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Boris Johnson Jokes With CEOs That Ventilator Crisis Should Be Called ‘Operation Last Gasp’: Report

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come under fire for mismanaging his country’s response to the covid-19 crisis in the UK, almost as poorly as President Donald Trump across the Atlantic. But Johnson’s latest comments, made on a conference call with British CEOs, might be the worst thing he’s said yet about the pandemic. Johnson reportedly suggested calling the UK’s desperate efforts to produce more ventilators, “Operation Last Gasp,” according to a new report from Politico EU. Read More >>

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Twitter Tells Employees Worldwide to Work From Home As Coronavirus Death Toll Climbs

Twitter has announced that employees are encouraged to work from home in an effort to stop the spread of a novel coronavirus that has infected at least 105 people in 15 states and killed six people in the U.S. The San Francisco-based social media company is believed to be the first major U.S. firm to announce a work-from-home policy as companies around the world enact new plans to fight COVID-19. Read More >>

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Amazon Warns Sellers Not to Gouge Users on Face Masks as Prices Skyrocket on Coronavirus Fears

Amazon is warning third-party sellers on its Marketplace platform not to gouge customers on protective face masks as the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak continues to spread internationally and becomes increasingly likely to hit the U.S., emails obtained by Wired show. Read More >>

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Iran Denies Cover-Up After Lawmaker Contradicts Official Coronavirus Figures, Says 50 Dead

A member of Iran’s parliament announced on Monday that 50 people had died from the new coronavirus in the city of Qom and accused Iran’s Health Ministry of covering up the true extent of the outbreak in the country. The Health Ministry claims just 12 people have died in Iran from COVID-19, with 66 people sick from the disease. The official numbers in Iran were up from a total of 8 deaths and 43 illnesses reported on Sunday. Read More >>

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2 Cruise Ship Passengers Die of Coronavirus, Raising Death Toll Outside China to 11

Two passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship currently docked in Yokohama, Japan have died from COVID-19, according to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK. They’re the first passengers from the cruise ship to die since it was put under quarantine on February 5, raising Japan’s death toll from the new coronavirus to three. Read More >>

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With the Arrival of Infected Cruise Ship Passengers, U.S. Practically Doubles Its Cases of Coronavirus

On Monday, the U.S. flew in more than 300 Americans after they spent almost two weeks stuck on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which had seen hundreds of its passengers test positive for COVID-19, the official name for the coronavirus. However, among the people that went back to the U.S. were 14 passengers that tested positive for the coronavirus, an unexpected turn of events. Read More >>

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What Are We Most Likely Going to Be Dying From in the Future?

It is easy to be smug about the blindspots of the past. Lead paint, cigarettes, cocaine in Coca Cola – could they really not have known? Such are the things we think, as we heedlessly Juul, pump ourselves with radiation, and fill prescriptions for pills whose long-term side effects have yet to be determined. All of these things might turn out to be fine; and we are, in any case, more attuned than ever to the ways we might be killing ourselves, whether or not we choose to do anything about it. But the killers of the future – the causes and the sicknesses themselves – may not arrive in a form we’re expecting. For this week’s Giz Asks, we reached out to a number of experts for a clearer sense of what we’ll be dying from in the future. Read More >>

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Violent Stomach Bug Outbreak Forces 22,000 Students to Miss School

An entire school district in the US comprised of more than 40 schools has been closed down due to a violent stomach bug. The outbreak has provided about 22,000 students and 2,785 teachers and workers with an extended break. Read More >>

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Don’t Panic About the ‘Black Death Plague’

You may have seen alarming headlines this week warning of the “Black Death plague” that’s believed to have infected two people in China. But while there are real reasons for public health officials and residents in that area of the world to be concerned, there’s no reason to fear a deadly pandemic. Read More >>

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World Health Organization Says Tanzania Is Withholding Info on Suspected Ebola Cases

In a statement on Saturday, the World Health Organization (WHO) accused the government of Tanzania of deliberately withholding information about suspected cases of Ebola virus disease, the Washington Post reported. The allegation follows reports of multiple cases throughout the nation, beginning in the capital city of Dar es Salaam, after which WHO said it was shut out from blood tests and informed by Tanzanian officials that the Ebola virus had been ruled out. Read More >>

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Uhh, Part of the Facility Where Russia Stores Smallpox and Ebola Exploded

An explosion at Russia’s State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology (Vector) resulted in a fire, glass blown out throughout the building, and one worker suffering third degree burns on Monday, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. Vector is one of the only two places in the world where live smallpox virus samples are officially stored, as well as retains stocks of other deadly pathogens including the Ebola virus and anthrax spores. Read More >>

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Plague-Infected Prairie Dogs Force Areas in the US to Be Closed to Public

Plague-infected fleas affecting prairie dog colonies have forced closures in parts of the US state of Colorado, including wildlife areas and a suburb of the city of Denver, as authorities say the fleas could spread the disease to pets and people. Read More >>

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US Military’s Deadly Germ Lab Shut Down Due to Sloppy Work, Leaky Equipment

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shut down a leading American military research facility for failing to meet established safety standards, halting important research into some of the world’s most dangerous pathogens and toxins. Read More >>

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Tourist Infected by Brain-Invading Parasite After Eating Slug on a Dare in Hawaii

Health officials in the US state of Hawaii are warning residents and visitors to avoid slugs, snails, and rats after the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that three travellers visiting the state were recently infected with rat lungworm disease. One visitor got the disease because the individual ate a slug. Read More >>

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Researchers Say They’ve Created a Blood Test for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Researchers at Stanford University and elsewhere say they’ve taken an important step in potentially helping people with a barely understood ailment that’s long been viewed sceptically by the public and even some doctors. They claim to have created a blood test that may be able to readily identify people who have myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Read More >>