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Marriage celebration in the US resulted in 170 infected with COVID-19 and 7 deaths

The celebration of a marriage in the small town of Millinocket, in Maine, United States, left as a result seven deaths and more than 170 infected with coronavirus.

65 attendees came to the wedding that took place on August 7, infringing local health regulations that allowed a maximum capacity of 50 people.

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The ceremony was held in a church and the reception at the Big Moose Inn, both near Millinocket, a town of approximately 4 thousand inhabitants.

Ten days later, the Maine Center for Disease Control opened an investigation as 24 people tested positive for COVID-19.

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The director of the state agency, Nirav shah, stated in a press conference that as a result of the marriage there were 177 cases of coronavirus and seven deaths, although none of the deceased was physically at the celebration.

Across the state the consequences of the event appeared: In a nursing home, 100 miles from Millinocket, there were 39 infected and six deaths, while a prison 370 kilometers from the place of the marriage registered 80 cases since one of the guards attended the wedding.


Five dead and 497 infected with coronavirus. Number of internees shoots – Society

The number of deaths from coronavirus increased again in Portugal this Saturday: five more people died of the disease. Four of the deaths occurred in the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo Region and one in the North.

According to the DGS bulletin, there are another 497 new ones infected in the last 24 hours, making a total of 63 310 active cases. Of those infected today, 178 are from the North Region, 243 are from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 39 in the Centro Region, 26 in the Alentejo, 7 in the Algarve, 2 in Madeira and 2 in the Azores.

There are 438 people hospitalized, 34 more than this Friday, and 59 of them are in Intensive Care Units, five more than yesterday.

There are still 250 more people recovered from the disease, making a total of 43,894 recovered since the beginning of the pandemic.


Health reports 668,381 cases of coronavirus, in September 68,821 were added

Until this Sunday, in the country there were 82,870 suspected cases and 765,337 negative cases in the country and in total 1,516,588 people had been studied.

According to the Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, the availability of beds in hospitals is 70% in the country; Colima is the state with the fewest free beds, with 56% occupied.

Six months after the pandemic began, the federal government considers that the country is on its way out.

López-Gatell assured in the conference that the hospital occupancy figures confirm that the disease is going down.

“We have already completed seven continuous weeks of a decline in the epidemic,” he declared this Sunday.

He recalled that only in seven of the 32 entities, there is an increase in cases of coronavirus, while in the remaining 25, they are already in a phase of decline for two or three weeks.

Some already 10 weeks of descent. There is no doubt that the epidemic is going down ”.

Hugo López-Gatell, Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion.

López-Gatell affirmed that if and only if the conditions of an orderly deconfinement are maintained in the entities, there will be a sustained reduction, until eventually, he said, in October, there is a significant reduction in the pandemic.

The official of the Ministry of Health explained that, although the accumulated number of coronavirus infections exceeds 660,000, only 6% are active cases, that is, 40,178.


Covid-19 emergency, Mexico is running out of death certificates

Three states in difficulty – A real emergency to manage, which mainly affected three States: Baja California, Mexico City and the State of Mexico (a federal state in the south central of the country). Just last Friday, the Mexican Deputy Minister of Health and responsible for managing the health emergency, the epidemiologist Hugo Lopez-Gatell, announced that the state would print 1.1 million new certificates and that it had already begun to distribute them in these three particularly troubled states.

The health risk – This is not just a bureaucratic issue. Without certificates, in fact, it is not possible to bury the deceased and consequently this creates huge health risks. Families suffer from not being able to give a last farewell to their loved ones and funeral ceremonies slowly accumulate. “Some families keep corpses at home for four or five days”Eduardo Salinas, owner of La Piedad funeral home in Cuautitlàn – a town north of Mexico City – told The Wall Street Journal.

