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COVID Catharsis Corner - Reports from around the world from today, Wednesday 7th of April:

- World: John Hopkins page not working again, Google stands in to indicate we are still at 132 million confirmed cases and 2.87 million confirmed deaths.

- World: International Monetary Fund suggests a wealth tax to help pay for the COVID impact.

- Brazil: Sees record high new daily deaths, as the number passes 4,000 deaths in a single day for the first time.

- Brazil: Logs first case of South African variant.

- Turkey: Sees record high new daily cases at 54,740.

- UK: Research Study on half a million electronic US medical records suggests that one third of people who suffered from serious COVID infection went on to develop one of 14 specific neurological or psychological disorders within 6 months.

- Vaccines: (Oxford/AstraZeneca update)
In the UK the Medical Regulator finds 79 of the 18 million people who had been given the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine had suffered from a rare blood clot with 19 dying as a result. They indicated this wasn't proof that the vaccine caused them, however they did say that this strengthened the link. People under 30 years of age will now be offered an alternative to the AZ vaccine as the risks are more finely balanced in this age group.
In Europe the Medical Regulator states that blood clotting should be listed as an "Extremely rare" side effect on this medicine, but that the benefits of the treatment still outweight any potential personal risk.

- UK: Moderna vaccine first doses given in Wales and Scotland taking the total number of active vaccines being used in the country to 3.

- Australia: Prime Minister places blame on delays to vaccination program on the EU having blocked shipments. The EU said it only ever blocked one shipment of 250,000 doses however Australian prime minister indicated: "3.1 million out of 3.8 million doses did not come to Australia. That obviously had a very significant impact on the early rollout of the vaccination programme," and called it simple maths. The EU then stated theirs were not the only plants on the planet producing the AZ vaccine. It is not yet clear which plants the Australians contract says their doses should be coming from, which is a sticking point with the EU/AstraZeneca row which continues to rumble on.

- South Africa: Court rules doctors can administer new animal anti-parasite treatment Ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19 following concerns that trials so far have been inconclusive.

- Canada: Ontario will enter into a month long Lockdown starting tomorrow.

- US: Faces Ketchup shortage as Heinz sees demand for take-out sachets of Tomato Sauce skyrocket following changes in food shopping habits due Pandemic restrictions.

- Isle Of Man: Number of active cases falls to 88.
 
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COVID Catharsis Corner - reports from around the world from today, Thursday 8th of April:

- World: John Hopkins University page still inoperative. Google info indicates Confirmed Global cases: 133 million, Confirmed deaths: 2.89 million.

- World: More countries implement precautions on the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine following Medical regulator reports from the UK and EU with many restricting the vaccine to older people.

- WHO: Warns the success of UK's vaccination program does not guarantee it from a third wave of cases.

- Turkey: Sees another record high new daily cases at 55,941.

- India: Sees another record high new daily cases at 126,789.

- Czech Republic: European Court Of Human Rights, in a landmark ruling, backs the countries mandatory status on COVID vaccines for children.

- Thailand: Estimates outbreak in Bangkok may take up to two months to contain.

- Cameroon: President launches investigation following allegations of financial embezzlement of COVID-19 funds.

- Wales: One blood clot case linked to Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

- Isle Of Man: Active Cases drops to 75.
 
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Nooo!! While this Pandemic stop taking all the important things away?
There's always malt vinegar for your fries. You can even fry up some cod and wrap the whole mess in a newspaper. There's a slight risk you'll develop a British accent, but that can be remedied with a trip to Texas.

Personal:
My wife and I are fully vaccinated as of yesterday with the Pfizer vaccine - my wife had no adverse reaction this time.
 

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COVID Catharsis Corner - reports from around the world from today, Friday 9th of April:

- World: JHU still not serving stats web page, Google News indicates 134,038,180 confirmed cases and 2,904,554 confirmed deaths.

- World: Passes 134 million cases.

- US: Passes 31 million confirmed cases.

- Europe: Medical regulator begins investigation into a new rare bleeding side effect from the Oxford/AZ vaccine and reports of rare blood clotting cases from the new Janssen/Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

- Europe: Takes delivery of 100 million vaccines from various manufacturers.

- UK/EU: Bloc official advises they have dibs on all vaccines manufactured in contested new Netherlands AZ vaccine contractor plant.

- Spain: Madrid advises that confusion over the safety of Oxford/AZ vaccine is putting people off accepting it.

- Germany: Leader of Germany imposes new rule on federal states, if they go over 100 cases per 100,000 citizens and stay that way for 7 days, their COVID response will be centralized.

- UK: As restrictions are eased and people are preparing to return to their jobs, Vaccination Centers find themselves suddenly short of thousands of volunteers to the point it may impact on the wider vaccine rollout.

- Cypress: indicates UK variant is now the dominant strain on the island.

- Cambodia: Sees record high new daily infections.

- North Korea: Kim Jong-un advises the country it faces hardships ahead such as food shortages and economic instability after the Pandemic closes its boarders and all trade with it, with words harking back to the 90's famine which killed hundreds of thousands.
 
