Covid19 Europe 

Turkey eases coronavirus restrictions as cafes, eateries reopen

Turkey is starting to ease coronavirus restrictions as part of its controlled normalization process, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in a press conference late Monday. “We will lift weekend curfews in low and medium risk regions,” he told reporters after a cabinet meeting in the capital Ankara. “Curfews will remain in high and very high-risk regions on Sundays,” Erdoğan added, emphasizing the country’s new region-based approach. “Restaurants and cafés will operate with half capacity in cities excluding very high-risk regions,” he said, adding that they would operate from 7:00 a.m.…

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Covid19 Healthcare North America 

AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine not recommended for seniors in Canada

OTTAWA – A national panel of vaccine experts says provinces should not use the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on seniors, opening the door for provinces to start vaccinating younger populations with the newly authorized vaccine much earlier than expected. But similar advice initially issued in Europe began to be revisited Monday, with France overturning its earlier decision against using it on seniors, and Germany in the midst of reconsidering it. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was authorized for use Friday on all adults, including seniors, but the National Advisory Committee on Immunization is…

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Covid19 Europe 

Covid-19 continues to spread in France as death toll rises

The agency also released an analysis of the progression of Covid-19 in France during the week of February 8. It stated that despite a decline, the main epidemiological indicators nevertheless remained at a very high level “that reflected the intensity of SARS-CoV-2 circulation in the country.” It also stated that analysis of patients’ data indicated transmissible variants, such as the UK variant, are becoming predominant. New saliva tests Meanwhile, starting Monday, 80,000 saliva tests are reportedly to be organised in places in France where schools are resuming. These tests will help…

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Africa Covid19 

MoH acts against UTH officers who were charging for COVID-19 tests – Zambia

HEALTH Minister Dr Jonas Chanda says disciplinary action has been taken against two health workers at the University Teaching Hospital, one of whom is already in police custody, for collecting money from people to carry out COVID-19 tests. And Dr Chanda has announced that the country has recorded 687 new COVID-19 cases out of 6,255 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, with eight deaths. Speaking during the routine COVID-19 updates, Thursday, Dr Chanda said an investigation had been launched at UTH to determine the extent of the dishonest dealings;…

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Guinea starts Ebola vaccination campaign to stem deadly virus spread

Guinea relaunched its Ebola vaccine campaign in the town of Gouecke on Tuesday after a fresh outbreak of the deadly disease struck the country this month, killing five people. The new cases are the first in Guinea since the 2013-2016 epidemic that killed more than 11,300 people in West Africa. Some 11,000 vaccine doses are already in Guinea and the World Health Organization plans to send 8,000 more. “They are primarily intended for the circle of contacts of the cases we know of and also possibly for a second circle…

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