(NEW DELHI, India.) #Coronavirus Frontline Report: Little Recognition and Less Pay: These female healthcare workers are the rural countries ‘ First Line of Defence Against #COVID19 but one workers story tells where a substantial number of new cases have been reported, many of these health care workers say the government is failing them: #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.28: Archana Ghugare’s ringtone, a Hindu devotional song, has been the background score of her life since March. By 7 a.m. on a mid-October day, the 41-year-old has already received two calls about suspected #COVID19 cases in Pavnar, her village in the Indian state of Maharashtra: As she gets ready and rushes out the door an hour later, she receives at least four more:

“My family jokes that not even Prime Minister Modi gets as many calls as I do,” she says.

Ghugare, and nearly a million other Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) assigned to rural villages and small towns across India, are on the front lines of the country’s fight against the coronavirus. Every day, Ghugare goes door to door in search of potential COVID-19 cases, working to get patients tested or to help them find treatment:

With 8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, India has the second-highest tally in the world after the United States and its health infrastructure struggled to cope with the surge in COVID-19 patients this summer: India spends only 1.3% of its GDP on public health care, among the lowest in the world. The situation is stark in rural areas where 66% of India’s 1.3 billion people live and where health facilities are scant and medical professionals can be hard to find:

India’s ASHA program is likely the world’s largest army of all-female community health workers. They are the foot soldiers of the country’s health system. Established in 2005, a key focus of the program was reducing maternal and infant deaths, so all recruits are women. They have also played an essential role in India’s efforts to eradicate polio and increase immunization, according to numerous studies:

How the Pandemic Is Reshaping India

But even as health authorities have leaned on ASHAs to quell the spread of COVID-19 in rural areas, where a substantial number of new cases have been reported, many of these health care workers say the government is failing them: Pay was meager to begin with, but some workers have reported not being paid for months: Their hours have increased dramatically, but pay rises, when they have come, have not reflected the increased demands. Many ASHAs have also complained about not being provided adequate protective equipment for their high-risk work: They are the unsung heroes who are fighting to contain the unfettered spread of the virus in rural areas,” says Dr. Smisha Agarwal, Research Director at the John Hopkins Global Health Initiative. She argues it is vital to improve pay to boost morale and sustain this frontline workforce:

Ghugare was chosen from her village of 7,000 people in 2011. Since then, she has overseen countless births, meticulously monitored the health of thousands of newborn babies and strictly ensured immunization through door-to-door awareness campaigns. The personal relationships she built over the years have helped in the fight against COVID-19, giving her a good grasp of the medical histories of most of the 1,500 people assigned to her. “It’s all in here,” she says pointing to her head:

Before the pandemic, she was expected to work two to three hours per day, for which she was paid about 2,000 rupees ($27) a month, with incentives for completing tasks in the community: Now, she’s spending 9 to 10 hours a day working to combat COVID-19. She had to cut back her other job working at a farm, and most of the bonuses have dried up as well. The Indian government has given her a 1,000-rupee ($13.50) COVID-19 stipend, but that doesn’t make up for the lost income:

Conditions like these are pushing many of these women to breaking point. Some 600,000 ASHAs went on strike in August to demand better pay and recognition as permanent government employees. (They are currently classified as volunteers, which renders them ineligible for minimum wages and other benefits.)

“The extra work we used to do earlier to ensure our stomachs weren’t empty has stopped now,” Ghugare says.

Indias Army of 600,000 Virus-Hunting Women Goes on Strike

 India’s Biggest Slum Successfully Contained COVID-19. But Can Its Residents Survive the Economic Collapse? ………………Heading out the door, she puts on a face mask and headscarf to protect herself while mentally running through the symptoms of one of the possible COVID-19 patients she had been phoned about earlier. Knowing that the individual suffers from diabetes, which makes people more vulnerable to coronavirus, Ghugare begins working out how to prioritize the case and arrange transportation to a center, about 40 minutes away, for urgent testing:

Some cases are particularly challenging. There are days when villagers refuse to talk to her. Worried about being forced to go to the hospital and missing work—a major hardship when people depend on daily wages for a hand-to-mouth existence—people often hide symptoms. Then there is also the menace of fake news, often spread on WhatsApp

Ghugare arrives at a house in the sweltering heat, where it takes her almost 20 minutes to persuade a man to get his wife tested for COVID-19. Because of a false rumor spread via messaging apps, he is convinced his wife’s kidneys will be removed if she goes to hospital. In the end, he relents. “Dealing with fake WhatsApp forwards is one of the most exhausting parts of the job,” Ghugare says: By around 1:30 p.m., she has already worked six hours. Before the pandemic, she would have wrapped up and headed to her second job. But now she still has a long list to get through to meet her daily target of visiting 50 houses.

Asha Health Workers Do Door To Door Survey To Identify Covid-19 Cases In Delhi

Demands like these have driven many ASHAs to protest. “We are warriors who were sent to war without any weapons,” says Sunita Rani, an ASHA from the northern state of Haryana. She has been protesting against the state government since July and says she won’t give up until their demands are met. “If we can fight a virus, we definitely know how to fight our governments.” The Indian government hasn’t yet responded to their demands for permanent government employment: Most health experts seem to agree that ASHAs are underpaid. But some say that making their roles full-time is more complicated. “The beauty of this role is the mix of incentives that tend to energize ASHAs to perform better,” says Dr. Jyoti Joshi, the director of South Asia at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policies, a public health research organization. She says retaining the incentives for completing tasks, while adding benefits like free family health checkups, might be one solution.

Pay varies by state, and salaries can range from 2,000 rupees ($27) to 10,000 rupees ($135) per month, according to a national union for ASHAs: Many workers also depend on receiving bonuses. For instance, Ghugare receives 100 rupees ($1.25) if she vaccinates a child against measles, mumps and rubella and 600 rupees ($8) for delivering a baby for a family living below the poverty line:

Some economists argue that making nearly a million female health care workers full-time employees, and paying them more, will not only benefit India’s health system but might also help revive the country’s battered economy, one of the worst hit by the pandemic: ” Employing and putting wages into the hands of so many people will definitely be beneficial to the rural economy, ” says Dipa Sinha, an economist at the Ambedkar University in New Delhi: It might also help recover India’s plummeting rate of female workplace participation, for which the country is among the bottom 10 in the world. Experts have attributed this to cultural attitudes and the slowdown in the agricultural sector, where most rural women work. Sinha says that this gender disparity plays into the issue of ASHAs not being recognized for their work. “Who volunteers for six to eight hours a day?” she says. “It’s because they are women that their work is undermined. You can’t do this to a cadre of men.”

