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12:32am update: WHO warns countries against coronavirus ‘vaccine nationalism’

World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned richer countries against “vaccine nationalism”, saying they will still be at risk if poorer countries remain exposed to COVID-19.

Mr Ghebreyesus has said it “will not help us” if countries do not share vaccines with other countries.

He added: “For the world to recover faster, it has to recover together, because it’s a globalised world: the economies are intertwined. Part of the world or a few countries cannot be a safe haven and recover.

“The damage from COVID-19 could be less when those countries who… have the funding commit to this.”

11:13pm update: NHS risks tens of thousands dead if it shuts down in second wave, experts warn

Doctors and health experts are warning that the NHS will risk tens of thousands of patients health if it has to shut down amid a second wave of coronavirus.

The group is urging NHS bosses not to issue sweeping closures amid a resurgent wave of the virus, as they did in March, to help cope with a surge in patients.

Professor Neil Mortensen, president of the Royal College of Surgeons of England said: “The NHS must never again be a COVID-only service. 

“There is a duty to the thousands of patients waiting in need and in pain to make sure they can be treated. 

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of council at the British Medical Association added: “We cannot have a situation in which patients are unable to access diagnostic tests, clinic appointments and treatment which they urgently need and are simply left stranded.

“If someone needs care – for example for cancer, heart trouble, a breathing condition or a neurological problem – they must get it when they need it.”

11pm update: Dylan Donnelly takes over from Laura O’Callaghan

10.44pm update: Brazil approaches 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 – ministry

Brazil reported 53,139 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 1,237 deaths from the disease caused by the virus in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Thursday.

Brazil has registered 2,912,212 confirmed cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 98,493, according to ministry data.

It is the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak after the United States.

9.53pm update: Irish food plant closes after 80 workers test positive 

A food production plant in Co Kildare has suspended operations after 80 workers tested positive for coronavirus.

O’Brien Fine Foods said it stopped operations at its Timohoe facility at 9pm on Wednesday.

The company has been engaging with the Health Service Executive (HSE) to test all employees after three confirmed cases.

The company said in a statement: “Of 243 tests completed, 80 have been confirmed as positive for COVID-19.

“Of the 80 confirmed, the level of asymptomatic infectivity appears to be very high.

“We are completing testing of a further 42 employees today.”

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