(LONDON) #Coronavirus Business Report: Mercedes Formula One Team Begin delivery of 10,000 ‘ Brand New ‘ Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Devices ‘ it was announced on Tuesday to enable patients of #coronavirus to breath more easily after they have been fully evaluated by UCL and other area hospitals will now go into full production to produce a 1,000 per day #AceFinanceDesk report

#AceFinanceReport – Apr.08: The Mercedes Formula One team will begin delivery of up to 10,000 new breathing devices to the British National Health Service (NHS) this week to help fight coronavirus, the team announced on Tuesday: The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices will help patients with lung infections to breathe more easily when an oxygen mask alone is no longer sufficient:

#Coronavirus Report: F1 team Mercedes to deliver 10,000 breathing aids to the #NHS to help care for #coronavirus patients

The device was developed by a team of Mercedes engineers and University College London (UCL), as well as clinicians at UCL Hospital: After patient evaluations at UCL Hospital and other London area hospitals, the device received regulatory approval last week.

An order for up to 10,000 devices has been placed by the NHS. Mercedes’ facility in Brixworth, England — where the F1 engines are designed and developed — has been repurposed to meet that demand and is expected to produce 1,000 units per day: The new device was reverse-engineered from a previous model in less than 100 hours and received regulatory approval last week, a UCL statetment said. The revised design consumes 70% less oxygen than the earlier model.

A volunteer 'patient' with the newly developed CPAP device

A volunteer ‘patient’ with the newly developed CPAP device

“These life-saving devices will provide vital support to the NHS in coming weeks, helping to keep patients off ventilators and reducing demand on intensive care beds and staff,” said Professor David Lomas, UCL’s vice-provost.

“It is a phenomenal achievement that they are arriving at hospitals only two weeks after the first prototype was built. It shows what can be done when universities, hospitals and industry work together for the national good.”

CPAP machines help to keep patients’ airways open and increase the amount of oxygen entering the lungs by pushing air and oxygen into the mouth and nose at a continuous rate. UK-based Formula One teams are also helping to produce thousands of ventilators desperately needed by the country’s National Health Service.
There are currently 51,608 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the UK with 5,373 deaths, according to latest figures.

F1 Furlough Staff:

Mercedes is offering a rare bit of good news in an otherwise chaotic F1 season which is yet to officially start: Formula One also announced it has placed 50% of its staff into temporary furlough and CEO Chase Carey will take a significant voluntary salary cut as part of measures to reduce costs during the pandemic: The furloughing of staff will be in place for two months to the end of May and means employees will receive 80 percent of their salary through a financial rescue scheme introduced by the British government: F1 directors and executives have all voluntarily agreed to take a 20% pay cut.

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Business Report: #TimesRChanging as defence firm Babcock has said it will be manufacturing 10,000 ventilators after around 1,400 3D-printer owners have pledged to use their machines to help make face masks for the #NHS while in U.S. Apple is to design making protective gear Tim Cook tweeted #AceFinanceDesk report

#AceFinanceReport – Apr.07: Defence firm Babcock has said it will be manufacturing 10,000 ventilators to help deal with the coronavirus crisis: Babcock’s statement did not say where the ventilators would be manufactured, but it has factories in Scotland and south-west England: Meanwhile, Babcock said in a statement that it had “responded quickly to the UK Prime Minister’s UK Ventilator Challenge” “We are proud to have been awarded a contract by the Cabinet Office to manufacture 10,000 Zephyr Plus ventilators, subject to regulatory approvals; a product being developed in collaboration with an established major international supplier of critical care ventilators,” the firm added:

#Coronavirus Report: Defence firm Babcock to make 10,000 ‘ Zephyr Plus Ventilators ‘ under government contract BBC Business reports:

The plan comes nearly two weeks after Dyson said it had received a government order for 10,000 ventilators.………..Both devices still have to pass stringent medical tests before they can be accepted.

The move came as tech giant Apple, best-known for phones and computers, said it would start making face shields for medical workers: Apple chief executive Tim Cook tweeted on Sunday that it has designed and is now making the protective gear: The tech giant plans to make more than one million shields a week, which will be shipped first to US medical workers and then distributed globally: It has also sourced 20 million face masks which it is donating worldwide to help prevent the spread of the virus.

In a video posted on Twitter, Apple’s Mr Cook said: “This is a truly global effort, and we’re working continuously and closely with governments at all levels to ensure these are donated to places of greatest need.” Apple has pulled in designers, engineers and suppliers to shape, produce and ship the face shields………Mr Cook said the first shipment of the plastic face shields, which can be assembled in less than two minutes, was delivered last week to some hospitals in Silicon Valley. The materials are sourced from both the US and China………..”In both these efforts, out focus is on unique ways Apple can help, meeting essential needs of caregivers urgently and at a scale the circumstances require,” Mr Cook added. “For Apple, this is a labour of love and gratitude, and we will share more of our efforts over time.”

