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Trump vows to pressure governors to reopen schools in the fall

The president again downplayed the severity of the current spike in coronavirus cases and insisted that schools must open in the fall.

White House begins the process of withdrawing from the World Health Organization

The notice to the U.N. was the first step in a yearlong process that will rely on several factors outside of Trump's control, including cooperation from Congress and the president's Trump's own reelection in November, neither of which are assured.

Coronavirus strains Florida health system as some hospitals run out of ICU beds in largest counties

As of Tuesday, more than 5,000 Florida patients were using roughly 83% of the state's more than 6,000 ICU beds, according to the state's Agency for Health Care Administration.

WHO officials worried about rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreaks in the Americas

Without mentioning the Untied States by name, the WHO officials indicated that they are worried about the country's current surge in coronavirus cases.

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for the coronavirus Tuesday, shortly after the presidential palace said he had been displaying symptoms associated with the disease.

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Europe News

In Pictures: What Paris Gare du Nord will look like in the future

The infamous Gare du Nord in Paris is set for a huge makeover, after plans for a revamp were given the green light. Here's what it will look like in the future according to initial plans.

'Colossal' renovation of Paris Gare du Nord gets green light

Europe's busiest train station, the bustling Gare du Nord in Paris, appeared set for a colossal facelift after regional authorities on Tuesday approved a divisive 600-million-euro ($678-million) overhaul.

Spain extends measures to protect tenants and homeowners

Spain has approved an extension to a mortgage holiday for homeowners until the end of September and measures to protect tenants.

These are the next steps for Sweden's future migration laws

A Swedish parliament committee set up to work out a new migration policy for Sweden will not put forward an overall proposal for a new law, after negotiations between the parties broke down. So what happens next?

North Sea or Baltic Sea? How to decide between Germany's two coasts

For years, decades, and sometimes for generations, people in Germany have been going on holiday to a particular coast. What sets them apart?

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Coronavirus: Spain's holiday islands shake off party image

After experiencing life without tourism, some want to change the way the Balearic islands work.

Hong Kong security law: Beijing security office opens in Hong Kong

Mainland agents based in the office can, under a new law, investigate Hong Kongers for security crimes.

Coronavirus: Brazil's President Bolsonaro tests positive

The president, who has belittled the risks posed by the virus, took the test after developing symptoms.

Coronavirus: The tenants enduring Australia's toughest lockdown

The police-enforced lockdown of nine housing towers in Melbourne is sparking community anger.

JK Rowling joins 150 public figures decrying 'cancel culture'

The letter, also signed by Malcolm Gladwell and Gloria Steinem, denounces "a vogue for public shaming".

How the US caught flashy Nigerian Instagrammers 'with $40m'

Dubai has extradited "mrwoodbery" and "hushpuppi" to the US to face cyber money fraud charges.

FBI director: China is 'greatest threat' to US

China is working to be the world's superpower "by any means necessary," Christopher Wray said.

Coronavirus: Airborne transmission cannot be ruled out, WHO says

The WHO has acknowledged there is evidence that Covid-19 can be spread by airborne particles.

China: Bus plunges into reservoir, killing 21

The vehicle was travelling on a bridge in south-west China when it plunged into a reservoir.

Coronavirus: 'The masks you throw away could end up killing a whale'

As the world battles the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more protective equipment is ending up in the sea.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Case Tracker

Provided by Johns Hopkins University this COVID-19 Global Case Tracker Dashboard shows you the most up-to-date information about the global spread of the new corona virus.

About the 2019-20 Coronavirus Pandemic

The 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak started in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, in December 2019. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020 and recognized it as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of end March 2020, more than a million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in over 200 countries and territories, resulting in approximately 64,000 deaths. More than 250,000 people have recovered.

The virus is mainly spread during close contact, and by small droplets produced during coughing, sneezing, or talking. These small droplets may also be produced during breathing, but rapidly fall to the ground or surfaces and are not generally spread through the air over large distances. People may also catch COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface and then their face. The virus can survive on surfaces up to 72 hours. It is most contagious during the first 3 days after symptom onset, although spread may be possible before symptoms appear and in later stages of the disease. The time between exposure and symptom onset is typically around five days, but may range from 2 to 14 days. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

The pandemic has led to severe global socioeconomic disruption, the postponement or cancellation of sporting, religious, and cultural events, and widespread fears of supply shortages resulting in panic buying. Schools and universities have closed either on a nationwide or local basis in more than 160 countries, affecting approximately 97 percent of the world's student population.

Source: Wikipedia (April 5, 2020)

Please find below further updates from The World Health Organization (WHO).

UN Public Service Day

Honouring the public servants who have been working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whether working in healthcare or delivering essential services in the areas of sanitation, social welfare, education, postal delivery, transport, law enforcement, and more, public servants globally have continued to work in the community as many people shelter at home, risking their lives to ensure ours can continue.

The United Nations will mark Public Service Day on 23 June to honour the women and men who are risking their lives and health to deliver essential public services amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

A virtual event will bring together public servants and leaders to discuss the importance of the continuation of public service provision during times of pandemic. In doing so, it will examine the various approaches countries have taken during the crisis while looking at what measures they are undertaking to better mitigate such challenges in the future.

The event will also include an orchestral piece performed by the UN Orchestra and feature a video showcasing public servants in action developed from over 80 submissions received from public servants at national and local levels worldwide. 

Speakers include:

Moderator: Ms. Odette Ramsingh, Executive Director: Human Resources, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

How to watch

  1. Link to event
  2. DG speech

 

 

WHO discontinues hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir treatment arms for COVID-19

WHO today accepted the recommendation from the Solidarity Trial’s International Steering Committee to discontinue the trial’s hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir arms. The Solidarity Trial was established by WHO to find an effective COVID-19 treatment for hospitalized patients.

The International Steering Committee formulated the recommendation in light of the evidence for hydroxychloroquine vs standard-of-care and for lopinavir/ritonavir vs standard-of-care from the Solidarity trial interim results, and from a review of the evidence from all trials presented at the 1-2 July WHO Summit on COVID-19 research and innovation. 

These interim trial results show that hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir produce little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalized COVID-19 patients when compared to standard of care. Solidarity trial investigators will interrupt the trials with immediate effect. 

For each of the drugs, the interim results do not provide solid evidence of increased mortality. There were, however, some associated safety signals in the clinical laboratory findings of the add-on Discovery trial, a participant in the Solidarity trial. These will also be reported in the peer-reviewed publication. 

This decision applies only to the conduct of the Solidarity trial in hospitalized patients and does not affect the possible evaluation in other studies of hydroxychloroquine or lopinavir/ritonavir in non-hospitalized patients or as pre- or post-exposure prophylaxis for COVID-19. The interim Solidarity results are now being readied for peer-reviewed publication.