Aug 4, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – An official from Indonesia’s health ministry recently confirmed that a 19-year-old man died from an H5N1 avian influenza infection.Nyoman Kandun, director general of communicable diseases at the health ministry, said the man died last week in a hospital west of Jakarta, according to an Aug 2 report from the Associated Press (AP).The man, a cargo worker, died in Tangerang, a suburb of Jakarta, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported yesterday. If his death and another reported last month are confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the man would be listed as Indonesia’s 137th H5N1 case and its 112th death.Media reports gave no details about the source of the man’s infection or whether his personal contacts have undergone medical evaluation.The confirmation of the man’s death by an Indonesian health official appears to deviate from the country’s recent policy of foregoing official announcement of H5N1 cases as they occur, opting instead for periodic updates. In early June, health minister Siti Fadilah Supari said the country would announce cases at longer intervals, perhaps as long as 6 months, according to previous reports.Though Indonesia’s stance appears to raise questions about its compliance with International Health Regulations, WHO officials have said its relationship with the country remains good and that the delay in reporting has not hampered the ability to conduct joint investigations into Indonesian H5N1 cases.Healthcare workers and family members alerted the media about Indonesia’s last H5N1 case, that of a 38-year-old man who reportedly died on Jul 10. However, a health ministry spokeswoman declined to confirm the case and said officials would release the information in an H5N1 case update at the end of July. No updates appear to have been posted on the government’s health ministry or avian influenza Web sites.Also, it’s not clear if Indonesia has notified the WHO about the two cases. The WHO has not yet confirmed the illness and death of either man, so for now the group still lists Indonesia’s case count as 135 cases and 110 deaths. Indonesia leads the world with the most H5N1 cases and fatalities.The WHO’s world H5N1 count stands at 385 human cases and 245 deaths.See also:Jun 5 CIDRAP News story “Indonesia quits offering prompt notice of H5N1 cases”
In line with the aforementioned efforts of IATA, a member of the U.S. Senate for Trade, Science and Transportation, Mary Cantwell from Washington and Senator Rick scott from Florida, presented a bill proposing that U.S. Traffic Safety Administration (TSA) conducts temperature checks at existing airport control points in order to increase the safety of passenger air traffic in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. What is crucial is to standardize all protocols at the global level, in order to bridge the problem that each country has its own different rules and not to depend on the measures of individual countries. Because unbalanced and constant changes in measures lead to the impossibility of travel planning, and as we know air transport is crucial for the tourism sector. It would be testing at airports that would allow airlines to operate relatively normally. It is estimated that since the outbreak of the pandemic, profits of $ 400 billion have been lost so far, and the entire industry could make a record net loss of over $ 2020 billion in 80 (an optimistic scenario). You can see more information about the Council’s Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) protocols HERE With rapid tests as well as non-contact temperature measurement technologies, things would improve significantly and gain the confidence of both passengers and the state to open borders. These are the challenges and preconditions that must be met, in order to re-actualize global tourist travel, despite the coronavirus. / / / THE QUESTION THAT EVERYONE IS ASKING: WHAT WILL THE NEXT TOURIST YEAR BE LIKE? HERE ARE SOME LOUD THINKINGS Airport temperature checks would be carried out using innovative, contactless technologies thermal cameras capable of automatically viewing a large number of passengers passing through existing TSA checkpoints. It is simple and non-invasive, and such systems have already been shown to be effective in identifying infected individuals and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in other countries. International passenger air traffic fell by 92% compared to last year. To conclude. Thus, by using innovative, contactless thermal camera technology, it is possible to automatically view a large number of passengers, without contact and creating crowds. Photo: Negative Space The economic collapse that threatens the aviation industry, on which more than 66 million jobs worldwide depend, must not be left to fend for itself because there is a danger of a chain of airlines collapsing before the global pandemic ends, de Juniac said, adding that the resulting loss disruption of global connectivity makes investing in airport testing justified and a priority. Cover photo: Skitterphoto In addition to opening borders, public opinion research has also shown that testing will help restore passengers’ confidence in aviation, which is again crucial, ie the perception of safety. – The key to restoring freedom of cross-border mobility is to systematically test all passengers for COVID-19 before traveling. This will give governments around the world the confidence to open their borders, which would be a great substitute for current self-isolation or quarantine measures. Testing all passengers will give people back their freedom of movement by air, and millions would return to work in the aviation industry because of such a decision, said Alexandre de