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New COVID-19 outbreaks tied to Edmonton restaurants – Edmonton Journal

Dr. Deena Hinshaw speaks about COVID-19 numbers and outbreaks tied to Edmonton restaurants during a June 30, 2020 press conference.

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UK warns of local lockdowns as pubs reopen – Australian Associated Press

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that the government could impose local lockdowns if people fail to follow social distancing rules as pubs, cafes and restaurants re-open this weekend.

Pubs in England and Northern Ireland are allowed to open their doors to customers from 6am on Saturday after a three-month closure during the coronavirus pandemic.

Similar venues in Scotland and Wales are expected to follow suit next week, while some pubs and…



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First virus drug trial results in 2 weeks – Australian Associated Press

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The World Health Organisation should soon get results from clinical trials it is conducting of drugs that might be effective in treating COVID-19 patients, its Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says.

“Nearly 5500 patients in 39 countries have so far been recruited into the Solidarity trial,” he told a news briefing, referring to clinical studies the UN agency is conducting.

“We expect interim results within the next two weeks.”

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Mutation in third of COVID-19 samples: WHO

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Almost 30 per cent of genome sequencing data from samples of the COVID-19 virus collected by the World Health Organisation have shown signs of mutation but there is no evidence this has led to more severe disease, a top WHO official says.

“I think it’s quite widespread,” WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan told Reuters on the sidelines of a briefing held by the UN journalists’ association ACANU in Geneva.

The UN agency has so far collected 60,000 samples of the disease, she…



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