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Coronavirus: ‘Widespread virus growth across the country’

Coronavirus: ‘Widespread virus growth across the country’

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There is widespread growth of the epidemic across the country and the R number has risen to between 1.1 and 1.4, say the government's scientific advisers.Officials are warning of "far worse things to come" as cases are thought to exceed 6,000 a day in England. And the scientist behind the Covid Symptom Study app said it appeared to be "the start of a second wave".The developments come as new England-wide restrictions are being discussed. At least 13.5 million people, roughly one-in-five of the UK population, are facing some form of local restrictions. Cases of the virus and hospital admissions for Covid-19 are doubling every seven to eight days in the UK. On Friday, there were 4,322 new lab-confirmed cases of the virus - a rise of nearly 1,000 on yesterda...
Report: Much needs doing to shield nursing homes from virus

Report: Much needs doing to shield nursing homes from virus

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The Trump administration is claiming “resounding vindication” from an independent commission’s report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homesBy RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated PressSeptember 17, 2020, 6:52 PM• 5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleWASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is claiming “resounding vindication” from an independent commission's report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes, but some panel members say that’s a misinterpretation of their conclusion that much remains to be done to safeguard vulnerable residents.People in long-term care facilities represent less than 1% of the U.S. population but more than 40% of the coronavirus deaths, according to the COVID Tracking Project, which has tallied 77,000 deaths among resi
The Latest: Africa in talks on virus vaccine trials

The Latest: Africa in talks on virus vaccine trials

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JOHANNESBURG — Africa’s top public health official says the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been in talks with nine vaccine manufacturers about potential coronavirus vaccine clinical trials on the continent.John Nkengasong says the talks include the Oxford University group that’s developing a vaccine with drug company AstraZeneca and already has a clinical trial in South Africa.The African Union’s 54 member states want to secure more than 10 late-stage COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials in Africa. They’re motivated by memories of watching millions die while years passed before affordable drugs or vaccines for diseases reached the continent of 1.3 billion people.Health experts say COVID-19 vaccine trials must include Africans to make sure any effective vaccine can be rol
Coronavirus: Trump denies downplaying severity of virus

Coronavirus: Trump denies downplaying severity of virus

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US President Donald Trump has denied downplaying the seriousness of Covid-19, despite admitting in a recorded interview to having done that.At a televised event with voters, Mr Trump said he had "up-played" it. The claim contradicts comments Mr Trump made to journalist Bob Woodward earlier this year, when he said he minimised the virus's severity to avoid panic.Mr Trump also repeated on Tuesday that a vaccine could be ready "within weeks" despite scepticism from health experts.No vaccine has yet completed clinical trials, leading some scientists to fear politics rather than health and safety is driving the push for a vaccine before the 3 November presidential elections. Trump deliberately played down virus, Woodward book says Cor...
Trump deliberately played down virus, Woodward book says

Trump deliberately played down virus, Woodward book says

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US President Donald Trump knew Covid-19 was deadlier than the flu before it hit the country but wanted to play down the crisis, according to a new book.Bob Woodward, the journalist who broke the Watergate scandal, interviewed Mr Trump 18 times from December to July.Mr Trump is quoted as telling him the virus was "deadly stuff" before the first US death was confirmed.Responding to the book, the president said he had wanted to avoid causing public panic over the outbreak.Some 190,000 Americans have been recorded as dying with Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. On Wednesday, some US media released parts of the interviews between the president and the journalist, revealing his reported remarks on the outbreak as well as race and other issues.Here a...