Today's Health News in Snippets

06/DEC/2022

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Lightning Kills Five People In Mozambique

The Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique reports that five people were killed and seven others were hurt over the weekend by lightning strikes.

 

People were struck while watching a recreational football game in Nangande district, according to district administrator Matias Constantino, who confirmed the fact yesterday.

 

Speaking to state radio in Pemba, Mr. Constantino claimed that the phenomenon not only resulted in fatalities but also damaged the district administration building's electrical system.

 

In central and northern Mozambique, lightning strikes, cyclones, and floods are frequent, especially during the rainy season, which lasts from October to the end of March.

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Infectious Covid Virus Can Stay On Some Groceries For Days

UK experts have confirmed that the Covid virus can survive for days on some prepared foods.

 

Scientists conducted experiments for the Food Standards Agency (FSA), purposely spreading the virus on food products like fruit, pastries, and bottled beverages as well as packaging.

 

They selected foods that consumers could consume raw or uncooked.

 

They claim that there is still very little risk to consumers.

 

Their report says it should be noted that "foods and packaging considered as part of this study were artificially inoculated with Sars-Cov-2 and therefore are not a reflection of contamination levels found on these foods at retail, and lower levels of contamination will require less time to decline to undetectable levels."

 

Over the course of the first 24 hours, the levels of virus were "significantly reduced" for the majority of the tested food products.

 

The team from the University of Southampton discovered that in some instances, traces persisted for about a week. 

 

"For a highly infectious agent such as Sars-Cov-2, which can be transmitted through touching contaminated surfaces and then the face, these findings are highly noteworthy," they say.


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Indonesia Bans Sex Outside Marriage As Parliament Passes Sweeping New Criminal Code

As part of a series of reforms that critics claim endanger human rights and freedoms in the Southeast Asian nation, Indonesian lawmakers passed a comprehensive new criminal code on Tuesday that criminalises sex that occurs outside of marriage.

 

Cohabitation before marriage and apostasy are prohibited by the new code, which also applies to foreign residents and visitors. It also imposes penalties for insulting the president or expressing opinions that are incompatible with the dominant ideology.

 

Indonesia, the largest Muslim-majority country in the world, has experienced a rise in religious conservatism recently. In some areas of the country, such as the semi-autonomous Aceh province where alcohol and gambling are prohibited, strict Islamic laws are already in effect. In the area, public floggings are also practised for a variety of offences, such as adultery and homosexuality.

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Chinese Cities Relax Testing Rules As Zero-Covid Policy Eases

In Beijing and other Chinese cities, businesses reopened and testing requirements were loosened on Monday as the nation cautiously eases out of a strict zero-Covid policy that sparked widespread protests.

 

The central government's directives for a new strategy to combat the coronavirus have encouraged local authorities throughout China to slowly relax the restrictions that have governed daily life for years.

 

In the capital Beijing, where many businesses have fully resumed operations, commuters are no longer required to present a result of a virus test that was performed within the previous 48 hours, as of Monday.

 

The same regulations applied in financial hub Shanghai, which this year endured a brutal two-month lockdown, allowing locals access to outdoor spaces like parks and tourist attractions without a recent test.

 

A step further was taken by neighbouring Hangzhou, which stopped routine mass testing for its 10 million residents except for those who attended or resided in nursing homes, schools, and kindergartens.

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