Coronavirus live news: France to unveil new measures after cases jump; India sees over 95,000 new infections

  The US presidential candidate, Joe Biden, said on Thursday that Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was “almost criminal” as the fallout continued over book revelations that the president admitted in early February that the disease was “deadly stuff” but deliberately played it down, writes Joanna Walters for the Guardian US. As the death toll from Covid-19 nears 200,000 in the US, the world’s highest, Biden, the Democratic candidate, excoriated his opponent in November’s election, in an interview …

Almost 2 Million Fewer U.S. Teenagers Are Vaping Now Compared to Last Year, CDC Data Show

Almost 2 million fewer U.S. teenagers report using e-cigarettes in 2020 compared to 2019, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Youth e-cigarette use remains an epidemic,” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said in a statement released Wednesday, but the decline in underage vaping is dramatic. About 20% of U.S. high school students and 5% of middle schoolers who responded to the 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey said they’d used an e-cigarette in …

Why Major Companies Are Paying Employees To Skip Work On Election Day

Voting is a right, a privilege and a duty. It is also a pain — a time-consuming chore that often requires great patience and unpredictably long waits in line. And for some Americans, those logistical challenges make it nearly impossible. The U.S. is one of the few democracies in the world where Election Day is not on a weekend or recognized as a federal holiday. Instead, Americans are required to vote on the first Tuesday in November, which forces many to …

Maine Wedding Linked To More Than 140 Coronavirus Cases

An indoor wedding and reception in Maine last month resulted in at least 147 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state, including three deaths, state health officials said. The growing outbreak came after about 65 guests attended the Aug. 7 wedding in Millinocket, Maine. Just 10 days later, two dozen people directly associated with the event tested positive for the virus, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said. As of Sunday, additional confirmed cases linked to the wedding …

Drugmakers seek to reassure public about coronavirus vaccine with joint pledge on safety

A group of drugmakers competing to bring a coronavirus vaccine to market plan to issue a public statement as soon as next week that says they will not seek government approval until enough data has been collected to ensure the drugs are safe and effective, CNBC confirmed Saturday. An early draft of the joint statement promises to prioritize the safety of vaccinated people, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the plans to issue a statement. Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson …

Coronavirus: All you need to know in under 500 words

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the new coronavirus outbreak, which originated in Wuhan, China, a pandemic.  As of September 4, the global death toll surpassed 870,000 amid more than 26.4 million cases. Over 17.5 million people have recovered from the disease worldwide, according to the data collected by the Johns Hopkins University in the United States. More: Coronavirus: All you need to know about the symptoms and risks How does coronavirus spread and how can you protect yourself? Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed …

What happens if you catch the new coronavirus?

A new coronavirus that emerged in China late last year has spread to at least 188 countries on six continents, with the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the outbreak of the pathogen a pandemic.  More than 870,000 have died from the virus worldwide and the number of reported cases has exceeded 26.4 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 17.5 million people have recovered so far. More: International fears grow with virus deaths in Italy, South Korea …

Biden will visit Kenosha to ‘bring Americans together to heal’ amid protests – live

  Trump suggested people should vote twice, which would be illegal Donald Trump told voters in North Carolina they should vote twice, once by mail and once in person, even though doing so would be illegal. The president was in Wilmington, North Carolina, for an event today. Asked whether he has confidence in the mail-in voting system, the president suggested voters break the law. “Let them send it [their mail-in ballot] in and let them go vote, and if their …

Turkey seeing second peak of Covid-19 outbreak – as it happened

  Signs of Covid-19 easing in Brazil Brazil’s Covid-19 death toll appears to be easing for the first time since May, data shows, a sign the Latin American country could be descending from a long infection plateau that has seen it suffer the world’s second-worst outbreak after the United States, Reuters reports. With nearly 4 million confirmed cases, the virus has killed over 120,000 people in Brazil. But the level of average daily deaths dropped below 900 per day last …

Coronavirus live news: Trump pushes to withdraw WHO funding immediately

  US public health departments being told to prepare November vaccine distribution Health officials across the US have reportedly been notified that they should expect a coronavirus vaccine available to health workers and high-risk groups by November, amid concerns the accelerated vaccine development process has become politicized. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) informed health officials that “limited Covid-19 vaccine doses may be available by early November 2020”, the New York Times reported. Meanwhile, in a letter to …

