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World_news “I thought I was going to die.” Inside Venezuela’s mandatory quarantine motels

From CNN’s Vasco Cotovio and Isa Soares

The woman’s voice shakes as she recalls her quarantine days in a Venezuela motel. 

“I sometimes am sleeping at night and I wake up thinking I am in the motel,” she says, tearing up. “I still feel traumatized.”

She, like the more than two dozen healthcare professionals or aid workers we spoke with to inform this report, asked CNN not to reveal their identity for fear of reprisal from the Venezuelan Government

Her ordeal began when her father died in the once-oil rich city of Maracaibo, in northeastern Venezuela. Doctors suspected that he was a victim of Covid-19, though test results were inconclusive. Still in mourning, his whole family was required to take a rapid test. Hers also came back inconclusive. 

From that point on, her life was completely controlled by Venezuela’s Government, she says — from where she slept to what she ate.

“I was immediately isolated from that moment on. I heard nothing from my family, I didn’t have any contact with them, I couldn’t get anywhere near them,” she says. “I felt frustrated, I thought I was going to die.” 

First she was put in a Government-run diagnostics center for three days, where she says she shared a room with no air conditioning with four other patients. She had to share a dirty bathroom with the other suspected cases, two of whom, she says, “were in very poor health.” Then she was told she would be transferred to a motel.

“Prison-like” quarantine:Doctors we spoke to say Venezuela’s government has been using motels and other makeshift facilities to quarantine patients suspected of having the novel coronavirus, in a bid to separate them from the general population and keep them from overburdening the country’s already depleted and crumbling hospitals. But these facilities have earned a reputation for being unsanitary, crowded and prison-like, with many Venezuelans fearing being locked inside them.

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23 min ago

World_news This airport has been awarded the world’s first 5-star anti-Covid award

From CNN’s Lilit Marcus

Travelers eager to fly again may want to consider Italy as their next destination.

Rome’s Fiumicino Airport has become the first airport in the world to earn “the COVID-19 5-Star Airport Rating” from Skytrax, an international airport industry ratings body.

Though Skytrax is best known for its annual rankings of the world’s best airports, the global Covid-19 crisis prompted the organization to come up with a designation for airport hygiene.

According to a release from Skytrax, the organization based its rating on “a combination of procedural efficiency checks, visual observation analysis and ATP sampling tests.”

Fiumicino Airport (FCO), also known as Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport, is the busiest airport in Italy.

Top marks:On September 1, the airport opened a 7,000-square-foot Covid testing center, which is co-managed with the Italian Red Cross.

But it’s not only organized, rapid testing that Skytrax noted in its review of FCO. The airport scored points for having easy-to-read signage in multiple languages, strict enforcement of mask wearing, visibly present cleaning staff and efficiency thanks to the consolidation of all incoming and outgoing flights to a single terminal for easier tracking.

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52 min ago

World_news Two passengers have been forced off planes in Japan this month for not wearing masks

From CNN’s Yoko Wakatsuki in Tokyo

Two passengers on separate flights were forced to disembark from planes in Japan this month after refusing to wear masks while on board. 

One incident occurred Saturday and involved a Hokkaido Air System Company flight from Hakodate to the island of Okushiri, both of which are located in the northern province of Hokkaido. One man who was not wearing a mask was ordered off the plane by the captain, according to Matsuhiro Ohta, a public relations official with Hokkaido Air System Company, which is a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, delaying the flight by a half hour.

Ohta said that it appeared the issue stemmed from miscommunication — the passenger claimed after he was forced off the flight that he was developing a rash while wearing the mask. However, Ohta said the passenger was unruly and uncooperative and that his refusal to wear a mask was only part of the reason he was not allowed to fly.

The other incident occurred on September 7. A Peach Aviation flight from the city of Kushiro in Japan’s north to Osaka was forced to make what the airline called an “unscheduled stop” after a passenger refused to put on a mask despite repeated requests from flight attendants. The company told CNN that it is not ruling out taking legal action against the passenger. 

Ultimately, the flight made its way to Osaka after a delay of two hours and 15 minutes.

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1 hr 20 min ago

World_news US reports more than 33,000 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN’s Artemis Moshtaghian

The United States reported33,826 new Covid-19 infections and 418virus-related deaths on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

At least6,554,820 cases, including194,536 fatalities, have now been recorded in the US.

The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases. 

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1 hr 26 min ago

World_news Covid-19 study suggests to screen recovering athletes for heart inflammation before they return to play

From CNN’s Jacqueline Howard and Jen Christensen

As athletes recover from Covid-19, taking images of their hearts to screen for inflammation may help doctors determine when it could be safe to get back in the game, new research suggests.

The small study — conducted by researchers at Ohio State University — found in cardiac magnetic resonance images, or MRIs, that among 26 of the university’s competitive athletes who were recovering from Covid-19, four showed signs of inflammation of the heart muscle, called myocarditis.

“Our objective was to investigate the use of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging in competitive athletes recovered from COVID-19 to detect myocardial inflammation that would identify high-risk athletes for return to competitive play,” the researchers wrote in a research letter published in the journal JAMA Cardiology on Friday.

The researchers performed cardiac magnetic resonance imaging on 26 competitive athletes referred to the university’s sports medicine clinic after testing for Covid-19 between June and August. The athletes were involved in football, soccer, lacrosse, basketball and track — and none had illness severe enough to require hospitalization.

Only 12 athletes reported having mild symptoms, such as sore throat, shortness of breath or fever, while others did not show any symptoms, according to the study. The cardiac imaging was performed after each athlete quarantined for at least 11 days.

