Mutated COVID-19 strains found in more countries – CGTN

The mutated coronavirus is appearing in some more countries in the world. Besides the UK, the new strain has also been found on the European mainland. Different mutant strains have appeared in Brazil, South Africa and Nigeria. Nigerian officials said the country has been investigating two samples collected in August and October, which could possibly be another variant. #Coronavirus #COVID19 Source: Mutated COVID-19 strains found in more countries – CGTN

More than 100 residents have COVID-19 at Escondido nursing home – Los Angeles Times (how could this have been allowed to happen?)

As of Wednesday, Escondido Post Acute had 111 residents and 70 healthcare workers who had the novel coronavirus out of a total of 139 residents and 81 staff who had tested positive there since the beginning of the pandemic. The facility has a maximum bed count of 180, according to data from the California Department of Public Health. Source: More than 100 residents have COVID-19 at Escondido nursing home – Los Angeles Times

COVID-19 will not be last pandemic: WHO | News | DW | 26.12.2020

“For too long, the world has operated on a cycle of panic and neglect … We throw money at an outbreak, and when it’s over, we forget about it and do nothing to prevent the next one,” Tedros said, adding that current mechanisms are “dangerously short-sighted, and frankly difficult to understand.”

He also said the pandemic has “highlighted the intimate link between the health of humans, animals and planet,” and warned that climate change is making earth less habitable.

“Any efforts to improve human health are doomed” without fighting climate change, Tedros emphasized.

A few months before the coronavirus broke out, the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board published its first annual report on world readiness for health emergencies and said that the world was not equipped for potentially devastating pandemics.

Source: COVID-19 will not be last pandemic: WHO | News | DW | 26.12.2020

Cecília Meireles — comigo!

” Liberdade – essa palavra que o sonho humano alimenta: que não há ninguém que explique, e ninguém que não entenda!”. Cecília Meireles. Romance XXIV Da bandeira da Inconfidência. Romanceiro Da Inconfidência. Organização: André Seffrin. 13 ed. Global, 2015 Marii Freire Pereira VEM comigo! Imagem: Pinterest. Kelli Santarém, Pá 26 de dezembro de 2020

Cecília Meireles — comigo!

Japan Bans Entry To All Foreign Nationals Over COVID Variant Fears



Over the past week several dozen countries have banned travel to and from the UK –  and to a lesser extent South Africa – over reports of variant strains of COVID-19 that appear to be more transmissible (see  PrePrint: Estimated Transmissibility & Severity Of UK SARS-CoV-2 Variant – CMMID).

Saudi Arabia went even further on Monday, and closed their borders to all foreign nationals for a week (see Canada, India & Italy Join Growing List Of Countries Banning Travel To/From The UK).

Since then the number of countries reporting the UK variant has increased markedly (see here, here, and here). Japan reported their first 5 known cases yesterday (see Japan MOH Reports 5 Cases Of UK Variant COVID), which has prompted them to up the ante today and ban – starting Dec. 28th – the arrival of all foreign nationals until the end of January.

This English language report from The Japan Times.

Japan to halt new entry of foreign nationals over new virus strain

The Japanese government said Saturday it will ban new entries of all non-Japanese nationals from around the globe in principle from Dec. 28 through the end of January. | KYODO

Dec 27, 2020

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The prospect of dealing with a more transmissible SARS-CoV-2 virus is a genuine concern for all countries, but is particularly unnerving to Asian nations which have had to deal primarily with the Asian lineage of the virus, one which is supposedly less transmissible than the D614G mutation that appeared in Europe last February and rapidly become the dominant strain.

For now there are still more questions than answers regarding how much of an increased threat the UK variant (or the lesser known South African variant) truly pose (see CDC: Implications of the Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Variant VUI 202012/01).

But assuming these variants do substantially increase the impact of this pandemic, there is still the thorny problem that the UK variant (and possibly the South African variant, as well), appear to have already made significant inroads into dozens of countries around the world. 

Which means that border closings may be too little, and too late, to do much good. 

Acrobat of divisions

Lignes invisibiles

From one edge to the other,

at the crossing of the bridge

you would see at your left

like golden curls from the sun above the water

in multiple jumps

without any predetermined rhythm.

To the right you would turn your gaze to look

you would see more water,

which the rock cleverly separates in two,

light from darkness.

So this side, keeps its waters dark

and the shadows cool every move that would look plastic.

Imagine this little head,

which with his mind

feeds the optical illusion.

It’s like this that it thinks it walks on an acrobatic rope made out of stone

and not on a bridge;

but that’s the way it should be,

as the wind blows

the body, which moves across the bridge.

If you saw it from somewhere far or near,

left with all naturalness it was in every push of the wind;

neither resisting…

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Trump Urges Supporters to Pack DC When Congress Counts Electoral Votes – Mother Jones

On Saturday morning, the day after Christmas, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to continue his attack on political institutions and figures who have failed to get in line with his authoritarian mission of overturning the democratic will of America’s voters, who, after four years of his administration, clearly chose his opponent. Source: Trump Urges Supporters to Pack DC When Congress Counts Electoral Votes – Mother Jones