Ghugare shares that sentiment although she didn’t take part in the protests: With her two children growing older, expenses are increasing. An increased salary with benefits would help her give her family a better life:

As she walks back home at dusk, she knows her day isn’t done yet. There is household work to get to before getting started with a report on the day’s survey. It will be midnight before she calls it a day. That is, if the phone doesn’t ring again:

“It feels like there is a sword over our heads,” she says. “A hanging sword.”

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(BERLIN, Germany.) #Coronavirus Report: Germans should limit their contacts to a point when they need to even “take turns” at celebrating Christmas with various relatives to avoid large gatherings, the nation’s nursing care commissioner believes #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.27: In an interview with Germany’s Bild newspaper, Andreas Westerfellhaus said “unusual times require unusual solutions.” Calling on his fellow citizens to embrace a saying “the more the merrier” in an entirely different way, Westerfellhaus suggested Germans celebrate Christmas “twice” or even more times this year to meet with various relatives “in shifts.”

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FILE PHOTO: Christmas Market in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The official added there was also nothing wrong with giving presents on December 28 or even later, while an ideal solution to celebrating Christmas during the Covid-19 pandemic would be to just “connect with relatives via Skype” or any other means of communication.

Westerfellhaus, 64, who lives with his 94-year-old mother, is determined to follow his own advice: he told Bild he had already canceled all family celebrations for the festive season.

Coronavirus has shown me that coming together in a small group can be very nice.

The official, who is responsible for “representing the interests of those in need of care”, also said that visits to Germany’s care homes could also be restricted for the holiday season. What’s more, he added, it’s hard to say at the moment whether such visits would be possible at all.

Westerfellhaus’s statements come as Germany reports over 11,400 new daily Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Last Thursday, when more than 11,200 new infections were registered in a single day for the first time, RKI said the situation was “very serious” and warned it could spiral out of control.

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Social distancing floor signs are seen at the main train station Hauptbahnhof, as the spread of the coronavirus disease continues, in Berlin, Germany, October 16, 2020. © Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch

On Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is expected to hold a meeting with the German states’ governments to discuss further measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic: According to some media reports, the new measures could involve a tougher approach to the hospitality sector including the closure of restaurants and a ban on major events: Schools and daycare centers could also be shuttered in the regions with the highest infection rates:

The surge in new infections over the past weeks has prompted authorities in various German states to severely limit the number of people from various households that are allowed to meet: In Hamburg, up to 25 people can come together in a private setting while most other German states set the maximum number of people that can meet either indoors or publicly at 10 – all in the name of social distancing to curb the spread of Covid-19:

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) #Coronavirus Report: Southern counties are reopening their economies at a slower pace than other parts of the state, and officials blame celebrations #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.27: California has avoided the substantial spike in coronavirus cases seen across the country this fall, but some of the state’s most populated counties — Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino — remain in the most restrictive reopening tier:

That means indoor dining rooms are shut, as are indoor operations of gyms and houses of worship: San Diego County, now in the red tier, is teetering on backsliding into the most restrictive category:

Public health officials have identified gatherings as a significant source of virus transmission in Southern California, where young adults are driving the spread of the highly contagious disease.……..

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(VENEZUALA) #Coronavirus Report Maduro says scientists have developed ‘ a highly effective anti-viral ‘ that ‘cancels 100% of #Covid19’ with no side-effects that is still waiting for certification by #WHO he said #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.26: I want to say that Venezuela has developed a medicine that annihilates 100 percent of the coronavirus,” Maduro said on Sunday, describing it as a “highly effective antiviral.” ………….The remedy has been designed by The Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC), which had been working on a cure to the deadly virus for the past six months, the president noted: The medicine is based on a molecule called TR-10, which was isolated and, when pitted against the virus, proved its absolute effectiveness, he claimed……………..Maduro said that the study has already been reviewed by experts and scientists, and will be presented to the World Health Organization (WHO) so that it can ratify its findings:

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As he touted a potential breakthrough in the Covid-19 therapy, Maduro said that Venezuela looks forward “to offering this treatment to the world”, congratulating the IVIC with “this great contribution to humanity.” The mass production of the drug will be facilitated through “international alliances,” he said, without elaborating: The newly-developed drug is completely safe to use by humans, the institute claimed, insisting it “does not affect healthy molecules in the body” and is free from any side effects. 

The studies were conducted on the virus cells isolated from Venezuela’s coronavirus patients, Gabriela Jiménez, Venezuela’s Minister of Science and Technology, said, shedding more light on the potential game-changer in the battle against the Covid-19: The molecule is an ursolic acid derivative, which “has shown 100 percent inhibition of virus replication in vitro [outside of a living organism],” she said, as cited by the EFE News Agency.

Earlier this month, Venezuela became the first Latin American nation to receive the batch of Russian Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine. Some 2,000 people are expected to be immunized with the vaccine in Venezuela as part of the phase III trial: The jab was registered in Russia in August, making the inoculation the world’s first registered vaccine:

#AceHealthDesk report ……………….Published: Oct.26: 2020:

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(WASHINGTON.D.C.) #Coronavirus Report: U.S. Department of Labor Takes action last week to ‘ Help American Workers and Employers During the #COVID19 #Pandemic ‘ #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.26: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers and Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic:

Reopening America’s Economy: Statement by Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employment and Training Administration John Pallasch on Weekly Unemployment Claims – Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employment and Training Administration John Pallasch issued the following statement regarding Weekly Unemployment Claims: “As Americans continue to return to work, today’s report showed a huge decrease of one million individuals coming off of unemployment insurance rolls: The four week average initial weekly claim numbers, which takes out much of the volatility of weekly claims, hit the lowest point since the start of the pandemic.”

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Keeping America’s Workplaces Safe and Healthy:

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Announces $1,603,544 In Coronavirus Violations – OSHA has cited 112 establishments for violations relating to coronavirus, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $1,603,544. 

