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Worried Morocco bans parties to stem holiday virus spread

Worried Morocco bans parties to stem holiday virus spread

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Morocco has imposed a curfew, closed restaurants in major cities and banned public and private gatherings for three weeks to curb the spread of the virusByThe Associated PressDecember 24, 2020, 9:56 AM• 1 min readRABAT, Morocco -- Morocco has imposed a curfew, closed restaurants in major cities and banned public and private gatherings for three weeks — including the usually festive New Year's Eve — to curb the spread of the virus.The curfew between 9 p.m and 6 a.m went into effect Wednesday night and is set to last until Jan. 13.All restaurants in the cities of Casablanca, Marrakech, Agadir and Tangier must close for that period, according to government orders this week. Elsewhere, restaurants, coffee shops, shops and supermarkets will have to close at 8 p.m.Morocco has reported more than ...
Spain limits movements, closes shops to stem virus spread

Spain limits movements, closes shops to stem virus spread

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MADRID -- Spain’s government announced Saturday that it is placing tight restrictions on movements and closing restaurants and other establishments in the nation of 46 million people as part of a two-week state of emergency to fight the sharp rise in coronavirus infections. Spain has followed Italy’s path in implementing a similar lockdown after both European countries failed to contain the virus in regional hotspots. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez detailed the battery of exceptional measures in a nationally televised address after holding a Cabinet meeting that lasted over seven hours. The delay was reportedly due to discrepancies in the coalition government of Sánchez’s Socialists and the anti-austerity United We Can. “From now we enter into a new phase,” Sánchez said. “We won’...
Coronavirus: Countries enforce mass closures to stem spread

Coronavirus: Countries enforce mass closures to stem spread

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Schools have been closed, sports events cancelled and cultural institutions shut around the world as countries try to stem the coronavirus outbreak.In the US, all major sport has been suspended and Broadway performances are off for a month. And France is one of the latest countries to announce closure of all schools, universities and nurseries.President Emmanuel Macron described the outbreak as France's most serious health crisis for a century.Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has begun 14-day self-isolation after his wife Sophie tested positive for coronavirus. He is not showing symptoms.And Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has been admitted to hospital after testing positive.More than 125,000 people have been...
UK patient 'free' of HIV after stem cell treatment

UK patient 'free' of HIV after stem cell treatment

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A UK patient's HIV has become "undetectable" following a stem cell transplant - in only the second case of its kind, doctors report in Nature.The London patient, who was being treated for cancer, has now been in remission from HIV for 18 months and is no longer taking HIV drugs.The researchers say it's too early to say the patient is "cured" of HIV.Experts say the approach is not practical for treating most people with HIV but may one day help find a cure.The male London patient, who has not been named, was diagnosed with HIV in 2003 and advanced Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2012. He had chemotherapy to treat the Hodgkin's cancer and, in addition, stem cells were implanted into the patient from a donor resistant to HIV, leading to both ...
First esophagus grown from stem cells transplanted into mice

First esophagus grown from stem cells transplanted into mice

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Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Researchers for the first time have grown a functional esophagus from stem cells and transplanted the food pipe successfully in mice. This engineering process could pave the way to the creation of lab-grown food pipes for children with congenital and acquired gut conditions, according to researchers at the University of College London's Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. The development could help reduce the need for donated organs, which are often in short supply -- especially for pediatric patients -- and significantly lowers the risk of a donor organ being rejected by the patient's body. A paper on the work, conducted by researchers at UCL, as well as the Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Francis Crick Institute, was published this week in the journal Na...