Doctors at Egypt’s main cancer center positive
At least 17 doctors at Egypt’s main cancer hospital have been quarantined after being tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Saturday, raising fears that the pandemic will attack health facilities across the country. most populated in the Arab world.
Egypt has reported around 1,000 confirmed cases and 66 deaths from the global pandemic. Authorities have closed schools and mosques, banned public gatherings and imposed a night curfew to prevent the virus from spreading among the population of 100 million, a fifth of whom live in the densely populated capital, Cairo .
The government has yet to impose the type of total foreclosure seen in other countries in the region, but officials have said plans to take tougher measures if necessary.
The worst epidemic of coronavirus in the Middle East is in Iran, where the Ministry of Health reported on 158 other deaths on Saturday. This brings the total number of deaths to 3,452, out of 55,743 confirmed cases.
-The Associated Press
5 things to know about Dr. Tom Inglesby’s pandemic virus
President Trump announced new voluntary guidelines on Friday that Americans should wear non-medical cloth masks while in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, joined the CBS Evening News to discuss the benefits of the masks to the general public and a possible vaccine.
Click here for the top five lessons from the discussion and watch the interview below.
Barr tells BOP to focus on the three prisons most affected by COVID-19 when examining home segregation
Attorney General William Barr asked the Prisons Office to focus its assessment of eligibility for home imprisonment on the three prisons most affected by coronavirus on Friday: FCI Oakdale of Louisiana, FCI Danbury of Connecticut and the FCI Elkton of Ohio.
The announcement comes after it issued a directive last week asking the BOP to prioritize home confinement for qualified inmates, including the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.
“We need to move diligently, using home containment, if necessary, to move vulnerable inmates out of these institutions,” wrote Barr.
As part of the directive, he asked the BOP to assess all inmates at risk of contracting the virus in the three facilities.
“You should start applying this directive immediately in the facilities I specifically identified and in all other facilities facing similar problems,” Barr wrote.
Even if chosen, detainees will still be subject to a 14-day quarantine.
Despite the directive to speed up the process, Barr maintained that public safety is paramount. “We cannot just liberate prison populations on the streets en masse,” he writes. “This would pose serious risks to the public from the release of prisons engaged in additional criminal activity, including potentially violence or heinous sexual offenses”
“We are all in the same boat”: food bank partners with online market to create jobs and feed families
Thousands of people in Dallas, Texas lined up on Thursday for free meals provided by the school district. In many places, there are not enough helping hands to keep up with the demand for food. But a program is hiring workers made redundant due to the coronavirus pandemic to help feed families in need in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Texas.
Typically, North Texas Food Bank volunteers prepare the 77 million meals the bank distributes each year – but COVID-19 has kept them out. The solution? A partnership between the food bank and Shiftsmart, an online marketplace connecting workers to employers.
One such worker is Anna Morris, who lost her job as a bartender a few weeks ago.
“It’s a lot of money and a good opportunity to – keep your spirits up,” said Morris.