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    by Kimberly James   Connecticut Senate Republicans are proposing measures to help stem the tide of drug overdose deaths, particularly from fentanyl. Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly, R-Monroe, told the The Center Square the opioid epidemic is a public health and safety crisis in the state. “It has destroyed lives and taken the lives of far too many; illicitly manufactured fentanyl has caused this crisis to explode even further,” Kelly said. “Deaths from overdoses, and particularly overdoses from fentanyl, are increasing at alarming rates.” Kelly reported that of the 1,374 lives lost in Connecticut to overdoses in 2020, 84% involved fentanyl, a tripling of the percentage of deaths involving the drug over the past five years. A Connecticut child died recently after ingesting fentanyl in school. Forty bags were found in the school and 100 more bags were found in the child’s home. “Combating the opioid crisis and the deadly nature of fentanyl requires a comprehensive approach with continued support for substance abuse treatment, access to lifesaving measures, and strong penalties for the trafficking of such a deadly substance,” Kelly...
    BERLIN (AP) — The German parliament will not extend the “epidemic situation of national scope” when it expires next month, but will keep in place certain measures to check the spread of the coronavirus, lawmakers said on Wednesday. Leading members of the country’s parliament, or Bundestag, said that although coronavirus infections have been rising again recently, they did not see the need to prolong the “epidemic situation” which it was first declared in March 2020 and has been repeatedly extended since then. They said that the situation had fundamentally changed due to the fact that about two-thirds of the population had been vaccinated against the virus. The health emergency situation declaration had enabled federal and state governments to order key coronavirus measures without the approval of the national and regional parliaments. “There will no more be school closures, lockdowns or curfews again,” said Dirk Wiese, the deputy head of the center-left Social Democrats parliamentary group. He added that the pandemic still needed to be handled responsibly, but that restrictions on civil rights needed to be eased again. Despite the Nov....
    May 15, 2021 at 9:25 p.m. Image source,E.P.A. Picture with text, Taiwanese people line up to test new crown pneumonia virus. Taiwan’s new crown pneumonia epidemic has worsened. Taiwan’s executive chairman Xu Jenshang held a press conference on Saturday (May 15) to announce the need for “big, strong and immediate and standardized” measures to control the epidemic. Taipei and the city of New Taipei are prohibited from gathering more than 5 people inside the house and 10 people outside, from the next level to the third level. As of Friday (May 15) there are 180 new local cases and five imported cases. This is the number of cases registered in a single day. All Taiwanese leisure and recreational areas, fitness centers, etc. should be closed, temples should stop selling incense and related religious activities, and churches should implement measures such as social exclusion. Image source,Reuters Picture with text, Taipei citizens rushed to the supermarket to buy daily necessities. Image source,Reuters Picture with text, China Airlines cargo pilots are believed to be the source of the explosion. Taiwan has been able...
    While COVID-19 has dominated our public health discussions over the last year, we have failed to adequately address another deadly epidemic. This epidemic affects more than 300 people every day in the United States and has a fatality rate of about 30%. It claims the lives of more than 3,000 American children and teens per year. This uniquely American epidemic is one of gun violence. And just like any public health crisis, there is no one easy fix. Consider cancer. Though we sometimes refer to this constellation of diseases as a monolith, there are, of course, many different forms of cancer, each with its own presentation, at-risk patient populations and modes of prevention. And while there is no single intervention that will uniformly cut down on all morbidity and mortality due to cancer, we have nevertheless spent the last century and then some working on ways to screen for, treat and reduce the risk of getting cancer, in all its forms. Similarly, there are many forms of gun violence. And while mass shootings tend to garner the most attention, such...
    The restrictions in force since mid-March in 19 departments will be extended to the entire territory for four weeks from Saturday in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic, Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday. Emmanuel Macron spoke to the French this Wednesday evening to announce new measures to curb the epidemic. He called on the French on Wednesday to “mobilize everyone” during the month of April in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic, ensuring that “if we know how to remain united, united, then we will see the end of the tunnel”. The restrictions in force since mid-March in 19 departments, including the curfew at 7 p.m. and the restriction on movement to 10 km from his home, will be extended to the entire territory for four weeks from Saturday against the Covid-19 epidemic, Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday. These measures, already in place in Ile-de-France and in Hauts-de-France, include the closure of certain shops and the ban on moving more than 10 km, said the head of state. Nurseries, schools, colleges and high schools close for...
    Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday called on the French to “mobilize everyone” during the month of April in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic, assuring that “if we know how to remain united, united, then we will see the end of the tunnel”. Emmanuel Macron spoke to the French this Wednesday evening to announce new measures to curb the epidemic. He called on the French on Wednesday to “mobilize everyone” during the month of April in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic , assuring that “if we know how to remain united, united, then we will see the end of the tunnel”. The restrictions in force since mid-March in 19 departments will be extended to the entire territory for four weeks from Saturday in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic, Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday. These measures, already in place in Ile-de-France and in Hauts-de-France, include the closure of certain shops and the ban on moving more than 10 km, said the head of state. Nurseries, schools, colleges and high schools close for three weeks. The school...
