Covid19 Europe 

Iceland to Reorganise COVID-19 Border Testing Following deCODE Withdrawal

Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist aims to continue testing for COVID-19 at Iceland’s borders throughout July, despite the imminent withdrawal of deCODE, a biopharmaceutical company that was processing a majority of the tests, in six days. DeCODE’s departure from the initiative reduces the country’s COVID-19 testing capacity by around 75%, from some 2,000 to 500 samples.

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Covid19 North America 

Tourists Threaten to Sue Antigua and Barbuda Over COVID-19 Testing

The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda said legal challenges from tourists arriving in the country would force health officials to change current health and safety protocols. The Prime Minister Gaston Browne revealed that several tourists are threatening legal action over the current mandatory coronavirus testing protocols upon arrival to the islands. Browne said that tourists who tested positive last week did not follow the mandatory quarantine orders and booked flights back to the United States the day after receiving the diagnosis. “Some guests are saying you don’t have the…

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Covid19 North America 

COVID-19 in B.C.: Dr. Bonnie Henry issues warning as cases among young adults in Canada and U.S. surge

Coronavirus cases surge among young adults across North America, B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix addressed people of all ages about the potentially severe consequences of being infected. For today’s update, Dr. Henry and Dix issued a news release instead of holding a news briefing. In their joint statement, they confirmed 12 new cases in the province, which includes one epi-linked case (a case that meets the definition of COVID-19 but has not yet been verified by test results). Currently, there are 162 active…

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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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