With a worldwide shortage of hospital equipment such as ventilators and protective gear for medical workers, organisations, educational institutions and individuals have been joining the effort to meet the demand: In the UK, around 1,400 3D-printer owners have pledged to use their machines to help make face masks for the NHS: Companies, from electronics firms to carmakers, have been shifting production to help make vital medical equipment and supplies for hospitals around the world:

#AceHealthDesk report …………..Published: Apr.07: 2020:

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(TOKYO, Japan.) #Coronavirus Latest Report: PM Abe declares ‘ State of Emergency ‘ until May .06: that will affect 44% of the population including the capital and 6-prefectures in his fight over rising cases in the country as he unveils a stimulus package of 108-trillion yen ($990-billion) #AceHealthDesk rep ort

#AceHealthReport – Apr.07: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday declared a state of emergency to fight new coronavirus infections in major population centres and unveiled a stimulus package he described as among the world’s biggest to soften the economic blow: The state of emergency, giving authorities more power to press people to stay at home and businesses to close, will last through May 6 and be imposed in the capital, Tokyo, and six other prefectures – accounting for about 44% of Japan’s population:

#Coronavirus Report: Japan declares #coronavirus ‘ State of Emergency ‘ and approves near $1 trillion stimulus package for the economy Reuters reports

“The most important thing now is for each citizen to change our actions,” Abe said in televised comments made at a meeting of a government task force: “If each of us can reduce contact with other people by at least 70%, and ideally by 80%, we should be able to see a peak in the number of infections in two weeks,” he said:The government also approved the stimulus package worth 108 trillion yen ($990 billion) – equal to 20% of Japan’s economic output – to cushion the impact of the epidemic on the world’s third-largest economy: That exceeds the equivalent of 11% of U.S. output for the stimulus package laid out by President Donald Trump and 5% of output for Germany’s package.

Direct fiscal spending amount to 39.5 trillion yen, or about 7% of the economy, more than double the amount Japan spent following the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers:

Japan has been spared the big outbreaks of the coronavirus seen in other global hot spots, but a recent, steady rise in infections in Tokyo, Osaka and other areas led to growing calls for Abe to announce a state of emergency: Coronavirus infections in Tokyo more than doubled to about 1,200 in the past week, with more than 80 new ones reported on Tuesday, accounting for the highest number in the country. Nationwide, cases have climbed past 4,000 with 93 deaths as of Monday.

Abe has stressed that the state of emergency will stop short of imposing a formal lockdown as seen in other countries: The emergency gives governors the authority to call on people to stay at home and businesses to close. With no penalties for ignoring the requests in most cases, enforcement will rely more on peer pressure and respect for authority: Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said the city was in talks with the central government to decide what types of facilities it would ask to close or curtail business hours, while reiterating there would be no restrictions on buying groceries and medicine.

The government would not ask rail companies to reduce the number of trains in operation, Abe said: Other essential infrastructure like mail and utilities would operate, as will ATMs and banks, public broadcaster NHK said.

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Taku Eto called on shoppers to stay calm: “We are asking citizens to buy only what they need when they need it as there is sufficient food supply and no suspension is planned at food factories,” he told reporters earlier, adding there was no sign of disruption to Japan’s grain imports.

But the restrictions will add to pains the virus is inflicting on the world’s third-largest economy, which is seen as already in recession as supply chain disruptions and travel bans chill factory output and consumption: Metropolitan Tokyo alone accounts for about 20% of Japan’s overall gross domestic product.

Japan will sell a record amount of additional bonds worth more than 18 trillion yen to fund the package, adding to its huge debt which is twice the size of its economy:

While the stimulus could ease the immediate damage from the pandemic, lawmakers are already calling for even bigger spending to prevent bankruptcies and job losses: Analysts expect the economy, which shrank in the final quarter of last year, to post two more quarters of contraction, piling pressure on the government and the central bank to do more……………..“The government will probably compile another supplementary budget soon to stimulate the economy with even more spending,” said Takahide Kiuchi, a former Bank of Japan board member who is now an economist at Nomura Research Institute.

