#Czech hospitals in #coronavirus crisis “Each vacated bed fills up immediately”

Medical facilities in Prague are reaching the limit of their capacities – personal and inpatient. According to statistics, 1,171 covid patients were hospitalized in Prague on Wednesday, of which about a quarter are in serious condition.

“Every bed that is vacated is immediately occupied. We accept patients in an acute condition, but we must consider very carefully every free bed that occurs, “said Sulek.

Currently, the hospital is mainly looking for paramedics and general nurses, but they have been in short supply for a long time. “Every free hand fits. The duty to work would help us a lot,” says the spokesman.

Denik.cz report

 

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Israel #coronavirus chief Nachman Ash: “the possibility of a fourth lockdown before the election exists”

“We are concerned about the increase in infection in the coming days,” coronavirus czar Nachman Ash told 103FM Radio, adding that “the possibility of a fourth lockdown before the election exists.”

Ministry figures showed the virus’s basic reproduction number, or R-number, was at 1.01 Friday morning. The R-number is the number of new cases stemming from each coronavirus infection, or the number of people who caught the virus from each infected person. Any number lower than 1 means the pandemic is slowing down, while a number above 1 means it is expanding. The figures are based on new case numbers from 10 days earlier due to the virus’s incubation period.

Times of Israel report

 

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WHO Investigators scrap plans for interim report on probe of #coronavirus origins

WSJ:  “The World Health Organization team investigating the origins of Covid-19 is planning to scrap an interim report on its recent mission to China amid mounting tensions between Beijing and Washington over the investigation and an appeal from one international group of scientists for a new probe. A group of two dozen scientists is calling in an open letter on Thursday for a new international inquiry. They say the WHO team that last month completed a mission to Wuhan—the Chinese city where the first known cases were found—had insufficient access to adequately investigate possible sources of the new coronavirus, including whether it slipped from a laboratory.”

Open Letter Link    “Call for a Full and Unrestricted International Forensic Investigation into the Origins of COVID-19”

WSJ full report

 

 

Preliminary reports of four #stillbirths linked to #Covid19 #coronavirus

The Deputy Chief Medical Officer has said that NPHET has been made aware of four preliminary reports of stillbirths in Ireland, that could potentially be associated with a condition called Covid Placentitis.

Dr Ronan Glynn said that these reports should be interpreted with caution as the coroners have not concluded their findings.

Dr Glynn said the condition is a “concern”, but also stressed that is “very rare”.

RTE.IE Full report

 

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Doctors report large skin rashes appeared in 12 patients in delayed reaction to Moderna mRNA-1273 #coronavirus vaccine

“We have also observed delayed large local reactions to the mRNA-1273 vaccine, with a median onset on day 8 (range, 4 to 11) after the first dose. These reactions had a variable appearance. Here, we report on a series of 12 patients with these reactions, all of which appeared near the injection site after complete resolution of the initial local and systemic symptoms associated with vaccination.”

New England Journal of Medicine report

People infected with South African #coronavirus variant #501YV2 may be protected from re-infection

A new study has shown people previously infected by the Covid-19 variant 501Y.V2, originally identified in South Africa, have better immunity against other coronavirus mutations, experts said Wednesday.

The findings, from preliminary research by the team of South African scientists who identified the variant dubbed 501Y.V2, raise hopes that vaccines modelled on the strain could protect against future mutations.

Identified late last year, the variant fuelled South Africa’s second wave of infection and delayed the start of vaccinations in February.

Scientists said Wednesday plasma collected from people infected with the variant had “good neutralising activity”, including against “first wave” viruses and potentially other variants of concern.

After the antibodies were tested against the original strain and another identified in Brazil, “results are showing a clear sense of direction”, virologist Tulio de Oliveira said in a video conference.

IOL.CO.ZA Report

Medrxiv preprint  “Escape of SARS-CoV-2 501Y.V2 from neutralization by convalescent plasma”

 

 

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Anders #Tegnell’s #coronavirus strategy should have been successful in #Sweden. He was completely wrong

“You must not judge us yet”, said Anders Tegnell in the spring of 2020, while the whole world looked at the open Swedish strategy and the accompanying high death toll.

