(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.) JUST IN: #Coronavirus Report: WATCH: Hundreds of lockdown protesters call police HORSE ‘racist’ while hitting it with massive flagpole as they march towards ‘ Arts Centre ‘ on Friday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.23: Legions of protesters faced off with mounted police in violent clashes in Melbourne amid rising tensions over the ongoing #coronavirus lockdown in the city, which has lasted over 100 days: Hundreds of protesters marched towards the city’s Arts Center on Friday, while shouting “freedom” and “choose your side” at police during the so-called “Freedom Day” rally which began about 2pm local time:

Agitators among the 200- to 300-strong crowd were filmed kicking police horses and striking them with flag poles. At one point, a protester called one of the horses a “racist.”

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Many of the protesters refused to wear masks and cried out “Free Victoria,” while some carried placards with messages like “Media is the virus,” “Covid-19 is a scam,” and “Wake up, Aussies.”

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Police ‘kettled’ protesters at the Shrine of Remembrance, deploying pepper spray as they made several arrests as the situation deteriorated and became more violent. Arrested protesters could face double fines for Friday’s march: one for breach of coronavirus restrictions and one for contravening rules governing behaviour at the shrine. 

Premier Daniel Andrews described the protest as “shameful” and “unlawful” while arguing that the strict lockdown has worked, citing a precipitous drop in new cases since it began.

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Some were quick to lay the blame for the previous high case numbers on Andrews for his initial lackluster response, and called for an investigation into his handling of the pandemic.

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Melbourne has been on lockdown for over 100 days now, with a 25km travel limit still in place: Lockdown rules were eased this week but certain restrictions remain in place; Melburnians are all owed to gather outdoors in groups of no more than 10 people between two households:

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Authorities in Victoria state have been repeatedly criticized for draconian enforcement of lockdown rules, with several high profile incidents of alleged police brutality garnering international media attention: RT World News https://ift.tt/2TfydxI

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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:

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

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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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(BERLIN, Germany.) #Coronavirus Travel Report: Authorities have placed Netherlands and mainland France on high-risk of #COVID19 over the increasing number of cases with France recording 30,000 plus new in one day with commencement on midnight on Saturday #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.15: Germany has put the Netherlands and mainland France on the list of regions with a high risk of #COVID19 contagion over the growing number of new coronavirus cases there, the German government’s crisis response center said: “The entire territory of the Netherlands is now considered to be a risk zone: The whole of mainland France as well as the French overseas territory of Martinique are considered to be risk zones,” the statement said:

#Coronavirus Travel Report: Authorities include Netherlands & mainland France adding to Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, U.K. , Ireland Croatia, Portugal, Slovenia & Hungary together with Malta & Slovakia to the list…….

The list also includes some regions of Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Croatia, Portugal, Slovenia and Hungary, as well as the entire territories of Malta and Slovakia: Inclusion on the list means that citizens should refrain from unnecessary trips to these regions, like tourist trips, and upon returning to Germany, they should undergo a test or 14-day quarantine at home.

“ The new travel advisory will be effective starting at midnight on Saturday “

#AceHealthDesk report …………….Published: Oct.15: 2020:

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(BEIJING, China.) #Coronavirus Report: A single dose of Chinas Sinovac #COVID19 Vaccine will cost $13 in Indonesia according to Jakarta Post on Wednesday and will be availed by January #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.14: A single shot of the Chinese pharmaceutical giant Sinovac’s vaccine against the coronavirus will cost around 200,000 Indonesian rupiahs ($13.60) when it becomes available in Indonesia, the Jakarta Post newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing the state-owned Bio Farma pharmaceutical company:

#Coronavirus Report: Chinas Sinovac #COVID19 Vaccine will cost $13 for a single-dose in Indonesia but varies around the world dependent on trade

Honesti Basyir, the Indonesian company’s director, said on Tuesday, as cited by the outlet, that the price was based on data received from Sinovac and denied reports that Brazil will get”The $1.96 price per dosage price is incorrent, because the shipping cost alone is at least $2 per dosage. Sinovac is currently seeking the origins of the report,” Basyir said, as quoted: In late September, Weidong Yin, the chairman, president and CEO of Sinovac, said that Brazil, Indonesia and Turkey, where the CoronaVac vaccine is undergoing the Phase 3 clinical trials, would have access to it at the same time as China: Back then, Weidong declined Sputnik’s request to name the approximate cost of the prospective vaccine, saying that the price tag would depend on many factors: Sinovac, which is the first company in the world to market the H1N1 vaccine, initiated the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, dubbed CoronaVac, in late January. Phases 1 and 2 of the trials on volunteers aged 18-59 started in the Jiangsu province of China back in April. The vaccine is currently undergoing Phase 3 clinical trials.

‘ The Beijing-based company expects the vaccine to hit markets by the end of the year ‘

#AceHealthDesk report ……………Published: Oct.14: 2020:

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(MADRID, Spain.) #Coronavirus Report: Catalonia Closes Bars, Restaurants for 15 Days as #COVID19 Cases Spike on Wednesday according to El Pais #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.14: The government of the Spanish autonomous community of Catalonia announced on Wednesday that the closure of bars and restaurants for 15 days was due to a spike in #COVID19 cases, media reported:

#Coronavirus Report: Cases in Catalonia closes ‘ bars & resturants ‘ for 15-days as #COVID19 cases spike

According to the El Pais newspaper, the regional coronavirus response authority — the Catalan Civil Protection Territorial Plan (Procicat) — approved the measure to slow down the spread of the disease: Restaurants and bars will provide home delivery and takeaway options. As of Wednesday, the number of COVID-19 cases in the region has risen to 290 per 100,000 residents, a new record since early April:

