Covid19 South America 

Venezuela Tightens Quarantine in COVID-19 Hotspots amid Record Daily Case Count

The Venezuelan government has toughened lockdown measures in hotspot localities as the COVID-19 pandemic picks up. Starting Monday, 30 percent of the country will return to a strict quarantine after a month of easing restrictions, in which a range of enterprises were allowed to reopen across the country on a week-on-week-off basis, including banks, hardware stores and dentists. Under the new lockdown, all businesses are barred from operating except food and drug stores, which may open until midday, and vital services including healthcare, press and limited public transport. Citizens cannot…

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Covid19 South America 

Union leaders fired at Brinks in Colombia during covid19 crisis

Brinks has been firing union leaders during the COVID health emergency in Colombia. On May 15 Brinks Colombia opened legal proceedings to terminate national union president Frank Gualdron, citing as their justification that he had posted images of a work-related protest on Facebook. Gualdron is among eight union officers who have been notified of their termination since Colombia declared a COVID health emergency in March, following six others in preceding months. Meanwhile, 14 union members – who lacked officers’ protections – have been fired outright, and 80 others have been…

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Covid19 North America 

3 Die in New Mexico After Drinking Hand Sanitizer, Officials Says

Whether the products involved in the deaths were among those listed in the advisory is under investigation, according to the Health Department. Brandon Warrick, an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico who is certified in emergency medicine, medical toxicology and addiction, said that in nearly a decade of working at poison centers, the recent spate represented the largest number of methanol poisoning cases that he had observed. Dr. Warrick, who works at the New Mexico Poison Control and Drug Information Center, said that the cases stretched across two…

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Asia Covid19 North America 

South Korea has entered its 2nd wave of coronavirus. What can Canada learn?

Earlier this week, South Korea became the first country to officially announce a second wave of the novel coronavirus after a recent resurgence of cases. Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a briefing Monday the new wave stemmed from multiple nightclub visits during a holiday weekend in early May, and is concentrated in the greater Seoul region, an area which had previously seen few cases despite its dense population. “In the metropolitan area, we believe that the first wave was from March…

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Covid19 South America 

Court orders Bolsonaro to wear mask in public as Brazil prepares deal to produce coronavirus vaccine

A Brazilian judge ordered President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a mask in public, according to a court decision made public on Tuesday. The ruling came after the president attended political rallies in the capital without any face covering. Federal judge Renato Borelli said Bolsonaro is subject to a fine of 2,000 reais ($387) per day if he continues to disobey a federal district ordinance. Interim Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello said on Tuesday Brazil is likely to sign a contract this week to produce a trial vaccine developed by Oxford University…

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