland already has a system in place and my colleagues in the Scottish and Welsh governments are working to bring in a system as soon as they can. All 4 nations have been working together to make sure we have systems that are co-ordinated across the whole country.

And the instructions to people are clear:

  • If you get symptoms, isolate immediately and get a test
  • If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace instructing you to isolate, you must

It is your civic duty, so you avoid unknowingly spreading the virus and you help to break the chain of transmission: This will be voluntary at first, because we trust everyone to do the right thing. But we can quickly make it mandatory if that’s what it takes.

Because, if we don’t collectively make this work, then the only way forward is to keep the lockdown: Put better, the more people follow the instructions, the safer we will be and the faster we can safely lift the lockdown.

So, do it for the people you love: Do it for your community. Do it for the NHS and do it for all those front line workers, who’ve gone out every day and put themselves at risk to keep you and your family safe: And in return for following those instructions, you’ll have the knowledge that, when the call came, you did your bit at a time when it really mattered, when the whole country, who are desperate to see their families, were counting on you to do the right thing. You did your bit to bring us all closer together, and closer to that day when we will be reunited: This is a very distinct change on our approach and I just want to take a moment to recap the extent of the change: Today, we say ‘isolate’ to anyone with coronavirus symptoms and their households. This remains vital.

From 9am tomorrow, in addition, if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace advising you to isolate, then you must do that, whether you have symptoms or not: Now, I also know that for those without symptoms who receive that call, I fully acknowledge that this is a big ask and you are going to make a sacrifice: But this is for a purpose. And that purpose is the safety of everyone. Because we know you can have the virus and spread it to other people without ever having symptoms at all: And it’s not just the safety of all, but the liberty of all that is at stake here.

We are only in a position to re-open primary schools and outdoor markets – if they’re COVID-secure – this coming Monday because we’ve flattened the curve and now we have this system in place: In the coming weeks, we will gradually and very carefully move away from a lockdown that is national in scope, blanket in application and start moving towards a system that is much more targeted in scope and focuses local action on tackling local flare-ups: This will help us to restore some of the basic freedoms that matter so much to people, and doing some of the things that people are yearning to do, like seeing friends and family, booking a holiday or getting a haircut, all while controlling the virus and keeping people safe.

It is a brand new service on a scale never seen before: There will be bumps in the road and we will constantly improve it: And in the weeks ahead we will ramp up the service still further:And once the system’s bedded in we will roll out the NHS Contact Tracing App that is being piloted in the Isle of Wight: And, of course, NHS Test and Trace is only one part of the answer, it’s not the whole answer:

All of the action we’re taking to get R down and keep R down, it all requires us to keep doing the right thing: Testing and tracing will help us to hunt down this virus. It is one of the tools with which we can finish the job and we all need to play our part.

So please, stay alert, control the virus and save lives………

#AceHealthDesk report …………Published: May.28: 2020:

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BENIN, DRC.) JUST IN: Suspected Islamist militants have killed at least 40 people in northeastern Congo, a rights group said on Wednesday, the latest in a wave of attacks against civilians in the mountainous jungles near the Ugandan border #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.28: Fighters from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group, which was driven out of Uganda in the late 1990s, attacked Samboko village around 100 km (60 miles) southwest of the city of Bunia, early on Tuesday, said Omar Kavota from rights group CEPADHO: They killed at least 40 people with machetes and looted food and valuables, Kavota added, a day after killing at least 17 in the nearby village of Makutano:

Forty villagers killed in massacre by ‘ #IslamicState militant on Tuesday in northeast Congo according to ‘ Human Rights Group ‘ on Wednesday:

More than 400 people have been killed in attacks attributed to the ADF since the army began an offensive to oust the group from its bases last year, according to the Kivu Security Tracker (KST), a research initiative that maps unrest in the region: Following two months of relative quiet, the area has seen a rise in deadly attacks in the last three weeks, KST said.

Rachel Tarwayo, a government administrator, said she was aware of the Samboko incursion but could not provide any further details:

“On the ground some people have fled and others have given themselves the courage to stay for the moment,” said Gili Gotabo, a rights activist in the region: While the insurgents have pledged allegiance to Islamic State and the group has endorsed some attacks by the ADF, researchers say there is no evidence of close collaboration. Some 200,000 people have fled their homes in Ituri province, where the two villages are located, in the past two months due to an uptick of more widespread violence by a variety of armed groups that is hampering efforts to stamp out an Ebola epidemic:

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: May.28: 2020: Reuters: Reporting by Erikas Mwisi Kambale; additional reporting and writing by Hereward Holland; editing by John Stonestreet

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