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Study: Commercially available air purifiers can remove 90% of the aerosols in school classes
Study: Commercially available air purifiers can remove 90% of the aerosols in school classes
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An experimental study found that installing four commercial air purifiers in a classroom reduces aerosol concentrations by 90%. The team around Joachim Curtius of the Experimental Atmospheric Research Group of the Goethe University Frankfurt used one H13 filter in each of the devices, which can filter particles in a size of 0.1 particles in a size of 0.1 µm to 0.3 µm from the air.

Respiratory viruses such as SARS-CoV2 are transmitted by droplet infection, touch and aerosols. Air filters can serve as a protective measure against aerosols that are incompletely retained by masks.

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The Nobel Peace Prize 2020 goes to World Food Programme (WFP)
The Nobel Peace Prize 2020 goes to World Food Programme (WFP)
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The Nobel Peace Prize 2020 has been awarded to the United Nation's World Food Programme (WFP) "for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict".

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Cavani revealed that he had coronavirus and asked Tabárez not to be called to the Uruguayan National Team
Cavani revealed that he had coronavirus and asked Tabárez not to be called to the Uruguayan National Team
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Soccer star Edinson Cavani revealed he contracted Covid-19 weeks ago, after spending a few days on vacation in Spain. After a dinner with former PSG colleagues, his girlfriend began to feel the symptoms.

He also said he told Óscar Tabárez, Uruguayan national team coach, that he was not fit to play in the World Cup Qualifiers.

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France: 18,746 new cases, highest number of daily Coronavirus cases
France: 18,746 new cases, highest number of daily Coronavirus cases
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France sees an increase in Coronavirus cases, reporting 18,746 cases over the past 24 hours: a all-time daily high. Cases almost doubled since Tuesday.

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New COVID-19 record in Romania with 2.958 daily cases

A record of 2.958 new COVID-19 cases has been registered in the past 24 hours in Romania with the total case number reaching 142.570. This record was followed by a new record of Covid-19 related deaths counting 82. One of the people that died was an 18-year-old who supposedly suffered from underlying conditions.

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WHO: Coronavirus fatigue is increasing
WHO: Coronavirus fatigue is increasing
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"Based on aggregated survey data from countries across the Region, we can see, not surprisingly, that fatigue among those surveyed is increasing," World Health Organization's Europe director Hans Kluge said in a statement Tuesday. "Although fatigue is measured in different ways, and levels vary per country, it is now estimated to have reached over 60% in some cases."

While increasing fatigue levels were expected, Kluge urges "to reinvigorate and revive efforts to tackle the evolving COVID-19 challenges."

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World Health Organizations that 10% of the world's people have been infected with Covid-19
World Health Organizations that 10% of the world's people have been infected with Covid-19
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Dr. Michael Ryan, the head of emergencies at the World Health Organization, has stated that by "best estimates" around 10% of all people worldwide may have been infected with Covid-19 already.

This number is over 20 times higher than the number of confirmed and reported cases.

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Excel caused almost 16,000 Covid-19 test results to be lost
Excel caused almost 16,000 Covid-19 test results to be lost
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Public Health England (PHE) in the United Kingdom have used an old file format known as XLS for the reporting templates for Covid-19 test results. As a consequence, each template could handle only about 65,000 rows of data rather than the one million-plus rows that Excel is actually capable of.

16,000 positive Covid-19 cases have gone unreported and have only now - days later - been submitted.

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Paris: Alert set to maximum after surge in Coronavirus cases, bars will close from Tuesday on
Paris: Alert set to maximum after surge in Coronavirus cases, bars will close from Tuesday on
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The French government has raised the Coronavirus alert of Paris to maximum after a period of a high number of infections. As a result, bars, gyms and swimmings pools with close from Tuesday for at least two weeks. Restaurants can remain open with strict hygiene rules.

Police chief Didier Lallement said that braking measures were needed "because the epidemic is moving too fast" and to "slow it down so that our health system is not overwhelmed."

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~20,000 US Amazon workers have tested positive for Covid-19 since March
Amazon lab clinicians process samples
Amazon lab clinicians process samples Credit: Amazon

Amazon recently revealed that 19,816 of its US Amazon and Whole Foods Market front-line employees have tested positive for Covid-19, equating to 1.44% of the company's 1.37 million workers. The company made a quarterly profit of $5.2 billion, in the three months ending in June.

"We compared COVID-19 case rates to the general population, as reported by Johns Hopkins University for the same period, accounting for geography and the age composition of our employees to make the data as accurate as possible. Based on this analysis, if the rate among Amazon and Whole Foods Market employees were the same as it is for the general population rate, we estimate that we would have seen 33,952 cases among our workforce," the company wrote in a blog post.

