Jane Parry
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The Hong Kong government has begun to distribute reusable face masks to all residents, as part of its strategy to protect the city’s 7.5 million people from covid-19.1 In addition, all households will be supplied with 10 single use surgical masks, 30 million in total, in late June. The CuMask+ was developed by the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel and is manufactured locally and in Vietnam. It has six layers, two infused with copper, which is capable of immobilising bacteria, ...
Hong Kong has reported its first death related to the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV, only the second fatality reported outside mainland China, as healthcare workers in the city started unprecedented industrial action to put pressure on the government to close the border and avert an escalation in the number of infections. The 39 year old man, who had an underlying health condition, had travelled to Wuhan on 21 January. In late January, after his return to Hong Kong, he developed fever and myalgia....
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As the novel coronavirus (2019-nCOV) outbreak rapidly expands across the border in mainland China, healthcare workers in Hong Kong are bracing for a potential explosion of cases locally and have urged the government to severely restrict arrivals from mainland China or even to close the border completely. Eight cases were confirmed in Hong Kong as of 27 January, and 38% of the 663 beds in the negative pressure wards, which are used to isolate patients at public hospitals, were already in use, sai...
The UK government has announced plans to fly hundreds of British citizens back from Wuhan, the epicentre of the 2019-nCOV outbreak, and to quarantine them for two weeks. The move comes after British Airways suspended all flights to and from mainland China until at least 31 January. Other countries, including Australia, Japan, and the United States have also started to repatriate citizens. Scientists at the University of Hong Kong have estimated that the likely extent of infections in the …
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More than 200 confirmed cases of infection with the novel coronavirus have emerged in China, including three deaths and cases outside the city of Wuhan, in central Hubei province, where it was first identified. As at 6 pm Beijing time on 20 January, 224 cases had been reported of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus now known as 2019-nCOV, of which 217 had been confirmed. There were five confirmed cases in Beijing, 14 in the southern province of Guangdong, and seven suspected cases in other...
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Ten weeks into political protests that have shaken Hong Kong, doctors and other healthcare workers in the city have excoriated the Hong Kong Police Force for what they see as excessive and inappropriate use of tear gas and other riot control measures, such as rubber bullets and bean bag rounds. On 13 August health workers at 13 hospitals in the city staged sit-ins to protest against police violence. “It has become clear that there is a humanitarian crisis happening right now in Hong Kong, and hu...
Thousands of healthcare workers in Hong Kong have rallied to protest against what they see as excessive use of violence by the police during the ongoing protest movement in the territory and to show that they stand with the Hong Kong public. Some have also been volunteering to treat injuries in the protest zones and to provide off-site medical care to people who fear arrest if they seek treatment in hospital. The protests began in early June to oppose a proposed law that would allow China to req...
China’s Ministry of Science and Technology has said that it is investigating the case of 107 papers from China retracted by the journal Tumor Biology in April this year and that it has “zero tolerance” for academic fraud. The papers were retracted after the journal’s publisher, Springer, conducted a manual screening that showed that the authors had submitted papers with fake email addresses for reviewers. “The incident has had a very bad influence, seriously tarnishing the international reputati...
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Doctors in Indonesia who perform chemical castration on convicted paedophiles risk censure by their professional body, the Indonesian Medical Association, and put their licence to practise in jeopardy, an association spokesman told The BMJ . In the wake of a series of high profile cases involving rape of children, earlier this month the Indonesian government amended the Protection of Children law to impose forced chemical castration as an additional punishment for “anyone who commits violence or...
Jane Parry reports on a family physician run project in Canada that aims to treat social problems as well as medical ones
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