    Despite the outbreak of the epidemic, France has opted for confinement of the “third type”. A lockdown which is no longer really a lockdown and which worries epidemiologists. “Iwhat is he waiting for? “. This is the question posed by the daily “Liberation” in the face of Emmanuel Macron’s attitude, on the front page of its Tuesday edition. Calls from doctors, teachers, elected officials, neighboring countries that filter at the borders, October peak exceeded in intensive care, rarely the pressure on Emmanuel Macron has been so strong to dictate a turn of the screw that he is has so far been refused to take. It has been twice, on January 29 and March 18, that the Head of State decided to take less stringent measures than those demanded by experts despite a high rate of cases, counting on stabilization with vaccination. “Hospitals submerged, epidemic out of control, classes that close, sluggish vaccination … If Emmanuel Macron does not intend to do any” mea culpa “, the violence of the third wave places in particular the Ile de France...
    France is entering a decisive week under the pressure of the third wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, the outbreak of which is causing the increase in alarm signals at the hospital and calls for stricter measures. Saturation of hospitals, outdated schools: will there be an additional turn of the screw this week? “Nothing is decided”, answers Emmanuel Macron in the Journal du dimanche. “For the next few days, we will be looking at the effectiveness of the braking measures and we will take the necessary ones if necessary”, underlines the Head of State in this interview carried out Friday evening, while the health situation is again qualified as “critical” by the executive. A defense council is to be held on Wednesday to decide on a possible toughening of the measures. Because the scenario anticipated in January by epidemiologists has proven to be correct: the epidemic progressed almost everywhere in France in March, pushed by the English variant, considered more contagious and more virulent. The number of patients in intensive care rose to 4,791 on Saturday evening, approaching the peak...
    Face in a “critical” epidemic situation, the authorities on Saturday stepped up checks to enforce the travel ban, while calls are increasing for much stricter restrictions and an expansion of the vaccination campaign. Since midnight Friday, three departments – Rhône, Aube and Nièvre – have been subject to restrictive measures already in force in 16 others, including Paris and its region. On the program: no trips over 10 km without derogation, no leaving the territory without a compelling reason, shops closed and half-classes in high school. Saturday morning, Gare Montparnasse in Paris, “a dozen teams are mobilized against two to three in normal times”, explained to . a police captain, specifying that the controls were accentuated “at rush hour”. Defense Council Wednesday “Nothing is decided”, assures Emmanuel Macron in the Journal du Dimanche. “For the next few days, we will look at the effectiveness of the braking measures and if necessary we will take those that are necessary. But at this time nothing has been decided,” said the French president. Macron also...
    The French president believes he was “right not to reconfine France”, but announces the coming of new measures in the coming days. Emmanuel Macron also addressed the French vaccination campaign and the European recovery. EMManuel Macron said Thursday he was “right not to reconfine France” at the end of January, refusing any “mea culpa” despite the epidemic resurgence of Covid-19 currently observed. “I can tell you: we were right not to reconfine France at the end of January because there was not the explosion which was foreseen by all the models”, pleaded the chief. of the State in a press conference at the Elysee Palace at the end of a European summit by videoconference. “I can tell you that I have no mea culpa to do, no remorse, no failure”, he insisted, while criticism is increasing in the face of a sharp deterioration in the health situation in France . Returning to the reasons which guided his decision, Mr. Macron acknowledged that there was “a risk” because “the virus was running”. “But we considered that with the curfew...
    The departments of Aube, Nièvre and Rhône will be added to the sixteen subjected since Saturday to reinforced braking measures to face the new outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic, pending an acceleration of vaccination. “Consultations will take place this afternoon” to put these departments under a reinforced regime, announced government spokesman Gabriel Attal on Wednesday after the Council of Ministers, held in the wake of a new health defense council. Read also: Covid-19: 16 departments confined for a month including those of Ile-de-France The incidence rate in the Rhône, and in particular in Lyon, is approaching the 400 mark, to 383 per 100,000 inhabitants, and reaches 329 in the Nièvre and 445 in the Aube, according to Public Health France. “I was speaking in front of you two weeks ago of heavy weather ahead; we are there,” he said. “The epidemic situation is bad and we must act, go further, where the virus circulates the most, where the general dynamic is the strongest, where the hospital is the most tested”. The government remains faithful to its strategy of territorialization...
    “This recovery is in reality outlining what looks more and more clearly to a third wave, even as we are approaching the terrible figure of 100,000 deaths”, underlined the head of government. LThe progression of the epidemic is accelerating markedly “with 38,000 cases of Covid-19 Wednesday, 35,000 Thursday and new cases increasing” by 23.6% in one week “, lamented Prime Minister Jean Castex to justify the news health restriction measures. “This recovery is in reality outlining what looks more and more clearly to a third wave, even as we are approaching the terrible figure of 100,000 deaths”, underlined the head of government. New massive braking measures ”of the Covid-19 epidemic will be imposed in 16 departments, including those of Ile-de-France and Hauts-de-France, from Saturday for four weeks, announced Thursday Jean Castex. New measures in 16 departments: “To slow down the epidemic, we must reduce (…) the opportunities for contact in closed places,” explained Jean Castex. “Closing some of the shops must contribute to this, regardless of the specific risks associated with their frequentation”. “For the sake of...
