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Covid-19: Accidental chemical poisonings surge as children eat hand sanitiser and public clean food in bleach

Covid-19: Accidental chemical poisonings surge as children eat hand sanitiser and public clean food in bleach

Accidental chemical poisonings have surged amid the coronavirus pandemic, as misinformation and heightened demand for hand sanitisers and disinfectants has led to inappropriate use. Speaking at a World Health Organization event on Tuesday, experts warned that poison health centres across the globe have reported a significant spike in calls. One facility in Chile reported a 60 per cent rise in cases in March and April compared with the same period last year, while the US’s national poison data system has reported a 20 per cent increase in calls related to disinfectant exposure. “We quite...

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Europe's 'alarming' excess death toll has reached 159,000, WHO says

Europe's 'alarming' excess death toll has reached 159,000, WHO says

Europe has witnessed more than 159,000 excess deaths since early March, the head of the World Health Organization’s regional office has said. Despite a surge in cases in Latin America, dubbed the “” of the pandemic, Europe still accounts for half of all deaths worldwide and a third of confirmed coronavirus cases - to date roughly two million people have been infected and more than 175,000 people have died after contracting the virus. “Perhaps a less reported, but equally alarming figure is that since early March, more than 159,000 excess deaths, coinciding with the pandemic, have been...

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Unicef warns lockdown could kill more than Covid-19 as model predicts 1.2 million child deaths

Unicef warns lockdown could kill more than Covid-19 as model predicts 1.2 million child deaths

The risk of children dying from malaria, pneumonia or diarrhoea in is spiralling due to the pandemic and “far outweighs any threat presented by the coronavirus”, Unicef has warned. In an exclusive interview Dr Stefan Peterson, chief of health at Unicef, cautioned that the blanket lockdowns imposed in many low and middle income are not an effective way to control Covid-19 and could have . “Indiscriminate lockdown measures do not have an optimal effect on the virus,” he told The Telegraph. “If you’re asking families to stay at home in one room in a slum, without food or water, that won’t...

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