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Police donated plasma to save pregnant women with Covid-19

IndiaSI Akashdeep, deputy New Delhi police inspector, donates plasma to nCoV-positive pregnant women, helping to save the life of the mother and child.

In the context of the ever-increasing Covid-19 case, New Delhi police established the “Jeevan Rakshak” initiative, a digital data bank of blood donors to connect donors and recipients.

After a post on Twitter calling for plasma donation to a 27-year-old woman with Covid-19 being treated at a hospital in the Uttam Nagar area, New Delhi police officials contacted the family, proposing help under the Jeevan Rakshak initiative.

SI deputy inspector Akashdeep donated plasma at a hospital in New Delhi, India on May 10. Image: India Today.

After receiving the notification, the 27-year-old mother’s family went to SI Deputy Inspector Akashdeep at Roop Nagar district police station. “I immediately accepted the request and went to the ILBS hospital in Vasant Kunj on May 10 to donate plasma, save the mother and the baby in the womb,” Akashdeep said.

After donating plasma, Akashdeep met the woman’s husband and wished her a speedy recovery.

The husband said that he had been trying to call for plasma donation in the past two days, but the donors were unable to meet the necessary criteria according to medical guidelines. When he felt hopeless, the Delhi police promptly helped. The pregnant woman’s family expressed gratitude to the “Jeevan Rakshak” initiative as well as the efforts of the Delhi police.

According to the Delhi police, the group “Jeevan Rakshak” has received more than 1,000 requests for plasma from the public and more than 100 police officials have registered to donate.

Huyen Le (According to the India Today, Indian Express)


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India’s new cases and deaths set a new record

India’s pandemic perspective seems far-fetched, as the 7-day average number of new nCoV infections hit a record high.

The world recorded 160,289,664 nCoV infections and 3,329,964 deaths, an increase of 721,927 and 13,513, respectively, while 138,032,449 people recovered, according to real-time statistics site Worldometers.

India is the second largest epidemic area in the world with 23,340,456 cases and 254,225 deaths, an increase compared to the previous day, respectively 348,529 and 4,200 cases.

According to Reuters, India leads the world in the average number of new deaths every day, and accounts for one third of all new deaths globally each day. On May 11, the 7-day average number of new infections reached 390,995, a record high.

The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks B.1.617, the new nCoV strain first discovered in India last year, as a “worrying strain” (VOC) on a global scale. It contains two mutations L452R and E484Q, called “double mutation”, capable of spreading rapidly and effectively reducing Covid-19 vaccine.

According to Gisad, a website that shares virus data between countries, the strain has appeared in at least 40 countries around the world. Experts have urged India to block the country, while more and more states are imposing tougher restrictions on businesses and the economy.

Difficulties for the health system intensified, when the Indian government asked doctors to pay attention to signs of mucormycosis, or “black fungus” in Covid-19 patients. This rare and deadly infection usually strikes most strongly in people with weakened immune systems caused by other infections. Health experts have seen an increase in the number of black fungus infections in India in recent weeks.

Family of a Covid-19 victim in a funeral at a crematory in New Delhi, India, on May 11. Image: AFP.

America, the world’s largest outbreak, reported 33,544,812 cases and 596,878 deaths from nCoV, an increase of 29,504 cases and 672 deaths from the day before.

With nearly 60% of adults already getting at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine and about 113 million people, or 34%, fully vaccinated, the United States is on track to fulfill the goal set by President Joe Biden, 70% of the population will receive at least one dose of vaccine before July 4. The number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths in the United States are all plummeting, attributed to successful immunization.

On May 3, bars in New York were served indoors for the first time in months, days after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city should fully reopen on July 1. On the same day, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also signed an executive decree ending all local emergency orders regarding Covid-19.

The states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are expected to lift most restrictions on the size of services to businesses, including retail stores, food services and gyms, starting May 19. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the metro system in the city will return to operation 24 hours a day from May 17.

