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United Kingdom has 19 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus

first_imgThe new coronavirus which emerged in Wuhan, China, in December has infected tens of thousands of people.The virus – which causes a disease now called COVID-19 – is transmitted from person to person via droplets when an infected person breathes out, coughs or sneezes. It can also spread via contaminated surfaces such as door handles or railings.Mainland China – where the virus originated late last year – reported 327 new cases, the lowest since Jan. 23, taking its tally to more than 78,800 cases with almost 2,800 deaths.Beyond China, about 70 people have died so far due to the virus. Topics : The United Kingdom now has 19 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus after Wales identified its first case and two new cases were found in England, health authorities said on Friday.”The total number of UK cases is 19,” the health ministry said.Britain reported its first confirmed coronavirus case on Jan. 31.last_img read more

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COVID-19: Govt claims more than half of country at low risk of infection

first_img“Hospital availability has also increased, from 132 referral hospitals [three months ago] to 800 referral hospitals in all 34 provinces,” Wiku said.  The country increased its rate of testing between May and June, when 220 laboratories tested nearly 20,000 samples a day. At the beginning of the outbreak, there was only one laboratory testing less than 1,000 samples daily.Wiku further claimed that some regions had managed to contain the virus. As of Sunday, 38 cities or regencies in 19 provinces had recorded zero cases of COVID-19 in the last four weeks.However, 57 cities or regencies are categorized as red zones (high-risk areas), while 157 areas are orange zones (medium-risk). The number of red zones increased from 51 to 57 between June 14 and 21.“The local administrations are the key actors of reporting and mitigating COVID-19 in their jurisdictions,” said Dewi Nur Aisyah, an epidemiologist on the national task force’s team of experts.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said he appreciated local leaders and regional task forces that managed to contain the virus.“With an integrated information system, we can roll out policies that are based on data and science,” he said.Topics : The government has claimed that almost 60 percent of the country is either at low risk of COVID-19 infection or has zero cases.According to the chief of the national COVID-19 task force expert staff, Wiku Adisasmito, 188 regions in Indonesia are classified as yellow zones (places where there is a low risk of infection), while 112 are green zones (regions where there are zero confirmed cases).He explained that the percentage of regions included in yellow or green zones had been consistently increasing, from 46.7 percent to 58.3 percent between May 31 and June 21, though the number decreased once to 44.3 percent on June 7. “Some businesses [in those regions] have reopened,” Wiku said in a virtual press briefing from the State Palace on Wednesday.He claimed that Indonesia’s economic and public health situation was otherwise “not really worse” compared to other countries thanks to the policies implemented by the government. Read also: Indonesia records new daily highs in cases during transition to ‘new normal’In the last three months, there was an increase in the number of hospitals that handed over reports of COVID-19 cases to the national task force, from 250 in the early days of the outbreak to 1,687 thus far.last_img read more

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Russia becomes first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, says Putin

first_imgPresident Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess.The vaccine still has to complete final trials, raising concerns among some experts at the speed of its approval, but the Russian business conglomerate Sistema has said it expects to put it into mass production by the end of the year.Russian health workers treating COVID-19 patients will be offered the chance of volunteering to be vaccinated in the coming weeks, a source told Reuters last month. Speaking at a government meeting on state television, Putin dismissed those concerns, saying the vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, was safe and that it had even been administered to one of his daughters.”I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks,” said Putin.He said he hoped mass production would start soon.Phase III trialThe vaccine’s approval by the health ministry comes before the start of a larger trial involving thousands of participants, commonly known as a Phase III trial.Such trials, which require a certain rate of participants catching the virus to observe the vaccine’s effect, are normally considered essential precursors for a vaccine to receive regulatory approval.The Moscow-based Association of Clinical Trials Organizations (ACTO), a trade body representing the world’s top drugmakers in Russia this week urged the health ministry to postpone approval until that final trial had been successfully completed.In a letter to the ministry, it said there were high risks associated with registering a drug before that happened.”It is during this phase that the main evidence of a vaccine’s efficacy is collected, as well as information on adverse reactions that could appear in certain groups of patients: people with weakened immunity, people with concomitant diseases and so forth,” it said.Some international experts have also questioned the speed at which Russia approved its vaccine.”Normally you need a large number of people to be tested before you approve a vaccine,” said Peter Kremsner from the University Hospital in Tuebingen, currently testing CureVac’s COVID-19 vaccine in clinical trials.”In that respect, I think it’s reckless to do that [approve it] if lots of people haven’t already been tested.”Duncan Matthews, a professor of intellectual property law at Queen Mary University of London, said news of a potential COVID-19 vaccine was to be welcomed, “but safety must be the priority”.”The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have fast-track approval procedures for emergency humanitarian use and we need to see evidence that Russia is adopting an equally prudent approach,” Matthews said in an emailed comment.More than 100 possible vaccines are being developed around the world to try to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. At least four are in final Phase III human trials, according to WHO data. Topics :center_img Regulatory approval paves the way for the mass inoculation of the Russian population and authorities hope it will allow the economy, which has been battered by fallout from the virus, to return to full capacity.Kirill Dmitriev, head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, hailed the development as a historic “Sputnik moment”, comparable to the Soviet Union’s 1957 launch of Sputnik 1, the world’s first satellite.The vaccine will be marketed under the name ‘Sputnik V’ on foreign markets, he said. State media have trumpeted the news.But the speed at which Russia has moved, approving a vaccine before the final stages of clinical trials to test safety and efficacy are over, has worried some scientists, who fear Moscow may be putting national prestige before safety.last_img read more