#AceHealthDesk report ………..Published: Apr.07: 2020: Reuters: Reporting by Chris Gallagher, Chang-Ran Kim, Linda Sieg, Ju-min Park, Leika Kihara, Makiko Yamazaki, Rocky Swift, Junko Fujita, Takaya Yamaguchi, Tetsushi Kajimoto and Yuka Obayashi; Writing by Chris Gallagher, Leika Kihara and Linda Sieg; Editing by Robert Birsel and Richard Pullin

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Latest Report: As of 9am 6 April, 252,958 tests have concluded, with 13,069 tests carried out on 5 April (this does not include data for Northern Ireland). Some individuals are tested more than once for clinical reasons. 208,837 people have been tested, of whom 51,608 tested positive: As of 5pm on 5 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 5,373 have sadly died according to Dept of Health & Social Care #AceHealthDesk reports

#AceHealthReport – Apr.06: Editor says as the number of cases published daily, are slowly declining many want to end the lockdown that has helped to decrease them and is providing small green shoots: But this is not enough for Some people, so friends, followers and readers …if the government lifts the lockdown too soon and cases increase as they did in Italy and Spain before they locked down then at least finally people will believe in good advice that curtails their freedom and at what cost to other people who self-isolated: God Bless ALL you that are under lockdown trying to #StayAtHomeProtectLivesSaveTheNHS

#Coronavirus Report: UK needs to know lockdown is working before next steps discussed according to government adviser

Reuters Reports: Britain needs to know how well its current lockdown measures are working in tackling the coronavirus outbreak before it can discuss what happens next, the government’s deputy chief scientific adviser Angela McLean said on Monday: The current lockdown measures are due to be reviewed in one week’s time: “We need to know how well the current restrictions are working before we can say anything sensible about what the next stage might be,” McLean, who is also Chief Scientific Adviser for the Ministry of Defence, said at a news conference when asked about the government’s lockdown exit strategy.

England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said: Thegovernment needed to be confident the country had reached the peak of the outbreak before discussing the next steps and it did not know for certain that would be at the end of this week.

#AceHealthDesk report ……..Published: Apr.06: 2020: Reuters: Reporting by Paul Sandle, Costas Pitas and Elizabeth Howcroft, Writing by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Alistair Smout

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(WASHINGTON) #Coronavirus Latest Report: Death toll has passed 7,000 as cases rise across states: According to John Hopkins University (a reliable source of information ) there have been at least 277,953 Americans infected as President Donald Trump said earlier this week the US Strategic National Stockpile is nearly depleted of PPE equipment as everything is about tests #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – US has surpassed 7,000 deaths and some state leaders say there’s still a lot they’re missing in the battle against #coronavirus: As cases rise, testing has become crucial in tracking how many Americans have been infected, but states like Illinois say they still don’t have enough: “Everything about the tests are very difficult to come by, and there’s no federal plan for this so every state is on their own — as I’ve said it’s the wild West out here,” Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker said:

#Coronavirus Report: As deaths surpassed 7,000…….States say they’re still missing what they need to combat the #COVID – 10

According to Johns Hopkins University’s tally of US #coronavirus cases, there have been at least 277,953 Americans infected:

In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday the government should ramp up its efforts to push for more personal protective equipment for healthcare workers, saying the state had received some, but not all of the PPE they had asked for:

“We’re grateful for these supplies: But to be clear, we’ve gotten just 33% of what we’ve asked for and they’ve told us not to expect more anytime soon,” he said: “This pandemic is a war. And we need the armor to fight it,” Cooper said………………….”Governments at all levels, hospitals, law enforcement and others are competing against each other for a scarce amount of personal protective equipment,” Cooper said: In Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear said the state had increased its efforts in upping hospital bed capacity and buying personal protective equipment: “We try to buy (PPE). It’s really hard. The federal government buys most all of it.”Beshear called on residents to donate any equipment they have available, saying the state was in great need of gloves…………”We believe this is the next area where there’s going to be another big run in the United States,” the governor said in a statement.

Government announced new face cloth guidelines

In its latest efforts to prevent further spread of the virus, the White House announced Friday the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending people wear cloth face coverings when in public:

“It’s really going to be a voluntary thing,” Trump said. “I’m not choosing to do it.”………The president’s announcement came days after a panel of experts advised the White House on new research that suggests coronavirus could be spread by talking and possibly even just breathing: But public health experts at the CDC said they felt “pressured” by the White House to draft recommendations and were under “intense pressure” to draft the new guidelines on face coverings quickly, a senior federal health official involved in discussions said………………”The CDC would not have gone this direction if not for the White House,” the official told CNN. “We would have tried more to understand about asymptomatic transmission. We would have done more studies if we had more time.”