Keeping workplaces safe during COVID-19 – Read OSHA’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt’s op-ed about keeping America’s workers safe.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Frequently Asked Question and Answer Confirming N95 Respirators Protect Against the Coronavirus – OSHA has published a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on how N95 respirators effectively protect wearers from coronavirus exposure.

Defending Workers’ Rights to Paid Leave and Wages Earned:

Leavenworth County, Kansas to Pay Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Leave for Coronavirus-Related School Closure – Leavenworth County, Kansas has agreed to pay an employee $4,998 in back wages after the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) determined the employer wrongly denied the employee’s request for paid leave to care for their child whose school closed amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Wage and Hour Division found the employer also wrongly terminated the employee for allegedly misrepresenting their spouse’s ability to care for the child during the school closure.

Wichita, Kansas, Best Western Pays 13 Employees Back Wages After Wrongly Denying Paid Sick Leave for Required Coronavirus Quarantine – After an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division, a hotel based in Wichita, Kansas has paid $5,693 in back wages for wrongly denying paid sick leave to 13 employees required to quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Montana Company Pays Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Sick Leave After Doctor Ordered Coronavirus-Related Quarantine – The operator of a Plentywood, Montana, facility for people with disabilities has paid $1,600 in back wages to an employee after the employer wrongly denied emergency paid sick leave despite the employee being advised by her healthcare provider to quarantine due to concerns related to the coronavirus, a violation of provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Labor is focused on protecting the safety and health of American workers, assisting our state partners as they deliver traditional unemployment and expanded unemployment benefits, ensuring Americans know their rights to new paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave, providing guidance and assistance to employers, and carrying out the mission of the Department.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

#AceNewsDesk report ………………….Published at October 25, 2020 at 01:00AM

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Report: One of the world’s leading #COVID19 experimental vaccines prod uces a immune response in both young and old adults, raising hopes of a path out of the gloom and economic d estruction wrought by the novel coronavirus #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.26: Vaccine hopes rise as Oxford jab prompts immune response among old as well as young adults: The vaccine, developed by the University of Oxford, also triggers lower adverse responses among the elderly, British drug maker AstraZeneca Plc, which is helping manufacture the vaccine, said on Monday:

#Coronavirus Report: Oxford University #COVID19 Vaccine hopes rise as jab prompts an immune response in both ‘ young & old adults ‘ Astra Zeneca said Monday

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A vaccine that works is seen as a game-changer in the battle against the novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 1.15 million people, shuttered swathes of the global economy and turned normal life upside down for billions of people:
“It is encouraging to see immunogenicity responses were similar between older and younger adults and that reactogenicity was lower in older adults, where the COVID-19 disease severity is higher,” an AstraZeneca spokesman said: “The results further build the body of evidence for the safety and immunogenicity of AZD1222,” the spokesman said, referring to the technical name of the vaccine.The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is expected to be one of the first from big pharma to secure regulatory approval, along with Pfizer and BioNTech’s candidate, as the world tries to plot a path out of the COVID-19 pandemic:

The news that older people get an immune response from the vaccine is positive because the immune system weakens with age and older people are those most at risk of dying from the virus: If it works, a vaccine would allow the world to return to some measure of normality after the tumult of the pandemic.

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said a vaccine was not yet ready but he was preparing logistics for a possible roll out mostly in the first half of 2021: Asked if some people could receive a vaccine this year he told the BBC: “I don’t rule that out but that is not my central expectation.”“The programme is progressing well, (but) we’re not there yet,” Hancock said:

Work began on the Oxford vaccine in January. Called AZD1222 or ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, the viral vector vaccine is made from a weakened version of a common cold virus that causes infections in chimpanzees: The chimpanzee cold virus has been genetically changed to include the genetic sequence of the so-called spike protein which the coronavirus uses to gain entry to human cells: The hope is that the human body will then attack the novel coronavirus if it sees it again: Immunogenicity blood tests carried out on a subset of older participants echo data released in July which showed the vaccine generated “robust immune responses” in a group of healthy adults aged between 18 and 55, the Financial Times reported earlier: Details of the finding are expected to be published shortly in a clinical journal, the FT said. It did not name the publication:

People aware of the results from so-called immunogenicity blood tests carried out on a subset of older participants say the findings echo data released in July that showed the vaccine generated “robust immune responses” in a group of healthy adults aged between 18 and 55: AstraZeneca has signed several supply and manufacturing deals with companies and governments around the world as it gets closer to reporting early results of a late-stage clinical trial: It resumed the U.S. trial of the experimental vaccine after approval by U.S. regulators, the company said on Friday:

Staff at a London hospital trust have been told to be ready to receive the first batches of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, The Sun newspaper reported on Monday:

#AceHealthDesk report ………………Published: Oct.26: 2020:

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(MELBOURNE, Australia.) #Coronavirus Report: Contrary to promises, which lives under some of the toughest and longest #COVID19 restrictions, they will not get a reprieve on Monday according to Victoria state head has just announced, leaving critics fuming #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.25: Metropolitan Melbourne was supposed to see some of its lockdown restrictions lifted starting next week. The Australian city has seen its rolling two-week average Covid-19 infections drop below five, prompting the government to indicate that the situation was good enough to ease some restrictions. But despite the high hopes, Premier Daniel Andrews said during his Covid-19 update on Sunday that it would not happen: RT.Com/

Andrews announced that a “cautious pause” was necessary for a couple more days to process over 1,000 Covid-19 tests from an outbreak in northern Melbourne and that a rollback should not be expected until Tuesday at the earliest:

“Put simply: this is a couple of extra days that might put us weeks ahead of this virus. To not only get on top of this outbreak – but to stamp it out,” the premier said. He added it was not “a step back” and that it was necessary not to let “everything Victorians have sacrificed, everything we’ve given up, simply slip away.”

The delay was criticized by opposition politicians, business owners unhappy about the economic toll that the lockdown takes, and Victorians, who were looking forward to hearing good news from Andrews: Michael O’Brien, the leader of the opposition in Victoria, accused the premier of moving the goalposts once again and called his decision “appalling”. The state’s prime business association, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the premier has dealt a “shattering blow” to the economy and that the situation resembled living in a time loop, “like Groundhog Day”.

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Former Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said the postponement, which was announced after a spectacular reduction in new Covid-19 infections, demonstrated a “paralysis in decision-making” on the part of the Andrews government.

