Month: April 2020

Little-used Navy hospital ship Comfort leaves New York after treating COVID-19 patients

The U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort departed New York harbor on Thursday, just a month after arriving to help ease the strain on overburdened city hospitals dealing with the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Data on Gilead drug raises hopes in pandemic fight, Fauci calls it ‘highly significant’

The top U.S. infectious disease official said Gilead Sciences Inc’s experimental antiviral drug remdesivir will become the standard of care for COVID-19 after early results from a key clinical trial on Wednesday showed it helped patients recover more quickly from the illness caused by the coronavirus.

Spain to phase out coronavirus lockdown, eyes normality by end-June

Spain announced a four-phase plan on Tuesday to lift one of the toughest coronavirus lockdowns in Europe and return to normality by the end of June as the daily death toll fell to 301, less than a third of a record high of 950 in early April.

Japanese healing helps to destress Bolivia’s coronavirus workers

On Bolivia’s frontline against the coronavirus, Marcia Calderon is helping medical workers unwind with energy healing technique Reiki, but without the usual laying on of hands to guard against infection.

Next wave of U.S. states prepare to reopen as coronavirus could push jobless rate to 16%

Another wave of U.S. states are preparing to lift coronavirus restrictions this week against the warnings of many public health experts as the White House sees this month’s jobless rate hitting 16% or higher.

Special Report: Countries, companies risk billions in race for coronavirus vaccine

By Julie Steenhuysen, Peter Eisler, Allison Martell and Stephanie Nebehay

Number of workers who contracted COVID-19 at JBS plant in Brazil is 12: source

Some 12 workers at a Brazilian chicken plant operated by JBS SA have contracted COVID-19, a source close to the company told Reuters on Friday on condition of anonymity.

More than 5,000 U.S. meat, food-processing workers exposed to coronavirus: union

More than 5,000 U.S. meat and food-processing workers have been infected with or exposed to the new coronavirus, and 13 have died, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union said on Thursday, hitting the ranks of companies including Tyson Foods Inc and JBS USA [JBS.UL].

Finland adopts hybrid strategy to contain coronavirus

Finland will adopt a hybrid strategy to move towards more normal life while still containing the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Wednesday.

WHO warns lifting of coronavirus lockdowns must be gradual

The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that any lifting of lockdowns to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus must be gradual, and if restrictions were to be relaxed too soon, there would be a resurgence of infections.

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