Top doctor sparks row with claim virus ‘no longer exists’ in Italy

first_img‘Still a killer virus’: WHO And the World Health Organization also stressed that the new coronavirus had not suddenly become less pathogenic.”We need to be careful: this is still a killer virus,” WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan told journalists.”We need to be exceptionally careful not to create a sense that, all of a sudden, the virus, by its own volition, has now decided to be less pathogenic,” said Ryan, who has a background in epidemiology.”It is not the case at all.”The head of Italy’s National Health Council, Franco Locatelli, said he was “baffled” by Zangrillo’s comments.”It’s enough to look at the number of new positive cases confirmed every day to see the persistent circulation in Italy of the new coronavirus,” he said.The director of the prestigious Spallazani infectious diseases institute in Rome, Giuseppe Ippolito, also said there was no scientific proof the virus had mutated or changed in potency.The government has insisted this is one of the most dangerous phases of a pandemic that has claimed over 33,000 lives in the country.It has urged people to abide by social distancing rules and wear masks to prevent the virus from spreading once again.A contact-tracing app to help the country avoid a virus relapse was being launched Monday in four of the country’s 20 regions, with others soon to follow.As part of the next stage of reopening the country, from Wednesday, foreign tourists will be able to enter Italy again and people will be able to move between regions. “The swabs performed over the past 10 days have showed a viral load that is absolutely infinitesimal in quantitative terms compared to those carried out a month or two months ago,” he said in an interview on RAI television on Sunday.”Someone has to take responsibility for terrorizing the country,” Zangrillo added.Milan is the capital of the northern region of Lombardy, which took the brunt of the pandemic in Italy.Several specialists, in Italy and abroad, were quick to object to Zangrillo’s remarks. Dr. Oscar MacLean, of the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, said Zangrillo’s claims were “not supported by anything in the scientific literature, and also seem fairly implausible on genetic grounds”.Martin Hibberd, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “In a situation where the numbers of severe cases are falling, there may be time to start observing people with less severe symptoms — giving the impression that the virus is changing.”  Top scientists, health officials and the WHO on Monday rushed to counter claims made by a leading Italian doctor who said the new coronavirus “no longer exists” in the country.The row came as Italy prepared the next stage of its gradual easing of a national lockdown imposed three months ago to fight the spread of the deadly virus.”In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy,” said Alberto Zangrillo, head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. Topics :last_img read more

Indian IT hub Bangalore locks down again

first_imgIndia’s IT hub Bangalore will go back into lockdown Tuesday as the number of coronavirus cases in the country surged towards a million with about 500 people dying daily.After imposing one of the world’s strictest lockdowns in late March, India has been steadily easing rules to lessen the huge economic impact. But infections have continued to soar, passing 900,000 on Monday with almost 24,000 deaths, according to health ministry figures that many experts say underplay the severity of the situation. Other states including Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous with 200 million inhabitants, Tamil Nadu and Assam have also introduced new restrictions.Kerala in the south, which earlier won plaudits for its handling of the pandemic, has also implemented tight controls in around a dozen areas including state capital Thiruvananthapuram until July 23.The state has seen cases shoot up to over 8,000 following the return of people from Gulf countries where Keralites make up a substantial proportion of foreign workers.Kerala’s communist-led government last week extended until July 2021 rules on the wearing of masks, social distancing and limiting numbers of people at weddings and funerals.In a glimmer of hope, Delhi, which apart from several “containment zones” has seen activity return to normal, on Monday reported 1,246 new infections — the lowest in 35 days.The crowded megacity’s government, which has struggled with overflowing hospitals and morgues, has put on hold plans to turn sports stadiums into coronavirus care centers.”If a successful battle against coronavirus has been fought anywhere in the world, it is in India,” Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday, saying the country was in a “good position”. Topics :center_img Mumbai and the capital New Delhi have been the worst hit so far but the southern city of Bangalore, home to more than 13 million people, has emerged as a new hotspot.A seven-day lockdown in the city is set to begin at 8:00 pm (1430 GMT), the government announced earlier. Transport will be banned except for emergencies and only shops selling essential items allowed to open. Firms in Bangalore’s lifeblood IT sector handling the back-office operations of global corporations can operate, but with only 50 percent of staff allowed on premises at any one time.A new lockdown has also been imposed in the western city of Pune, which on Monday reported a record 1,333 new infections, taking the total to 40,000 with 23 deaths.last_img read more

