Tanzania receives first shipment of herbal concoction from Madagascar that cures COVID-19, but WHO has misgivings.

Tanzania says it has received its first shipment of Madagascar’s self-proclaimed, plant-based “cure” for coronavirus, despite warnings from the World Health Organization that its efficacy is unproven.

The announcement on Friday came days after Madagascar said it would begin selling the herbal concoction – known as Covid-Organics – and that several African countries had already put in orders.

“Tanzania today received the support of coronavirus medicine from Madagascar,” government spokesman Hassan Abas said on Twitter.

The purported remedy is a drink derived from artemisia – a plant with proven efficacy in malaria treatment – and other indigenous herbs.

Last month, Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina launched the remedy at a news conference, drinking from a sleekly-branded bottle filled with an amber liquid which he said had already cured two people.

Madagascar has since been giving away thousands of bottles of the product, developed by the state-run Malagasy Institute of Applied Research, to countries across Africa.

Earlier this week, the East African island nation told the Reuters news agency it would begin selling the drink, which domestically can be bought for around 40 US cents per bottle.

Along with Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, the Republic of the Congo, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia and Guinea-Bissau have already received thousands of doses of Covid-Organics free of charge.

Guinea-Bissau has received more than 16,000 doses which it is distributing to the 14 other African nations.

Liberia’s Deputy Information Minister Eugene Farghon said this week there was no plan to test the remedy before distribution.

“It will be used by Liberians and will be used on Liberians,” he said, noting that the WHO had not tested other popular local remedies.

“Madagascar is an African country … Therefore we will proceed as an African nation and will continue to use our African herbs.”

COVID-19 will cease to exist without vaccine – US President, Trump

A competent, efficient US President, Donald Trump has said the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic is going to “end without a vaccine.”

Trump told the press during his daily briefing at the White House at the weekend, “This is going to go away without a vaccine, it’s gonna go away, and we’re not going to see it again, hopefully, after a period of time.”

He added, “You may have some flare-ups, and I guess I would expect that.”

As at Friday, the deadly virus had infected at least 1.2 million people in the US killing more than 76,000.

The leading expert on infectious diseases on the US COVID-19 task force, Dr. Anthony Fauci, had repeatedly said a vaccine is still at least a year to 18 months from being produced.

Meanwhile, President Trump insists he relies on what doctors tell him, adding that doctors believe COVID-19 will go away but did not say if it was going to be this year.

“It doesn’t mean, frankly, it’s going to be gone before the fall or after the fall, but eventually it’s going to go away.

The question is whether we will need a vaccine. At some point, it will probably go away by itself.”

Covid-19: 250 Ventilators, The UK brought from China could kill patients,If Used- Doctor’s Raise Alarm

The 250 ventilators the UK government bought from China are the wrong type and could kill patients, senior doctors have warned in a newly uncovered letter.

In the letter, the medical staff said the devices had a problematic oxygen supply, could not be cleaned properly, had an unfamiliar design and a confusing instruction manual, and were built for use in ambulances, not hospitals, NBC News reports.

The document also claims the ventilators cannot be cleaned properly, are an unfamiliar design, and come with a confusing instruction manual.

On April 4, Cabinet ministers triumphantly announced that they had scored a much-needed win, buying 300 ventilators from China.

“I’d like to thank the Chinese government for their support in securing that capacity,” Michael Gove, a senior member of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government, said at a briefing that day.

But nine days later, a group of senior doctors and medical managers issued a grave warning about 250 ventilators that they had received, the Shangrila 510 model made by Beijing Aeonmed Co. Ltd., one of China’s major ventilator manufacturers.

“We believe that if used, significant patient harm, including death, is likely,” according to an April 13 letter seen by NBC News. “We look forward to the withdrawal and replacement of these ventilators with devices better able to provide intensive care ventilation for our patients.”

The doctors said the machine had been designed for use inside an ambulance rather than beside a hospital bed, making it the wrong type altogether.

The letter claimed the ventilator’s oxygen supply was “variable and unreliable” and that its fabric case could not be cleaned properly – essential in the struggle to curb a highly infectious virus.

It was also claimed that the ventilators came with a “non-EU” oxygen connection hose.

The letter was reportedly written by a senior anesthesia and intensive care doctor, representing a group of clinicians and senior managers working in and around Birmingham.

Reacting to the letter, the Department of Health and Social Care which oversees the NHS and the purchase of ventilators from abroad, said in an email to NBC News that it was aware of doctors’ concerns and has raised them with the manufacturer.

“Ventilators need to pass robust regulatory tests to ensure they are up to standard before they’re delivered to NHS hospitals,” a spokesperson added.

We currently have around 10,900 mechanical ventilators available to NHS patients across the UK, as well as 4,300 non-invasive ventilators.”