The Prociat has also banned non-professional sporting events and recommended that universities give their theory courses online: The Catalan authorities have also decided to reduce the capacity of shopping mall visitors to 30 percent, according to the 24 Horas broadcaster:

The new measures will soon be officially announced during the regional health department’s press conference: Catalonia is a region of Spain with the highest number of COVID-19 cases. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Catalonia has registered more than 162,000 cases, with 26,203 recoveries and 5,883 related deaths: On the national level, Spain has so far recorded 896,086 cases and over 33,000 deaths:

#AceHealthDesk report …………….Published: Oct.14: 2020:

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(AUSTRALIA) #Coronavirus Research Study Report: National science agency has suggested that SARS-Cov2 the virus for #COVID19 can survive longer than first thought and remains infectious for 28-days on surfaces such as banknotes, phone-screens & stainless steel according to the researchers #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.12: The findings from Australia’s national science agency suggest SARS-Cov-2 can survive for far longer than thought: However, the experiment was conducted in the dark. UV light has already been shown to kill the virus: Some experts have also thrown doubt on the actual threat posed by surface transmission in real life: The coronavirus is mostly transmitted when people cough, sneeze or talk:

#Coronavirus Report: #Covid19 virus ‘survives for 28 days’ in lab conditions on certain surfaces according to Australian Researchers with #WHO say no cases has been transmitted though food or food packaging

But there is also evidence that it can also be spread by particles hanging in the air. It is also possible someone could get Covid-19 by touching infected surfaces such as metal or plastic, according to the US Centers for Disease Control. This is believed to be much less common, however:

What does the study say?

Previous laboratory tests have found that SARS-Cov-2 can survive for two to three days on bank notes and glass, and up to six days on plastic and stainless steel, although results vary: However, the research from Australian agency CSIRO found the virus was “extremely robust,” surviving for 28 days on smooth surfaces such as glass found on mobile phone screens and both plastic and paper banknotes, when kept at 20C (68F), which is about room temperature, and in the dark: In comparison, the flu virus can survive in the same circumstances for 17 days.

The study, published in Virology Journal, also found SARS-Cov-2 survived for less time at hotter temperatures than cooler temperatures; it stopped being infectious within 24 hours at 40C on some surfaces: It also stayed longer on smooth, non-porous surfaces than on porous materials such as cloth, which was found not to carry any infectious virus past 14 days.

What are the disagreements about?

Prof Ron Eccles, former director Common Cold Centre at Cardiff University, criticised the study and said the suggestion that the virus could survive for 28 days was causing “unnecessary fear in the public” ………………”Viruses are spread on surfaces from mucus in coughs and sneezes and dirty fingers and this study did not use fresh human mucus as a vehicle to spread the virus,” he said: “Fresh mucus is a hostile environment for viruses as it contains lots of white cells that produce enzymes to destroy viruses and can also contain antibodies and other chemicals to neutralise viruses: “In my opinion infectious viruses will only persist for hours in mucus on surfaces rather than days.”

In a paper published by the Lancet in July, Emanuel Goldman, professor of microbiology at Rutgers University, said “the chance of transmission through inanimate surfaces is very small”. He said studies that suggested a significant risk had been designed with “little resemblance to real-life scenarios” ………….Last week Monica Gandhi, a professor of medicine at the University of California, said the coronavirus did not spread via surfaces.

Study highlights needs to clean hands and touchscreens

Covid-19 spreads primarily through the air. Studies have shown that the virus can remain infectious in airborne particles for more than three hours. What’s less certain is the degree to which it can spread via surfaces such as banknotes and touchscreens: Previous studies have assessed its survivability on stainless steel and their results have varied wildly, ranging from between three and 14 days at room temperature: The new study looked at how long the virus could survive on glass, paper and plastic notes as well as steel. They found that they could detect it after 28 days on all these surfaces at 20C – significantly longer than the earlier studies had indicated: The experiments were, however, carried out in virus friendly conditions – in a dark room with stable temperatures and humidity – so the virus may well not do so well in the real world: Even so, these results highlight the need to wash hands as well as touchscreens regularly and to avoid touching one’s face in order to minimise the risk of infection.

Why does this matter?

“Establishing how long the virus really remains viable on surfaces enables us to more accurately predict and mitigate its spread, and do a better job of protecting our people,” said CSIRO chief executive Dr Larry Marshall: The study’s authors said the ability of SARS-Cov-2 to persist on stainless steel at cooler temperatures could explain outbreaks of Covid-19 at meat processing and cold storage facilities: Thousands of workers have tested positive at meat processing factories and abattoirs around the world: Other reasons previously suggested include close working conditions, cold and damp environments and the need to shout over noisy machinery.

The CSIRO researchers also say their findings support previous research suggesting the virus can survive on fresh and frozen food: The World Health Organization says: “There is currently no confirmed case of Covid-19 transmitted through food or food packaging.” But it does list a number of precautions you can take to avoid cross-contamination.

