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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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French President Emmanuel Macron has promised angry crowds in Lebanon’s shattered capital that aid to rebuild the city would not go to “corrupt hands” and urged the political authorities to carry out reforms.

Macron travelled straight to Beirut after the biggest blast in its history tore through the city, killing at least 145 people, injuring 5,000 and leaving a swathe of the capital in tatters.

After visiting the port at the epicentre of the blast,…



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‘We’re still so tired’: Europe’s doctors brace for second Covid-19 wave – The Guardian

When the Guardian spoke to staff in March they had no time for reflection. So what do they think of the new surge now?

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During the initial peak of Spains Covid-19 pandemic in the spring, the virus displayed an unexpected mercy. In its spread, ferocity and awful novelty, it left health workers too tired and overwhelmed to look beyond the next few hours.
Theres no time to get angry or to wonder why things have been organised the way they have been, Sara Gayoso, an A&E doctor at El Escorial hospital near Madrid, told the Guardian at the end of March.
Five months on, as Gayoso and her colleagues across Spain an…

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Three major scientific controversies about coronavirus – The Conversation UK

Researchers can’t agree on topics such face mask, immunity and number of infections. Here’s why.

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Although political leaders have closed borders in response to COVID-19, scientists are collaborating like never before. But the coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) is novel and we dont yet have all the facts about it. As a result, we may have to change our approach as new scientific data comes in.
That doesnt mean the science isnt trustworthy we will get the full picture over time. And there is already great research that can help inform political decisions. Here are three topics that scientists disagree …

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