Anthony Fauci, America’s leading epidemiologist, also said that it is time to begin relaxing restrictions on Covid-19 and to allow people to enjoy the fruits of the immunization campaign.

Brazil is the third largest epidemic region in the world with 15,282,705 cases and 425,540 deaths, increasing 68,675 and 2,104 respectively.

Brazilian Health Authority Anvisa said on Thursday it had suspended AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine for pregnant women nationwide, after it was reported that a woman had died of a hemorrhagic stroke, The incident is thought to be related to vaccination. The 35-year-old woman is 23 weeks pregnant, Anvisa said, adding that she had not been informed of any other side effects associated with the pregnant woman.

Brazilian Presidential Office Jair Bolsonaro said the government would spend an additional $ 1.05 billion on the production, supply and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, to address the ongoing health and economic crisis. Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga said Brazil is about to sign a second contract with Pfizer to purchase an additional 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine, of which 35 million will be delivered in October.

President Bolsonaro has received a series of domestic and international criticism for his poor response to the pandemic. He firmly opposed the blockade orders, repeatedly promoting the antimalarial drug chloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19, although experts claim the drug is ineffective and may even be harmful. As a result, Covid-19 became the worst humanitarian disaster in Brazilian history.

In EuropeAfter the progress of the Covid-19 vaccination program has been made, many countries are planning to step by step return to normal life. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to completely lift the restrictions by June, while France decided to start easing the nightly curfew from May 19, allowing cafes, bars and homes. goods served outside. In-house service is scheduled to resume on June 30.

Germany eased restrictions on people who were fully vaccinated or recovered from a CoV infection since May 9, and lifted curfews, quarantine rules and required to present negative results with nCoV when going to a hair salon, zoo or shopping. Some states, including the capital Berlin, are also reducing their own restrictions.

European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said yesterday they will soon complete the Covid-19 certification, which helps people who have been vaccinated, have recovered or test negative for nCoV can move more easily within the European Union. “This is a priority for our citizens. I believe this should be done before the summer,” he said.

In Southeast Asia, Philippines the region’s second largest epidemic zone, recording 1,113,547 cases and 18,620 deaths, increasing 4,734 and 59 cases, respectively.

The Philippines’ Ministry of Health said yesterday that the country had detected the first two cases of new nCoV strain from India, as the number of new infections every day fell to its lowest level in nearly eight weeks. These are two crew members returning from April.

“We need to continue to monitor the other strains that may appear, while also monitoring the spread of the strains found,” said Alethea De Guzman, director of epidemiology at the Philippine Department of Health. said, adding that two crew members have been quarantined since their return and have both recovered.

If the trend of reducing cases is maintained, restrictive measures are likely to be eased, helping to ease the burden on the economy. In an effort to prevent the intrusion of the nCoV strain variable, the Philippines has temporarily banned passengers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh from entering.

Cambodia recorded an additional 480 cases of nCoV infection and 5 deaths, bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases to 20,223, of which 131 died.

Cambodia ended the blockade of the capital Phnom Penh on 5/5, but people still have to continue to comply with the regulations such as the time of the blockade, applied according to the color code of each area.

People living in the red zone must stay in the residence, not go out “unless there is an emergency”. 84 Cambodian police carrying out missions in “red zones” in Kandal province and the capital Phnom Penh were confirmed positive for Covid-19.

People in the orange zone can move “if there is a need”. Meanwhile, people living in the golden area are allowed to travel, most businesses are allowed to reopen. The curfew from 8:00 to 3:00 still applies to the yellow and orange areas.

Laos reported 35 new infections, bringing the country’s total number of Covid-19 cases to 1,362, of which one person died. Laos recorded its first nCoV death on May 9 as a 52-year-old Vietnamese female citizen with an underlying medical condition.

On April 21, the Lao government issued a nationwide blockade order to May 5, but on May 4, decided to extend the time by 15 days to May 20.