Responsibility – According to the State of Mexico, the responsibility would be attributed exclusively to the extent of the pandemic, which has caused an increase in deaths that exceed any forecast. According to Carlos Aranza, Health Coordinator of the State of Mexico, it is also the fault of the country’s bureaucracy. Each year, the Mexican government prints and distributes around 900,000 death certificates that are numbered and bar-coded to avoid scams. Of these, about 750 thousand are used and between 100 and 150 thousand are left over. This year, however, the State of Mexico had asked for 50 thousand more, without ever receiving them. To remedy the problem, he therefore decided to use the certificates left over from past years or to borrow them from neighboring states.

Turnover – This version also confirmed by small funeral homes in Mexico City, which declared that in March the certificates were already finished and that doctors have therefore begun to use those left over from recent years. The lack of certificates has meant that those in possession of them have set up a real turnover: some doctors instead of issuing them and filling them out for free as required by law, they also charge $ 200 to $ 400 each.


Colombia today number of infected and deaths from coronavirus updated – Health

This Thursday, Colombia reached 641,574 cases of coronavirus, of which 489,151 have already recovered. This is confirmed by the most recent report from the Ministry of Health, which also reports 8,235 infections in the last 24 hours.

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The health authority also reported 270 new deaths from covid-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 20,618.

According to the report, a total of 23,735 PCR tests and 10,273 antigens. 130,471 active cases are reported.

The capital of the country continues to be the city with the highest number of infections, after registering 2,931 new cases. Regarding departments, Antioquia reported 1,517, Santander, 683, Valle, 344 and Cundinamarca 306, while Vaupes, San Andrés and Amazonas are the departments with the lowest number of cases with 6, 2 and 1, respectively.

There are 1,321 conglomerates in the country, according to the report. The territories are: Amazonas, Antioquia (Ituango), Arauca, Atlántico, Barranquilla, Bogotá, Boyacá, Bolívar, Caldas, Caquetá, Cartagena, Casanare, Cauca, Cesar, Chocó, Córdoba, Cundinamarca, Huila, La Guajira, Magdalena, Meta, Nariño, Norte de Santander, Putumayo, Quindío, Risaralda, San Andrés, Santa Marta, Santander, Sucre, Tolima, Valle, Vaupés, Vichada, Guaviare and Guainía.

In universal figures, according to the report, a total of 26,059,065 infected are registered, of which 17.3 million have recovered while 863,535 have died from the virus.

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Five deaths from coronavirus were registered, three of them in Rosario

The Ministry of Health reported five new deaths from coronavirus in the province of Santa Fe, that already add 92 from the start of the pandemic, 36 of which are from the city of Rosario.

The deaths They are three people from Rosario, one of Villa Gobernador Gálvez and the rest of One-Eyed Deer.

A 78-year-old female patient from Rosario with comorbidities. She had been hospitalized since August 21 in a private facility in the city.

A 64-year-old female patient from Rosario with comorbidities. She had been hospitalized since August 27 in a public facility in Granadero Baigorria.

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Also a 55-year-old man, from Rosario, who had comorbidities. He had been hospitalized since August 26 in a private facility.

In addition, an 87-year-old woman from Villa Gobernador Gálvez, who had comorbidities, died. She had been hospitalized since August 24 in a private facility in Rosario.

and finally a 72-year-old man from the city of Venado Tuerto who had comorbidities. He had been hospitalized since August 19.


Authorities explain lag in information on deaths from covid-19 in Colombia – Health

Nearly complete 20,000 official deaths from covid-19 after 167 days since the first on March 16, with a fatality rate of 3.19 percent and an impact of 0.0384 percent of the population, there are concerns about these death statistics at a time when the country is about to end its general quarantine.

Readers of this newspaper and even some health professionals have questioned why yesterday, for example, 300 deaths were reported and on August 23 400; this because for some they are figures that go against reopening.

However, according to the Ministry of Health, the daily report of deaths “It does not mean that these deaths occurred that day.”

