Covid-19 News: Restrictions on coronaviruses reimposed worldwide

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Hong Kong Disneyland closed less than a month after it reopened.

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Restrictions reimposed worldwide as the number of cases worldwide exceeds 13 million

Tighter locking restrictions and social distancing measures in the United States, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and other countries are to be reimposed as states and cities try to control new waves of coronavirus cases. The governor of California closed all state bars yesterday and ordered restaurants, cinemas and museums to suspend domestic operations, canceling the reopening of the premises in mid-June. Today, the Hong Kong authorities have imposed new social distancing measures, including making masks mandatory on public transportation, limiting the size of gatherings to four people, and closing Hong Kong Disneyland less than a month later. its reopening. In Manila, the Philippines, a quarter of a million people are expected to go into receivership later this week in an attempt to slow the spread of infections. Tighter restrictions in the UK could be imposed on the people of Blackburn after a peak in coronavirus cases.

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Face coatings will become compulsory in shops and supermarkets in England from July 24 and the police can fine £ 100 for those who do not comply, the government announced today. Children under the age of 11 and people with certain disabilities will be exempt. The government is under increasing pressure from scientific organizations, including the Royal Society and the recently formed independent SAGE, to introduce legislation making face covers mandatory in indoor spaces. World Health Organization guidelines also support the use of face covers in confined or overcrowded places where physical distance is not possible.

Over 5 million workers in the United States are felt they had lost their health insurance this year due to the economic impact of the pandemic, according to a Families USA report, a consumer advocacy group for healthcare. This is the largest increase since the 2008 financial crisis, when 3.9 million adults were no longer insured, according to the report.

The coronavirus may be able to spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus, suggests a case study published in Communications Nature. The placental sample tests in this case study are consistent with transmission in the womb, said doctor and study author Daniele DeLuca at Antoine Béclère Hospital in Paris. Guardian. DeLuca said he suspects that this is not the first such case, but it is the first time that it has been confirmed that the coronavirus has been transmitted in the womb. The baby who tested positive for covid-19 developed inflammation of the brain a few days after birth, but he and his mother have both recovered since then. The study is based on more preliminary and more coronavirus can spread through the placenta.

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The death toll worldwide has exceeded 574,000. The number of confirmed cases exceeds 13.1 million, according to the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins University, although the actual number of cases is much higher.

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COVID-19 Humans is a project highlighting the experiences of key frontline workers in the fight against coronavirus in the UK, through social media.

Coronavirus, explained on Netflix is ​​a short documentary series examining the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, efforts to combat it, and ways to manage its mental health status.

New Scientist Weekly provides updates and analysis on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic. Our podcast sees expert journalists from the magazine discussing the biggest science stories that will make the headlines every week – from technology and space to health and the environment.

Contagion rules is about the new science of contagion and the surprising ways it shapes our lives and behaviors. The author, Adam Kucharski, is an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, and in the book he examines how diseases spread and why they stop.

Contagion: BBC Four pandemic is a sober documentary about the progression of a hypothetical pandemic that the BBC simulated in 2017. Designed by science journalist and television presenter Hannah Fry, and produced with the support of some of the country’s best epidemiologists and mathematical modellers, it is very relevant to today’s lust -19 pandemic.

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People may soon have to wear face covers in stores in England, says Boris Johnson

People should wear face covers in stores and government plans to do so mandatory to do in England, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said today. Describing facial covers as “extra insurance” to stop the spread of the coronavirus, he said the government was looking into how a policy change could be implemented. Face covers are already compulsory in public transport in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and the government recommends that people wear them in other closed public spaces where social distancing is not possible, although it is not mandatory. This comes as an increasing number of scientists are asking the British government to increase the legislation on face covers. Independent SAGE, a group of scientists offering alternative advice to the UK government, said face covers should be made mandatory in indoor spaces as much as possible, including in shops and places of entertainment, as well as in public transport. Earlier this month, Royal Society President Venki Ramakrishnan said not wearing a face covering should be considered anti-social.

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Antibodies to coronavirus a person’s blood can peak about three weeks after the first onset of symptoms, then decrease rapidly, according to a preliminary study that has not been peer reviewed. the study, led by researchers from King’s College London, monitored antibody levels in the blood of 65 patients from 19 covid-19 and 31 healthcare workers who tested positive for coronavirus between March and June. Three months after the peak in antibody levels, only 17% of people tested still had an antibody response with the same level of potency against the virus, according to the study. In some people, antibody levels have increased 23-fold over the same period. One concern is that a short-term antibody response may limit the ability of a coronavirus vaccine to induce immunity. But aside from antibodies, there is evidence that other parts of the body’s immune system – such as immune cells called T cells – may also contribute to immunity against coronavirus and could be exploited by a future vaccine.

Scotland reported no deaths from covid-19 today for the fifth consecutive day, the country’s prime minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced at a press conference. But there is concerns that people crossing the border from England can make it difficult for Scotland to achieve complete elimination of the virus.

Mexico last week recorded a record number of new cases of coronavirus and the fourth highest number of deaths recorded by covid-19, after the United States, Brazil and the United Kingdom. There have been more than 299,000 cases of coronavirus and more than 35,000 deaths from Covid-19 in Mexico since the start of the pandemic. Mexican authorities say these figures are likely a significant underestimate, due to limited testing capacity.

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