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While Melbourne will have to wait further, regional Victoria will see some easing of restrictions starting next week, Andrews also announced. Starting Wednesday, the state will see the reopening of gyms, indoor pools and food courts, provided they serve no more than 20 customers at a time.

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(MOSCOW) #Coronavirus Report – Russia has registered 16,710 #COVID19 cases in the past 24 hours, up from yesterday’s 16,521, taking the cumulative total to 1,513,877 the country’s coronavirus response center said on Sunday #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.25: In the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 16,710 COVID-19 cases in 84 regions, of which 4,456 (26.7 percent) were detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms,” the response center said, adding that the case count has reached 1,513,877: The largest increase was identified in Moscow, where 4,455 new positive tests were registered (up from 4,453 yesterday). A total of 709 new cases were recorded in St. Petersburg (down from 713 yesterday) and 491 cases were confirmed in the Moscow Region (up from 480 yesterday)…

As many as 229 coronavirus patients died in the past 24 hours, down from 296 yesterday, raising the country’s death toll to 26,050: A total of 7,704 coronavirus patients were confirmed to have recovered over the past day, down from 11,567 yesterday, bringing the total to 1,138,522:

#AceHealthDesk report ……………Published: Oct.25: 2020:

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(ROME, Italy.) #Coronavirus Report: Health Ministry has registered over 15,000 cases on Wednesday in a new daily record in the highest tally since start of the #COVID19 #pandemic from a previous total of nearly 12,000 on Sunday #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.22: Tuesday saw 10,874 new cases of the highly contagious #coronavirus the health ministry reported 127-deaths on Wednesday, up from 89 the day before but still far fewer than at the height of the #pandemic in March and April, when a daily peak of more than 900 fatalities was reached:

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After declining over the summer, infections have steadily accelerated in the last few months: They are now far more widely distributed around the country than during Italy’s first wave, but the hardest hit region is once again Lombardy, around the financial capital Milan: On Wednesday, Lombardy accounted for 4,125 of the country’s new cases, with Milan alone recording more than 1,000 infections over the last 24 hours:

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(BEIJING, China.) #Coronavirus Report: Citizens lineup for experimental #COVID19 vaccine that are costed at 2,000 rmb ($300) for two injections at a private hospital but many are worried about side-effects but is worried about catching the virus overseas on citizen told Time #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.22: Li Shurui didn’t hesitate. Faced with putting his life on hold indefinitely or the risk of catching COVID-19 by returning to university in the U.K., the 22-year-old business student decided to roll up his sleeve and receive an experimental coronavirus vaccine.

Two injections made by Beijing Kexing Biological cost 2,000 rmb ($300) at the private Taihe Hospital in the Chinese capital: The treatment still hasn’t passed final (Stage 3) clinical trials but is already being offered to the public on a first come, first served basis. Anyone can turn up, pay their money and get the jab. Li says hundreds were queuing to get immunized at the same time as him: ” I’m a little worried about side effects but more worried catching the virus overseas,” Li tells TIME. “But I haven’t had any problems from the jabs so far.”

We Will Share Our Vaccine with the World.’ Inside the Chinese Biotech Firm Leading the Fight Against COVID-19

It’s not just the Kexing vaccine on offer in China: An unofficial vaccine rollout is gathering pace despite the warnings of international public health experts. In September, state-owned SinoPharm revealed that hundreds of thousands of Chinese had already taken its experimental COVID-19 vaccines as part of a state initiative to protect frontline health workers and officials traveling to high-risk nations. In the eastern manufacturing hub of Yiwu this week, hundreds of people queued for a $60 dose of the CoronaVac vaccine made by private firm SinoVac.

“ This is insane,” Adam Kamradt-Scott, associate professor specializing in global health security at the University of Sydney, says of China’s gung-ho vaccine rollout. “It is just unsound public health practice. We have previous examples of where vaccines that have not gone through sufficient clinical trials have demonstrated adverse reactions with long-term health consequences.”

As the coronavirus pandemic approaches its 11th month, with over 40 million cases and 1.1 million deaths globally, longing for a miracle cure becomes more desperate. But the consequences of a vaccine misstep could also be dire. In 1976, a rushed campaign to immunize millions of Americans against swine flu subsequently resulted in a small proportion developing chronic fatigue syndrome and helped spark the modern anti-vaxxer movement. Handing out a pre-approval vaccine without sufficient monitoring of efficacy and health of participants risks stoking public misinformation.

What’s more, since COVID-19 cases are so low in China, Stage 3 trials—when the vaccine is given thousands to see how many become infected, compared with volunteers who received a placebo—can only be conducted overseas: There have also not been any “challenge” trials where scientists deliberately expose vaccinated volunteers to the virus to test immunity. (Although controversial, such trials are about to go ahead in the U.K.) ………..The difference in China, however, is that the virus has been largely contained domestically. The country reported only 14 cases on Wednesday, all imported. “It seems there is no need to get a vaccine in China,” says the student Li. “After all, the pandemic has little impact on life in China now; even masks are not mandatory here anymore.”

So why is China so aggressively rolling out vaccines? For the Beijing government, the fight against the pandemic has become a PR battle to drown out international criticism about its early mishandling, coverup and silencing of whistleblowers. Instead, China wants to rebrand itself as a source of vital PPE and, ultimately, a solution the crisis. China’s National Health Authority projected China’s COVID-19 vaccine production capacity will reach 610 million doses annually by the end of 2020. SinoPharm’s boss says his firm alone may be able to produce more than 1 billion doses next year: Inside the Unprecedented Scramble to Immunize the World Against COVID-19

Sinovac has promised to supply 40 million CoronaVac doses to Indonesia by March 2021. São Paulo Governor João Doria said the federal government had also agreed to buy 46 million doses of CoronaVac, one of at least five vaccines undergoing stage 3 trials in the country, which has the world’s third highest infection tally: ” The first results of the clinical study conducted in Brazil prove that among all the vaccines tested in the country, CoronaVac is the safest, the one with the best and most promising rates,” Doria told reporters Monday: My gut reaction is that this is China’s attempt to claim international prestige by being first to rollout a widespread vaccination program,” says Kamradt-Scott, the Australian global health expert. “Unfortunately, I just see politics at play here rather than public health.”

