Flipkart Big Diwali Sale 2020 Goes Live for Plus Members: Best Offers on Mobile Phones, TVs, Electronics

first_img– Advertisement – Buy now for: Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 39,900)Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Rs. 54,999) Samsung Galaxy S20+ is selling at Rs. 54,999 (MRP Rs. 83,000) during Flipkart’s second round of Diwali special sales. The Walmart-owned company is also running a bundled exchange offer with up to Rs. 14,600 as an additional discount. The price is slightly higher than what Flipkart was offering during its previous festive season sales.Buy now for: Rs. 54,999 (MRP Rs. 83,000)- Advertisement – Apple iPhone XR (Rs. 38,999)iPhone XR is back at a discounted price during Flipkart’s Big Diwali 2020 sale. The 64GB variant is currently down to Rs. 38,999 (MRP Rs. 47,900) on Flipkart. An exchange offer can fetch you another instant discount worth up to Rs. 14,100. Paying with the bundled bank payment offers will sweeten the deal further by 10 percent.Buy now for: Rs. 38,999 (MRP Rs. 47,900)iPhone SE (Rs. 32,999)If you missed the last Diwali special sale, Apple’s iPhone SE 64GB is again down to Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 39,900) during Flipkart Big Diwali sale 2020. This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on iPhone SE (2020) since it launched in India. The bundled exchange offer can further sweeten the deal by up to Rs. 14,100.- Advertisement – Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (Rs. 59,999)Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is still selling at a discounted price on Flipkart. You can grab one for as low as Rs. 59,999 during the Big Diwali sale 2020 on Flipkart this week. You can also avail a no-cost EMI option, and the bundled exchange offer to further lower the effective price. Galaxy Note 10+ comes with a massive 6.8-inch Super AMOLED display, and a quad rear camera setup.Buy now for Rs. 59,999 (MRP Rs. 85,000)iPhone 11 Pro (Rs. 79,999)iPhone 11 Pro is down to Rs. 79,999 (MRP Rs. 1,06,600) during Flipkart’s Big Diwali 2020 sale. This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on the iPhone 11 Pro during the festive sale season this year. With the bundled exchange offer, you can get another instant discount worth up to Rs. 14,100.Buy now for: Rs. 79,999 (MRP Rs. 1,06,600)Poco M2 Pro (Rs. 12,999)Poco M2 Pro is available for Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 16,999) during the Big Diwali sale on Flipkart. That’s around Rs. 2,000 lower than its usual selling price online. With the bundled exchange offer, you can knock off another Rs. 12,450 (maximum) from the discounted price. Poco M2 Pro comes with a 6.67-inch full-HD+ display and a quad rear camera setup, highlighted by a 48-megapixel primary sensor. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset, paired with 6GB of RAM.Buy now for: Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 16,999)Moto G9 (Rs. 9,999)Moto G9 is still down to Rs. 9,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999) during the Big Diwali sale on Flipkart. The phone comes with a large 5,000mAh battery and a triple rear camera setup headlined by a 48-megapixel primary shooter. Moto G9 is powered by the Snapdragon 662 SoC, supported by 4GB of RAM. If you’re eyeing a new budget phone with stock Android, the Moto G9 seems like a pretty decent choice at this price.Buy now for: Rs. 9,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999)Flipkart Big Diwali sale 2020 – Best offers on electronics this weekPhilips 50-inch 4K smart TV (Rs. 33,999)If you’re eyeing a big-screen smart TV this Diwali, the Philips 50-inch 4K smart LED TV is down to Rs. 33,999 (MRP Rs. 1,05,990) during the Flipkart Big Diwali sale this month. You can also swap your old TV and get up to Rs. 11,000 off. The TV supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos surround sound. It comes with three HDMI ports and two USB ports.Buy now for: Rs. 33,999 (MRP Rs. 1,05,990)Asus VivoBook 14 (Rs. 55,990)The Asus Vivo 14-inch laptop is down to Rs. 55,990 (MRP Rs. 66,990) during the latest phase of Flipkart’s Big Diwali sale 2020. The laptop is powered by the 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, supported by 8GB of RAM. It comes with a 1TB hard drive along with 256GB SSD and runs Windows 10 Home out-of-the-box.Buy now for: Rs. 55,990 (MRP Rs. 66,990)Apple AirPods Pro (Rs. 17,999)Apple’s premium AirPods Pro true wireless stereo (TWS) earphones with active noise cancellation are down to Rs. 17,999 (MRP Rs. 24,900). This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on the AirPods Pro this year. Combine it with the Axis Bank cards payment offer, and you’ll end up with a great overall deal.Buy now for: Rs. 17,999 (MRP Rs. 24,900)JBL Moviebar 80 soundbar (Rs. 6,999)If you got yourself a big-screen TV this festive season, and are worried about the awful sound experience, get the JBL Moviebar 80 soundbar as an affordable add-on to your setup. The soundbar is currently down to Rs. 6,999 (MRP Rs. 13,999) on Flipkart’s Big Diwali sale 2020.Buy now for: Rs. 6,999 (MRP Rs. 13,999)Avita Liber 14-inch laptop (Rs. 62,990)If you’re looking for a powerful-yet-inexpensive laptop with no preference for a particular brand, the Avita Liber 14-inch laptop could the one for you. The laptop is currently selling at a discounted price of Rs. 62,990 (MRP Rs. 83,390) during Flipkart’s Big Diwali sale 2020. It is powered by the 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, supported by 16GB of RAM. It comes with 1TB SSD and runs Windows 10 Home out-of-the-box. You can swap your old laptop and get up to Rs. 15,650 as an additional instant discount.Buy now for: Rs. 62,990 (MRP Rs. 83,390)Philips 70-inch 4K smart LED TV (Rs. 69,999)Flipkart Big Diwali sale 2020 is offering the Philips 70-inch 4K smart LED TV at a discounted price of Rs. 69,999 (MRP Rs. 1,99,990) for a limited period. You can swap your old TV and get up to Rs. 11,000 off as an additional instant discount. The TV comes with three HDMI ports, two USB ports, and is a 2019 model.Buy now for: Rs. 69,999 (MRP Rs. 1,99,990)MSI GF63 15.6-inch gaming laptop (Rs.66,990)For those eyeing a gaming laptop, the MSI GF63 is down to Rs. 66,990 (MRP Rs. 1,04,990) on Flipkart during the Big Diwali sale today. The laptop comes with a big 15.6-inch display and is powered by the 9th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, supported by 8GB of RAM. It comes with 512GB SSD and runs Windows 10 Home. For graphics, there’s Nvidia’s GeForce GTZ 1650 Max-Q graphics card, supported by 4GB of video RAM.Buy now for: Rs. 66,990 (MRP Rs. 1,04,990)Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details. Flipkart Big Diwali sale 2020 is back again. The Diwali 2020 special sale has kicked off for Flipkart Plus members, 12 hours before the sale goes live for everyone else. This edition of Flipkart Big Diwali sale 2020 will be open until November 13, to take on Amazon’s Great Indian Festival ‘Finale Days’ sale. Flipkart’s Big Diwali sale includes discounts and bundled offers on a wide range of popular smartphones, laptops, wearables, TVs, and other electronics.For its second phase of the Big Diwali sale 2020, Flipkart has tied up with Axis Bank, Citibank, ICICI Bank, and Kotak Mahindra Bank to offer 10 percent instant discount to the banks’ credit and debit card users. We’ve handpicked the best deals and offers Flipkart Plus members can grab on the first day of the Big Diwali sale today.Flipkart Big Diwali sale 2020 – Best offers on top mobile phones today- Advertisement –last_img read more