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In fact, based on the data reported yesterday we have to of the 300 deceased, only 20 corresponded to the day, 280 belonged to previous days and there was even a death that occurred on July 1, almost two months ago.

Of the 297 deaths reported on Saturday, 278 corresponded to previous days, leaving only 19 as those occurred by covid-19 that day.

The truth is that, according to Sivigila data, So far, the day that most deaths have actually occurred was July 30, with 368 deaths so far. On that day, the authorities reported 356 from previous days.

In general, adds the portfolio, each daily report includes a small number of deaths corresponding to the previous day, a greater number from two days ago and smaller proportions from previous weeks.

To explain this, Martha Ospina, director of the National Institute of Health (INS), indicates that death registrations take a significant amount of time, differently from births, which are registered from one day to the next.

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According to Ospina, the clarification of deaths from all causes takes three months on average, a process that is normal in national vital statistics. And she insists that with covid-19 it is not the exception, although in the pandemic the clarifications have been faster.

Most of the deaths from covid-19 that territorial entities upload to Sivigila and Ruaf (registration systems) are arriving more or less the next day, but there are differences between the territorial entities because there are some departments with important lags, explains Ospina.

Director Ospina adds that when the figures reach the central databases, more or less half are from the previous 10 days and the rest correspond to dates much further back for deaths that have had to be clarified one by one.

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“There is always a small delay in deaths that require more time to clarify, with verbal autopsies and other analyzes, but that is the dynamics of deaths in the pandemic and Colombia is no exception”, concludes Ospina, who, however, highlights that this process is done by the country permanently and does not allow to accumulate.

The Ministry of Health clarifies that due to the lags in the report, experts and health authorities are cautious when drawing conclusions from data from recent weeks on this indicator. “From then on, the data is already consolidated and allows making decisions”said a source from the portfolio.

In any case, when observing the data of the Sivigila of deceased according to date of death, it can be stated that there is a clear decrease in mortality during the first two of August and it is likely that the trend has continued until the end of the month. “And the responsibility of citizens depends on whether this trend continues,” says Julián Fernández, director of epidemiology at the ministry.

This decrease has occurred since August 8, when 361 deaths were officially registered. From then on, the day with the most deaths is August 19 with 310 so far.

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HUN joins clinical trial for vaccine against Covid-19

The Hospital Universidad del Norte, located in the municipality of Soledad, was endorsed by the National Institute for Food and Drug Surveillance (Invima) to participate in the clinical trial for the third phase of the Covid-19 vaccine, which is developed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

The health institution, which is located in the municipality of Soledad, is part of the list of six centers that already have the approval by the health authority to start the tests in the first weeks of September, after they are presented the results of the study in the previous phase.

Diego Castresana-Díaz, director of the Hospital Universidad del Norte, highlighted that participation in this trial is an endorsement of the scientific work carried out from his research center.

“We have participated in a large number of studies through the Research Center. Furthermore, these processes are always endorsed by a very strict ethics committee, which also monitors ”, he stated during a virtual press conference.

While Hugo Macareno, scientific director of the Hospital Universidad del Norte, said that this study seeks to determine the efficacy and safety of the vaccine to prevent the disease, which already leaves more than 23 million infected and 820 thousand deaths in the world.

“The inclusion criteria for this study are very rigorous. These studies will be with people between 18 and 68 years old, mainly those who are more exposed to the virus, “said Macareno.

The medical professional was emphatic in maintaining that among the exclusion criteria to participate in the clinical trial is having suffered the disease.

“The idea is that among the volunteers there are health workers, which is one of the populations that is most exposed to the virus. If a person is chosen to be part of this program, they must continue to use the precautionary measures ”, she indicated.

Silvia Aguilera, coordinator of scientific studies at Hospital Universidad del Norte, indicated that they are waiting for the sponsor of the study to determine the number of volunteers that are needed.

