Covid19 Europe 

New, Possibly More Contagious COVID-19 Strain Discovered in Norway

A new coronavirus strain that contains similarities to both the British and South African variants has been discovered in Norway. Within the past 24 hours, about a dozen cases of the new variant named B.1.525 have been recorded in the country, national broadcaster NRK reported. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health previously discovered a number of mutations, and Vold described it as a natural development for the virus to change all the time. According to Vold, it is impossible to say whether it is an imported or domestic infection. The…

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Covid19 Europe 

France-Scotland Six Nations clash postponed due to further coronavirus case

’s Guinness Six Nations trip to Paris on Sunday has been postponed after France reported another positive coronavirus case among their playing squad. The game has been in major doubt all week following an outbreak among Fabien Galthie’s tournament favourites. Organisers ordered daily testing before announcing on Wednesday that this weekend’s Stade de France clash would go ahead following a full sweep of negatives results. But less than 24 hours later they have been forced to shelve the Saint-Denis showdown, with the entire Les Bleus squad placed into quarantine after…

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A year after first case, Brazil hurtles past 250,000 COVID-19 deaths

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – One year after the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Brazil, Latin America’s biggest country has passed 250,000 COVID-19 deaths, with the virus still spreading freely as a national vaccination drive struggles to gain momentum. FILE PHOTO: Valcenir Alves Ferreira, 53, reacts during the burial of her aunt Vacilda Pereira Queiroz, 73, who passed away due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at 28 de Agosto hospital, at the Parque Taruma cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, January 17, 2021. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right…

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Asia Covid19 

‘Politics, not science’: Scientists cast doubt on China’s story of COVID-19

(Daily Caller News Foundation) — The World Health Organization recently concluded its six-week investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, but some of its conclusions, including that the virus did not jump to humans before December 2019 and that it was “extremely unlikely” that it originated in a lab, have solicited skepticism from scientists. Some of the scientific doubt, however, was not in response to the WHO, but to China’s unwillingness to provide holistic data regarding the appearance and early spread of the virus throughout Wuhan. While Chinese officials identified…

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Covid19 Europe 

Germany sets up experiment to study how coronavirus spreads at a concert

Germany has held a pop concert to study how those attending would spread coronavirus. Researchers studying COVID-19 packed part of a Leipzig arena with volunteers on Saturday, collecting data in a “real-life” simulation of a pop concert with strict health and safety controls. About 1,500 people, who had all tested negative for coronavirus and had to wear protective masks throughout the day’s testing, took part in the Restart19 experiment run by the University Hospital in Halle. Researchers equipped each volunteer with electronic contact tracers to record their routes in the…

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