See Fani Kayode reaction, as Bill Gate reveals new vaccine for coronavirus

A former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has reacted to the reports that the Co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates has revealed a new RNA vaccine that can be used for treating the coronavirus disease.

DAILY POST reported that Bill Gates revealed a new RNA vaccine, together with a list of things that must be done to enable life return to normal again.

Gates said he is particularly excited about pursuing a new approach called ‘RNA vaccine,’ with code needed to produce viral fragments on its own.

Reacting, Kayode in a tweet via his Twitter account on Friday, said Bill and Melinda had intentions of killing millions with their evil vaccine.

He said ”I told you that the demons called Bill and Melinda Gates want to kill millions with their evil vaccine.

”Now a law is secretly being passed in your country that will make it compulsory for you to take a vaccine that will kill you like flies.

”Am I still just a conspiracy theorist? I advise you to grow up and get real.

”There is more to what’s going on than meets the eye.

”This Bill and evil agenda must be resisted and rejected otherwise you will weep like babies and wish you had never been born.

”Say NO to world depopulation! Say NO to Bill Gates! Say NO to satan!”

Italy’s coronavirus deaths are deeply shocking; astonishing.

Italy has become the flash point of the coronavirus pandemic, with a death toll at 6,077 and counting — the highest in the world. More than 2,000 Italians have been killed by the virus in the past four days alone. 

The staggering toll stands for now as a worst-case scenario for what happens when a country is caught unprepared. Italy’s high elderly population has exacerbated the problem.

But while some unique aspects have amplified the scale, doctors and health officials say other countries should regard Italy not as an outlier or an example of missteps, but as a harrowing preview for the hardships they might soon have at hand. 

Other countries could easily follow the pattern in Italy, with the number of casualties soaring weeks after an initial, drastic spike in cases.

The disaster in Italy does not stem from gross government negligence. Rather, analysts say it is partly a consequence of the weeks between the emergence of the outbreak and the government decision to absolutely lock down the population. And though many in Italy now argue their government waited too long, democracies across the West have been mulling the same decisions — and in some cases have acted less decisively.

Neither is the crisis in Italy a product of an especially feeble health system. Italy has fewer acute-care beds relative to its population than South Korea or Germany, but more than Britain or the United States. The death toll is being intensified by breakdowns at hospitals, but the strains are the same as could happen anywhere in the developed world that sees such a surge in coronavirus cases. 

“This emergency is something so huge that all over the world, not just in Italy, you’re going to be forever unprepared,” said Massimo Galli, head of the infectious disease unit at the Sacco Hospital in Milan. He said governments everywhere “are taking this classic attitude to face the problem slowly.” 

FBI says extremists are urging spread of coronavirus to Jews, police

Agency intercepts messages among neo-Nazi and white supremacist movements encouraging infected members to visit places where Jewish people congregate, spray body fluids at cops.

Extreme right-wing groups in the US are telling their members to deliberately spread the deadly new coronavirus to police officers and Jewish people, ABC news reported Sunday citing an FBI alert it obtained.

The agency has intercepted messages sent by Neo-Nazis and white supremacists encouraging infected members to try and pass on the virus to Jews by visiting “any place they may be congregated, to include markets, political offices, businesses and places of worship,” the FBI’s New York office wrote in an alert, sent out last Thursday.

Police were also suggested targets, to be attacked with spray bottles containing body fluids.

“Members of extremist groups are encouraging one another to spread the virus, if contracted, through bodily fluids and personal interactions,” the FBI wrote, according to the report.

The Secure Communities Network, an umbrella group that coordinates protection for Jewish groups and synagogues in the US told ABC that extremists are using the coronavirus pandemic to promote their own conspiracy ideas.

“From pushing the idea that Jews created the coronavirus virus to sell vaccines to encouraging infected followers to try to spread the illness to the Jewish community and law enforcement, as the coronavirus has spread, we have observed how white-supremacists, neo-Nazis and others have used this to drive their own conspiracy theories, spread disinformation and incite violence on their online platforms,” said SCN head Michael Masters.

According to Alex Friedfeld, a researcher with the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Center on Extremism, extremists began promulgating the notion in January that the coronavirus was created by a cabal of Jews, around the time the virus was first being detected.

“The most popular conspiracy theory is that Jews are using this virus as a means for profit,” Friedfeld told The Times of Israel last week. “They are saying Jews manufactured it and are going to take advantage of the markets collapse through insider trading.”

As of Sunday there have been 30,000 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in the US, with at least 389 people dying of the disease which is caused by the coronavirus.

SAUDI ARABIA RECORDS FIRST CORONAVIRUS CASE

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has recorded its first case of coronavirus.

The patient is a Saudi national who arrived from Iran through Bahrain, the Saudi Health Ministry said on Monday.

The patient is currently quarantined at hospital, it said, adding that samples were taken from all those who were in contact with the patient, for tests.