#AceHealthDesk report……………Published: Oct.12: 2020:

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(ENGLAND) #Coronavirus Report: #COVID19 Heat-Map Showing ‘ towns & cities ‘ most likely to b ecome one of ‘ Three Tiered Traffic Light System Of Alerts ‘ that is predicted to be announc ed by the government this Monday as Coventry is now confirmed as being in the Red Category with nearly 100-c asesper 100,000 #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.11: A #coronavirus heat map showing the towns and cities most likely at risk under the Government’s three-tiered system of traffic light-style lockdown restrictions has been released: And it shows Coventry and the other local authority areas in the West Midlands being in the highest ‘red’ category: Under the new traffic light system, reportedly set to be unveiled on Monday before taking effect 48 hours later, it is understood everywhere in the West Midlands will be deemed high risk: Any area with a rate higher than 50 cases per 100,000 will be in the highest category, it has been reported:

#Coronavirus Report: Heat-Map Shows Coventry in ‘red’ high risk zone ahead of traffic light-style lockdowns with North showing the highest number of cases

Coventry has now surpassed 100 cases per 100,000

The map was released after Public Health England Coronavirus Dashboard statistics for September 28 to October 5 revealed an alarming rise in infection rates among people in Coventry: In Coventry the rate per 100,000 people is now 112.24, which has risen from 98.78 per 100,000 in the seven days to October.03: The jump in figures comes as the data catches up with a testing blunder last week which saw thousands of tests missing from official figures because of an IT error: It puts Coventry’s infection rate closer to that of neighbouring Solihull, which has a rate of 130.79 and has had lockdown restrictions enforced since September 11.

In the West Midlands, eight parts of the region now have rates of higher than 100 cases per 100,000: Birmingham has surpassed 150 cases per 100,000 despite localised measures aimed at curbing indoor mixing of households, while seven other areas remain higher than 100: Solihull, Sandwell and Wolverhampton remain in enhanced measures as part of efforts to curb the Covid-19 infection rate across the region: Ministers are expected to outline the new local lockdown system next week, the Mirror reports.

Under the most severe tier, pubs and restaurants may be closed and those most at risk if they catch Covid-19 may be told once again to stay at home for months: Under the plan, all areas in England would be assigned a tier, with toughest restrictions in tier 3…………Pubs and restaurants in the worst-affected places would be forced to close again, and people would be banned from mixing with other households: However, shops, offices and schools would remain open, while a decision is yet to be made on hairdressers and leisure facilities.

While the colour does not decide which ‘tier’ an area will be under, it shows the current level of infections – which is a good guide: Tier 1 roughly correlates to current national rules, tier 2 roughly correlates to current local lockdowns, and tier 3 would go further than current local lockdowns: The tiers are not being decided on set, rigid thresholds of infections per 100,000 people – but the number is a good guide to which way an area is going: The Government will also look at the speed of growth, the rate of admissions to hospital and any specific outbreaks (such as factories or universities) when deciding an area’s tier: The idea is to simplify the local rules into three standard sets after people complained the existing system was too confusing – and wasn’t working to suppress the virus.

Across the country Nottingham now has the highest rate in England, with 2,294 new cases recorded in the seven days to October 5 – the equivalent of 689.1 cases per 100,000 people: This is a steep jump from 122.3 per 100,000 in the seven days to September 28.

Knowsley has the second highest rate, which has jumped from 365.2 to 601.2, with 907 new cases:

Liverpool is in third place, where the rate has also increased sharply, from 387.9 to 578.7 with 2,882 new cases:

‘ Other areas recording big jumps in their seven-day rates include Manchester (up from 363.7 to 543.0, with 3,002 new cases), Newcastle upon Tyne (up from 323.3 to 498.6, with 1,510 new cases), Sheffield (up from 148.8 to 398.2, with 2,329 new cases) and Exeter (up from 73.8 to 390.4, with 513 new cases) ‘

#AceHealthDesk report ……………Published: Oct.11: 2020:

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(SCOTLAND) #CoronavirusNewsDesk – A number of people in ‘ Edinburgh Western General Hospital ‘ on the ‘ Cancer Ward ‘ have died following after an outbreak of #COVID19 and six o thers have been confirmed with the virus according to #NHS Lothian who are investigating #AceHealthDesk repo rt

#AceHealthReport – Oct.09: #NHS Lothian says it is investigating the outbreak and the ward has been closed to new admissions and discharges to allow tests to be carried out: Patients and staff are being screened for the virus as part of the health board’s response according to BBC News

#Coronavirus Report: #Covid19 in Scotland: Deaths in Edinburgh cancer ward after outbreak & others confirmed with virus as investigation underway

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Public health expert Prof Linda Bauld told the BBC’s Reporting Scotland she was “sure every precaution has been taken” She said: “Infections do happen, not just for Covid, but the cause is always that someone has brought in the infection normally from outside, then it does spread: “I know that the NHS has been working incredibly hard to develop Covid-secure areas, including priority testing for cancer patients. Obviously we just need to get to the bottom of why this happened.”

An incident management team (IMT) has been set up and “robust and enhanced” infection control measures have been put in place on the ward: All patients have been informed of the outbreak and contact tracing is being carried out: Patients who would normally return home for the weekend to spend time with families and go back to the hospital on a Monday have been asked to remain in the hospital to reduce the risk of further transmission:

Dr Donald Inverarity, consultant microbiologist and chair of the IMT said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased and I would like to express our sincere condolences: “The situation will continue to be reviewed and monitored very closely: “Patient safety is our main priority and while we understand that the request not to go home for the weekend may be upsetting, it is necessary: “It will help reduce the risk of onwards transmission and protect their families and the wider community: I would like to thank patients and their families for their co-operation and understanding.”

#AceHealthDesk report ………………Published: Oct.09: 2020:

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(WASHINGTON) #CoronavirusNewsDesk – As drafts of a renewed coronavirus relief package continue to be debated in and around the White House, the many millions left languishing in nursing homes and elder ly care facilities – along with their loved ones forced to communicate with them from afar – are urging swift action #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.09: “According to the American Health Care Association (AHA), almost all the initial $175 billion U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funds from the CARES Act – which was signed into law by President Trump in late March – has been spent, and yet #coronavirus – officially termed #COVID19 – cases in at least 22 states continues to ascend, ahead of the already daunting cold and flu season.”

