At least 36 crew members of a passenger ship moored in Norway are infected with the corona virus, including a German citizen. This was announced by the Norwegian shipping company Hurtigruten. 33 affected people came from the Philippines, one from France and one from Norway. None of the infected showed signs of illness.
A total of 154 crew members are still on board the Roald Ammudsen. The expedition ship is anchored in Tromsø in northern Norway and is being isolated there. There were no passengers on board. The ship should have set sail for Spitsbergen on Friday afternoon. However, the trip was canceled after the first infections of four crew members became known on Friday. These four people came to a university hospital.
All passengers on the last two trips of the Roald Ammudsen had participated, had been informed about the corona infection of the crew members. Passengers would have to quarantine for 10 days. According to Norwegian media reports, there are about 380 passengers.
US Study: Children and Adolescents Have “Important Role” in Virus Transmission
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A study of a coronavirus outbreak in a summer camp, according to the CDC, confirms that children of all ages can become infected with the pathogen. Contrary to original assumptions, children and adolescents could also play an “important role” in the transmission of Sars-CoV-2, it said. The study, released on Friday, is also likely to rekindle the debate about reopening schools after the summer vacation in the United States.
The study looks at a coronavirus outbreak that occurred at the end of June in a ten-day vacation camp for children and adolescents in southern Georgia. Of the approximately 600 people present there, only 344 gave the result of a corona test. However, 260 of them had been infected with the corona virus, almost half. Among them were 51 children aged up to ten years, 180 adolescents and 29 adults. Due to the lack of test results, it can be assumed that there were more infections, the study said.
The approximately 250 employees and volunteers in the camp had to wear masks, and around 350 guests between the ages of 6 and 18 had to wear no mouth-nose protection. During their stay of several days, there were numerous outdoor and indoor activities, including “vigorous singing and cheering,” according to the CDC study.
On June 23, two days after the guests’ arrival, a teenager was sent home with symptoms of a cold. After the person tested positive, those responsible closed the camp on June 27th. Of the 136 people who had symptom information, 36 said they had no symptoms. The rest reported fever, headache, and sore throat.
German Corona app is to be tested in the USA
The operator of the Google search engine Alphabet has announced that the Corona app, which was developed together with Apple and is also used in Germany, will be tried out in 20 US states and territories. 45 percent of Americans live in these areas. According to the company, the app is used in 15 countries and the British overseas region of Gibraltar. The app is designed to draw attention to contacts with infected people.
292,000 newly infected people in one day
The World Health Organization (WHO) records a new record in the number of new infections with the corona virus. According to the WHO, 292,000 people worldwide were infected within a day. Most new cases were in North, Central and South America with a total of 172,000. In Brazil, most cases were counted by all countries (69,000). This is followed by the USA (65,000). India stands out among all countries worldwide with 55,000 new infections. 25,000 new infections were registered in Europe. Many of them in Spain with 2800.
In the United States, according to the CDC, 68 042 people have contracted the virus in 24 hours. This increases the number of infected people to more than 4.47 million. Compared to the previous day, 1216 people died. A total of 150 283 Americans have succumbed to the virus.
Bolsonaro: “I have mold in my lungs”
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, infected with the corona virus, described his Covid 19 disease with the words “I have mold in my lungs”. He felt weak on Thursday. He is now taking antibiotics. A virus test last Saturday had been negative. On July 7, Bolsonaro had tested positive for the corona virus.
Despite his own Covid-19 infection, Bolsonaro had always downplayed the pathogen threat. The government in Brasília still does not issue national guidelines and there are no clear responsibilities.
The Latin American country repeatedly records maximum values of new coronavirus infections and deaths. Brazil had 69 694 new cases in 24 hours after days of data transmission problems. The total number of infections increases to more than 2.55 million. Deaths rose by 1595 to 90,134. Both numbers are the highest worldwide after those in the United States. PUC University of Rio de Janeiro estimates that Brazil will hit three million registered infections in the first half of August.
The country of 210 million people had reported about 7,000 corona deaths per week in the past two months. The pandemic has now spread from major urban centers to poorer regions inland.
Deutsche Telekom and SAP to build EU corona warning platform
Deutsche Telekom and SAP are to build a platform for the EU Commission that links the corona warning app of different countries. The mission of the EU Commission was “close to completion,” as a spokesman for Deutsche Telekom confirmed to the German press agency. Previously she had Business week reported.
The planned platform should enable the Corona warning apps from different countries to communicate with each other. In this way, warnings should also be possible across borders and abroad. According to the report, the cooperation will initially affect states that use similar decentralized solutions as Germany. These include the Netherlands, Austria and Denmark.
Telekom and SAP had jointly developed the German Corona warning app. Recently there were problems because the app had sometimes not worked properly. The problems should now be solved. So far, apps from EU countries have not yet been able to communicate across borders and issue warnings.
Fauci calls for US-wide precautionary measures
Leading US health expert Anthony Fauci cannot assess whether the US corona pandemic is nearing its end or is still in its early stages. A forecast is impossible, Fauci told CNN. The length of the pandemic would depend on whether Americans, for example, wore mouth and nose protection, kept a minimum distance and followed other recommendations that stopped the virus from spreading.
All stop signs should be pulled out, said Fauci. “If we do that, I think we are well on the way to getting this under control. If not, then we really cannot make a prediction of how long it will take.” The renowned immunologist is director of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases. He is a consultant to the White House Coronavirus Working Group. Fauci, along with two other health professionals, will testify on Friday at a hearing before a House committee.
Italians denied mask – 500 euro fine in the Netherlands
A man was fined for the first time in the Netherlands for refusing to wear a mask on a plane. A 30-year-old Italian had to pay a fine of 500 euros, the court at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol said. Aircraft is required to wear a mask under Dutch law.
The man had flown with the airline Transavia from the city of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria to Schiphol about a month ago. According to the court, he had refused several times during the flight to follow the instructions of the cabin crew and to put on a face mask. In doing so, he consciously endangered the health of other passengers, the court judged. “These are uncertain times for everyone, and health is a great asset.”
200 euros of the fine were suspended for probation. The public prosecutor had ordered a fine of 300 euros.
India has more than 50,000 new corona infections per day for the first time
India is setting a sad record: in one day, over 50,000 new infections with the virus were recorded in the country for the first time. According to the Ministry of Health, the concrete number was 52,123 on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to almost 1,600,000. More than a million people have recovered.
India has the third most corona cases worldwide, ahead of the United States and Brazil. However, the death rate in India is significantly lower than in the other two countries. In the past 24 hours, 775 people have died from the virus in India, bringing the death toll to almost 35,000 – in the United States and Brazil, there are more than 150,000 and more than 90,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Pelosi imposes a mask requirement in the US Congress
House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, makes masks mandatory for all legislators in her chamber. Republican MP Louis Gohmert from Texas had previously tested positive for Covid-19. Gohmert is known for frequently walking through the halls of the Capitol without a mask.
“Members and staff must wear masks at all times in the hall of the house, except that members can temporarily remove their masks if they are given the floor,” said Pelosi.
At least two other members of the house said they had quarantined themselves after contacting Gohmert. Gohmert should have flown to Texas with President Donald Trump on Wednesday. For this he was routinely tested on Covid-19.