November 2020

Vietnam reports first community virus in almost three months


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Vietnam reported its first local transmission of COVID-19 in nearly three months on Monday, with officials scrambling to prevent a wider outbreak in the country’s most populous city.

The communist nation was applauded earlier this year for controlling the pandemic with strict restrictions on movement, extensive quarantine measures and a robust track-and-trace regime.

But late on Monday the announced that that it had detected coronavirus in a 32-year-old man in Ho Chi Minh City, a relative of a Vietnam Airlines flight attendant who tested positive on the weekend.

“A temporary lockdown has been

Vaccine giant to apply for pandemic licence in ‘two weeks’


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The world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by volume said Saturday it would apply for an emergency licence for a coronavirus vaccine within two weeks, and that confusion over the efficacy would not delay its distribution.

Serum Institute of India chief executive Adar Ponnawala also confirmed that the Pune-based giant would be able to produce at least 100 million doses a month from early 2021 of Covishield, which was developed by Astrazeneca and Oxford University.

Poonawalla spoke after a visit to the plant by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose government wants 300-400 million doses by July next

Ireland eases Covid-19 lockdown restrictions ahead of Christmas


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Ireland on Friday announced a staggered easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions to allow some businesses to reopen and for families to gather ahead of Christmas.

Speaking in a televised address, Taoiseach Micheal Martin said the upcoming festive period “cannot and will not be the kind of Christmas we are used to” but added the easing of restrictions would offer “some respite from the hardships of 2020 and in particular, the last six weeks”.

“In easing restrictions we are going as far as we believe it is possible to achieve the best balance of health, economic,

Tougher COVID rules for Wales, weeks after leaving lockdown


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Wales will introduce more stringent restrictions in an attempt to bring down rising coronavirus infection rates ahead of an easing of the rules over Christmas, the devolved government said Friday.

Wales only emerged from a two-week countrywide “firebreak” lockdown on November 9, but rising rates and concern over a post-Christmas spike meant further action was required, said First Minister Mark Drakeford.

“It does not mean a return to firebreak arrangements, but the cabinet has agreed to take further specific and targeted action,” said Drakeford, whose devolved government is responsible for in Wales separate

Quit smoking, your bladder will thank you


(HealthDay)—If you smoke, you significantly increase your odds of developing bladder cancer, experts warn.

“Everyone knows smoking causes lung cancer, but they don’t always know about bladder cancer,” said Dr. Srinivas Vourganti, a urologist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago who specializes in treating bladder and other .

Smoking causes more than half of all cases of bladder cancer, and smokers are three times more likely to get bladder cancer than nonsmokers.

“The same harmful chemicals you inhale when you smoke accumulate in your urine, and as the bladder holds urine, it is exposed to

Why coronavirus rules should be about more than just stopping transmission


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The success or failure of coronavirus regulations is often assessed on whether they affect the rate of transmission in the community, and whether or not people comply with them. But what about the ethics behind the measures?

With inevitable and complex value judgments at play, responses to COVID-19 have shown how the regulations’ success also requires us to pay attention to their moral authority.

Links between , social ethics, and political philosophy have long been recognized; on more and less favorable terms. One of the most prominent voices in favor of strong