【無了期唔知幾時完嘅武漢肺炎】國際疫情討論區09

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2022-01-09 17:34:06
初步個案方面,1名在荃灣有線電視大樓內1間私人公司工作的43歲女子中招,居於君匯港豪匯2座,她曾出席「洪門宴」,同日也和朋友去過干諾道西一間食肆。張竹君指出,「洪門宴」名單上有192人,目前有約180人已尋回,當中有約80人當晚9時半後仍在場,故需要送檢,不過43歲女子則不在名單上,料為出席人士的朋友。

另1名居於大埔美新大廈的66歲女子染疫被列為初步個案,她與早前確診的外傭一家三口並不相識,但同樣居於D單位,即在他們樓上。該大廈上周四(6日)晚上曾封區檢測,她當時無驗出病毒,上周六(8日)再檢測就初步確診,目前懷疑大廈有環境污染,導致她染疫。該66歲女子平時去大快活食早餐,及到翠屏花園購物,亦曾去過大埔八號花園「Market Place」、太和路「錢大媽」、蓬瀛仙館長者鄰舍中心畫畫等。

此外,有1宗源頭不明的初步個案涉及1名20歲女子,兼職於崇光做售貨員,最後一日上班為去年12月28日。她居於愛琴海灣8座,足迹包括安定商場東亞大藥房,逗留時間長,另在上周日(2日)下午曾到過大埔超級城、壽司郎等。其他時候都留在藥房和家中。
2022-01-09 17:55:31

當局暫未找到理貨員與其他個案有關連 憂社區隱形傳播



衞生防護中心傳染病處主任張竹君表示,早前確診的58歲超市理貨員的病毒基因排序,雖然與早前多宗個案一樣,但當局未找到流行病學關連,暫列作源頭不明處理。她說,這亦顯示社區可能有隱形傳播,當局感到非常擔心。

張竹君表示,當越來越多這類個案的病毒基因排序是一樣的話,便是屬於流行病毒株。她說,之前調查的個案,都能找到在哪段時間與哪些人相處而感染,但今次這宗個案,暫未能找到關連,而越來越多無關連的個案在社區,風險亦越來越大。

被問到當局是否需要考慮停課等措施,張竹君表示,相信政府每日都會密切注視情況,決定會否有新措施。
2022-01-09 18:02:13

大埔美新大廈現垂直傳播 6至24樓D單位住戶須撤離

2022-01-09 18:27:45
大埔美新大廈繼早前5樓D室出現3宗確診個案後,再多一名獨居在10樓D室的66歲女子初步確診,兩個單位屬同一座向,懷疑出現垂直傳播。

政府專家顧問、港大微生物學系講座教授袁國勇下午到大廈視察後表示,初步確診女子居住的10D單位,加裝了套廁,喉管曾作改動,有可能因煙囪效應,暖空氣向上升,而套廁內的淋浴地方並無使用,地渠U型隔器沒有水,當戶主開啟抽氣扇,受病毒污染的空氣便會進入屋內,令她受感染;建議大廈6至24樓D室,合共約19戶居民要撤離。

袁國勇又建議,居住在美新大廈的居民應盡快接種疫苗,減低發病機會。

至於大廈4樓的安老院,衞生防護中心總監徐樂堅表示,由於渠管與大廈的渠管系統分隔,因此風險較低,但他強調當局會圍封大廈強檢,當中包括安老院。
2022-01-09 18:41:16
【Now新聞台】各國仍在奮力應對變種新冠病毒Omicrnon之際,科學家最新發現一種結合了Omicron和Delta的新變種病毒。

彭博報道,塞浦路斯大學一名教授跟他的團隊最近發現,最少25宗個案同時感染Delta和Omicron變種病毒。他們在Delta的基因組,發現跟Omicron相似的遺傳特徵。

