Myanmar urged to restore internet in Rakhine to help contain virus

Christel Deskins

By Shoon Naing

YANGON (Reuters) – Humanitarian workers battling the novel coronavirus in Myanmar’s Rakhine State have urged authorities to restore high-speed internet access to help tackle rising infections in an area where tens of thousands of people have been displaced.

The region has seen the fastest spread of the coronavirus in Myanmar in recent months with more than 80 confirmed cases out of the country’s total of 474.

Citing security, Myanmar has curbed internet access in large swathes of the area, where many people live in camps due to fighting between the army and ethnic minority insurgents.

Aid workers from three groups said the government should restore 4G internet access to help inform people about the virus.

“If they do not do it at this time, when information is essential, it will be recorded in history as a crime,” said Zaw Zaw Tun, the secretary of one of the

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623 virus cases linked to South Korea church

Christel Deskins

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean health workers have found more than 600 coronavirus infections linked to a Seoul church led by a vocal opponent of the country’s president as officials began restricting gatherings in the greater capital area amid fears that transmissions are getting out of control.

Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said Wednesday that health authorities are also seeking location data provided by cellphone carriers while trying to track thousands who participated in an anti-government protest on Saturday, which worsened the virus’s spread. The march was attended by members of the Sarang Jeil Church and its ultra-right pastor, Jun Kwang-hun, who has been hospitalized since Monday after testing positive.

Kwon Jun-wook, director of South Korea’s National Health Institute, said 623 cases have been linked to church members after the completion of some 3,000 tests. Police are pursuing around 600 church members who remain

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Texas Cases Up; Notre Dame Halts In-Person Classes: Virus Update

Christel Deskins

(Bloomberg) — The coronavirus outbreaks in Florida and California showed signs of easing. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated that Democrats might cut their economic stimulus proposal to seal a deal for a Covid-19 relief package.

Finland’s prime minister is being tested for coronavirus, while Germany’s chancellor ruled out any further easing of restrictions after a recent surge in cases. The U.K., Europe’s hardest-hit country, reported the lowest tally of deaths in 20 weeks. The World Health Organization warned against vaccine nationalism.

Hong Kong’s government will roll out a third round of anti-epidemic measures, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said. A flareup in South Korea continued to grow, with 246 more cases reported Tuesday, and the country banned large gatherings in and around Seoul.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Global cases top 21.8 million; deaths pass 774,000Mystery grows over whether virus spreads through food packagingUNC calling off in-person school seen ‘clear as

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“COVID-19 Is Not an Equal Opportunity Virus”

Christel Deskins

Photo credit: Photo by Bre'Ann White, courtesy Carrie Mae Weems and Library Street Collective
Photo credit: Photo by Bre’Ann White, courtesy Carrie Mae Weems and Library Street Collective

From Harper’s BAZAAR

Referring to the recommended six feet of separation required for proper social distancing, artist Carrie Mae Weems’s Resist COVID Take Six! public awareness campaign aims to get information and resources to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus into the hands of BIPOC communities via billboards, buttons, lawn signs, take-out bags, and other creative means. Activism and a belief that representation matters has always been central to the MacArthur Genius grant recipient’s work. In her iconic The Kitchen Table Series (1990)—currently on view at Jack Shainman gallery’s online viewing room—Weems herself posed as the self-assured main subject, using a kitchen table as her domestic stage, and she has consistently created images that insist on the worth of Black people throughout her more than four-decade photographic career.

Since its launch in April, Weems’s grassroots

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U.S. Cases Slow as Deaths Pass 1,000 for Fifth Day: Virus Update

Christel Deskins

(Bloomberg) —

The U.S. added 47,813 cases, a 0.9% rise compared with the 1% increase over the previous week. Deaths exceeded 1,000 for the fifth consecutive day, while the pace of cases and deaths slowed in Florida and Arizona.

Italy told nightclubs to close, matching a similar directive by Spain on Friday. France’s public health agency warned that all of the country’s Covid-19 indicators are trending upward.

Russia agreed in principle with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to conduct clinical trials of its coronavirus vaccine, the head of its sovereign wealth fund said. China and Russia may also work together on a vaccine, a Chinese virus expert said.

Key Developments:

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Italy garbage dips with virus lockdowns, but plastics rise

Christel Deskins

ROME (AP) — Italy produced 10% less garbage during its coronavirus lockdown, but environmentalists warn that increased reliance on disposable masks and packaging is imperiling efforts to curb single-use plastics that end up in oceans and seas.

Italian researchers estimate that during the peak months of Italy’s lockdown in March and April, urban waste production fell by 500,000 tons. That decrease is enabling dumps in Italy — where trash collection in major cities has often become a hot-button political issue — to absorb the 300,000 tons of extra waste from protective masks and gloves estimated to be used this year, according to the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research.

“Substantially, the figures will balance each other by the end of this year,” Valeria Frittelloni, the institute’s head of waste management and circular economy, told The Associated Press.

But the pandemic dealt a blow to efforts to move away from

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Many landmark restaurants, bars won’t reopen after virus

Christel Deskins

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — La Tropicana Cafe has been a cornerstone of Tampa’s historic Latin-influenced Ybor City neighborhood since the 1960s, well known as a gathering spot where movers and shakers and even mobsters mixed with construction workers over Cuban coffee and sandwiches.

Now its doors are likely closed for good, like so many other bars and restaurants done in by the coronavirus pandemic.

Every neighborhood loses something precious when local eateries and hangouts get shuttered, but as infections spread and the economic fallout continues, the loss of iconic establishments like La Tropicana is particularly hard to swallow.

“In Tampa, if you were a politician, La Tropicana was where you would show up,” said Patrick Manteiga, editor and publisher of La Gaceta, a local newspaper that publishes in English, Spanish and Italian. For years, his father, Roland Manteiga, kept a corner table reserved for himself, with a special red telephone

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As the virus deepens Haiti’s schooling gap, some fight back

Christel Deskins

When Haiti’s pandemic-shuttered schools re-open for classes on Monday, the growing chasm between the country’s rich and poor students will be on painfully clear display.

The wealthiest have broad campuses ready for social distancing and programs that continued online despite the virus, while some of the poorest don’t even have running water for students to scrub their hands.

However, between those extremes are a small number of educators with a vision for a better system that they are trying to build with or without government help.

At the wealthy end of the spectrum are the 12th-year students at Saint-Louis de Gonzague school, all in neat suits and ties, who primped to look their best for the traditional photo in the school’s chapel.

The Catholic institution in central Port-au-Prince has a spacious 13-hectare (33-acre) campus, with a stadium, tennis courts and plenty of room for social distancing.

The pressure on the

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Engineered decoys trap virus in test tube study; healthcare workers at high risk even with protections

Christel Deskins

By Nancy Lapid

(Reuters) – The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

Open in an external browser for a Reuters graphic on vaccines and treatments in development.

Engineered decoys trap virus before it can enter cells

The new coronavirus enters cells by attaching to a protein on the cell membrane called the ACE2 receptor. Scientists have now developed a decoy version of ACE2 that lures the virus and traps it, preventing it from infecting human lung cells in test tubes. “We have engineered our ACE2 Trap to bind 100 to 1,000 times tighter to the virus than normal ACE2 that is on victim cells. This provides even more potent blockage that is comparable to neutralizing antibodies,” Dr. James Wells of the University of California

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Supply of first approved virus drug Remdesivir ‘not plentiful’, Dr. Tam warns

Christel Deskins

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 114,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and nearly 8,800 deaths.

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July 29

8:45 a.m.: Toronto and Peel will move into Stage 3

The Ontario government has announced that Toronto and Peel

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