Pandemic caused postponement of 50,000 cancer operations in Germany Jul 14, 2020 0 625 12345 DPABerlinAround 50,000 operations to treat cancer were not carried out in Germany during the coronavirus pandemic up to mid-June, the head of the German Cancer Aid organisation said on Monday.This represented around a quarter of the operations that would otherwise have been performed over the period, German Cancer Aid President Gerd Nettekoven told the Monday edition of the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper.“Support measures for cancer patients, from psychosocial to palliative care, were cut back in the hospitals, sometimes radically,” Nettekoven said.In addition, hospitals and doctors’ practices had postponed therapeutic and diagnostic measures.“This could at some point lead to life-threatening situations for cancer patients,” Nettekoven added.He rejected suggestions that the decline in care was due to patients staying home out of fear of infection with the coronavirus. “If 50,000 cancer operations were cancelled, that has nothing to do with patients not attending hospital,” he said.While the situation had eased to some extent, conditions were still tight. “This also affects early cancer diagnosis. We fear that over the coming period we will be confronted with patients who were diagnosed very late,” Nettekoven said. RELATED ARTICLES Poland’s populist president wins re-election Jul 14, 2020 0 625 Russia charges ex-scribe Ivan Safronov with treason Jul 14, 2020 0 616 No return to normality for foreseeable future in pandemic, says WHO Jul 14, 2020 0 61 Latin America now second-worst region for virus deaths PARIS: Latin America surged past the United States and Canada to become the second-worst affected region in the world for coronavirus deaths, according to an AFP tally on Monday. With 144,758 deaths officially declared .. Mexico’s COVID-19 deaths top 35,000, surpassing Italy MEXICO CITY: Mexico’s official death toll from the novel coronavirus has risen to 35,006, the health ministry announced on Sunday. The new figures saw Mexico surpass the number of deaths in Italy, which was initially one .. France agrees to over €8 billion in pay rises for health workers AFP Paris The French government and unions signed an agreement on Monday giving over eight billion euros in pay rises for health workers, with the prime minister admitting the move was overdue in view of the coronavirus .. World hunger worsening as coronavirus weighs and obesity rises: UN AFP Rome Nearly one in nine people in the world are going hungry, with the coronavirus pandemic exacerbating already worsening trends this year, according to a United Nations report published on Monday. Economic .. US judge orders delay of first federal executions in 17 years DPA Washington A US judge on Monday ordered a delay in federal executions, hours before one was to be carried out for the first time in 17 years, hampering the Trump administration’s plan to revive capital punishment by the .. 21 injured as major fire breaks out on US Navy ship in California LOS ANGELES: An explosion on a United States Navy ship moored at a base in California set off a major fire on Sunday injuring 21 people, officials and local media said. The USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault .. Trump steps up Twitter attacks on medical experts, including Fauci WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to attack medical experts combatting the coronavirus, accusing them of playing politics and hindering an economic rebound. The president retweeted several ..