President Donald Trump and public health officials on Thursday encouraged Americans who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate their convalescent blood plasma to help combat the disease. “More than 2 million Americans have recovered from the virus, and today we’re asking them to visit Coronavirus.gov and volunteer to donate plasma. We need plasma,” Trump said at a press conference on the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. “It’s something that’s been very effective, and we need plasma from those that were infected and successfully recovered, as most people do. Most people do,” he added. Plasma-based treatment has the potential to give antibodies to patients affected by the virus聽and is “potentially game changing,” according to a statement from the White House. The statement noted that donors…
BERLIN鈥擥ermany will force people returning from three Spanish regions, including Catalonia鈥攈ome to Barcelona鈥攖o go into quarantine or take a coronavirus test, in the latest blow to Europe’s travel industry after months of lockdown.
With virus numbers ticking up in Germany, fears have grown that tourists returning from destinations experiencing a surge in new cases, like Spain, could sow the seeds of a second wave.
Germany reported 870 more confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the total number to 208,698 while 9,141 deaths have been recorded.
The decision comes after Britain reimposed a 14-day quarantine period on people arriving from Spain and could deal a further blow to Spain’s economy, which depends on tourism for 12.3 percent of its economic output.
Last week, Norway said it would re-impose a 10-day quarantine requirement for people arriving from Spain, while France advised people not to travel to Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia.
By Caroline Copley
Focus News: Germany Puts Three Virus-Hit Spanish Regions on High-Risk List
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