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Latest Covid news from Vietnam:

Hanoi shuts bars and karaoke parlors in latest Covid-19 response
By Vo Hai, Phuong Son January 31, 2021 | 10:29 pm GMT+7
All bars, karaoke parlors, and discotheques in Hanoi must close and residents have to avoid 'non-essential' gatherings from February 1 as measures to contain the spreading novel coronavirus.
The Hanoi People's Committee announced the decision at a meeting on the latest Covid-19 outbreak Sunday afternoon.
https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/hanoi ... 29410.html

Vietnam registers another 30 domestic Covid-19 cases
By Le Nga February 1, 2021 | 08:08 pm GMT+7
The Ministry of Health confirmed 30 new Covid-19 community transmissions and one imported case on Monday evening.

The domestic cases, patients 1820-1849, are in Hanoi (four cases); the nothern provinces of Hai Duong (17), Quang Ninh (five) and Bac Giang (one); the Central Hinglands province of Gia Lai (two); and southern Binh Duong Province (1).

The new Covid-19 cases in Hanoi were detected in Me Linh, Nam Tu Liem and Dong Anh districts.

All five patients recorded in Quang Ninh were F1 cases, with two linked to "patient 1553", a 31-year-old employee at Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh Province. The other F1 patients were related to Chi Linh Town of northern Hai Duong Province, the country's biggest Covid-19 hotspot.
https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietn ... 29786.html

Vietnam detects 1st case of South African coronavirus variant infection
By Chi Le February 1, 2021 | 11:45 am GMT+7
Vietnam detects 1st case of South African coronavirus variant infection
A medic arranges swab samples taken for a mass testing for the new coronavirus in Hanoi, April 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh.
A South African woman who arrived in Hanoi in December with Covid- 19 has been found infected with the highly contagious coronavirus variant that originated in her country.

The National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology on Sunday said the 25-year-old is the country's first patient with the mutated strain.

She landed on December 19 on a flight from South Africa, was quarantined on arrival, tested positive for the disease, and was admitted at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases.
https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietn ... 29589.html
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Keeping an eye on Vietnam Covid-19 infections:
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Twenty new cases confirmed including 19 community infections in Hải Dương (14), Quảng Ninh (4) and Gia Lai (1). One more is an imported case.
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theKid wrote:Is this amazing or just weird?


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Neither.

It’s the law of unintended consequences.

The drive to lower this virus - which is particulate based and partially airborne, down to zero - has the side effect of driving all influenza viruses - also particulate based, airborne, down to zero as well.

If people can’t meet, viruses can’t spread.
That’s what any scientist will say.

It’s the consequences of not meeting - economic activity, social isolation, unmanaged medical conditions, a functioning society, etc., that’s slowly killing the world.
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the stupidity of some just amazes me

Coronavirus in Tanzania: The country that's rejecting the vaccine :facepalm:
For months Tanzania's government has insisted the country was free from Covid-19 - so there are no plans for vaccination
But then, according to Tanzania's government, which has not published data on the coronavirus for months, the country is "Covid-19-free".
There is little testing and no plans for a vaccination programme in the East African country.

It is nearly impossible to gauge the true extent of the virus and only a small number of people are officially allowed to talk about the issue.

Since June last year, when President John Magufuli declared the country "Covid-19 free", he, along with other top government officials, have mocked the efficacy of masks, doubted if testing works, and teased neighbouring countries which have imposed health measures to curb the virus.

Mr Magufuli has also warned - without providing any evidence - that Covid-19 vaccines could be harmful and has instead been urging Tanzanians to use steam inhalation and herbal medicines, neither of which have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) as treatments.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-55900680
In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely. HST
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newkidontheblock wrote: Fri Feb 05, 2021 11:47 am
theKid wrote:Is this amazing or just weird?


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Neither.

It’s the law of unintended consequences.

The drive to lower this virus - which is particulate based and partially airborne, down to zero - has the side effect of driving all influenza viruses - also particulate based, airborne, down to zero as well.

If people can’t meet, viruses can’t spread.
That’s what any scientist will say.

It’s the consequences of not meeting - economic activity, social isolation, unmanaged medical conditions, a functioning society, etc., that’s slowly killing the world.
So you are saying all the measures adopted around the world are enough virtually eradicate Influenza but they are not nearly enough to stop Covid? Why does Covid continue to spread while Influenza doesn’t?

https://apps.who.int/flumart/Default?ReportNo=6

Those are figures from the WHO, mind you, not from some conspiracy site. I wonder why this isn’t getting more attention.
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c19 has a far higher RO than flu
While COVID-19 and flu viruses are thought to spread in similar ways, COVID-19 is more contagious among certain populations and age groups than flu. Also, COVID-19 has been observed to have more superspreading events than flu. This means the virus that causes COVID-19 can quickly and easily spread to a lot of people and result in continuous spreading among people as time progresses.
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/flu-vs ... han%20flu.
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A little bit of good news perhaps...