    Although it is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, the former British colony has generally succeeded in bringing the pandemic under control. It only totals 11,000 cases and 200 deaths linked to the coronavirus in one year. But this accounting result was obtained at the cost of some of the most drastic restrictive measures in the world. Anyone who tests positive for the coronavirus is immediately hospitalized in isolation, whether or not showing symptoms, and those considered “close contacts” are sent for two weeks to government-operated quarantine camps. Finally, most people entering the territory must observe a quarantine of three weeks in dedicated hotels, at their expense. If, also in the context of the ongoing Chinese political repression, these measures have not yet given rise to any major challenges, indignation has started to rise in recent weeks due to the weariness of part of the country. the population facing restrictions which seem to be becoming permanent. Anger is mounting on social media over the practice of separating children from their parents in segregation units, with...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — In the newest figures in the city’s carjacking crisis, carjackings now total 367 so far this year, and Chicago Police said they have made 73 arrests. On Tuesday night, rideshare drivers said they have had enough of the carjackings. CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar met up with some drivers who took their safety demands right to Uber and Lyft. READ MORE: Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas Stands By Remarks That She Does Not Want To See A Target In Water Tower Place The drivers taped their list of demands on the doors at Uber and Lyft in Chicago – asking for serious changes to the app that they say will put drivers safety first. “About 10 seconds, and you know, they pulled the gun,” said rideshare driver Mustafa Alawsi. “They asked me out. They took my phone.” Alawsi said he was carjacked last year. “They think it’s funny, the way they toy with our lives,” he said. Last week, a 48-year-old rideshare driver was shot in the chest and carjacked as he dropped passengers off on the...
    The Prime Minister, Jean Castex, and the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, give a press conference at 6 p.m. this Thursday, in order to take stock of the epidemiological situation in France. “It has been almost a year since the coronavirus epidemic broke out,” the Prime Minister began. “The health situation in our country has deteriorated in recent days”. 30,000 positive cases have been identified, a record figure since last November. It is especially the British variant which circulates in the country, and which worries the authorities because of its “higher” contagiousness, specified the Prime Minister. Jean Castex was very pleased with the decision of the executive not to completely reconfine the country. “Our objective remains the same: to hold on, while preserving the economy,” he said. “Our choice not to confine, however, requires rapid reactions to changes in the situation.” Jean Castex returned to the latest measures taken by the French government, such as the re-containment in the agglomerations of Nice and Dunkirk. Around twenty departments under enhanced surveillance Ile-de-France, part of Hauts de...
    At least three people have died and four others have been infected with Ebola, leading officials to declare an epidemic in Guinea, the Associated Press reported Monday. The outbreak started around the southern town of N’Zerekore where people started experiencing diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding after burying a nurse in February, the AP reported. Two women and one man have died of the seven found to be infected, all of whom were over 25 years old. “The government reassures the population that all measures are being taken to stem this epidemic as quickly as possible. It invites the populations of the affected areas to respect hygiene and prevention measures and to report to health authorities in the presence of suggestive signs,” Guinea’s Minister of Health Remy Lamah said, the AP reported. An Ebola outbreak was declared today in Guinea. This is in addition to the Ebola outbreak declared in DR Congo earlier this week. And of course a year of the COVID19 pandemic. We don’t need any more evidence that pandemic preparedness must be prioritized and properly funded. — Craig Spencer...
    The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) determined that state governments have the power to dictate urgent measures due to the pandemic of covid-19. This, after the Second Chamber of the highest court in the country recognized the validity of two decrees issued by the government of Sonora, regarding the declaration of health emergency due to the new coronavirus and the provisions for the reopening of economic activities in the state. These issues derived from a couple of constitutional controversies promoted by the municipalities of Ures and Guaymas, against said declarations, which represented the first to bring the issue of covid-19 to the SCJN, arguing that the measures that the state government I take were insufficient to combat the spread of the pandemic. The City Council of Ures explained in its demand that even said measures were contrary to the guidelines of the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization. However, the ministers unanimously approved the project prepared by Minister Yasmín Esquivel Mossa, in which she concluded that, although the decrees regulate issues related to general...
    Chinese authorities are further tightening epidemic prevention measures and building a new isolation center in the hardest-hit city to cope with a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. The Chinese mainland on Sunday reported 109 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 93 locally transmitted cases and 16 imported ones, the National Health Commission said Monday. Of the locally transmitted cases, 54 were reported in Hebei, 30 in Jilin, seven in Heilongjiang, and two in Beijing, the commission said in its daily report. Beijing on Monday designated one community in southern Daxing District as medium-risk for COVID-19, after two new locally transmitted cases were reported in the area on Sunday. The two local cases were reported in Ronghui Community in Daxing’s Tiangongyuan neighborhood on Sunday, said Liu Xiaofeng, deputy director of the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention, at a press conference on Monday. A total of 43 close contacts of the two confirmed cases have been placed under medical observation, added Liu. The city now has six areas that are classified as medium-risk for COVID-19. No new confirmed cases or asymptomatic...
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