Coronavirus behaving differently in China’s northeast clusters, expert says

first_imgHe did not say where he though they might have come from but both Jilin and Heilongjiang border Russia.China reported five new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, down from six a day earlier.Four of the new cases were local transmissions and one was imported by a traveller coming from abroad, the commission said in a statement, compared with three imported cases reported the previous day.China’s total number of coronavirus infections stands at 82,965, while the death toll 4,634.  “This causes a problem, as they don’t have any symptoms. So when they gather with their families they don’t care about this issue and we see family cluster infections,” Qiu told state broadcaster CCTV in a program broadcast late on Tuesday.Patients in the northeastern clusters were also carrying the virus for longer than earlier cases in Wuhan, and they were taking longer to recover, as defined by a negative nucleic acid test, he said.Patients in the northeast also rarely exhibited fever and tended to suffer damage to the lungs rather than across multiple organs, he said.He said the virus found in the northeastern clusters was probably imported from abroad, which could account for the differences. The novel coronavirus is behaving differently in patients in northeast China who have contracted it recently compared with early cases, indicating it is changing as it spreads, a prominent doctor said.China, which has largely brought the virus under control, has found new clusters of infections in the northeastern border provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang in recent weeks, raising concern about a second wave.Qiu Haibo, an expert in critical care medicine who is part of a National Health Commission expert group, said the incubation period of the virus in patients in the northeast was longer than that of patients in Wuhan, the central city, where the virus emerged late last year.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Atlanta police chief resigns after black man dies from officer’s bullet

first_imgA second videotape from the restaurant’s cameras shows Brooks turning as he runs and possibly aiming the TASER at the pursuing officers before one of them fires his gun and Brooks falls to the ground.Brooks ran the length of about six cars when he turned back toward an officer and pointed what he had in his hand at the policeman, said Vic Reynolds, director of the GBI at a separate press conference.”At that point, the Atlanta officer reaches down and retrieves his weapon from his holster, discharges it, strikes Mr. Brooks there on the parking lot and he goes down,” Reynolds said.Lawyers representing the family of Brooks told reporters that Atlanta police had no right to use deadly force even if he had fired the TASER, a non-lethal weapon, in their direction.”You cant shoot somebody unless they are pointing a gun at you,” attorney Chris Stewart said.Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, Jr., said in an emailed statement that his office “has already launched an intense, independent investigation of the incident” while it awaits the findings of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.Bottoms said Shields, a white woman appointed chief in December 2016, would be replaced by deputy chief Rodney Bryant, a black man who will serve as interim chief.Topics : Atlanta’s police chief resigned on Saturday as protesters took to city streets to decry the fatal shooting by an officer a day earlier of a black man trying to escape arrest, an incident caught on video and sure to fuel more nationwide demonstrations.Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said she accepted the prompt resignation of police chief Erika Shields following the death on Friday night of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks in the parking lot of a Wendy’s fast food restaurant.”I do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force and have called for the immediate termination of the officer,” Bottoms said at an afternoon news conference. Authorities have not yet released the names of the two officers involved in the shooting, both of whom were white. Brooks was the father of a young daughter who was celebrating her birthday on Saturday, his lawyers said. His death from a police bullet came after more than two weeks of demonstrations in major cities across the United States in the name of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died on May 25 under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer.Street protests broke out in Atlanta on Saturday near the scene of the shooting, with more than 100 people calling for the officers to be charged criminally in the case.Police were called to the Wendy’s over reports that Brooks had fallen asleep in the drive-thru line. Officers attempted to take him into custody after he failed a field sobriety test, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.Video shot by a bystander captures Brooks struggling with two officers on the ground outside the Wendy’s before breaking free and running across the parking lot with what appears to be a police TASER in his hand.last_img read more

