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  • Ontario closes in-person schools due to rising COVID-19 cases - premier
    on April 12, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    (Reuters) -The Canadian province of Ontario is closing schools for in-person learning due to rising variant-driven COVID-19 cases, Premier Doug Ford said on Monday without mentioning when the remote learning would end. Read full story

  • Canada scraps export permits for drone technology to Turkey
    on April 12, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada on Monday scrapped export permits for drone technology to Turkey after concluding the equipment had been used by Azeri forces fighting Armenia in the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, said Foreign Minister Marc Garneau. Read full story

  • At a London rooftop bar, drinking and laughter return as lockdown eases
    on April 12, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    LONDON (Reuters) - On a London rooftop terrace on Monday, hundreds of people savoured the chance to meet and drink together for the first time in months, after the government eased COVID-19 restrictions and allowed pubs and restaurants to serve small groups outdoors. Read full story

  • Turkey, Libya committed to eastern Mediterranean maritime accord
    on April 12, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Turkey and Libya were committed to a 2019 maritime demarcation accord in the eastern Mediterranean, after meeting Libya's Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh in Ankara. Read full story

  • Congo names new Cabinet, cementing president's power over predecessor
    on April 12, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's Prime Minister announced a new Cabinet on Monday, completing a government overhaul by President Felix Tshisekedi that strengthens his hold on power. Read full story

 

  • Bintai Kinden cadang ambil alih Johnson Medical
    on April 12, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    KUALA LUMPUR: Bintai Kinden Corporation Bhd bercadang mengambil alih Johnson Medical International Sdn Bhd untuk mengembangkan segmen perniagaan penjagaan kesihatannya.

  • Ratusan penumpang LRT terkandas
    by Oleh Nor Azizah Mokhtar on April 12, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    KUALA LUMPUR: Ratusan penumpang tren Transit Aliran Ringan (LRT) terperangkap selepas beberapa tren LRT terkandas akibat kejadian pokok tumbang membabitkan tren Laluan Ampang - Sri Petaling, petang tadi.

  • Luster peroleh kontrak RM1 bilion di AS
    on April 12, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    KUALA LUMPUR: Luster Industries Bhd mengumumkan Glovconcept Sdn Bhd (GSB) memeterai perjanjian dengan American Nitrile (AN) LLC untuk menyediakan perkhidmatan kejuruteraan, pemerolehan, pembinaan dan pengoperasian (EPCC) serta penyelesaian teknologi sarung tangan bagi mesin barisan pengeluaran sarung tangan di Amerika Syarikat (AS).

  • MOSTI lantik Dzuleira sebagai CEO Technology Park
    on April 12, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    KUALA LUMPUR: Kementerian Sains Teknologi dan Inovasi (MOSTI) melantik Dzuleira Abu Bakar sebagai Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Technology Park Malaysia Corporation Sdn Bhd (TPM) yang baharu, berkuat kuasa 15 April 2021.

  • Ketua Pengarah, Pengerusi Labuan FSA letak jawatan
    on April 12, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    LABUAN: Ketua Pengarah Lembaga Perkhidmatan Kewangan Labuan (Labuan FSA), Datuk Danial Mah Abdullah telah meletak jawatan.

 

WHO Disease Outbreak News WHO disease outbreak news

  • Human infection with avian influenza A (H5N8) – the Russian Federation
    on February 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

    On 18 February 2021, the National IHR Focal Point for the Russian Federation notified WHO of detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) in seven human clinical specimens. These are the first reported detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) in humans. Positive clinical specimens were collected from poultry farm workers who participated in a response operation to contain an avian influenza A(H5N8) outbreak detected in a poultry farm in Astrakhan Oblast in the Russian Federation. The laboratory confirmation of the seven specimens were performed by the State Research Centre for Virology and Biotechnology VECTOR (WHO H5 Reference Laboratory). The age of seven positive cases ranged between 29 to 60 years and five were female. Between 3 and 11 December, a total of 101 000 of 900 000 egg laying hens on the farm died. This high mortality rate prompted an investigation. Samples were collected from these birds and an initial detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) was performed by the Russian regional veterinary laboratory. On 11 December, the outbreak was confirmed by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Reference laboratory, and the Federal Centre for Animal Health (FGBI-ARRIAH), in Vladimir, the Russian Federation. Outbreak containment operations started immediately and continued for several days due to the large size of the poultry farm.

  • Ebola virus disease – Guinea
    on February 17, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    On 14 February 2021, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea informed WHO of a cluster of Ebola Virus

  • Rift Valley fever – Kenya
    on February 12, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Rift Valley fever (RVF) has been reported in Kenya in humans in Isiolo and Mandera counties and in

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
    on February 10, 2021 at 12:00 am

    On 7 February 2021, the Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) after the laboratory confirmation of one case in North Kivu Province. The case was an adult female living in Biena Health Zone. To date the source of infection is still under investigation. On 25 January 2021, the case presented with nasal bleeding. From 25 January to 1 February, she reportedly received outpatient care at a local health centre. From 1 to 3 February, she was admitted to a second health centre with signs of physical weakness, dizziness, joint pain, epigastric pain, liquid stools, headache and difficulty breathing. On 3 February, a blood sample was collected for EVD testing due to her epidemiological link with an EVD survivor. On the same day, she was referred to a hospital in Katwa Health Zone (part of Butembo city) following the deterioration of her condition. She was admitted to the intensive care unit the same day and died on 4 February. On 5 February, the body was buried in Musienene Health Zone, however not under safe burial practices.

  • Influenza A (H3N2) variant virus – United States of America
    on February 5, 2021 at 12:00 am

    On 13 January, 2021, a child under 18 years of age in Wisconsin developed respiratory disease. A respiratory specimen was collected on 14 January. Real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing conducted at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene indicated a presumptive positive influenza A(H3N2) variant virus infection. The specimen was forwarded to the Influenza Division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on 21 January for further testing. On 22 January, CDC confirmed an influenza A (H3N2)v virus infection using RT-PCR and genome sequence analysis. Investigation into the source of the infection has been completed and revealed that the child lives on a farm with swine present. Sampling of the swine on the property for influenza virus has not yet been conducted but is planned. Five family members of the patient reported respiratory illness during the investigation and were tested for influenza; all tested negative. The patient was prescribed antiviral treatment and was not hospitalized and has made a full recovery. No human to human transmission has been identified associated with this investigation. Sequencing of the virus by CDC revealed it is similar to A (H3N2) viruses circulating in swine in the mid-western United States during 2019-2020. Viruses related to this A (H3N2)v virus were previously circulating as human seasonal A (H3N2) viruses until around 2010-2011 when they entered the USA swine population. Thus, past vaccination or infection with human seasonal A (H3N2) virus is likely to offer some protection in humans.

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