“Worldwide, 60 thousand people will take part in the test. The number that will be treated in each of the centers has not yet been defined and as soon as we have that data we will be able to define the strategies for their recruitment, ”said the medical professional.

Aguilera added that the main objective of phase three of the trial of this vaccine is “to validate the efficiency and safety in a representative group.”

“This test is very important to know how the virus behaves in the region. As a research center we are going to do everything possible so that this vaccine can be reliable and safe ”, he added.

In Barranquilla, the Cimedical clinical research center also received the endorsement to be part of this process.

Juan José Jaller, medical scientist at Cimedical, explained that the idea is that people over 18 years of age in good health and with a high risk of contagion participate. Each volunteer will have six face-to-face visits and weekly follow-ups to monitor if they are infected.

“This previous experience generates security, it also has the backing of the Johnson & Johnson group,” Jaller said in dialogue with EL HERALDO.

It should be noted that the people who will participate in the clinical trial will not receive any financial remuneration.

The invima speaks

The National Institute for Food and Drug Surveillance (Invima) indicated that the approval for the development of this clinical trial is done “exceptionally”, to advance in logistical aspects related to the importation of the vaccine, medical supplies and training of the research team in the institutions approved to participate in the process.

The entity said that, in this way, the country is expected to be ready to begin recruiting participants from the month of September. The estimated primary completion date is March 2023, although initial results are expected in January next year.

“Colombia’s participation in this clinical trial is thanks to the efforts made by the national government to control the effects of the pandemic and to improve response times in regulatory procedures related to emergency care,” said Julio César Aldana, CEO of Invima.

Likewise, the official stressed that “the measures adopted allowed the materialization of a public health policy, placing Colombia on the world stage of viable countries to start clinical trials with these vaccines.”

In addition to the Hospital Universidad del Norte and the Cimedical clinical research center, the country approved the start of the clinical trial at the Fundación Cardiovascular de Colombia (Bucaramanga), Caimed (Bogotá), Fundación Oftalmológica de Santander (Floridablanca) and Solano & Terront Medical Services (Bogotá), Invima indicated in a press release sent to this medium on Tuesday.

9 centers await the endorsement

The National Institute for Food and Drug Surveillance (Invima) reported that nine research centers throughout the country are awaiting verification of compliance with the requirements to be part of the clinical trial.

The Clínica de la Costa de Barranquilla is part of this small group together with the Valle del Lili Foundation (Cali), Medplus Prepaid Medicine (Bogotá), Pediatric Infectious Disease Center (Cali), Santa Fe Foundation (Bogotá), Pablo Tobón Uribe Hospital (Medellín), Fundación Centro de Investigación Clínica CIC (Medellín), Program for Studies and Control of Tropical Diseases (Medellín) and High Complexity Scientific Assistance (Bogotá).

These centers seek to join the six that have already received the endorsement to carry out this study.

Globally, the third phase will initially take place in five other countries: the United States, Chile, Mexico, Peru and South Africa.

The clinical trial is expected to take place with a total population of 60,000 participants, proportionally distributed among these countries.


Coronavirus: infections and deaths decrease in the world – Health

In most regions of the planet, the covid-19 pandemic is losing strength, especially in the American continent, where it has established its epicenter for months, although outbreaks in Europe multiply precautions in the absence of a vaccine.

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In the week between August 17 and 23, more than 1.7 million new cases of Covid-19 and 39,000 deaths were registered, representing a 5 percent drop in infections and a 12 percent drop in infections. deaths compared to the previous seven days.

The American continent – where the coronavirus has its epicenter since May, particularly in Latin America— is the region where the pandemic has had the greatest slowdown, with a fall of 11 percent in new cases and 17 percent in deaths.

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In this region, covid-19 has so far caused 261,180 deaths and 6.7 million infections, the highest figures on the planet. But, according to the WHO, the impact in America has diminished, in part, thanks to a slower spread of the coronavirus in the United States and Brazil, the two most affected countries.

