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Trump Faces Backlash For Removing Mask On Return To White House

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United States president Donald Trump has on Monday been criticized for his tweet urging Americans not to fear the COVID-19 disease that has killed more than 210,000 persons in the country as he returned to the White House following three nights in a military hospital where he received experimental treatments to tackle a disease.

Before leaving the hospital, Trump tweeted “I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”

In a move that was criticized by many, Trump wore a mask as he got out of the helicopter that flew him back from the Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington but removed his mask to pose for pictures and salute from the balcony of the White House giving thumbs-up signs.

He later tweeted a video capturing his return to Washington DC, and a message to his supporters said in a video saying “Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it,” he added “I’m better, and maybe I’m immune – I don’t know, get out there. Be careful.”

Last Friday, Trump was admitted to hospital after being diagnosed with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

In a report by Reuters quoting William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville said “I was aghast when he said COVID should not be feared.”

He added “This is a disease that is killing around a thousand people a day, has torpedoed the economy, put people out of work. This is a virus that should be both respected and feared.”

Also, Democratic Senator Chris Coons tweeted “This is a tragic failure of leadership.”

Earlier on Sunday, Infected and contagious president Trump briefly left his hospital suite and took a motorcade ride in front of the hospital grounds saluting supporters who had gathered there since Friday. The Republican president is running for re-election against Democrat Joe Biden in the November 3 election.

The US has had 7.4 million cases of COVID-19 with its death toll higher than anywhere else.

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UK Approves Pfizer/BioNTech COVID Vaccine For Rollout Next Week

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The United Kingdom has on Wednesday approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine opening the way for mass immunization which will begin next week for those most at risk across the UK.

Before decisions by the US and Europe, the British government has become the first western country to license a vaccine against Covid after it was authorized for emergency use by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA)

The MHRA was given power to approve the vaccine by the government under special regulations before 1 January, when it will become fully responsible for medicines authorization in the UK after Brexit.

Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine which the UK has bought 40m doses has shown to be 95% effective in its final trials with no serious side effects against a virus that’s killed nearly 1.5 million persons globally.

According to a Department of Health and Social Care spokesman “the government has today accepted the recommendation from the MHRA to approve Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for use.

It added in the statement that “this follows months of rigorous clinical trials and a thorough analysis of the data by experts at the MHRA who have concluded that the vaccine has met its strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness

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Canada: COVID-19 Death Toll Exceeds 12000

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Canada’s COVID-19 deaths have passed another grim milestone of 12, 000 fatalities.

The country also recorded fifty-four hundred sixty-eight new cases of coronavirus infections which pushed the total number of confirmed cases to 370,014.  More than 290,000 persons have recovered from the virus.

A new report from an epidemiological analysis showed about 90 per cent of those who died were seniors, from 70 years and older.

The data also shows a significant increase in patients hospitalized from the virus.

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New York City Will Reopen Elementary Schools And Reduce Hybrid Learning

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New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has confirmed public elementary schools will begin reopening next Monday.

The largest public school system in the country closed in November when the city reached a seven-day covid-19 testing positivity average of 3%.

Meanwhile, middle and high schools will remain closed. There are more than one million students in New York City’s public school system, and around 330,000 students could be eligible to return to school under this plan.

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