Fauci says polio and smallpox would still be spreading in the US if anti-vaxx misinformation had been as popular in the past

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Dr. Anthony Fauci in Washington DC on February 25, 2021.

  • Dr Anthony Fauci in a CNN interview addressed anti-vaccination misinformation.
  • If there was the same pushback against smallpox vaccines in the past the disease would still be around, he said.
  • Vaccination rates in the US have stalled as Fox News hosts and GOP lawmakers push anti-vaccination propaganda.
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The White House’s top medical advisor, Dr Anthony Fauci, has said that the US’ campaigns to innoculate people against diseases in the past would not have been successful if anti-vaccination misinformation had been as popular as it is now.

Fauci, who is one of the top experts in infectious diseases in the US, made the comments as vaccination rates in the US stall, and conspiracy theorists backed by top-rated hosts on the right-wing Fox News network and Republican lawmakers seek to erode faith in the shot.

In an interview with CNN Saturday, host Jim Acosta asked Fauci whether history could have played out differently if public health authorities in the past had had to battle the waves of misinformation currently spreading in the US.

Acosta asked if he thought “we could have defeated the measles or eradicated polio if you had Fox News, night after night, warning people about these vaccine issues that are just bunk.”

Fauci said: “We probably would still have smallpox, and we probably would still have polio in this country if we had the kind of false information that’s being spread now,” Fauci said.

On Friday President Joe Biden singled out Facebook for criticism, saying the social media platform was “killing people” by allowing COVID-19 misinformation to spread on its platform.

The White House has missed its target of vaccinating 70% of the US population by July 4, and the huge surge in people initially seeking the injection has leveled. Infection rates driven by the more infectious Delta variant are rising, with White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients saying last week that 4 states with relatively low vaccination rates were driving 40% of new cases.

Fox News hosts and some GOP lawmakers have stepped up a campaign to erode faith in the vaccines in recent months, which experts told Insider in February was likely partly a bid to damage Biden’s vaccination strategy and score political points.

Fauci has become a hate figure for some right-wingers. A PAC linked to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has even started selling “Don’t Fauci My Florida” merchandise.

In the interview with CNN, Fauci expressed his bafflement at the hostility directed at him.

“Taking an individual who stands for public health, for truth… and to use my name in a derogatory way to prevent people from doing things that’s for the benefit of their own health, go figure that one out.”

“That doesn’t make any sense at all,” he said.

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How a couple from New York make around $3,000 a month from their dumpster diving side hustle

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Dave and Erin Sheffield.

  • Dave and Erin Sheffield work full-time but make around $3,000 a month from their dumpster diving side hustle.
  • The couple from Buffalo, New York, has collected everything from metal scraps to a Prada purse.
  • Over the years, and during the coronavirus pandemic, the popularity of dumpster diving has exploded.
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When Erin and Dave Sheffield are not busy with their full-time jobs, they’re rummaging through garbage.

The couple from Buffalo, New York, have been dumpster diving for more than 10 years and are now making an average of $3,000 a month from selling the items they find in the back lots of large depot stores.

“Especially in the time we live in, you kind of have to realize that if you don’t take that thing out of the trash, that’s going to a landfill,” Erin told Insider. “But also, you can actually make money.”

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The Sheffield’s are part of a growing number of people who have taken the plunge into dumpster diving.

Over the years, and especially during the coronavirus pandemic, the popularity of dumpster diving has exploded. Today, there are dumpster diving meetup groups, dumpster diving Facebook groups, and even dumpster diving TikTokers.

But while many have started dumpster diving during the pandemic, Dave and Erin have been at it for many years.

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Erin Sheffield poses with the couple’s finds.

Both of them started searching through garbage while in college after friends showed them just how many perfectly intact items students were leaving behind at the end of the semester.

But it wasn’t until they got together – naturally, the two first met by a dumpster – that they decided to make an additional income out of their hobby.

“When I met Dave, I realized you could sell stuff. If we found a bunch of brand new clothes with tags on them, we would try to sell them. And then if they gave us around $20 or $40 or something small, we would be really really excited,” said Erin, who works as a care coordinator for people with developmental disabilities.

