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Brazilian comedian's COVID-19 death unites nation in grief From “World”




The COVID-19 death of a popular comedian has prompted an outpouring of grief across all sectors of society in Brazil, a nation otherwise deeply divided over how to cope with the disease







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Covid-19 mortality rate has DOUBLED among young people in Brazil, Pan-American health watchdog warns — RT World News From “RT World News”



Hospitalizations and deaths of younger people linked to Covid-19 are on the rise across the Americas, the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) has warned, adding that the situation in Brazil is particularly alarming.

“In Brazil, mortality rates have doubled among those younger than 39, quadrupled among those in their 40s and tripled for those in their 50s between December 2020 and March 2021,” PAHO Director Carissa Etienne said on Wednesday during a weekly media briefing.In 🇧🇷, mortality rates have doubled among those younger than 39, quadrupled among those in their 40s, and tripled for those in their 50s between Dec. 2020 – March 2021.This is tragic and the consequences are dire for our families, our societies, and our future 🌎@DirOPSPAHO— PAHO/WHO (@pahowho) May 5, 2021However, Brazil is not the only nation facing such difficulties. In Chile, hospitalization rates among people aged under 39 diagnosed with Covid-19 rose by more than 70% over the past few months, according to the health watchdog.The organization also reported infection rates increasing dramatically in the Guyanas and across Argentina and Colombia.Costa Rica is also said to be reporting “record-high” infections. In Anguilla – a small British Overseas Territory which includes several isles in the Caribbean – nearly 70 percent of the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded since the start of the pandemic were reported in the last 10 days alone.In some areas of the US, more people in their 20s are now being hospitalized for Covid-19 than people in their 70s.According to the UN health agency, Covid-19 now poses a significant threat to people of all age groups. “Adults of all ages – including young people – are becoming seriously ill. Many of them are dying,” Etienne told journalists.Countries need to further increase their intensive-care-unit capacity if the infection rates continue to rise at their current pace, the PAHO warned, adding that nearly 40% of global Covid-19 deaths registered last week were reported in the Americas. Younger people also might remain in hospitals for a longer period of time – sometimes for weeks, although they still have a better chance of survival than older patients, the organization said in a statement.

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It also pointed out that vaccinating against Covid-19 will not prevent infection rates from further increasing in the short term. The PAHO called on governments in the region to focus on prevention, contact-tracing and testing to stem the spread of the virus.“While vaccines are being rolled out as fast as possible, they are not a short-term solution – we can’t rely on vaccines to bring down infections when there’s not enough vaccines to go around,” Etienne said.More than 1.3 million new infections were reported across the Americas in the last week, and more than 36,000 people died from the disease or complications related to Covid-19.Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!







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Top German court upholds temporary Covid-19 lockdown law, rejects requests to abolish curfews — RT World News From “RT World News”



Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court has rejected urgent appeals to temporarily suspend the country’s night-time Covid-19 curfews, although it has stressed that its ruling does not mean the measures are legally sound.

The First Senate of the Karlsruhe-based court said in a statement on Wednesday that the curfews serve a “fundamentally legitimate purpose.”However, it also acknowledged the disagreement among experts about whether curfews are an effective way to curb the spread of infection.“The fact that the Federal Council has not approved the law does not make the law obviously formally unconstitutional,” the court’s statement read.The ruling comes after German MPs passed a law in April giving Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government new powers to tackle the pandemic, including the ability to impose curfews between 10pm and 5am in regions with surging infection rates.

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Under the law, Berlin can use “emergency brake” powers to bring in health measures in areas where the seven-day incidence virus incidence rate is above 100 cases per 100,000 people.Previously, Germany’s 16 states had governed their own coronavirus restrictions, but agreed to new nationwide powers earlier this year.As MPs voted on the new bill, a huge protest against the legislation last month saw as many as 8,000 people march near the parliament in Berlin, with some 2,200 police officers dispatched to control the crowds.According to German magazine Der Spiegel, some 315 constitutional complaints against the law had been filed with the court by Tuesday, including by all parliamentary group members of the FDP opposition party.The complaints remain pending, and a date when they will be heard by the court has not yet been set.Like this story? Share it with a friend!







