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The vice president of Brazil has tested positive for the coronavirus | Instant News


BRAZILIA: Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao tested positive To the new corona virus on Sunday, his office said in a statement.
That the result confirmed on Sunday. Mourao will remain in isolation at the vice president’s official residence, the statement said, Xinhua reported.
President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro infected in July and has recovered.
Brazil is the third country hardest hit by the coronavirus after the US and India.
It has reported more than 7.5 million cases of coronavirus and more than 191,000 have died from the disease. More than 6.6 million people have recovered.

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Covid 19 coronavirus update: Three new cases today, Air NZ crew members likely infected in the US | Instant News


An Air New Zealand crew member who has tested positive for Covid-19 may have contracted the virus in the United States.

The Health Ministry said preliminary genome testing found no link between positive cases and existing cases in New Zealand.

Comparisons with international samples show that it came from the United States, the ministry said today.

The exact source of the positive cases has not been confirmed, and a ministry investigation is ongoing.

Crew members arrived in New Zealand on December 9 on a flight from the United States.

They tested positive as part of mandatory testing within 48 hours of returning from the country.

The ministry said Air New Zealand had provided assurance that the person had met all requirements for crew flying to and from the US – and the risk to the general public was considered low.

While abroad, the flight crew is located legally required wear protective equipment when in direct contact with passengers or when outside of their aircraft or accommodation.

They must travel directly to their accommodation and cannot leave except for emergencies.

Aircrews flying the “high risk” route – which includes Los Angeles and San Francisco – must also follow legal requirements on their return to New Zealand including mandatory medical examinations and a Covid-19 test within 48 hours of arrival.

They do not have to undergo managed isolation, but must isolate themselves until they test negative.

Covid-19 Countermeasure Minister Chris Hipkins said this afternoon a positive case shows the system is working.

“We see evidence of successful protective measures with this newest Air New Zealand crew member.

“We know there is an extra risk for people coming and going who are part of the flight crew,” he said.

“We cannot accept them in two weeks of isolation, or we will never have planes coming and going. It would not be practical.

“This person has been isolated since they came back, they got the tests as expected [and] they are not showing any symptoms at this time.

“All crew members have tested negative, so there is actually no risk of spreading it in the community.”

All other crew members have returned negative test results and are in isolation.

Three new cases

The ministry also confirmed three new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today, all in managed isolation.

There are no new community cases.

Two of the new cases arrived from the United States, and one from the UK. They have all been moved to Jet Park’s quarantine facility in Auckland.

One previously reported case has now recovered, bringing the total number of active cases in New Zealand now to 56.

There were 4245 tests yesterday.

The previous case

It was announced yesterday that crew members would arrive in New Zealand on December 9 on a flight from the US.

They tested positive as part of mandatory testing within 48 hours of returning from the United States.

The ministry said Air New Zealand had assured him the person had met all of the requirements for crew flying to and from the US – and the risk to the general public was considered low.

While genome sequencing has not yet been completed, preliminary results suggest no link between test crew members and existing New Zealand cases. Comparisons with international samples show that it came from the United States, the ministry said.

All other crew members returned negative and were isolated.

The total number of confirmed cases in New Zealand is 1,740.

There are six new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation that were announced on Friday.

At that time, there were no community cases and the total number of cases in New Zealand stood at 57.

Of the six new cases, five were active and one history:

• One case arrived in New Zealand on 26 November, from South Africa via the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia. This person was tested for being in a travel bubble with two confirmed cases and at an Auckland quarantine facility.

• One case arrived in New Zealand on 1 December, from Sweden via Qatar and Australia. These people were tested because they were in a travel bubble with two confirmed cases, and were in an Auckland quarantine facility.

• One case arrived in New Zealand on 3 December, from Great Britain via the United Arab Emirates. These people are being tested because they are in a travel bubble with a confirmed case, and are in an Auckland quarantine facility.

• One case arrived on December 3 from the United Kingdom via the United Arab Emirates. This person tested positive on routine testing around day 3, and has been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.

• One case arrived on December 3 from the United Arab Emirates. These people are being tested because they are in a travel bubble with a confirmed case, and are in an Auckland quarantine facility.

• One case arrived in New Zealand on 7 December, from Great Britain via Singapore, and was tested on arrival for symptoms. Serological testing revealed that this case was historical and therefore not contagious. This person is in a Christchurch-run isolation and quarantine facility.

Starting this week, the frequency of updates has been reduced to four times a week.

New Zealand had its first confirmed case of Covid-19 on February 28, and starting March 3, daily updates have been provided by the Ministry of Health.

Last Monday, the ministry announced it was cutting the frequency of renewals to four times a week.

Updates are now scheduled on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

No new cases have been reported in the community since November 21, when the last case linked to the Auckland Defense Force cluster was reported. The person has now tested negative and there are currently no active cases registered in the community.

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Air New Zealand air crew members tested positive for Covid-19 | Instant News


The person arrived in New Zealand on December 9, on a flight from the United States.

An Air New Zealand crew tested positive for Covid-19.

The crew member is the only new positive case in the country at this time. They arrived in New Zealand on December 9, on a flight from the US.

The person tested positive as part of the mandatory testing required within 48 hours of operating in the US.

The risk to the general public was considered low, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

Crew members who test positive for Covid-19 have isolated themselves in their rooms at a facility used by Air New Zealand for aircrews and transferred to an Auckland quarantine facility.

This person is currently asymptomatic, the ministry said. They previously tested negative on December 3.

“Our latest test results show that this is a very recent infection,” said a Ministry of Health statement.

‘We will continue to investigate the case and more information will be provided in our regular Media Release tomorrow at 1pm.’