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How I feel getting the J&J vaccine soon as I see more and more stories about people having adverse reactions.

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Its understandable to be [CONCERN]ed but keep this in mind: the data for AZ indicates the risk of the blood clotting side effect is somewhere in the scope of 0.000016%.

Don't fret, the risk is so infinitesimally small it's not worth the energy of worrying about, and if it does happen, now they are aware of the condition they can monitor for it and swing into action immediately at the earliest possible sign.

As far as we are aware right now, the J&J is similar or they would have picked it up in the clinical trials, the liklihood of it occuring will be less than minimal and now there are eyes on it any side effects can be monitored for and caught early too.

May the GLORY of TEST be with you, always.
 
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COVID Catharsis Corner - reports from around the world from today, Saturday 10th of April:

- World: Still not able to access the JHU data page. Google indicates 134,719,328 confirmed cases and 2,915,972 confirmed deaths.

- World: Concerns are raised on the global vaccine rollout as raw materials fail to keep up with demand including plastic containers and big grow-bags with some makers placing orders 12 months in advance.

- UK: Following the death of Prince Philip, the Queens Husband, the Palace asks people not to congregate and he will not lay in state and there will be no state funeral, to avoid crowds which could promote the spread of COVID-19. Prime Minister Johnson elects not to attend to allow another family member to be at the funeral, as COVID rules mean a strict limit of 30 attendees only.

- Mexico: Sees one of it's highest days for new deaths at 2,192.

- Thailand: Bangkok draws up plans to install 10,000 field hospital beds in the face of its third wave.

- Libya: Begins vaccination program.

- Iran: Begins new 10 day lockdown to try to tackle 4th wave.

- Finland: 20 arrested on a Lockdown protest which convened without permission.

- Romania: Passes 1 million confirmed cases.
 
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COVID Catharsis Corner - reports from around the world from today, Sunday 11th of April:

- World: 135,617,191 confirmed cases and 2,931,191 confirmed deaths.

- UK: British retail Consortium asks shoppers to respect workers as non-essential shops due to reopen tomorrow in Wales and England.

- Sicily: Governor indicates 80% of Sicilians refuse to take Oxford/AZ vaccine. "I understand people are worried, but they have to trust scientists who are saying it is more dangerous not to get vaccinated than to be vaccinated."

- India: Passes 100 million vaccines administered.

- India: Sees record high new daily cases.

- India: Bans export of anti-viral drug Remdesivir and components to make it as demand in the country soars. “In light of the above [record high cases], Government of India has prohibited the exports of Injection Remdesivir and Remdesivir Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) till the situation improves,”

- Thailand: Sees record high new daily cases.

- Variants: Early indications from data from Israel indicates the South African variant may be able to bypass the Pfizer vaccine to some degree however it is still to be peer reviewed.

- Netherlands: Several hospitals have to postpone heart and cancer surgery due to staff shortages caused by the increased number of people in Intensive care with COVID-19.

- Canada: Shifting vaccination focus from the elderly to front-line staff.

- France: Paris, and fines handed out liberally as noises from a closed restaurant (closed due to lockdown) reveal it contained over 100 diners.
 
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COVID Catharsis Corner - reports from around the world from today, Monday 12th of April:

- World: JHU web page inoperative again, Google News indicates 136,136,954 confirmed cases and 2,938,200 confirmed deaths.

- World: WHO indicates the planet needs a "Reality check" as confusion and complacency take hold. Although vaccines are going into bodies, the pandemic is still on an upward trajectory.

- UK: Shoppers hit the highstreets as restrictions eased and stores reopen.

- UK: Trial finds Asthma treatment budesonide administered twice a day to people with early COVID-19 can help them recover as much as 3 days faster and could also help reduce the number of people admitted to hospital. General Practitioners have been given permission to prescribe it on a case-by-case basis.

- UK: Track and Trace app update blocked by Google and Apple for breaching their requirement that the app does not track location data, after an attempt to make a 4Square check-in style QR code system was rejected by the tech giants.

- India: Sees another record high new daily cases, at 168,912.

- India: Overtakes Brazil to become worlds second most infected country, after the USA in first place.

- India: Millions participate in Kumbh Mela festival despite spiraling cases.

- Czech Republic: Schools, Libraries, Zoos and some shops reopen after months of begin closed due to restrictions.

- Greece: reopens High Schools following 5 month of closure due to pandemic restrictions.

- Bangladesh: Sees record high new cases, announces 8 day closure of all international and domestic transport to counter transmission.

- Brazil: Supreme Court set to approve a congressional investigation in to President Bolsonaros handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

- Italy: Small business owners once again scuffle with police as they protest the continuing lockdown restrictions.

- New Zealand: Boarder workers given until the end of April to be vaccinated or they will be moved to other lower-risk roles after a third Quarantine worker tests positive in Auckland.

- China: Official advises domestic vaccines may not be very efficient. Later advises their words were taken out of context, as they were talking about how to make them even more efficient by mixing and matching first and second doses.
 
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