A 63-year-old woman, living in Naxaithong district in the province of Vientiane, died after being vaccinated with AstraZeneca last week, said a 63-year-old woman from the Naxaithong district in the province of Vientiane on Monday. She was once diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure. Officials have not yet determined whether the deaths were related to the vaccine.

Thousands of people in Laos have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca and most have not had any problems. Health officials also called on people to get vaccinated to control the spread of the virus.

Luster (According to the Worldometers, Reuters, AFP)


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Duterte drew criticism for joking about the sovereignty of the South China Sea

Philippine senators vehemently criticized President Duterte after he declared only “joking” about his promise to protect sovereignty of the South China Sea in 2016.

“I think the presidency is a serious matter. If you put a joke in it, people may not be able to distinguish what is a joke, what is the official statement,” Philippine senator Panfilo Lacson said. Speaking in an online meeting today, adding that President Rodrigo Duterte should not make bewildered statements about national policy.

The criticism was made by Lacson after Duterte yesterday admitted his “defense of sovereignty” statements in 2016 as “a mere campaign joke”, and called those who believed in it. “stupid”.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte spoke on television on the evening of May 5. Image: Philstar.

Speaking in a campaign five years ago, Duterte announced that he would drive a water motorcycle with the Philippine flag to Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, after receiving a question from a fisherman on the issue of sovereignty. This shoal was controlled by China from the hands of the Philippines in 2012.

Sen. Lacson noted that Duterte’s statements would also affect other government agencies, while “mitigating” the strong messages of government officials on the South China Sea issue.

“Strong statements about the Secretary of State and the Defense Secretary’s policies were dismissed by what the President said afterwards,” Lacson said.

President Duterte’s “joking” admission led Sen. Risa Hontiveros to question his “toughness” in relations with China. “No nation, not even our best friend, will value us, when we have a leader who cannot respect our words,” she said.

Hontiveros said the South China Sea issue is not a joke, and noted that the armed forces, Philippine navy and police, and the Department of Fisheries and Fisheries Resources are on duty in the area to help bring livelihoods. for Filipino fishermen. “The president should not joke about people’s lives and livelihoods,” said the senator.

In another statement, Sen. Leila de Lima said that Duterte’s statement proved “he really has no plan to claim sovereignty over the South China Sea”. “He even called stupid people who believed in his election promise,” Lima said.

Former Philippine Supreme Court judge Antonio Carpio has urged Duterte to withdraw his recent claims related to the South China Sea and China, including a statement saying “Chinese fishermen can fish in their exclusive economic zone. The Philippines in the South China Sea, “or the 2016 Permanent Court of Arbitration’s ruling, which rejects the claim that China unilaterally drawn the” nine-dash line “in the South China Sea,” is just flipped paper to throw in the trash “.

“If the President does not take back those public statements, he knows that they can bind the Philippine government both now and in the future,” Carpio said.

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The Medicine Week vehemently criticized the Prime Minister of India

Lancet, one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals, criticizes the Indian government for being subjective in handling the Covid-19 crisis.

“The Indian government gives the impression that the country defeated Covid-19 after a few months with a low number of infections, despite repeated warnings about the dangers of the second wave of outbreaks as well as the present of the new strains “, from an editorial published in the medical weekly The Lancet on May 8.

“Proposed false assumptions that India has attained public immunity encourages complacency and does not require adequate preparation, though the Indian Medical Research Council in January concluded. only 21% of the population has nCoV antibodies.

The editorial also criticized the government’s erroneous decisions, such as allowing religious ceremonies and large political gatherings, despite the lack of measures to reduce Covid-19 infection.

“The message that Covid-19 has essentially passed has also slowed the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination in India, a campaign that has vaccinated less than 2 percent of the population. At the federal level, the next India’s vaccination plan soon failed. The government abruptly turned without discussing policy changes with the states, expanding the audience to people over 18, running out of supplies, chaos and vaccine scramble between states and the hospital system “.

