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Old 07-08-2020, 10:30 AM   #4246
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Old 07-08-2020, 10:32 AM   #4247
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United States registers record daily tally of new cases - 60,000

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak cuts VAT in emergency plan to save jobs.

The UK government will also pay a bonus to firms that keep furloughed workers employed.

Harvard University and MIT sue over online learning visa curbs.

Second lockdown starts in Melbourne - for six weeks.

New French PM rules out another general lockdown.

Global totals - more than 11.8 million confirmed cases and over 544,000 deaths.
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Old 07-08-2020, 10:36 AM   #4248
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A further 42 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals in England to 28,969, NHS England has said.
Patients were aged between 22 and 100 years old. Six patients, aged between 60 and 94, had no known underlying health conditions.

Romania has reported its highest daily number of infections since the country's first case of coronavirus was confirmed.
The record tally of 555 new cases over a 24-hour period brings Romania's total to 30,175 infections, the government said today.

The US has registered more than 60,000 new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours - a record high figure for the country. It comes as California and Texas each reported more than 10,000 new daily cases.

Meanwhile, elite universities Harvard and MIT are suing the US government over an immigration rule that would force international students to leave the country if their colleges don't hold in-person classes in autumn.

In the UK, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a package of measures aimed at combating some of the economic damage caused by the virus. This includes a £2bn ($2.52bn) "kickstart scheme" to create jobs for young people, a six-month cut in Value Added Tax on hospitality and tourism from 20% to 5%, and discounts for diners when they eat out - branded the "Eat Out to Help Out" deal.

Brazilian ministers who've recently come into contact with President Jair Bolsonaro are being tested for coronavirus, after he announced he had tested positive yesterday. Bolsonaro insisted he was already feeling "fine", and posted a video online of himself taking the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine.

France's new Prime Minister Jean Castex has ruled out imposing another national lockdown if there's a resurgence of coronavirus cases in the country.

Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, has now gone into lockdown again after a surge in cases.

A 32-year-old man with Covid-19 is facing charges in New Zealand for escaping quarantine at a hotel in Auckland, going shopping and taking selfies in a nearby supermarket.

China has criticised the US's withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO), saying the decision will have grave implications for developing countries.

Mumbai has become the first city in India to open up coronavirus testing to everyone. It's one of the country's virus hotspots, with about 86,500 cases.
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Old 07-08-2020, 12:28 PM   #4249
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That's it for me ... see ya later alligator I'm not going back to church or the theater or bowling or anywhere that they talk and sing at the same time.

We need to start taking this whole thing more seriously

Churches Were Eager to Reopen. Now They Are a Major Source of Coronavirus Cases.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/08/u...outbreaks.html

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The virus has infiltrated Sunday sermons, meetings of ministers and Christian youth camps in Colorado and Missouri. It has struck churches that reopened cautiously with face masks and social distancing in the pews, as well as some that defied lockdowns and refused to heed new limits on numbers of worshipers.

Pastors and their families have tested positive, as have church ushers, front-door greeters and hundreds of churchgoers. In Texas, about 50 people contracted the virus after a pastor told congregants they could once again hug one another. In Florida, a teenage girl died last month after attending a youth party at her church.
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Old 07-08-2020, 11:37 PM   #4250
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Had to venture out today for some home repair materials. People were mostly wearing masks, state order, just the occasional boob with the mask down around his chin. Hopefully if people stick together, the cases will drop back down to European/ Canadian levels.
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Old 07-09-2020, 03:32 AM   #4251
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Amen to that...

I still don't get the rationale of the idiots who go out of their way to make a big fuss about having to wear a mask by deliberately going to places where masks are required and then raise a big stink when they get called out/tossed for violating a venue's rules; they just make themselves, and their supporters look like big fools and really accomplish nothing other than getting on the news/interwebs; maybe they are at core people desperately seeking attention and misguidedly think their futile efforts are their ticket to their 15 minutes...

It is particularly puzzling since a lot of these 'Karens' and 'Kens' find themselves out of jobs as a result of their lunacy...

When the mask requirement went into effect in LA early on, a lot of the businesses modified their "No Shirt/No Shoes/No Service" signage to "No Mask/No Shirt/No Shoes/No Service" signs; I look at the mask requirement in the same light as the shirt and shoe requirements: its basic common sanitation, basic common hygiene, and basic common courtesy and consideration for others; and as far as rights are concerned, the business owners do have the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason that does not involve overt discrimination; those who wail and moan like the snowflakes they are about a denial of their nonexistent 'rights' in this matter might consider taking a shot at claiming discrimination due to disability, although I'm rather certain the ADA doesn't list stupidity and/or selfishness in their list of conditions...




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Old 07-09-2020, 04:27 AM   #4252
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Agreed.

not convinced masks are that effective, but as I see it why take a chance with your life?

Especially for us old geezers.
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Old 07-09-2020, 04:41 AM   #4253
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New British study on severe brain damage, amongst others, from Covid 19.


https://academic.oup.com/brain/artic...searchresult=1


https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_relea...-iid070620.php


Okay, lets see. Lungs. Blood vessels. Blood clotting mechanism. T-cells and immune system. Kidneys. Neurological system. Brain. Chances for liver. Intestines. Is there anything left this virus does not drive its fangs into? And those who suffer the mild form of Covid-19, often take months to recover, and some may not ever recover in full, maybe. Meanwhile a new strain, a mutation, has taken over, being more infectous than the original one.
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Old 07-09-2020, 06:14 AM   #4254
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Looking from outside, i take it that it depends on exposition and the intensity/quantity of virus specimens inhaled, mutation does not seem to play a big role.