Qatargas delivers first Q-Max LNG cargo to Zeebrugge terminal

first_imgImage courtesy of QatargasThe world’s largest liquefied natural gas producer Qatargas has delivered the first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the Zeebrugge LNG terminal in Belgium onboard a Q-Max carrier.The cargo, which was loaded at the Ras Laffan terminal in Qatar on June 22, arrived on board the Q-Max vessel Al Dafna on July 22.Qatargas said that this was the eight multi-port delivery undertaken by the company in 2019. This was also the first LNG parcel discharged in Zeebrugge and a second parcel at the South Hook LNG terminal in the United Kingdom.The established practice in the LNG industry is to deliver a single cargo of LNG to a single location. Qatargas’ pioneering achievement was made possible by using the largest class of LNG vessel in the world, a Q-Max vessel, which has a cargo-carrying capacity of 266,000 cubic meters.Its large capacity allows it to deliver two full conventional size cargoes to multiple destinations and customers in one voyage.Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatargas’ CEO, said: “[…] we are very much focused on further developing the concept of multi-port deliveries of our LNG cargoes and offer it to our global portfolio of customers.”Pascal De Buck, CEO and managing director of Zeebrugge LNG terminal owner and operator Fluxys, added: “The Q-Max delivery demonstrates the versatility we offer our customers, with LNG carriers of all types and sizes able to dock at the facility, ample pipe gas take away capacity for delivery throughout north-western Europe and a range of options for downstream small-scale LNG distribution.“last_img read more

RPM workshops scheduled in Las Vegas, Indy, Daytona Beach

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. – IMCA officials will meet with promoters and other automotive racing industry leaders at upcoming RPM workshops planned in Las Vegas, Indianapolis and Daytona Beach.Sessions at each are geared toward race track operations, i.e. promotional events, insurance and legal aspects. RPM promoters of the year will also be announced during the Daytona Beach session next February.IMCA President Brett Root and Vice President of Operations Jim Stannard will attend the Nov. 14-15 workshop at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and Dec. 9 workshop at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Media Center.The Feb. 14-15 workshop will be held at the Hilton Daytona Beach Ocean Walk Village.last_img read more

Indiana communities invited to apply to host Smithsonian exhibit

first_imgStatewide —Indiana cities with fewer than 15,000 residents are being offered the opportunity to host an exhibit from the world-famous Smithsonian through a program sponsored by Indiana Humanities.Six communities will be selected through an application process to host Water/Ways, a national touring exhibit that highlights the role water plays in our daily lives and allows each host community to celebrate its unique connection to water. Applications should be submitted by tax-exempt organizations, such as museums, libraries, civic organizations, local governments or schools, representing their communities.Selected venues will host the exhibit for six weeks each. To prepare, the hosts will receive extensive training, funding, and other resources from the Smithsonian and Indiana Humanities. Each host organization will also curate a unique section of the exhibit that explores its community’s relationship to water.Organizations interested in serving as a host for the Water/Ways exhibit should complete an application, available by clicking here.  Applications are due Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.last_img read more