Just wait until the second wave hits Europe. Then Sweden will be better equipped than the neighboring countries, he predicted confidently. Now the second wave has long since peaked – in Sweden a third is underway – and Anders Tegnell has been completely wrong.

Berlingske.dk slams Sweden’s coronavirus Tsar

 

 

Brazilian #coronavirus variant #P1 at 4.3% in Umbria, Tuscany, Lazio, and Marche in #Italy

“in our territory, in particular in some regions of central Italy ,there is an estimated prevalence of the Brazilian variant of 4.3%, not in the whole country, but in Umbria, Tuscany, Lazio, Marche”. This is “a particularly worrying fact. These variants are new and must be estimated both with respect to increased transmissibility and the potential not to guarantee the same immune coverage : increased transmissibility and the potential ability to reduce protection. They are extremely important to monitor and it is important that the most restrictive measures possible are taken.”  The variant South African , on the other hand, “is 0.4%  particularly in some areas of South Tyrol”.

The president of the CSS to reiterate that “the English variant has greater power infectious on the pediatric population . We have clear evidence. There is an increase in the number of cases even between 6 and 10 years “.

“The English variant has a greater transmission capacity. It has an estimated prevalence of around 54% , but it is a figure referred to February 18, so today the value is undoubtedly higher”.,

Comments by Silvio Brusaferro , president of the Italian ISS, and Franco Locatelli , President of the CSS.

Quotidiano.net report

 

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333 Italian doctors have died of #coronavirus during the pandemic

The number of doctors who died in Italy during the Covid-19 pandemic rose to 333.  Maria Teresa D’Istria , general practitioner, is the latest victim remembered in the list of fallen soldiers updated by Fnomceo, National Federation of Medical Surgeons and Dentists, which will remain listed in mourning in their memory, in a sad list that is gradually updated.

“The dead make no noise, they no longer make noise as grass grows, wrote Ungaretti – comments the president of Fnomceo, Filippo Anelli -. And yet, the names of our friends, our colleagues, put here, in black and white, make a deafening noise. As well as the number of infected health workers, who now make up 10% of the total. We can no longer allow our doctors, our health workers, to be sent to fight the virus with their bare hands. It is an unequal struggle, which hurts us, hurts the citizens, hurts the country ”.

Il Giorno.it report

 

#Austria and #Denmark to work with #Israel on future #coronavirus vaccines – EU ‘too slow’

Austria’s chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, described the EU’s vaccination deployment as “too slow” as he announced that his country and Denmark would work with Israel on protecting their citizens against new coronavirus variants.

The move by the two member states to form a vaccine manufacturing partnership comes as the latest figures show that 7.5% of the EU population have received a vaccine dose compared with 52% in Israel and 31% in the UK.

“We must prepare for further mutations and should no longer be dependent solely on the EU in the production of second-generation vaccines,” Kurz said.

Full Guardian Report

 

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Patients with #covid tied to stretchers in #Amazonas due to lack of sedatives

Patients with serious Covid-19 at the regional hospital in Parintins, Amazonas, are being tied with gauze onto their stretchers because of a lack of sedatives.

JN interviewed the president of the Brazilian Association of Intensive Care Medicine (AMIB), Suzana Lobo, who explained that the procedure is not wrong.  Lobo also said that intubating patients without sedation would be inhumane.

“[Without sedatives] The first thing that can happen is self-extubation, he [patient] removes the tube. This can lead to cardiac arrest (…) It is inhumane to imagine a person who will be kept on mechanical ventilation without be under analgesia and good sedation. She will feel discomfort, she will feel anxiety, she will feel fear … And all of this will lead to very serious consequences. ”

 

Number of Swedish #coronavirus ICU patients has increased sharply in last 2 days #Sweden

A total of 240 covid-19 patients are in intensive care wards around the country, compared to only 197 ten days ago. The number of coronavirus patients who are cared for in regular wards has also increased.

Of the country’s 21 regions, 13 report an upward trend in the number of patients on IVA (ICU).  Västerbotten currently has the most IVA patients per capita, with 13 inpatient IVA patients, followed by Norrbotten, Jönköping and the Västra Götaland region.

Dagens Nyheter report

 

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