To combat COVID-19 spread in festive season, Chandigarh Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, has started mobile van testing facility. They are sending mobile testing vans to different locations. "On an average, our each team get 100 samples on daily basis, we have five teams, working across the city. We are getting good response, as people find the option more practical and can get tested near home, otherwise they have to go hospital, which is more crowded (prone to virus)," said Medical Office, Rachna Khanna. Hospital is providing mobile Rapid Antigen Testing for COVID-19 facility across the city from last two weeks. Through this, patients get reports within half an hour.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a foodborne outbreak of Listeria has been linked to deli meats. According to Gizmodo, the CDC says the contaminated meat has hospitalized at least ten people in three states and killed one. The outbreak is thought to have started sometime this summer, with all known cases having been confirmed between August 6, 2020 and October 3, 2020. Victims have ranged from ages 40 to 89, with cases in Florida, Massachusetts, and New York.
The United States has reiterated its call urging China to allow scientists and doctors to investigate the origins of COVID-19, the pandemic which emerged from China. "There are global challenges in Asia where CCP broke their promises... COVID, that we are all dealing with, emanated from China. We continue to call on them to be transparent and open to allow scientists and doctors to investigate," said Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson, US State Department.
America's coronavirus deaths could surpass 511,000 by the end of February. According to Business Insider, the staggering number comes from a new University of Washington model. The model also found that nearly 130,000 of those lives could be saved if 95% of Americans wore masks. The problem officials found is that only 60% of Americans say they always wear a mask in public. Researchers found that mask-wearing could also delay the need for lockdowns.