Nature: Why some researchers oppose unrestricted sharing of coronavirus data. “Researchers around the world are racing to spot variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 so that they can determine whether the mutated viruses will evade vaccines or make COVID-19 deadlier. Like many scientists, Ndodo shares SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences in a popular data repository, GISAID, that requires users to sign in and to credit those whose data they analyse. But a growing faction of scientists, mostly from wealthy nations, argues that sequences should be shared on databases with no gatekeeping at all.”
DCist: D.C. Launches Website For Vaccine Records, But Your Data Might Not Be In There Yet. “The portal will allow residents to view and print official copies of their vaccination records, and their dependents’ records, at any time. Perfect for if you lost your vaccination card or ran it through the wash on accident. The record can also be used as proof for places that require COVID immunization. But many people on social media reported that despite being vaccinated, their data hasn’t shown up on the website.”
India Today: Exclusive: On board Delhi’s sickening ambulances fleecing Covid-19 patients. “As surging demands bring emergency responders to a breaking point, an India Today TV investigation in Delhi found some ambulance operators charging exorbitantly high to shift Covid-19 patients. The probe found them to be soliciting more than Rs 1,000 per kilometer to transport a patient in an ICU vehicle. Vinod, an ambulance operator outside a private hospital in East Delhi, demanded Rs 50,000 for a ride to a healthcare facility in Gurugram, 44 km away.
Washington Post: He faked a coronavirus certificate to fly to Argentina, officials say. He was infected all along.
Washington Post: He faked a coronavirus certificate to fly to Argentina, officials say. He was infected all along.. “Just hours before he was set to board a flight home to Argentina on Saturday, Santiago Solans Portillo received some news that appeared to throw a wrench in his travel plans: His coronavirus test had come back positive, authorities say. But when the 29-year-old arrived at the airport in Miami, he made no such disclosure to the American Airlines agents checking him in, instead presenting a medical certificate that said he was fit to fly. It was only the following day, when he landed in Buenos Aires and health officials took his temperature, finding he had a fever of 101.3 degrees, that he made his confession: He probably had covid-19 — and should not have boarded the plane.”
NBC News: Pro-Trump web forums are abuzz with directions to forge Covid vaccine cards. “Specific directions showing how to forge Covid-19 vaccination cards have proliferated on conspiracy, pro-Trump and anti-vaccination forums throughout the internet in recent weeks, as users have exploited a largely makeshift verification system.”
CBS News: New Jersey “Shot and a Beer” program gives the vaccinated free beer. “New Jersey is launching a program it’s calling a ‘Shot and a Beer’ to encourage those 21 and older to get vaccinated, Governor Phil Murphy announced Monday. Any New Jersey resident who gets their first COVID-19 vaccine dose in the month of May can take their vaccination card to one of more than a dozen participating breweries for a free beer.”
Ars Technica: FCC reveals sign-up date and website for $50-per-month broadband subsidies. “Enrollment for $50-per-month broadband subsidies for US residents with low incomes or those who lost income during the pandemic will begin on May 12, the Federal Communications Commission announced today. The FCC also set up a new website at which people can sign up for the subsidies.”
BBC: Covid: Germany’s Oktoberfest cancelled for the second time. “Authorities in Germany have cancelled the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich over coronavirus concerns. This is the second year in a row that the event has been called off due to the pandemic.”
ABC News 10: New tool allows NYers to evaluate their risks associated with COVID-19. “Greg Olsen, Director of the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), is encouraging all New Yorkers to take the CV19 CheckUp. The new feature is a free, anonymous, personalized, online tool that evaluates a person’s risks associated with COVID-19 based on their circumstances. The CV19 CheckUp provides recommendations and resources to help reduce an individual’s pandemic risks.”
Washington Post: How two young math geeks solved the mystery of Mexico City’s covid-19 dead. “The mystery surfaced early in the pandemic. Hospitals were jammed with coronavirus victims, but the official death count in Mexico City appeared suspiciously low. Sitting at her dining-room table one afternoon, Laurianne Despeghel, a 31-year-old economic consultant, clicked from chart to chart on her laptop, puzzling over how to uncover the real toll. ‘I think the data exist,’ she typed to Mario Romero Zavala, a fellow math geek. She’d heard that death certificates were stored in a database at the city’s civil registry. But it would be tough to crack.”
San Francisco Chronicle: Pandemic baby bust unprecedented in Bay Area, California history. “U.S. residents are having fewer babies this year. And California’s birth rates in January and February — around the time when early pandemic babies would be due — declined by 15% compared to the same period last year, the steepest year-over-year decline for those months since at least 1960, according to a Chronicle analysis. We used data from California’s Health and Human Services department, which collects monthly birth totals per county. We found that the state’s births declined from nearly 70,000 in the first two months of 2020 to fewer than 59,000 in the same period in 2021.”
BBC: Covid: Man arrested after infecting 22 people in Majorca. “A man has been arrested in Spain on suspicion of assault after allegedly infecting 22 people with Covid. The 40-year-old is alleged to have continued to go to work and the gym despite having a cough and a temperature of more than 40C (104F). He is said to have walked around his place of work in Majorca, pulling his mask down, coughing and telling colleagues he was going to infect them.”
BBC: Coronavirus: WHO urges African nations to keep expired vaccine. “The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged African countries not to destroy Covid-19 vaccines that may have passed their expiry date. Countries have been told to keep hold of them and wait for further guidance.”