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Coronavirus pandemic deepens Japan’s demographic crisis

coronavirus pandemic deepens japan’s demographic crisis

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By Kiyoshi Takenaka3 Min ReadTOKYO (Reuters) – Tumbling numbers of pregnancies and marriages in Japan during the coronavirus pandemic are likely to intensify a demographic crisis in the rapidly ageing nation.Slideshow ( 3 images )Japan has the most aged society in the world, with more than 35% of its population expected to be 65 and over by 2050, a trend that poses risks for economic growth and straining government finances.“I reckon the spread of the coronavirus is having many people worried about getting pregnant, giving births and rearing babies,” Tetsushi Sakamoto, minister in charge of responses to Japan’s declining birthrates, told a news conference on Friday.Recently published official data showed the number of notified pregnancies in the three months to July fell 11.4% from a year earlier, while the number of marriages over the same period dropped 36.9%. The sharp decline in marriages matters because the majority of babies in Japan are born in wedlock.“This is very serious because negative effects could stay on, with the economic downturn leading to fewer marriages, and then to fewer births,” said Hideo Kumano, executive chief economist at Dai-ichi Life Research Institute.The pandemic has exacerbated a preexisting downward trend in the birthrate, which former Prime …

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Los Angeles County Issues Coronavirus Rules For Holiday Parties, Family Gatherings And Sports Celebrations, Citing High Risk Of Transmission: “It’s Simply Not Safe”

los angeles county issues coronavirus rules for holiday parties, family gatherings and sports celebrations, citing high risk of transmission: “it’s simply not safe”

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On the same day Los Angeles County recorded its 300,000th coronavirus case and its 7,000th COVID-19 death, County Health Officer Muntu Davis issued a health advisory for private gatherings and public celebrations.
Citing the high risk of COVID-19 infection at such events given the increasing rate of COVID-19 community transmission, Davis said that “it is critical that we all take action to slow the spread” as we close in on Halloween, Thanksgiving and the winter holidays.
“There have been too many instances of people unknowingly spreading the virus at these types of gatherings, which, sadly, has led to new infections, serious illness and death,” continued Davis.

Health Advisory: High Risk of #COVID19 Transmission at Gatherings and Public Celebrations. View https://t.co/5xTDPGrx4E for more. pic.twitter.com/2t5cqysZyz
— LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) October 27, 2020

Since early October, Los Angeles County’s average number of daily cases has increased from around 940 per day to almost 1,200 per day. Additionally, said an L.A. Public Health Department statement, recent contact tracing interviews over the course of 3 weeks showed that 55% of the people who knew of a possible exposure had attended an event or gathering where 2 or more people were sick.

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Live updates: Trump claims U.S. is ‘rounding the turn’ as more than 42,000 are hospitalized nationally for covid-19

live updates: trump claims u.s. is ‘rounding the turn’ as more than 42,000 are hospitalized nationally for covid-19

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October 27, 2020 at 12:12 AM EDTLink copiedHospitals in nearly every region report a flood of covid-19 patientsBy Joel Achenbach, Karin Brulliard, Brittany Shammas and Jacqueline DupreeHospitals in many regions of the country — the Upper Midwest, the Mountain West, the Southwest and the heart of Appalachia — are seeing record levels of patients suffering from covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.More than 42,000 people were hospitalized nationally with the virus on Monday, a figure that is steadily climbing toward the midsummer peak caused by massive outbreaks in the Sun Belt. In the places hit the hardest, this is nudging hospitals toward the nightmare scenario of rationing care.The country is not there yet, but the recent rise in confirmed coronavirus infections — which set a single-day record Saturday of more than 83,000 — is an ominous leading indicator of an imminent surge of patients into hospitals. The pattern of this pandemic has been clear: Infections go up, hospitalization rates follow in a few weeks, and then deaths spike.

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Eli Lilly Ends Coronavirus Antibody Treatment Trial, Other Studies Go On

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In this May 2020 file photo provided by Eli Lilly, a researcher tests possible COVID-19 antibodies in a laboratory in Indianapolis. On Monday, U.S. government officials announced they are putting an early end to a study testing an Eli Lilly antibody drug for people hospitalized with COVID-19 because it doesn’t seem to help.

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Eli Lilly & Co. is ending a clinical trial of its antibody drug in hospitalized COVID-19 patients after federal researchers concluded the therapy doesn’t work on them. The study of the monoclonal antibody called bamlanivimab was initially paused by the company on Oct. 13 out of “an abundance of caution,” because of a potential safety concern. For this particular study the therapy was being used in combination with remdesivir, an antiviral with emergency use authorization for the virus. That is the same compound treatment President Trump received after contracting the coronavirus. But on Monday, the National Institutes of Health, which sponsored the trial, found the drug posed no significant safety risks for patients. Instead, researchers said, “bamlanivimab is unlikely to help hospitalized COVID-19 patients recover from this advanced stage of their disease.”