Scientists warn of potential wave of COVID-linked brain damage

first_imgThe team said it would normally see about one adult patient with ADEM per month at their specialist London clinic, but this had risen to at least one a week during the study period, something they described as “a concerning increase”.”Given that the disease has only been around for a matter of months, we might not yet know what long-term damage COVID-19 can cause,” said Ross Paterson, who co-led the study. “Doctors need to be aware of possible neurological effects, as early diagnosis can improve patient outcomes.”Owen said the emerging evidence underlined the need for large, detailed studies and global data collection to assess how common such neurological and psychiatric complications were.He is running a international research project at where patients can sign up to complete a series of cognitive tests to see whether their brain functions have altered since getting COVID-19.”This disease is affecting an enormous number of people,” Owen said. “That’s why it’s so important to collect this information now.” “Whether we will see an epidemic on a large scale of brain damage linked to the pandemic – perhaps similar to the encephalitis lethargica outbreak in the 1920s and 1930s after the 1918 influenza pandemic – remains to be seen,” said Michael Zandi, from UCL’s Institute of Neurology, who co-led the study.COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, is largely a respiratory illness that affects the lungs, but neuroscientists and specialist brain doctors say emerging evidence of its impact on the brain is concerning.”My worry is that we have millions of people with COVID-19 now. And if in a year’s time we have 10 million recovered people, and those people have cognitive deficits … then that’s going to affect their ability to work and their ability to go about activities of daily living,” Adrian Owen, a neuroscientist at Western University in Canada, told Reuters in an interview.In the UCL study, published in the journal Brain, nine patients who had brain inflammation were diagnosed with a rare condition called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) which is more usually seen in children and can be triggered by viral infections. Scientists warned on Wednesday of a potential wave of coronavirus-related brain damage as new evidence suggested COVID-19 can lead to severe neurological complications, including inflammation, psychosis and delirium.A study by researchers at University College London (UCL)described 43 cases of patients with COVID-19 who suffered either temporary brain dysfunction, strokes, nerve damage or other serious brain effects.The research adds to recent studies which also found the disease can damage the brain.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Indonesia’s COVID-19 mortality rate still tops global average: Task force

first_imgThe country recorded a 6.68 percent mortality rate in May and 5.56 percent in June. Meanwhile, the average mortality rate in July was 4.81 percent.“But we must keep working to press the national COVID-19 mortality rate below the global average,” he added.Read also: Indonesia’s latest official COVID-19 figuresAccording to Health Ministry data on Tuesday, 86 people had died from the disease, bringing the nationwide death toll to 5,388. On Tuesday, East Java recorded 40 deaths, the highest number of COVID-19-related fatalities in one day compared to other regions, bringing the provincial death toll to 1,781, which was also the highest fatality rate compared to other regions. Jakarta came second with 14 deaths on the same day, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 874 in the capital city.Nevertheless, the ministry also said East Java had recorded the highest number of recoveries with 14,877. Jakarta was second with 12,775 recoveries, followed by South Sulawesi (6,552), Central Java (5,620) and West Java (3,908).Wiku also said the country was optimistic now that the average recovery rate had reached 61.79 percent, a considerably high rate. (trn)Topics : Indonesia continues to record a high COVID-19 death rate, with the rate being higher than the global average, an official has reported.According to COVID-19 task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito, the country’s average mortality rate on Monday was 4.68 percent. “It’s not good news, considering that the global mortality rate is 3.79 percent,” he said on Tuesday as quoted by, Wiku added that the death rate in Indonesia had progressively declined since April, when the rate was 8.64 percent.last_img read more

Mahfud MD named Kompolnas chairperson for 2020-2024 term

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has named Coordinating Legal, Political and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD chairperson of the National Police Commission (Kompolnas) for the 2020-2024 term.The appointment, stipulated in Presidential Decree No. 54/M/2020 on the dismissal and appointment of Kompolnas members issued on Aug. 11, also saw several other state officials, law enforcement experts and public figures taking up various posts within the state body.Kompolnas members will be tasked with assisting the President in determining the direction of the National Police, as well as providing input regarding the appointment and dismissal of the police chief, according to a written statement issued by the Presidential Secretariat Press Bureau on Wednesday. “All Kompolnas members were elected by the Selection Panel helmed by Suparman Marzuki,” the statement read. Suparman chaired the Judicial Commission from 2013 to 2015.Home Minister Tito Karnavian – who previously served as National Police chief – was appointed Kompolnas deputy chairperson, while Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly was named a member of the state body.Other members include law enforcement experts: Benny Jozua Mamoto, formerly the National Narcotics Agency’s (BNN) deputy chief for drug eradication; Pudji Hartanto Iskandar, formerly the Transportation Ministry’s director general for land transportation; and Albertus Wahyurudhanto, a lecturer at the Police Staff College (PTIK);Several public representatives also constitute a portion of the state body – including Yusuf, a legal scholar; Mohammad Dawam, a legal expert; and Poengky Indarti, a former Kompolnas commissioner.Topics :last_img read more

