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Coronavirus outliers: four nations with very different approaches to the crisis

Some nations have managed to maintain surprisingly low death rates even without swinging into lockdown Harrowing images of emergency workers struggling to cope with the onslaught of Covid-19 cases have made front pages around the world, highlighting the terrible impact the disease is having. Death tolls in Italy and Spain have been especially alarming. But not every nation has suffered to the same grim extent. Some have avoided lockdowns but have still not suffered huge leaps in case numbers. Others have introduced strict monitoring and contact tracing of infected individuals…

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‘I won’t survive’: Iranian scientist in US detention says Ice will let Covid-19 kill many

Although he was exonerated, Dr Sirous Asgari remains locked up and tells the Guardian inhumane jail is denying detainees masks and hand sanitizer An Iranian scientist who was exonerated in a US sanctions trial but remains jailed by immigration authorities said the conditions in detention were filthy and overcrowded and officials were doing little to prevent a deadly coronavirus outbreak. Dr Sirous Asgari, a materials science and engineering professor, was conducting testing at Ice facilities and providing personal protective equipment in accordance with US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines,…

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24 Times Partners Learned New Things About Their Significant Other While Seeing Them Work From Home

InStyle Magazine deputy editor Scroll down, upvote your fave Twitter posts, and remember to share what you’ve learned about your partner if you’re both working from home! 23 reply reply Unfollow 1 hour ago Awww!!! Love seeing the admiration! Unfollow 5 hours ago Everyone who has ever worked customer service has the “voice” Unfollow 9 hours ago Sounds hot. reply View More Replies… According to Timothy Sykes on Entrepreneur, it’s very easy to create a professional persona for yourself. The first step is deciding what kind of person you want…

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‘It’s all Covid’: New York medical staff brace for a surge of coronavirus patients

The governor has warned that efforts to slow the spread of the virus have so far failed; hospitals will no doubt be overwhelmed Frontline medical workers in New York are braced for a surge of patients unlike anything they have seen in their careers, with the state at the center of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. New York Citys infamously bustling streets have almost emptied of pedestrians and cars, but inside its hospitals, emergency departments and critical care units are already busy with Covid-19 patients. Were trying to…

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‘One big virtual love-in’: how children’s book authors are creating online sanctuaries

Authors are going online in real time to engage children and create a safe place where imaginations are fired The childrens author and illustrator wunderkind live on Instagram. And they are pure magic. Jeffers, in quarantine in Belfast, is reading a story a day, having started with his first ever book How to Catch a Star. According to Jeffers, [This is] for all you folks stuck at home in the coming weeks due to Covid, I will be reading one of my books every weekday, and talking about some of…

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No greater love hath Trump than to lay down your life for his re-election | Richard Wolffe

Only a once-in-a-century leader has the guts to say out loud what the worst among us are really thinking: everyone other than me is expendable Donald Trump isnt much of a doctor or scientist. He isnt much of a diplomat or general. His leadership skills match his business skills. Theres a estimated death count is 2.2 million Americans. You cant just come in and say, Lets close up the United States of America, continued the president who prides himself on closing the borders of, um, the United States of America.…

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Are Trump’s coronavirus briefings the new 2020 campaign rallies?

The pandemic has brought in-person electioneering to a halt but the presidents daily appearances are unnervingly partisan For more than an hour from the lectern he self-aggrandises, rewrites history, casts blame, scores political points, goads the media and sends factcheckers scrambling, ceding the bully pulpit only to let other speakers sing his praises. But for the absence of a sea of Keep America Great Again hats and Rolling Stones soundtrack, Donald Trumps coronavirus press briefings at the White House are, critics say, increasingly resembling to drop live coverage of the…

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How Mexicans help satisfy British demand for blood plasma

A growing source of the UKs blood plasma is from Mexicans crossing the border into the US and donating at high frequencies, which some experts fear could risk their health The first time I went, I wanted to cry, said Luca, a mother of three, describing how her economic situation would compel her to do the journey from her home in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Jurez to line up outside a blood plasma donation center in El Paso, Texas. There are more than 800 such facilities in the…

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‘Where’s Fauci?’ America panics as doctor absent again from White House briefing

Infectious disease expert, who has politely sparred with Trump, has become a calming presence in a time of deep uncertainty Moments after Donald Trump approached the lectern to open the daily task force briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, mild panic broke among viewers online. Where was Dr Anthony Fauci, the 79-year-old infectious disease expert who has become a regular fixture and a calming presence alongside the president? Fernand R. Amandi (@AmandiOnAir) Will the press in the

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics in doubt as Canada becomes first team to pull out over coronavirus

Canada takes action to protect public health as Australia tells its athletes to prepare for Games in 2021 Canada has become the first country to warn that it wont send its athletes to the coronavirus pandemic. The Canadian Olympic Committee said holding the Games as planned would threaten the health of its athletes, their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training for these Games. In fact, it runs counter to the public health advice which we urge all Canadians to follow, it said in a statement,…

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Rand Paul becomes first senator to test positive for Covid-19

Senator of Kentucky who was seen at the Senate gym Sunday morning says he is feeling fine and is in quarantine Senator Rand Paul has said he has tested positive for Covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, with the Republican becoming the first member of the Senate to test positive. A post on the Kentucky senators Twitter account said on Sunday that he is feeling fine and is in quarantine. Paul, an eye surgeon, said he has not had symptoms and was tested out of an abundance of caution due…

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‘Be careful’: Spain’s last 1918 flu survivor offers warning on coronavirus

Jos Ameal Pea, 105, is watching on anxiously as a new pandemic sweeps globe Jos Ameal Pea was four years old when the 1918 flu tore through his small fishing town in northern Spain, its deadly path narrated by the daily ringing of church bells. More than a century later, Ameal Pea believed to be Spains only living survivor of a pandemic said to be the after the countrys press were among the first to report on it, killed between 50 and 100 million people around the world. In Ameal…

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Can a face mask protect me from coronavirus? Covid-19 myths busted

The truth about how you can catch coronavirus, how much more elderly people are at risk and what you can do to avoid infection Claim: Face masks dont work Wearing a face mask is certainly not an iron-clad guarantee that you wont get sick viruses can also transmit through the eyes and tiny viral particles, known as aerosols, can penetrate masks. However, masks are effective at capturing droplets, which is a main transmission route of coronavirus, and some studies have estimated a roughly fivefold protection versus no barrier alone (although…

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This is a war: Cuomo warns coronavirus could overwhelm New York healthcare

New York has been hit hardest, with around confirmed 3,000 cases, but governor estimates there could be tens of thousands more cases New Yorks governor, Andrew Cuomo, warned on Thursday morning that he expects the healthcare system in the state to be overwhelmed as cases of Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) NY Governor orders 75 percent of the states workforce to stay home. March 19, 2020 The stress is just incredible, and rightfully so, he said, acknowledging the bewildering disruption to daily life for most of the states 19 million population. The…

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Two Canadian provinces declare state of emergency as Covid-19 fears deepen

Cases in British Columbia almost double in one day, while Ontario premier says it faces danger of major proportions Two provinces in Canada have declared states of emergency and another witnessed a surge in coronavirus cases as fears of a widespread outbreak nationwide continue to deepen. As prime minister Justin Trudeau prepares to unleash a stimulus package worth at least C$20bn (US$14bn), British Columbia announced another 83 confirmed cases on Tuesday afternoon, bringing the provinces total confirmed Covid-19 infections to 186. In her daily briefing, provincial health officer Dr Bonnie…

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