他們將新的變種病毒命名為「Deltacron」。分析後顯示,住院治療的患者更易感染這種新變種病毒。現階段未知「Deltacron」是否更易致病或更具傳染力。

美國藥廠莫德納的專家上月就曾警告,若有患者同時感染Delta和Omicron,有可能造成兩種病毒的基因重組交換,產生更可怕的變種病毒。
2022-01-09 22:59:42

塞浦路斯有學者發現結合兩種變種病毒特徵的病毒株



塞浦路斯有學者發現,當地出現一種結合Omicron與Delta特徵的新冠變種病毒株,研究團隊暫時命名為「Deltacron」。

彭博通訊社報道,塞浦路斯大學生物科學專家與團隊發現,目前有至少25宗相關病例,患者同時感染Omicron與Delta,團隊在有關個案的Delta基因組中,發現類似Omicron的基因特徵。

分析顯示,這種混合感染的情況,在住院病人當中出現的比率,相對高於毋須住院的人。研究團隊說目前未知這種變種病毒,是否更具傳染性,以及能否取代Delta及Omicron成為主流。
2022-01-09 23:40:04
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2022-01-10 10:18:00

2 years later, latest surge derails basic services again


The omicron-fueled coronavirus infections slamming the U.S. are causing a breakdown in basic functions and services. Many police, fire and emergency medical services, hospitals, schools and government agencies have employed an all-hands-on-deck approach. But it's not clear how long that can last. And many businesses are also struggling. It's the latest illustration of how COVID-19 keeps upending life more than two years into the pandemic.

“This really does, I think, remind everyone of when COVID-19 first appeared and there were such major disruptions across every part of our normal life,” said Tom Cotter, director of emergency response and preparedness at the global health nonprofit Project HOPE. “And the unfortunate reality is, there’s no way of predicting what will happen next until we get our vaccination numbers – globally – up.”
2022-01-10 10:19:06

US averaging 700K new COVID cases per day



he U.S. is now averaging more than 700,000 new coronavirus cases per day, a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows.

The country reported about 4.91 million cases in the week ending Saturday. That's more cases in seven days than in April, May, June and July 2021 combined. At the latest pace, eight Americans are testing positive every second. Each of the last five days ranks in the top five of the entire pandemic for highest case counts.

"I would not be surprised at all if we go over a million cases per day," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president's chief medical adviser, told News 4 New York in an interview Saturday. For perspective, at one point in June the U.S. average daily caseload over a week was just above 11,000.

And while the prevalent omicron variant is milder on a per-case basis, fast-swelling numbers of new cases are burdening hospitals. A federal report released Saturday shows about 138,000 COVID-19 patients in hospital beds, up 32% from the previous week.
2022-01-10 10:28:42
Last week, multiple UW Medicine locations in Washington started prioritizing testing solely for people "who have symptoms of respiratory illness or who have a known exposure to COVID-19," spokesperson Susan Gregg told CNN. People without symptoms are not being tested, Gregg said, "due to the high volume of omicron cases that are being processed in our laboratory."

The University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill is also restricting Covid-19 tests to those exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms, as well as university employees and those requiring a test prior to a surgery, according to UNC Health Director of News Alan M. Wolf.
Some localities are now seeing the most new cases they've seen the whole pandemic, including Los Angeles County.

On Saturday, the county reported more than 200,000 confirmed cases over the previous seven days -- the highest number of cases in one week since the start of the pandemic, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Hospitalizations doubled over the week to 3,200 and there were 135 Covid-related deaths, the department said.

The rise in infections is also hitting Los Angeles' children hard.

At Children's Hospital Los Angeles, the positivity rate for children tested for Covid-19 has increased from 17.5% in December to 45% to date in January, according to CHLA Medical Director Dr. Michael Smit.