Dave, who runs his own manufacturing business, has spent the last few years optimizing his dumpster diving techniques and increasing efficiency.

He has made a map of all the different dumpsters across the city and knows which ones usually have the “best” items. He visits these at least twice a week.

“I basically have a few different routes and know the different areas of the city with ‘good’ dumpsters so that I don’t even go to new dumpsters anymore. I just go to the ones that I know will have something,” he told Insider. “So the longer that you do it, the easier it gets, and the less time you have to put in, and the more money you make.”

While most of the items they find are re-sold on eBay and other online retailers, Dave told Insider that a third of their dumpster diving money comes from selling scrap metal.

“It’s like seven cents a pound, which initially might not sound like a lot. But if you have loads of it … you can work your way up to like 40 bucks a day,” Dave said.

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Some items the couple found in dumpsters.

“The way that I always thought about it is if I’m going to go dumpster diving for a few hours, the scrap metal that I find kind of pays for my gas and my like minimum wage. But the rest of the stuff I find and resell on eBay is just kind of gravy on top,” he added.

Some of the most valuable items both Erin and Dave found in the garbage include a (real) Prada purse which they sold for $500, and a truck-worth of college textbooks which brought in $1,000 profit.

But the couple said they’ve now become a bit picky about what they do take back with them.

“Anything that looks relatively new or looks expensive, or has a part number or a UPC like a barcode, you can really easily look it up on eBay,” Dave added.

When they stumble upon unopened food items, the couple usually takes some home or gives it away to friends or neighbors.

“For me personally, it’s more about I’d much rather see the items used and taken by people who want them,” said Erin. “Some of the items that Dave sells online, we would probably have a hard time just getting rid of. So we definitely don’t price competitively. We price to sell.”

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Erin Sheffield poses with some food items the couple found.

The couple recently bought a small boat from their savings and plan to keep dumpster diving. They hope that other people will follow suit.

“We can’t possibly come close to even touching the amount of good stuff that’s thrown away every day,” said Erin. “Even if we went out from sun-up to sundown, and went every place we could think of, we still wouldn’t get close to what is being thrown away in our city.”

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Austria investigating after 2 dozen US officials in Vienna report Havana Syndrome symptoms

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Vienna, Austria.

  • Two dozen US officials in Vienna have reported Havana Syndrome symptoms.
  • The ailment refers to mysterious neurological symptoms affecting US officials around the globe.
  • Scientists have long suspected the symptoms are caused by microwave radiation attacks.
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Austria is investigating reports of US diplomats and officials experiencing “unexplained health incidents” similar to the Havana Syndrome.

According to The New Yorker, two dozen US officials in Vienna have reported mysterious symptoms since Joe Biden took office in January, making it the second biggest hotspot aside from Havana.

The Havana Syndrome was first recorded in 2016 and 2017 when US officials in the Cuban capital reported inexplicable symptoms including migraines, vertigo, hearing loss, and other neurological problems.

Since then more than 130 US officials around the world have reported similar symptoms, including in China, Russia, and the US.

Researchers have said that patients have brain injuries consistent with head trauma.

Scientists have long suspected that the affliction is caused by microwave radiation attacks, although this has not been proven.

According to The New Yorker, CIA director William Burns has privately referred to the incidents as “attacks.”

During the Cold War, Austria’s neutrality and location meant that several other countries used it as a base for espionage.

Vienna still has a large diplomatic presence and is home to several major UN agencies and a European security body, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

According to Reuters, this has long made Vienna “a hub for diplomatic activity and spying.”

Austria’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it was “working with the US authorities on jointly getting to the bottom of this.”

“We take these reports very seriously. The safety of the diplomats sent to Austria and their families is our top priority,” they said.

A US State Department spokesperson said they were “vigorously investigating” the incidents.

In June, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced a government-wide review investigating the causes of the mysterious ailment.