#Coronavirus Relief Package for Nursing Homes has been spent and many are still waiting for action by the government but with arguments between Democrats & Republicans over scoring points …lives get forgotten

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“ HHS has announced distribution plans for 80 percent of the $175 billion Provider Relief Fund created by the CARES Act. Health care providers, including nursing homes, will need additional resources to continue its response to the COVID pandemic heading into the cold and flu season, which provides new challenges,” Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), told Fox News. “COVID-19 disproportionately impacts the elderly – many of whom already have preexisting health conditions and chronic diseases – and the dedicated staff who care for them.”

” The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) has thus requested an additional $100 billion from the HHS Provider Relief Fund, which is accessible for all health care providers impacted by the novel pathogen, and asked “that a sizeable portion of the fund be dedicated to helping nursing homes and assisted living communities to acquire resources associated with protecting vulnerable residents and staff from the virus, including constant testing, personal protective equipment (PPE) and staff support.””

Statistics released in June underscored that such facilities account for 42 percent of coronavirus-induced deaths, and at that point, attributed to around 7 percent of the U.S. infection rate: A report unveiled in August by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living revealed that during the single week of July 26, some 9,715 people in nursing homes spanning the country died from coronavirus complications: That was a marked uptick from the 8,667 who died the previous week and the 5,538 who died the week of June 28, the lowest number since the pandemic began:

#AceHealthDesk report …………………Published: Oct.09: 2020:

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(BUENOS AIRIES, Argentina.) #Coronavirus Report: Country has the world’s highest rate of positive #COVID19 tests, according to Oxford-linked tracker Our World In Data, with nearly six out of 10 yielding an in fection, a reflection of low testing levels and loose enforcement of lockdown rules #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.06: ‘No isolation, few tests’: Argentina has world’s highest #COVID19 positive rate: Argentina was set to hit 800,000 confirmed cases on Monday, with an seven-day rolling average of around 12,500 new daily infections: The country, which started strongly against the virus, passed 20,000 fatalities last week:

#Coronavirus Report: Cases in Argentina is set to reach 800,00-cases but with worlds highest rate of #COVID19 tests nearly 6-out-of-10 are yielding an infection a reflection of low-testing and loose enforcement of lock-down rules

Reuters Wire News, [Oct 5, 2020 at 20:48] https://t.me/reuters_news_agency/38196

Medical professionals said low-levels of testing and lax restrictions had propelled the high positive rate, that climbed from around 40% in August to just shy of 60% in the last week, a Reuters calculation using health ministry data shows: “Is there isolation? There is none. Are there (enough) tests? No there aren’t,” Carlos Kambourian, a pediatrician in the city of Buenos Aires, told Reuters: ‘ By comparison, New York state has a population of 20 million, less than half of Argentina’s 45 million, yet carries out 100,000 tests a day, four times the number in Argentina. In New York state, the positive rate is a bit over 1% ‘ …….Argentina’s government won plaudits for a tough early lockdown that began March 20, but since then has been forced to loosen restrictions to help revive an economy already in recession for two years and as poverty levels and unemployment have risen: Kambourian added that there had been little in way of strengthening health services: “Certainly the strategies to stop a this type of pandemic aren’t being applied,” he added.

A source from Argentina’s health ministry said the large number of positive tests was a result of its “DetectAr” program, where testing focuses on contacts of those known to be infected: The government had pledged to raise testing levels: Argentina has the eighth most COVID-19 cases in the world, and is currently in the top five for rolling 7-day average new cases and fatalities. Latin America has been the hardest hit region of the world in terms of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

#AceHealthDesk report ………………Published: Oct.06: 2020:

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Report: #COVID19 Cases have risen to nearly 13,000 on Sunday and sadly deaths within 28-days of a test rise to 49 after last week we were only at just over 6,000 cases #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.04: Editor says ……..As rules change to take account of rise in case and with only 6 people able to meet and a curfew on pubs at 22:00hrs todays number of cases are a sad reflection of many committing to the new rules and regulations but some still willing to flout them in favour of quoting human rights ……..But as Vallance said if we do not curb the exponential rise cases will double and double again ….well at 6,000 plus last week and 12,000 plus this week we are heading towards his prediction ….God helps us ….Be Safe 🙏’s

#Coronavirus Report: U.K. Cases rise to nearly 13,000 and sadly deaths follow with 49 in last 28-days

 https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/deaths

#AceHealthDesk report ……………Published: Oct.04: 2020:

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Quick Update Report: There is some limited evidence that a recent sharp rise in new #C OVID19 cases in England is levelling off, Britain’s Office for National Statistics said on Frid ay but added its too early to say wether it will continue #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.02: New cases of #COVID19 in England were around 8,400 per day in the latest week to Sept. 24, down from around 9,600 per day during the previous week, an ONS estimate said: “

#Coronavirus ONS Report: Limited evidence that #Covid19 cases in England could be levelling off …but cautions wether it will continue …..