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Covid-19 database illegally used by Ontario police, civil rights groups finds

Police forces across Ontario engaged in broad, illegal searches of a now-defunct Covid-19 database, two civil rights groups alleged Wednesday, claiming the use of the portal violated individual privacy rights for months.

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Covid-19: More than 1 million people worldwide have died
Covid-19: More than 1 million people worldwide have died
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As of Monday, 1,000,555 people worldwide have died from Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University's data.

The first coronavirus-related death recorded was on January 9, the world reached half a million deaths 24 weeks later, and 13 weeks after it reached 1 million.

Johns Hopkins' tally shows the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico account for more than 50% of the deaths worldwide.

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Study: Watching cute animals is good for health
Study: Watching cute animals is good for health
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The University of Leeds has conducted a study looking at the effects of watching videos of puppies and kittens on personal health.

The study observed the heart rate, anxiety and blood pressure of the participants go down, 30 minutes after they watched a video with different animals.

Dr. Andrea Utley, an associate professor at the University of Leeds has stated that she has been "quite pleasantly surprised that during the session, every single measure for every single participant dropped some".

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India surpasses 6 million Coronavirus cases
India surpasses 6 million Coronavirus cases
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As of Monday, India has over 6 million confirmed Coronavirus cases and almost 100,000 deaths. Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to keep wearing face masks when outside. These rules are weapons in the war against corona. They are potent tools to save the life of every citizen," Modi said.

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Spain: Government warns of "serious risks" for Madrid residents without tougher restrictions
Meeting between Spanish Government and Madrid Covid 19 task force
Meeting between Spanish Government and Madrid Covid 19 task force Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

The Spanish government has warned that Madrid's residents will face "serious risk" if the city's authorities don't implement tougher Coronavirus restrictions.

Spain's Health Minister Salvador Illa said that Madrid's authorities need to "put the health of citizens first" and to control the pandemic as "there is a serious risk for inhabitants, for the neighbouring regions." Illa urged authorities to "act with determination."

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The U.S. surpasses 7 million Covid-19 cases
The U.S. surpasses 7 million Covid-19 cases
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The United States have surpassed seven million Covid-19 cases on Friday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, and over 200,000 people have lost their lives to the virus. The U.S. has been averaging around 40,000 daily new cases, resulting in an increase of 1 million cases since August 31.

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Fauci: Covid-19 vaccine won't eliminate need for masks and social distancing
Fauci: Covid-19 vaccine won't eliminate need for masks and social distancing
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Masks, social distancing and hygienic measures will have to be maintained even after a Covid-19 vaccine is available, so Dr Anthony Fauci on Thursday. The Covid-19 vaccine won't likely be 100% effective and taken by 100% of the population, therefore given the virus room to spread further. Fauci said that it would be a good accomplishment if 75 to 80% of the population got vaccinated, but this won't "eliminate the need to be prudent and careful with our public health measures."

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France, UK: Highest daily number of Coronavirus cases
France, UK: Highest daily number of Coronavirus cases
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Both the United Kingdom and France have recorded their highest daily number of Coronavirus cases on Thursday. France reported 16,096 cases and the UK 6,632 new cases.

“The signals are clear. Positivity rates are rising across all age groups and we’re continuing to see spikes in rates of admission to hospital and critical care,” Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, said and that the new surge of infections is a “stark warning for us all”.

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Helsinki airport tests usage of sniffer dogs to detect Covid-19
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In a pilot scheme four trained sniffer dogs have started working at Helsinki airport to detect Covid-19 infected passengers.

During preliminary university tests the dogs were able to identify the virus with almost 100% accuracy, even days before patients developed symptoms.

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Germany: Berlin selected as new location for national cancer center
Germany: Berlin selected as new location for national cancer center
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A new center for the fight against cancer is to be built in Berlin. The German capital has been chosen as one of four new locations for the National Center for Tumor Diseases, as the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) announced on Wednesday. Existing locations are Heidelberg and Dresden.

The Governing Mayor Michael Müller has stated that Berlin "plays a key role in decisively advancing cancer research and developing new approaches in the early detection and treatment of cancer". The new center will have 10,000 square meters and contain research laboratories, an outpatient clinic and an information center.

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A new study suggests that dengue may provide immunity against Covid-19
Miguel Nicolelis
Miguel Nicolelis Credit: Fronteiras do Pensamento (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The not yet published study led by Miguel Nicolelis, a professor at Duke University, suggests the possibility that vaccines approved or under development for dengue may result in some form of protection against the new coronavirus.

The study points out that places where a large part of the population contracted dengue last year and earlier this year took longer to have exponential community transmission of Covid-19 and recorded fewer numbers of cases and deaths caused by the new coronavirus, indicating a possible immunological interaction between the two viruses.