HHS releases new pandemic flu plan

first_imgNov 2, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – US health officials focused largely on expanding supplies of vaccines and antiviral drugs today as they rolled out a lengthy plan for responding to a feared influenza pandemic that could kill an estimated 1.9 million Americans under worst-case assumptions.The 300-plus-page HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) assumes that a pandemic flu virus would sicken about 30% of the population, or 90 million people. Depending on the virulence of the virus, anywhere from 865,000 to 9.9 million people could be hospitalized.The release of the plan followed President George W. Bush’s speech yesterday outlining his administration’s strategy for countering the threat posed by the H5N1 avian flu virus. Bush asked Congress to provide about $7.1 billion for vaccines, antiviral drugs, surveillance, foreign aid, and emergency plans.HHS officials said a pandemic would require a coordinated response from all levels of government along with individuals and the private sector. The plan calls for vastly improving the nation’s capacity to produce flu vaccines and for stockpiling enough antiviral medication to treat 81 million people, or 25% of the population—a much higher goal than mentioned previously.In a news briefing today, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said, “The good news is we have a vaccine [for H5N1] that’s been developed by the National Institutes of Health. The bad news is we lack capacity to manufacture a vaccine in sufficient volumes and in the time frames necessary.”The vaccine now being tested is based on the current strain of the H5N1 virus, Leavitt noted. HHS is aiming to acquire enough doses of it to immunize 20 million people. It’s likely that the virus would have to change before it can trigger a pandemic, but the current vaccine “would in fact still produce some level of immune response and would be the best opportunity we have to inoculate first responders and others who need protection,” he said.Ways to boost vaccine supplyThe nation needs the capacity to produce enough doses of a pandemic-specific vaccine to immunize all Americans within 6 months of the start of a pandemic, Leavitt said. He said the new plans sets out three paths for reaching that goal: expansion of existing egg-based vaccine production, development of cell-based vaccine production, and the development of adjuvant, or dose-sparing, technology, which makes existing vaccine supplies go further.Yesterday President Bush proposed spending $2.8 billion to develop cell-culture technology, $1.2 billion for buying doses of the existing H5N1 vaccine, and $1 billion for antiviral drugs.”A primary tenet of our effort on vaccines is to make sure all are produced domestically,” Leavitt said today. Only two companies, Sanofi Pasteur and MedImmune, currently make flu vaccines in the United States.HHS hopes that cell-culture-based flu vaccines will be licensed and available within 4 or 5 years, said Dr. Bruce Gellin, director of HHS’s National Vaccine Policy Office.Federally sponsored trials of H5N1 vaccines with adjuvants will begin in January 2006, and results are expected in late spring or early summer, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The hope is that an adjuvant will reduce the amount of antigen needed per dose. In a recent trial of the H5N1 vaccine made by Sanofi Pasteur, the dose needed to trigger a protective immune response was much larger than the dose in seasonal flu vaccines.Role of antiviralsLeavitt said antiviral drugs are an important part of pandemic preparedness but that it would take time to build a stockpile. “We have vendor representations that they can deliver . . . 20 million [treatment] courses by the fourth quarter of 2006 and up to 81 million courses by the summer of 2007,” he said.HHS officials previously had cited a goal of stockpiling enough oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to treat 20 million people. Currently the government has 2.3 million treatment courses, with another 2 million expected by the end of this year, officials have said.Leavitt voiced reservations about the role of antiviral drugs even as he cited them as important. There is “no certainty that they’ll be effective, and there’s no capacity to change the antivirals to match the virus. As viruses mutate, they may change in a way that would cause the antiviral to not be effective.” He also said there would be “distribution dilemmas.”The federal government will pay for most of the antiviral stockpile, but states will share the cost for part of it, Leavitt said in response to a question. “We’ve identified 44 million doses that will be paid 100% by the federal government,” he said. Washington will pay for another 6 million doses for “deployment on a spot basis,” and the federal and state governments will split the cost of the remaining 31 million doses, he added.The plan also calls for spending $400 million to develop new and better antivirals, Leavitt said.In introducing the HHS plan, Leavitt said it is “the medical and public health portion” of the pandemic strategy. “The plan also needs to include integrated plans from other parts of the federal government, but also plans from state and local governments and the private sector.”Making an analogy with computer systems, he said, “A virus is a network enemy. If it’s approached by a mainframe response, we will not succeed.”Vaccines and antivirals are only two of six components of pandemic preparedness, Leavitt said. The others are international surveillance, domestic surveillance, communication, and state and local