Lancet suggested that India should accelerate the immunization campaign properly, including increasing the supply of vaccines (possibly coming from abroad) and setting up a distribution mechanism to the countryside and to the poor.

“The government must work with local frontline health care facilities that understand the community situation and create a fair distribution system,” suggested Lancet.

Weekly reported that measures should be taken to limit transmission as much as possible during the implementation of the vaccine, asking the Indian government to publish “accurate and timely data”, and transparent explanations to the people. Know what’s going on, what needs to be done to smooth the infection curve, and consider declaring a federal blockade.

“There is a need for extensive sequencing of genes to better trace, understand and control new strains. Local governments have begun to take measures to contain transmission, but the federal government has a role to play. It is essential in explaining to people the need for masks, social distance, preventing crowds, voluntary isolation and testing. Quoting and discussion open in crisis are inexplicable, “says the editorial.

The week cites the estimate by the University of Washington Institute of Medical Metrology and Evaluation that by one-eighth, the number of Covid-19 deaths in India could reach one million.

“If that happens, the government of Modi will be held accountable for this national tragedy. India has squandered its initial anti-epidemic success. By April, the government’s anti-Covid-19 committee was. The consequences of this decision are clear, and India needs to reconsider its anti-epidemic measures, “wrote Lancet.

The success of the anti-epidemic review will depend on whether the government “recognizes its mistakes, does not provide transparent and responsible guidance, and whether it is in action. to translate public health responses based on science or not “.

The editorial published at a time when India was sinking into the Covid-19 crisis, when the oxygen supply was exhausted, the medical system was overloaded. India continuously records more than 400,000 new infections and more than 4,000 deaths every day, becoming the second epidemic region in the world with nearly 22.3 million cases and nearly 240,000 deaths caused by Covid-19.

Lancet is one of the world’s oldest and most comprehensive medical journals, and one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world, founded in 1823 by British doctor Thomas Wakley. original research, reviews (“workshops” and “reviews”), editorials, book reviews, and correspondence, as well as news and case reports.

Hong Hanh (According to the The Wire)


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Pope opened the ‘marathon’ to pray to escape Covid-19

Pope Francis on May 1 kicked off the Catholic Church’s monthly, month-long series of prayers for the end of the Covid-19 pandemic soon.

The first prayer took place at St. Basil’s Basilica. Perter with more than 150 members participating. Churches in Portugal, France, Poland, Nigeria, Cuba, Korea, the US will alternately hold the following prayers and are broadcast live every day at 16:00 GMT (23:00 Hanoi time). .

The series will conclude with a ceremony hosted by Pope Francis, at the Vatican Garden Chapel, on May 31.

Pope Francis presides over the prayer ceremony at St. Basil’s Basilica. Peter, Vatican, May 1. Image: CNS.

According to Catholic tradition, May is considered the holy month for the Virgin Mary. The Vatican urged participants to pray for the epidemic to end and society to return to normal.

Pope Francis said he was deeply saddened by “the current tragic situation, full of misery and anxiety”. Nearly 16 months since the Covid-19 outbreak in China, the pandemic has spread around the world, killing more than three million people and causing heavy economic losses.

The head of the Catholic Church called for protection of those who suffer the loss of loved ones, in the context of the entire world being socially isolated. He also praised the “heroic efforts” of doctors, nurses and medical staff who defied the danger.

Pope Francis prayed to the scientists “enlightened the soul” to find solutions to defeat the virus and prevent similar disasters in the future.

Trung Nhan (According to the AFP)


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Homemade bombs continuously exploded in Myanmar

Homemade bomb explosions erupted across Yangon today, as protesters marched in protest at the coup.

Myanmar today entered the fourth month under the administration of the military government. Protesters in Yangon, Myanmar’s economic and financial center, held swift marches through many streets and quickly disbanded to avoid confrontation with police and soldiers.

