Coronavirus news today: Study finds about 11 percent of admitted COVID patients return to hospital or die within 30 days

Coronavirus news today: Study finds about 11 percent of admitted COVID patients return to hospital or die within 30 days

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Monday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

5:45 am A new study offers a closer look at potential factors that may lead to some COVID-19 patients being readmitted to hospital within a month of discharge.

At about 9 percent, the researchers say, the readmission rate is similar to that of other diseases, but socioeconomic factors and gender appear to play a larger role in predicting which patients are most likely to experience relapse when sent home.

Research published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal looked at 46,412 adults who were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Alberta and Ontario during the early part of the pandemic. About 18 percent – 8,496 patients – died in hospital between January 2020 and October 2021, which is a higher rate than normal for other respiratory infections.

Of those repatriated, about 9 percent returned to hospital within 30 days of leaving, while 2 percent died.

Read more from the Canadian press.

5:30 am North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has criticized officials for slowing drug deliveries and mobilizing the military to respond to a surge in suspected coronavirus infections, as his country struggled to contain a fever that has killed dozens and sickened nearly a million others in a while. Three days.

North Korean health authorities said on Monday that eight more people had died and 392,920 others had developed symptoms of fever. This brings the death toll to 50 and the disease to more than 1.2 million, respectively. It’s a sharp jump from six deaths and 350,000 patients reported last Friday, a day after North Korea said it had found an unspecified number of people in the capital, Pyongyang, to have tested positive for the omicron variant.

Kim acknowledged that the fast-spreading fever, which is highly likely to be caused by COVID-19, is causing “significant disruption” in the country, and outside experts say the true scale of the outbreak may be much greater than what the state-controlled report described. The media.

5:15 am Before the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 40 people walked through the doors of Across Boundaries daily, looking for anything from art therapy, to literacy classes, to a healthy breakfast or lunch.

But as the virus began to spread, the mental health agency quickly focused on helping ethnic communities in northwest Toronto and began losing contact with many of the people it helped.

CEO Asfah Sarang recalls, “Some of our employees called us and said, ‘I can’t reach my customers because they don’t have a phone.’ The agency, which serves about 900 people a year, moved quickly to distribute some prepaid devices to those who don’t have one. It also began in Delivering meals directly to people’s doors.

After two years and six pandemic waves, Across Boundaries has now given away more than 300 phones to customers who have been unable to access a device that connects them to nearly every service due to COVID-19. Sarang said the need for these devices persists to this day, indicating one of the many challenges facing newcomers in Toronto and racial communities, who have been hit hard by the virus, as the city looks to recover from the pandemic.

Read more from Nadine Youssef.

5 am Most areas of Shanghai have halted the spread of the coronavirus in the community and fewer than a million people remain under strict lockdown, authorities said Monday, as the city moves toward reopening and economic data showed the dismal impact of China’s “zero COVID” policy.

Vice Mayor Zhong Ming said 15 of Shanghai’s 16 provinces have eliminated transmission of the virus among those not already in quarantine.

“The epidemic in our city is under effective control. Prevention measures have been increasingly successful,” Zong said at a press briefing.

Supermarkets, malls and restaurants were allowed to reopen on Monday with restrictions on the number of people and mandatory “no contact” transactions. But most of the city’s 25 million residents are still under some form of restrictions, movement around the city is very limited and the subway system remains closed for now.

2022-05-16 09:41:00

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