Covid-19: State moves to Level 5 for six weeks with hopes of ‘meaningful’ Christmas celebrations (Ireland)

The Government has announced Level 5 restrictions across the State for six weeks from Wednesday night/ Thursday morning at midnight until December 1st in a bid to curtail the spread of Covid-19. The Taoiseach said the Government intends that the country will go into Level 3 when the new period of restrictions expires. Source: Covid-19: State moves to Level 5 for six weeks with hopes of ‘meaningful’ Christmas celebrations

Tucson mayor demands Trump pay bill from 2016 event before campaign returns with ‘super-spreader’ rally | The Independent

On Monday morning Regina Romero revealed that she has written to the campaign begging them to follow guidelines introduced to halt Covid-19, saying: “It would be deeply unfortunate if one gathering jeopardised all the progress we have made thus far.” The mayor also wrote in her letter requesting that the campaign repay the expenses from Mr Trump’s May 2016 campaign stop, which are still outstanding.

Source: Tucson mayor demands Trump pay bill from 2016 event before campaign returns with ‘super-spreader’ rally | The Independent

(1) Thousands of retirees march in Belarus demanding Lukashenko’s resignation – National | Globalnews.ca

About 3,000 retirees rallied in the Belarusian capital of Minsk for a third straight Monday to demand the resignation of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko as mass protests of a disputed election continue to roil the country. They marched through the streets of Minsk carrying flowers and chanting for Lukashenko to “Go away!” after the Aug. 9 balloting that was widely seen as rigged. “How many grandmas should it take to oust one grandpa?” said one banner held by the protesters, referring to the 66-year-old president.

Source: (1) Thousands of retirees march in Belarus demanding Lukashenko’s resignation – National | Globalnews.ca

Kidney disease tied to high death rates in COVID patients | CIDRAP

“Our data demonstrate that renal impairment in patients admitted to intensive care with COVID‐19 is common and is associated with a high mortality and requirement for on‐going renal support after discharge from critical care,” the authors wrote. “Attention needs to be paid to patients with COVID‐19 with any form of renal impairment and every effort made to prevent progression of renal injury in order to reduce mortality.” The researchers also remarked that patients who require dialysis in the hospital have a much lower survival rate than those who don’t, which could have implications for resource allocation. “The impact on resource utilisation is considerable, especially in a pandemic situation where resources may have to be rationed,” they wrote.

Source: Kidney disease tied to high death rates in COVID patients | CIDRAP

20% of verified coronavirus patients did not develop immunity – The Jerusalem Post

Only 80% of people who tested positive for coronavirus had antibodies to the virus, according to a report published Monday by the Central Bureau of Statistics, the Health Ministry and the Gertner Institute.

The results mean that a percentage of people who develop asymptomatic or even mild cases of the virus could contract it again. Source: 20% of verified coronavirus patients did not develop immunity – The Jerusalem Post

Anti-lockdown advocate appears on radio show that has featured Holocaust deniers | Coronavirus | The Guardian

One of the three co-authors of a letter that calls for lockdowns to be abandoned in favor of herd immunity has appeared on a radio broadcast that previously featured multiple Holocaust deniers and antisemites.

Dr Martin Kulldorff of Harvard medical school appeared on the Richie Allen Show on 6 October to discuss the letter, described as the Great Barrington declaration, after the Massachusetts town where it was drawn up.

Kulldorff said he agreed to go on the program because it was important to reach all segments of the population with public health messages. The show was described as an “online platform for antisemitic conspiracy theorists and Holocaust deniers” by Hope not Hate, an organisation that monitors extremist groups.

Source: Anti-lockdown advocate appears on radio show that has featured Holocaust deniers | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Coronavirus vaccine storage issues could leave 3 billion without access – National | Globalnews.ca

From factory to syringe, the world’s most promising coronavirus vaccine candidates need non-stop sterile refrigeration to stay potent and safe. But despite enormous strides in equipping developing countries to maintain the vaccine “cold chain,” nearly thee billion of the world’s 7.8 billion people live where temperature-controlled storage is insufficient for an immunization campaign to bring COVID-19 under control.

Source: Coronavirus vaccine storage issues could leave 3 billion without access – National | Globalnews.ca

Italy unveils new COVID-19 restrictions as daily infections climb | New Europe

On Sunday, the country reported a record 11,705 cases, as well as 69 deaths from the disease. “The situation is critical. The government is there but everyone must do their part”, Conte said.

Authorities have ordered betting shops to close from 9 pm and halted local fairs, as well as amateur sporting competitions. Restaurants will be able to serve only seated customers after 6 pm. Conte added that the government is also considering closing gyms and swimming pools. Other regions, such as Campania around Naples, have closed schools for two weeks.

Source: Italy unveils new COVID-19 restrictions as daily infections climb | New Europe