Prudential Indonesia to tap deeper into sharia market

first_img“We need to increase the insurance penetration rate, as we are not progressing at the speed we need to. I personally wish that we will see more people having insurance in the next 25 years,” he added.One way to trigger demand for insurance was to create partnerships and innovation, especially during the pandemic, which helped increase the public’s awareness of health and financial protection, Reisch said.He said he also expected the insurance industry to take part in investing in state infrastructure programs, citing that the sector carried around Rp 600 trillion in assets that could be channeled into longer-term projects.“Prudential itself carries around Rp 30 trillion, and it is important that we channel this money correctly into the sharia economy or invest in infrastructure,” he stated. “As the insurance industry, I think, we need to play a bigger role, because right now we have not maximized our potential to the fullest.”Topics : Life insurance company Prudential Indonesia expects to tap deeper into the sharia insurance market amid rising demand.President director Jens Reisch said sharia products were suitable for everyone, because they were not only a religious positioning but also carried a gotong royong (working together) spirit.“Prudential Indonesia sees high demand for sharia-based insurance,” he said on Wednesday during the webinar “Reimagining the future of Indonesia’s economy”, which is part of The Jakarta Post’s Jakpost Up Close webinar series. He noted that sharia-compliant insurance was the company’s fastest growing business.Despite having a mostly Muslim population, Indonesia still lags behind other countries in sharia finance market penetration. Sharia finance, which includes banking and insurance services, accounted for less than 9 percent of the country’s total financial assets in March, Financial Services Authority (OJK) data show. The nonbanking industry, which includes sharia insurance, only accounted for 4.34 percent of total assets.Total sharia insurance assets amounted to Rp 45.45 trillion (US$3.06 billion) last year, up 8.44 percent annually, according to the Indonesian Sharia Insurance Association (AASI). Sharia life insurance assets, meanwhile, grew 8.74 percent to Rp 37.48 trillion.Reisch said the country still needed to raise awareness about the importance of life insurance, as only 19 million people in Indonesia had a life insurance policy.last_img read more

IATA reduces air traffic outlook as crisis drags on

first_imgAirlines are pressing governments to abandon quarantines and other travel curbs blamed for worsening the slump, and instead roll-out rapid COVID-19 testing at airports.Load factors that measure the proportion of aircraft seats filled fell 27.2 points to a record low of 58.5 percent in August.“The industry is restarting but it looks as though it’s still burning through cash,” Pearce said. Losses will continue to mount throughout 2020, with bookings data pointing to a weak fourth quarter.August’s short-lived improvement was driven by domestic routes, down more most 50 percent year-on-year, while international traffic was 88 percent lower.A rebound in Russia’s domestic market, up 3 percent on last year, contrasts with Australian flights still down 88 percent and Chinese internal traffic still 19 percent lower year-on-year, IATA said.Cargo demand was down 12.6 percent in August, an improvement on July’s 14.4 percent decline, it also said. The grounding of passenger jets has reduced capacity, supporting prices.Topics : Global airlines reduced their 2020 traffic forecast on Tuesday, after a small summer rebound evaporated amid renewed coronavirus outbreaks and travel restrictions.Full-year passenger traffic is set to decline 66 percent, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said, compared with a previously forecast 63 percent decline.“The improvement that we saw in the summer months has more or less stopped,” IATA Chief Economist Brian Pearce said. August traffic was down 75.3 percent in terms that reflect passenger numbers as well as distance flown, compared with a 79.5 percent drop in July.last_img read more

Development of Merah Putih vaccine reaches 55 percent: Eijkman

first_img#covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoap Currently, the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology is waiting for these mammalian cells to produce the expected recombinant protein antigen. In this case, antigens are substances that can stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.The Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology chose to develop a vaccine with a recombinant protein subunit platform because it is relatively safer as it does not use live viruses as vectors.Production costs from developing vaccines using recombinant protein subunit platforms are also relatively low, and the technology is already mastered by many developing countries, including Indonesia.Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro revealed that currently candidate vaccines developed by Britain’s pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca and China’s Sinovac were among the potential vaccines in the world that had entered Phase III clinical trials.Sinovac is currently cooperating with state pharmaceutical firm Bio Farma in running clinical trials in Indonesia.Results of clinical trials of the Sinovac candidate vaccine in Indonesia have shown effectiveness reaching 30 to 50 percent.Bambang, however, said the stage III clinical trial was not the last stage, so there must be surveillance or monitoring on those who receive vaccinations.Previously, two late-stage COVID-19 vaccine trials were paused in the space of 24 hours over potential safety concerns, Agence France-Presse reported on Wednesday.US pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly on Tuesday suspended its Phase 3 trial of its lab-produced antibody treatment in hospitalized patients over an unspecified incident.A day earlier, the American pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson temporarily halted its Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial due to an unexplained illness in a study participant. (iwa) “Bio Farma will later formulate the candidate vaccine concentrate so that it can be prepared for clinical trials in humans,” Amin said.Amin explained that the Eijkman Molecular Institute also used the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 that spread in Indonesia as the basis for the genetic information of the Merah Putih vaccine.Eijkman, he claimed, had succeeded in amplifying the gene coding proteins S and N from the Indonesian isolate SARS-CoV-2 virus.”Eijkman has transferred S and N genes from carrier vectors to vectors in the mammalian cell lines,” explained Amin. Progress on the development of Indonesia’s COVID-19 candidate vaccine, known as the Merah Putih (Red and White) vaccine has reached 55 percent.If it goes well, it is estimated that the preclinical trial on animals can be carried out immediately in November 2020, Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology head Amin Soebandrio revealed during the Denpasar 12 Discussion Forum titled “Red and White Vaccines: Challenges and Expectations”, which was broadcast virtually on Wednesday.”Currently, it is about 55 percent through the laboratory stage. It is hoped that preclinical animal testing can be carried out next month, and if everything runs smoothly we can finish development of the vaccine by the year end, and early next year the vaccine concentrate can be submitted to Bio Farma,” said Amin as quoted by Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants another centre-back after signing William Saliba