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UPDATE 1-Germany’s top court upholds night curfews in COVID-19 fight From “Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines”



(Adds court ruling)By Michael NienaberBERLIN, May 5 (Reuters) – Germany’s constitutional court on Wednesday dismissed emergency appeals against the government’s decision to impose night curfews in areas with high COVID-19 infections as some regions are eyeing a loosening of lockdown restrictions.Germany last month passed a law giving Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government more powers to fight a third wave of the coronavirus, including curfews between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in regions with high infection rates.The constitutional court said in its ruling the rejection of the emergency appeals did not mean that the curfew was in line with Germany’s Basic Law, adding that the judges would take a closer look at the issue during the main hearing.Merkel drew up the stricter rules after some of Germany’s 16 federal states refused to impose tough measures despite a surge in cases.The court ruling came as data suggested that the stricter measures seemed to have helped to break the third wave of cases and push down infections.Confirmed new coronavirus cases in Germany rose on Wednesday by 18,034 to 3,451,550, but that 24-hour figure was 4,000 lower than a week ago, and the seven-day incidence per 100,000 people dropped to 132 from 141 on Tuesday, the lowest in three weeks.Legislation passed last month enabled the federal government to impose night-time curfews in areas where cases exceed 100 per 100,000 residents on three consecutive days, and even stricter curbs where cases go above 165 per 100,000.Three of Germany’s states are now under the key threshold of 100 cases per 100,000 – Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein – while three others are getting close – Berlin, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.The southern state of Bavaria said on Tuesday it would allow outdoor dining to resume from May 10 in areas where the incidence is under 100, and allow the tourism sector to reopen from May 21, when that part of the country has school holidays.Story continuesThe state of Lower Saxony has also agreed to ease the rules for restaurants, tourism and retail for areas under 100.Health Minister Jens Spahn called on the states to give priority to opening outdoor activities so as not to risk a new wave of infections.On Tuesday, Germany’s cabinet agreed to ease restrictions on people who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19, a decree which could come into effect at the weekend.After a sluggish start, the pace of vaccinations has been picking up in Germany and the number of people with coronavirus needing intensive care treatment in hospital has begun to fall. (Reporting by Michael Nienaber, additional reporting by Andreas Rinke, editing by Mark Heinrich and Giles Elgood)







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Serbia unveils new payment scheme to encourage residents to get Covid-19 vaccine — RT World News From “RT World News”



The president of Serbia has announced what is likely the world’s first cash-for-jabs plan, offering to pay any citizen who gets a Covid vaccine before the end of May some 3,000 dinars ($30) in an attempt to boost uptake.

The move was unveiled by President Alexandra Vucic on Wednesday after the country’s vaccination rollout stalled due to poor turnout. Serbia has inoculated around 1.3 million of its 7 million people.The government hopes that by offering a cash incentive to “reward people who showed responsibility”, they will more than double the number vaccinated within the month. Alongside unveiling the new incentive, Vucic warned that individuals who refused to receive a Covid vaccine would be denied paid sick leave if they contract coronavirus.To help meet the potential increase in demand, Serbia will be expanding its vaccination hubs to include shopping centers. 

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Serbian epidemiologist Zoran Radovanovic, told AFP that the Serbian proposal appears to be a world first. However, he warned that the government should be careful, as while the measure might encourage some to get vaccinated, it could cause suspicion in others about the government needing to pay people to get inoculated.The country’s Covid vaccine campaign administers Russia’s Sputnik V and Sinopharm’s BBIBP-CorV jabs, as well as those of Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca.Like this story? Share it with a friend!