Reuters Wire News: https://t.me/reuters_news_agency/37549

There is some limited evidence that the incidence rate may be levelling off following steep increases during August and September, however the wide credible intervals mean it is too early to say”, the ONS said:

#AceHealthDesk report ………..Published: Oct.02: 2020:

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(WORLDWIDE) #Coronavirus Report: 28/09/2020: Global Deaths overnight sadly passed 1-million and over 200,000 in U.S. alone with the total number of cases now exceeding 33-million according to Johns Hopkins University #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Sept.29: Now we have reached over 1-million global deaths overnight on September 28th 2020: as a milestone that confirms this #pandemic is far from over and restrictions will continue to remain for sometime ………

  • Global Confirmed33,384,153
  • Global Deaths1,002,296
  • U.S. Confirmed7,149,073
  • U.S. Deaths205,085
  • Global MapU.S. Map

DATA IN MOTION

COVID-19 Data in Motion: Monday, September 28, 2020

A 60-second, daily summary of the most important data on COVID-19 in the U.S., updated every morning.

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(WORLDWIDE) #Coronavirus Report: As of 19:30 GMT Monday, 28/09/2020: the number of #COVID19 cases globally is 33,224,222, including 999,298 fatalities: The United States still has the highest case count in the world, with 7,128,774, including 204,905 fatalities and 2,766,280 recoveries #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Sept.28: The death toll from the #COVID19 coronavirus infection in the world neared 1 million, over 33.2 million cases of infection were detected, and almost 23 million of those patients were cured, according to the US-based Johns Hopkins University, which tracks and compiles data from federal and local authorities, media and other sources:

#Coronavirus Global Report: Death toll of #COVID19 cases have reached nearly a million as many areas of the world cases spike as lockdowns eased causing a reverse move to certain businesses ….

  • Global Confirmed33,224,222
  • Global Deaths999,298
  • U.S. Confirmed7,134,874
  • U.S. Deaths204,905

VACCINES, TREATMENT: Over 5,000 volunteers have already been inoculated with Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V, and none of them has reported any adverse reaction apart from symptoms described in the manual, the head of the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology said: Media workers must be made eligible for priority coronavirus vaccination, Yevgeny Revenko, a member of the Russian parliament’s lower house, State Duma, said in a letter to Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko……………………About a quarter of Moscow population have immunity to the coronavirus, Anna Popova, the head of Russian consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, said: The first batch of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine was delivered to Belarus for clinical trials, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announced:

DYNAMICS: Russia’s coronavirus response centres and the nation as a whole should pay special attention to the epidemiological situation, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, as the country is witnessing a growing number of daily infections.
Russia is unlikely to see a pessimistic scenario with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic as the country has enough auxiliary hospital beds and the virus gets weaker as it spreads, Aleksandr Gorelov, the deputy head of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology, a part of the country’s consumer rights and human welfare watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, told Sputnik.
The COVID-19 incidence growth is expected to continue in Russia, and the country is likely to reach plateau next month, after which a gradual decline in new positive tests will be seen, an aide to the head of the Russian public health watchdog’s research institute of epidemiology told Sputnik.
John Nkengasong, the director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said on Monday that it was too soon to speak of a victory over the COVID-19 pandemic on the continent despite the fewer reported cases: Michael Ryan, the executive director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) health emergencies program, said that the current death toll from the coronavirus disease was likely underestimated.

RESTRICTIONS: The Brussels Provincial Crisis Unit has decided to impose several additional restrictive measures starting Monday due to the steady increase of COVID-19 cases in the region.

IMPACT: The European Central Bank expects the GDP of the euro area to return to its pre-crisis level by the end of 2022, ECB President Christine Lagarde said:
The Swiss economy shrank by 7.3 percent in the second quarter of 2020, the sharpest fall since records began in 1980, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs said as previous figures were revised:

RESPONSE: The agreement between the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners will result in 120 million rapid coronavirus tests made available for low- and middle-income countries , WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
China will continue to provide assistance to countries in need to combat the coronavirus pandemic, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said: © Sputnik:

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

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(LONDON) Press Release #Coronavirus #NHS App Statement Report: #COVID19 App Launches today across England & Wales and public are being urged to ‘ download the app ‘ link below …that includes ‘ Track & Trace ‘ element and allows use of Bluetooth and QR Codes as people use checkin facility #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Sept.24: People across England and Wales are being urged to download the app to help control the spread of #coronavirus and protect themselves and their loved ones as case numbers rise: The app launches today, and after positive trials and rigorous testing is an important new tool to work alongside traditional contact tracing to help reduce the spread of the virus: It will be available to those aged 16 and over in multiple languages. It forms a central part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect programme – identifying contacts of those who have tested positive for coronavirus: As part of a major campaign to encourage downloads of the app a new advertisement will launch on primetime TV tonight with the strapline ‘Protect your loved ones.

NHS COVID-19 app launches across England and Wales

NHS COVID-19 app launches to help control coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission.

Department of Health and Social Care

  • NHS COVID-19 app launches nationwide to help control COVID-19 transmission alongside national and local contact tracing
  • Features of the app include contact tracing using Bluetooth, risk alerts based on postcode district, QR check-in at venues, symptom checker and test booking – with user privacy and data security at its heart
  • Businesses are now required by law to display the official NHS QR code posters from today so people can check-in at different premises with the app

Get the app.’here: NHS COVID-19 app

https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/what-the-app-does.html

Today the UK’s major mobile network operators, including Vodafone, Three, EE and O2, Sky and Virgin, have confirmed that all in-app activity will not come out of customers’ data allowance: The contact tracing element of the app works by using low-energy Bluetooth to log the amount of time you spend near other app users, and the distance between you, so it can alert you if someone you have been close to later tests positive for #COVID19 – even if you don’t know each other: The app will advise you to self-isolate if you have been in close contact with a confirmed case. It will also enable you to check symptoms, book a free test if needed and get your test results:

The app has been designed with user privacy in mind, so it tracks the virus, not people and uses the latest in data security technology to protect privacy: The system generates a random ID for an individual’s device, which can be exchanged between devices via Bluetooth (not GPS). These unique random IDs regenerate frequently to add an extra layer of security and preserve anonymity: The app does not hold personal information such as your name, address or date of birth, and only requires the first half of your postcode to ensure local outbreaks can be managed. No personal data is shared with the government or the NHS.

