Thursday, April 22, 2021

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Young people are a victim of the second wave of Corona in India

In India, the number of young people and children who have claimed their lives a new wave of the Coronavirus is sweeping the country, according to what was reported by the French Press Agency, “Agence France Presse,” Sunday.

Some doctors suggest that the reason why people under the age of 45 are more vulnerable is that they go out to work and eat meals outside the home more than those who are older, but there is no conclusive evidence for this.

Young adults may be more susceptible to a new mutated version known as a “double mutation” found in 60% of samples in Maharashtra, which is the hardest hit.

India swept through a new epidemic wave, resulting in a million confirmed infections, within a week, and shook the authorities.

And officials in India at the beginning of the year believed that the country had defeated the epidemic, amid the launch of a massive vaccination campaign.

Residents neglected the wearing of masks and social distancing, with huge crowds taking part in religious festivals and election rallies.

But in hospitals, doctors sounded the alarm against the background of the high number of cases, amid a new phenomenon represented by the admission of more young people to hospitals, due to their infection with the disease, which has always been considered more dangerous for the older groups.

Children in hospitals
And in a country where 65% of the population is under 35 years old, there is growing concern about the impact of the epidemic on young people.

New Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal reported that 65% of new patients are under the age of 45.

While the Indian Medical Research Agency does not have a demographic classification of cases, doctors in major cities confirm that more young patients are being transferred to hospitals.

Abu Dhabi leads the world in responding to the Corona pandemic

A study issued by the “Deep Knowledge Analytics” organization revealed that the cities are the safest from the threat of the pandemic and the best response to the “Covid 19” epidemic, during the first quarter of this year.

The study relied on big data that included several criteria such as vaccine distribution, treatment provision, transparency and governance.

The classification included 25 cities from different regions of the world, so the city of Abu Dhabi in the UAE was the best in the world.

The South Korean capital ranked second, Australian Sydney ranked third, and Singapore ranked fourth.

And the Canadian city of Ottawa ranked fifth, then the German capital Berlin in sixth place, in terms of responding to the Corona epidemic.

Indian actress Katrina Kaif infected with Coronavirus

Indian actress Katrina Kaif, 37, announced today, Tuesday, that she has been infected with the Coronavirus.

The network “NDTV” reported that Katrina revealed her infection with the virus through her page on the Instagram site to share photos.

Katrina wrote, “I have tested positive for the Coronavirus. I immediately self-isolate, and I will be isolated at my home.”

“I follow all safety protocols as per the advice of my doctors,” she added.

And Katrina demanded that everyone who interacted with her in the recent period undergo a coronavirus test.

Actor Vicky Koshal, who is reported to have a romantic relationship with Katrina, announced yesterday, Monday, that he had been infected with the Coronavirus.

India is witnessing a significant increase in cases of infection with the Coronavirus, as it recorded more than 100,000 daily cases of Coronavirus yesterday, while it is the highest death toll since the beginning of the Corona pandemic.

Coronavirus also infected a number of Bollywood stars, as actor Ranbir Kapoor and actress Alia Bhatt were infected with the virus, and actors Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar, who was transferred to the hospital a few days ago, were also infected recently.

Indian actor Aamir Khan infected with Corona virus

The famous Indian actor Aamir Khan, 56, was infected with the Coronavirus, according to what his spokesman announced in a statement today, Wednesday.

NDTV quoted the spokesman as saying that Aamir is currently undergoing home isolation.

“Aamir Khan has been confirmed to be infected with the Coronavirus. He is currently undergoing isolation at his home, and he follows all health protocols and is in good health,” the statement reads.

In the statement, the spokesman called on all those who have communicated with the representative during the past days to undergo testing.

The Grammy Awards celebrate music despite the pandemic

About a year after the first closing of American concert halls due to the “Covid 19” pandemic, the “Grammy Awards” tomorrow celebrate music and its stars, including Beyoncé, whose “Black Lives Matter” movement contributed to the great success of one of its recent songs.

The Grammy Awards ceremony was a victim of postponement due to the pandemic, just like other celebrations. The evening will be held this year in a format where the virtual character is the main element in it, and live performances and pre-recorded clips alternate.