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(SEOUL, S.K.) #Coronavirus Report: Korean Medical association urges govt to suspend flu shot program for millions of people after 13 people die after receiving jab #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.22: The Korean Medical Association has called on the country’s government to halt its plan to inoculate millions of citizens after more than a dozen people died after receiving flu shots: The vaccine initiative, billed as a strategy to potentially offset complications from Covid-19, aims to provide free flu jabs to 19 million people. But the ambitious undertaking has come under fire after 13 people died, including a 17-year-old boy and a man in his 70s, after participating in the program: The vaccination drive was suspended for three weeks after it was revealed that around five million doses, which require refrigeration, had been stored at room temperature while being transpired to a medical facility: The program resumed on October 13: None of the people who died received the recalled doses: During a press conference on Thursday, Choi Dae-zip, president of the Korean Medical Association, requested that the flu shot campaign be put on hold until safety concerns about the vaccine could be properly addressed:

Korean health authorities claim that they have found no direct links between the reported deaths and the flu shot:

“The number of deaths has increased, but our team sees low possibility that the deaths resulted from the shots,” Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, said while addressing parliament. Health Minister Park Neung-hoo acknowledged that people were “concerned” about the vaccine but said that the program would continue. 

A preliminary investigation into six of the deaths found no direct link to the jab they received: Since the program was resumed, 8.3 million Koreans have received flu shots, with about 350 negative reactions to the jab reported, according to health officials.  

Vaccine safety has become a hot button issue as governments and pharmaceutical companies rush to develop an effective coronavirus jab. Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency said on Wednesday that a volunteer who was participating in the Oxford University trials of the AstraZeneca vaccine had died of complications from Covid-19. However, the individual may have been part of a control group taking a placebo

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FILE PHOTO: Medical syringe is seen with AstraZeneca company logo displayed on a screen in the background in this illustration photo taken in Poland on June 16, 2020.

AceHealthDesk report ………………….Published: Oct.22: 2020:

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(USA) #Coronavirus Report: Surging number of #COVID19 cases seen in hospitals across America as hospitals are starting to feel the strain from records numbers in a number of states: As the number of cases worldwide reach over 40-million and sadly over 1.1-million deaths #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.21: Hospitals across the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff:

1./ New highs in cases have been reported in states big and small — from Idaho to Ohio — in recent days.

2./ In Kentucky, the governor called the number of daily confirmed cases “grim,” forcing another round of preparations to expand hospital capacity:

  • Global Confirmed

    40,997,453

  • Global Deaths

    1,127,637

  • U.S. Confirmed

    8,294,695

  • U.S. Deaths

    221,460

“We are now going back to our plans about capacity in hospitals, looking — if we have to — at hotel options and the use of state parks,” Gov. Andy Beshear said during a recent briefing. “Ensuring that we have the operational plans to stand up the field hospital, if necessary.”…………………..Hotels or state parks could potentially be used to house people who need to quarantine or isolate. The governor reported 776 people hospitalized, including 202 in intensive care and 96 on ventilators. There were 1,312 new COVID-19 cases statewide Tuesday — the fourth-highest one-day total since the pandemic began:

At the other end of the country, Idaho reported its largest coronavirus spike, with new cases increasing by some 47% over the past two weeks: Idaho is currently sixth in the nation for new cases per capita, with a positivity rate of just over 15% — one of the country’s highest:

Still, Gov. Brad Little has resisted calls for a statewide mask mandate or ramped up restrictions, saying it’s up to individuals to take the necessary steps — wearing masks, social distancing and practicing good hygiene — to stem the surge

“As a health system, we’re all very concerned,” said Dr. Bart Hill, the vice president and chief quality officer of St. Luke’s Health System, the state’s largest. “It’s indicative of anticipating we’re going to see more hospitalizations affecting an older population in the next two, three, four weeks.”…………..Still, Hill said health care providers knew the pandemic would ebb and flow over time, and the temporary statewide shutdown Little ordered back in March gave medical facilities time to prepare for the current spikes. St. Luke’s Health System still has adequate capacity for now, he said: Nevertheless, “the direction we’re heading is one that looks real problematic,” he said.

Since the virus was first detected earlier this year, more than 40 million people around the globe have been infected and more than 1.1 million people have died. In the United States, there have been more than 8 million confirmed cases and more than 220,000 deaths. The seven-day rolling average for daily new cases has reached nearly 60,000 — the highest since July:

In some cases, spikes are happening as schools reopen and as Americans grow weary of wearing masks and practicing social distancing:

Coronavirus cases are rising so fast in North Dakota that it’s taking officials up to three days to notify people after they test positive, and as a result the state has also fallen way behind on tracing their close contacts who might have been exposed: Republican Gov. Doug Burgum and the North Dakota Department of Health announced late Tuesday that they’re shifting 50 National Guard members who had been working in contact tracing to simply notifying people who test positive. And public health officials will no longer notify close contacts of people who tested positive; instead those individuals will be instructed to self-notify their close contacts and direct them to the department’s website: North Dakota, with its loose regulations, still has the country’s worst per-capita spread rate, with 1,224 new cases per day per 100,000 residents, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The state’s worsening numbers have prompted sharp questions over how Burgum has handled the virus. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney has called for a mask mandate statewide.

In Oklahoma, Gov. Kevin Stitt and state health officials launched a new plan to handle a surge in the number of people hospitalized due to the coronavirus: The plan, announced as hospitalizations in the state reached a record one-day high of 821, includes transferring virus patients from facilities in regions where hospitalizations are high to those with more bed capacity:

Meanwhile, Wyoming health officials have reported the number of people hospitalized with the virus has increased to 73, the highest since the pandemic started in March: Health officials say the increase mirrors an increase of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reported across the state since late September. October has been a record-setting month for cases:

Hospitalizations in Ohio have also hit a new high, with 1,154 people hospitalized and 158 on ventilators — the highest number since July: Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday he was caught off-guard by the spike in cases and pleaded again for Ohioans to wear masks and keep themselves socially distanced.