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2015

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf September 02, 2015 Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Proclamations Governor Wolf Proclamation — Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2015 by Governor Tom Wolflast_img

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Area Boys Basketball Scores (1-25)

first_imgArea Boys Basketball ScoresFriday  (1-25)Batesville  56     North Decatur  51Oldenburg  43     Jac-Cen-Del  31Columbus East  81     East Central  57South Ripley  48     Lawrenceburg  45Hauser  79     South Decatur  57Rushville  70     South Dearborn  60Mt. Vernon  47     Connersville  45Rising Sun  54     Shawe Memorial  32New Washington  72     Switz. County  57SW-Hanover  89     Clarksville  62SW-Shelby  63     Waldron  41Morristown  66     Edinburgh  53Scottsburg  88     Jennings County  61Silver Creek  75     Madison  62last_img

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United: Van Gaal’s not a done deal

first_img A report in Dutch paper De Telegraaf on Saturday claimed Holland coach Van Gaal had agreed to sign a three-year deal at Old Trafford following a meeting with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in Portugal. It added that the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach, who will leave his post as Holland coach after this summer’s World Cup, would be free to choose his own backroom staff, claiming he would likely take Patrick Kluivert as his number two. The way Giggs conducted himself during the first press conference of his temporary reign is understood to have gone down well with senior figures as the club. The interim manager spoke of his desire to restore some pride to the club following a disastrous season under Moyes, who left the team in seventh place, some 23 points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Liverpool. Giggs has received the backing of Sir Alex Ferguson. The Scot, whose retirement teed up the appointment of Moyes – a decision he was a driving force behind – on Friday appeared to put his weight behind Giggs getting the job on a full-time basis. “I think that he [Giggs] is the one man they should go to really,” Ferguson said at a charity dinner, according to the Daily Telegraph. “He’s got 20-odd years of experience at Manchester United. “I signed him as a kid at 13 years of age. He’s gone through the gamut of emotions at the club – he’s experienced all the highs and lows.” Giggs has immediately tried to evoke memories of former eras at Old Trafford, by installing fellow members of the ‘Class of 92′ – Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes – on his staff. “He knows exactly what’s needed to be a Manchester United player and I was so pleased he brought Paul Scholes back in, and Nicky Butt of course – two great professionals,” Ferguson added. “They understand the club, they are hard workers, they are straight as a die. So you have got the right combinations there, there’s no doubt about that.” Giggs, who has been taking his UEFA Pro Licence exams, wants to prove he has a future in management during his four-match spell as interim coach. “I’ve got a chance to show what I can do and what I am capable of as a manager in a short space of time,” he said. Giggs appears open to the idea of talking with the board about taking charge, or at least having some sort of role within the new coach’s set-up, in the summer. “It can happen [young managers getting the job]. That’s not something I’m thinking about at the moment,” Giggs said. “That’s another conversation to be had in three weeks, six weeks or whenever in the future.” But United, who have put Ryan Giggs in charge until the end of the season, denied the reports, with a spokesman saying: “There is nothing to report. We have not signed a new manager. When we have something to report, we will announce it.” Club sources said there were still “a number of names in the hat” – suggesting the hunt for Moyes’ successor could take some time yet. Carlo Ancelotti, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have ruled themselves out of the running publicly. Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has done so too, but he was never thought to be under consideration. Other potential contenders include Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone and Juventus’ Antonio Conte. It is easy to see why Van Gaal would be an attractive option. The 62-year-old has won titles in Holland, Germany and Spain. He has also made it clear that wants to move to England after the World Cup. He was rumoured to be linked with the Tottenham job, but United would prove to be a far more attractive option for the Dutchman. The fact that Van Gaal would not be able to take over at United until after the World Cup is not considered a deal-breaker by the club’s board. Woodward, meanwhile, is expected to be at Old Trafford on Saturday evening to watch Giggs take charge of his first United game versus Norwich. Woodward does not view the 40-year-old Welshman as a potential successor to Moyes, but the United hierarchy do see the midfielder as their potential manager a few years down the line. Press Association Manchester United are yet to decide who should replace David Moyes despite reports Louis van Gaal has agreed a deal to take charge of the club.last_img read more