“We have the truth. Only truth wins,” was the slogan on a protesters’ banner.

A quick demonstration in Yangon today. Image: AFP

At 10 o’clock, a homemade bomb explosion happened near the school in the town of Insein. “Security forces came to check, but I just stood from afar for fear of being arrested,” said one resident, seeing white smoke rising from the explosion.

In the afternoon, two more explosions occurred in Yankin, the area south of the city. “I heard an explosion from home, I thought it was thunder,” said one resident, who said the consecutive explosions made security forces worried.

It is not clear whether the explosions caused casualties. Neither side has claimed responsibility for the proliferation of homemade bombs in Yangon, but some protest groups have recently received military training and weapons in border areas by rebel groups. control.

“The military makes people live in fear and it’s good that they feel it now, too,” said one resident in the Yankin district. “Any act of defiance without being arrested or killed is conducive to the protest movement,” he said, referring to the flash marches.

According to a monitoring group in Myanmar, nearly 760 civilians have been killed since the military launched a coup on February 1 and arrested State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and several elected leaders. She was charged with a variety of charges, including disrupting and disclosing national secrets.

Myanmar has been in chaos as protesters protesting the coup and security forces have been in conflict for the past four months. The military authorities called protesters “rioters engaged in acts of terror” and used lethal weapons to suppress.

Hong Hanh (According to the AFP)


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The UN warns that half of Myanmar’s population lives in poverty

The UN warns that the Covid-19 influence and the political crisis could push half of Myanmar’s population into poverty next year.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on April 29 said that by the beginning of 2022, about 25 million people, or nearly half of Myanmar’s population, could live below the poverty line.

“Without effective democratic institutions, Myanmar will face an unprecedented tragedy of poverty for generations, although this can be avoided,” said UNDP official Achim Steiner.

Steiner added that the post-coup crisis and the effects of the current Covid-19 pandemic could cause Myanmar to reverse its achievements since 2005, when it halved its population living in poverty. hungry.

The Burmese people rained to protest against the coup in Yangon on April 30. Image: AFP.

Myanmar, which was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic with nearly 143,000 infections and more than 3,200 deaths from nCoV, fell into chaos following the February 1 coup.

Burmese people repeatedly took to the streets to protest against the military government despite strong repression by security forces. According to a local observation group, more than 750 Burmese people were killed in the protests, while strikes against the coup also damaged the country’s economy.

Since mid-March, more than 30,000 Burmese have been forced to leave their homes due to fighting between the military and the Karen National Union (KNU), one of 20 rebel groups, according to the UN humanitarian agency OCHA. at the border of this country.

Ngoc Anh (According to the AFP)


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China discovered the Indian nCoV strain before the holiday

China found a number of cases of Indian nCoV strain of nCoV, in the midst of a projected 265 million vacation trips.

“We have found the Indian strain among nCoV infections in some cities in China. The public is concerned and worried. The Indian mutation has rang alarm bells that love.” The bridge to contain Covid-19 is far from over, “said Wu Zunyou, head of the epidemiological team at the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, on April 29.

Wu did not specify how many cases of imported nCoV infections were associated with strain B.1.617, which was thought to be part of the reason India sank in the disaster. Meanwhile, China National Health Commission (NHC) spokesman Mi Feng said the country recorded 364 entries of nCoV infection in April, up 20% from the previous month.

People wear masks at Shanghai Railway Station, China, today. Image: Reuters.

Wu said China will continue to mobilize great resources to prevent entry cases, while expressing confidence that it can prevent new strains. “As long as we keep this strain from spreading in China, we can continue to stop the strain from spreading later,” he said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on April 28 said that the nCoV strain, first discovered in India in October 2020, has spread to at least 17 countries. Scientists are trying to determine if this strain was the cause of the Covid-19 “tsunami” in India in the last few weeks. India is currently the second largest epidemic region in the world with more than 18.7 million cases and more than 208,000 deaths, of which the number of new infections per day exceeds 300,000.