Although the coronavirus has spread to 62 countries, the vast majority of the cases have appeared in five countries, UN Health Chief Tedros Ghebreyesus said.

Ghebreyesus argued that it was still possible to avert a global spread.

More than 88,900 global cases of COVID-19 cases, 90 per cent were reported from China, most of them from the outbreak epicentre in Hubei province.

Outside of China, more 8,700 cases have been reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva, with four countries accounting for 81% of this figure, WHO chief said.

He maintained that South Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan are causing the biggest concerns.

“This is not a one-way street. We can push this virus back,” he says, arguing that all countries can contain the virus if they take decisive action.

China reports the most coronavirus deaths in one day as total surpasses 1,000; US confirms 13th case

China reported its highest daily coronavirus death toll Tuesday, the 103 additional fatalities pushing the total past 1,000 and providing a somber warning that the epidemic was accelerating.

All but two of the 1,018 deaths attributed to the outbreak that emerged in December have taken place in mainland China. The virus is continuing to spread into other countries, with almost 500 of the 43,138 now confirmed cases elsewhere. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week reported the 13th case in the U.S.

The 103 deaths broke the daily record set one day earlier, when 97 deaths were reported. A team from the World Health Organization arrived in China this week to lay the groundwork for a larger international team that will aid the Chinese effort while learning traits of the outbreak that could aid global efforts, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

13th US case confirmed

The CDC confirmed the 13th coronavirus case Monday. The case, detected in California, involved a patient under a federal quarantine order at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego after recently returning from Wuhan, China.

Wuhan and Hubei province are where the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the virus was discovered in December 2019.

The CDC said it was conducting a thorough contact investigation of the person who has tested positive to determine whether friends, relatives or others are should be deemed high-risk.

About 800 Americans evacuated from Wuhan remain under quarantine.

World coronavirus summit underway

WHO, which declared a global emergency two weeks ago, on Tuesday convened a two-day global forum to encourage international action and fast track new tests, treatments and vaccines aimed at curtailing the outbreak. The forum, meeting in Geneva with some experts attending remotely, includes scientists, researchers from public health agencies, regulatory experts and bioethicists with expertise in research emergencies.

We want you to know that we stand with you in solidarity and we wish you courage, patience, success and good health in these extremely trying circumstances, Ghebreyesu told participants.

Japan may let elderly exit quarantined cruise ship

The Japanese government is considering a plan to allow the elderly and passengers with chronic illnesses to disembark a cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama over coronavirus infection fears. A total of 135 of the 3,700 people aboard have tested positive for the virus.

The government had asked about 3,600 passengers and crew members to stay on board during the two-week isolation period through Feb. 19 in an effort to contain the spread of the pneumonia-causing disease. Many passengers have struggled with their prolonged isolation on the ship. About 80% of the 2,666 passengers are 60 or older, with 215 in their 80s and 11 in their 90s, authorities say.

Masahiro Kami, head of the nonprofit Medical Governance Research Institute, said that elderly people with chronic illnesses could suffer rapid aggravations of their health conditions due to stress if confined to cramped cabins.

They will be susceptible to virus infection and risk their lives, Kami told.

WOMAN ARRANGE FIGHT TO DEATH FOR LOVERS

A mum who organised a ‘medieval duel’ to the death see which of her two lovers would win her hand has been jailed for life.

The 35 year old Asta Juskauskiene, left husband Giedruis Juskauskas for Mantas Kvedaras, after meeting the 25-year-old online following his release from a Lithuanian prison for rape. The care worker ended the relationship with Mr Juskauskas, 42, who continued to provide financial support for their daughter. But both men claimed Juskauskiene as their own and she decided to settle the argument with a fight to the death in a pathway in Stratford, east London. Kvedaras stabbed his love rival 35 times to the body and neck on June 17 last year and then bought Juskauskienea pizza to celebrate.   

Juskauskiene had been warned Kvedaras was dangerous but said: ‘I think I will play until I get into trouble. I probably like the risks, dangers.’ She denied but was convicted of conspiracy to murder and perverting the course of justice after a five-week trial at Kingston Crown Court. Juskauskiene stood expressionless in the dock as Judge Peter Lodder jailed her for life with a minimum term of 24 years Kvederas was sentenced to life with a minimum off 22 and a half years for murder. Juskauskiene was still in a physical relationship with her ex-husband despite their divorce in December 2018 when her lover Kvedaras flew to stay at her east London home. Both men claimed her as their own so she decided to settle the argument with a fight to the death in an alleyway in Stratford – a duel that she meticulously arranged while at home looking after her children, the youngest of which she shared with Mr Juskauskas. Kvedaras, who admitted murder, stabbed his love rival 35 times to his body, chest and neck on June 17 last year, leaving Mr Juskauskas to bleed to death at the scene