While the first country accumulates 5.7 million cases and more than 177,000 deaths, the South American giant adds 3.6 million infections and more than 116,000 deaths.

Despite the relative improvement in the region, Several Caribbean countries and territories reported a sharp increase in cases and deaths in the past seven days. According to the WHO, that could be due to the resumption of tourism.

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Several cities in Colombia have registered improvements in the figures.

Carissa Etienne, director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), WHO office, expressed on Tuesday her concern about the “disproportionate incidence” of covid-19 among young people, which indicates that “they are the main drivers of the spread of the disease in our region. ”

The expert indicated that the cases are concentrated in the group between 20 and 59 years old, but 70 percent of the deaths occur among those over 60 years of age. Meanwhile, Southeast Asia, the second most affected region, it was singled out by the WHO as an exception to the slowdown.

There was a 4 percent increase in new cases and deaths last week, with India leading the way with 3.1 million cases. In the eastern Mediterranean, the number of new cases also increased by 4 percent, but the number of deaths fell (-5 percent).

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And while the organization believes that Africa could have passed the peak of the pandemic by seeing a drop in the daily case count, a slowdown is seen in Europe after a worrying increase in infections.

The number of weekly deaths in the Old Continent decreased 12 percent, although in Spain there was an increase of 200 percent. Faced with this new advance of covid-19, the Government will mobilize some 2,000 military personnel to track new cases in the country. The march and counter-march of the virus occurs at a time when it adds more than 814,000 deaths in the world and almost 24 million infections, according to an agency count AFP from official figures.

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Young people are the main drivers of the spread of the disease in our region

The situation in Latin America

Latin America is going through a critical moment. However, Luis Felipe López-Calva, director for the region of the United Nations Development Program, considered that this present may also represent an opportunity.

“We have to work with governments to prevent this pandemic from also having a destructive effect on institutions, and, on the contrary, take it as an opportunity to rebuild trust between citizens and governments, to rebuild effective institutions for a normality that is not only new, but better, “he said.

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Thus, Chile, which on Tuesday exceeded 400,000 coronavirus infections since March, appears on Wednesday at the start of the plebiscite campaign on October 25, which will define whether or not to change the Constitution inherited from the dictatorship (1973-1990 ). The date, initially set for April 26, was postponed due to the pandemic, which seems to have been under control for more than a month. Although the fear of a new postponement continues to revolve before a possible regrowth.

In Brazil, where the popularity of the Jair Bolsonaro government has risen during the pandemic, his eldest son, Senator Flávio Bolsonaro, reported his contagion on Tuesday. Asymptomatic, the fourth member diagnosed with the virus in the president’s family began a treatment based on chloroquine and azithromycin, which do not have unanimous scientific endorsement.

Hundreds of Costa Rican merchants, farmers, transporters, tourism entrepreneurs and fishermen marched through the capital to demand greater openness of economic activity, exposing the difficulties of many sectors due to restrictions to contain the virus.

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In Peru, which has already exceeded 600,000 cases and where there are almost 28,000 deaths, the death rate is the worst in the region and it has grown to 843 deaths per million inhabitants.

Meanwhile, a battered Argentina, with more than 7,000 dead, tries to maintain its cultural traditions. Dancers of the world will compete from Wednesday in an unprecedented world virtual tango, which will replace the one organized each year by the government of Buenos Aires. The milongas, where tango is traditionally danced, have been closed for months and this year they will have to settle for clicks instead of applause.

This Tuesday, in addition, Uruguay celebrates its 195 years of independence, with praise from the United States. “Uruguay has shown great leadership in managing the pandemic, serving as a model in the region,” said the head of US diplomacy, Mike Pompeo, in a statement on the country of 3.4 million inhabitants and that counts 1,533 cases and 42 deaths.

The Government of Mexico, which has more than 60,480 deaths from covid-19, announced that it will participate in clinical studies of a vaccine developed by Italy.