To validate the observation made in Brazil, Nicolelis expanded the analysis of the correlation between dengue and Covid-19 to 15 other countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia, and the behaviour was repeated, according to him.

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Oxfam research: Double of CO2 emissions caused by 1% World's richest compared to poorest 50%
Oxfam research: Double of CO2 emissions caused by 1% World's richest compared to poorest 50%
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New research compiled in a report by Oxfam and the Stockholm Environment Institute suggests that between 1990 and 2015 "The richest 10 percent accounted for over half (52 percent) of the emissions added to the atmosphere between 1990 and 2015. The richest one percent were responsible for 15 percent of emissions during this time – more than all the citizens of the EU and more than twice that of the poorest half of humanity (7 percent)".

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Woman dies during a ransomware attack on a German hospital
Woman dies during a ransomware attack on a German hospital
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A woman in Germany died during a ransomware attack on the Düsseldorf University Hospital, in what may be the first death directly linked to a cyberattack on a hospital. The hospital couldn’t accept emergency patients because of the attack, and the woman was sent to a health care facility around 20 miles away.

It could be the first death directly linked to a cybersecurity attack.

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Global Covid-19 cases surpass 30m
Global Covid-19 cases surpass 30m
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According to data from the John Hopkins University, there have now been over 30 million confirmed Covid-19 cases globally since the first case was detected in China in December. Over 942,000 people have lost their lives to the new virus worldwide.

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Bordeaux: Doctor says ICUs are nearing capacity
A nurse preparing a COVID-19 patient for a procedure in intensive care
A nurse preparing a COVID-19 patient for a procedure in intensive care Credit: US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sara Eshleman / Public domain

Dr. Olivier Joannes-Boyau, the head of the intensive care unit at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) de Bordeaux, told CNN that the city's ICUs are nearing capacity. His hospital only has 10 of 35 beds available. France is experiencing a resurgence of Coronavirus cases. Dr. Joannes-Boyau says the first wave was like a sprint while the second will be more like a marathon.

Dr. Catherine Fleureau, director of the CHU, agreed and said: "It's also going to be harder than last time, because this wave, I think, will grow progressively and then last over time."

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World's biggest vaccine producer states that enough Covid-19 vaccine will only be available in 2024
World's biggest vaccine producer states that enough Covid-19 vaccine will only be available in 2024
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Adar Poonawalla, chief executive of the world's biggest vaccine manufacturer Serum Institute, has stated that the production capacity for vaccines is not increasing quickly enough.

He said that "it’s going to take four to five years until everyone gets the vaccine on this planet" estimating that with a two-dose vaccine 15 billion doses will be needed.

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WHO reports highest single-day increase in reported Covid-19 cases to date
WHO reports highest single-day increase in reported Covid-19 cases to date
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With 307,930 newly reported Covid-19 cases on Sunday, the increase has never been higher in a single day. The leading countries in the increase were India, the United States and Brazil.

In addition, the reported deaths have increased by 5,537 to a total number of 917,417 since the beginning of the pandemic.

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AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trial resumes after pausing over safety concerns
AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trial resumes after pausing over safety concerns
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Clinical trials for the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine have resumed in the UK following confirmation by the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority (MHRA) that it was safe to do so.

The company paused trials earlier this week after a possible adverse severe reaction in one participant.

In a statement, the company said it "will continue to work with health authorities across the world and be guided as to when other clinical trials can resume to provide the vaccine broadly, equitably and at no profit during this pandemic."

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AstraZeneca puts on hold Covid-19 vaccine trial after possible serious adverse reaction in participant
AstraZeneca Researcher
AstraZeneca Researcher Credit: AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca announced the Phase 3 trials of its Covid-19 vaccine had been put on hold due to a possible adverse reaction in a participant. The pharmaceutical manufacturer stated pausing tests were common during vaccine development and an independent committee is to review the safety data related to the adverse reaction.

"This is a routine action which has to happen whenever there is a potentially unexplained illness in one of the trials, while it is investigated, ensuring we maintain the integrity of the trials."

There are currently nine vaccine candidates in Phase 3 trials. AstraZeneca's is the first Phase 3 Covid-19 vaccine trial known to have been put on hold ,and it’s unclear how long the hold might last.

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India: 90,632 new Coronavirus cases
COVID-19 antigen testing centre Warora, Maharashtra, India.
COVID-19 antigen testing centre Warora, Maharashtra, India. Credit: Ganesh Dhamodkar / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

India has reported 90,632 Coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours; the highest single-day count. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 4,113,811 confirmed cases. 70,626 people have died.