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August 22, 2020 / 7:21 PM / Updated 17 minutes ago
(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Saturday said the number of deaths due to the new coronavirus had risen by 1,155 to 174,645 and reported 5,598,547 cases, an increase of 46,754 cases from its previous count.
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August 22, 2020 / 10:48 PM / Updated 10 minutes ago
Global coronavirus deaths exceed 800,000
Lisa Shumaker

(Reuters) - The global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 800,000 on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil and India leading the rise in fatalities.

Nearly 5,900 people are dying every 24 hours from COVID-19 on average, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the past two weeks that ended on Friday.

That equates to 246 people per hour, or one person every 15 seconds.

The rate of deaths is holding steady with it taking 17 days to go from 700,000 to 800,000 deaths — the same time it took to go from 600,000 to 700,000.

The U.S. death toll surpassed 170,000 on Sunday, the highest in the world. While the number of new cases is down from a peak in July, the country is still seeing over 360,000 new cases a week.
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Starbucks Cafe’s Covid Outbreak Spared Employees Who Wore Masks
By Heejin Kim and Sam Kim
25 August 2020, 04:28 CEST

After a woman with the coronavirus visited a Starbucks cafe north of Seoul this month, more than two dozen patrons tested positive days later. But the four face mask-wearing employees escaped infection.

The Aug. 8 outbreak in the South Korean city of Paju is another example of how rapidly the SARS-CoV-2 virus can spread in confined, indoor spaces -- as well as ways to minimize transmission. With health authorities around the world still debating the evidence around face masks, the 27-person cluster linked to the air-conditioned coffee outlet adds more support for their mandatory use to help limit the spread of the Covid-19-causing virus.

“This speaks volumes about the role masks can play,” said Ma Sang Hyuk, a pediatric infectious diseases physician at Changwon Fatima Hospital in South Korea. “Masks may not provide 100% protection, but there’s nothing out there that’s as effective.”

Officials assume that most patrons didn’t consistently wear masks as they were drinking and eating while in the Starbucks Corp. outlet in South Korea, according to Gang Young-do, a spokesperson for the Paju government. A ceiling-mounted air-conditioning was helping to cool the second-floor outlet, he said.

“The virus may spread where people can’t wear masks while eating or drinking tea, as witnessed at the Starbucks in Paju,” Jung Eun-kyeong, head of the Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, told reporters in Seoul on Sunday.

The Starbucks case is one of “the most important opportunities to study risk factors among a more or less controlled cohort of people,” said Arnold Bosman, director at Transmissible BV, a Netherlands-based developer of training materials for outbreak control. “This Starbucks event will be a very valuable training exercise for future generations of epidemiologists.”

A person sitting under an airconditioner infected 27 others with coronavirus at a Starbucks cafe in South Korea, but none of employees, who were wearing masks, got the virus https://t.co/7SYdKEglZT pic.twitter.com/VXA4Aw8uGv
— Sam Kim (@samkimasia) August 22, 2020

The Starbucks infections later led to about three dozen more cases outside the coffee shop as of Aug. 24. They add to the more than 3,000 this month that have prompted the South Korean government to consider imposing the highest level of physical distancing rules -- a blow to an economy that’s managed to avert a steep recession so far.
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CEOCambodiaNews wrote: Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:08 pm SOUTH KOREA:
Starbucks Cafe’s Covid Outbreak Spared Employees Who Wore Masks
By Heejin Kim and Sam Kim
25 August 2020, 04:28 CEST

After a woman with the coronavirus visited a Starbucks cafe north of Seoul this month, more than two dozen patrons tested positive days later. But the four face mask-wearing employees escaped infection.

The Aug. 8 outbreak in the South Korean city of Paju is another example of how rapidly the SARS-CoV-2 virus can spread in confined, indoor spaces -- as well as ways to minimize transmission. With health authorities around the world still debating the evidence around face masks, the 27-person cluster linked to the air-conditioned coffee outlet adds more support for their mandatory use to help limit the spread of the Covid-19-causing virus.

“This speaks volumes about the role masks can play,” said Ma Sang Hyuk, a pediatric infectious diseases physician at Changwon Fatima Hospital in South Korea. “Masks may not provide 100% protection, but there’s nothing out there that’s as effective.”