preparation.Calling state and local preparation critical, he said, “We have recently been through hurricanes, and as large as those events were, they were constrained geographically. A pandemic is not. It’s quite likely that a pandemic would be occurring in as many as a thousand or more locations around the country and many more beyond that around the world.”Possible pandemic scenariosThe HHS plan lists two sets of estimates of pandemic severity, one based on the moderate pandemic of 1957 and the other on the much worse pandemic of 1918. Both scenarios foresee about 90 million people falling ill and half of those seeking medical care, but the estimates differ after that. The moderate pandemic would cause an estimated 865,000 hospital cases and 209,000 deaths, while the severe event would bring 9.9 million hospital cases and 1,903,000 deaths. The estimates do not, however, allow for the potential effects of vaccines and antivirals.The plan assumes that the illness rate would be highest in schoolchildren at 40% and would decline with age—a different picture than in 1918, when young adults were hit hardest. Planners also assumed that people would incubate the virus for 2 days after infection and would start shedding the virus half a day to a day before they actually felt sick. Each patient would be likely to spread the virus to two others.In any given community, a pandemic outbreak would last about 6 to 8 weeks, but at least two waves of illness will be likely, the plan says. The seasonality of the pandemic can’t be predicted.If a pandemic begins to emerge elsewhere in the world, the United States, working with the World Health Organization and other countries, will try to stop it by “striving to arrest isolated outbreaks . . . whenever circumstances suggest that such an attempt might be successful,” the plan says.State and local responsibilitiesFederal officials cautioned that the plan released today is just one part of a large network of interdependent plans. A number of activities must be anticipated and carried out on the state level, requiring states and communities to be prepared.”Public health is and should remain a state and local function,” Leavitt said.William Raub, PhD, senior science adviser to Leavitt, said the federal plan should address some questions that states have had during their own planning processes. Almost to a state, major uncertainties included vaccines and antivirals, which the federal plan now covers.However, state and local governments will need to cover myriad other topics, such as what recommendations to develop for slowing the spread of infection, social distancing, closing schools and public gatherings, and other preventive measures.In that regard, Raub said, “We find the plans uneven.”In an effort to even them out, the federal plan details a broad mission: detect the earliest cases of disease, minimize sickness and death, and decrease social disruption and economic loss. HHS identifies several ways that it will support the states during an influenza pandemic, and then assigns state and local governments five overall tasks:Enhancing disease surveillance to ensure early detection of the first cases of pandemic flu in their jurisdiction;Distributing public stocks of drugs and vaccines and providing local physicians and hospital administrators with ongoing guidance on clinical management and infection control;Preventing local disease transmission using a range of containment strategies;Providing ongoing communication to the public about the response; andProviding psychological and social support services to emergency field workers and other responders.Coordinating committees recommendedState and local governments should start by establishing a pandemic flu coordinating committee connecting a wide range of stakeholders, the document advises. That committee should create, review, and update a pandemic response plan that identifies the roles and responsibilities of state and local agencies, builds on existing plans for other emergencies, and addresses legal issues such as hospital staffing, patient care, and quarantine.The federal plan emphasizes the importance of linking many players in a community. Specifically, it encourages state authorities to promote local pandemic task forces for community planning. For example, it’s not enough that hospitals have their own plans: they depend on a number of groups, such as food suppliers, pharmaceutical suppliers, sanitation workers, and telephone companies in order to keep operating.Rural areas may require special planning efforts because “a surge in pandemic influenza patients could force the closure of local outpatient healthcare clinics,” the report noted.The federal plan lays out 11 public health guidance areas for state and/or local governments to address: surveillance, laboratory diagnostics, healthcare planning, infection control, clinical guidelines, vaccine distribution and use, antiviral drug distribution and use, community disease control and prevention, management of travel-related risk of disease transmission, public health communication, and psychosocial workforce support services.Legal review and, if necessary, updating of state laws and rules will help ensure preparedness for quarantine, isolation, and due-process issues. The planning checklist includes diverse items for state consideration. Among them: ensuring that a statute exists to allow quarantine/isolation for pandemic flu; conducting legal review of the feasibility of using faith-based organizations to assist people in isolation or quarantine; developing 24/7 on-call rotations for judges or hearing officers in local court systems to assure prompt due-process