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  • Brazil's Bolsonaro escalates rhetoric over electoral fraud
    on July 29, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro pleaded on Thursday for the replacement of the country's electronic voting system with printed ballots that can be counted, alleging that it is necessary to avoid fraud in next year's election. Read full story

  • Police seal off Paris street after car crashes into cafe
    on July 29, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    PARIS (Reuters) - French police sealed off a street in Paris late on Thursday due to an incident, the local police said on Twitter after local media reported that a car had crashed into a Paris cafe terrace injuring several people. Read full story

  • Proposed U.S. arms sale to Nigeria on "hold" over human rights concerns-sources
    on July 29, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers have put on hold a proposal to sell almost $1 billion of weapons to Nigeria over concerns about possible human rights abuses by the government, three sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Read full story

  • Taliban assassinations of Afghan pilots 'worrisome,' U.S. govt watchdog says
    on July 29, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Taliban assassinations of Afghan pilots detailed by Reuters https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/afghan-pilots-assassinated-by-taliban-us-withdraws-2021-07-09 this month mark another "worrisome development" for the Afghan Air Force as it reels from a surge in fighting, a U.S. government watchdog said in a report released on Thursday. Read full story

  • Peru's Castillo names Marxist party member as PM, likely scaring investors
    on July 29, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    LIMA (Reuters) -Peruvian President Pedro Castillo on Thursday named Guido Bellido, a member of his Marxist party, as prime minister, a move likely to further spook investors wary of a new leftist government that will also face resistance in Congress. Read full story

 

  • PPV khusus untuk warga asing
    on July 29, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    KUALA LUMPUR: Pasukan Petugas Khas Imunisasi COVID-19 (CITF) mempertimbang keperluan untuk mengkhususkan beberapa pusat pemberian vaksin (PPV) kepada warga asing, mengikut bahasa, agar proses vaksinasi dapat dilakukan dengan lancar.

  • OLIMPIK: Sunisa Lee menang emas gimnastik all-around
    on July 29, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    TOKYO: Remaja Amerika Syarikat (AS), Sunisa Lee memenangi emas Olimpik acara gimnastik artistik all-around, mengambil tempat juara bertahan, Simone Biles yang menarik diri sebelum itu kerana masalah kesihatan mental.

  • OLIMPIK: Zii Jia mohon maaf
    on July 29, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    TOKYO: Pemain perseorangan lelaki negara, Lee Zii Jia memohon maaf kepada seluruh rakyat Malaysia kerana gagal menyumbangkan pingat pada Sukan Olimpik 2020, selepas tersingkir dalam saingan pusingan 16 terbaik acara perseorangan lelaki, malam tadi.

  • Ordinan Darurat perlu dibahaskan bagi kemakmuran demokrasi
    on July 29, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    KUALA LUMPUR: Ordinan Darurat yang diisytiharkan atas perkenan Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah perlu dibentang dan dibahaskan dalam sesi Dewan Rakyat, selagi mana Seri Paduka belum memperkenan untuk membatalkan Ordinan berkenaan.

  • Kontraktor diarah lakukan siasatan menyeluruh insiden projek LRT3
    on July 29, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    KUALA LUMPUR: Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana) sudah mengarahkan kontraktor turnkeynya, MRCB George Kent Sdn Bhd, untuk menjalankan siasatan menyeluruh susulan insiden runtuhan perancah besi struktur pembinaan projek Transit Aliran Ringan 3 (LRT3) di Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang hari ini.

 

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  • 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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