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Europe is warned of rising Covid-19 rates as it enters the autumn season – WHO

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“We are by no means out of the woods” – WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The World Health Organisation is warning that Europe will face a rising death toll from Covid-19 during the northern hemisphere autumn. The warning comes as the number of world daily infections hit a record high. The WHO reported 310,692 new cases worldwide on September 11, with the weekly trend starting to spike again after levelling off over the past month. The trend in daily deaths, however, continues to drop as treatments for severe Covid-19 cases continue to improve.

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India, the US, Brazil, Argentina and France led the way yesterday as the countries adding the most new cases in the world. Regionally, the Americas, the Asian sub-continent and Europe remain the major concerns at this phase of the Covid-19 response. (Figures from September 14, according to worldometers.info)

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The WHO Europe director Hans Kluge, speaking to AFP, say that the situation… “is going to get tougher. In October, November, we are going to see more mortality.” Europe’s 55 members have been meeting with the WHO yesterday and today, focusing on their virus response as the global death toll crossed 932,000 and expected to reach a million deaths within the next 10 days.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus punctuated the situation.

“We are by no means out of the woods.”

Around the world the Covid-19 hangover continues as some country’s try and re-open their borders and restart their battered economies, others re-open and then re-apply restrictions as cases rise, and others just keep their borders sealed for now. The UN World Tourism Organisation reports that 53% of the world’s tourist destinations have now started easing travel restrictions government’s imposed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

• In advanced economies, 79% of tourism destinations had already started easing restrictions. In emerging economies, less than half, just 47% of destinations, have started the process.

• 64% of those destinations which have eased have a “high or medium dependence” on airlines to deliver international tourists to their location. Island destinations are particularly at risk at this time as the air lift is critical to their tourist success.

• 43% of all worldwide destinations continue to have their borders completely closed to all tourism, of which 27 destinations have had their borders “completely closed” for at least 7 months.

• 50% of destinations in the survey, with borders completely closed to tourism, are listed as being among the “World’s Most Vulnerable Countries”. They include 10 Small Island Developing States, 1 Least Developed Country and 3 Land-Locked Developing Countries.

The cities of Marseille and Bordeaux in France have announced a series of new restrictions on public gatherings as Covid-19 infections soar in the country with a second wave of infections more pronounced than the first European wave in March and April this year.

The latest surge is sparking alarm across Europe, and reviving debate over how quickly to re-open businesses and borders, and the best way to fight the rise in infections. Currently England has restricted social gatherings to no more than 6 people from yesterday. At the same time millions of schoolchildren around Europe are heading back to their classrooms for the first time in months. The UK’s Institute for Employment Studies has just released a report showing how Covid-19 may cost 1 million jobs in Britain this year.

But while Europe is coping with a a new wave of infections, other parts of the world are prying open their borders and easing restrictions. Saudi Arabia announced it would partially lift a 6-month suspension of international flights this week. South Korea says it would ease rules around Seoul after cases declined in the capital.

Meanwhile clinical trials continue on a range of vaccines around the world. Researchers on the AstraZeneca-Oxford University project, who aim to conclude testing by the end of 2020, had “voluntarily paused” the trial last week after a volunteer developed an unexplained illness.

But the WHO’s European director Hans Kluge is urging the public not to put all their hopes on a single vaccine from just one country.

“I hear the whole time… the vaccine is going to be the end of the pandemic. Of course not. The end of the pandemic would come when communities learn to live with the disease.”

Meanwhile, the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board is warning that… ” far too little is being done to prepare for future, possibly even more damaging pandemics.”

“The crisis had revealed how little the world had focused on preparing for such disasters, despite ample warning.”

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    Mike

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Check the cases in Europe which are increasing day by day and the very very low death rate. We are having a casedemic, not a pandemic. Look at the science not a fear and control.