Officials assume that most patrons didn’t consistently wear masks as they were drinking and eating while in the Starbucks Corp. outlet in South Korea, according to Gang Young-do, a spokesperson for the Paju government. A ceiling-mounted air-conditioning was helping to cool the second-floor outlet, he said.

“The virus may spread where people can’t wear masks while eating or drinking tea, as witnessed at the Starbucks in Paju,” Jung Eun-kyeong, head of the Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, told reporters in Seoul on Sunday.

The Starbucks case is one of “the most important opportunities to study risk factors among a more or less controlled cohort of people,” said Arnold Bosman, director at Transmissible BV, a Netherlands-based developer of training materials for outbreak control. “This Starbucks event will be a very valuable training exercise for future generations of epidemiologists.”

A person sitting under an airconditioner infected 27 others with coronavirus at a Starbucks cafe in South Korea, but none of employees, who were wearing masks, got the virus https://t.co/7SYdKEglZT pic.twitter.com/VXA4Aw8uGv
— Sam Kim (@samkimasia) August 22, 2020

The Starbucks infections later led to about three dozen more cases outside the coffee shop as of Aug. 24. They add to the more than 3,000 this month that have prompted the South Korean government to consider imposing the highest level of physical distancing rules -- a blow to an economy that’s managed to avert a steep recession so far.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... f=0KRdLRam
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Quite a long article from the Guardian, but thought it was interesting. The Austrian authorities are being blamed for putting profit before precautions, and being responsible for spreading the coronavirus all over Europe.

Coronavirus outbreak
‘Everyone was drenched in the virus’: was this Austrian ski resort a Covid-19 ground zero?

At least 6,000 people say they caught coronavirus in Ischgl, dubbed ‘Ibiza on ice’, and their class action is gaining pace. Those who were there recall a terrifying week
Philip Oltermann
Sat 5 Sep 2020 09.00 BST

In the first week of March, Charlie Jackson had an argument with his wife. The recruitment agent, 53, from Pangbourne in Berkshire, was due to catch a flight to Innsbruck for a three-day “boys’ holiday”, skiing in the Tirolean Alps. Jackson’s wife, Carol, felt Ischgl, the resort booked by the group, was a bit too close to the parts of northern Italy that had recently been shut down to contain the spread of a mystery flu-like illness. But Jackson threw caution to the wind: he had already spent more than £1,000 on the trip.

Ischgl, one of the most popular ski resorts in Europe, is what Jackson calls “a boyish kind of place”. He and his friends had been visiting the town in the Paznaun valley, Austria, for the past nine years. The snow is reliably powdery from November to May. The compact nature of the place means you don’t need a car to get around. The facilities are well-run: Ischgl has 45 state-of-the-art ski lifts, three of which take you directly from the edge of town to the mountain.

Then there are the many apres-ski bars, where Jackson and other tourists party after a hard day on the slopes. “They are a bit like discos for teenagers, but full of men in their 50s,” he says.
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Young people to blame ?

Iowa refuses to close bars and require masks as Covid-19 cases surge in cities
Iowa City and Ames endure worst surge in the country as cases have risen sharply across the whole midwest

Chris McGreal
Wed 9 Sep 2020 10.00 BST
Iowa’s governor, Kim Reynolds, is refusing to enforce a White House coronavirus taskforce recommendation to close bars and require people to wear masks after Covid-19 infections in some of the state’s cities surged.

Meanwhile, coronavirus cases have risen sharply across the whole midwest in recent weeks putting the region at the forefront of America’s pandemic. The region accounted for six of the eight states with the highest number of new Covid-19 cases by early September even as infections fell in other parts of the US previously among the worst hit.

North Dakota has the largest number of positive cases per capita in the country over the past 14 days. Iowa and South Dakota are enduring the highest percentage increases. Missouri has seen more than 1,300 new cases a day on average over the past week.

In Iowa, the increase was centered on university towns following the return of students to classes. By late August, two of the state’s cities, Ames and Iowa City, were enduring the worst coronavirus surges in the country. The per capita infection rates were higher than any individual country.

