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Coronavirus - 24th April 2021

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Post by Kitkat Sat Apr 24 2021, 13:16

Summary for Saturday, 24th April

  • Indian hospitals say their patients are dying because of a shortage of oxygen as cases and deaths reach new highs
  • The government is despatching special trains and flights to send oxygen supplies to the hardest-hit areas
  • India has recorded nearly a million infections in just three days, with 346,786 cases overnight into Saturday
  • US health regulators have lifted an 11-day pause on the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 jab linked to blood clots
  • Instead they will add a warning label about the potential for very rare side-effect
  • This week, Europe's drug regulator also ended restrictions on the J&J vaccine
  • Israel has recorded no new daily Covid-19 deaths for the first time in 10 months
  • Researchers say people struggling to regain their smell after catching Covid-19 should undergo "smell training"


Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.
We’ll bring you updates throughout the day from the UK and around the world.
Here are the main headlines this morning:


Hospitals buckle in India under record surge

India's healthcare system is struggling to cope as a record surge in Covid-19 cases puts pressure on hospital beds and drains oxygen supplies.
Families have been left pleading for their relatives who are desperately ill, with some patients left untreated for hours.
Crematoriums are organising mass funeral pyres.
On Saturday, more than 340,000 new cases were reported – the world’s highest daily rise for a third day in a row. Another 2,624 deaths, a new daily record, were reported in 24 hours.
Dr Atul Gogia, a consultant at the Sir Ganga Ram hospital in Delhi, told the BBC there had been a "huge surge" in patients, leaving no space in the emergency room.
Find out which countries have the highest cases in the world.

Indian hospital sends oxygen SOS as cases and deaths continue to rise

As reported above, India's healthcare system has been struggling to cope with surging infection numbers.
Now, hospitals have put out an SOS for urgent oxygen supplies.
At the Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi, 20 people died overnight because of a lack of oxygen, an official said.
The government says it is deploying trains and the air force to send supplies to hard-hit areas.
It comes as cases and deaths hit new highs for the third day running.
Hospitals in Delhi have warned they are at breaking point. At the Holy Family Hospital, intensive care units are full and there is no room for any more beds.
"Almost every hospital is on the edge. If oxygen runs out, there is no leeway for many patients," Dr Sumit Ray told the BBC.
"They will die. Within minutes, they will die."
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India’s peak ‘still weeks away’

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As we have been reporting, India's healthcare system has been buckling under a continuing surge in cases and a shortage of oxygen.
One of the country's leading virologists says it could hit half a million cases a day in the coming weeks.
Dr Shahid Jameel, director of the Trivedi School of Biosciences at Ashoka University, says it’s difficult to know when India - which recorded more than 340,000 cases on Saturday - will reach its peak.
He told Radio 4’s Today programme: “Right now [given] the rate at which infections are climbing, personally I don’t see a peak coming in the next few weeks.”
The country’s vaccination programme will be a solution for the future, he says, but adds that unfortunately “it’s no longer a solution for the present surge that we’re seeing”.
He says the government needs to do everything it can to speed up the supplies of oxygen and medicines, adding “unfortunately the situation is very bad - we let down our guard, that’s why we are in this situation”.
“The lesson here to be learnt is you have to be on your guard, you have to prepare.
"We should have been stocking up on oxygen, we should have been messaging clearly for people to take vaccines in the months of January and February when the caseload was down.”

Thailand reports 2,839 new coronavirus cases on Saturday

After the country recorded another record daily rise in Covid-19 cases and deaths amid a third wave of the pandemic, Thailand curbed shop operating hours on Saturday in shopping malls in 18 provinces, including the capital, Bangkok.
The new hours will restrict operations between 11 am and 8pm for a week from Sunday, the Thai Retailers Association said in a statement.
Restaurants in the malls will be allowed to stay open an hour later, while convenience stores will be permitted to operate from 5am to 10pm.
Officials reported 2,839 new coronavirus cases and eight new deaths on Saturday, bringing Thailand’s total to 53,022 cases and 129 deaths.

US lifts pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine

US health regulators have lifted an 11-day pause on the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 jab, but will add a warning label about the potential for extremely rare blood clots.
Fifteen vaccine recipients suffered from a dangerous blood clot - out of nearly eight million people who were given the jab.
A panel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded the risks were very low.
This week, Europe's drug regulator also ended restrictions on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The UK has pre-ordered 30-million doses of the jab but it hasn't approved it for use yet.
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Police in Wales pledge to break up crowds at hotspots


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Crowds have gathered in large numbers in Cardiff Bay

Police in Wales have pledged to clamp down on anyone causing anti-social behaviour at hotspots over the weekend.
Dispersal orders have been put in place in Cardiff Bay, Swansea, Ogmore-by-Sea and Barry Island, giving South Wales Police powers to break up crowds.
Action is also being taken in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, due to concerns about possible anti-social behaviour .
From Saturday, six people from six different households can meet outdoors under revised Covid rules .
The action comes after criticism of people gathering in large numbers in Cardiff Bay and other locations.
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Did election rallies in India spread virus?

