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CBS News 14 Jan 2021

Extensive lung damage seen in COVID patients, and cases are rising in kids


Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease expert and senior scholar at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, joined CBSN to discuss another grim forecast from the CDC projecting more than 90,000 COVID-related deaths in the U.S. in the next three weeks. He also explains new information on lung damage and the rise in cases among children.

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The UK has recorded the highest number of coronavirus deaths in a single day since the start of the pandemic — 1,325 more people have lost their lives.

A record number of new Covid cases was also recorded, more than 68,000 in a 24 hours period.

Hospitals across the UK are under severe pressure, with some treating many more patients than during the first peak in April.

London and the South East of England are currently facing the most pressure with one NHS leader saying the situation is "off the scale".

For some of the most sick, whose lungs have not been helped by a ventilator there is another alternative. ECMO machines provide intensive life support, pumping oxygen into the patient's blood so their lungs can rest and recover.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by health editor Hugh Pym, medical editor Fergus Walsh and health correspondent Sophie Hutchinson — from an ECMO unit at the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.
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Emergency departments across the country are full of covid patients and the relentless pressure is not expected to ease for another six weeks.

One covid patient at the Royal Surrey County Hospital is as young as 19.

Sky's Health Correspondent Ashish Joshi reports.
The WHO urged "countries that have contracted more vaccines than they will need" and those who control the global supply of the Covid-19 vaccines "to donate and release them to COVAX immediately, which is ready today to roll them out quickly. "

According to WHO, 42 countries are currently administering COVID-19 vaccines. 36 of these are high-income countries and six are middle-income countries.

"So, there's a clear problem that low- and most middle-income countries are not receiving the vaccine yet. This is a problem we can and we must solve together through COVAX and the ACT-Accelerator. " Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's Director-General said at the the press conference in Geneva on Friday (8 Jan).

"At the outset, rich countries have bought up the majority of the supply of multiple vaccines," Tedrs said. "Now we're also seeing both high and middle-income countries, that are part of COVAX, making additional bilateral deals. This potentially bumps up the price for everyone and means high-risk people in the poorest and most marginalized countries don't get the vaccine. "

He also warned against people becoming "complacent" as the vaccination campaign is gaining momentum.

"This is a very dangerous time in the course of the pandemic," he said. " Over the past few days, we have seen some of the highest numbers of deaths recorded at any point in the pandemic. This is happening because, over previous weeks, there has been a lack of compliance with what health authorities are advising in several countries."

Dr Mike Ryan, the Executive Director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme also warned against a prospect "where we see large proportions of people vaccinated in some countries and no one vaccinated in other countries," pointing to vulnerable groups and frontline workers at risk in every country.

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