Here’s what else happened this week:

  • Now all but eight states across the US have issued stay at home orders. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top health expert, has said he doesn’t understand why all states haven’t issued an order by now. But Trump has previously saidhe will not issue a nationwide order, saying Friday he will continue to leave that decision to governors.
  • The President also said the next two weeks would be “very, very rough” for the US.White House experts cited a model this week that showed more than 2,000 Americans could die each day by mid-April.
  • Earlier this week, White House experts predicted at least 100,000 Americans could die from the virus — and that’s if residents strictly abide by federal social distancing guidelines, which were extended for another month. Without those measures in place, deaths could be as many as 2.2 million, White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Deborah Birx said. New evidence also suggested about a quarter of US coronavirus carriers have no symptoms, according to the CDC.
  • In some areas, officials say they believe social distancing measures have begun to pay off. Health officials in Washington state’s King County — the country’s first epicenter — said they were beginning a “positive impact” from less people coming into contact with each other.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will sign an executive order that will allow the state to take ventilators and medical supplies from institutions that aren’t using them in order to relieve downstate medical facilities:

Cuomo is asking upstate hospitals to loan up to 20% of their unused ventilators: “Moreover, when the pandemic wave hits upstate New York, the governor will ask downstate hospitals for similar help,” Rich Azzopardi, a senior adviser to the governor, said in a statement. “We are not upstate or downstate we are one state and we act that way.”

#AceHealthDesk report ………….Published: Apr.04: 2020: CNN’s Chris Boyette, Athena Jones contributed to this report.

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(U.K.) #Coronavirus Report: Government says all ‘ Essential Businesses ‘ can remain open and all the rest must close, so is makeup and perfume essential and especially when staff at Boots told BBC they feel unsafe at work when the company has reopened the aisles and allowed more customers into the st ore: Boots denies it is doing anything wrong #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Apr.02: Boots staff have told the BBC they feel “unsafe” at work as customers continue to browse for hair dye and fake tan despite the #coronavirus #pandemic: Staff said they were frustrated some branches had reopened beauty aisles and lifted limits on the number of shoppers allowed inside at once: Some stores were still waiting for visors, face masks and gloves for pharmacy workers, others said: Boots said it was doing whatever it could to protect its staff:

#Coronavirus Report: Boots staff feel ‘unsafe’ as shoppers still browse Make-up as beauty aisles over confusion on what is essential items ?

Shoppers confused over what are ‘essential items’

‘No one needs to buy fragrance’

One staff member who works on the pharmacy at a branch in south-west England told the BBC she was wearing her own gloves to work because her team had not been provided with any to use during shifts:

Her store had initially closed off aisles containing non-essential products and limited the number of customers allowed in – but she said those measures were lifted this week with no explanation given to staff on the shop floor. “The doors are just open and anyone can wander in – people are looking at makeup, wandering around,” she said: She said the pharmacy was “overwhelmed” and that the plastic screens placed between staff and customers were “small” and “pointless”

Like other pharmacy chains, Boots has been designated an essential retailer in the UK’s effort to prevent the spread of the virus, which is why its stores can stay open:

It is not alone in having to strike a balance between serving customers and keeping pharmacy teams safe – and Paul Day, director of the Pharmacists’ Defence Association union, said it was “at the good end of the scale” when it came to protecting pharmacy staff: He said community pharmacists up and down the country, which had already been “squeezed”, were under increased pressure because of the outbreak.

And Boots, like other chains, faced the additional question of how to protect non-pharmacy staff:

An employee who works on the tills at a branch in the West Midlands said Boots should “only let a certain amount of people” into stores, and not sell things like “mascaras and candles”.

Tracey Clements, chief operating officer for Boots UK, thanked staff for the “amazing care and commitment they are showing”

“I know that this is a difficult time and we are doing all we can to make sure our colleagues have the NHS-recommended PPE available, alongside extra Perspex and plastic screening and social distancing equipment they can use,” she said in a statement.

“We have over 60,000 colleagues and we are doing whatever we can to protect them whilst they work on the frontline of healthcare.”

Two online petitions – which together have more than 1,400 signatures – say “non-essential” Boots sales assistants should not have to come in to work and should be given paid leave.

#AceHealthDesk report ……….Published: Apr.02: 2020: BBC News:

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(WASHINGTON) #Coronavirus Latest Report: ICE Air Operations & State Dept have transported 16-citizens from C olumbia during the #pandemic from Columbia on Monday and removed Columbia’s nationals under ERO orde r to their own country #AceHealthDesk reports

#AceHealthReport – Apr.01: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), working with the U.S. Department of State, has transported home 16 U.S. citizens on the return leg of a removal flight via ICE Air Operations Monday. U.S. citizens occupied the Space Available (“Space A”) seats on flights to the United States from Colombia.

ICE removed Colombian nationals with final orders of removal from the United States to their home country March 30: On the return flight to the United States, ICE transported U.S. citizens in accordance with the OMB Circular A-126 and the DHS MD 0020.1.

Prior to boarding an ICE Air flight, detainees are screened for a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees or other symptoms: Detainees with symptoms are immediately referred to a medical provider for further evaluation and observation.

ICE will continue to work with the State Department to facilitate the safe return of U.S. citizens on future removal flight returns during the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic: The return of U.S citizens from Colombia is the first time these operations have expanded beyond Northern Triangle countries.

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Apr.01: 2020:

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