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  • Hungary now has more deaths per million than Gibraltar.
    If you exclude mini states, it had already replaced Czech Rep as the worst country. The current worst ten, excluding the micro states are:

    1. Hungary.
    2. Czech Rep.
    3. Bosnia & Herzegovina.
    4. Montenegro.
    5. Bulgaria.
    6. North Macedonia.
    7. Slovakia.
    8. Belgium.
    9. Slovenia.
    !0. Italy.

    Croatia is #16, and Serbia is #53. However, there is serious undercount in Serbia, according to the Economist article posted above.

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    • Originally posted by xw View Post

      And basically every new active odd case since last April was met with military-like measures. Everywhere the infected person has been to before diagnosis will be shown to the public, anyone the person might have had close contact with will also receive a house quarantine. All these data provided by the phone company...sometimes this kind of too detailed "routes and people met" info draws a lot of attention and gossips especially if it tells a lecherous narrative, but the novelty wore off pretty soon and people no longer give a damn.
      This is basically how measles is treated in the US today, though only the unvaccinated who were exposed would be subject to quarantine. There was a kerfuffle in the midwest a few years ago, when a guy might have been exposed to measles (turns out he wasn't), couldn't prove he had been vaccinated as a kid, was ordered to quarantine, near the end he snuck out and went to the gym, faced criminal charges. He had not actually been exposed to measles and he probably was vaccinated.

      So maybe USA is not treating COVID the same way, but our (relatively) free country has the power to do basically the same thing, and does use that power sometimes.

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      • India Covid: Hospitals overwhelmed as deaths pass 200,000

        https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-56919924

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        • Gov. WV reportedly ready to propose a $100 Savings Bond for those who get vaccinated. About 50% have gone the shots route: they would get 'paid' as well. Half WV citizens have got nothing so far. They do not seem inclined to do so.

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          • It's worth remembering that while India's Covid-19 caseload is bad -- the rest of South Asia is also experiencing a massive surge in cases. And, as in most of the develop world, these countries don't have a consistent supply of vaccines.



            https://mobile.twitter.com/AkhilBery...ho-to-blame%2F

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            • India Blames a Virus Variant as Its Covid-19 Crisis Deepens


              Doctors, the public and the media point to anecdotal evidence of infections even among the vaccinated. Scientists say the data is too thin and cite other reasons behind the country’s second wave.
              NEW DELHI — At Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, a huge facility in the middle of India’s capital, 37 fully vaccinated doctors came down with Covid-19 earlier this month.

              The infections left most with mild symptoms, but it added to their growing fears that the virus behind India’s catastrophic second wave is different. They wonder if a more contagious variant that dodges the immune system could be fueling the epidemic inside the world’s hardest-hit nation.

              So far the evidence is inconclusive, and researchers caution that other factors could explain the viciousness of the outbreak, which has overwhelmed India’s capital so quickly that hospitals are entirely overrun and crematories burn nonstop. Still, the presence of the variant could complicate the taming of India’s Covid-19 disaster.

              “The current wave of Covid has a different clinical behavior,” said Dr. Sujay Shad, a senior cardiac surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, where two of the doctors needed supplemental oxygen to recover. “It’s affecting young adults. It’s affecting families. It’s a new thing altogether. Two-month-old babies are getting infected.”


              https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/28/w...n=World%20News

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              • Originally posted by polevaultpower View Post

                This is basically how measles is treated in the US today, though only the unvaccinated who were exposed would be subject to quarantine. There was a kerfuffle in the midwest a few years ago, when a guy might have been exposed to measles (turns out he wasn't), couldn't prove he had been vaccinated as a kid, was ordered to quarantine, near the end he snuck out and went to the gym, faced criminal charges. He had not actually been exposed to measles and he probably was vaccinated.

                So maybe USA is not treating COVID the same way, but our (relatively) free country has the power to do basically the same thing, and does use that power sometimes.
                Perhaps because it will become another matter, and the consequences are much more weighty, when it's done on a much bigger scale?

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                • Uh-Oh. NJ Governor Murphy says voters in the 6/7 primary will be required to wear a mask. Sounds like voter suppression to me. :-)

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                  • Meanwhile....

                    An ABC poll claims that vaccine uptake “intention” has improved since January. This has been cited by experts to claim that vaccine hesitancy is not the issue with “plateauing” vaccinations. In reality, the vaccine program is in free fall—1st doses are down over 40% and falling:

                    https://mobile.twitter.com/FT__Dan/s...wocking.com%2F

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                    • As India’s virus caseload reaches new highs, its vaccination drive is faltering.

                      With India preparing to make residents 18 and older eligible for a coronavirus vaccine starting Saturday, Dr. Aqsa Shaikh emailed the country’s largest drug manufacturer this week asking for doses for the vaccination center she runs in New Delhi.

                      The response was not encouraging: The company, the Serum Institute of India, said it was so overwhelmed by demand that it could take five or six months for Dr. Shaikh to get the 3,000 doses per month she requested.

                      “When I read that email, images of mass burials appeared in front of my eyes,” she said. “We may have to shut down the center now if the government doesn’t chip in.”

                      Mass vaccinations could be the only way for India to curb its outbreak. The health ministry on Thursday reported more than 375,000 cases and more than 3,600 deaths, and hospitals warned of critical shortages of ventilator beds, medical oxygen, medicines and other lifesaving supplies.

                      On Wednesday, the U.S. government authorized families of diplomats to leave India and advised other Americans there to leave “as soon as it is safe to do so.”


                      https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/04...-cases-vaccine

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                        • The NJ retransmission rate plummeted to 0.63 which is the lowest it has been during the pandemic. Anything under 1.0 means the trend of the pandemic is shrinking.

                          Governor Murphy hinted that there may be more announcements next week easing restrictions.

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                          • Meanwhile...

                            China says it has found cases of virus variant first identified in India


                            By Gerry Shih

                            Health officials in China say they are going on high alert after tracking fresh coronavirus cases linked to a new variant first discovered in India.

                            The Chinese Center for Disease Control’s senior epidemiologist Wu Zunyou said Chinese cities were picking up cases of the variant known as B.1.617 as he called for more stringent sanitation measures this weekend, when tens of millions of Chinese are expected to travel for the Labor Day holiday.

                            “Everyone is very concerned and very worried,” Wu said. “The fact is since the covid-19 pandemic, the virus has been continually mutating, and as long as the epidemic continues, the virus will mutate.”

                            https://www.washingtonpost.com/natio...ve-updates-us/

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                            • Originally posted by TN1965 View Post
                              Hungary now has more deaths per million than Gibraltar.
                              If you exclude mini states, it had already replaced Czech Rep as the worst country. The current worst ten, excluding the micro states are:

                              1. Hungary.
                              2. Czech Rep.
                              3. Bosnia & Herzegovina.
                              4. Montenegro.
                              5. Bulgaria.
                              6. North Macedonia.
                              7. Slovakia.
                              8. Belgium.
                              9. Slovenia.
                              !0. Italy.

                              Croatia is #16, and Serbia is #53. However, there is serious undercount in Serbia, according to the Economist article posted above.
                              8 are former USSR. Hmmm.

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                              • The Biden administration is set to enact a travel ban on any non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents coming to the country from India, as multiple coronavirus variants have driven India's COVID-19 outbreak to troubling new heights. The policy will take effect starting on Tuesday May 4, the White House said.

                                https://www.npr.org/sections/coronav...onavirus-rages

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