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Chicago reverses course, announces plans to schools remotely fall

The school committee voted on the decision Wednesday night, leaving some room for students to potentially come back to the classroom at some point in the school year. Mayor Lightfoot attributed the change in plans to a recent uptick in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city. "Here in Chicago, we are in a better place than most other areas in the country and in the surrounding area", Lightfoot said at a press conference.

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45 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed, no new deaths

This person died while receiving treatment in a hospital. Nationally, the total number of confirmed cases is now 26,303; the death toll remains at 1,763. There are 19 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County. This comes after a further ten positive cases of Covid-19 were reported in the last 24 hours.

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New York City Setting Up COVID-19 Checkpoints on Roadways

In the city's highly politicised environment, the previous health commissioner, Oxiris Barbot, resigned on Tuesday expressing "deep disappointment" with de Blasio, who had sidelined her and her health department, relying instead on the Health + Hospitals corporation.

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Winter lifeline as 90-minute checks tell Covid-19 from flu

The DNA "Nudgebox" machines will be rolled out across NHS hospitals in the United Kingdom to analyse DNA in nose swabs, providing a positive or negative result for COVID-19 in 90 minutes, at the point of care. Hospitals and care homes will gain access to new tests which deliver results in 90 minutes and can tell if a patient is suffering from Covid-19 or flu, the Government has said.

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Coronavirus did come from bats, say World Health Organization scientists sent to Wuhan

He noted that testing, isolating and treating patients , and tracing and quarantining their contacts are essential steps to curb the spread of the virus . "However, we've also seen how some countries, regions or localities that had a high number of cases are now bringing the outbreak under control". The WHO head said that, while the coronavirus was the biggest health emergency since the early 20th century, the worldwide scramble for a vaccine was also "unprecedented".

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U.S. announces clinical trial of antibody treatment for COVID-19

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) said on Tuesday it would launch two trials to evaluate antibody COVID-19 drugs and follow these up with trials for other experimental therapies in patients with the disease. Lilly's drug, developed in collaboration with Canadian biotechnology company AbCellera Biologics Inc ., was derived from the blood sample of one of the first Americans to recover from Covid-19 earlier this year.


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