New Study Shows How COVID-19 Might Affect Pregnant Women

Pregnant women with COVID-19 are less likely to have symptoms, and may be more likely to give birth early, new research shows. Compared with non-pregnant women of a similar age, researchers found pregnant and recently pregnant women with COVID-19 were less likely to report symptoms of fever and muscle pain (myalgia), but were more likely to need admission to an intensive care unit and need ventilation. The study, published in the BMJ, found a quarter of all babies born to …

Federal health advisors predict four coronavirus vaccine trials backed by U.S. could fail

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld has his arm disinfected by Dr. Chao Wang during a clinical trial for a Coronavirus vaccine at Meridian Clinical Research in Rockville, Maryland on Monday, July 27, 2020. The Coronavirus vaccine was created by the biopharmaceutical company Moderna. Amanda Andrade-Rhoades | The Washington Post | Getty Images A top group advising U.S. health officials predicted Tuesday that four late-stage coronavirus vaccine trials backed by the United States could fail to provide positive results. The National Academies of …

Coronavirus: All you need to know about symptoms and risks

Countries around the world are scrambling to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. As of August 30, more than 843,000 people worldwide have died of COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. The number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 has reached more than 25 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 16 million people have recovered. More: Coronavirus: All you need to know about the symptoms and risks Dispelling the …

She Had 30 Minutes To Say Goodbye To Her Dad. Now He’s Dead And She’s Alone In A Room For 14 Days.

In the last moments she would ever have with her father, Natalia Southern had just 30 minutes to say goodbye. As she entered his hospital room, she couldn’t touch her dad or hold his hand. She couldn’t whisper in his ear how much she loved him — she couldn’t even come within 6 feet of him. Her mother and brother were not allowed to be in the room with her as he lay dying. She was alone. Southern’s father, 88-year-old …

Elon Musk demonstrates brain-computer tech Neuralink in live pigs

A pig with a Neuralink implant. Screengrab of live demo Elon Musk’s brain-machine interface company, Neuralink, conducted a live demo of its technology on Friday, showing a coin-sized device without wires. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO brought along three pigs, who had varying levels of interest in cooperating. Eventually, the audience was shown real-time neural signals from one of the pigs, which Musk named Gertrude. According to Musk, Gertrude has had the implant for about two months.  The start-up, which …

Ukraine, Indonesia report record rise in coronavirus cases: Live

Indonesia has reported its biggest rise in infections for a third successive day, while Ukraine has also registered a record 2,481 cases. Russia’s coronavirus cases surpassed 980,000 after the country reported 4,829 new cases in the last 24 hours. The number of coronavirus cases in Latin America surpassed seven million, as legislators in Argentina’s capital passed a law allowing relatives to maintain a bedside vigil for patients dying of COVID-19. South Korea extended social-distancing rules in the capital, Seoul, amid …

Russia’s coronavirus cases surpass 980,000: Live news

Russia’s coronavirus cases surpass 980,000 after the country reports 4,829 new cases in the last 24 hours. The number of coronavirus cases in Latin America surpassed seven million, as legislators in Argentina’s capital passed a law allowing relatives to maintain a bedside vigil for patients dying of COVID-19. South Korea extended social distancing rules in the capital, Seoul, amid a triple-digit rise in cases while India reported another record jump in daily cases. New Delhi has reported the world’s highest …

What We Now Know (And Still Don’t Know) About Asymptomatic COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, health experts have explored the potentially major role of asymptomatic carriers in COVID-19 outbreaks. It’s been one of the great mysteries about the coronavirus, as it’s something that hasn’t been tracked thoroughly with other respiratory illnesses. Evidence suggests nearly half of all COVID-19 cases may be without symptoms. Plus, those who never get symptoms, especially kids, may have the potential to spread it just as readily as infected people with symptoms. This highlights the …

South Korea coronavirus cases highest since March: Live news

South Korea reports the highest number of daily coronavirus cases since March, and parliament forced to close amid expectations that authorities will impose tougher restrictions.  The U-turn by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on testing close contacts of people with COVID-19 raises concern among experts about asymptomatic spread of the disease. The Australian state of Victoria has reported its lowest number of cases in nearly two months. More than 24 million people around the world have been …

‘Our hands are tied’: Local aid workers exposed in pandemic

JOHANNESBURG — The coronavirus is exposing an uncomfortable inequality in the billion-dollar system that delivers life-saving aid for countries in crisis: Most money that flows from the U.S. and other donors goes to international aid groups instead of local ones. Now local aid workers are exposed on the pandemic’s front lines with painfully few means to help the vulnerable communities they know so well. Often lacking protective equipment, the groups are carrying a bigger burden than ever as COVID-19 adds …