COVID-19 conspiracies creating a ‘public health crisis’ in Canada, experts say

A lively crowd gathered outside Francois Legault’s office in downtown Montreal in mid-July to send a message to the Quebec premier: his government cannot force them to wear masks in indoor public spaces to fight the spread of COVID-19. “Long live freedom without a mask,” read one sign at the rally, which drew several dozen people. “My body, my choice” read another, alongside a drawing of a medical mask with a line across it. The anti-mask movement is not unique to Quebec, nor are masks the only source of conflict…

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Africa Covid19 Healthcare 

Ghana Health Service to publish outcome of Hydroxychloroquine use on COVID-19 patients

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says it is monitoring the performance of the Hydroxychloroquine use for treating COVID-19 patients and will soon share the data with the public. Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the Director-General of the GHS, announced this in Accra on Tuesday when he presented the country’s COVID-19 Case Count and Management update. “We as a country, we’re using Hydroxychloroquine and monitoring the outcomes and very soon we’ll come out and share with the public by comparing how those using it are faring to those on Zithromax and Zinc alone,”…

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Covid19 South America 

Brazil surpasses 70,000 coronavirus deaths

Brazil surpassed 70,000 coronavirus deaths on Friday, the health ministry said, though the number of daily fatalities appears to be stabilizing. The ministry said there had been 45,000 new infections and 1,200 deaths over the last 24 hours, taking the totals to 1.8 million cases and 70,400 deaths. Brazil, a country of 212 million, is the second worst-affected country in the world after the United States. The number of deaths has doubled over the last 35 days with Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro states the worst hit, respectively reporting…

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Covid19 South America 

Brazil’s President Bolsonaro Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for Covid-19 in an escalation of the health crisis that has engulfed Latin America’s largest economy. “I’m perfectly well,” Bolsonaro told CNN Brasil in a live interview, after announcing the result of his test. He added he is taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria medicine he’s been touting as being effective against the virus though its use hasn’t been authorized by most health experts globally and could carry dangerous side effects. The 65-year-old president, who during his campaign to reopen the economy called the virus “just…

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Covid19 South America 

Brazil Coronavirus Cases and Deaths: What To Know

Brazil could have the world’s highest Covid-19 death toll by July. Latin America became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in late May, largely driven by Brazil’s ballooning caseload, as the number of infections in the United States and Europe fell. In recent weeks, Brazil has reported upward of 1,000 new deaths a day from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, eclipsing the death toll in every country other than the United States. If the trend lines hold, some epidemiologists project the death toll of the epidemic in Brazil…

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