Certain wishes to murderer Bolsonaro and his fellow idiots.
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Old 07-09-2020, 06:41 AM   #4255
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Just that the mutated strain now forms the vast majority of infections in the world and infect people easier, faster. Translates into raised vulnerability of everybody.

The more virus load at exposition, the bigger the chance for a serious going of the desease.

The deeper into the lungs the virus gets inhaled at exposition, the smaller thge ammount of time for the immune system to learn to form according antibodies, and the faster the virus can overwhelm the depe mnside of the lung.

Thats why aerosols with small particles of lowe vorus load nevertheless are dangerous. Coughign droplets do not enter deep into the lung. Aerosols do, and then even a smaller virus load can do even greater damage.

That this does not get said any clearer imo is owed to poltical demands to lull people and avoid objections to "opening" the work places again.

I say: guys, switch on your brains. One does not need to strudy medicine to see the easy reason in some of the advice there is: avoid the exhale of people (social distancing), wear filtering (FFP2/3 or K/KN95) masks to protect not just others but also yourself, be aware of infectious exhales condensating on surfaces and being remaining toxic for 16-24 hours on paper, 3 days on steel and plastic, 1 year on deep-frozen food (-> wash your hands and wash them correctly, not just hush-hush as an alibi); keep the ammo stocks for the cannons of your immune system up to the max. Nothing of this is a cure,. nor a guarantee, but you shift the chances in your favour to hopefully get a milder form in case you get infected. You cannot increase the number of cannons in your immune system, you constantly lose some of them the older you get - but you can help to keep those you still have in good ammo supply. Thats all you and we all can do. Its easy enough.


All this shoudl be doine not becasue some authorities say so, or becasue it is mandator yin your district, or the polticians or experts say so. But becasue it is healthy reason to do so in this situation. Simply plain, healthy reason. And thus: self-interest.



A new study by John Ford clinics in the US, some kind of hospital union that is, claims that Hydroxicloroquine is effective. Howeer the study takes ploenty of Flak due to a seriosu methodological edrror: almost 80% of patients claimed to have fundamentally improved simuklatnbeously were given huge doses of steroids which are known to have an effect on Covid-19. Talking of confounding variables here. Thats why I took note of the study, but do not give too much for it. When I red the fineprint at the end ("conflict of interest" list), I also noticed that quite some of the lead authors are on the pamyent list of several pharmaceutical producers associated with the production chain of HCQ. Still the WH of course bangs the bongos with all four hands and feet.
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Old 07-09-2020, 08:25 AM   #4256
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Old 07-09-2020, 08:48 AM   #4257
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The trends in just who is getting infected by Covid-19 in Los Angeles is taking a concerning turn:


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Mayor Eric Garcetti said today at his press briefing that there have been too many social gatherings in Los Angeles, which is, simply put, the main reason we are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases locally.

"There are still too many social gatherings, maybe too many pool parties this weekend, too many playdates, too many family barbecues" he said, adding that today, over 50% of those who tested positive for the disease are under 40 years old. Last week, it was 40% and several weeks ago, only 30% of positive cases were in the 18-40 age group.
Mayor Garcetti Says Too Many Angelenos Are Hanging Out With Friends, 'The Covid Test Is Not A Passport To Party' --

https://laist.com/latest/post/202007...rge-losangeles


It seems the young 'invincibles' are increasingly falling victim to the virus, something which could be an indicator Covid-19 is mutating and seeking out healthier hosts to latch on to; if this is the case, I wonder how governments and businesses that have been so vocal about reopening and anti-mask will react when the major portion of their desired demographics is more significantly affected by the pandemic...?...




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Old 07-09-2020, 09:43 AM   #4258
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Two of the UK's biggest High Street retailers, John Lewis and Boots, announce 5,300 job cuts.

They come despite public spending to tackle the crisis rising to nearly £190bn ($240bn)

Charity Oxfam says 12,000 people a day could die from hunger - more than from Covid-19 itself.

It identifies 10 countries as potential hotspots, including Yemen, DR Congo and Afghanistan.

Australia's second-largest city, Melbourne, has begun a second lockdown.

The Trump administration says US schools should reopen on schedule, despite a surge in several states.

Globally there are now 12 million confirmed cases and almost 549,000 deaths.
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Coronavirus has been suppressed to a "low level" in Scotland, said First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as she outlined plans to ease the lockdown further. Let's take a look at the key points:

People in Scotland will be allowed to meet up in extended groups outdoors, and with two other households indoors, from Friday.
Exemptions to the 2m social distancing rule will also be introduced, but face coverings in shops will be mandatory.
From Monday, shopping centres will be able to reopen, while dentists and optometrists will be allowed to begin scaling up their work.
From Wednesday, hairdressers, barbers, indoor bars, restaurants, libraries, museums and cinemas can reopen.
Places of worship can resume services on Wednesday too - though numbers and singing will be limited. Restrictions on how many can attend funeral and wedding services will also be eased.
Personal retail services like beauticians and nail salons can reopen from 22 July.
Universities and colleges can implement a phased return to campuses from that 22 July, while Scotland's schools are due to reopen in full from 11 August.

A further two people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Wales.
This takes the total number of deaths to 1,540, Public Health Wales says.
The number of virus cases recorded in Wales increased by 16 to 15,929.

The French city of Marseille will not host the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby finals this year "due to the many uncertainties created by the Covid-19 pandemic".

India has urged the US to rethink a visa ruling that could force a large number of Indian students to return home.

Serbia's Prime Minister Ana Brnabic has confirmed that the government will not impose a weekend curfew in Belgrade, following two nights of protests in the capital.

A royal family in South Africa has confirmed the death of Queen Noloyiso Sandile from Covid-19.
A sister to the current Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini, Queen Noloyiso, 56, served as regent of the amaRharhabe royal family.
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