Today's Health News in Snippets

27/07/2021

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Delta variant spreads globally as Covid cases soar

The Delta variant of Covid-19 has now been detected in 124 territories worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

 

It is expected to become the dominant variant globally in the coming months, with the WHO predicting that there could be more than 200 million confirmed cases within a matter of weeks.

 

Infections are rising, particularly in Europe and the western Pacific region. Some Western countries have started to ease restrictions as death rates have dropped. But those without access to vaccines or with a slower vaccine rollout are facing a deadlier threat.

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Generous teen, 19, donates defibrillator to boy, 11, who could die at any moment

A teenager has donated a ­defibrillator to a schoolboy who could die at any moment after she read about him in the Mirror.

 

Lex Lawson, 11, has a heart condition that means being startled by alarms or pranks can stop his heart.

 

He has to be close to a defibrillator at all times but has been given the gift of freedom from Cody Hartley, 19.

 

She surprised him with his own machine at home on Friday to his delight.

 

It is the ninth defibrillator she has given away since she started fundraising from the age of 11.

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Hero mum turns down life-saving kidney transplant so her daughter, 2, can have it

A selfless mum has turned down a life-saving kidney donation from her husband so that her two-year-old daughter can one day benefit from it instead.

 

Bec Vallee was told she had kidney disease when she was 11 before her own mum saved her life by donating one of her organs some years later.

 

But after rejecting the organ the 31-year-old from Queensland, Australia, was left on renal dialysis three days a week for six hours each time.

 

While her husband Ryan had wanted to donate one of his kidneys they were heartbroken to discover their daughter Ambrosia had the same condition as her mum and would one day need a transplant of her own.

 

She will now join more than a thousand other Australians on an organ donor waiting list in the hope that one day she will receive a phone call telling her a stranger is giving her the greatest gift possible.

 

There are currently 1,700 people waiting for their life-saving second chance in the form of an organ transplant.

 

Last year 463 deceased organ donors and 182 living donors gave 1,452 Australians an organ donation.

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Tunisia PM sacked after violent Covid protests

Tunisia's president has sacked the prime minister and suspended parliament, after violent protests broke out across the country.

 

Thousands of protesters, angry at the government's mishandling of Covid-19, had flooded onto the streets and clashed with police on Sunday.

 

President Kais Saied announced he would take charge with help from a new prime minister, saying he intended to bring calm to the country.

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Tunisia imposes night curfew for a month

Tunisian President Kais Saied had ordered a night-time curfew for the next month, a day after he suspended parliament.

 

He's also sacked more government ministers in the wake of the dismissal of Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi on Sunday.

 

The president has denied accusations by the biggest political party, Ennahdha, that he's carried out a coup. He insisted he had acted according to the constitution.

 

Mr Saied urged people not to take to the streets to protest, saying the greatest danger was of an "internal explosion".

 

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Hospitals declare 'critical incident' and patients urged to go elsewhere as storms hit UK.

Hospitals declare 'critical incident' and patients urged to go elsewhere as storms hit UK

The flash floods have caused chaos across London as more than double July's average monthly rainfall fell in the space of a few hours

 

Hospitals are in chaos after declaring an extraordinary 'critical' incident after flooding wreaked havoc across the capital.

 

Cars were left stranded in rising floodwater, Tube stations had to be shut and hospital emergency departments were flooded in the deluge.

 

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Senegal hospitals overwhelmed by Covid patients

Senegal's health ministry is warning that hospitals in the capital Dakar are becoming overwhelmed due to a surge in Covid-19 cases.

 

Infections have soared over the past month from a few dozen a day to around 1,700 daily cases.

 

A senior public health official said medical staff in the city were burned out and that almost 99% of hospital beds were occupied.

 

Laboratories have also been struggling to cope with a rise in demand for tests.

 

Correspondents say President Macky Sall may be forced to impose tighter restrictions to limit the spread of the virus.

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