Queen of Pop Beyoncé leads the race for the awards with nine nominations after her repeated losses in the main categories were often controversial. Beyoncé was ahead of rapper Rudi Rich, British-born Kosovar Dua Lipa, and American Taylor Swift, who each was nominated in six categories.

The singer, nicknamed “Queen B”, thus has the largest collection of nominations for the “Grammy” awards among female singers, as her total rose to 79, equivalent to Sir Paul McCartney’s number for men, while her husband Jay-Z and the legend Quincy Jones maintain the record for the female and male categories combined, which is 80 nominations.

Beyoncé’s album “Black Parade”, released in June at the height of demonstrations against discrimination against blacks in the United States, is considered the most likely to win the two main categories of awards, “Song of the Year” and “Record of the Year.”

Nevertheless, a number of experts are likely to win Dua Lipa, who risked releasing a very disco and dance album before the stone linked to “Covid 19”, thus achieving widespread success.

Taylor Swift won her nominations this year, following an opposite strategy. In the midst of the pandemic, she released a surprising “Folklore”, which was characterized by its simple and soft nature that implies a return to nature.

  • Rock and “Black Life Is Important” – Thanks to his successful song “The Box”, rapper Rudi Rich managed to make his way even to public awards, not just those for rap, as he was nominated for the “Song of the Year” award after he received the “Grammy Award” last year. On his collaboration with the late Nipsey Hassel.

Single entry

And the rock singer Brittany Howard was nominated in five categories for her album “Jamie”, thus achieving a single entry to the “Grammy” nominations after her fame was based on being a member of the “Alabama Shakes”.

Howard is among the front runners in the rock music categories that have been monopolized by women since the competition’s inception in 1959.

As for the young singer Billie Eilish, who last year achieved a remarkable achievement by winning in the four main categories, she may shine again during the sixty-third session, as this year she received four nominations, including the categories of «Album of the Year» and «Song of the Year», and she will compete with the Post. Malone, Justin Bieber, and rapper Da Baby.

Among the most prominent obstacles to her victory is the singer Megan The Stallion, who won four nominations, one of them in the “Best New Artist” category, where she has great chances of winning. For the new distribution of her song “Savage” with Beyonce, she deserved a nomination in the “Record of the Year” category.

MORRISON, COLORADO – SEPTEMBER 01: Phoebe Bridgers performs onstage during Day 1 of “Red Rocks Unpaused” 3-Day Music Festival presented by Visible at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 01, 2020 in Morrison, Colorado. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Visible)

Regarding the new names, rock singer Phoebe Bridgers has caught the attention of experts after her name emerged.

Among the well-known names, is Fiona Apple, whose album “Fitch The Bolt Cuters” was described by a number of critics as a “masterpiece”. This year, she will be in the first row of rock singers who have long been excluded by the American Academy of Music, the organizer of the “Grammy Awards.”

What happens to the lung of a person infected with Coronavirus?

Although the new Corona virus has infected more than 1.27 million people worldwide, 80% of these cases have mild symptoms.

The World Health Organization confirmed that 80% of the injured recover, noting that every 6 infected person suffers from severe symptoms that reach pneumonia.

Dr. Gon Wilson, president-elect of the Australian Royal College of Physicians and a respiratory physician, in turn, assured the “Guardian” newspaper that all serious infections of the Coronavirus suffer from pneumonia.

Wilson added that people who contract the virus can be classified into four categories, the first being people who are infected with the virus but do not have symptoms, and it is the least dangerous.

And the second category is those who are infected with the virus and its symptoms in the upper respiratory tract such as fever, cough, and headache, and these are able to transmit the infection without knowledge.

As for the third category, it represents the largest number of people infected with the Coronavirus, and they are the people with whom the virus develops to become more like seasonal influenza and are unable to work, so it requires their transfer to hospitals.

While the fourth category includes people with pneumonia.

Wilson pointed out that in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the virus outbreak, a study found that among those who tested positive for the virus, nearly 6% had severe symptoms.

While the World Health Organization has confirmed that the elderly and people who suffer from underlying problems such as high blood pressure, heart and lung problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious diseases.