And in Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh said public schools will switch to all-remote learning because of a rising number of cases: The city’s seven-day average positive test rate is currently 5.7%, an increase from 4.5% last week. Walsh said students will remain in remote learning until there are two full weeks of falling infection rates:

#AceHealthDesk report ……………..Published: Oct.21: 2020:

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(LA PAZ, Argentina.) #Coronavirus Report: The number of confirmed #COVID19 cases in the country has surpassed one million, the country’s Health Ministry said in a statement @Sputnik: 20 October 2020 00:53: #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.20: Today, 12,982 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed, taking them into account, the total number of registered cases amounts to 1,002,662, of which 803,965 are recovered patients,” the Monday statement says:

In the past 24 hours, Argentina confirmed 451 new deaths from COVID-19. The country’s total coronavirus death toll stands at 26,716, according to the health ministry: Argentina is now fifth in terms of the total number of confirmed cases. The US, India, Brazil and Russia are the other four countries that have already surpassed the 1 million COVID-19 cases mark: Last week, Argentina prolonged coronavirus restrictions for a further two weeks, until October 25.

#AceHealthDesk report …………Published: Oct.20: 2020:

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(WORLDWIDE) #Coronavirus Report: Confirmed number of #COVID19 cases pass 40 million with U.S: 8.1, India.7.5, Brazil.5.2 million with highest cases and Britain, France, Russia & Spain accounting for about half and #WHO say an estimated 780-million have been infected since #pandemic began #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.19: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the planet has surpassed 40 million, but experts say that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true impact of the pandemic that has upended life and work around the world:

  • Global Confirmed

    40,076,184

  • Global Deaths

    1,113,962

  • U.S. Confirmed

    8,155,592

  • U.S. Deaths

    219,676

The milestone was hit Monday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University, which collates reports from around the world: Global MapU.S. Map

The actual worldwide tally of COVID-19 cases is likely to be far higher, as testing has been variable, many people have had no symptoms and some governments have concealed the true number of cases. To date, more than 1.1 million confirmed virus deaths have been reported, although experts also believe that number is an undercount.

The U.S., India and Brazil are reporting by far the highest numbers of cases — 8.1 million, 7.5 million and 5.2 million respectively — although the global increase in recent weeks has been driven by a surge in Europe, which has seen over 240,000 confirmed virus deaths in the pandemic so far:

Last week, the World Health Organization said Europe had a reported a record weekly high of nearly 700,000 cases and said the region was responsible for about a third of cases globally. Britain, France, Russia and Spain account for about half of all new cases in the region, and countries like Belgium and the Czech Republic are facing more intense outbreaks now than they did in the spring: WHO said the new measures being taken across Europe are “absolutely essential” in stopping COVID-19 from overwhelming its hospitals. Those include new requirements on mask-wearing in Italy and Switzerland, closing schools in Northern Ireland and the Czech Republic, closing restaurants and bars in Belgium, implementing a 9 p.m. curfew in France and having targeted limited lockdowns in parts of the U.K: The agency said several European cities could soon see their intensive care units overwhelmed and warned that governments and citizens should take all necessary measures to slow the spread of the virus, including bolstering testing and contact tracing, wearing face masks and following social distancing measures: WHO has previously estimated about 1 in 10 of the world’s population — about 780 million people — have been infected with COVID-19, more than 20 times the official number of cases. That suggests the vast majority of the world’s population is still susceptible to the virus:

Some researchers have argued that allowing COVID-19 to spread in populations that are not obviously vulnerable will help build up herd immunity and is a more realistic way to stop the pandemic instead of the restrictive lockdowns that have proved economically devastating: But WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned against the belief that herd immunity might be a viable strategy to pursue, saying this kind of protection needs to be achieved by vaccination, not by deliberately exposing people to a potentially fatal disease: Allowing a dangerous virus that we don’t fully understand to run free is simply unethical,” Tedros said last week.

The U.N. health agency said it hopes there might be enough data to determine if any of the COVID-19 vaccines now being tested are effective by the end of the year: But it warned that first-generation vaccines are unlikely to provide complete protection and that it could take at least two years to bring the pandemic under control:

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#AceHealthDesk report ……………..Published: Oct.19: 2020:

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(GENEVA) #Coronavirus Report: Wearing face masks will become obligatory in all public places across Switzerland starting October 19, President Simonetta Sommaruga said on Sunday, adding that spontaneous public gatherings of over 15 people will be also banned #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.18: Switzerland Introduces Mandatory Masks Wearing in All Public Places From Oct 19- President: The measures are introduced because the epidemiological situation in the country continues to deteriorate: According to Alain Berset, the head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs, the number of new cases is doubling every week: Sputnik.Com/

#Coronavirus Report: Swiss President Simonetta Introduces Mandatory Mask-Wearing in all Public Places Together with Public Gahterings of over 15-People ……..but organised events must not exceed 100 ?

” From now on, wearing a mask is mandatory in all closed public places throughout the country, including at railway stations and airports: We have unified the rules for holding private events and limited the number of participants at spontaneous gatherings in public places [to 15],” Sommaruga said at a briefing following a government meeting:

People are allowed to hold organized events if all security measures are taken: In this case, the number of participants should not exceed 100 ‘

The authorities also recommended citizens to refrain from holding family and social gatherings if the number of participants exceeds 15: Switzerland has confirmed so far a total of 74,422 cases of the coronavirus infection, including 1,823 fatalities. Since the outbreak, more than 1.5 million people have tested for COVID-19.

#AceHealthDesk report …………….Published: Oct.18: 2020:

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(CAMPANIA, Italy.) JUST IN: Furious Italian governor imposes CURFEW at 22:00hrs on Halloween placing blame firmly on partygoers for spread of #Covid19 due to lack of ‘ social distancing ‘ #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.18: The governor of the south-western Campania region didn’t mince his words as he lashed out at those defying social distancing rules to enjoy nightlife, and vowed to stop Halloween celebrations he called “American stupidity.”

Vincenzo de Luca said he plans to “close everything at 22:00” and impose a curfew from the last day of October – supposedly to prevent “uncivilized” Italians from throwing Halloween parties right in the middle of the Covid-19 epidemic: And the official did not hide the fact he thinks nothing of the occasion itself. “Halloween weekend is … immense idiocy, immense American stupidity that has been imported to our country,” De Luca, 71, raged, in a video address he published on an official Facebook page, declaring his animosity about what he called “a monument to imbecility.”