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Futacs leaves Leicester

first_img The Hungarian, who has been capped three times by his country, made just a handful of appearances for the Foxes during his two-year stint at the club and spent most of last season on loan at Diosgyori VTK, having previously been loaned to Blackpool. It has been decided by both parties that he is surplus to requirements at the King Power Stadium and he becomes a free agent with immediate effect. Leicester have announced striker Marko Futacs has left the club after it was mutually agreed to cancel the remainder of his contract. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Williams wants to share goal burden

first_img Swansea’s next test is at Hull where they stumbled last season and Williams accepts they must do better against more unfashionable Premier League rivals. “We know we have to pick ourselves up at Hull which is always a difficult place to go,” Williams said. “They are scrapping and sometimes when we play against those type of teams we have come up short. “So the focus this week will be we need to take care of business on Saturday and get points on the board and then have a good Christmas and New Year period. “It’s so important going into January as you can find yourself in a completely different position than when you started Christmas with however it goes. “But you have to take your chances, this is the Premier League and you can’t really keep missing them and expect to win games.” Swansea’s reliance on Bony – who could be absent for as many as seven games in the new year when he is away at the Africa Cup of Nations – is reflected by the fact that the 25-year-old has scored eight of the club’s last 13 goals in the top flight. “It is a worry if Wilf doesn’t score because we need to chip in with more goals as a team,” Williams said after Swansea’s second straight league defeat. “We need to find goals from other places on the pitch. All of us, Wilf included, get a lot of chances and if we go 2-0 up against Spurs I am sure that we can win the game. “We have got this record from losing from winning positions, but I’m pretty sure that all of them have been one goal and there have been games where we’ve had a lot of chances after we scored the first goal. “It’s pretty simple really, we need to convert the chances but I don’t know how we do that or how we change that. “I just think the chances we get, the positions we find ourselves in, we have to take them and we all have to do better. “I don’t now how many chances we had – but the positions we get ourselves in we have to do better to convert.” “When you say we have to take our chances you do look at the guys up front as that’s what they do, but as a team we need to share the goals around.” Ashley Williams believes Swansea must lift the scoring burden from top marksman Wilfried Bony. The Ivory Coast striker became the first player to score 20 Barclays Premier League goals in the calendar year during Swansea’s 2-1 home defeat to Tottenham on Sunday. But Bony also passed up several other scoring opportunities as Swansea frittered away copious chances to see off a Spurs side they dominated for long periods before being floored by a late Christian Eriksen sucker punch. Press Associationlast_img read more

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A Florida Lawmaker Pushing to Loosen State Gun Laws

first_imgRepublican State Rep. Anthony Sabatini has filed the bill, HB 273, in an effort to loosen restrictions on carrying a weapon in Florida.The bill would allow lawful gun owners to carry without a license in areas where concealed carry is typically allowed.It would still prohibit firearms in places like courtrooms and college campuses, but the penalty for bringing a gun there would be reduced from a third-degree felony to a second-degree misdemeanor.Republican State Rep. Anthony Sabatini filed bill that would allow lawful gun owners to carry without a license in areas where concealed carry is typically allowed. (WPEC)The bill also eliminates a requirement to be 21-years-old to carry.Sabatini took to Twitter after filing the bill. He wrote his bill, “deletes the requirement that a person obtain a permission slip from government before concealing a weapon for their self defense—also known as ‘Constitutional Carry.’” He also added, “Our Second Amendment right should not be determined by a government bureaucracy.”The “Constitutional carry” law, is already in place in 16 other states.The bill will be brought up in the 2020 legislative session.last_img read more

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