CHLA currently has 41 patients in-house who have tested positive for Covid-19, and roughly one quarter of the children admitted to the facility with Covid-19 require admission to the pediatric ICU, with some requiring intubation, Smit told CNN on Saturday.
The rise in cases comes just as Los Angeles students are preparing to return to in-person classes Tuesday.
2022-01-10 11:20:44

調查:逾7成人認為應停課及非前線員工在家工作兩星期



團體「民生圓桌」的問卷調查指,有75%受訪者認為政府應安排非緊急及非前線員工在家工作兩星期,76%受訪者同意學校停課兩星期

「民生圓桌」於本月7至9日,經網上及電話訪問1140名市民,得出有關結果。「民生圓桌」發起人張展鵬建議,政府可先安排12歲以下學生停止面授課堂兩星期,或提早放農曆新年假,然後提早復課。

他亦建議,僱主可彈性容許身為家長的僱員在家工作,協助照顧留在家中上課的子女。
2022-01-10 14:27:03

東京都新增1223人確診 連續兩日過千人染疫



日本東京都新增1223人確診新型肺炎,連續兩日有過千人確診,確診人數是本月初的十倍有多,目前累計超過38萬人確診。

東京都的新增病例自去年夏天的疫情高峰後,逐步減少,但自今年初開始急增。
2022-01-10 15:38:08

COVID-19 cases fill hospital beds in parts of Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick


Hospitals in several parts of Canada are straining under the weight of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, with Quebec hospitalizations reaching an all-time high on Sunday and Ontario's admissions to intensive care units surging past the 400 mark.

New Brunswick's hospitals also hovered near their highest levels since the pandemic began, with 79 people in hospital, one in five of whom are in intensive care.

Dr. Bob Bell, former CEO of the University Health Network and Ontario deputy health minister from 2014 to 2018, said Canada is in good company when it comes to seeing its health-care system tested by COVID-19.

Every Western country dealing with Omicron has a stressed hospital system right now, he said, but Canada has a lower tolerance for measures like death than places like the United States so will pursue lockdowns and restrictions sooner.

"We're being prudent, as Canadians usually are," he said in an interview.

Quebec hospital admissions leapt by 140 on Sunday to 2,436, and the added pressure has prompted several hospitals across the province to delay surgeries and medical appointments.

Ontario reported 2,419 patients hospitalized due to the virus on Sunday, down from Saturday's count of nearly 2,600 -- though the province notes not all facilities share data over the weekend.

Some regions, such as British Columbia, do not report cases or hospitalizations on the weekend.

Relative to its peer countries, Bell said Canada has a "solid" health-care system when it comes to quality of care. It also adapted to the pandemic by adding critical care beds, ventilators and moving surgeries.

Where it tends to fall down on international comparisons is access to primary care, he said.

Bell warned that stressed hospitals can be a symptom of inadequate "upstream" care like access to family doctors, home care and community care. When those services aren't available, people show up in emergency departments for help, he said.

"The hospital is the canary in the coal mine in many ways for health system challenges," he said.

In a November 2021 report called "A Struggling System," the Canadian Medical Association said the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on the health of Canadians that is broader than the effects of contracting the virus itself.

Among its findings, there was a 68 to 94 per cent decrease in in-person visits for chronic disease care visits in April 2020 compared with April 2019, and cancer screening remained 20 to 35 per cent below pre-pandemic levels as of January 2021.

"The backlog in hospital procedures is growing, and numerous forms of care have been delayed, cancelled or otherwise affected," the report said.

"The demand for extra capacity poses a significant risk to the sustainability of the health care system at a time when health care workers are burned out, exhausted and demoralized, and the pressures on the system are being exacerbated by the increasing shortage of health human resources."

While the wave of Omicron infections continues, public health officials are working to reduce the impact to places like the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

In order to protect the essential workforce conducting critical on-site diagnostic and lab research, all personnel who can work remotely have been asked to do so starting Monday, the Public Health Agency of Canada said in a statement Sunday.

Dr. Mike Haddad, Chief of Staff at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, Ont., said his hospital is currently seeing higher levels of COVID-19 admissions than at the peak of the first wave in April 2020.

