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WHO: “Effective vaccine for Corona? This is not guaranteed to happen”, warning to governments around the world

We hope to find an effective vaccine, but this is not guaranteed to happen .” WHO warns the world in the usual briefing on Covid-19 . With which the slogan “we must learn to live”, because science is not able to ensure a definitive solution, despite the efforts and millions invested in research. A vaccine may never arrive, it is a scenario that everyone must be prepared for. Mike Ryan , WHO chief of emergencies said that we must find a balance between controlling the virus and the social and economic consequences of the measures.

Easy in words, difficult in deeds. The World Health Organization is also aware of this: “It is easier to give these indications while sitting here, more difficult to put them into practice”. Finally Ryan has not hidden the concern “for many countries, but there are ways to avoid new lockdowns: it is micro-processes, identifying precisely all cases, having detailed data and knowing where the virus is, intervening without involve the whole population ”. All this is widely feasible, the WHO has no doubts, but it depends on the ability of individual governments and on the “capacity of the health systems, which can manage to avoid this pandemic, which involve an entire country”. 

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Coronavirus: Five new deaths in latest Scottish figures

Five new deaths have been reported among people who have tested positive for coronavirus in Scotland.

The latest official figures show an increase of 21 in the number of new cases reported.

Deaths confirmed by Public Health Scotland are now 2,447 – although the actual number is known to be higher.

There were 983 patients in hospital last night with either confirmed or suspected Covid-19, a rise of 69. Three fewer patients were in intensive care.

Confirmed cases in hospital have dropped by eight to 582, with suspected cases jumping up by 77.

The latest levels are a slight increase on the previous day when only three new deaths were reported.

However, the number of new cases is down six – from 27 – compared with Friday.

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Image captionSeven health boards across Scotland have reported no new cases

A total of 136,146 people in Scotland have now been tested through NHS labs to date with 120,416 confirmed negative and 15,730 positive.

Of those who have tested positive 3,892 have been discharged from hospital since 5 March.

Figures across the country’s health boards remained largely unchanged with NHS Lothian the only area reporting more than five people in intensive care.

There were no new cases at all in the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Grampian, Highland, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.

The number of care homes with a current case of suspected Covid-19 has fallen by six from 372 to 366.