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Boris Johnson will isolate after public backlash following announcement that he will dodge quarantine rules

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Boris Johnson

  • Boris Johnson was exposed to COVID-19 in a meeting with Health Secretary Sajid Javid.
  • NHS policy means that he should isolate for 10 days – but Johnson was part of a pilot study, meaning he can continue to work.
  • National outrage has meant he has had to perform a sharp U-Turn and remove himself from the pilot study
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In a speedy U-turn in response to public backlash, the British Prime Minister will be isolating after being exposed to COVID-19.

On Friday, July 16th, Johnson had an in-person meeting with Sajid Javid, the newly-appointed UK health secretary.

The following day, Javid took to Twitter to announce that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

On the morning of 18 July, Johnson was then “pinged” by the NHS COVID-19 app – a contact tracing app used to identify those exposed to Covid and therefore must isolate to stop the spread.

In contrast to common practice, 10 Downing Street announced that the Prime Minister and Rishi Sunak – Chancellor of the Exchequer – would not be isolating, and would instead be participating in a pilot scheme and going into his office to continue “essential Government business.”

However, mass public backlash caused this announcement to be reversed in less than two hours.

Sunak took to Twitter to announce that “I recognise that even the sense that the rules aren’t the same for everyone is wrong. To that end I’ll be self isolating as normal and not taking part in the pilot.”

When first announced on Saturday morning, Number 10 stated that the two Politicians would be participating in a pilot study to take daily COVID-19 tests rather than self isolate.

The announcement caused a significant fury on social media, with the topic of self-isolation already a sore subject with the British public as more than 500,000 people told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace in the last week alone.

In reaction to the news, #oneruleforthem was trending on Twitter, with people furious that the Prime Minister can bypass regulations that impact the public.

One teacher tweeted that her school class had to miss 10 days of school due to isolation following a COVID exposure.

Several workplaces – including 10 Downing Street – are reportedly participating in this pilot to see how the UK workforce can operate whilst the virus continues to circulate. However, the politicians will not be doing so.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister told Insider:

“The Prime Minister has been contacted by NHS Test and Trace to say he is a contact of someone with Covid.

“He was at Chequers when contacted by Test and Trace and will remain there to isolate. He will not be taking part in the testing pilot.

“He will continue to conduct meetings with ministers remotely. The Chancellor has also been contacted and will also isolate as required and will not be taking part in the pilot.”

This is the latest case in a string of Covid-related controversies involving the most senior of the UK Government.

On June 26, then-Health Secretary Matt Hancockstepped down from his positionafter leaked footage showed him kissing his aide in his office whilst Covid restrictions banned such intimate contact.

Last year, the senior advisor to Boris Johnson – Dominic Cummings – sparked national fury when it was revealed that he drove over 200 miles in a national lockdown whilst being positive for COVID-19.

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Widow of Haiti’s assassinated president returns to the country wearing her arm in a sling and a bulletproof vest

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Haitian President Jovenel Moise is seen with his wife at the Te Deum during his inauguration ceremony at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, on February 7, 2017.

  • Martine Moïse, the wife of Haiti’s assassinated president, has returned to the Caribbean nation.
  • She was pictured at Port-au-Prince airport on Saturday wearing an arm sling and a bulletproof vest.
  • Moïse had returned to the country to prepare for her husband’s funeral next week, an official said.
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Martine Moïse, the wife of Haiti’s assassinated president, returned to the Caribbean nation on Saturday after receiving medical treatment in Florida.

The widow was photographed arriving at Port-au-Prince airport with bodyguards, wearing an arm sling and a bulletproof vest. She was greeted by Haiti’s interim Prime Minister, Claude Joseph, and other top officials.

Moïse was with her husband, Jovenel Moïse, on July 7 when a group of assassins broke into their private residence and killed him. She survived the attack but had to be flown to a hospital in Miami, Florida, for treatment.

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In a tweet, a Haitian official said Moïse had returned to the country to prepare for her husband’s funeral.

Her arrival was unannounced and surprised many in the impoverished country of more than 11 million people, who are still reeling from the assassination.

