Top US health official wants ‘everything on the table’ to contain virus Jul 13, 2020 0 1066 12345 WASHINGTON: A top US health official said on Sunday that with deaths from COVID-19 expected to continue rising in coming weeks, “everything should be on the table,” including renewed lockdowns in hard-hit states.“We’re all very concerned,” said Admiral Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary of health, on ABC’s “This Week.” In particular, he called for the re-closing of bars, greater spacing in restaurants and the near-universal wearing of masks in the areas most afflicted, which are largely in southern states that reopened aggressively.“For this to work we have to have 90 percent of people wearing masks in public in the hot-spot areas,” he said. “If we don’t have that we won’t get control of the virus. “It’s absolutely essential.” Giroir stressed that progress is being made against the coronavirus pandemic, with more testing and new treatments available. Asked about reported waits for testing of as long as 13 hours, in hard-hit Arizona, Giroir insisted that things were rapidly getting better.“You’ll see a lot more improvements in testing ... over the next week or so,” he said. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES Polarised Poles vote in tight presidential election Jul 13, 2020 0 688 US presses again for school reopening despite virus risks Jul 13, 2020 0 2059 Trump finally dons mask as global infections gather pace Jul 13, 2020 0 990 Berlin grants clubs €81,000 lifeline BERLIN: Berlin’s clubs and concert halls, closed for four months due to the coronavirus, have received an average of 81,000 euros each in aid from the city, according to figures published on Sunday by the daily .. UK Labour joins Facebook ad boycott over hateful content AFP London Britain’s main opposition Labour party said on Sunday it has joined a Facebook advertising boycott over allegations that the social network has failed to sufficiently curb hateful content. Hundreds of .. Britain, France agree joint unit to fight migrant traffickers AFP Calais The interior ministers of France and Britain on Sunday signed an agreement creating a new joint police intelligence unit to combat migrant traffickers and reduce the “unsustainable” numbers crossing the .. COVID-19 cases on sharp rise since start of July: AFP tally AFP Paris The coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 565,000 people out of nearly 13 million registered cases worldwide, has been accelerating sharply since the start of July, according to a count carried out .. Spain’s Catalonia orders reconfinement of Lerida residents as virus cases spike AFP Madrid The government of Spain’s Catalonia region on Sunday ordered residents in and around the northeastern town of Lerida to go back into home confinement as cases of coronavirus spiked. “The people must stay at .. Bulgaria re-opens night clubs as virus infection cases surge SOFIA: Night clubs and discos in Bulgaria will be allowed to re-open, the health ministry announced on Sunday, just three days after ordering all inside bars shut and despite a continuing rise in coronavirus cases in the ..