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New York’s Governor Put Out An Urgent Plea For Medical Volunteers

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New York's Governor Put Out An Urgent Plea For Medical Volunteers

Amid mounting number of coronavirus deaths in New York, governor Andrew Cuomo has on Monday appealed for medical volunteers as he and health officials warned that the crisis unfolding in New York City is just a preview of what other communities across the United States could soon face.

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Cuomo pleaded as the number of dead in New York State climbed past 1,200, with most of those victims dying in New York City. Cuomo pleaded saying “please come help us in New York now. We need relief.”

Cuomo said “anyone who says this situation is a New York City-only situation is in a state of denial. You see this virus move across the state, you see this virus move across the nation. There is no American who is immune to this virus.”

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Even before the governor’s appeal, close to 80,000 former nurses, doctors and other professionals were stepping up to volunteer, and a Navy hospital ship, also sent to the city after 9/11, had arrived with 1,000 beds to relieve pressure on overwhelmed hospitals.

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More than 160,000 infections have been recorded in the U.S. with over 3,000 deaths.

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Global Coronavirus Cases Surpass 30 Million

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Global Coronavirus Cases Surpass 30 Million

Johns Hopkins University says more than 30 million people around the world have tested positive for coronavirus infection, and more than 20 million of them have recovered.

New Zealand reported no new cases of the coronavirus for the first time in five weeks as Australia’s Victoria City experienced a spike in infections.

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Canada’s top medical officer, dr. Theresa tam, has warned of a resurgence and that the country could lose its ability to manage the pandemic because of a spike in new COVID-19 cases.

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Authorities have also set a new rule, clamping down on parties, and fines for people who hold social gatherings in defiance of new limits.

Meanwhile, the European Medicines Agency has endorsed the use of widely known steroid dexamethasone for the treatment of COVID-19 patients on oxygen or mechanical ventilation.

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EU Endorses Dexamethasone For Patients On Oxygen Therapy

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EU Endorses Dexamethasone For Patients On Oxygen Therapy

The European health regulator has on Friday endorsed using dexamethasone to treat severely ill COVID-19 patients with breathing difficulty, paving way for the steroidal medication to possibly become the region’s second approved medication for the illness.

Back in July, Gilead’s antiviral drug, remdesivir, was the first to be approved for COVID-19 by Europe a month after the EMA endorsed the drug.

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And now, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said based on its review of results of a study by UK researchers, it concluded that dexamethasone – a commonly used drug against a range of inflammatory conditions – can be considered a treatment option in adults and adolescents needing oxygen therapy or mechanical ventilation.

While approvals are up to the European commission, it typically follows the EMA’s recommendation for its decision.

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The EMA said the recommended dose in adults and adolescents, from 12 years of age and weighing at least 40 kgs, is 6 milligrams once a day for up to 10 days.

On Friday, the global confirmed coronavirus cases surpassed 30 million as the number of deaths from virus neared one million.

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According to data by the Johns Hopkins University, some 20.4 million persons have recovered from the disease worldwide.

The United States remains the worst-hit country in the world, logging more than 6.7 million cases. India and Brazil had 5.1 million and 4.4 million cases, respectively.

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Liberia: Health Workers Declare Nationwide Strike

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Liberia: Health Workers Declare Nationwide Strike

Liberia health care workers have begun an indefinite strike. The nurses and healthcare workers in the country started the stay at home action after a two-week notice they had earlier given the government to meet their demands expired.

Local reporters calling the radio programme from different parts of the country said the strike was ongoing at many health facilities.

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The workers want basic working materials, protective equipment, better salaries, and the right to form a union.

The leader of the workers, Joseph Tamba said on Wednesday he had gone into hiding because he was receiving threats. Information minister Eugene Nagbe has disputed his claim.

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Meanwhile, the minister said the government had made “some overtures” to address the healthcare workers’ concerns.

He warned that the names of those who will continue with the strike action “will be removed from the payroll and replaced” in accordance with, what he called the civil service law.

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