UN headquarters extends telework for diplomats and staff until May 31
The Secretary-General of the United Nations said to all United Nations staff in a letter this week that “the current telework arrangements at United Nations Headquarters will be extended until May 31, 2020”.
“We will continue to review these agreements, as further extensions may be necessary,” he said.
He said his decision was based on a “conservative and pragmatic approach” in consultation with senior management and our medical services, after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state closure would be extended until ‘to May 15.
The United Nations has been closed to visitors for several weeks, and meetings and consultations of the Security Council have been held by videoconference. But the UN chief made regular visits to the UN building in New York for video messages.
New wave of infections threatens collapse of Japanese hospitals
Hospitals in Japan are increasingly refusing sick people as the country battles with coronavirus infections and its emergency medical system crashes.
In a recent case, an ambulance carrying a man suffering from fever and breathing difficulties was rejected by 80 hospitals and forced to seek hours at a hospital in downtown Tokyo to treat him. Another feverish man finally arrived at the hospital after paramedics unsuccessfully contacted 40 clinics.
The Japanese Association for Acute Medicine and the Japanese Society for Emergency Medicine say that many hospital emergency rooms refuse to treat people, including those who suffer from stroke, heart attack and external injuries.
Japan initially appeared to have brought the epidemic under control by attacking clusters of infections in specific locations, usually confined spaces such as clubs, gymnasiums and meeting places. But the spread of the virus has gone beyond this approach and most of the new cases are nowhere to be found.
The epidemic has exposed underlying weaknesses in medical care in Japan, which has long been praised for its high-quality insurance system and reasonable costs.
In addition to a general reluctance to adopt social distance, experts denounce the government’s incompetence and a general shortage of protective gear and equipment that medical workers need to do their jobs.
Jacksonville, Florida beaches reopen with restrictions
Some Florida beaches reopened Friday night after Governor Ron DeSanits gave the green light as long as social distancing is in place. The beaches in Duval counties, north of Florida, which include Jacksonville and St. John’s County, opened beaches at 5 p.m. CBS affiliate Jacksonville WJAX reported on Friday.
The beaches of Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach will now be open from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. At 20 o ‘clock
The authorized guidelines are as follows:
- Walk and run
- Dog walking, authorized during all hours, the beaches are open
- To swim
- Participate in recreational activities in accordance with social directives
“This may be the start of a return to normal life,” said Jacksonville mayor Lenny Curry. “Please respect and respect these limitations. Follow the guidelines for your safety and the safety of your neighbors. “
More than 450 federal inmates have coronavirus, says BOP
The Prisons Office said Friday that 465 federal inmates and 296 staff members suffered from coronavirus. Over 100 inmates and 25 staff members have recovered.
According to the BOP, eighteen detainees died of the virus.
On Friday evening, the office also announced the death of its first “potential” staff due to the virus. Robin Grubbs, who worked at the US penitentiary in Atlanta, was found dead at his home on Tuesday evening and posthumously tested for the virus, the BOP said. But since there was no autopsy, her cause of death has not been determined.
US hits 700,000 confirmed cases
More than 700,000 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. In the United States, more than 36,000 people have died from the virus.