Haddad said that while his staff has remained in high spirits, they're exhausted by Omicron's incessant spread. Roughly five per cent of them are currently isolating after an infection or high-risk exposure.
2022-01-10 15:50:08

日本確診連續兩日逾8千宗 駐日美軍將減少外出



日本昨日新增8249人感染新冠病毒,連續兩天超過8000人。

日本政府表示,駐日美軍將減少外出,在未來14天只能作必要的活動。駐沖繩美軍新增429人,刷新最高紀錄;有美軍基地的山口縣岩國市有80人感染。

首相岸田文雄接受訪問時透露,就限制外出同美方基本達成協議,但否認將修改承認美軍特權的《日美地位協定》
2022-01-10 16:03:15
留意返,塞浦路斯大學依個發現好可能係大學setting出錯所造成嘅誤判。
2022-01-10 16:20:12
Note that I am writing at many websites to talk about Covid-19 so that I might not repot all the latest developments here.
2022-01-10 16:25:01
33,169 new cases (new national record) and 145 new deaths in the Philippines

Worsening rapidly.
2022-01-10 17:33:40

本港新增24宗確診 5宗屬本地個案



本港新增24宗新冠病毒確診,其中19宗屬輸入個案,5宗是本地個案,其中1宗暫時未找到源頭。

暫時源頭不明的是住在屯門愛琴海岸八座的20歲女患者,她在銅鑼灣崇光百貨兼職女售貨員,主要活動在家人於屯門友愛邨愛定商場營運的東亞大藥房,有到過屯門多間食肆。她的爸爸亦初步確診。當局指,患者的父親在較早時間發病,他早於元旦已經有病徵,主要在屯門友愛邨東亞大藥房工作,當局追查後發現,望月樓群組確診的國泰空少上月曾到訪藥房,懷疑有關聯,有待病毒基因排序分析。患者的兩名家人亦有病徵。

大埔美新大廈確診印傭樓上單位一名66歲女子確診,曾去過洪為民生日派對的43歲女子亦都確診,住在大角咀君匯港2座。
2022-01-10 17:35:57

竹篙灣「爆廠」 密切接觸者檢疫縮短至14日 加家居自我監測7日



衛生署及醫管局舉行記者會,傳染病處主任張竹君表示,因應疫情嚴重,入住大嶼山竹篙灣檢疫中心的人數急增,中心的人手及床位受到壓力,基於Omicron的潛服期較短,為減少中心壓力,涉及本地個案的密切接觸者檢疫由21日縮短至14日,其後密切接觸者可回家做家居自我監測,並於第19日做自行檢測。
2022-01-10 17:48:40
新增的輸入相關確診個案,涉及在有線大廈工作、曾去「洪門宴」、跑馬地賽馬會用膳的43歲女子(個案編號: 12962);在大埔美新大廈D室居住的66歲獨居女士(個案編號: 12941);確診的51歲女子(個案編號:12960)曾在「足福履」為確診者12860按摩,當時是每個客人處於各自房間內由按摩師服務,兩人當時大部分時間都有戴口罩,她的家人、1名88歲女士今日確診(個案編號: 12944)。曾去「足福履」的人士須去檢疫。

張表示,昨日(9日)公布屬源頭不明、曾於銅鑼灣祟光百貨做兼職銷售員的20歲女子(個案編號: 12945)有新一步進展,其父親初步確診,比女兒更早發病,他1月1日出現發燒、咳等病徵,一同居於愛琴海灣8座,因他曾有不適,被送到屯門醫院。平日該患者主要於屯門愛定商場215號東亞大藥房逗留,他幾乎每日、一日三餐去同層的都城餐廳用餐,本月7日曾去VCity的老虎冰室。上月29日曾去屯門友愛邨、同月30日曾去歡喜麵家,同月31日曾到新城市廣場的Outback。該售貨員的其他家人亦出現病徵。上月27日至本月9日曾去屯門安定廣場的人需作檢查。由於望月樓播毒的國泰空少(個案編號: 12611),曾於該藥房購物,懷疑與「望月樓」群組相關,但亦要基因排序分析判斷兩者是否關連。而初診患者的其他家人亦出現病徵