New Israeli Covid-19 drug which cured 30 cases of disease hailed by scientists as 'huge breakthrough'

A new coronavirus drug which successfully cured 30 cases of the disease in Israeli hospital patients has been hailed by scientists as a ‘huge breakthrough’.

The EXO-CD24 substance was developed at the Ichilov Medical Centre in Tel Aviv and successfully completed its first phase of clinical trials on Friday.

The treatment was given to 30 patients with coronavirus, whose conditions ranged from moderate to severe.

Twenty-nine of the patients were then discharged from the hospital in the following three to five days, while one patient took slightly longer to recover.

A protein known as CD24 is delivered to the lungs by exosomes in the drug, which helps to rebalance the immune system and prevent it from overreacting to the virus.


“Even if the vaccines do their job, and even if there aren't any new mutations, one way or another, the coronavirus will be staying with us,” Prof Arber told the news site Arutz Sheva.

“That’s why we developed this special medication. It’s been about half a year from the time the idea was hatched to the first human trials [being] conducted.”


https://www.msn.com/en-gb/health/medica ... d=msedgdhp
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More good news..

Over-the-counter inhalers suppress severe COVID symptoms, trial finds

Researchers say their clinical trial using a cheap asthma inhaler to prevent COVID-19 patients developing severe symptoms has produced “incredible” results. The results give hope the worst effects of the virus can be contained by the easily accessible medication, as the world waits for viable vaccines to be rolled out.

Patients in the trial, conducted in Britain and led by researchers from Australia, were given simple over-the-counter steroid inhalers when they presented at hospital with symptoms of the disease.

QUT associate professor Dan Nicolau, one of the lead researchers on the trial at the University of Oxford, said the results showed the method was extremely effective at preventing severe COVID-19 symptoms.

“When we first began the trial back in March [2020], we were hoping for 50 per cent reduction [in risk of developing serious symptoms], which itself would have been very high,” he said. “We got 90 per cent, which even with only a few hundred people is off the charts. “And it’s not just the overall result - their temperatures are less, they get less fever, and they recover faster.”

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10 Feb, 2021
Covid-19 in Europe - BBC News:
The Greek capital Athens is to go into hard lockdown tomorrow, with most shops shut and all schooling going online. Kindergartens and primary and secondary schools only reopened a couple of weeks ago, but Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis says higher hospital admissions are putting a strain on the Greek health service.

Spain has recorded another 766 deaths in 24 hours – the highest number since April – and the number of infections since the pandemic began has passed three million. The spike has been blamed on restrictions being eased over Christmas, but the weekly incidence rate has started to fall and more than two million Spaniards have been vaccinated. Key workers will start getting the Oxford-AstraZeneca drug, which Spain won’t be giving to over-55s, even though it’s been approved by the EU’s medical agency.

German state leaders get together on video with Chancellor Angela Merkel with full expectation that they’ll prolong the country’s lockdown beyond 14 February. Infections are down to just over 8,000 a day but Baden-Württemberg state premier Winfried Kretschmann says no-one should expect “an orgy of opening”. Intensive care expert Gernot Marx says schools and daycare centres should remain shut because he says they’re a big channel for spreading infection.
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Covid-19: California's dangerous coronavirus strain opens door to 'nightmare scenario'
Melissa Healy13:27, Feb 24 2021
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California reported a new low in daily coronavirus cases as Bay Area epidemiologists warn a new variant in California may be more contagious.

A coronavirus variant that emerged in mid-2020 and surged to become the dominant strain in California not only spreads more readily than its predecessors, it also evades antibodies generated by Covid-19 vaccines or prior infection and it's associated with severe illness and death, researchers said.

In a study that helps explain the state's dramatic surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths – and portends further trouble ahead – scientists at UC San Francisco said that the cluster of mutations that characterises the homegrown strain should mark it as a “variant of concern” on par with those from the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil.

“The devil is already here,” said Dr Charles Chiu, who led the UCSF team of geneticists, epidemiologists, statisticians and other scientists in a wide-ranging analysis of the new variant, which they call B.1.427/B.1.429. “I wish it were different. But the science is the science.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/ ... e-scenario
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