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Floating plastic waste removal machine in the Pacific Ocean – Fail, so far

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The ‘plastic removal system’ that set sail from San Francisco in September to clean up the huge floating plastic patches in the Pacific Ocean, hasn’t been working as planned.

The Ocean Cleanup System 001, a U-shaped floating barrier created by the organisation The Ocean Cleanup, arrived in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in October. But the system has failed to retain the plastic it captured, according to organisers.

The system has the nickname ‘Wilson’.

CNN reports the the device is 650 metres long with a 3 metre skirt that hangs below it, under the water.

Ocean garbage patches are formed by rotating ocean currents called “gyres” that pull marine debris (litter, fishing gear, and plastic) into one location, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The are several of these patches in the ocean, including two in the Pacific.

“It appears that the system occasionally travels slower than the plastic, which provides the caught plastic with the opportunity to leave the system again.”

Read the rest of the CNN report HERE.

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US Covid-19 cases exceed 100,000 people, South Korea leads the world with testing

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The US has kicked the number of cases of Covid-19 coronavirus over 100,000 people. As testing continues to expand rapidly, the US is seeing daily spikes of 10,000+ in recent days (18,294 in the past 24 hours). On March 20 there were 19,000 active cases recorded for the US.

The numbers are expected to continue to rise steadily in the coming weeks, but health officials maintain the number of newly identified cases is likely due to lack of testing in the weeks before.

Since the country’s first reported death on February 29, at least 1,693 people have died in the US, including three Thai nationals (in New York). Around the globe, more than 27,341 people have died (as of 7am Thai time).

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Cases have been reported in all 50 states across the US, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the US Virgin Islands. New York has by far the most reported cases, nearly half the country’s total, followed by New Jersey, California, Washington and Michigan.

The US-based Centres for Disease Control say that whilst the US has the most confirmed cases of the new virus, the country has also conducted more coronavirus tests than any other country.

The CDC has not published official numbers of nationwide tests, but Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, claimed this week that the US had conducted more than 370,000 tests.

But, with a population of about 330 million, the US isn’t leading the world in the number of tests conducted per capita. South Korea, a country of about 51 million, had tested more than 370,000 people as of yesterday. Italy, with a population of around 60 million, with the most coronavirus-related deaths (9,134), had tested more than 390,000 people up to yesterday, according to Italian health officials.

SOURCE: USA Today

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British PM Boris Johnson tests positive for Covid-19

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The British PM has tested positive for the coronavirus. Boris Johnson says he developed “mild symptoms over the past 24 hours”, including a cough and temperature.

Mr Johnson was last seen last night, UK time, as he clapped outside his home as part of a nationwide gesture thanking National Health Service staff.

55 year old Mr Johnson maintains he is now self-isolated at No 10 Downing Street, the home ‘office’ of British prime ministers, but “continues to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus”.

On his Twitter account (below), Mr Johnson says that he was working from home and self-isolating and “that’s entirely the right thing to do”.

“I want to thank everybody involved and, of course, our amazing NHS staff.”

The PM was tested at his home by NHS staff, on the personal advice of England’s chief medical physician, Professor Chris Whitty.

“So thank you to everybody who’s doing what I’m doing, working from home to stop the spread of the virus from household to household,” Mr Johnson said.

Earlier this week, the prime minister’s spokesman remarked that if Mr Johnson was unwell and unable to work, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, as the first secretary of state, would be the selected minister to stand in.

Mr Johnson’s fiancee Carrie Symonds is several months pregnant. Pregnant women are advised to be particularly stringent when following social distancing advice.

Yesterday, the heir to the British throne, 71 year old Prince Charles, 71, is to be displaying mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health”.

SOURCE: BBC

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Singaporeans face jail, fines if they don’t observe social distancing

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Singapore authorities have announced tough new measures to combat the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, saying that those found guilty of intentionally standing or sitting too near to others could be jailed for up to six months. The city-state has already closed bars and cinemas, as well as banning large events.

While Singapore isn’t under lockdown or a state of emergency like Thailand and neighbouring Malaysia, people are now barred from intentionally standing too close in a queue or sitting in a seat less than a metre from another individual in public. place according to the regulations. Those found guilty of breaking the rules face a jail term of up to six months and a maximum fine of 10,000 Singspore dollars ( about 230,000 baht or 7,000 US$).

Business owners must place seats not fixed to the ground at least a metre apart, and make sure people keep their distance when queueing. They face the same punishments if found to have broken the rules.

Singapore, known for its low crime rate and tough approach to law and order, introduced stricter curbs after a spike in infections was brought in from overseas.

“We must implement tighter safe distancing measures now to minimise activities and exposure”.

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Singapore has reported 683 virus infections and 3 deaths. The rapidly spreading pandemic has infected well over half a million people worldwide and killed more than 24,000 as of Friday afternoon (Thai time).

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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