Stack harbours Lincoln doubts

first_img Press Association Fozzy Stack believes Onenightidreamed could be under-priced in the Tote Irish Lincolnshire at the Curragh. He said: “I think he’s a very short price for what he’s done. He hasn’t run since last May and it’s a very competitive race. “He ran well in a similar race last season as a three-year-old and he’ll love the soft ground, but he’s drawn low (stall five), which is a worry. “I’d definitely preferred to have been drawn higher as when the ground is soft they tend to come up the stands side.” Mick Halford last won this valuable prize with Deauville Prince in 2007 and is double-handed this year, with Hasanour and Kings Ryker in contention. Halford said: “Shane (Foley) rides Hasanour as he’s got a weight he can ride at. He ran well in the (Irish) Cambridgeshire last year and he’s ready to go, but he wouldn’t want any more rain. If it goes soft I think he might struggle. “Kings Ryker has a good draw (stall 10) and is an unexposed horse with a light weight. Hopefully he’ll run well, but he wouldn’t want the ground too soft, either. “We’ll find out how forward the horses are on Sunday. The Dundalk horses have been in good form all winter, so we’ll see how those horses that haven’t run since last season are this weekend. They seem fit and well, so fingers crossed.” Yorkshire-based trainer Karl Burke is hopeful You’re Fired can make the trip across the Irish Sea worthwhile. He said: “We’re going there very hopeful. I think he’ll like the track and the trip and he’s a progressive horse. He finished last season with a couple of OK runs. He’s been gelded over the winter, which I think will really improve him.” center_img The lightly raced four-year-old heads the betting for the fiercely competitive handicap on the first day of the Flat turf season, despite having been off the track since finishing third over the course and distance last spring in just his third competitive start. Stack, assistant trainer to his father Tommy, also feels the chestnut gelding is drawn on the wrong side of the track. last_img read more

Former boxer Dingko Singh tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgNEW DELHI: Asian Games gold medal-winning former boxer Dingko Singh, who is already battling liver cancer, has tested positive for COVID-19.The 41-year-old was flown to the national capital earlier this month to undergo radiation therapy and had returned to his home state Manipur after being diagnosed with jaundice once again. “Dingko travelled with his wife on an ambulance. He developed fever a few days ago. Since the fever did not subside, the COVID test was conducted and he returned a positive result,” said the source. “It is not yet clear how he got the COVID virus.” Dingko, who was airlifted from Manipur on April 25 and admitted in a hospital in Delhi for chemotherapy for a relapse of cancer, was in quarantine at a hotel in Imphal for about a week after returning from the National capital on road. The Boxing Federation of India (BFI), which had helped Dingko’s transfer from Imphal to Delhi for treatment, was surprised with the development and was trying to get in touch with his family by the time the report was being filed. The swashbuckling former bantamweight boxer won the Asian Games gold in the 1998 edition in Bangkok. He is an Arjuna and Padma Shri awardee. Agencieslast_img read more

NSBF finals on today

first_img-Kwakwani, Marian Academy among finalistsThe semi-final round of the Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) National Schools’ Basketball Festival (NSBF) came to a close yesterday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall with 8 games played on the night and three remaining up to press time.In the first game of the night, Mackenzie High School took out Marian Academy 33-16 in an U-14 encounter. Mackenzie looked the superior side leading by 10 points at the half-way stage 16-6, before turning on the jets en-route to 33-16. Kobe Tappin led the way with 7 points. For Marian Academy, It was Jether Harris who topped scored with 6 points in a losing cause.The second game of the night saw Kwakwani girls defeating Bishops’ High Girls 23-12. The game, which was even up until the halfway point, proved to be a good showing for the Kwakwani side who are expected to go home with the trophy. It was Kennesha Leacock who topped scored with 10 points and had 5 steals in the win. For Bishops,’ Kesann Charles turned in 6 points in the losing effort.In the third semi-final of the day, Kwakwani Secondary continued its winning ways, this time in the U-14 category,knocking off Bishops’ High 45-12. Kadeem Dover topped all scores with 11 and was supported by David Conway’s 9 points. Darren Hinds had 8 points for the Bishops’ side.Marian Academy girls also moved into the finals with a four- point win over President’s College 13-9,through a combination of Jada Moan and Georgiana Vyphuis,who scored 5 and 6 points respectively. Demelza Thomas led the losers.The first U-16 semi-final proved to be the most exciting game up to that point,with Mackenzie High recording a 3-point win over Plaisance Academy 45-42. Up to this point, Plaisance were considered title contenders after knocking off the defending champions in their last game.Both teams had high-powered offenses with Plaisance being led by Nigel Bowen and Andrew Johnson. For Mackenzie it was Yannick Tappin who led the way with 16 points, inclusive of two free-throws down the stretch to ice the game for Mackenzie. For Plaisance, it was Bowen and Johnson who had 16 and 15 respectively, in the losing effort .The finals will be played today in the girls U-14, U-16 and U-19 categories. The tournament is sponsored by Digicel, Banks DIH Limited and The Beharry Group of Companies.last_img read more

