No virus spike after Austrian reopening

Austria's first loosening of its coronavirus lockdown three weeks ago, in which thousands of shops reopened, has not led to a new spike in infections, though further vigilance is necessary, its health minister says.

No virus spike after Austrian reopening

Austria's first loosening of its coronavirus lockdown three weeks ago, in which thousands of shops reopened, has not led to a new spike in infections, though further vigilance is necessary, its health minister says.

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The Alpine republic acted early to tackle the viral pandemic, closing bars, restaurants, schools, theatres, non-essential shops and other gathering places seven weeks ago.

That helped cut the daily increase in infections to less than 1 per cent and keep deaths relatively low – with just 606 reported so far.

Buoyed by those numbers, on April 14 Austria became one of the first countries in Europe to loosen its lockdown, reopening DIY and garden centres as well as shops of up to 400 square metres – twice the playing area of a singles tennis court.

"We can now examine and assess the effects of April 14 and the following days very, very well and they show that we managed this first opening step excellently," Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told a news conference.

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"We have no indication of a noticeable increase in individual areas. The situation is very, very constant, very, very stable and that is a really very, very positive, good situation," he said.

The daily increase in infections, he added, is 0.2 per cent.

Current data do not reflect the impact of a more recent loosening from May 1 when hairdressers, other service providers and shops of more than 400 square metres were allowed to reopen. More steps are planned, with restaurants, bars, museums and hotels all due to reopen this month.

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Anschober and Interior Minister Karl Nehammer urged the public to keep implementing social-distancing rules and heed a requirement to wear face masks or a fabric equivalent in shops, on public transport and in some government buildings.

"Personal responsibility and discipline remain the most important thing because a possible second wave (of infections) must not become a tsunami," Nehammer said.

– Reported with AAP

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New York sees 15 children hospitalised for symptoms of syndrome linked to COVID-19

Fifteen children in New York City have been hospitalised with symptoms compatible with a multi-system inflammatory syndrome possibly linked to the coronavirus.

New York sees 15 children hospitalised for symptoms of syndrome linked to COVID-19

Fifteen children in New York City have been hospitalised with symptoms compatible with a multi-system inflammatory syndrome possibly linked to the coronavirus, according to a health alert issued by the New York City Health Department.

The patients, aged between 2 and 15 years old, were hospitalised from April 17 to May 1, according to the alert.

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Several tested positive for COVID-19 or had positive antibody tests.

Some of the patients experienced persistent fever and features similar to Kawasaki disease or features of toxic shock syndrome, the alert said.

Kawasaki disease causes inflammation in the walls of the arteries and can limit blood flow to the heart. It is usually treatable and most children recover without serious problems, but it can be deadly.

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Symptoms include a high temperature lasting for five days or longer, alongside a rash, swollen glands in the neck, dry cracked lips, red fingers or toes and redness in both eyes.

At least five of the cases required a ventilator and more than half of the patients required blood pressure support. So far, no fatalities have been reported among the New York City patients.

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A team at Stanford Children's Hospital in California reported a case with similar features.

Paediatric specialists in the UK recently warned that a small number of children were becoming ill with the rare syndrome that could be linked to coronavirus.

The Paediatric Intensive Care Society UK (PICS) warned about a small rise in the number of cases of critically ill children, some who had tested positive for COVID-19, presenting "overlapping features of toxic shock syndrome and atypical Kawasaki disease with blood parameters."

Similar cases have also been reported in Italy and Spain.

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