Amid warnings that the failure to enforce masks and social distancing was likely to cost hundreds of additional lives in the coming months, the White House taskforce said in a report on 31 August that bars “must be closed” in 61 of Iowa’s 99 counties and seating in restaurants should be limited. It also recommended restrictions on the size of gatherings in the worst hit counties along with the closure of gyms.

“Community transmission continues to be high in rural and urban counties across Iowa, with increasing transmission in the major university towns,” the report warned. “Mask mandates across the state must be in place to decrease transmission.”

But Reynolds has limited bar closures to six counties including those with the universities. She would go no further than “strongly encouraging” people to wear masks, saying that they were “not a silver bullet”.

“I still believe it’s up to the governors in the various states to make those decisions,” the governor said.

Missouri’s governor, Mike Parson, has also consistently resisted making masks obligatory in public spaces, instead issuing guidelines recommending their use while questioning their effectiveness. Authorities in the state’s major cities, including St Louis and Kansas City, have imposed their own mandatory requirements.

In July, Anthony Fauci, the president’s lead coronavirus expert, urged the midwest’s political leaders to follow the science by warning that the region should learn from the surge in cases in southern states during the summer.

The University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation has predicted that without mandatory masks, the number of daily coronavirus deaths in Iowa will be six times higher than if 95% of people used face coverings.

Reynolds blamed “social activity among young adults” for driving the rise in coronavirus numbers. The White House task force warned that university towns need to routinely test all students “to immediately identify new cases and outbreaks and isolate and quarantine”.

Students at the University of Iowa have demanded testing after nearly 1,600 cases have been self-reported on the campus since 18 August but the university has resisted.

“Our numbers are clearly terrifying,” an associate professor, Naomi Greyser, told CNN. “They’re really scary and my students are scared.”
In the counties around Iowa City and Ames well above half of all of those tested for Covid-19 were positive for the virus.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/202 ... -stay-open
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ASEAN coronavirus updates as of Wednesday 7am, September 9

The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 213 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyances.
Coronavirus Cases globally : 27,697,693: Deaths: 900,388: Recovered: 19,801,258

Here we provide updated information on cases in Asean, comprising new cases, total cases, new deaths and total deaths.

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Heathrow boss urges ministers to fast-track a 20-second Covid test


I hope this is true...

Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye is urging the Government to fast track a Covid-19 test which gives results in 20 seconds.

It comes after the Prime Minister announced plans for mass testing under so-called Operation Moonshot, in which millions of people could be tested every day so they could 'behave in a way that was exactly as in the world before Covid'.

The new Virolens test, which is said to provide results in 20 seconds, launched on Wednesday following a three-week trial at Heathrow Airport.


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Covid in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count
By The New York TimesUpdated September 11, 2020, 12:39 A.M. E.T.
At least 914 new coronavirus deaths and 37,786 new cases were reported in the United States on Sept. 10. Over the past week, there have been an average of 35,616 cases per day, a decrease of 16 percent from the average two weeks earlier.

As of Friday morning, more than 6,416,700 people in the United States have been infected with the coronavirus and at least 191,600 have died, according to a New York Times database.

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The New York Times has found that official tallies in the United States and in more than a dozen other countries have undercounted deaths during the coronavirus outbreak because of limited testing availability.
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COVID in France:
As Covid figures soar in France, French health officials admit that the 14 day self-isolation is not working, because it is too long and not being respected. Therefore, the period of isolation has been shortened to 7 days, which they say is based on scientific data that patients are the most contagious in the 3-4 days before they show symptoms and for one week after that.
By presenting its latest opinion released on September 9, the scientific council did not seek to water down its speech. "This is a failure," he admitted, speaking of the isolation strategy intended to fight the Covid-19 epidemic.

Four months after the deconfinement, these experts responsible for advising the executive in its management of the epidemic, believe that the fortnight is not being respected. This "weakens our ability to control the chains of contamination" of the coronavirus, judged anthropologist Laëtitia Atlani regretting a strategy "without specifications or budget at the national level".

To correct the situation, now that France has 50,000 new cases declared weekly, the council recommends shortening to seven days, from fourteen currently, the period of isolation. This recommendation is based on scientific data showing that most cases are contagious within ten days: four days before symptoms appear and six days after. "Beyond seven to eight days, we hardly detect any contagious virus," said Bruno Lina, virologist and member of the board, at a press conference.
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