Category: COVID-19

Brussels closes cafes and bars in new virus curbs

Brussels closes cafes and bars in new virus curbs

The Belgian capital took a step towards restoring its coronavirus lockdown Wednesday, when Brussels ordered cafes and bars to close for a month. Restaurants serving meals at table will remain open, but bars and drinking alcohol in public places will be banned until November 8, the regional government said. This is the second time Brussels has imposed such a measure […]

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President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, speak to the media before a working breakfast meeting at the Hotel du Palais on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France. (Photo  taken Aug. 25, 2019 by Erin Schaff/The New York Times, Pool, File)

Trump joins growing list of virus-infected world leaders

U.S. President Donald Trump has tested positive for the coronavirus, joining a small group of world leaders who have been infected: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez have also tested positive. U.S. President Donald Trump has joined a growing group of world leaders who have been infected with the coronavirus. Some, […]

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The CDC website says there is growing evidence droplets and airborne particles can remain in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel over 6 feet

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance on its website to say coronavirus can commonly spread “through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols,” which are produced even when a person breathes. What you need to know The US is nearing the grim milestone of 200,000 coronavirus deaths. The CDC abruptly reverted to its […]

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A New Social Contract Needed for Children on the Move

A New Social Contract Needed for Children on the Move

Forced to flee wars and disasters, sometimes without family, and struggling to survive in the worst of circumstances, children on the move have long led very precarious lives. Be they refugees, internally displaced or asylum seekers, vulnerable and marginalised, they lose years of childhood. They are exposed to the worst forms of abuse, such as commercial exploitation and violence. Today, […]

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, arrives to testify before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing in Washington, D.C., July 31, 2020. (Image by Kevin Dietsch/Pool/Reuters)

Fauci says a coronavirus vaccine is ‘unlikely’ by U.S. election

Key Points The CDC has asked states to ready facilities to distribute a coronavirus vaccine by Nov. 1. Dr. Anthony Fauci said at a health conference that it’s more likely a vaccine will be ready by “the end of the year.” Drug companies Moderna and Pfizer are racing to complete patient enrollment for their late-stage vaccine trials by the end […]

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Wuhan Strives To Return To Normal. But Scars From The COVID-19 Pandemic Run Deep (by Charlie Campbell/TIME)

Wuhan Strives to Return to Normal, But Scars From the Pandemic Run Deep

Every year, on Aug. 25, China celebrates the Qixi Festival, the nation’s equivalent of Valentine’s Day. Rooted in a mythical romance between an oxherd and weaver girl, it’s when romance blooms and gooey-eyed sweethearts exchange overpriced trinkets. Wuhan Strives To Return To Normal. But Scars From The COVID-19 Pandemic Run Deep (by Charlie Campbell/TIME) No new cases are reported in […]

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This photograph depicted an Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch (EDLB) public health scientist, holding up a glass slide used for a run on a sequencing machine (Image by James Gathany/CDC)

Trump administration tells US states to be ready to distribute coronavirus vaccine by November 1

Letter from CDC head pushes for facilities to be fully operational two days before US election The Trump administration has urged US states to get ready to distribute a potential Covid-19 vaccine by November 1, in the latest sign of the accelerating race to deliver a vaccine by year’s end. “CDC urgently requests your assistance in expediting applications for these […]

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In this Thursday, May 14, 2020 file photo, schoolchildren wait in line to go back in their classroom at the Sainte Aurelie primary school of Strasbourg. (Image by Jean-Francois Badias)

French doctors say 6-year-olds should wear masks when schools restart

French doctors have argued that children as young as six should be required to wear masks as schools across the country prepare to re-open after the summer break on Tuesday. The appeal comes ahead of the return of millions of French schoolchildren to classrooms and amid a spike in coronavirus cases across the country. As it stands, children aged 11 […]

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An Indian health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 during a door to door test drive in Gauhati, India, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Image by AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Coronavirus: India reports worst single-day spike in the world with over 78,000 new cases

India reported 78,761 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, a dramatic world record that brings the country”s caseload to over 3.5 million – the world’s highest one after US’s and Brazil’s. The Health Ministry on Sunday also reported 948 deaths, taking total fatalities to almost 64,000. After reporting more than 75,000 infections for the fourth consecutive day, India […]

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Peter Paul Rubens, The Tribute Money of 1612. (Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

We’ve Rendered Unto Caesar. Now Let Us Render Unto God

Well, Caesar has always seen free exercise of religion as a threat, going back to when Nero lived in Caesar’s palace. Nihil novi sub sole. The question is, in the name of risk, will religious Americans acquiesce in that vision? Attacking the four dissenters in the July 24 Supreme Court decision refusing relief to the chapel that sued Nevada for […]

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