UK government Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:

We are at a tipping point in our efforts to control the spread of this virus. With infection rates rising we must use every tool at our disposal to prevent transmission, including the latest technology.

We have worked extensively with tech companies, international partners, and privacy and medical experts – and learned from the trials – to develop an app that is secure, simple to use and will help keep our country safe.

Today’s launch marks an important step forward in our fight against this invisible killer and I urge everyone who can to download and use the app to protect themselves and their loved ones.

From today certain businesses in England are required by law to display NHS Test and Trace QR codes so customers with the NHS COVID-19 app can use them to check-in. QR codes will help businesses meet their legal requirement to log contact details and allow public health leads to send alerts based on whether people have checked in at venues. So far, more than 160,000 businesses have already downloaded QR codes. Venues in Wales that are legally required to collect and keep a record of visitors will still need to do so……The NHS Test and Trace team behind the app has worked closely with major tech companies, including Google and Apple, scientists within the Alan Turing Institute and Oxford University, Zuhlke Engineering, medical experts, privacy groups, at-risk communities and teams in countries across the world using similar apps – such as Germany, to develop an app that is safe, simple and secure.

The app has been through successful trials in the Isle of Wight, Newham and among NHS volunteer responders. Lessons learned have informed the final version that is launching today:

Dido Harding, Executive Chair of England’s NHS Test and Trace Programme, said:

We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to engage with England’s NHS Test and Trace service. The NHS COVID-19 app enables the majority of people with a smartphone to find out if they are at risk of having caught the virus and need to self isolate, order a test if they have symptoms, and access the right guidance and advice.

The features of this app, including QR code check-in at venues, work alongside our traditional contact tracing service and will help us to reach more people quickly in their communities to prevent further spread of the virus.

This is a welcome step in protecting those around us.

Simon Thompson, Managing Director of the NHS COVID-19 App, said:

We have worked tirelessly to develop the new NHS COVID-19 app and we are incredibly grateful to all residents of the Isle of Wight, London borough of Newham, and NHS volunteer responders, the learnings and insight have made the app what it is today. We are now ready to roll-out the app across England and Wales.

This new version is so much more than just a contact tracing app – it has a range of features which will quickly alert you if you’re at risk of coronavirus. The more people who use it, the better it works.

We are confident that every person who downloads the app will be helping to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Wales’ Health and Social Services Minister, Vaughan Gething, said:

The launch of the NHS COVID-19 app is an important part of Wales’ coronavirus response, bolstering our Test, Trace, Protect programme. The more people who download and use this app, the more it will help us to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We have worked closely with the app development team to ensure it works seamlessly across England and Wales, providing people with the right advice based on where they live. In Wales, the app will complement our existing contact tracing and testing services and will further support our co-ordinated response to COVID-19 at both a local and national level.

I strongly encourage everyone in Wales to download and use the app to keep Wales safe.

In a joint statement Apple and Google said:

We built the exposure notifications system to enable public health authorities in their efforts to develop apps to help reduce the spread of the virus while ensuring people can trust in the privacy-preserving design. We are committed to supporting the government’s effort to launch an app based on this technology.

Hamish MacLeod, Director at Mobile UK, said:

The mobile industry welcomes the opportunity to support the government’s efforts to combat the global COVID-19 pandemic by zero-rating access to the new NHS COVID-19 app. Customers can be reassured that all in-app activity will not come out of their data allowance.

Helen Dickinson, Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium, said:

The NHS COVID-19 app is a great addition to the safety measures already being put in by retailers. We hope it provides extra reassurance for customers and their families all across the country.

As well as contact tracing, the app has a range of additional, enhanced features that will help to reduce personal and public risk from COVID-19 as part of the wider testing and contact tracing service:

  • alert: letting users know the level of coronavirus risk in their postcode district
  • QR check-in: enabling users to check-in at a venue and alerting them if they have recently visited somewhere they may have come into contact with someone who later tests positive for COVID-19
  • symptoms: allowing users to check if they have coronavirus symptoms and see if they need to order a free test
  • test: helping users book a free test through the app and get results to know whether they have COVID-19
  • isolate: if a user is told to self-isolate, a timer feature will help count down that period and access will be provided to relevant advice

Case Notes:

More information on the NHS COVID-19 app App explainer video [App privacy video}(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCH__yEHa4s&)

When someone reports symptoms through the app, it will detect any other app users that the person has been in close contact with over the past few days, including unknown contacts such as someone they may have sat next to on public transport. The app will be able to anonymously alert these contacts and provide advice, including how to get a test if they have symptoms.

The mobile industry has committed to supporting the new app with the major operators Vodafone, Three, EE and O2 (including giffgaff and Tesco Mobile), Sky and Virgin, ‘zero-rating’ data charges for all in-app activity. This means customers will not be charged for data when using the in-app functions, or if they are directed out of the app to information on nhs.uk websites. If a customer is directed to other web pages outside of the app, this may use data from their allowance.