hearings for isolation/quarantine cases; and draft agreements for loaning facilities or services as needed for isolation/quarantine of people who cannot be confined to their homes (such as travelers or the homeless).Community disease control and preventionRecommendations about disease control and prevention include early actions to take during the period when potential cases or clusters of cases are identified. Individual-level containment measures in this period, which would presumably not cause undue strain on the public health and healthcare systems, would include such measures as patient isolation and identification, monitoring, and quarantining of contacts.Planning for these actions will raise legal, logistic, and social challenges, the plan says. For example, quarantine is regulated by states, localities, and tribes, with regulations varying widely. In addition, in April 2005 influenza was added to the list of federally quarantinable diseases, meaning the HHS secretary can make and enforce regulations to prevent the spread of flu from foreign countries into the United States or between states. HHS can also aid local jurisdictions in enforcing their quarantines.Other recommended planning steps include designating certain health offices, clinics, or special facilities for probable flu cases; setting up flu hotlines for information and triage; and preparing educational campaigns to explain how individual actions (eg, staying home from school when ill) and community actions (eg, closing schools) reduce disease spread. The messages will need to be tailored to the cultural and linguistic needs of local communities, the plan stresses.When many cases and extensive transmission are occurring, state and local health departments could take measures to decrease social contact, such as quarantining groups or even whole communities and canceling public events. The plan points out that continuous monitoring of viral transmissibility, case distribution, and the nature and severity of illness would be necessary if such actions were taken.The document says that community-wide, enforced quarantine is just one end of a spectrum of disease-containment strategies. Many other, less restrictive actions, such as voluntary home curfew, restrictions on gatherings, cancellation of public events, and “snow days” when everyone would be asked to stay home, could help slow disease spread.The SARS episode demonstrated that the public will accept quarantine, the plan asserts. “Cooperation and acceptance was achieved through clear and comprehensive communication with the public about the rationale for use of quarantine” at that time, it states.Travel-related recommendationsThe SARS outbreak illustrated how fast an infectious disease can spread, but the spread of influenza would dwarf it, the plan asserts. One reason for this is the shorter incubation period (2 to 7 days for flu versus 7 to 10 days for SARS).Measures to stem the spread of influenza into, out of, and within the United States range all the way from distributing travel alert notices, screening for and isolating ill travelers, and quarantining exposed passengers and crew, to closing mass transit systems and even prohibiting travel. The plan notes that the CDC operates 18 quarantine stations across the country to prevent introduction of infectious diseases. Each of these covers other points of entry within its region, and quarantine inspectors work with regulatory agencies to inspect arriving animals and cargo from outside the country.HHS will help states and localities make decisions on what actions to take at what times during a pandemic, the plan says. The importance of continuous communication, collaboration, and coordination among different jurisdictions is stressed, as travel-related actions taken in one place will affect other places.Public health communicationsIn the interpandemic period, flexible, sustainable communications networks should be built, according to the plan. Responsibilities for communications will be divided between HHS and state and local bodies. HHS’s responsibilities will include providing materials through www.pandemicflu.gov, the Health Alert Network, and other resources for health professionals; international communications; and assuring consistent media messages across the federal government.States and local areas will be responsible for such aspects as implementing and maintaining community resources like hotlines and Web sites and, in coordination with medical personnel, obtaining and tracking local case data to include in media messages. The plans stresses the need for consistent, accurate, and timely public health messages to support public health interventions and address social and economic changes caused by the pandemic.Psychosocial support for the workforceSeveral occupational groups that participate in pandemic response will have psychological and social needs: healthcare workers treating pandemic patients, public health workers trying to control disease spread, first-responder or nongovernmental organizations with employees assisting affected groups, service workers whose activities are essential to minimize social disruption, and family members of all of these workers. The plan calls for including psychosocial support services in emergency planning initiatives.The tsunami relief effort in southern Asia showed that even seasoned responders can suffer uneasiness and distress; therefore, “Everything possible should be done to safeguard responders’ physical and emotional health,” the document states.Amy Becker and Marty Heiberg contributed to this report.See also:Nov 2 HHS news release about the planlast_img read more