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Stores, malls, and restaurants to shut early in Egypt for two weeks, including Eid, as Cairo battles resurgent Covid-19 — RT World News From “RT World News”



Egypt’s prime minister has announced a new set of Covid-19 restrictions that will run for a fortnight to slow the spread of the virus during the last days of Ramadan and the Eid celebrations to follow.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said the government’s Covid-19 management committee had taken several decisions to deal with a resurgent virus as the holiday of Eid al-Fitr approaches. “From tomorrow, May 6 to May 21, we will close all shops, malls, cafes, restaurants, cinemas and theaters at 9 o’clock in the evening to greatly reduce the crowding witnessed in these places,” Madbouly said. 

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Large gatherings and concerts will also be banned over the period, with beaches and parks shut between May 12 and 16, Madbouly stated. The Eid celebrations, which will take place on May 12 and 13, this year fall in the middle of the government’s two-week-long period of restrictions.“At the same time, a home delivery service will be allowed … but during the next two weeks, any meetings, conferences, events, or artistic celebrations will be prohibited in any facilities,” the PM added. The government’s decision comes as the virus begins to spread again in Egypt, and amid fears of one of the most important dates in the Islamic calendar further exacerbating the problem.If you like this story, share it with a friend!







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Norway to introduce Covid-19 vaccine certificates to attend events, before EU-compatible version rolled out — RT World News From “RT World News”



The Norwegian prime minister has said the country will bring in Covid vaccine passports, which will allow holders to attend events before the government brings in EU-compliant certificates later that month.

“With such a certificate, we can … open our society more, and quicker,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg told a news conference on Wednesday, adding that the plan was to introduce the scheme in early June. “Here in Norway, we envisage that it can be used for public events, cruises, and package tours,” Solberg was quoted as saying by local media. She said the government wanted to use the Covid-19 passport for more purposes than those that had been recommended by the Norwegian Directorate of Health, and a proposal for consultation had been launched on Wednesday. 

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The PM noted that another vaccine passport, compatible with the EU’s scheme, would be rolled out in late June. The country is not part of the 27-nation bloc, but participates in the Schengen travel zone.To date, only a quarter of the total population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, with just 6.8% receiving two doses. As a result, it is likely that most people will not benefit from the scheme when it is launched.Norway’s immigrant population has reportedly been especially hesitant to get vaccinated. Asked by a journalist about this, the prime minister said it was important that everyone was inoculated to protect themselves and others in society.If you like this story, share it with a friend!







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Covid-19 live updates: Club of rich countries to address unequal global vaccine rollout From “World”




According to the World Health Organization, of the 832 million vaccine doses administered around the world by mid-April, just 0.2% were given in lower-income countries.







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BioNTech/Pfizer to request approval for new Covid-19 shot that lasts up to 6 months at fridge temperatures — RT World News From “RT World News”



The CEO of BioNTech has said the company and its US partner Pfizer will seek approval for a new version of their Covid-19 vaccine that can be stored at normal refrigerator temperatures for up to six months.

At a webcast event organized by the Financial Times on Tuesday, BioNTech’s CEO and co-founder Ugur Sahin said the new version of their much sought-after Covid-19 vaccine could be stored in temperature between two and eight degrees Celsius for a period of up to six months. “Our first formulation had to be stored and shipped at -80 degrees. We now have a formulation, which is not yet approved … that can be stored at two to eight degrees,” Sahin told those watching. 

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“We will most likely reach six months’ stability at two to eight degrees,” he stated, adding that data packages were being readied to be sent out to regulators.While the current BioNTech/Pfizer jab has been widely used and is in high demand, the requirement to store the shot at super-cold temperatures means it has little utility in countries or regions without a network of such storage capabilities.At the same video conference, Sahin said BioNTech and Pfizer have been able to further increase production capacity of their Covid-19 vaccine, upping supply to around three billion doses in 2021.If you like this story, share it with a friend!







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How India descended into Covid-19 chaos From “BBC News – World”



India’s healthcare spending, including both private and public, has been around 3.6% of GDP for the past six years, the lowest percentage in the five Brics countries: Brazil spent the most at 9.2%, followed by South Africa at 8.1%, Russia at 5.3% and China at 5% in 2018.







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