Last week, Moïse spoke from her hospital bed for the first time, saying in a voice message posted to Twitter that the attack happened so quickly her husband was unable to “say a single word.”

“In the blink of an eye, the mercenaries entered my house and riddled my husband with bullets,” Moïse said, according to the BBC.

Earlier this week, she tweeted: “The pain will never pass.”

It is still unclear who exactly was behind the attack. Haitian police previously pointed to what it said was a group of assassins that includes 26 Colombians and two Haitian Americans.

Eighteen of those Colombians were detained, three were killed by the police, and five were still on the run, police said, according to Reuters.

This week, police took Jovenel Moïse’s chief of security into custody – a decision that “came from above,” CNN reported.

Jovenel Moïse’s funeral is expected to happen next week.

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Judge slams a pair of pro-Trump lawyers for ‘just repeating stuff’ the former president ‘is lying about’ after dismissing election fraud case

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President Donald Trump greets the crowd at the “Stop The Steal” Rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • A Colorado judge ticked off two pro-Trump lawyers for a failed case alleging election fraud.
  • The case was dismissed earlier, but the judge called its lawyers to a hearing over frivolous suits.
  • He asked them if it ever occurred to them that they may just be a “propaganda tool” for Trump.
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A Colorado judge gave a scathing rebuke to a pair of lawyers after he dismissed their case challenging the results of the 2020 election, suggesting they were just parroting former President Donald Trump’s talking points.

Lawyers Gary Fielder and Ernest John Walker filed a class-action suit in December last year, claiming to represent the voting rights of 160 million Americans. They accuse a slew of high-profile politicians and tech CEOs of thwarting a Trump election victory with China and Iran’s help, according to court documents seen by Insider.

The pair have bankrolled their case via a crowdfunding page calling it “the largest civil rights class-action lawsuit in history.”

The case was dismissed in April, one of the numerous failed attempts to implicate voting technology company Dominion Voting Systems in an alleged plot to steal the election for Joe Biden.

But Federal Judge N. Reid Neureiter found the case so frivolous that he called Fielder and Walker in for a hearing Friday to ask them if they had been used “as a propaganda tool” for Trump, The Washington Post reported.

“Did that ever occur to you? That, possibly, [you’re] just repeating stuff the president is lying about?” Neureiter said, referring to Trump, the Post reported.

Fielder and Walker argued that they filed the case in good faith, and plan to re-file the case despite the threat of sanction from Neureiter, the Post reported.

Theirs is one of several cases that appears to be heavily influenced by evidence-free claims by the former president, despite none of them having succeeded in court.

It also named Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger, and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as defendants in a loosely-woven series of allegations of Democratic bias and unconstitutional modifications of electoral law.

It asks damages of $1,000 for every registered voter in the US.

Neureiter asked the lawyers if they had thoroughly investigated the case’s claims, such as that Dominion Voting Systems’ machines had allowed Chinese and Iranian tampering, NBC’s 9 News reported.

Two days before Walker and Fielder filed their case, then-Attorney General Bill Barr announced that the FBI had seen no evidence of widespread voter fraud. In November, Chris Krebs, then-director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, publicly stated that the election was the “most secure in American history.”

Neureiter compiled a list of factors that a “non-frivolous” lawsuit should be ready to consider, including Barr and Krebs’ statements. He told the lawyers that they should have been a “red light for you, at least a flashing yellow light,” the Post reported.

Fielder and Walker did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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Father and son police officers charged with joining Proud Boys at Capitol riot

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The Capitol riot on January 6.

  • Kevin and Nathaniel Tuck were charged with several offences relating to the Capitol insurrection.
  • The men were added to an indictment of two previously charged Proud Boys.
  • The father-son duo were former or current police officers from Florida.
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Father and son police officers have been charged with joining members of the militia group Proud Boys during the Capitol riot, according to an indictment unsealed on Friday.

Kevin Tuck, 51, and Nathaniel Tuck, 29, former and current police officers from Florida, were charged with several offenses, including impeding official proceedings and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building.