More countries facing H5N1 flu in birds

first_imgFeb 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The H5N1 avian flu virus is continuing its relentless spread from bird to bird, with individual deaths in some countries marking new territory for the virus and massive die-offs and culling showing how quickly it can become entrenched.The pathogen has been reported in wild birds in five new countries—Azerbaijan, Nigeria, Greece, Italy, and Bulgaria—in the past week. In addition, an H5 virus has been reported in Slovenia.The H5N1 death toll among Nigerian poultry exceeds 150,000 birds on 30 farms in at least two states, Agence-France Presse (AFP) reported today. The information came from by Aminu Adamu, chairman of the Kano State Poultry Farmers’ Association, which hosted a news conference to seek better compensation for the birds. At least two other states are suspected of harboring poultry infections as well.The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) have urged Nigeria to close its poultry markets and stop transporting chickens, but little has happened, AFP reported.FAO employees are traveling to Nigeria to help the government draft control measures, according to the UN’s Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN) news service. Meanwhile, the World Bank will make US $50 million in grants to Nigeria to fund the efforts.Wild swans have tested positive for H5N1 in Italy and Greece in the past few days. Twenty-two wild swans with the virus were found dead in three southern regions of Italy, according to a story posted by the United Kingdom’s news.telegraph web site. Reports late last week said three swans in Greece’s Thessaloniki and Pieria areas had tested positive.In addition, a wild swan found dead in Bulgaria has tested positive for H5N1, according to Bloomberg. Reports last week had said the swan had an H5 virus that was not dangerous to humans, but Bloomberg reported that a WHO laboratory near London has confirmed the virus was H5N1. Bulgaria produces 9% of the goose liver (foie gras) consumed in the European Union, the story noted.In Greece, officials said poultry sales have dropped 95% since Feb 11 on the news that the infection had hit that country, Reuters reported today. An Italian farmers’ group reported a drop of more than 50%. Overall, the European Union poultry market is worth about 20 billion Euros annually, or U.S. $23.8 billion.Slovenia has found an H5 virus in a swan near Maribor, but news reports differed on whether the country or the WHO has confirmed the virus as H5N1. Reuters reported that a European Commission spokesman said “it is likely H5N1, but we don’t have confirmation from Weybridge [the lab near London] yet.” The swan was found within 10 kilometers of Austria, the story noted. Slovenia had set up a 3-km protection zone and a 10-km surveillance zone around where the swan was found.As government workers fanned out in rural areas of Hong Kong, bird owners protested the loss of their now illegal backyard poultry flocks, Reuters reported today.”Whoever says we cannot rear chickens should be damned,” Lau Sau-foong told Reuters, adding that she had fainted twice from despair over the loss of her poultry. “I have treated those geese and chickens like my own children. After I wake up each morning I will feed them. Tell me, aren’t they [government poultry cullers] torturing me mentally?”Possible good news was announced on Feb 10, as a senior scientist with the WHO said a limited number of migratory birds seem to be spreading just one strain of the H5N1 virus, Reuters reported.Michael Perdue, an epidemiologist with the WHO’s global influenza program, said that, theoretically, this may reduce the chance for the virus to mutate into something that will spread easily among people.”It could reduce the mutation level,” he said. “You are less likely to have widespread mutation than if you had 20 strains hop-scotching across Asia. It also appears that the virus is relatively stable.”Reuters also quoted Perdue as saying, “It is very difficult to predict without knowing anything about the ecology of these migrating birds where the virus is going to show up next.”See also OIE report from Bulgariahttp://web.oie.int/wahis/reports/en_imm_0000004599_20060212_164850.pdfOIE report from Italyhttp://web.oie.int/wahis/reports/en_imm_0000004535_20060214_174518.pdfOIE report from Sloveniahttp://web.oie.int/wahis/reports/en_imm_0000004736_20060212_150358.pdfOIE report from Nigeriahttp://web.oie.int/wahis/reports/en_imm_0000004494_20060208_180945.pdflast_img read more