Football News Paulo Dybala Scores Twice, Juventus Recover To Win Vs Lokomotiv Moscow

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Turin: Maurizio Sarri praised Juventus for not losing their heads as Paulo Dybala’s quick-fire second-half double rescued a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Lokomotiv Moscow in their Champions League Group D clash in Turin on Tuesday. The Italian champions had trailed the Russians with 13 minutes to go in the Allianz Stadium after Aleksei Miranchuk had put the visitors ahead after half an hour. But Dybala pulled the hosts level on 77 minutes and added a second two minutes later to keep Juventus on course in Group D with seven points after three games.Sarri’s side had drawn with Atletico Madrid and beaten Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 in the last two games. Atletico also have seven points, after beating Leverkusen 1-0 in Spain on Tuesday, with Lokomotiv third with three points. “It became a difficult match when we conceded this goal,” said former Chelsea boss Sarri. “But we did well not to lose our heads. We knew we could get back into the match. We had 25 shots on goal, we established a record for possession, so we played well. It wasn’t an exceptional day, we play every three days, so a less brilliant day.”Cristiano Ronaldo missed the chance for another record of scoring against a 34th different Champions League club. The Portuguese star drew a blank in Turin, firing over from a Juan Cuadrado cross early as, despite dominating possession, Juventus struggled to break down the Russians. ‘Painful victory’ Lokomotiv broke through with their first clear chance. Miranchuk shrugged off Leonardo Bonucci and the Juventus defence to find on-loan Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario whose effort was cleared by Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny into the path of the Russian forward who finished. “It was a tough game,” said Miranchuk. “We got tired closer to the end and lost focus. Juve are a dangerous team and punished us for that.” Dybala looked as if he had scored the equaliser before the break but play had stopped following Ronaldo’s tackle on Lokomotiv goalkeeper Guilherme. Dybala fired over just after the break with fellow Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain coming on in place of Sami Khedira. Szczesny cleared a Joao Mario effort after an hour while at the other end Higuain missed two quick-fire chances before Dybala finally rifled in the equaliser.Alex Sandro was denied two minutes later but Dybala was on hand to follow up to keep Juventus unbeaten in all competitions this season. “I’m very happy, I really needed two goals like this,” said Dybala. “It was a difficult game but tonight you could really see the level of experience of our team. We always remained calm until we finally scored.” The Argentine was substituted after his double to an ovation from the home crowd.Also Read | Inter Milan Win To Stay In Touch With Juventus, Racism Incident Mars Serie AIt had been a difficult start to the season for the 25-year-old who had looked set for a move away from Turin to either Tottenham or Manchester United after Higuain’s return from Chelsea. “Now we won and you all say that we can play together. But if we were losing, the opinions would have been completely different,” he added of the partnership with Ronaldo and Higuain. “It was a painful victory, then a great goal from Dybala made the difference,” said Szczesny. Lokomotiv coach Yuri Semin said “it was a logical” defeat. “We didn’t have enough strength in the end. I didn’t make substitutions in the hope that we would survive the final push from Juve, but we didn’t.”last_img read more

Kvitova wins first title since knife attack

first_imgPETRA Kvitova completed an emotional Aegon Classic victory to seal her first WTA Tour title since being subjected to a career-threatening knife attack last year.The two-time Wimbledon champion sustained serious hand injuries when an intruder broke into her apartment and attacked her last December.It was an incident that could have called a premature halt to her playing days but, having returned at the French Open, the 27-year-old underlined her strength of character by coming from behind to defeat Ashleigh Barty 4-6 6-3 6-2 in Birmingham.The result saw Kvitova take her 20th Tour title and first at the grass-court tournament.World number 77 Barty made a bright start and, having forced a break in the third game, held her nerve when facing two break-back points as she served out the first set.But she was broken in her opening service game of the second as Kvitova launched her fightback.The Czech was largely dominant in the decider, earning three breaks to her Australian opponent’s one, and closed the contest by losing just one point in the final three games.(Omnisportlast_img read more