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      Rinky Stingpiece

      Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 2:45 pm

      I would like to see the correlations between mortality and obesity, mortality and age, and mortality and urban population density… there is also a cultural dimension, of those more tactile cultures, and also a sanitation correlation… and all of this is linked to poverty and education.

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        Perceville Smithers

        Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 3:14 pm

        What news have you been watching or listening to? That info, at least as it relates to the U.S., has been reported for months.

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          Rinky Stingpiece

          Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 10:52 pm

          I was looking at the latest figures, showing India, Brazil, Mexico, lots of Latin america and Phils and Indo, Israel, places with dense populations, and not all the healthiest either.
          I know they reported this a while back, but it was premature to say, places like Italy had more elderly, and you had to wait and see how places like Japan fared in comparison.
          I’m trying to get a sense of where things might go over the next 3 or 6 months. Obviously, parts of Europe are also facing a bumpy winter in terms of their graphs.

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 1:15 pm

        “UK EUROPE have a very low death rate but high infection rate nobody knows why ….”

        The death rate world wide is 3.2% (32 deaths per thousand cases). Holland has one of the highest rates at 80 per thousand, the US in the middle at 30 per thousand, Thailand one of the lowest at ‘only’ 17 per thousand.

        The suggestion is that the variation in rates probably isn’t due to the standard of treatment (Thailand’s is unlikely to be four times better than Holland’s, to be realistic) but in varying strains, as you say, and in early detection (which isn’t necessarily related purely to testing).

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 1:20 pm

        I’m far from sure that “co-morbundities” clarify the situation or reduce the risk of ill effects (such as death) as much as is often suggested.

        These include everything from obesity to diabetes, high blood pressure to “old age” (over 60), and anything in between, and that’s at least a third of the population in most countries.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      Agreed, “look at the science”.

      In Holland the death rate is 80 per thousand (8%).

      World-wide it’s 32 per thousand (3.2%).

      If that’s “very, very low” then I suppose QAnon’s got it right.

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    Mark

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    UK EUROPE have a very low death rate but high infection rate nobody knows why doctors in hospital have the thought that there is 2/3 different Covid virus with the original virus which called L from China the other thoughts is the virus is less dangerous over the next 3 months we will see at present all people are 14 day quarantine maybe this will be the normal for 2021 even if a vaccine is found it will take at least a year Or two to vaccinate the world

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 1:12 pm

      “UK EUROPE have a very low death rate but high infection rate nobody knows why ….”

      The death rate world wide is 3.2% (32 deaths per thousand cases). Holland has one of the highest rates at 80 per thousand, the US in the middle at 30 per thousand, Thailand one of the lowest at ‘only’ 17 per thousand.

      The suggestion is that the variation in rates probably isn’t due to the standard of treatment (Thailand’s is unlikely to be four times better than Holland’s, to be realistic) but in varying strains, as you say, and in early detection (which isn’t necessarily related purely to testing).

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        Thailover

        Friday, September 18, 2020 at 6:26 pm

        Where is the stated number based on, the 80 per thousand death rate? The dutch institute publishes 0.9%, but data experts in Holland are convinced this number is far to high, in reality it’s 0.23%.
        Right now the number of check cases is rising rapidly, but the number of hospital admissions is low. So in fact the covid-19 is less mortal than participate in traffic.

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Covid UPDATE: New cases rise to 1,543, DDC recommends work from home in red zone areas

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Thailand’s Covid-19 infections are still on the rise, with the Kingdom reporting 1,543 new infections in the last 24 hours. Only 3 of those are imported with 1,540 being cases of community transmission. Thailand has now recorded 37,453 infections. 8,973 patients are receiving hospital treatment, 41 of whom have pneumonia.

11 people are currently in a serious condition on ventilators.

1,540 were community cases, most from the hot zone of Bangkok with 409 new infections. Chiang Mai had 278 new cases, Prachuap Khiri Khan 98 and Chon Buri (including Pattaya) 98.