Concern about the nCoV strain from India comes as Chinese people prepare to enter a five-day holiday on the occasion of International Labor. 265 million tours are expected to take place across the country, roughly equivalent to the same number in the same period in 2019, when Covid-19 has not yet exploded.

Wang Bin, an official at the NHC, said the government would deploy manpower to ensure ventilation and hygiene in public places, as well as to respond promptly to infections. He added that authorities were also well aware that some immigrants were still nCoV positive after 14 days of isolation, committing to increased testing and surveillance.

China continues to vaccinate Covid-19 during the holiday season. Authorities hope to inject 40% of the population by June. As of April 28, China has used more than 240 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine, higher than 234.6 million in the United States. However, the injection rate in China only reached 17.4 doses per 100 people, far behind the 71.1 in the US.

Luster (According to the SCMP)


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Variant of CoV India occurs in at least 17 countries

Variant B.1.617 in India was detected in more than 1,200 genetic sequences collected from at least 17 countries, according to WHO.

“The nCoV strain B.1.617 first appeared in India was recorded in more than 1,200 genetic sequences on the GISAID open database. Most were sent from India, UK, US and Singapore, totaling. At least 17 countries have detected this strain “, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today 27/4.

WHO is classifying B.1.617 in the “notable strain” (VOI) category, but has not considered it as a “strain variable” (VOC). The VOC group consists of nCoV strains that are more dangerous than the original because of their higher infectious and lethal ability or stronger vaccine resistance.

Medical staff in a field medical center in New Delhi on April 27. Image: AFP.

“The preliminary model based on sequences submitted to GISAID shows that B.1.617 has a faster growth rate than other strains in India, suggesting a higher risk of infection,” said WHO, adding that the The strains that are emerging in the country are all capable of spreading faster, causing disease outbreaks much faster than the first wave.

India is currently the second largest epidemic area in the world, continuously recording more than 300,000 cases of nCoV infection every day for many days. The total number of Covid-19 infections and deaths in the country today is nearly 18 million and more than 201,000. The pandemic situation in India is the focus of worldwide attention.

Hospitals in some big cities like New Delhi, Mumbai or Ahmedabad have fallen into overcrowding. Local and international media recently recorded the patient’s death right in front of the hospital because it was denied treatment.

The international community is racing against the time to send medical oxygen, medicine and vaccines to support India. Meanwhile, some countries have to impose a ban on taking flights from India, fearing the danger of many new strains emerging in the country.

Vu Anh (According to the AFP)


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Shot dead by an ex-girlfriend in the streets of New York

AmericaThe woman in black stealthily followed her former lover, a mother of two, on the streets of New York and then pulled a gun and shot this man.

Shocking video from surveillance cameras shows Nichelle Thomas, 52 years old, walking on 4th Avenue to a fast food shop around 13:00 on April 21. As she was about to open the door, a woman rushed to the back, shot Nichelle in the head with a gun and ran away.

The woman was shot dead by an ex-girlfriend on the streets of New York, USA on April 21. Video: NY Daily News.

The long video ended with the victim collapsed onto the road, unable to see the suspect.

Nichelle was taken to the hospital but died later. The victim was a mother of two and both grown children.

“There were a lot of people in the store back then and we thought it was a firecracker or whatever, and we saw a woman fall,” said fast food salesman Mohammed Ali, 57, said. “When I went out, I saw blood flowing from her head. I have known her for a long time, she is a very nice person and goes to the store often.”

According to police sources, the female suspect, also the ex-girlfriend of the victim, confessed to the lawyer on April 21.

A neighbor said the victim and his ex-girlfriend had a bad relationship. They lived together for many years but always quarreled and broke up three years ago.

Huyen Le (According to the NY Post, NY Daily News)