How does pneumonia develop?
As for the stages of development of the infection, Wilson emphasized that the symptoms of fever and coughing for a person with Coronavirus occur as a result of the virus reaching the respiratory tree, which are the air passages that connect air between the lungs and the outside.

He said that viruses infect the lining of the respiratory system and cause a wound in it, which causes inflammation, and this, in turn, irritates the nerves in the lining of the airway, and it appears in the radiation as a patch of dust, which causes coughing.

He added: “If this worsens, which is what happens in the fourth category, it goes beyond the lining of the airway and goes to the gas exchange units, which are at the end of the airways. If these units are injured, they respond by pouring an inflammatory substance into the air sacs located in the Bottom of the lungs. “

He stressed that if the air sacs become inflamed, this causes an “influx of inflammatory materials (fluids and inflammatory cells) into the lungs and ends up with pneumonia, and thus the lung becomes unable to get enough oxygen into the bloodstream, which reduces the body’s ability to absorb oxygen and get rid of carbon dioxide, and ultimately cause death.

He also stressed that this pneumonia differs from the rest of pneumonia caused by viruses and bacteria, indicating that there is evidence that pneumonia caused by Covid-19 may be severe.

He added that this inflammation affects all parts of the lungs, not small parts, as known infections do.

He said that as soon as we have an infection in the lung, our bodies try to respond, and they struggle to destroy the virus and limit its reproduction, but this response weakens between one person and another, including the elderly and people who suffer from heart, lung, liver, kidney and diabetes diseases, and therefore these are considered The groups most at risk from the virus.

As for the treatment for this infection, said Dr. Christine Jenkins, President of the Australian Lung Foundation and a respiratory physician: “Unfortunately, we do not yet have anything that can prevent people from contracting pneumonia caused by the Coronavirus.”

She added: “Scientists are already testing all kinds of drugs and we hope to discover that there are different combinations of viral and antiviral drugs that can be effective, but at the present time, there is no existing treatment other than supportive treatment, which is what we provide to people in intensive care.”

She said: “We put the patient on respirators to maintain high levels of oxygen in the body so that the lung can function normally again and recover.”

Vaccine rollout, U.S. stimulus boost global economic outlook – OECD

The global economic outlook has brightened as vaccine rollouts gain speed and the United States launches a vast new stimulus package, the OECD said on Tuesday, hiking its forecasts.

The world economy is set to rebound this year with 5.6% growth and expand 4.0% next year, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said in its interim economic outlook.

That marked a sharp increase from its last outlook in early December when the Paris-based policy forum forecast global growth of 4.2% this year and 3.7% next year.

People wait in a line stretching inside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on midtown Manhattan’s west side, to receive a dose of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the site which has been converted into a mass vaccination center in New York City, New York, U.S., March 6, 2021. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon

“Not vaccinating fast enough risks undermining the fiscal stimulus that has been put in place,” OECD chief economist Laurence Boone told an online news conference.

Singling out Europe for its slow rollout, she said government money injected into the economy risked ending up in consumers’ savings if they cannot soon return to more normal lives.

Global gross domestic product was seen returning to pre-pandemic levels by the middle of this year, albeit with large divergences between countries.

FDA advisors recommend “Johnson & Johnson” vaccination for Corona

BP, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Vaccination consultants at the US Food and Drug Administration voted Friday on the agency’s recommendation for emergency use of the Coronavirus vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.

The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) of the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously to recommend granting Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a vaccine to persons aged 18 years and over.

Acting FDA Commissioner, Dr. Janet Woodcock, and Dr. Peter Marks, who heads the vaccines division at the FDA, said permission for emergency use would come quickly.

This will become the third vaccine approved for use in the United States.

AURORA, CO – DECEMBER 15: Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center investigational pharmacy technician Sara Berech holds a dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine before it is administered in a clinical trial on December 15, 2020 in Aurora, Colorado. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine could be submitted for emergency use by late January and is the only vaccine among leading candidates given as a single dose. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

The vaccine will become the first vaccine taken in a single dose, and it can be stored in regular refrigerators, which is easy to distribute compared to both “Pfizer-Biontec” and “Moderna”, which are considered more sensitive, and they require two doses.