Making clear his disgust that preparations for the celebrations had begun as early as October 10, the governor vowed to impose a curfew on October 31 and limit Campanians’ movements after midnight for several days after that as well. He also said he plans to coordinate these “strict controls and sanctions” with the interior ministry and the police:

De Luca’s angry outburst appears to have been caused by how tired he’d evidently become of calling on his fellow citizens to stop defiantly violating social distancing rules: ” We have some irresponsible people who still do not understand the most elementary things,” he said, referring to the need to wear masks and sanitize one’s hands. He added that anyone breaking such rules should be considered an offender under the law.

And it seems Halloween was not the only occasion that had provoked the governor’s fury: In his latest video statement, De Luca announced that he had banned all religious ceremonies, including weddings, communions, confirmations, and funerals involving processions:

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A healthcare worker holds swab samples at a coronavirus test centre at Rome's San Giovanni hospital. © Reuters / Guglielmo Mangiapane

Feelings in Campania, the region in which the city of Naples is located, are certainly running high. More than 1,200 residents contracted the novel coronavirus in just one 24-hour period at the end of last week, De Luca announced on Friday, adding that the time for “tolerance” had passed:

The drastic measures the governor has taken to stem the spread of the disease have often met with resistance by the public: His previous decision to close all schools, kindergartens, and nurseries until at least October 30 sparked protests from parents and school bus drivers alike. The uproar eventually forced De Luca to reopen kindergartens and nurseries on Friday:

#AceHealthDesk report ……………..Published: Oct.18: 2020:

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(TEHRAN, Iran. #Coronavirus Report: Health Officials said on Saturday that #COVID19 death toll passes 30,000 in Mideast region’s worst outbreak as other parts of the Middle East are showing signs of rising cases #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.18: The announcement by Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari saw Iran put its total death toll from the outbreak at 30,123 killed, with 253 new deaths being added to the official count: Lari added that there are 4,721 virus patients that are in critical condition:

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Iran has been struggling with the coronavirus since announcing its first cases in February, with more than 526,000 confirmed cases to date: In recent weeks, Iran has seen daily death tolls spike to their highest-ever levels, sparking increasing concern even as government officials continue to resist a total lockdown for fear of cratering the economy, which has been hard-hit by U.S. sanctions.

On Wednesday, Iranian officials announced a travel ban to and from five major cities, including the capital of Tehran and the holy city of Mashhad, that they said aimed to contain the virus’ spread:

The coronavirus has also spread to some of the highest levels of Iran’s government, which includes many older men. Among those recently infected is the head of the country’s atomic energy organization, while Iran’s vice president in charge of budget and planning tested positive on Sunday:

‘ After downplaying the outbreak in its first weeks, Iranian officials have more recently begun to admit the scope of the epidemic within the country

Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi, who had tested positive for the virus in March after playing down its threat and refuting reports of mass deaths, told state TV on Wednesday that the country’s true death toll is about double the reported figures: According to officials, there are also large numbers of patients in hospitals being treated as COVID-19 cases but who have not been tested, whose tests came out as false negatives or whose symptoms are not the same as those listed by the World Health Organization and who are therefore not counted in the official case numbers.

As Iran approaches winter, the seasonal influenza could be an added and serious issue for the country, as it has had purchasing the flu vaccine amid new American sanctions on Iranian banks: Iran’s Red Crescent Society said in a tweet on Tuesday that they were in charge of importing two million flu vaccine doses into the country, but that new U.S. sanctions prevented the import.

Meanwhile on Saturday, the United Arab Emirates has announced its highest single-day total of new cases of the coronavirus amid a spike in the Gulf nation that is home to Abu Dhabi and Dubai: The country’s Health Ministry said tests found 1,538 new cases of the virus, pushing the overall number of cases to 114,387………The ministry said another four people died from the virus, pushing the overall death toll to 459. Overall recoveries are at 106,354: Recorded infections have soared again in recent weeks, as authorities have relaxed restrictions and resumed schools for in-person instruction. Dubai has reopened its airport for international travelers and embarked on an active campaign promoting itself as a tourism destination amid the pandemic; The UAE is engaged in an aggressive testing campaign, with over 11 million tests conducted in a country home to over 9 million people.

#AceHealthDesk report …………….Published: Oct.18: 2020:

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(WORLDWIDE) #Coronavirus Report: Global cases rise to nearly 40-million with sadly over 1-million deaths: U.S. Cases reach over 8-million with sadly over 200,000 deaths as of 16/10/2020 according to Johns Hopkins University #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.17: Europe surpassed 150,000 daily coronavirus cases on Friday just a week after reporting 100,000 cases for the first time, according to Reuters tally, with countries such as France, Germany reporting record daily numbers of infections this week: Much of Europe has tightened curbs including measures such as shutting or ordering early closing of bars, but now the surging infection rates are also testing governments’ resolve to keep schools and non-COVID medical care going: Globally, cases rose by more than 400,000 for the first time late on Friday, a record one-day increase:
As a region, Europe is reporting more daily cases than India, Brazil and the United States combined. The increase is partly explained by far more testing than was done in the first wave of the pandemic.The United Kingdom, France, Russia, Netherlands, Germany and Spain accounted for about half of Europe’s new cases this week, according to a Reuters tally: France, which is reporting the highest seven-day average of new cases in Europe with 21,210 infections per day, reported a record 30,621 cases on Thursday, according to the tally: In the past seven days it has registered nearly 142,800 new infections, more than the 132,430 registered during the entire two-month lockdown from mid-March to mid-May: French President Emmanuel Macron ordered a third of France’s population be put under nightly curfew on Wednesday, with the measure taking effect from Saturday:

The United Kingdom is reporting a seven-day average of 16,228 new cases per day, and has introduced a tiered system of tougher restrictions in some areas:

Germany has reported new daily records three times this week, reporting more than 7,000 daily cases for the first time on Thursday. It reported a record 7,830 new cases on Saturday, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases: By European standards, Germany has experienced relatively low infection and death rates so far during the pandemic, but Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned there could be 19,200 infections per day if current trends continue.