China says no avian H5N1 outbreaks detected

first_imgFeb 6, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – China’s agriculture ministry said yesterday that it hasn’t detected any poultry outbreaks in the provinces where recent human cases were reported, an apparent response to speculation that the country isn’t reporting outbreaks and to suspicion about possible gaps in the surveillance system.In a statement to China Daily, a newspaper based in Beijing, the ministry said its assessment of the outbreak status of seven provinces linked to human cases was based on an assessment of the overall epidemiologic situation and investigations it conducted in January.China has reported seven human cases this year, four of them fatal. The cases hail from a range of locations across China, including two from Hunan province; one each from Shangdong, Shanxi, Guizhou, and Guangxi provinces; and one from Xinjiang Autonomous Region.Investigations into the sources of these infections found that nearly all may have been exposed to sick or dead birds, such as at live bird markets, according to previous statements from the World Health Organization (WHO).The country submitted its last H5N1 outbreak report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on Dec 19, 2008, which described outbreaks at two large farms in Jiangsu province, in eastern China. However, the virus is considered endemic across large parts of China.The agriculture ministry’s statement to the China Daily said the country had kept international organizations, including the OIE and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) aware of current avian influenza developments.Some health officials, including York Chow, Hong Kong’s secretary for food and health, have raised questions about a possible change in the virus or if asymptomatic H5N1-infected chickens might be contributing to the spread of the virus.Hans Troedsson, the WHO’s representative in China, told China Daily, “The fact that this is the highest number [of human infections] for a single month in China reminds us that the virus is entrenched and circulating in the environment.”China’s agriculture ministry said that not all human cases have links to poultry outbreaks, and it said that, of 37 human cases reported in the country since 2005, only 4 were linked to poultry outbreaks, according to the China Daily report.Vincent Martin, a senior technical adviser in FAO’s Beijing office, said he met with Chinese authorities to discuss surveillance findings in seven provinces, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. “The Ministry of Agriculture in China has been extremely proactive in investigating the situation in domestic poultry in provinces where these cases have occurred,” he told AFP.”So far, despite a large number of samples from poultry being collected and laboratory tested, no evidence of infection in poultry has been found to explain these human cases,” Martin said.Avian influenza experts have said that the size and make-up of China’s poultry population creates a difficult surveillance task. They said that low levels of outbreak reports could be related to rigid vaccination requirements, but suboptimal vaccination can mask symptoms without stopping viral shedding.See also:Dec 19, 2008, OIE reporthttp://web.oie.int/wahis/reports/en_imm_0000007623_20081219_120841.pdfJan 21 CIDRAP News story “China’s recent H5N1 cases raise transmission questions”last_img read more