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Spike in coronavirus cases in Southwest Florida following larger nationwide trend

spike in coronavirus cases in southwest florida following larger nationwide trend

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COVID-19 cases are on the rise in 35 states. In Southwest Florida, we are also seeing more positive cases. Experts say large family gatherings and mixed messages may be to blame.
Governor Ron Desantis says the worst of the pandemic is behind us and says that planning your holiday gatherings is safe and encouraged. Dr. Anthony Facui on the other hand is in support of a nationwide mask mandate. Who is to be believed?
“Is it even safe to do this vaccine? Who do you believe?” asks WINK News Reporter Dannielle Garcia.
While cases are rising in 35 states, some of the midwestern states are up dramatically. In Southwest Florida, not so much.
“It has been very confusing but I guess I don’t have any underlying conditions so I’m going to be cautious but I’m not afraid,” said Vicki Smith, in downtown Fort Myers.
“We just try to err on the side of caution. We just mask up wherever we go we limit our travel,” said Richard Weatherhead.
To add to the confusion, season is coming. Who knows what that will mean?
“We have a bunch of people who come to winter with us and so …

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Drop in non-coronavirus hospitalizations suggests people are skipping key medical care

drop in non-coronavirus hospitalizations suggests people are skipping key medical care

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The studies, released Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, are consistent with previous research showing a decline in non-coronavirus-related hospitalizations across the country since Covid-19 took hold.Researchers from the NYU Grossman School of Medicine examined hospital admissions within the NYU Langone Health system between March and May of 2020, 2019 and 2018. They found a significant decrease in the number of hospitalizations for non-coronavirus conditions, like heart attacks and appendicitis, during the peak of the pandemic. The number of non-Covid hospitalizations dropped to 3,657 in 2020 from 6,411 in 2019 and 5,368 in 2018. The drop in hospitalizations was seen across various conditions, from complications of chronic health conditions, to emergencies and injuries.In a separate study, researchers from the Stanford University and Weill Cornell Medical Centers found a significant drop in hospitalizations across both systems for heart attacks, strokes, appendicitis and bleeding surrounding the brain during the pandemic. Their results included a 39% decrease in heart attacks and 49% decrease in stroke cases at Weill Cornell Medical Center. The researchers noted that their findings, in combination with an increasing number of non-coronavirus at-home deaths, reveal a discouraging pattern.Decline in hospitalizations “I was the attending cardiologist in the intensive care unit in March, as the surge was rising, …

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Wisconsin surpasses 200,000 coronavirus cases

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MADISON (WLUK) — Wisconsin surpassed 200,000 total coronavirus cases on Monday, but the state reported its fewest new cases in two weeks. The Department of Health Services said 2,883 tests came back positive, or 22. 6% of the 12,749 total. Ten new deaths were reported. Those numbers compared to seven-day averages of 3,879 new cases, 25. 4% positive and 27 deaths. Since the pandemic began, there have been 201,049 total cases, nearly 1. 8 million negative tests and 1,788 deaths.

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Why is Chevak seeing a sudden burst of coronavirus cases?

why is chevak seeing a sudden burst of coronavirus cases?

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This article was originally published at KYUK.org and is republished here with permission. ———- The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. recently announced over 140 new cases of COVID-19 in Chevak, seemingly out of nowhere. Mayor Richard Tuluk suggested that the virus had been undetected in Chevak for a long time prior to the explosion of cases. “Some of those first tests we did, we found out that it was not travel related, that it had been here quite a while for quite some time,” Tuluk said. YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges confirmed Tuluk’s explanation for what happened in Chevak. “The people who get infected, especially this time of year, may think that they just have a cold. They may not think anything of it,” Hodges said. “They may feel safe because there haven’t been any confirmed cases in their village, and they may not take the precautions that we know work, such as wearing a face mask and keeping our social circles small, which in some of our villages has allowed the virus to spread undetected.” In this scenario, Hodges said, someone eventually gets tested and YKHC travels to the village to conduct community-wide testing, which reveals how …

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Coronavirus again shadows Trump as he enters final campaign week – Portland Press Herald

coronavirus again shadows trump as he enters final campaign week – portland press herald

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President Trump enters the final week before Election Day with a surge in U.S. coronavirus cases and another White House outbreak threatening efforts to reverse his political fortunes with a string of barnstorming rallies.
Trump started the weekend on a strong note, with campaign aides believing his improved performance in the final debate against Democratic nominee Joe Biden could provide a boost among voters still making up their minds.
But once again, coronavirus intervened.
On Saturday night came news that several people in Vice President Mike Pence’s inner circle had contracted the potentially deadly virus.
Several members of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff have tested positive for COVID-19, even as the Trump campaign tries to downplay the virus. Patrick Semansky/Associated Press
Those testing positive included Pence’s longtime political adviser, Marty Obst, and the vice president’s chief of staff, Marc Short. Another member of Pence’s staff has also been diagnosed with the virus in recent days, according to people familiar with the matter.
Pence had been mostly untouched by the coronavirus cases that swept through the White House in the past month, infecting Trump, the first lady, their teenage son and several top aides. …

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Ohio surges past 200,000 coronavirus cases; 2,116 are new: Monday update

ohio surges past 200,000 coronavirus cases; 2,116 are new: monday update

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The number of newly reported COVID-19 cases increased by 2,116 Monday from the previous day’s report, according to the Ohio Department of Health.Monday’s cases take Ohio to 200,231 total since the pandemic entered the state earlier this year. And Monday’s numbers are above the 21-day rolling average of 1,917 cases. The Department of Health says 159,877 are presumed recovered from COVID-19.The number of people who have died with the coronavirus increased by 11 from Sunday’s report to 5,217. Monday’s deaths were below the 21-day average of 14.The number of cases and deaths doesn’t mean they all occurred in the last 24 hours. There’s a lag between when the deaths occur and when local health departments send the information to the Department of Health.The coronavirus case and death figures are both those confirmed through testing and those the state and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider “probable,” which means they have COVID-19 symptoms and were around someone who was diagnosed with the coronavirus, among other criteria.The median age of people with a case is 41. The median age for death is 80. Eighty-five of Ohio’s 88 counties have had at least one death of a …

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