Europe currently has recorded over 17% of total global coronavirus cases and nearly 22% of deaths worldwide: The five countries reporting the most deaths in Europe are the United Kingdom (43,429), Italy (36,427), Spain (33,775), France (33,134) and Russia (23,723), according to a Reuters tally: Reuters Wire News, [Oct 17, 2020 at 18:23] https://t.me/reuters_news_agency/41168

  • Global Confirmed39,485,409
  • Global Deaths1,106,519
  • U.S. Confirmed8,076,103
  • U.S. Deaths218,869
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(BERLIN, Germany.) #Coronavirus Report: President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in quarantine after bodyguard is revealed to have #Covid19 as Merkel has tested negative and ends self-isolation #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.17: Germany President Frank-Walter Steinmeier entered quarantine after one of his bodyguards tested positive for the #COVID19 ……………The result of the president’s own test is still unknown: Steinmeier went into quarantine after one of his entourage who was considered a “close contact” caught the disease, a presidential spokeswoman confirmed to German media. There have been no reports about the president displaying any Covid-19 symptoms so far. Steinmeier was immediately tested for coronavirus but the results are not yet available, the presidential office said:

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In late March, German Chancellor Angela Merkel also had to spend almost two weeks in quarantine after she came into contact with an infected medic while being vaccinated for another disease: She had three coronavirus tests during the self-isolation period but all of them were negative:

The news on Steinmeier came as Germany reported a record number of new Covid-19 cases since the start of the epidemic: More than 7,800 people tested positive for the disease on Friday, bringing the number of active cases to over 56,000, according to German media. More than 9,700 Germans have died of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic:

#AceHealthDesk report ……………….Published: Oct.17: 2020:

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(EUROPE) #Coronavirus Report: Europe’s economy was just catching its breath from what had been the sharpest recession in modern history and now resurgence in #COVID19 cases this month its likely to turn what was meant to be a period of healing for the economy into a lean winter of job losses and bankruptcies but China is faring well #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.17: A resurgence in #COVID19 cases this month is a bitter blow that will likely turn what was meant to be a period of healing for the economy into a lean winter of job losses and bankruptcies: Bars, restaurants, airlines and myriad other businesses are getting hit with new restrictions as politicians desperately try to contain an increase in infection cases that is rapidly filling up hospitals:

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The height of the pandemic last spring had caused the economy of the 19 countries that use the euro to plunge by a massive 11.8% in the April-June quarter from the previous three-month period: About 1.5 million more people registered as unemployed during the pandemic. The damage was contained only by governments’ quick decision to spend hundreds of billions of euros (dollars) to keep another 45 million on payrolls and companies running:

While the new restrictions are so far not as drastic as the near-total shutdown of public life imposed in the spring, they are kicking an economy that’s down. For many Europeans, there is a foreboding sense of déjà vu: ” It is a disaster,” says Thomas Metzmacher, who owns a restaurant in Germany’s financial hub, Frankfurt, of the government’s decision to impose an 11 p.m. curfew:

He noted that even before the new restrictions many people in his industry could only just about survive: The curfew means people who come in for a meal don’t linger for a few extra beers or schnapps, which is where restaurants make most of their profits. “Now it is: go for a meal, finish your drink, pay, go home,” he says:

Experts say that the global economy’s course depends on the health crisis: Only when the pandemic is brought under control will it recover: Countries like China, which have so far avoided a big resurgence like Europe, are faring better economically: The U.S. never quite got its first wave under control and its economy remains hobbled by it.

Europe had reduced the number of infections much faster than the U.S. and managed to keep a lid on unemployment: But the narrative that contrasted Europe’s successes against the Trump administration’s failure to subdue the pandemic is being quickly revised: As coronavirus cases rise anew in Europe, economists are slashing their forecasts.

Ludovic Subran, the chief economist at financial services firm Allianz, says there is a high risk that the economies of France, Spain, and the Netherlands will contract again in the last three months of the year: Italy and Portugal are also at risk. While Germany is seeing an increase in infections, too, it is not as bad and the economy appears more resilient: ” We see an elevated risk of a double dip recession in countries that are once again resorting to targeted and regional lockdowns,” he said: The pandemic is worsening just as governments were trying to ease off the massive amounts of financial support they have been giving households and business owners:

Many governments have programs where they pay the majority of salaries of workers who are redundant in the hope that they will be able to quickly get back to work after the pandemic: In France and Britain that covered a third of the labor force at one point, and 20% in Germany. They also gave cash handouts to households and grants to business owners:

Now governments are phasing out some of that support and aiming to provide more targeted aid to people directly affected by new restrictions: That will not help people whose jobs are affected indirectly. A pub facing a curfew, say, would be eligible to get wage support for its staff but the brewery supplying it might not: The impact will vary between countries — while Britain is shifting to a less-comprehensive wage support plan, Germany has extended its program: As with the pandemic’s initial surge in the spring, the sectors in Europe most affected by limits on public life are services including travel and hospitality — those that depend most on face-to-face contact between people:

Countries like Spain, Portugal and Greece rely heavily on tourism: It accounts for almost 12% of Spain’s economy, compared with less than 3% for the U.S. and about 7% for France: Major airlines in Europe expect to operate at about 40% of normal levels this winter and are again cutting the number of flights. Lufthansa, British Airways and others are cutting tens of thousands of jobs as they expect no quick return to how things were before the pandemic — even with government aid: Even where there are no hard restrictions, the health hazard scares customers away, so shops are likely to see less business.

The EU is giving 750 billion euros ($880 billion) in financial support to member countries to cope with the fallout. Governments like Spain’s were planning to invest in long-term projects such as renewable energy and technology: It now appears they will have to spend more on just keeping the economy afloat. The European Central Bank is injecting 1.35 trillion euros ($1.6 trillion) into the economy, which keeps borrowing cheap even for countries with weak finances like Spain and Italy: But the longer the pandemic drags on, the more the decisions on how to spend financial aid will become political, says Subran, the economist. Political parties are fighting over how to deploy the resources, and unions are going on strike to influence the debate. It mirrors the turmoil in the U.S., where a badly needed stimulus package has been delayed.

For Ludovic Nicolas-Etienne, a Parisian shopping for food among the stalls of the central Bastille square, it is a tragedy foretold: He blames the people who during the summer disregarded safety recommendations to party and socialize after months of lockdown: ” I was expecting this,” he says, wearing a mask outdoors the day after France announced a state of emergency. “Some people are not responsible enough, so the good people are paying for the bad ones.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………………..Published: Oct.17: 2020:

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