Damaged Hospitals in Haiti Struggle to Help Earthquake Survivors as Death Toll Tops 1,400

We get an update from Les Cayes, Haiti, not far from the epicenter of Saturday’s earthquake, as Tropical Storm Grace drenched parts of the country and the death toll has now climbed to more than 1,400, with nearly 7,000 suffering from injuries amid overwhelmed hospitals. The impact from the latest earthquake is “just as great” as the devastation from the 2010 earthquake, says Jacqueline Charles, Haiti and Caribbean correspondent for the Miami Herald. “Haitians are not sitting around and waiting for international aid. They’re not waiting for their national community to come and rescue them,” Charles says, noting the presence of many makeshift hospitals despite medical supply shortages.…

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Hospitals in England see 30% more coronavirus admissions in a week

Support us and go ad-freeThe number of people in hospital with coronavirus (Covid-19) in England has risen to its highest level in four months, data shows. Latest figures from NHS England show that 4,401 hospital beds were occupied by confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday 23 July. That’s the highest level since 22 March. This is a week-on-week rise of 30.7% from the 3,367 people in hospital on 16 July. (PA Graphics) Numbers are still lower than the peak of the second wave, when patient levels in England reached 34,336 on 18 January. The North East and Yorkshire had the highest number of beds occupied with coronavirus patients on…

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Coronavirus patients in England hospitals rise 30% in a week

Support us and go ad-freeThe number of people in hospital with coronavirus (Covid-19) in England has risen to its highest level in four months, data shows. Latest figures from NHS England show that 4,401 hospital beds were occupied by confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday 23 July. That’s the highest level since 22 March. This is a week-on-week rise of 30.7% from the 3,367 people in hospital on 16 July. (PA Graphics) Numbers are still lower than the peak of the second wave, when patient levels in England reached 34,336 on 18 January. The North East and Yorkshire had the highest number of beds occupied with coronavirus patients on…

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“An Apocalyptic Situation”: Indian Hospitals Overwhelmed as COVID Cases Soar in “Modi-Made Disaster”

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: India is in a state of crisis as COVID cases surge and hospitals run out of oxygen. India recorded 315,000 new cases Thursday, the highest daily toll of any country since the start of the pandemic. India also recorded 2,100 deaths, India’s highest daily death toll so far. Overall, its official death toll is about 185,000, but the true toll is believed to be far higher. Hospitals in New Delhi and other cities report they have run out of oxygen. Crematoriums have been overwhelmed with bodies. Despite this, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has…

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Pandemic Profiteers: Hospitals Sued Patients over Medical Debt While Getting Billions in Relief Aid

We look at pandemic profiteering in the medical system as a new report by Kaiser Health News reveals some of the nation’s richest hospitals recorded hundreds of millions of dollars in surplus over the past year after accepting federal healthcare bailout grants. This comes as hospitals in New York have sued thousands of patients during the pandemic, and Northwell — which is run by a close ally of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo — has faced intense criticism for practices like billing patients at its Lenox Hill Hospital over $3,000 for COVID tests — more than 30 times the typical cost. “There’s a lot of talk in our…

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Brazil in Crisis: COVID Deaths Soar & Hospitals Overflow Amid Unprecedented Political Upheaval

Brazil now accounts for about a quarter of all COVID-19 daily deaths worldwide, more than any other country, and its overall death toll of more than 310,000 is surpassed only by the United States. Far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro faces intense pressure to abandon his opposition to vaccinations, lockdowns and mask-wearing. Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, professor of neurobiology at Duke University and former coordinator of the largest scientific COVID-19 task force in Brazil, says Bolsonaro “has played on the side of the virus” by opposing any efforts to control the outbreak. “Since the beginning, he downplayed the severity of the pandemic.” Source link

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Hospitals compared to ‘warzones’ and ‘stretched to breaking point’

Hospitals are under more pressure from coronavirus (Covid-19) than they have ever been the prime minister has warned as he ordered a new national lockdown across England. Boris Johnson said that hospitals are 40% busier than the first peak of the virus in April 2020. This comes after a Christmas period in which the government relaxed coronavirus restrictions despite advice not to, and when other countries who implemented more successful measures like New Zealand have been able to celebrate the New Year as normal. Some doctors have compared working in the NHS right now to being in a “warzone”. “Breaking point” The British Medical Association (BMA) welcomed the…

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“Worse Than Being in Iraq”: Veteran & ER Doctor Says Pandemic Is Pushing Hospitals to Breaking Point

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: The United States hit the grim milestone of the worst day yet of the coronavirus pandemic this week, with 3,350 COVID-related deaths Tuesday alone. This comes amidst reports that 2020 has been the deadliest year in U.S. history. The United States is on track to top 3.2 million deaths this year, with 400,000 more deaths than in 2019. As the country averages more than 200,000 new COVID-19 cases per day, we go now to the frontlines of the crisis to speak with a doctor who’s been treating patients since the beginning of the U.S.…

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Hospitals across south-eastern England cancel treatments as coronavirus cases rise

Support us and go ad-freeHospitals across south-eastern England are postponing non-urgent procedures as some face double the number of coronavirus patients they had in the spring.The NHS in Kent confirmed on 18 December that it would be putting a stop to some planned treatments across the region “due to the increase in Covid patients being treated”.Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust had 221 Covid-19 patients on 16 December, more than 120 more than the 98 they had in the first peak on 8 April.(PA Graphics) East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust was treating 357 people with coronavirus on 16 December, almost twice the maximum number they had…

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COVID-19: guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions within hospitals and discharging COVID-19 patients from hospital to home settings

Published 9 April 2020 Last updated 18 December 2020 + show all updates 18 December 2020 Updated to include information on designated settings and exemption from re-testing. 30 July 2020 Changes to self-isolation policy for all admitted patients to 14 days; updated section 3 to include the provision of written instructions for ongoing isolation when discharging patients. 20 May 2020 Updated guidance (all sections). 23 April 2020 Added clarifications of testing capacity and strategy and re-ordered the page for improved readability. 18 April 2020 Clarified text and reordered sections. 9 April 2020 First published. Source link

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