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Covid infection rates will rise in New York and U.S. as state fights 'microclusters,' Cuomo says

"I think the scale is going to go up throughout the fall," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

AstraZeneca shares turn negative after Brazilian health authority says volunteer in Covid vaccine study dies

Shares of AstraZeneca, a front-runner in the Covid-19 vaccine race, gave up a slight gain after the news broke.

Watch live: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds a press briefing on Covid as cases climb across U.S.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is holding a news conference on Wednesday as the state continues to address clusters of coronavirus cases.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb: U.S. about 'a week away from a rapid acceleration' of coronavirus cases

“We can look to happier days, but these are going to be some tough months ahead,” the former FDA chief told CNBC.

5 things to know before the stock market opens Wednesday

U.S. stock futures were steady Wednesday morning as investors monitor coronavirus stimulus talks.

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Lazio to follow other Italian regions and impose curfew

Rome and the surrounding region will be under curfew at night from Friday onwards as local authorities tighten the rules in response to a spike in cases.

LATEST: German Health Minister tests positive for coronavirus

According to the Ministry of Health in Berlin, Jens Spahn, of the Christian Democrats (CDU) tested positive for the virus early Wednesday afternoon.

10 German words with simply hilarious literal translations

When you literally translate German words into English, you often get some pretty funny results. Can you guess what these ten direct translations really mean?

Analysis: How and where coronavirus cases are rising in Germany

The number of people contracting coronavirus in Germany has risen sharply in the past month. Why? And how is the situation developing?

Deadly stabbing in Dresden investigated as terrorist attack

A knife attack that killed one tourist and seriously injured another in the German city of Dresden two weeks ago is being treated as a terrorist attack, prosecutors said Wednesday.

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Covid: No safety concerns found with Oxford vaccine trial after Brazil death

Oxford University says a review has found no safety concerns after the Brazilian volunteer's death.

Woman rescued from burning car by police officer in California

Police footage shows the driver being pulled out of the vehicle, which had caught fire following a crash.

Nigeria Sars protest: Unrest in Lagos after shooting

Amnesty International says at least 12 people were killed on Tuesday during protests in the city.

Purdue Pharma to plead guilty in $8bn opioid settlement

The landmark deal with the US Department of Justice settles the most serious claims against the OxyContin-maker.

The Countdown: Avengers stars quiz Kamala Harris and what to wear to vote

What can you wear when you vote, and who gets to ask Kamala Harris questions?

First baby male gorilla born at Boston zoo

After a successful Caesarean section, mother gorilla Kiki welcomed a healthy baby.

Pope Francis indicates support for same-sex civil unions

"They are children of God and have a right to a family," Pope Francis says in a new documentary.

Nigeria End Sars protest: Eyewitnesses say ‘the soldiers opened fire’

There were violent clashes at an End Sars demonstration and protestors claim the army opened fire 'to kill'.

France teacher attack: Students 'paid €300' to identify Samuel Paty

Two teenagers were allegedly paid hundreds of euros to point out the teacher before he was killed.

Breonna Taylor: Officer in shooting says it 'was not a race thing'

Louisville Police Sgt Jonathan Mattingly said Ms Taylor's case had "nothing to do with race".

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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).

INFOSAN Quarterly Summary, 2020 #3

During such international food safety events, the INFOSAN Secretariat relies on the swift action of national INFOSAN Emergency Contact Points (ECP) to respond to requests for information. Rapid sharing of information through INFOSAN enables members to implement appropriate risk management measures to prevent illness.

Call for entries: 2nd WHO Health for All Film Festival

The World Health Organization invites independent film-makers, production companies, NGOs, communities, students, and film schools from around the world to submit their original short films to the 2nd Health for All Film Festival.

Launched in 2020, the festival aims to recruit a new generation of film and video innovators to champion global health issues. 

The inaugural Health for All Film Festival in 2019/2020 accepted 1,300 short film submissions from more than 110 countries. 

“Telling stories is as old as human civilization. It helps us understand our problems and heal ourselves. WHO is proud to announce the second Health for All Film Festival, to cultivate visual storytelling about public health,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “We look forward to receiving creative entries inspired by WHO’s mission to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable.” 

The competition categories this year will align with WHO’s global goals for public health.

For each of these three grand prix categories, judges will accept short documentaries or fiction films (3 to 8 minutes in length), short videos for social media or animation films (1 to 5 minutes in length).

Three other prizes will be awarded for a student-produced film, a health educational film aimed at youth, and a short video designed exclusively for social media platforms.

Submissions are open from 24 October 2020 to 30 January 2021.

After the close of submissions, critically-acclaimed artists from the film and music industries will review the shortlisted films with WHO experts and recommend winners to WHO’s Director-General, who will make the final decision. The jury composition will be announced in by January 2021.