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  • Report says hundreds of thousands of COVID deaths linked to obesity
    Report says hundreds of thousands of COVID deaths linked to obesity

    The World Obesity Federation has said hundreds of thousands of deaths from COVID could have been avoided.

    Report says hundreds of thousands of COVID deaths linked to obesity: This is if the obesity epidemic had been tackled earlier. Being overweight is linked to severe coronavirus cases and death. The Federation’s report claims 9 out of 10 deaths have been in countries with a high obesity rate. It also said that death is ten times higher in those countries with over 50% of the population being obese.

    They added that countries with low levels of obesity do not have high death rates. The World Health Organisation said the report should be a “warning sign”. And that Government’s should tackle obesity problems head on. Dr Tim Lobstein, who wrote the report, said. “We now know that an overweight population is the next pandemic waiting to happen.

    Look at countries like Japan and South Korea. Where they have very low levels of Covid-19 deaths as well as very low levels of adult obesity. They have prioritised public health across a range of measures. Including population weight, and it has paid off in the pandemic.

    Governments have been negligent. And have ignored the economic value of a healthy population at their peril. For the last decade they have failed to tackle obesity. Despite setting themselves targets at United Nations meetings. Covid-19 is only the latest infection exacerbated by weight issues. But the warning signs were there.

    We have seen it in the past with Mers, H1N1 and other respiratory diseases.” Chief executive of the World Obesity Federation, Johanna Ralston, said. “The failure to address the root causes of obesity over many decades is clearly responsible for hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths.”

    Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation, commented on the report by saying. “This report must act as a wake-up call to governments globally. The correlation between obesity and mortality rates from Covid-19 is clear and compelling. Investment in public health and coordinated, international action to tackle the root causes of obesity is one of the best ways for countries to build resilience in health systems post-pandemic.

    We urge all countries to seize this moment.”


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  • Woman ‘killed and dismembered’ after being lured to stranger’s flat
    Woman ‘killed and dismembered’ after being lured to stranger’s flat

    A court has heard how a woman was lured to a flat by a stranger.

    Woman ‘killed and dismembered’ after being lured to stranger’s flat: The 24-year-old man then killed her and cut up her body into seven pieces. The woman, Lorraine Cox, 32, was making her way home after drinks with friends. Prosecutors said she met Azum Mangori and had a “sexual encounter” with him in an alleyway.

    She was then lured to his flat above a kebab shop and murdered. Exeter Crown Court heard on Monday that Mangori tried to cover the murder up by dismembering her body. He also used her SIM card to make it look like she was still alive. Mangori denies the charge of murder.

    Prosecuting, Simon Laws QC said Cox had been drinking with friends over the Bank Holiday last August. She had the “extreme misfortune” of bumping into Manori on her way home.

    He said “Her whereabouts were a mystery to her friends and family for the next week. No one knew where she was – the answer was that she had been killed by this defendant.”

    Jurors heard that the couple were strangers and had never met before. Laws said “He took advantage of her drunken state to have a sexual encounter with her in an alleyway. He then led her back to his room above a kebab shop in the city centre and he killed her there”. He added “He mutilated the body in other ways. He disposed of her clothing and all of the possessions she had had with her and then he took the SIM card from her phone and used it to pretend to be her, to pretend to the world that she was still alive.

    In summary, he went to enormous efforts to get away with his crime, but those efforts were all in vain. He had no idea of the scale and intensity of the police investigation that was to follow.” Mangori has been charged with murder and the trial, expected to last a month, continues.


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  • GoFundMe page goes Bat Shit!
    GoFundMe page goes Bat Shit!

    A woman from Columbia, South Carolina has been forced to leave her apartment after a bat infestation.

    GoFundMe page goes Bat Shit!: She said she first spotted the bats in her home on 2nd February. Dionne Wilks said she didn’t give it much thought at the time. She had left her windows open and surmised that was the problem. However more bats accumulated around the 10th February making her realise she had a big problem.

    “I do not want to stay there. There’s bat shit all over that apartment.”
    Currently A GoFundMe page has so far raised $1,700 for her to help with moving costs.

    Earlier, She contacted the building maintenance department but it took them a few days to send someone out to investigate. Her doctor advised her and her son to get a rabies vaccination and move to a hotel until the problem was resolved. The management company have said they are aware of the problem and working to fix it.

    Their work schedule meant that the apartment would be bat free by 26th February. Wilks said that she had been told she could move back in on Monday. However she said “I do not want to stay there. There’s bat shit all over that apartment.”


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  • Cross Border Cooperation measures announced between Spain & Portugal
    Cross Border Cooperation measures announced between Spain & Portugal

    Spain and Portugal announced a series of measures on Saturday to strengthen cross-border cooperation, including better access to health and social services for citizens living along their shared 750-mile border.

    Following an annual summit in Guarda, Portugal, the prime ministers of both countries said a new identity card would allow people working on the other side of the border to access health services there.

    The measures are aimed at helping 1.6 million Portuguese and 3.4 Spanish inhabitants along the border, which comprises some of the poorest districts in both countries.

    At a press conference after the summit, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said ambulance services would operate across both countries so that patients could be served by the nearest vehicle, whether from Portugal or Spain.

    Other measures expected include bilingual schools and a joint centre for combating fires. A full package will be announced by the end of the day on Saturday.

    The border has remained open to workers and transport of goods between mid-March to July 1, despite the coronarivus pandemic. But it was closed to tourists, hurting local businesses reliant on tourism. [L8N2E826K]

    “I am in Portugal every day. Everyone knows me,” said Florencio Ramos Ramos from Spain who sells wild mushrooms in his shop in the tiny municipality of Salamanca.

    “But we’ve always been a disadvantaged zone – both the Portuguese side, and the Spanish,” he told Portuguese broadcaster RTP.


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