All other aircrews on the flight gave negative results and will remain in isolation.

As a precaution, all crew and staff who have lived or worked at the facility since Wednesday 9 December are considered potential contacts.

They are asked to undergo tests and isolate themselves until their test results are known. Testing will be available at the facility from this afternoon and tomorrow.

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Two sailors who arrived in Fiji via New Zealand tested positive for Covid | Instant News


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Lautoka Port. Photo / fijiports.com

By RNZ

Two sailors who arrived in Fiji on a freighter from Tonga last week tested positive for Covid-19.

The Health Ministry said the ship arrived in Lautoka on December 2 to deliver cargo and then proceed to Suva.

Fiji’s Health Minister Dr James Fong said the two sailors were under strict quarantine measures.

Twenty-five local residents including local boat agents, staff from the Biosafety Authority, Port Authority and Customs are all in quarantine.

The two seafarers have not been classified as a Covid-19 border case “as officials are awaiting information about whether they have tested positive for the virus in another country,” Fong said.

Fiji's Health Minister Dr James Fong said the two sailors were under strict quarantine.  Photo / Government of Fiji
Fiji’s Health Minister Dr James Fong said the two sailors were under strict quarantine. Photo / Government of Fiji

The information obtained by the Ministry of Health that no crew members left the ship in Tonga.

The head of MV Island had arrived in Nuku’alofa from New Zealand, said Fong.

“During that time in New Zealand, the ship underwent a crew change, with individuals being flown from other countries.

“Our current information is that all crew undergo a 14-day quarantine before the ship departs.

“Two crew members who have tested positive have been hygienically transferred to Navua Hospital and will stay in an isolation ward.”

The remaining crew members are quarantined on the ship under heavy police guard, said Fong.

“None of the crew members on the MV Island Chief got off the ship.”

How the case was detected

Fong said the ship was next scheduled to leave for Samoa.

In accordance with Samoa’s entry requirements, the crew underwent a Covid-19 test.

A team from the Health Ministry wearing suitable personal protective equipment boarded the ship and collected samples for testing from all 12 crew members, said Fong.

The results of this test, two crew members of the MV Island Chief tested positive for Covid-19.

“The first sailor tested positive twice on December 4 and 6. The second crew member tested negative on December 4 and then positive on December 6.”

Every precaution was taken to ensure there was no threat to the public, said Fong.

There are also situations where the ministry is taking precautionary measures in Lautoka and Suva, said Fong, but he did not confirm reports on social media about the alleged lockdown of Lautoka city.

A post claims that Lautoka Port has been quarantined.

Fiji now has 11 active cases of Covid-19, with nine of them in border quarantine.

– RNZ

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Witnesses infected with Covid create chaos in the Karachi court | Instant News


There was panic in court on Saturday when prosecutors presented a witness infected with Covid-19 at the liability court.

The court, which is hearing references to the illegal use of land in Clifton against chief Pak Sarzameen and former city nazim Mustafa Kamal and others, suspended trial without proceeding in the chaos.

When it was revealed that the witnesses had a highly contagious disease, the court ordered them to immediately leave the courtroom and postpone the trial until December 23, looking for more witnesses at their next trial.

This is not the first incident in which an infected individual has appeared in court. In November, the local court sent a letter to Sindh IGP Mushtaq Mahar and other relevant authorities expressing frustration at police negligence and presenting detainees who tested positive for Covid-19 in court.

“Police who present infected defendants to court must be quarantined and officials and staff stationed at the same police station as them should also be screened for the coronavirus,” the court ordered in the letter.

The move came after three defendants diagnosed with Covid-19 were brought before a Southern court judge. They were arrested by the Baloch Colony and the Eidgah Police.

Meanwhile, last week, a lawyer caused brief panic at the Supreme Court in Islamabad when he revealed during a trial in a full courtroom that he had Covid-19.

Pakistani Chief Judge Gulzar Ahmed has expressed displeasure over his appearance despite being diagnosed, asking, “Why are you showing up in court? You are playing with other people’s lives.”

In response, Attorney Adnan Khan said he had asked to postpone the case in a different court after testing positive for the virus, but that request was denied and he has turned up for a landmark case.

Testing at SHC

Separately, staff members and employees at the Sindh High Court (SHC) were tested for the coronavirus on Saturday, following the SHC administrative directives in this regard.

Medical teams arrived in court to screen staff for Covid-19, with the decision for testing made after several employees showed symptoms of the coronavirus.

The administration has directed all staff members to ensure they are tested for infectious diseases.

Seek local government polls

Meanwhile, speaking to the media outside the accountability court, PSP head Kamal asked whether the United Nations should be approached to resolve the city’s problems, adding that it was up to Prime Minister Imran Khan to fulfill this commitment.

“The government fired 56,000 council members with just one stroke of the pen,” Kamal repeated, adding that the country had a ‘democratic martial law’ when it came to local government as he asked the PM to announce local government elections in the three provinces.

He alleges that the autonomy granted to local governments under the 18th Amendment has been handed over to the Chief Minister (CM) House and Sindh CM Syed Murad Ali Shah has become a dictator himself. “CMs keep the money paid by the federal government instead of giving it to the relevant area,” he claims.

Kamal stated that Rs8,342 billion had been wasted in the province over the past decade at the will of CM.

He also regretted the dismissal of more than 4,500 Pakistan Steel Mill workers last week. “Thousands of PSM employees have been laid off while PM Khan has promised to provide jobs to residents,” he said, claiming that the industrial complex had been profitable until 2007.

He also highlighted that Pakistan International Airlines’ headquarters had been moved from Karachi to Islamabad, asking what ‘hostility’ the Center had with Pakistan’s largest city.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 6th, 2020.

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