Portugal was urged to transfer COVID-19 patients abroad on Tuesday, as deaths hit a record high and the oxygen supply system in one of the largest hospitals failed from overuse. Ambulances were seen rushing through the gates of Amadora hospital on the outskirts of Lisbon to transfer 48 patients to other health units in the capital. Twenty of them went to Lisbon's largest hospital, Santa Maria, which has already installed two fridges outside its morgue to cope with rising fatalities. In the last 24 hours there have been nearly 300 deaths adding to Portugal's 11,000 death count from COVID-19, which is now the world's highest seven-day average of cases and deaths per million people, according to the tally on ourworldindata.org As public hospitals are overwhelmed with the ballooning number of patients, the military has been called in to help in Lisbon and Porto. The Armed Forces Hospital is also doubling its capacity and converting two cafeterias into wards. A local official in Torres Vedras, near Lisbon urged the foreign ministry to seek international help. President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said all options were being looked into: "There is no reason at this moment to create an idea of social alarm when it comes to the need for international help. But we know that there is, as it happened in the past within the EU, with different countries and economies, this collaboration and the availability of friendly countries." Portugal's location on the westernmost edge of Europe means there are constraints in transferring patients elsewhere, especially as other EU nations struggle. Across Portugal's health service, 830 intensive care beds have been allocated to COVID-19 patients out of a total of 1,200.
Tova Friedman hid among corpses at Auschwitz amid the chaos of the extermination camp's final days. Days later, on Jan. 27, 1945, she was among the thousands of prisoners who survived to greet the Soviet troops who liberated the camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. Now 82, Friedman had hoped to mark Wednesday's anniversary by taking her eight grandchildren to the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site, which is under the custodianship of the Polish state.
Steven Brandenburg, 46, is charged with two counts of attempting to tamper with consumer products and with reckless disregard for the risk that another person will be placed in danger of death or bodily injury, according to the statement by the Justice Department. It said https://bit.ly/3qUNXVI he believed in various "conspiracy theories" and was skeptical of vaccines in general and specifically the vaccine by Moderna. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has deemed Moderna's vaccine safe and effective.
Global coronavirus cases surpassed 100 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally. That's a staggering 1.3 percent of the world's population. Countries across the globe are struggling with new variants of the virus and vaccine shortfalls, while more than 2 million people have died from the disease. The United States, India, Brazil, Russia and the United Kingdom round out the top five worst-affected countries. Together, their populations represent over a quarter of the globe, but their case numbers make up more than half of of those reported. With over 25 million cases alone, the United States has a quarter of all reported COVID-19 cases, though it accounts for just 4 percent of the world's population. It also leads the world in the number of lives lost to the disease with over 420,000 deaths, followed by Brazil. In India, the nation with the second-highest number of cases, infections have been decreasing, but still hover around 13,000 a day on average. And as the worst-affected region in the world, Europe is currently reporting a million new infections about every four days, and has reported nearly 30 million since the global health crisis began. For leaders everywhere, vaccines are the light at the end of the tunnel. Although roll-outs have started in about 56 countries, vaccine distribution across the world remains unequal. Africa, which accounts for nearly 3.5 million cases and over 85,000 deaths, is still scrambling to secure vaccine supplies, and many European countries are facing shipment delays from major vaccine makers like AstraZeneca and Pfizer. Meanwhile, a new threat has emerged: COVID-19 variants, one first identified in Britain, and another in South Africa, which is 50 percent more infectious, and now spreading in at least 20 countries.
