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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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Red Cross warns ‘Covid variants are running rampant across Asia’ as India’s crisis spills over into neighbor Nepal — RT World News From “RT World News”



The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has warned Nepal’s health system is at risk of being overrun by rising Covid cases, as India’s outbreak spills across into neighboring nations around South Asia.

The comments were made on Wednesday, as data showed that Nepal is now reporting 57 times the number of Covid cases it recorded a month ago and that more than 40% of tests are returning a positive result.This, paired with a slow vaccine rollout, is leaving an increasing number of people at risk of the virus in a country that does not have the resources to fight the pandemic.“We need to act now and we need to act fast to have any hope of containing this human catastrophe,” the Asia Pacific director of the Red Cross, Alexander Matheou warned.This virus has no respect for borders and these variants are running rampant across Asia.The humanitarian group urged officials to take swift action, seeing the situation in India as “a horrifying preview of Nepal’s future,” which could see cremations rise to record levels as variants increase the spread of the virus.

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Nepal is not the only neighbor of India that is at risk of being overwhelmed by coronavirus. Bangladesh and Pakistan have seen spikes in infections, forcing border restrictions and domestic measures to protect against the ‘Indian variant.’ Wednesday once again saw India report a record number of Covid infections, with the Asian nation responsible for around half of the new daily infections globally and a quarter of deaths from the virus in the last week.Like this story? Share it with a friend!







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Hillary Clinton warns of 'huge consequences' in Afghan US troop withdrawal From “BBC News – World”



The end of the US deployment could play into the Taliban’s hands, warns the former secretary of state.







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Australia warns Google and Apple over app stores From “BBC News – World”



Australia’s regulator wants the two tech giants to open up their app stores to more competition.







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Australia security official warns nations are ‘beating drums’ of war amid Asia-Pacific tensions — RT World News From “RT World News”



Australia’s Home Affairs Secretary Mike Pezzullo issued a warning to department staff on Tuesday that “the drums of war beat” over tensions in the Asia-Pacific region and South China Sea.

Pezullo’s comments came as the country celebrated Anzac Day, a day of remembrance for Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in military service for their nations.“In a world of perpetual tension and dread, the drums of war beat – sometimes faintly and distantly, and at other times more loudly and ever closer,” the Home Affairs Secretary said in his statement to staff.Let us continue to search unceasingly for the chance for peace while bracing again, yet again, for the curse of war.The statement was backed up by Australia’s Home Affairs Minister, Karen Andrews, who claimed the country must be “alert but not alarmed”, while Defense Minister Peter Dutton said that, while they don’t want conflict between China and Taiwan, “I don’t think it should be discounted.”Prime Minister Scott Morrison did not comment on whether he agreed with Pezullo’s sentiment or Dutton’s remarks, claiming he’s focused on “pursuing peace for a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

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Tension has been rising in the region, with increased activity around the South China Sea in recent months. Australia, the US, EU, UK, France, Japan and the Philippines claim China’s actions there threaten “freedom of navigation,” while Beijing says it’s simply protecting its sovereign territory.Meanwhile, America, France and Japan are set to hold military drills in the area from May 11 and the UK has deployed a strike group to East Asia. China has been sending jets to fly over Taiwan’s airspace, while the US sent a military ship to sail through the Taiwan Strait. Beijing considers the island an integral part of its territory and objects to Washington sending diplomatic delegations there and meddling in China’s internal affairs.If you like this story, share it with a friend!







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Iran’s foreign minister warns military wields too much power over diplomacy in leaked tape From “Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines”



Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif made the comments in a tape leaked to the media – AFP/AFPIran’s foreign minister has complained that the military wields too much power over the country’s ruling elite, according to a leaked tape recording that grants rare insight into power struggles at the heart of the Islamic Republic.In the recording, which Iran says was not intended for publication, Javad Zarif is heard warning that “in the Islamic Republic the military field rules.””I have sacrificed diplomacy for the military field rather than the field servicing diplomacy,” he added in the tape, which was first published by the New York Times and the London-based news channel Iran International.It came as Iran and the United States continued to hold indirect talks in Vienna this week which hope to salvage the Obama-era nuclear deal.In the same interview, Mr Zarif claimed that Russia wanted to stop the nuclear deal, something apparently so sensitive that he warned the interviewer: “You definitely can never release this part.”The unusually frank comments offer rare insight into the regime’s inner circle and its apparent lack of control over Iran’s military establishment, including its powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps.Iran said that the comments made in the three-hour tape recording were “confidential” and should not have been released.”What was published was not an interview with the media,” foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters in Tehran, but did not dispute the tape’s authenticity.File image of centrifuge machines in the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran – AP/APHe added that the recording represented just a portion of a seven-hour interview Mr Zarif gave to an economist, and that it was meant to be held for posterity by a pro-regime think tank.It came as Iran’s president reportedly hailed “significant progress” in talks in Vienna on bringing the regime back into the 2015 nuclear deal on Monday.The deal, which former US president Donald Trump abandoned in 2018, was designed to end sanctions on Iran in return for Tehran ending its nuclear programme.Story continuesSince then, Iran has ramped up uranium enrichment at its Natanz nuclear facility, which was struck by a mysterious sabotage attack earlier this month, heightening tensions in the region. The attack is widely believed to have been carried out by Israel, Iran’s arch-nemesis.The European Union confirmed on Monday afternoon that the talks would continue the following day, though there were no indications of a breakthrough beyond Mr Rouhani’s comments.”Participants will continue their discussions in view of a possible return of the United States (to the accord) and on how to ensure the full and effective implementation (of the accord), the bloc said in a statement.







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