By Shruti Menon and Jack Goodman
As we reported earlier, India is reeling from a record rise in Covid-19 cases, with the health system struggling to cope.
Some are blaming the country's political parties for pressing ahead with crowded campaign rallies for state elections , but the ruling BJP has said there is no link.
Coronavirus cases picked up sharply in March, at a time when India's political parties were campaigning for a series of state elections in West Bengal, Assam, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Those campaigns have often involved numerous rallies with large crowds, minimal social distancing and very little mask-wearing - leading to warnings from India's election commission.
Political campaigners and candidates were also seen not following Covid safety protocols.
But is there any firm evidence to establish a direct link between campaign events and rising case numbers?
Our Reality Check team have taken a look at the data.
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Healthcare workers welcome change on PPE advice

Healthcare workers have welcomed a change in scientific advice on how to protect them from coronavirus.
A document by the government's scientific advisory group (Sage) says higher grade masks may be needed when caring for Covid patients.
Current guidance says that thinner surgical masks are adequate, outside of intensive care units.
A long list of healthcare unions and professional bodies has been making increasingly desperate appeals for what are called FFP3 respirators.
These are designed to filter out infectious aerosols that may be lingering in the air, particularly in close proximity to patients.
Growing evidence of the risks of airborne transmission has led the government to emphasise the importance of ventilation - with the words "fresh air" now added to the public messaging.
And now a technical document released by Sage concludes that healthcare workers may need higher standards of respiratory protective equipment.
The British Medical Association welcomed the advice and said it was "imperative" that the government kept to its promise to protect NHS staff as a priority.

Germany reports 23,392 confirmed coronavirus cases

Germany reports 23,392 confirmed coronavirus cases and a further 286 deaths, bringing the death toll to 81,444, the Robert Koch institute reports.

Further lockdown restrictions for Cambodia

Cambodia closed all markets in the capital, Phnom Penh, on Saturday to contain a rise in coronavirus infections as thousands of families plead for food during a two-week lockdown, Reuters reports.
Phnom Penh went into lockdown on 15 April, declaring some districts as “red zones”, which ban people from leaving their home except for medical reasons.
In the new market order, Phnom Penh City Hall said all markets are to be closed from Saturday until 7 May, saying that they have seen rising infections in markets and urged vendors and guards to get tested for Covid-19.
As part of the efforts to provide food for people who could not leave their homes in lockdown areas, city officials have given thousands of families 25kg of rice, a box of soy sauce, a bag of fish sauce and a bag of canned fish, according to the City Hall’s Facebook page.
While the south-east Asian country has one of the worlds smallest coronavirus caseloads, there have been 8,848 cases and 61 deaths in the latest outbreak.
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What's happened so far today?

Here are some of the main coronavirus stories from the UK and around the world so far today.

  • Israel has recorded no new daily Covid-19 deaths for the first time in 10 months . The country has the highest vaccination rate in the world, with more than five million Covid-19 vaccinations administered
  • US health regulators have lifted an 11-day pause on the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine , but will add a warning label about the potential for extremely rare blood clots. It comes after Europe's drug regulator also ended restrictions on the jab this week
  • Researchers say people struggling to regain their smell after catching Covid-19 should undergo "smell training" - retraining the brain to recognise different smells - rather than taking steroids. International experts say smell training is cheap and simple and free from side-effects
  • Children have been "left behind" in trials for Covid-19 vaccines, a government scientist has said. Prof Adam Finn said experts were "impatient" to get on with the necessary trials
  • India’s coronavirus infections rose by 346,786 overnight, setting a new world record for the third consecutive day.
  • Germany reports 23,392 confirmed coronavirus cases and a further 286 deaths, bringing the death toll to 81,444.
  • Parts of Western Australia begin a three-day lockdown after a coronavirus outbreak in a hotel quarantine facility led to community transmission.
  • Cambodia closed all markets in the capital, Phnom Penh, to contain a rise in coronavirus infections as thousands of families plead for food during a two-week lockdown.
  • Russia recorded 8,828 new coronavirus cases, including 2,541 in Moscow, taking the national tally to 4,753,789 since the pandemic began.
  • Iran has said that it will bar travellers from India over a Covid-19 variant to avert its spread.
  • Germany and Kuwait also shut out travellers arriving from India.
  • A man who infected 22 people with Covid-19 in Mallorca has been arrested on suspicion of assault for going to work and the gym despite signs he had the virus.
  • A daily high of more than 893,000 Covid-19 cases globally has been recorded, led mainly by India’s devastating second wave.
  • Switzerland has detected its first case of a coronavirus variant initially discovered in India, the public health authority said on Saturday.
  • Thousands descended on London for an anti-lockdown, and vaccine passports protest march.
  • According to government figures, more than half of the population in the UK has now had the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
  • Cambodia recorded a daily record of 10 new coronavirus deaths, its health ministry said, as infections have risen following an outbreak first detected in late February.
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Working abroad 'not the same if you can't come home'