After days of clashes with Dutch police, there were a few isolated incidents of protest violence in the Netherlands on Tuesday night. Video uploaded to social media showed an explosion in Hilversum on Tuesday, and protesters running from police. Dutch police tweeted shortly after the video was filmed that the town was quiet. Earlier in the day, shops were boarded up and police were out in force with greater powers to respond to any rioting. The recent protests were sparked by the imposition of a new night-time curfew on Saturday aimed at combatting the spread of coronavirus. Since then, at least 500 people have been arrested in anti-lockdown riots. When the 9pm order came into effect on Tuesday, there were a few rowdy crowds out in several cities including Amsterdam and Rotterdam. But police were able to break them up without incident and just 33 people had to be detained. Tuesday's events were in stark contrast to the previous night when there was widespread looting and police clashed with demonstrators. Rioters tried to attack hospitals in several cities, vehicles were set on fire and demonstrators set-up barricades. The National Police chief Willem Woelders said that one night of calm did not mean they could let their guard down. Law enforcement issued a nationwide appeal to parents to keep teenagers indoors, warning they could end up with a criminal record. The Netherlands' first curfew since World War Two was imposed despite weeks of falling COVID-19 infections. Authorities are worried about the fast-spreading UK variant of the disease which has been found in a third of new Dutch cases. Schools and non-essential shops across the Netherlands have been shut since mid-December. Bars and restaurants were closed two months earlier.
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The Chicago Blackhawks expect a much better effort, and outcome, when they face the Predators in Nashville for the second time in as many nights on Wednesday. The Blackhawks dropped a 3-2 overtime clash on Tuesday, but despite gaining a single point, they were taken to task in public by coach Jeremy Colliton. Coming off a pair of impressive home wins over the Detroit Red Wings, the Blackhawks delivered a stinker in Music City.
The UN human rights chief has called for an International Criminal Court investigation into Sri Lanka's Tamil separatist conflict and sanctions on military officials accused of war crimes, according to a report obtained by AFP.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 25 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Wednesday (27 January), taking the country’s total case count to 59,391.
Pakistan rallied through Azhar Ali and Fawad Alam to reach 104-4 at lunch on day two of the first cricket test against South Africa on Wednesday. Alam, who scored his first test century since 2009 in a match New Zealand in January, was batting on 39.
"A lot of women started small businesses during the lockdown to support their families, and there should be a proper way to help them set up a business model."
South Korean authorities were scrambling on Wednesday to rein in coronavirus outbreaks centred on Christian schools as the country reported a jump in infections, dampening hopes of a speedy exit from a third wave of the pandemic. At least 323 COVID-19 cases had been traced to churches and mission schools run by a Christian organisation in two cities, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) data. More than 100 cases were confirmed overnight among people linked to churches and its mission schools in Gwangju, about 270 kms (168 miles) south of Seoul, officials said.
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France's EDF said on Wednesday the launch of its Hinkley Point C nuclear plant project in Britain would be delayed by six months, to June 2026, adding the costs had been revised up. "The project completion costs are now estimated in the range of 22 to 23 billion pounds ($30.23 to $31.60 billion)", the company said in a statement, reminding it had a put a price tag of 21.5 to 22.5 in Sept 2019.
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Myanmar launched a COVID-19 vaccination programme on Wednesday, with healthcare staff and volunteer medical workers the first to receive shots of the AstraZenca and Oxford University vaccine donated by neighbouring India. Last week, Myanmar received 1.5 million doses of the vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, amid a diplomatic drive by New Dehli to supply neighbouring countries just as regional rival China has also pledged vaccine consignments. "This should create a situation to reduce the rate of infection, so it is such a relief for healthcare workers," Tun Myint, a health ministry official overseeing vaccinations at the Yangon General Hospital, told reporters.
After months of refusing to wear a mask or abandon his cross-country tours, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's infection with the coronavirus was seen by many Mexicans as the price of tempting fate.
Russia and the United States have struck a deal to extend the New START nuclear arms control treaty, the Kremlin said on Tuesday, a move that preserves the last major pact of its kind between the world's two biggest nuclear powers. The White House did not immediately confirm the Kremlin's announcement but said President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin had discussed the issue by telephone and agreed that their teams work urgently to complete the extension by Feb. 5, when the treaty expires. Signed in 2010, the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) is a cornerstone of global arms control.
Patric Hornqvist scored with three seconds left in regulation and then got the deciding goal in a shootout, leading the Florida Panthers to a 4-3 win over the host Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. The Panthers rallied from a 2-0, first-period deficit and also survived a penalty in overtime. Carter Verhaeghe had a goal and an assist for Florida, Aleksander Barkov also scored, and Anthony Duclair had two assists.