The Tucks were charged along with Edward George Jr., who was also charged with assaulting a police officer and stealing government property.

All three men were added to an indictment of previously charged Orlando area men Arthur Jackman and Paul Rae.

Jackman and Rae, who were arrested in March, were named as members of the Proud Boys militia group in their criminal complaints.

It’s not immediately clear what the relationship is between The Tucks and George and Jackman and Rae.

The Washington Post said that the charges against the Tucks bring the number of off-duty law enforcement officers charged in the Capitol mob to at least 20.

On Thursday, Kevin Tuck resigned from the police department in Windermere, Florida.

Windermere Police Chief David Ogden said in a statement that he was “disheartened” by the arrest.

“The Windermere Police Department (WPD) has worked tirelessly over the past eight years to build a reputation of serving with Honor, Integrity and Service to our residents, and this arrest doesn’t reflect on the hard work of the men and women of the Windermere Police Department,” he said.

Nathaniel Tuck served as a policeman in Apopka, Florida, until September 2020.

According to The Washington Post, Kevin and Nathaniel Tuck were released on a $25,000 unsecured bond on Thursday by a judge in Tampa.

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Caitlyn Jenner’s run for California governor is a ‘vanity joke,’ says trans state senator Sarah McBride

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Delaware state senator Sarah McBride, left, told Insider that Caitlyn Jenner, right, is running a “trans vanity joke campaign.”

  • Caitlyn Jenner, a trans woman, is running in California’s recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom.
  • Sarah McBride, the highest-ranking trans official in the US, told Insider that Jenner’s campaign is a “joke.”
  • The Delaware lawmaker went on to say that Jenner poses a “real threat” to young, trans people.
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Delaware state senator Sarah McBride, the highest-ranking openly transgender elected official in the US, told Insider that Caitlyn Jenner running in California’s recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom is nothing more than a “joke.”

“I don’t see her talking to voters. I see her talking to far right-wing media. I see her talking to CPAC. I don’t see her talking to Californians,” McBride said.

The Delaware lawmaker told Insider that while transgender individuals running for office are normally positive for political representation, Jenner’s campaign is likely to do more harm than good.

“Caitlyn Jenner running for office is not helpful because I don’t think people perceive her, and this is an accurate perception, as a serious candidate and as a serious person,” McBride explained.

“I don’t think a trans vanity joke campaign, essentially what this is perceived as, is helpful to trans people being seen as fully realized, substantive, nuanced, diverse human beings,” she continued.

Read more: Caitlyn Jenner joins legal battle to block Gavin Newsom from getting a ‘D’ by his name on California’s gubernatorial recall election ballot

Jenner is running as a Republican and publicly supported former President Donald Trump in the 2016 election. She has since denounced Trump over his stance on LGBTQ rights.

But some of her political positions have angered LGBTQ advocates. For example, the 77-year-old former athlete faced criticism for saying that transgender girls shouldn’t participate in girls’ sports teams, Insider’s Connor Perrett and Bill Bostock reported.

“I think someone who is endorsing anti-trans policies poses a real threat to young, trans people and to the people who have been targeted by these anti-trans bills that have been proliferated around the country,” McBride said. “So no, I don’t see her candidacy as a positive.”

Jenner is a longshot candidate for California governor. A UC Berkeley/Los Angeles Times poll of 10,289 California voters in May showed she only had 6 percent support.

Insider reached out to Jenner for comment, but she did not immediately respond to the request.

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India’s true COVID-19 death toll could be as high as 2.4 million, 6 times the official figures, experts warn

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A mass cremation of people who died due to COVID-19 in New Delhi, India, on April 22, 2021.

  • Experts believe that India’s COVID-19 death toll is far higher than official numbers suggest.
  • One study estimates that between 1.8m and 2.4m people in India have died from the virus.
  • Reports suggest that Indian officials have attempted to suppress the true figures.
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India’s true COVID-19 death toll could be 5 to 7 times more than the official figures suggest, according to The Economist.