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Teacher James Prodger moved to Singapore with his wife Alex and son Zachary in 2019

When maths teacher James Prodger left the UK with his wife and toddler to work in Singapore a couple of years ago, he envisioned a stint abroad peppered with exciting holidays in Southeast Asia and regular trips home to see family.
"Covid-19 really put a spanner in the works for us," he says. "We were always intending to come here with the intention of being able to go home every six months.
"We went home three times in the first year and then we had friends due to come out for a holiday in Bali, but all those things we were looking forward to just disappeared."
The thought of being unable to get home quickly for a family emergency fills him with dread.
"A major consideration for us is our parents. My wife's parents, they are in their 70s," he said. "What happens if one of our parents gets ill? That's always in the back of our minds."
As vaccine rollouts gather pace around the world and borders start to reopen, there will be a rush to book flights - not just from holiday-makers desperate for some sun, but also from those who haven't seen their families for months or even years, outside of a screen.
Read more about the pandemic's impact on those working abroad here.

Breaking News 

UK deaths rise by 32

A further 32 people have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus in the UK, according to the latest government figures .
There were also 2,061 cases reported.
On Friday, there were 40 deaths and 2,678 cases.

Breaking News 

Number of people in UK to receive both vaccine doses tops 12 million

The daily figures also show the number of people to have received both vaccination doses has now surpassed 12 million.
A total of 12,071,810 people have received two doses, while 33,508,590 have received one.
A further 132 patients were admitted into hospital.
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Post by Kitkat Sat Apr 24 2021, 18:35

The lives lost to Covid in Scotland


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Nan Douglas died at the age of 95

More than 10,000 people in Scotland have died with coronavirus.
One of those was Nan Douglas, who worked her way up from shorthand typist to headteacher during a remarkable career.
She was already a mother of three when she left her job as a school secretary at West Calder High School to enrol at Moray House in Edinburgh where she qualified as a primary school teacher.
After losing her husband John when she was just 43, she found solace in working with disabled children and went on to be appointed head of Pinewood Special School in Blackburn, West Lothian.
Following a spell living in Cornwall during her retirement, she returned to Scotland where she hosted a "living wake" with 80 friends and family on her 90th birthday.
She lived independently in Milnathort, Kinross, and was admitted to hospital for a minor issue just before Christmas 2020. But she contracted Covid and never left. She died on 19 February 2021, aged 95.
Head here for more stories of some of those who have lost their lives in Scotland.

Germany restricts travel from India

Germany is the latest country to restrict travel from India where a surge in Covid infections is overwhelming health services.
The government - which is battling against a third wave of infections - has classified India as a coronavirus "high incidence area", meaning anyone returning to Germany from there must register with authorities before travelling and quarantine for 14 days on their return.
"In order not to endanger our vaccination campaign, travel to India must be significantly restricted," Health Minister Jens Spahn told reporters.
He added that, from Monday, foreign travellers coming from India would no longer be allowed to enter.
Germans arriving from India would only be allowed entry with a negative test result and would then go into isolation.
Other countries to have restricted travel from India include the UK, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand.
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Anti-lockdown protesters march in London

Anti-lockdown protesters have been marching in central London as part of what they have called a "Unite for Freedom" rally.
The Metropolitan Police released a statement earlier in which it advised people against attending large gatherings "for the protection of yourselves and others".

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Protesters have been carrying signs and placards showing their opposition to coronavirus restrictions

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Demonstrators have also been protesting against the idea of vaccine passports

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Protesters carry a giant inflatable syringe through central London

UK passes the milestone of vaccinating half its population

London mayoral candidates Piers Corbyn and Lawrence Fox – two of the four anti-lockdown candidates running for election in May – were among those on the march.
The Metropolitan police tweeted: “We have a policing operation in central London today as a result of a number of demonstrations. “Anyone coming into London for a protest must make sure their gathering is lawful, with a risk assessment carried out by the organiser.”
The protest comes as the UK passes the milestone of vaccinating half its population, with more than 33m first vaccinations and 11m second doses administered.
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Majorca man who spread Covid accused of assault

Spanish police have arrested a man on suspicion of assault after he allegedly ignored signs of having coronvirus and went on to infect 22 people.
The man, who lives in the town of Manacor on the island of Majorca, took a Covid test after his temperature rose to more than 40C (104F), police said in a statement.
But without waiting for the result he went to work and to the gym the following day. Police said he ignored instructions to go home and walked around lowering his mask as he coughed at colleagues, taunting them: "I'm going to infect you all with coronavirus."
Five people at work and three at the gym caught the virus and in turn passed it on to friends and family, including three toddlers. Police said they opened an investigation in January following the outbreak in Manacor and reports that a worker had "become infected but hidden his illness".

