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20/10/2020

Uganda arrests travellers with fake Covid-19 test documents

Police in Uganda have arrested 25 travellers suspected of presenting forged Covid-19 test certificates.

 

Some 23 travellers were arrested on Sunday while checking in at Entebbe International airport near the capital, Kampala, while two others were apprehended on arrival.

 

The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson, Vianney Luggya, said the suspects are being held by aviation police. They will face charges of forgery and uttering of false documents.

 

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Woman dies of coronavirus on plane after struggling to breathe

An aeroplane passenger who died after complaining of breathing difficulties while waiting to takeoff had coronavirus, officials have said.

 

The woman, in her 30s, was given oxygen while the plane waited on the runway prior to a scheduled flight from Arizona to Texas, US, in July.

 

She had underlying health problems.

 

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins confirmed the death was Covid-19-related on Sunday, around 12 weeks after the unnamed woman died on July 25.

 

  

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Irish government to move the country to the highest level of coronavirus restrictions

The Irish government is to move the country to the highest level of coronavirus restrictions, broadly similar to the spring lockdown.

 

Cabinet ministers have agreed to level five restrictions from midnight on Wednesday in a bid to combat the rise in cases.

 

The restrictions are to last for six weeks but will be reviewed after four.

 

Under the rules, people will only be able to exercise within 5km (3 miles) of their home.

 

However, schools and creches will remain open and elite sport and construction will continue.

 

  

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UK push to 'give people Covid' for vaccine trial

The UK is pushing ahead to be the first nation to carry out "human challenge" studies where up to 90 healthy people will be deliberately exposed to Covid.

 

The trials, which could begin in January, aim to speed up the race to get a Covid-19 vaccine.

 

The government is putting £33.6m towards the groundbreaking work.

 

Safety will be the number one priority, experts insist. 

 

Human challenge studies provide a faster way to test vaccines because you don't have to wait for people to be exposed to an illness naturally.

 

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Argentina's confirmed cases surpass one million

Argentina has become the fifth country in the world to record one million confirmed coronavirus cases.

 

In the past 24 hours, there were 12,982 new infections, pushing the overall number to 1,002,662, the country's health ministry said.

 

It reported 451 new deaths, bringing the nation's toll to 26,716.

 

With a population of about 45 million, Argentina is the smallest nation to have passed the one million mark.

 

It follows the US, India, Brazil and Russia - all of whom have far bigger populations.

 

 

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Nigeria’s Covid-19 task force has warned protests could increase Covid-19 cases

Nigeria’s Covid-19 task force has warned that the country could see a spike in coronavirus cases due to the ongoing anti-police brutality protests.

 

The task force chairman Boss Mustapha said protesters do not adhere to Covid-19 safety protocols such as wearing face masks and social distancing.

 

He described the protests going on across the country as "super-spreader events" and asked people to stay away from the protests.

 

Nigeria has so far recorded 61,558 confirmed cases with 56,697 recoveries and 1,125 deaths, according to the country's health ministry.

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Man unable to talk for eight years starts speaking minutes after taking sleeping tablet

A man who had been unable to talk or move for eight years miraculous woke up and asked for fast-food after being given a sleeping pill.

 

The 20-year-old, referred to only as Richard in medical journal Cortex, had suffered severe brain damage after choking on meat.

 

It left him with akinetic mutism, a rare mental state where people cannot speak, eat or move, but can still open their eyes.

 

Richard, now 37, regained full consciousness, recognised his family and asked to speak to his father after a dose of Zolpidem.

 

He even managed to get out of his wheelchair and walk with the help of doctors.

 

  

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