Africa Covid19 

Devastating South Sudan coronavirus deaths,’a tragedy that can be prevented’, Security Council hears

But limited testing and social stigmatization is likely obscuring the true magnitude of the pandemic, said Mr. Shearer, who heads the UN Mission in the world’s youngest nation (UNMISS). The Mission’s greatest fear is that the additional pressure of responding to COVID-19 on South Sudan’s weak healthcare system will disrupt vaccinations, maternal health services and treatment for curable diseases like malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia. The result could be a “devastating” increase in deaths that would likely greater than the loss of life from COVID-19 itself. “COVID is going to hit hard, but…

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Covid19 Europe 

Nurses’ Lawsuit Claims ‘Fabricated’ COVID-19 Tests at Georgia Hospital

A group of nurses at a Georgia hospital have filed a lawsuit accusing their CEO of what they call a “COVID-19 coverup” involving the improper collection of test samples to reduce positive test results for the virus and downplay its spread. Nurses employed or formerly employed at Landmark Hospital of Athens, a 42-bed long-term care hospital in northeast Georgia, told Georgia Health News that five of their patients tested positive for COVID-19 after showing symptoms. The hospital administrator then ordered retesting of those patients, intentionally collecting samples outside the proper…

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Africa Covid19 

Ghana Covid-19 Private Sector Fund launches #10GhanaChallenge to raise funds for infectious disease isolation and treatment facility

The Ghana Covid-19 Private Sector Fund has launched a crowdfunding initiative to raise money to complete its flagship project, the infectious disease isolation and treatment facility at the Ga East Hospital in Accra. Work on the facility began in mid-April after President Akufo Addo used video conferencing facilities to superintend a ceremony to break ground for work to start. Eight weeks later, the project is nearing completion, having drawn financial support from various private and public sector organisations and high net worth individuals. With a few weeks to the official…

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Australasia Covid19 

COVID-19 outlook: What an infectious diseases expert thinks Australia can expect

Australia has fared well during the coronavirus pandemic, but we’re not likely to be rid of COVID-19 any time soon, according to a leading infectious diseases expert. Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Australian National University Medical School, Peter Collignon, said a reduction in the number of cases we see is “the best we can hope for” in Australia. “This is a virus that we’re not going to get rid of,” he told Neil Mitchell. “I actually think it’s likely we’ll have low numbers in the community and we’ve got…

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Asia Covid19 

Israel already using steroid said to save 1/3 of most severe COVID-19 cases

After UK researchers announced that a steroid drug has been found to significantly increase the chances of survival for those seriously ill as a result of the coronavirus, a report Wednesday revealed that some Israeli hospitals have for months been including it in the range of medicines they use to treat the disease. Doctors at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, and Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem had been giving dexamethasone to some patients since the outbreak began earlier this year, Channel 13 news reported.…

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