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Crof
North Vancouver, BC Canada
Retired college teacher, SF & fantasy novelist, nonfiction books too, accidental journalist since the 1970s.
Interests: History, writing, politics, public health, teaching & learning, environment, online communication.
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A screenshot from the CONASS PANEL | COVID-19 dashboard: It's another weekend case count, roughly half of a "normal" weekday count. But the trend in both cases and deaths continues upward with no sign of levelling off. The weekly case... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at H5N1
Via Reuters: Iran reports 258 coronavirus deaths, highest daily toll since Dec. DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran reported 258 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Sunday, the highest daily toll since early December. That... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at H5N1
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A screenshot from the CONASS PANEL | COVID-19 dashboard: Weekend case counts tend to be lower than on weekdays because not all states submit their numbers on Saturdays and Sundays. Meanwhile, we are in week 14 and the weekly case... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Mehr New Agency: COVID-19 daily death toll in Iran stands at 193. TEHRAN, Apr. 10 (MNA) – The total number of people infected with the coronavirus in Iran during the last 24 hours has reached 64,232 as some 193... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Reuters: Iran orders 10-day shutdown amid fourth wave of coronavirus pandemic. Iran imposed a 10-day lockdown across most of the country on Saturday to curb the spread of a fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, state media reported. The... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via CBC News: Second Opinion: Coronavirus variants are testing the limits of what we once thought was safe in Canada. Excerpt: The rapid spread of more contagious coronavirus variants across Canada is driving a devastating third wave in much of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
An editorial in The Lancet Infectious Diseases: “In an ocean of ashes, islands of order”: WHO's SARS-CoV-2 origin report. The highly anticipated WHO report on the origin of SARS-CoV-2 was released on March 30. 34 international and Chinese multidisciplinary experts... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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A screenshot from the CONASS PANEL | COVID-19 dashboard: The week 13 case count is still below that of week 12, but is still substantially above 400,000 cases. Meanwhile the week 13 death count continues to rise, approaching 20,000—double the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
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A screenshot from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) dashboard: The US has now exceeded 31 million cases and 560,000 deaths. India has joined Brazil with over 13 million cases, and France now has 5 million cases. Globally, the case... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via DW Brasil: At the height of the pandemic, civil society is organizing itself against hunger. Excerpt from the Google translation: "People are to shine, not to starve to death," sings Caetano Veloso in the song Gente. In fact, access... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Lancet Public Health: Monitoring the proportion of the population infected by SARS-CoV-2 using age-stratified hospitalisation and serological data: a modelling study. The summary: Background Regional monitoring of the proportion of the population who have been infected by SARS-CoV-2... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
An OCHA report: COVID-19: March Highlights. Excerpt: Top 5 highlights to know: • In March, more than 5.1 million new cases and 120,000 deaths were recorded in countries in the Global Humanitarian Overview – a 70% increase in cases and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
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A screenshot from today's CONASS PANEL | COVID-19 dashboard: The death count sets a new record, exceeding Tuesday's 4,195. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via DW Brasil: ″The health system has already collapsed, and will continue to collapse.″ Excerpt from the Google translation: In the midst of the worst moment of the covid-19 pandemic in Brazil, with the health system overburdened and vaccination moving... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via Reuters: Rallies, religious gatherings aggravate India's worst COVID-19 surge. Excerpt: NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s COVID-19 cases have soared 13-fold in barely two months, a vicious second wave propelled by open disregard for safety protocols in much of the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
A letter in The Lancet: Amid political and civil unrest in Myanmar, health services are inaccessible. Myanmar is a democratic country in political crisis, and a suspension of health services is placing millions of patients with chronic illnesses in increasingly... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via Guineenews.org: N'Zérékoré: Gbakalaye still refuses Ebola response teams. The Google translation: Ebola response teams operating in the capital of Forest Guinea, epicenter of the Ebola virus, since December 2021, have faced reluctance in the district of Gbakalaye. Indeed, for... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at H5N1
Via g1.globo.com: New variant of the coronavirus with 18 mutations is detected in BH and Metropolitan Region. A new variant of the coronavirus has been detected in Belo Horizonte and the Metropolitan Region. Of 85 Sars-CoV-2 genomes sequenced from samples... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at H5N1
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A screenshot from the CONASS PANEL | COVID-19 dashboard: The number of cases per epi-week fell slightly in week 13, but deaths are climbing steeply: Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at H5N1
A news release: COVID-19 continues to surge through the Americas, PAHO Director reports. Excerpt: Washington, D.C., April 7, 2021 (PAHO)—“COVID infections continue to surge throughout the Americas,” with more than 1.3 million new cases and 37,000 deaths reported in the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at H5N1
Via The Globe and Mail; One in three COVID-19 patients in U.S. developed a neurological or psychiatric condition, study finds. Excerpt: A study of more than 236,000 people in the United States who contracted COVID-19 last year has found that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at H5N1
Via Xinhua: New Ebola outbreak kills 3 in Guinea: Africa CDC. Excerpt: ADDIS ABABA, April 7 (Xinhua) -- The west African country of Guinea has detected five Ebola virus cases and three Ebola-related deaths over the past one week, the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at H5N1
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The undercounts of the Easter weekend are over—or being updated today. A screenshot from the CONASS PANEL | COVID-19 dashboard: I believe this is a record for daily deaths in Brazil. At current case counts, Brazil should add another million... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at H5N1
Via The Globe and Mail, a proposal that's hard to argue with: Top scientists propose moving pandemic warning system outside government. Excerpt: A group of top scientists concerned about the decline of the federal pandemic early warning system in the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at H5N1
Via Reuters: Brazil's COVID-19 death surge set to pass the worst of record U.S. wave. RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil’s brutal surge in COVID-19 deaths will soon surpass the worst of a record January wave in the United States,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at H5N1