UPDATE: Dr Chawetsan Namwat, the acting director for emergency health at the Department of Disease Control, says that people will need to consider working from home for 2 weeks if they live in a red zone area.

He said that it may be necessary to increase restrictions further to mitigate the upward trajectory of Covid-19 that is expected to rise after Songkran. Those red zone areas include Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Samut Prakan, Narathiwat, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Samut Sakhon, Pathum Thani and Sa Kaeo.

“To reduce risks, people should work from home after the Songkran festival.”

Covid UPDATE: New cases rise to 1,543, DDC recommends work from home in red zone areas | News by ThaigerHere’s the trajectory of the outbreak since April 1…

April 1 – 26 infections
April 2 – 58 infections
April 3 – 84 infections
April 4 – 96 infections
April 5 – 194 infections
April 6 – 250 infections
April 7 – 334 infections
April 8 – 405 infections
April 9 – 559 infections
April 10 – 789 infections
April 11 – 967 infections
April 12 – 985 infections
April 13 – 965 infections
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The governor of Bangkok says anyone who has had contact with a Covid-19 patient must self-isolate for 10 days, the incubation period for the virus. Nation Thailand reports that Governor Aswin Kwanmuang has issued advice for those self-isolating, saying they must adhere to the following 4 steps.

1. Sleep in a separate room to other residents
2. Do not eat with other people living in the house
3. Separate trash, as garbage used by a potentially infected person can be a source of transmission
4. Use a separate bathroom where possible. If not possible, the potentially infected person should be last to use the bathroom, washing sinks and the toilet seat after each use

The governor says people who live alone in a house or condo can use a food delivery service, but must wear a mask while in the presence of food delivery workers, as well as washing their hands regularly. Condominium residents must advise the building manager that they are self-isolating and avoid using common areas such as elevators.

Masks should be worn at all times indoors and all residents should observe social distancing while in common areas. Building managers are responsible for instructing residents to observe disease prevention measures and should also undertake regular disinfection of common areas and manage potentially infectious waste appropriately.

Nation Thailand lists the following numbers for those who need further medical advice.

Covid-19 situation at the Bangkok Health Office Hotline (02) 203 2393 or (02) 203 2396 or (02) 203 2883 and (02) 245 4964 (24 Hours)

BKK COVID-19 website hotline (02) 203 2393 and (02) 203 2396 (service hours 8am-10pm)

People with Covid-19 symptoms should contact the Erawan Centre, Bangkok 1646. People at risk of exposure to infectious cases can call the Emergency Operation Centre at 097 046 7549 and the Department of Disease Control at 1422.

Infected patients can get more advice on self-isolation at the Medical Department Hotline 1668, the National Institute of Emergency Medicine 1669 or the NHSO 1330 hotline, 24 hours a day.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Officials in Pattaya and Koh Larn say there are currently no plans to close the island to visitors despite a man who worked briefly at a local restaurant testing positive for Covid-19. It’s understood the worker was employed from April 3 to April 6, before quitting. During his short employment stint, he visited a number of nightlife venues in Pattaya during the course of one evening, before returning to the island. The name of the restaurant where he worked has not been released.

The man was later contacted by contact-tracers and subsequently tested positive for the virus. The Pattaya News reports that the restaurant on Koh Larn was closed for 3 days, with officials testing several people the man had come into contact with. It’s understood all have tested negative but are self-isolating for 14 days.

No other infections have been recorded on the island, with officials confirming it can remain open to domestic tourists, with strict disease prevention measures in place, including mandatory use of the contact-tracing MorChana app. Officials have also urged people to comply with mask-wearing regulations, saying a small minority – mostly foreigners – are failing to do so.

There is currently no planned lockdown for the island, with high-risk venues such as bars and clubs already temporarily closed. Restaurants and hotels remain open to domestic tourists and outdoor activities such as boat tours and diving can still go ahead until such time as the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration deems otherwise. The province of Chon Buri currently does not have any restrictions in place for those entering or leaving.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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