AURORA, CO – DECEMBER 15: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center investigational pharmacy technician Sara Berech is reflected in the glass of a fume hood as she prepares a dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for a clinical trial on December 15, 2020 in Aurora, Colorado. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine could be submitted for emergency use by late January and is the only vaccine among leading candidates given as a single dose. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

The vaccine, produced by Janssen, the vaccine arm of Johnson & Johnson, was tested in advanced clinical trials on more than 44,000 people in the United States, South Africa, and Latin America.

Globally, the vaccine showed an overall effectiveness of 66% in preventing moderate to severe diseases.

In the United States, the effectiveness reached 72%, and it was 85% effective in preventing severe disease.

The IMF expects cumulative losses in per capita income in emerging countries of up to 22% in 2022

On Friday, the head of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, warned of the “dangerous disparity” between economies and their income and called on policymakers in the G20 to take “strong and resolute measures” to counter this.

The head of the International Monetary Fund said, “We expect by 2022 to achieve cumulative losses in emerging and developing countries in per capita income of up to 22%, compared to 13% in advanced economies.”
“We expect that only half of the countries that have been narrowing the income gaps for advanced economies will continue to do so during the period from 2020 to 2022,” she said.

She noted that youth, low-skilled, and women within countries were “disproportionately affected” by job losses.
Georgieva urged governments to quickly provide opportunities for families, commensurate with the conditions of countries, “so that there is a permanent way out of the health crisis.”

Vaccine production and recovery
Although she indicated that the global economy is on the road to recovery, in the hypothetical meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors of the G20 chaired by Italy, she confirmed that “the uncertainty is still very high,” as vaccinations still have a long way to go to reduce the severity of the waves Covid-19 virus and its effects.
The head of the International Monetary Fund called for strong and resolute measures from policymakers in the Group of Twenty, indicating that international cooperation is necessary to accelerate production and make vaccines available everywhere “as quickly as possible.”
She stressed the urgent need to intensify support for vulnerable countries, saying that “we must spread all the tools available to us.”

Initiatives to support economies
The finance ministers of the G20 countries met virtually “Friday”; To discuss plans to revive the global economy depleted by the repercussions of the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and to limit the damage to poor and marginalized countries in the race to obtain vaccines against the disease.
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has expressed her willingness to discuss providing new aid through a currency issued by the International Monetary Fund, known as the Special Drawing Rights, to support countries in difficulty.
Last April, the G20 decided to suspend the payment of interest on the debts of the poorest countries and then extended it in October to 30 July 2021.

Debt interest payments for only 46 of the 73 eligible countries, worth $ 5.7 billion, have been deferred.
Earlier this February, the Group of Seven finance ministers held a virtual meeting, chaired by Britain, to discuss the economic recovery after the Coronavirus pandemic.

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said that the financial officials of the Group of Seven countries discussed support for low-income countries and a new allocation of special drawing rights in the International Monetary Fund.
The head of the International Monetary Fund confirmed that the chief financial officials of the Group of Seven showed “complete agreement” on various issues, from fiscal stimulus to support for poor countries.

The British Finance Minister indicated that ministers and central bank governors exchanged views on formulating the best policies to ensure a speedy economic recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic, including support for workers and companies in a manner that ensures long-term sustainability.

Global Health: The number of injuries and deaths caused by Corona has decreased

The World Health Organization announced that the number of new infections with the Coronavirus in the world decreased by 16%, last week, to nearly 2.7 million cases.

On Tuesday, the UN agency revealed new figures, using data issued until Sunday, stating that the number of registered deaths decreased by 10% compared to the previous week, reaching 81,000 deaths.

Five of the six regions that released data reported a decline in the number of injuries, and the eastern Mediterranean region alone recorded an increase of 7%.

The spread of mutated copies
The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced that “the number of new infections decreased for the fifth week in a row, dropping by about half compared to five million injuries recorded in the fourth week of January.”

He said, “This shows that mere public health measures give results, even in light of the spread of mutated copies of the virus.”

He added, “What matters now is the way in which we will respond to this trend. The fire has not been extinguished, but rather we have reduced its size. If we stop fighting it on any front, it will return with force.”

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