Fighting coronavirus: quarantine, testing and vaccine development

Spain plans to start easing quarantine in the second half of May

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez outlines a “de-escalation horizon” of quarantine measures for the second half of May.

Speaking in parliament on Wednesday, Sanchez asked for an extension of the current measures until May 9, and stressed that when Spain begins to ease restrictions, the process will be “slow and gradual”.

Health experts in recent days have urged states to exercise caution in easing quarantines, warning that overly hasty lifting of restrictions could trigger a new wave of infections.

Spain is among the countries most affected by the coronavirus pandemic with 208,000 confirmed cases and at least 21,700 deaths.

A strict quarantine regime was introduced in Spain in mid-May. Some companies have already been allowed to reopen, and on Sunday, the government, under public criticism, announced that children under the age of 14 could go for a walk..

While many countries around the world are testing programs to identify cases of infection and isolate the infected and those who have come in contact with them, there are concerns about countries where large-scale testing is not available, and people live in cramped conditions, including in camps. refugees. On Wednesday, the UN agency for Palestine refugees reported the first confirmed case of infection in a camp in eastern Lebanon..

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Middle East (UNRWA) claims a Palestinian woman from Syria.Fighting Coronavirus: Quarantine, Testing and Vaccine Development She was taken to a hospital in Beirut. The agency assures that it is doing everything necessary to help her family self-isolate, and sends a team of experts to the camp to conduct tests for coronavirus.

Efforts are also underway to develop a vaccine against COVID-19 to prevent large-scale outbreaks in the future..

The head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, told the Washington Post on Tuesday that the second wave of infections could be even worse and put significant pressure on the health care system..

A number of countries, including the United States and China, are already testing vaccines, but experts warn that the vaccine may not be widely available until early next year..

UK scientists from Oxford University to begin human testing of potential vaccine on Thursday.

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