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Special Report: Lebanon’s power struggle – why a failing state can’t get the lights on
on August 10, 2020 at 5:21 pm
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Surveying Beirut's shattered streets last week, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port that killed at least 158 people, French President Emmanuel Macron offered support to the people of Lebanon and delivered a stern message to the country's ruling class.
Lebanon government resigns after deadly Beirut blast
on August 10, 2020 at 5:04 pm
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced on Monday the resignation of his government after a powerful Beirut port explosion sparked public uproar against the country's leaders.
Commissioner's office of Chinese foreign ministry in HKSAR urges Foreign Correspondents' Club to stop denigrating national security law
on August 10, 2020 at 4:59 pm
HONG KONG, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese foreign ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Monday urged the Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC) in Hong Kong to stop defaming the implementation of the national security law in Hong Kong under the pretext of the freedom of the press.
Mozambican capital reports community transmission of COVID-19
on August 10, 2020 at 4:58 pm
MAPUTO, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Mozambique's Health Authorities declared on Monday that the country's capital Maputo registered community transmission of COVID-19, following the northern cities of Nampula and Pemba.
Feature: Liverpool ice-cream seller joins fight against COVID-19 pandemic
on August 10, 2020 at 4:58 pm
LIVERPOOL, Britain, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Ice cream vans sound cheerful chimes as they trawl neighbourhoods to sell cones, ice lollies and other cool goodies in sun-baked Britain. But this summer, in Liverpool, an ice cream vendor has been recruited to help in the fight against COVID-19.
Hentikan jualan daging haiwan eksotik - Sultan Johor
by Oleh Mohamed Farid Noh on August 10, 2020 at 5:22 pm
JOHOR BAHRU: Sultan Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar, memberi amaran kepada pemilik restoran yang menjual daging haiwan eksotik di negeri ini supaya segera menghentikan perbuatan itu.
Ahmad Zahid mengaku tidak bersalah atas 14 pertuduhan pindaan
on August 10, 2020 at 5:04 pm
KUALA LUMPUR: Bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, mengaku tidak bersalah di Mahkamah Tinggi di sini, semalam, atas 12 pertuduhan pindaan bagi kes pecah amanah dan dua pertuduhan pindaan rasuah membabitkan dana Yayasan Akalbudi.
Kluster PUI Sivagangga: Kajian sama ada virus adalah mutasi D614G diketahui seminggu lagi
on August 10, 2020 at 4:49 pm
PUTRAJAYA: Hasil kajian bagi menentukan sama ada virus daripada Kluster Pesakit Bawah Siasatan (PUI) Sivagangga adalah mutasi D614G yang berisiko meningkatkan kebolehjangkitan COVID-19 dalam kalangan mereka yang tidak mematuhi prosedur operasi standard (SOP), akan diketahui dalam masa seminggu lagi.
Dr Rohaizat azam terus bantu tangani COVID-19
by Oleh Rohaniza Idris on August 10, 2020 at 4:03 pm
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Dr Rohaizat Yon yang dilantik semula secara kontrak sebagai Timbalan Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan (Perubatan), berazam untuk terus membantu kerajaan menangani pandemik COVID-19.
Bukit Aman terima maklumat polis disyaki lindungi premis judi haram di Sungai Buloh
on August 10, 2020 at 3:51 pm
KUALA LUMPUR: Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) mengesahkan menerima maklumat berhubung segelintir pegawai dan anggota polis disyaki melindungi premis judi haram di sekitar Sungai Buloh, dekat sini.
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Yellow fever – French Guiana, France
on August 1, 2020 at 12:00 am
On 23 July 2020, the France IHR National Focal Point reported a confirmed autochthonous (locally acquired) case of yellow fever in a 14-year-old male in French Guiana. On 17 July 2020, the case was laboratory confirmed at the French National Reference Centre for arboviruses, Institute Pasteur Cayenne. The case-patient had severe disability, and developed dengue-like symptoms on 12 July. On 16 July, he was hospitalized in an intensive care unit in Cayenne, French Guiana, with consciousness disorders and acute liver failure, and died on 19 July.
Plague – Democratic Republic of the Congo
on July 23, 2020 at 12:00 am
The health zone of Rethy in Ituri province, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has seen an upsurge of plague cases since June 2020. The first case, a 12-year-old girl, reported to a local health centre on 12 June experiencing a headache, fever, cough, and an enlarged lymph node. She died on the same day and further deaths from the community due to suspected cases of plague were subsequently reported. From 11 June though 15 July, six out of 22 health areas have been affected within Rethy health zone (11 villages), with a total of 45 cases including nine deaths (case fatality rate: 20%). All nine (9) cases who died presented with signs of headache, high fever, and painful nodes; four (4) out of the nine (9) cases had cough.
Influenza A(H1N2) variant virus – Brazil
on July 9, 2020 at 12:00 am
On 22 June 2020, the International Health Regualtions (IHR) Focal Point (FP) of Brazil shared a preliminary report with the Panamerican Health Organization, the WHO Regional Office for the Americas of a human infection with Influenza A(H1N2) variant virus (A(H1N2)v). According to the report, the patient, a 22-year-old female, with no comorbidities, worked in a swine slaughterhouse in Ibiporã Municipality, Paraná State, and developed an influenza-like illness on 12 April 2020. The patient initially sought medical care on 14 April and a respiratory specimen was obtained on 16 April as part of routine surveillance activities. The patient was treated with oseltamivir, was not hospitalized and has recovered. A real-time RT-PCR test conducted at the public health laboratory identified a non-subtypable influenza A virus. In May 2020, the specimen was forwarded to the Laboratory of Respiratory Virus and Measles, Oswaldo Cruz Institute (FIOCRUZ per its acronym in Portuguese), a national influenza reference laboratory, in Rio de Janeiro. On 22 June, genetic sequencing characterized this virus as an influenza A(H1N2)v virus.
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
on July 2, 2020 at 12:00 am
Between 1 April and 31 May 2020, the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported nine new cases of MERS-CoV infection, including five deaths. The cases were reported from Riyadh (seven cases), Assir (one case) and Northern (one case) Regions. Most cases were and ages of the reported cases ranged from 40 to 96 years. Of the cases reported in Riyadh six were from a hospital outbreak in the region between 21 and 31 May 2020: an index case who was a newly admitted patient, and five secondary cases identified through contact tracing. One of the secondary cases was a health care worker and the other four were in-patients admitted due to other health conditions. All four in-patients were bedridden and above 75 years of age. All reported cases had comorbidities with the exception of the healthcare worker.
Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
on June 26, 2020 at 12:00 am
On 25 June 2020, the Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared the end of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu, Ituri and South Kivu Provinces . In accordance with WHO recommendations, the declaration was made more than 42 days after the last person who contracted EVD in this outbreak tested negative twice and was discharged from care. The outbreak was declared on 1 August 2018 following investigations and laboratory confirmation of a cluster of EVD cases in North Kivu Province. Further investigations identified cases in Ituri and North Kivu Provinces with dates of symptom onset from May to August 2018. In 2019, the outbreak subsequently spread to South Kivu Province, and on 17 July 2019, the WHO Director-General declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 11 outbreaks have been recorded since the first recognized outbreak in 1976. The 10th EVD outbreak in North Kivu, Ituri and South Kivu Provinces was the country's longest EVD outbreak and the second largest in the world after the 2014–2016 EVD outbreak in West Africa.