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Covid-19 tests may be detecting DEAD virus cells, giving ‘false positives’ and EXAGGERATING pandemic – research

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New research has discovered that coronavirus tests may be finding traces of dead virus cells from weeks-old infections, resulting in false positives that inflate the scale of the pandemic.

The study was carried out by experts from the University of Oxford’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and the University of the West of England. It found there was a risk of “false positives” because of how Covid-19 testing is being conducted.

The scientists discovered that, despite people with Covid-19 being infectious for only around a week, one test used to detect the disease can still give a positive reading weeks after the patient has recovered.




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The team examined 25 studies on the widely used polymerase chain reaction test, which is used to determine if someone has the virus in their system. The test takes a sample from a suspected Covid-19 case and uses a process that increases the amount of DNA, or genetic material, in the sample, to enable it to be examined.

The research found that the tests can amplify coronavirus genetic material that is not a viable virus and no longer capable of causing an infection.

Professor Carl Heneghan, one of the authors of the study, said there was a risk that a surge in testing across the UK was increasing the risk of this sample contamination occurring and it may explain why the number of Covid-19 cases is rising but the number of deaths is static.

“Evidence is mounting that a good proportion of ‘new’ mild cases and people re-testing positives after quarantine or discharge from hospital are not infectious, but are simply clearing harmless virus particles which their immune system has efficiently dealt with,” he wrote in The Spectator magazine.

Professor Heneghan said an “international effort” was required to avoid “the dangers of isolating non-infectious people or whole communities”.




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Orban says mix of Muslim & Catholic cultures in Hungary would ‘not be peaceful or secure’

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday rejected the European Union’s new migration plan, and reiterated his opposition to his country having a multicultural society.

“In Hungary, we are very strict that we would not like to have a parallel society, or open society or a mixed-up culture,” he told Reuters. “We don’t think a mixture of Muslim and Christian society could be a peaceful one and could provide security and good life for the people.”

Migration in Hungary is a “national security issue,” said Orban, who previously claimed that “multiculturalism has failed in Europe.”

No one can enter Hungary “without having a legally completed procedure and getting a clear permission to do so,” he said in Friday’s interview. 




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Orban’s comments came a day after discussing migration with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels. The bloc’s new migration plan would force Hungary to welcome asylum seekers, the PM said, but he welcomed that “some taboos have disappeared.” He cited, in particular, the strengthened focus on sending people who don’t qualify for asylum in the EU back to their countries of origin.

Orban still believes that asylum applications should be managed in “hotspots” beyond EU borders, and that those who do approach the border would otherwise be detained. Rights groups say that detaining asylum-seekers, or pushing them back over the border, runs against the right to claim asylum as enshrined under international humanitarian law. Since Hungary adopted its hardline policies following a 2015 rise in Mediterranean arrivals, it has already lost a number of legal cases on migration at the EU’s top court.




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Israel restricts outgoing flights as Netanyahu govt bolsters 2nd coronavirus lockdown

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The Israeli government slapped restrictions on outgoing flights on Friday as part of its measures to bolster a second Covid-19 lockdown, imposed last week amid a resurgence in coronavirus cases.

The new rule “enables leaving the country for whoever bought an airplane ticket prior to the beginning of quarantine entry, i.e. today at 1400,” Transport Minister Miri Regev explained in a Facebook post. “The flight ticket buyers beyond this date will not be able to redeem them.” Israelis can return though, “without limitations,” the minister said, adding that a 14-day quarantine will be imposed on people arriving from “red countries” which are registering high coronavirus rates.

Israel tightened its second lockdown – which was imposed on September 18 – on Friday, and will close workplaces, shutter markets and further limit prayers. Authorities had already closed schools and imposed restrictions on work and leisure.

Synagogues will now be closed except on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which begins on Sunday afternoon, but the numbers of worshippers must be limited. Only outdoor prayers attended by a maximum of 20 people will be allowed at other times.

The new measures had yet to be finalized in parliament just hours before they were due to come into force.




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The country, with a population of nine million, has the world’s highest coronavirus infection rate per capita, according to an AFP tally. Health officials have recorded more than 215,000 coronavirus infections and 1,378 deaths to date – and more than 7,500 new cases were reported on Thursday alone.

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Stop forgetting to turn off camera: Argentinian MP resigns after sucking on woman’s breasts during online congressional session

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In perhaps one of the most high-stakes Zoom mishaps of the pandemic, Argentinian MP Juan Emilio Ameri decided to suck on a woman’s breast amid a virtual parliamentary session, which resulted in his suspension and resignation.

During Thursday’s budget talks the father-of-three legislator first put a young woman on his lap, then pulled her top off and proceeded to touch her breast with his mouth. Ameri was suspended immediately after the scene played out for both his fellow MPs and the viewers at home.

The president of the lower house said that the case was something “over the rules,” while recalling other examples of unusual behavior during the online meetings – when, for example, one MP fell asleep.

Ameri tried to jokingly play off the incident, referring to the woman’s supposed recent breast augmentation, but later decided to resign of his own volition the same day.

During a radio interview, Ameri said that the case “is hurting personally” both him and his partner, as well as the former MP’s relatives and friends.

He apologized for the lewd mishap and explained that he miscalculated the poor quality of his internet connection, thinking that his camera feed must have been off. “I asked her if I could give her a kiss and I kissed her on the boobs. That was it.”




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Ameri’s behavior has been widely condemned by his former colleagues, who say they feel “deep shame” for the scene. At the same time, the incident brought to light past sexual harassment accusations against him.

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