Day: August 1, 2020
Children under the age of five have between 10 to 100 times greater levels of the genetic material of the coronavirus in their noses compared to older children and adults, a study in JAMA Pediatrics said Thursday. That these young children might be important drivers of Covid-19 transmission within communities — is a suggestion at odds with the current prevailing narrative.
The first dog to test positive for the coronavirus in the United States has died, National Geographic magazine reported, after struggling with symptoms that may be familiar to many of the virus’s human sufferers. Buddy the seven-year-old German shepherd got sick in April, around the same time his owner Robert Mahoney was recovering from Covid-19, as per the magazine.
AstraZeneca has been granted protection from future product liability claims related to its Covid-19 vaccine hopeful by most of the countries with which it has struck supply agreements. With 25 companies testing their vaccine candidates on humans, the question of who pays for any claims for damages in case of side effects has been a tricky point in supply negotiations.
Nepal will reopen its Himalayan mountains including Mount Everest to climbers for the autumn season, officials said on Thursday, to boost the tourism-dependent economy despite rising coronavirus infections. Home to eight of the world’s 14 tallest mountains, Nepal shut down climbing and trekking in March to stem Covid-19 which has infected 19,547 and killed 52.
Just days after her husband said he had overcome the virus with a negative test following weeks in quarantine, Bolsonaro’s wife Michelle has tested positive, the presidential office said in a statement. Earlier on Thursday, Brazil’s science and technology minister, Marcos Pontes, said his test had come back positive, becoming the fifth minister in Bolsonaro’s government to be diagnosed with the disease.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was discharged from a hospital in the capital Riyadh after more than a week following surgery to remove his gall bladder, the Royal Court said. The court said in a statement late Thursday the monarch, 84, left the Hospital after a recovery. News of his improved health comes just as Saudis mark the start of the Eid al-Adha festival on Friday.