Coronavirus pandemic ‘showing no signs of slowing down’ in Americas: PAHO

first_imgShe highlighted 900,000 new cases and nearly 22,000 deaths reported in the region over the past week, most of them in Brazil, Mexico and the United States.Etienne said there were some bright spots. Chile, Argentina and Uruguay made “important progress” in strengthening influenza surveillance and vaccination programs, and there had been “very low” circulation of influenza this year, also highlighting the value of COVID-19 prevention measures such as handwashing and social distancing.She said several Caribbean countries had implemented effective travel restrictions to control outbreak clusters, and as a result, had now been able to resume non-essential travel.PAHO officials cautioned however, that reopening to attract key tourism income should be done gradually and that testing before travel could create a false sense of security.The officials added that while developments in vaccines were hopeful, problems could still arise in the lengthy process of rolling them out to populations and prevention should still be the priority for governments in the Americas. Topics : The novel coronavirus pandemic is showing “no signs of slowing down” in the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization’s director said on Tuesday, with the virus landing in Guianese shield countries on the continent`s northeastern coast and surges in Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.Carissa Etienne told a virtual briefing from PAHO’s Washington headquarters that some Central American nations were seeing their highest weekly increase of cases since the virus landed, and that because of the high burden of infectious diseases and chronic conditions in the Americas, three out of 10 people – 325 million – were at “increased risk” of developing complications from COVID-19.”The impact of co-morbidities on the spread of the virus should be a clarion call to every country in the Americas: Use data to tailor your response and make health your top priority,” she said.last_img

Dodge City Raceway Park back in action this Saturday

first_imgBy Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. – Dodge City Raceway Park will continue to be the place to be on Saturday nights with another full card of championship chase action atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in south­west Kansas on June 11.After sitting idle this past weekend, Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds return to action with IMCA SportMod, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks in action as well.Cole Traugott has enjoyed the hot hand in recent Modified action by topping three of the four most recent events.The SportMods added another winner to the list with Daylon Bergeron topping this past week­end’s card to become the 13th different winner in the last 15 events.Saturday’s action goes green at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30.last_img read more

FRENCH OPEN: Brilliant Nadal, Djokovic through to Q’final

first_img*Defending Champion, Muguruza, Venus Williams crash outBottom of FormRafael Nadal Sunday continued his superb form with a dominant 6-1 6-2 6-2 win over Roberto Bautista Agut to move easily into the French Open quarter-finals.The Spaniard, 31, is looking to become the first man to win 10 titles at a single Grand Slam event.Similarly, second seed Novak Djokovic remains on course to face Nadal in the semi-finals after a 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 6-3 win against 19th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas.Nadal’s victory was not quite as simple as Friday’s incredible 6-0 6-1 6-0 defeat of Nikoloz Basilashvili but fourth seed has not dropped a set yet.He will face another Spaniard, Pablo Carreno Busta, in the last eight.Carreno Busta, 25, reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final with a 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 8-6 win over Canadian fifth seed Milos Raonic.Carreno Busta, seeded 20th, failed to convert six match points in the deciding set before eventually grinding down last year’s Wimbledon runner-up.And a first career win against a top-10 ranked opponent will be rewarded with a meeting against nine-time champion Nadal.Earlier, women’s defending champion, Garbine Muguruza, and seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams crash out of the French Open, meaning a new major singles champion will be crowned at Roland Garros.Spanish fourth seed Muguruza, 23, lost 6-1 3-6 6-3 to home favourite Kristina Mladenovic.American Williams, the 2002 champion, was beaten 5-7 6-2 6-1 by Swiss 30th seed Timea Bacsinszky.Their last-16 defeats mean only three of the top 10 seeds remain in the draw.Second seed Karolina Pliskova, third seed Simona Halep and fifth seed Elina Svitolina will aim to reach the quarter-finals when they play their fourth-round matches today.Pliskova and Svitolina won their rain-delayed third-round matches on Sunday, while former world number one Caroline Wozniacki reached the last eight.Muguruza won only 15 points in the first set and, although she rallied to take it to a third, could not match French 13th seed Mladenovic.Mladenovic, who served 16 double faults, was tearful in a post-match interview on a Suzanne Lenglen Court which offered passionate support throughout.Mladenovic, 24, will face 2015 semi-finalist Bacsinzky in the quarter-finals.No French woman has won the title since Mary Pierce in 2000.Williams, the 10th seed, fought back from 5-1 down to take the opening set against Bacsinzky.But 27-year-old Bacsinzky broke Williams’ serve in the first game of the second set as she won 12 of the last 15 games of the match.Dane Wozniacki, 26, reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros for the first time since 2010 with a 6-1 4-6 6-2 win over Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova, the eighth seed and 2009 champion.Pliskova, the Czech, beat Carina Witthoft of Germany 7-5 6-1, while Svitolina of Ukraine overcame Poland’s Magda Linette 6-4 7-5.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more