Providers having trouble getting seasonal flu vaccine

first_imgSep 9, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Just as this year’s early seasonal influenza immunization drive is getting under way, some vaccination providers are having trouble getting vaccine doses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.A CDC notice that was forwarded to members of the National Influenza Vaccine Summit (NIVS) said, “Providers seeking to order vaccine currently and during the past several weeks have experienced challenges in doing so.”The notice said the estimate of total seasonal vaccine production has been lowered slightly—from 118 million doses in late June to 114 million or 115 million now, or about 3%—but it did not describe this change as the sole or main factor in the difficulty.In late June, the notice said, one vaccine manufacturer lowered its vaccine production estimate, causing some providers to switch their “prebooked” supply orders to other manufacturers. As a result, some doses that are normally available in summer or early fall are off the table.In addition, the CDC said, more providers than usual may be trying to get vaccine at this time of year, because of the H1N1 flu pandemic. Media coverage of H1N1 and the desire to complete seasonal flu immunizations before H1N1 vaccinations begin may have combined to boost demand for seasonal vaccine.The first doses of H1N1 vaccine are expected to become available in mid October. To make way for the H1N1 vaccination campaign, public health officials have been urging people to get their seasonal flu shots early, and vaccinations have begun in many areas.During an NIVS teleconference today, the CDC’s Dr. Jeanne Santoli suggested that the seasonal vaccine supply is likely to improve as the season wears on. The NIVS, cosponsored by the CDC and the American Medical Association (AMA), involves more than 400 people from about 100 public and private organizations interested in resolving flu and flu-vaccine problems.”Some [vaccination] providers book more than one product but are not intending to buy both, so some prebooks don’t materialize into purchases,” Santoli said. “So providers should continue to use the supplies they have and then look for opportunities to order additional vaccine as the season goes on.””I wish we could say more to people who want to buy vaccine and right now can’t buy the vaccine they need,” she said, but added that the situation is expected to improve with time.During the teleconference, which included time for questions, a woman involved in occupational health said vaccination providers in that field are having to postpone vaccination clinics because they can’t get vaccine.”Many of our group prebooked [vaccine] back in March, April, May, and June but are being told by distributors that manufacturers are shipping only about 50% of their orders, and very little vaccine is moving to the occupational health market,” she said. “Vaccinators are rescheduling programs that were scheduled over the next several weeks.”Santoli replied that production estimates “haven’t changed radically, certainly not 50%,” adding that she couldn’t explain the situation.She said the CDC hasn’t heard of “any significant delays that are on the horizon” for seasonal vaccine production. A little more than 30 million doses of vaccine had been distributed as of Aug 28, she added.”We were expecting that vaccine would be ready in the August-September and somewhat of the October time frame; we don’t have any manufacturers that were significantly off that,” Santoli said.Dr. L.J. Tan, the AMA’s infectious diseases director, who moderated the teleconference, said an earlier prediction was that 50 million doses would be distributed by the end of August, “so this clearly indicates a slight delay in terms of that number.”On the other hand, he said, “having 30 million doses by August 28th is really quite remarkable.”See also: NIVS home pagehttp://www.preventinfluenza.org/nivs.asplast_img read more

Tennis tournament of the year begins: Ivanišević and Bahrami open the 29th Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag

first_imgThe 29th edition of the tennis tournament Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag will start on Saturday with the exhibition of two old friends, Goran Ivanišević and Mansour Bahrami. Ivanišević has proven many times that he is the undisputed ruler of the tennis court and a great prankster, and on Saturday all visitors to the tournament will find out first hand why Bahrami is called the most fun player in the history of tennis. Just before the exhibition, the draw for the main tournament will take place, and the legendary Petar Grašo will close the evening with his biggest hits.”Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag is a combination of top tennis, great concerts and the best gourmet offer, which is why it proudly holds the title of the best tennis tournament in this area, which is confirmed by more than 100.000 visitors every year. We eagerly await our tennis players and guests and invite everyone who has not been so far to visit Umag, experience this unique atmosphere and gain unforgettable memories in the European City of Sports 2018.” he said Ronald Korotaj, President of the Organizing Committee of the tournament.Sport speaks a ‘universal language’, erases borders between people and transcends differences, said a few days ago our frequent guest and friend of the tournament, the great Novak Djokovic, so ATP Umag will not forget its sports colleagues, footballers.In Stella Maris on Saturday at 16 pm, all visitors to the tournament will be able to watch the World Cup match for third place between Belgium and England. It will only be a warm-up for the grand final on Sunday at 17pm between Croatia and France where we expect the fan fever to completely engulf Stella Maris as well.The competitive part of the tournament starts with qualifying matches on Sunday, and the main tournament starts on Monday.More information about the entire program can be found at official tournament page.RELATED NEWS:TEN DAYS OF TOP MUSIC: THE UMAC TOURNAMENT WILL DANCE THE BIGGEST DOMESTIC AND REGIONAL STARS AND FAMOUS WORLD DJSMICHELIN’S CORNER AS A GOURMET EXPERIENCE ON THE BLUE LAGOON CROATIA OPENU UMAGlast_img read more

Who will control the number of people on the beaches?

first_imgAnd most importantly, we need clear comprehensive recommendations in order to keep the situation under control by adhering to all measures and recommendations. Will we have to “fence” the beaches? Who will control the number of people on the beaches? Will we have to reserve our place? Pay a ticket to the beach? Will there be a time limit on the use of the salary, say 1 hour maximum? Will we have to disinfect the beaches after each swimmer? How much chlorine must be in the pool to eliminate the coronavirus? Will we have a mobile app to book or purchase vouchers? Video cameras on the beaches to see if there is room? How are we going to control the situation if there are a lot of guests – whose guest is allowed and whose guest is not allowed on the beach? Can only a guest who has paid for accommodation go to the beach? – a lot of questions people ask, some logical and “funny”, but in this extraordinary situation we need clear recommendations from the Crisis Staff. There are simply too few answers at the moment. Of course, the question is how many tourists, both domestic and foreign, will be on the Adriatic this year, but that is another topic. Of course, everyone must prepare, be proactive and hope and try to “catch” as many guests as possible. Of course we need to be realistic and ready for the scenario to be only 10% of the season, but that does not mean that we do not have to try to do everything in our power to try to activate the tourist market. And that is why it is “harmful” to open such topics on the “hub” and place them through the media individually from day to day, along the way, because it only creates added noise in communication. Thematic units should be opened and as much detail as possible passed through them. This is really confusing. Yes, these are certainly important issues, issues that we need to open as soon as possible and clearly define the rules, so that everyone in tourism knows how to prepare. Everyone is preparing to open hotels, restaurants, beaches – and we are late with the preparation because we do not have clear instructions and recommendations. The very fact that on the beaches as well as in the pools will have to adhere to a distance of 2 meters, raises various questions. “The city or hotels will have to take care that there is no physical contact on the beaches. There will be no towel to towel”Said Krunoslav Capak in the show Dobro jutro, Hrvatska on HRT and added that the control will have to be done by the city, with the help of communal wardens, or hotels.last_img read more

