H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Case counts, vaccine progress, situation in northern Canada, Australia holding steady, traveler quarantine

first_imgGlobal H1N1 flu count closes in on 30,000The global number of novel H1N1 cases grew by 895 yesterday, reaching 29,669 from 74 countries, including 145 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. Much of the increase was from new cases reported by Canada (532), Spain (131), Argentina (87), and Japan (31). No new countries appeared on the list, though media reports said today that Morocco has reported its first case, in a woman who had studied in Canada.[WHO update 48]US novel H1N1 cases near 18,000The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today that the nation’s count of novel flu cases has grown to 17,855, an increase of 4,638 from its last report on Jun 5. Deaths reported to the CDC over the past week rose by 18 to reach 45. Wisconsin, Texas, and Illinois have the most cases, while New York has reported the most fatalities (13).[Current CDC numbers]Novartis, CSL report vaccine progressNovartis announced today that it has produced its first batch of novel H1N1 vaccine for testing. The company said it completed the batch weeks ahead of schedule by using cell-culture technology. Its production facility is in Germany, with another under construction in North Carolina. Meanwhile, CSL, an Australian company, said yesterday it would have its first vaccine batches ready in mid August, using a seed strain it developed for an egg-based vaccine, Bloomberg News reported.[Jun 12 Novartis press release]Cases mount in northern CanadaH1N1 cases in northern Canada’s Nunavut territory increased by 47 to a total of 143 yesterday, according to CBC News. Significant outbreaks were reported in several communities in the western and central parts of the territory, but most of the patients have recovered or are recovering, the story said. Earlier this week the World Health Organization voiced concern about a disproportionate number of severe H1N1 cases in some groups of indigenous Canadian people, particularly in northern Manitoba.[Jun 11 CBC News report]Australia holds steady on alert levels following WHO moveAustralian Health Minister Nicola Roxon said Australia would not raise its pandemic alert levels in response to the WHO’s pandemic declaration yesterday, according to the Australian Associated Press (AAP). Most of the country is at the “contain” stage, but Victoria, which has 1,011 of the country’s 1,336 cases, is at the “sustain” level, the story said. Roxon said the authorities would continue to try to delay community spread in areas that still have few cases.[Jun 12 AAP report]Incoming air travelers quarantined in CairoA dozen arriving airline passengers in Cairo were quarantined after two 9-year-olds were found to be feverish, according to the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA). One of the children arrived in Egypt from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and the other arrived from Dubai. Authorities quarantined the two children and their families, said the airport’s quarantine director, Dr. Hasan Shaban. Meanwhile, classes at American University in Cairo, suspended this week after H1N1 cases were found, will resume next week.[Jun 12 KUNA report]last_img read more

DEBATE ON HOME TAX IS ‘FUTILE’ BECAUSE WE STILL WON’T PAY, SAY CAMPAIGNERS

first_imgThe Campaign Against Household & Water Taxes has said that the recent debate about how the property tax will be levied misses the point that the tax cannot be levied if people continue to refuse to register and pay.“Nearly one and a half million people – representing over 700,000 households – are continuing to boycott the registration process for the household tax,” said Gregor Kerr, spokesperson for the Campaign Against Household & Water Taxes.  “So the reality is that the government do not know who to levy the new property tax on.”“The debate about how the tax is to be calculated must be seen in this context,” Mr. Kerr continued.  “They seem to be missing the most important point – the majority of people are not going to pay.  Even many people who have reluctantly registered for the household tax will have no option but to join the campaign against this property tax as they will not be able to afford it.” “The government claim that the Revenue Commissioners will collect this tax but in the absence of a central database of property owners, the Revenue Commissioners will not know who to levy the tax on.  That is why the CAHWT has advised people and continues to organise and support people to refuse to register.“What is clear is that the drive for the imposition of a property tax is to allow the government to continue to pay the gambling debts of international financiers,” Mr. Kerr concluded. “On 1st October the government will hand over yet another €1billion of our money to pay off these debts.  There is a simple alternative to trying to impose this property tax on us – don’t pay the bondholders.” DEBATE ON HOME TAX IS ‘FUTILE’ BECAUSE WE STILL WON’T PAY, SAY CAMPAIGNERS was last modified: August 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DEBATE ON HOME TAX IS ‘FUTILE’ BECAUSE WE STILL WON’T PAYSAY CAMPAIGNERSlast_img read more