Syria receives donation of China's Sinopharm vaccine


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The batch of vaccines arrived in Damascus on Saturday

A Chinese donation of 150,000 doses of its Sinopharm vaccine has arrived in the Syrian capital, Damascus, and another batch is due to due to arrive soon, officials have said.
Health minister Hassan Ghabash said the first doses would go to healthcare workers, followed by the elderly and people with chronic diseases.
"We appreciate this aid which will allow the health ministry to combat the pandemic, to curb its impact on health, society and the economy," Ghabash told reporters at the airport on Saturday.
China's ambassador to Syria said another 150,000 doses would arrive soon.
Earlier in the week, Syria received a delivery of 200,000 AstraZeneca shots via the global Covax scheme, which aims to ensure vaccines are shared fairly among all nations, rich and poor. Further deliveries are due in the coming weeks, the UN said.
A vaccination programme involving teams from the World Health Organization is due to be rolled out across Syria - in territory controlled by the government and also in areas occupied by rebel forces after 10 years of civil war.
Syria has registered nearly 22,000 coronavirus infections since the pandemic began and more than 1,500 deaths.
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Disneyland Paris opens mass vaccination centre

Disneyland Paris - one of Europe's biggest tourist attractions in normal times - has opened up a mass coronavirus vaccination site at its convention centre.
The centre will only be open at weekends but will be able to inoculate about 1,500 people every day, Thierry Coudert of the Seine-et-Marne department said.
He said that number could rise to 3,000 or 4,000 a day, depending on the supply of vaccines.
The park, which employs about 17,000 people, has been shut since October when non-essential businesses were told to close.
France imposed its third national lockdown earlier this month as it battled a surge in cases of Covid-19.
The government aims to give 20 million people at least one dose of a vaccine by mid-May - up from about 14 million currently.

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Tough new nighttime curfews in Germany

Angela Merkel has urged Germans to accept nationwide pandemic restrictions that took effect at midnight, resulting in a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew and further limits on personal contacts and access to nonessential stores in regions with high infections.
Merkel acknowledged the new rules are “tough” but insisted they are needed to curb the spread of the virus in the country, Associated Press reports.
She said the new measures, which automatically take effect in regions with more than 100 new cases a week per 100,000 inhabitants, are “urgently needed.” “No country that managed to break the third wave of the pandemic and then loosen restrictions again did so without tough measures such as nighttime curfews,” Merkel said.
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Army may be called into the streets of Brazil to restore order

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has suggested that the army might be called into the streets to restore order if lockdown measures against Covid-19 that he opposes lead to anarchy.
He repeated his frequent criticism of restrictions imposed by local governments to curb infections — measures he claims do more harm than good, Reuters reports.
“That lockdown policy, of quarantine, is absurd. If we have problems ... we have a plan of how to act. I am the supreme head of the armed forces,” Bolsonaro said in an interview with TV Criticia in Manaus.
He said the army could be summoned to “reestablish Article 5 of the Constitution,” which mentions the right to freedoms of movement and of religion.
Bolsonaro also said the restrictive measures are aggravating hunger in the country.
“I am, together with my 23 ministers, talking about what to do if a generalized chaos is implanted in Brazil because of hunger, because of the cowardly way of how some are making the people stay at home,” he added.

Italy records a further 322 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday

Italy reported 322 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday compared to 342 the day before, the health ministry said.
The daily tally of new infections fell to 13,817 from 14,761, Reuters reports. Italy has registered 119,021 deaths linked to Covid-19 since its outbreak last year, the second highest toll in Europe after Britain and the seventh highest in the world. The country has reported 3.95 million cases to date. Patients in hospital with Covid-19 - not including those in intensive care - stood at 20,971 on Saturday, down from 21,440 a day earlier. There were 143 new admissions to intensive care units, down from 153 on Friday. The total number of intensive care patients fell to 2,894 from 2,979.

France reports 220 Covid-19 deaths in hospitals in last 24 hours

France reported a further 220 Covid-19 deaths in hospitals in the last 24 hours, Reuters reports.
The country has registered more than three million fatalities in total.
Official figures published on Saturday showed the number of Covid-patients in intensive care units (ICUs) in France dipped from the previous day to stand at 5,958.
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What happened today?

We'll soon be bringing our live page to a pause for today, but before we do here is a round-up of the main coronavirus stories today.


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