SENIORCENTRIC NEWS WEEK ENDING Nov 7, 2020

Scanning the globe for news by, for and about Senior Citizens

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Preliminary guidance on key populations for early COVID-19 immunization: Those at high risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19,’ including older populations

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACID) 
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Canada NEWS

Federal Minister Encouraged by Feedback for Seniors in NL During Pandemic

he federal minister of seniors says she has received positive feedback from those on the ground in this province in regards to support for seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deb Schulte recently participated in a virtual town hall focusing on seniors issues throughout the province.

Issues covered included mental well-being and isolation during the pandemic, family doctor access, long-term care regulations and more.

Shulte says she received a lot of positive feedback from workers on the ground who are helping to administer programs and services to seniors in this province. However, she notes more can be done.

She says the biggest focus for the Federal Government right now is addressing the immediate needs created by COVID-19, such as by allocating resources for long term care homes when there’s an outbreak and getting needed vaccines to seniors.

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World NEWS

Czech COVID-19 cases plateau but seniors increasingly hit

New cases of COVID-19 have plateaued in the hard-hit Czech Republic, but hospitals are under strain and infections among vulnerable senior citizens are on the rise, authorities said on Friday.

The number of new daily cases rose above 15,000 three times since Oct. 23 but slipped to 13,231 on Thursday, health ministry data showed.

The “R” reproduction number has dropped to about 1, suggesting a stabilized situation, the ministry said.

“We have recorded a stabilization of the epidemiological situation … but we certainly have not won,” Health Minister Jan Blatny told a news conference.

“Our predictions show we will continue to see numbers of positively tested patients between 12,000 and 15,000 per day,” he added.

Hospitals have canceled nearly all non-urgent procedures and converted many wards for coronavirus patients, and some have had to start transferring patients to other regions.

The death rate was the worst in Europe over the past 14 days at 23.3 per 100,000 people, according to data from Europe’s disease center ECDC, and overall COVID-19 deaths have reached 4,330 as of Friday morning.

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