News avalanche

October 13, 2020
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After a period of moderate news items, there is a sudden upsurge of COVID-related news items, coinciding with a clear uptick in cases worldwide as the northern hemisphere faces cooling weather. Below is just a sampling of today’s news items. UK: intensive care units are filling up at an extraordinary..
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Trudeau: We’re at a tipping point

October 9, 2020
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On Friday, Oct. 9, jurisdictions around Canada reported 2,558 new cases of COVID-19, which marks the largest single-day spike the nation has recorded throughout the pandemic. It surpasses the 2,437 cases that were announced a day earlier. If people don’t start to limit their contacts, we could be seeing up..
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President and First Lady test positive

October 2, 2020
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Overnight, President Donald Trump and the First Lady tested positive for COVID-19. The President announced it himself over Twitter just before 1AM. Yesterday (Thursday) it was announced that Hope Hicks, who works closely with the President, had tested positive. At this time, it is unsure how, where or when the..
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1 Million dead worldwide

September 29, 2020
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Today, the world passed the grim milestone of 1,000,000 dead from the COVID-19 virus. Of note, over the past 10 months, the virus has taken more lives than H.I.V., malaria, influenza and cholera combined. And as it sows destruction in daily life around the globe, it is still growing quickly.

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USA: Grim milestone

September 22, 2020
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Today, the United States passed the grim milestone of 200,000 deaths from COVID-19. By far, the USA now has the highest Coronavirus death toll in the world.

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CDC confusion

September 21, 2020
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CDC has reversed the guidance it issued Sunday. The guidance spoke of a quasi-aerosol property of COVID-19. It now claims that guidance was a simple mistake.

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Updated CDC guidance on transmission

September 21, 2020
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Updated CDC guidance acknowledges coronavirus can spread through the air. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance on its website to say coronavirus can commonly spread “through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols,” which are produced even when a person breathes. Previously, the..
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30 Million

September 18, 2020
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More than 30 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and 943,515 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Some 20.4 million people have recovered.

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Canada reports first day with zero deaths

September 14, 2020
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Canada has reported that yesterday (Friday 11 September, 2020) the country had zero deaths from COVID-19. To date, Canada has lost 9,163 people to the virus.

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Pharma companies vow to not cut corners

September 5, 2020
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Today the major global pharmaceutical companies issued a joint statement vowing not to cut corners with any potential COVID-19 vaccine. Going against an apparent move by the U.S. administration to rush the vaccine, perhaps before the U.S. presidential election, the pharmaceutical companies vowed to respect all safety and testing protocols…
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