  1. Customers will need data in order to download the Test and Trace app initially, this cannot be zero-rated.
  2. In-app activity has been zero-rated by mobile operators. From the app, customers may be directed to nhs.uk websites, which have also been zero rated. However, if a user is passed from the app to websites on gov.uk, data charges will apply.
  3. O2, Three UK and Virgin Media have zero-rated the subdomain .gov.uk for registering a COVID-19 test
  4. A full list of compatible devices is available.

Those who may not have access to the app, or the ability to use a smartphone should continue to use traditional contact tracing services provided by NHS Test and Trace or, NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect.

#AceHealthDesk report ………………..Published: Sept.24: 2020:

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(MIAMI, Fla.) #Coronavirus Stats Report: At-A-Glance: Huge spike in #COVID19 cases due to increase in massive quest for diagnostics data dump after quest failed to report nearly 75,000-test results #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Sept.02: New cases of the #COVID19 are surfacing every day in South Florida and the rest of the state: Here are the latest numbers and information you need to know at-a-glance as of 2 pm on Sept. 1, 2020, keeping in mind that on Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health severed all ties with Quest Diagnostics after the company’s failure to follow state law in reporting all COVID-19 test results in a timely manner to state health officials. Quest failed to report nearly 75,000 test results dating back to April which means “most of the data in Tuesday’s upload – while it will have historical significance – will have little impact on the status of the pandemic today,” according to the FDOH:

#Coronavirus Report: Quest Diagnostics failed to count 75,000 test results dating back to April which means ‘ most of the data ‘ in Tuesdays upload

CBS Miami: Coronavirus Stats At-A-Glance: Huge Spike In Florida Cases Due To Massive Quest Diagnostics Data Dump

FLORIDA: 631,040 confirmed cases

  • One-Day Increase: 7,569  (3,773 not including backlogged cases from Quest Diagnostics)
  • Total Florida Deaths: 11,521
  • Newly Reported Deaths: 190 *(Reported in last 24 hours)
  • Resident Hospitalizations: 38,859
  • Total Tests: 4,682,883
  • Negative Test Results: 4,044,826
  • 14-Day Average Positivity Rate:  5.96%    (5.90% excluding Quest backlog)

MIAMI-DADE: 159,059 confirmed cases 

  • One-Day Increase: 2,149  (sharp jump includes backlogged cases from Quest Diagnostics)
  • Total Deaths: 2,537
  • Newly Reported Deaths: 100  *(Reported in last 24 hours)
  • Resident Hospitalizations: 7,322
  • Total Tests: 823,890
  • Negative: 662,333
  • 14-Day Average Positivity Rate: 8.33%   (8.21% excluding Quest backlog)

BROWARD: 72,245 confirmed cases

  • One-Day Increase: 1,124  (sharp jump includes backlogged cases from Quest Diagnostics)
  • Total Deaths: 1,187
  • Newly Reported Deaths: 3  *(Reported in last 24 hours)
  • Resident Hospitalizations: 5,411
  • Total Tests: 512,102
  • Negative: 438,973
  • 14-Day Average Positivity Rate: (5.33%  (5.23% excluding Quest backlog)

MONROE: 1,743 confirmed cases

  • One-Day Increase: 9
  • Total Deaths: 16
  • Newly Reported Deaths: 0  *(Reported in last 24 hours)
  • Resident Hospitalizations: 112
  • Total Tests: 16,222
  • Negative: 14,467
  • 14-Day Average Positivity Rate:  4.60%

These numbers are provided by the Florida Department of Health Dashboard.

UNITED STATES: 6,045,064 confirmed cases

  • Deaths: 183,870 (all states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico)

 AROUND THE WORLD: 25,559,850 confirmed cases

  • Deaths: 851,781

TO AVOID GETTING SICK

  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth and face
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick or exhibit symptoms
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow, not your hands
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze, then throw out the tissue and wash your hands
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Evaluate your travel plans as conditions warrant; you should rethink traveling to areas that are already under a travel advisory or areas that are experiencing an outbreak of coronavirus
  • Currently, there is no vaccine to protect against the coronavirus.

SYMPTOMS

  • Mild to severe respiratory illness
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • For those with a weakened immune system, the elderly and the very young, there’s a chance the virus could cause a lower, and much more serious, respiratory tract illness like a pneumonia or bronchitis.
  • Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure

CLICK HERE to see an interactive dashboard showing real-time data of confirmed cases and deaths. Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering created a map that provides the most accurate international tracking of the outbreak of coronavirus, or COVID-19.

(U.K.) #Coronavirus ONS Report: Partnering with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to extend the survey across the four nations – making this the UK’s largest #COVID19 surveillance survey as letters are being sent out to tens of thousands of homes inviting participation #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Aug.22: The expanded study will play a crucial role in providing extensive, weekly data on the spread of infection, supporting rapid testing and diagnosis of #COVID19 both nationally and in areas of concern: The ONS will prioritise ramping up in the North West of England and London in light of recent upticks in infection rates in these areas:

#Coronavirus Report: Huge expansion of ONS-led testing study will provide new insight into spread of #COVID19 across the UK

  • Office for National Statistics (ONS) to significantly expand infection survey to enrol 400,000 people in England, making it the country’s largest study tracking the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the general population.
  • New data will support rapid testing and diagnosis of COVID-19 on a national and local level, helping to narrow down the areas of concern.
  • Survey coverage now includes Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as England after successful pilot. The ONS COVID-19 Infection Survey, tracking the virus in the general population, will expand from regularly testing 28,000 people per fortnight in England to 150,000 by October, the Health Secretary announces today. The survey aims to increase to 400,000 people across the entire project in England.

Letters have already been sent out to tens of thousands of homes inviting new participants to take part in the survey: Anyone who receives a letter asking them to participate in the study is encouraged to do so.