The imaging showed that four athletes, or 15%, had findings consistent with myocarditis and eight additional athletes, or 30.8%, had signs of prior myocardial injury. It’s unclear from this study if this inflammation will resolve itself or produce lasting damage.

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1 hr 57 min ago

World_news Covid-19 cases among Florida children jumped 26% in a month since schools reopened

From CNN’s Rosa Flores, Denise Royal and Sara Weisfeldt

Since many Florida public schools opened their doors about a month ago, the number of children under 18 who have contracted Covid-19statewide has jumped 26%, state data show.

Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to push for in-person instruction across the Sunshine State. Even though his administration has released county-level data that indicates the 26% jump, it has not released school-level Covid-19 data for all K-12 public schools, which CNN began asking the state Department of Health for on August 31.

On September 2 — nearly two weeks ago — state officials said by email the data would be released in the coming days and weeks. But still, the state hasn’t provided this key information.

Lack of data:To deal with this information gap, some school districts have created their own Covid-19 data dashboards or released coronavirus case numbers on social media pages or their websites. While useful in those jurisdictions, the overall result is a patchwork of data that varies in completeness and timeliness by district at a time when students, parents, teachers and administrators are making tough decisions about whether to opt for virtual or in-person learning

It’s a problem that reverberates across the US as the White House and federal agencies come down hard in favor of reopening schoolbut often fail to give reliable information to those on the front lines.

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2 hr 44 min ago

World_news Coronavirus pandemic has set the world back by decades, report finds

From CNN’s Naomi Thomas

Microsoft principle founder Bill Gates participates in a discussion at the Economic Club of Washington, in Washington, DC on June 24, 2019. Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Covid-19 pandemic has stopped, and in many cases reversed, progress towards achieving the United Nations’ sustainable development goals, according to the fourth annual Goalkeepers Report, published Monday from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

“The first three years, we were able to report the steady and gradual progress towards those goals,” Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and co-chair of the foundation, told reporters. “Every single one of the goals was moving in the right direction,” he added.
“Of course, this year is different. It’s unique. The Covid-19 pandemic not only stopped progress, but it pushed us backwards, and that varied quite a bit by different areas,” he said. 

The 2020 Goalkeepers report analyzes the damage that the pandemic has done and is doing to health, economies “and virtually everything else,” and argues the world must work together to overcome it. 

Setback in vaccinations:Vaccinations reached over 80% of the world’s children and prevented more than 2 million deaths in 2019. Because of Covid-19, vaccine coverage in 2020 is dropping to levels last seen in the 1990s, the report says. 

“In other words, we’ve been set back about 25 years in about 25 weeks,” it says.

Coronavirus vaccines won’t end the pandemic unless they are equitably allocated. A model from Northeastern University, which is included in the report, shows that 61% of deaths could be averted if a vaccine was distributed to all countries proportional to population. If vaccines go to high income countries first, deaths will be cut by only 33%.

Plunged into poverty:The pandemic has pushed almost 37 million people below the extreme poverty line in 2020, with the extreme poverty rate going up by 7% in just a few months, according to the report. Some 68 million people have fallen below the poverty line in lower-middle-income countries, the report says.

3 hr 19 min ago

World_news Trump indoor rally site fined $3,000 for violating state coronavirus guidelines

From CNN’s Caroline Kelly, Eric Fiegel and Andy Rose

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing in Henderson, Nevada, on September 13. Andrew Harnik/AP

The Nevada company that hosted an indoor campaign rally for President Donald Trump attended by thousands of people will face a fine of $3,000 for violating state coronavirus guidelines banning large gatherings.

Sunday’s rally in Henderson, Nevada — which was held inside a facility owned by Xtreme Manufacturing — was expected to violate the state’s restriction on gatherings of 50 people or more. Attendees at the rally were not required to wear masks, and there was little social distancing. The city of Henderson had warned Xtreme Manufacturing that it would be violating the regulations if the rally proceeded.

“During the event, a compliance officer observed six violations of the directives and the City’s business Operations Division has issued a business License Notice of Violation to Xtreme Manufacturing and assessed a penalty of $3,000,” Kathleen Richards, senior public information officer for the city of Henderson, told CNN in a statement Monday.

Richards added that the company “has 30 calendar days to respond to the notice and pay the penalty or dispute the notice of violation.”

3 hr 49 min ago

World_news Australia’s Victoria State reports no new Covid-19 deaths for the first time in two months

From CNN’s Samantha Beech, Angus Watson Chandler Thornton

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to the media during a news conference in Melbourne, Australia, on September 14.  Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

The Australian state of Victoria reported zero new coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, according to its Department of Health and Human Services, the first time in two months since infections surged in July.

“Yesterday there were 42 new cases reported and 0 lives lost. Our thoughts are with all affected. The 14 day rolling average & number of cases with unknown source are down from yesterday as we move toward COVID Normal,” the DHHS tweeted on Tuesday.

New phase of reopening:Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews announced that regional Victoria would enter the third phase of its reopening on Wednesday. The state capital Melbourne, however, will remain under lockdown restrictions until September 28.

“Having reached a 14-day average of 3.6 and with no mystery cases, regional Victoria has reached the necessary ‘trigger point’ in our road map – meaning our public health experts have advised we can take this next step,” Andrews said in a statement Tuesday.

In the third phase of reopening, the government will allow “household bubbles,” where one household can choose another household to visit with up to five visitors.

The third phase will also allow for outdoor and non-contact sports, and up to 10 people will be allowed for public gatherings. The third phase will also allow for regional travel and businesses to reopen with proper social distancing measures, Andrews said.

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