Juniac, Director General of IATA. Respondents in the survey identified the implementation of COVID-19 protection measures for all passengers as an effective measure in achieving safety. The availability of rapid testing on COVID-19 is what gives passengers the most safety. On the other hand, the big problem is that on test results on covid19 waited too long. However, intensive work is being done in this field as well, and several companies around the world have announced that they are working or have already developed rapid tests for coronavirus, thanks to which test results are obtained within 30 seconds. Thus, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for the development and implementation of fast, accurate, affordable and systematic testing on COVID-19 for all passengers before traveling as an alternative to quarantine. IATA is thus cooperating with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and with the health authorities in order to implement this solution as soon as possible in airports around the world, reports Croatian Aviation. Thus, 88% of respondents are ready to take the test as part of the travel process, while 88% of respondents are ready to take the test as part of the travel process. – IATA Quick testing i temperature measurement – as key challenges – As our economy reopens and Americans begin to travel more, we must do everything we can to make travel safe. ”said the senator Rick scott and added that consumer protection must also be ensured against unfair airline pricing tactics. “This law will make it possible to check the temperature, while at the same time ensuring the flexibility of airlines with customers who get sick after buying a flight. If passengers are not allowed to fly due to fever, airlines will need to work with the client to transfer or cancel the flight free of charge.”Scott points out. IATA’s opinion poll revealed support for testing for COVID-19 in the air travel process. Approximately 65% of passengers surveyed agreed that quarantine should not be required if a person is tested for COVID-19 and has a negative result. 84% of respondents agreed that testing should be mandatory for all passengers, Photo: JJ Jordan I recently wrote that globally the tourism sector at the time of the coronavirus pandemic, has two big challenges which must be resolved in order to attempt to return confidence global travelers, which are: rapid testing i temperature measurement at the entrance of both the state and the destination. Activation of air traffic is key to the recovery of tourism, and they are needed for that three key prerequisites: Standardization of security protocols in airports and airlines, fast testing, ie fast obtaining of test results, and contactless thermal camera technology capable of automatically screening a large number of passengers. – Safety is the highest priority of aviation. We are the safest form of transport because we work together with governments to implement global standards. With the costs associated with daily border closures and the emergence of a second wave of contagion, the aviation industry needs to bring all parties together and find a solution, and that is testing each passenger. It must be fast, accurate and simple. This will certainly allow the market to recover, adds de Juniac. For the right start and a new impetus for global tourism, it is crucial to start international air transport. It is on this topic that the global scene is intensively discussed and guidelines and protocols are proposed for the creation of security protocols, both when boarding planes and in airports in general.
A combination of a recent spike in infections, staff shortages and a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) have been blamed for the infection increases.A recent report by South Africa’s National Institute for Occupational Health said hospital admissions of health workers were increasing weekly in line with the national trend of rising numbers of admissions.The data revealed that by July 12, some 2.6 percent of COVID-19 hospital admissions in South Africa were healthcare workers.Those infected included nurses, doctors, porters, administrators, paramedics and laboratory scientists. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize told parliament earlier this month that “since the COVID-19 pandemic, PPE supply chains have become severely constrained”. WHO Africa chief Moeti said it was critical to ensure health workers “have the equipment, skills and information they need to keep themselves, their patients and colleagues safe”.Sub-Saharan Africa has recorded more than 750,000 coronavirus cases, including 15,000 deaths. Topics : Coronavirus has infected some 13,000 South African health workers and killed more than 100 of them, the health ministry said Thursday, as the virus takes a toll on frontline caregivers.South Africa holds the highest number of infections on the continent with 408,052 recorded cases and 5,940 deaths so far.It is also the world’s fifth worst-affected country in terms of diagnosed infections. Health ministry spokesman Popo Maja told AFP that 13,174 health workers had become infected as of Tuesday, including 103 deaths and 6,394 people declared recovered.South Africa’s statistics were unveiled as the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that more than 10,000 health workers in 40 countries had been sickened by the virus.”The growth we are seeing in COVID-19 cases in Africa is placing an ever-greater strain on health services across the continent,” said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, at a news conference on Thursday. “This has very real consequences for the individuals who work in them, and there is no more sobering example of this than the rising number of health worker infections,” she said.