Earlier this year, the country was ravaged by a disastrous second wave of COVID-19, with widespread reports of hospitals overflowing and oxygen shortages.

The Indian health ministry claims that since the start of the pandemic, a little over 411,000 people have lost their lives to the virus. Experts now believe that the official figure is a fraction of the true death toll.

A recent paper by Christopher Leffler of Virginia Commonwealth University in America, cited by The Economist, estimates that between 1.8 million and 2.4 million people have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

If true, that would mean India has by far the highest COVID-19 mortalities worldwide. Currently, the US has the highest official death toll, with over 6o0,000 recorded deaths, according to the John Hopkins University.

Another study cited by The Economist, based on insurance claims in the Indian state of Telangana, suggests that the virus death toll could be six times more than the official figures suggest.

The Indian government has rejected these reports, claiming that they are not based on scientific evidence.

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A woman is consoled after her husband died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outside a mortuary of a COVID-19 hospital in Ahmedabad, India, April 15, 2021.

Yashwant Deshmukh, chairperson of CVoter polling group, told The Economist that the misleading official figures were “not about capacity, but intent.”

“And it’s not about the central government or a particular party. It is about data suppression at every level, no matter who is in charge.”

According to Foreign Policy, the way the Indian government records COVID-19 fatalities has obscured the true death toll.

The first problem, according to the magazine, is that India’s death registration system already under-reported deaths before the pandemic. This is partly because many Indians do not receive medical treatment before passing and many deaths are not medically certified.

But some problems in registering deaths are specific to the pandemic. India’s official guidance states that if a person dies without being tested for the virus or had tested negative but displayed symptoms, their death should be classified as a “suspected or probable COVID-19”.

But officials from several Indian states told Foreign Policy that only people who had tested positive for the virus and then died soon after in hospital, with a clear disease progression, were counted as official COVID-19 deaths.

The magazine added that most states in India had established “death audit committees,” which examine death certificates to determine what should be classed as a COVID-19 death. In some cases, the deaths of people with comorbidities were attributed to those conditions rather than to COVID-19.

India has now mostly overcome its second wave, reporting roughly 40,000 new cases a day, according to John Hopkins University. At its peak, India accounted for roughly half of the world’s COVID-19 cases, according to the World Health Organization.

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A woman who died from COVID-19 was the first recorded case of contracting 2 variants of coronavirus at the same time, researchers say

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A nurse works on a patient in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) on January 7, 2020.

  • A 90-year-old Belgian woman died in March after contracting two coronavirus strains at the same time.
  • The woman, who had both the UK and South African variant, died five days after getting sick.
  • Researchers say the case is the first of its kind, but warn there could be more.
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A 90-year-old Belgian woman who died from COVID-19 in March contracted both the UK and South African strain simultaneously, researchers said at a press conference on Sunday.

Her case, which was discussed at this year’s European Congress on Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) as part of Belgian research, is believed to be the first of its kind.

The woman, who reportedly was not vaccinated, got sick in March and was treated at a hospital close to Brussels, according to Belgian broadcaster VRT.

It is not clear how she became infected, but her doctors said she could have contracted the infections from two different people, Reuters reported.

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While her oxygen levels were initially stable, her condition deteriorated very quickly, and she died five days later.

Molecular biologist Anne Vankeerberghen said that it was difficult to tell whether the co-infection played a role in the fast deterioration of the patient.

“Both these variants were circulating in Belgium at the time, so the lady was likely co-infected with different viruses from two different people,” she said, according to the Guardian.

Vankeerberghen works for the OLV hospital in Belgium, which is leading the research. Their findings have not yet been submitted to a medical journal for publication.

Even though there are no other published cases of similar co-infections, researchers believe the case shows that it is possible to catch two COVID-19 variants simultaneously. Vankeerberghen said the “phenomenon is probably underestimated,” according to the Guardian.

There are four coronavirus variants that experts around the world are most concerned about.

The Delta variant, which came out of India and is more infectious than the original virus, is currently driving most new infections in Europe and the United States.

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