另外,有1名32歲女子初步確診,為居住安寧花園印傭的家人,她在中環置地廣場Dior男裝工作,1月3日曾去東港城購物,去過「裕美堂」美容院。
2022-01-10 18:30:16
至於港區人大洪為民的生日宴會,衞生防護中心說,再收到多些人表示曾經到過,總出席人數增至214人,其中104人已進入檢疫中心。
2022-01-10 18:49:58
衞生署衞生防護中心傳染病處主任張竹君表示,初步確診個案中,包括縉景台確診個案的兩位家人,其中一名36歲女子為「榮源茶行」的職員,1月4日與家人入住檢疫中心,她於1月2日曾與家人到元朗一個士多啤梨園,本月4日及5日曾檢測均呈陰性,至1月9日發燒送院。另一名家人是38歲男子,與36歲女子同時送往檢疫中心,他為在地盤工作的測量師,在灣仔工作,1月9日發燒,隨後確診。他於1月4日早上曾到銅鑼灣757 逗留購物,1月3日晚上8時曾買外賣。1月2日下午3時亦有到該農莊,1月2日曾到香港仔運動場踢波。

另一宗個案為一名32歲女子,為早前確診印傭的家人,有另一名家人亦確診。她在中環置地廣場DIOR任職售貨員,在男裝部工作,曾到東港城及御美堂按摩。她於1月6日已到檢疫中心。

另確診者12841及12825的家人亦初步確診,於1月5日與家人到檢疫中心,居於和富中心15座。患者在觀塘當會計師,1月3日最後上班,1月4日及5日的檢測均呈陰性,1月8日發燒。患者於1月1日曾到「烏龍小廚」,1月2日曾到黃大仙拜神及在黃大仙中心南館的「香港達人」用餐,並曾到星格流行音學學院,有10多人一同唱歌,晚上曾到德福廣場的食肆「靠得住」進餐。

另有一名16歲女學生亦初步確診,為個案12913的家人,居住富麗花園,已打兩針復必泰疫苗,1月8日已送往檢疫中心,1月7日最後上學。她在傳染期曾到天后補習。
2022-01-10 20:01:26

澳洲確診病例破百萬宗 逾半於過去一星期通報



鑑於Omicron變異毒株肆虐,澳洲的疫情持續嚴峻,累計確診病例突破百萬宗,其中超過一半是在過去一星期通報。澳洲全國至今累計104萬宗確診,2387人死亡。

澳洲新南威爾斯州和維多利亞州單日新增約5.5萬宗確診。另外,由於住院人數大增,迫使各州恢復部分限制措施。同時,由於隔離檢疫規定,導致人手嚴重不足,當局正研究讓在重點供應鏈如食品製造及分銷行業工作沒病徵的緊密接觸者,可以重返工作崗位,以緩解人手不足問題,預料今天稍後有詳細公布。

澳洲16歲以上民眾中有92%已打兩劑疫苗,當局正加速為民眾接種加強劑,另外,本周一起會為5至11歲兒童接種輝端疫苗。
2022-01-10 21:02:35

因應疫情部分社會衞生科門診及胸肺服務診所運作調整



衞生署公布,因應新冠肺炎最新發展,將調整部分社會衞生科診所及胸肺服務診所的運作。

油麻地女性社會衞生科診所服務及油麻地男性社會衞生科診所的夜間服務,均由明日起暫停服務,直至另行通告。

另外,7間胸肺服務診所逢星期六上午提供的全監督治療由本月22日起暫停,分別為西營盤、筲箕灣、九龍、石硤尾、東九龍、大埔及東涌胸肺科診所。署方會聯絡已預約相關服務的受影響人士另作安排。

發言人強調,各診所和服務單位已採取感染控制措施。所有預約人士或訪客必須佩戴外科口罩,並須進行體溫檢查。
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