Professor Sir Ian Diamond, UK National Statistician, said: “Vigilance is key to containing this pandemic and the extra data on the spread of infections and antibodies at local level will be invaluable to the planning of effective local responses: “Following this expansion, the ONS-led COVID-19 Infection Survey will be the biggest of its kind in this country. If you’ve been approached to take part then please do so. You will be helping us all to contain this terrible virus and get on with our lives.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “This country now has the capacity to test for Coronavirus on an unprecedented scale and this ONS survey will be a crucial part of this work – improving our understanding of the rate of infection in the population and how many people have antibodies: “This will allow us to further narrow down the areas potentially affected by local outbreaks and continue our fight to curb the spread ahead of winter: “I urge anyone who is able to take part in this study to do so – you will be playing a vital role in the fight against the virus. The data and insight gathered will help inform our national, regional and local responses to the pandemic, allowing this nation to get back to the things we love doing.”

Reporting on a weekly basis, the ONS study will provide both a national picture of how the virus is spreading as well as granular estimates of the number of COVID-19 cases down to local authority level: Crucially, this will allow government and local authorities to further narrow down the areas that may be undergoing outbreaks, potentially reducing the number of people affected by new restrictions and allowing for swift action to curb the spread of the virus: Led by the ONS and the University of Oxford, in partnership with the Departments of Health across the UK, the survey uses routine swabbing and antibody testing to provide insight into the rate of infection and antibody levels in the community.

Case Notes:

  • The ONS COVID-19 Infection Survey looks at the prevalence of symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 infection in the community, how this varies over time and how this varies by population broken down by age, ethnicity and geography. Results are published weekly on the ONS website.
  • The ONS COVID-19 Infection Survey is led by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the ONS and draws on the world-leading scientific expertise of the University of Oxford.
  • Participants provide samples taken from self-administered nose and throat swabs and answer a few short questions during a home visit by a trained health worker. The swab tests will show whether or not participants currently have the virus. They will be asked to take further tests every week for the first five weeks, then every month for 12 months.
  • 20% of participants aged 16 years and over also provide a blood sample taken by a trained nurse, phlebotomist or healthcare assistant. These tests help determine what proportion of the population has developed antibodies to COVID-19. Participants will be asked to give further samples monthly for the next 12 months.
  • The ONS COVID-19 Infection Survey study forms part of Pillar 4 of the government’s COVID-19 testing strategy, to conduct UK-wide surveillance testing to learn more about the spread of the disease and help inform the development of new tests and treatments. Under this Pillar, the significant and successful Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission (REACT) of coronavirus study led by Imperial College London will continue data collection until the end of October 2020.
  • #AceHealthDesk report ……………Published: Aug.22: 2020:

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(BEIJING, China.) #Coronavirus Report: Chinese researchers try to ally public fears over the efficacy of experimental #COVID19 vaccines amid recent reports of viral mutations in many countries, including India, Japan and Malaysia, amid a rampant #pandemic including the D614G mutation that is 10-times more infectious as worldwide figures reach towards 22-million cases #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Aug.18: A D614G mutation of the COVID-19 virus that is 10 times more infectious has been detected in Malaysia, media reported on Sunday, citing Health Ministry Director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah, who warned the local community to be more careful: The news, along with similar discoveries in other countries like India and Japan, have triggered public concern as the number of confirmed cases Global Confirmed – 21,916,63 – Global Deaths – 774,720 – as of Monday without an effective vaccine or drug:

#Coronavirus Report: Chinese researchers try to ally ‘ public fears ‘ over Efficacy of experimental #COVID19 vaccines including the D614G mutation that is 10-times more infectious

Published: Aug.18: 2020: https://t.co/ZJoofioMvb

“It is normal for a virus to mutate in different countries and even in different areas of one country, as a virus has to adapt to local people’s DNA and the local environment,” Yang Zhanqiu, deputy director of the pathogen biology department at Wuhan University, told the Global Times on Monday: If China had failed to control the epidemic, there would also be many mutations in China, Yang noted: A certain strain will form a new strain if more than 20 percent of its genetic information mutates, which may lead current vaccines to lose effectiveness, but the possibility is low.

First, mutations do not necessarily affect the target site of the vaccine; second, current experimental vaccines normally cover more than one target site to ensure efficacy, Chinese experts noted, trying to ease public concerns: Researchers could also edit existing vaccines for new strains like the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine at different valences to suit different types of HPV, according to experts: Mutations would not change the efficacy of drugs, according to Yang.

A team of genomic researchers from two institutes identified 73 novel variants of the COVID-19 strain in Odisha, India, after carrying out sequencing of 1,536 samples including 752 clinical samples, Indian media reported on Saturday:
On August 12, a study published by Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases also indicated that, since late May, a mutated version of the novel coronavirus has overtaken the European strain that was previously widespread in the country. Most of the recently confirmed patients in Japan are believed to have been infected with the virus after mutation, according to local media.

Facing increasing mutations worldwide, Chinese experts are calling for enhanced anti-epidemic measures, especially those against imported cases, as imported viruses will make the epidemic situation more complicated:

According to previous research and media reports, a virus containing mutation Spike D614G had begun spreading in Europe in early February and soon became a dominant strain all over the world. This strain usually contains mutations that can increase transduction of the virus across a broad range of human cell types, including cells from the lung, liver and colon, but so far no evidence shows that the mutation would lead to more cases of the severe disease: The strain has been identified in cases discovered during the Xinfadi Market outbreak in Beijing in June.

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