first_imgArsenal will continue to look for another centre-back (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have made one signing so far this summer, 18-year-old Gabriel Martinelli.The South American striker is highly rated, as is Saliba in France, but neither player are thought to be ready for the senior team.Arsenal are set to continue talks with Celtic for Tierney and are tipped to reopen discussions with Bournemouth for Ryan Fraser as an alternative to Zaha.MORE: The mistake that cost Liverpool the chance to beat Arsenal to Alexis Sanchez transfer coupMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Comment Coral BarryTuesday 9 Jul 2019 2:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares Emery wants another defender (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will continue their hunt to land a new centre-back once they complete the signing of William Saliba, reports say.The Saint-Etienne centre-back is on the verge of a move to Arsenal, after the Gunners agreed a £27million deal for Saliba.But Arsenal fans will have to wait until the 2020/21 season to see Saliba in action for the club, as Saint-Etienne has demanded the player back on loan for the new campaign.BBC Sport confirm Arsenal have agreed to this demand and Saliba will return to Saint-Etienne once he signs his contract with the Gunners in London.ADVERTISEMENT Saliba is highly rated in France (Picture: Getty)With Saliba not available for the coming season, Unai Emery wants to sign another centre-back that can go straight into the first-team.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery is unhappy with his current defensive options and is reportedly considering offloading Shkodran Mustafi as a means to raise further transfer funds.Arsenal has around £45m to spend this summer, which has restricted Emery in landing his top targets.Efforts to sign Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha and Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney have been unsuccessful so far.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citycenter_img Advertisement Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants another centre-back after signing William Saliba Advertisementlast_img read more

Shkodran Mustafi blasts Arsenal hero Emmanuel Petit for his ‘king of blunders’ comment

first_imgAdvertisement Shkodran Mustafi blasts Arsenal hero Emmanuel Petit for his ‘king of blunders’ comment Phil HaighWednesday 9 Oct 2019 7:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link175Shares Shkodran Mustafi has not earned rave reviews since joining Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has fired back at Emmanuel Petit after the former Gunners star described him as the ‘king of blunders’.The German centre-back has endured a difficult time in north London since arriving at Arsenal from Valencia in August 2016 for a fee of around £35m.Now firmly out of Unai Emery’s plans, the 27-year-old is yet to appear in the Premier League this season, turning out in the EFL Cup and Europa League only.Such were his struggles last season that Petit, who won the Premier League with Arsenal in 1998, said after the north London derby against Tottenham in March: ‘I was surprised to see him start. He is the king of blunders.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThis was after the German clumsily gave away a penalty late in the game, allowing Spurs to equalise and come away with a draw from a game in which they scarcely troubled the Gunners.Seven months later, the comment from the Frenchman is still irking Mustafi, as he told German publication Der Spiegel: ‘That annoyed me a lot.‘It’s one thing when fans or the media criticise you. But it’s something completely different when an ex-player, who knows how hard it is sometimes on the field, says something like that. Emmanuel Petit is not a fan of Shkodran Mustafi (Picture: Getty Images)‘I expect those players to be more sensitive and to see what this sharp criticism can do.‘In the past, it might have been in the paper for a day and then people would have forgotten. Today it’s on the internet and it’s going to haunt me for the rest of my career.‘Actually, former players like Petit shouldn’t need to make a name for themselves by making condescending comments about current players.’Mustafi has played three matches so far this season, against Eintracht Frankfurt, Standard Liege and Nottingham Forest, and has kept a clean sheet in all three contests.However, this has not stopped the criticism pouring in, with the hapless defender being voted the second worst defender in the world, only behind Manchester United’s Phil Jones, in a poll run by Spanish outlet Marca.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityDer Spiegel asked the Germany international if he thought he was the second worst defender on Planet Earth, to which he replied: ‘No, I do not think so.‘I would think about it more seriously if it had been a survey among the best coaches in Europe.‘In the first two years after my move to Arsenal in 2016, things went very well for me. I saw myself as a top performer. But shortly after Christmas 2018 there was a kink.‘I made a few mistakes and they produced a reaction that I’ve never experienced before.’MORE: Lille chief Luis Campos explains why Nicolas Pepe will be a success at ArsenalMORE: Lucas Torreira refuses to give up on winning starting place back at Arsenal Comment Advertisementlast_img read more