Šibenik-Knin County organized points for testing tourists

first_imgAs we know, Šibenik-Knin County and Split-Dalmatia County have been put on the red list in Germany. All passengers returning to Germany, who were in the mentioned Croatian counties, must go for mandatory testing, and until they receive the test results, they must be in home quarantine. The Šibenik-Knin County Tourist Board, in cooperation with the County Crisis Staff, the Šibenik-Knin County Public Health Institute and the Šibenik Health Center, organized a tourist testing point – the contact person is Ivana Lušić, +38598737404, ivana.lusic@dalmatiasibenik.hr, to make an appointment and all other information. Due to that, they provided additional epidemiological teams in Šibenik-Knin County in order to test tourists as soon as possible. center_img You can find a list and contacts of all test centers for COVID-19 in Croatia HERE.last_img read more

Officiating at track meet was horrible

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe officiating at the Feb. 11 Section II Division I Championship at UAlbany was the worst I’ve seen in 2-1/2 years, and I’ve been to most matches.On the first turn, seven seconds into the 4 X 400M relay in Section 1, the Bethlehem runner was tackled from behind and the race wasn’t stopped. That same runner, now bruised and stunned, shouldn’t have to pick up the baton and finish the race.The official, who was supposed to be watching in turn one had his back to the race. When this was pointed out to the officials, who took about 20 minutes looking up the rules, they refused to acknowledge what they were being told by coaches and others.When officials are asleep, the kids who work hard to compete fairly suffer — not the inept officials.Bill CerveraBallston LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Dec. 24

first_imgThe best option for Trump is to resignIn Trump’s impeachment, House Republicans attacked the process under Democrats’ control. They engaged in antisocial and counterfactual behavior. Conspicuously, however, they failed to defend Trump as being either honest or innocent.Underlying partisanship of the House vote was near unanimous agreement about Trump’s guilt.This was evident from debate in the Intelligence Oversight and Judiciary committees and the full House. Despite partisan bitterness, the House action sends a powerful, essentially nonpartisan message of guilt to voters and senators.Senators know that all House members’ terms end in 2020. They know that Republican members risk primary challenges at Trump’s instigation if they rebel. They know that House Republicans desiring impeachment did not have to vote for it, as Democrats would do the job.Not so in the Senate. Senators serve six-year terms. Just 23 Republican senators’ terms will end in 2020, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s. Thus, 30 of the 53 Republican senators will join 47 Democrats, totaling 77 Senate trial jurors protected from Trump jury tampering.Republican senators have a weighty responsibility. To keep them in line, Trump relies upon Mitch McConnell. McConnell must avoid the appearance of rebellion, but he could engineer rebellion surreptitiously. He could advise Trump to resign with an immunity deal or face conviction and removal.Resignation seems likely. Trump’s legal peril may become dire if his tax returns must be released. The Supreme Court has agreed to consider this issue. A likely adverse decision could be averted, however, if Trump resignation renders it moot.Dr. Robert A. MichaelsNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDon’t forget Christ on holiday to-do listDo the Gazette editors know the origin of Christmas? I was deeply saddened when reading the Dec. 19 feature of “100 things to do this holiday season” to find not a single reference to attending a church service, taking time for private devotions or singing Christmas carols.Perhaps you are not aware that the “holiday season” includes “Christmas” which comes from the word “Christ.” For many people, the season is a time for celebrating the birth of Jesus, often called “Christ.”  I weep that he’s still forgotten.Paul RandallSlingerlands Republicans: Stop defending TrumpTo all Trump supporters: if Bill Clinton could be impeached over lying about having an affair with an intern, pushed by Republicans and Clinton haters for years, then dare I say, it’s only right that Trump be impeached for bribery of a foreign country and obstruction of justice at the highest levels. Call me crazy, but the latter seems much more serious. Republicans, get your heads out of the sand and stop defending the indefensible. History will remember all of this, and you.Mary BakerPerthMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more