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US Officials: “100 had contact with Ebola victim”

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Officials in the US state of Dallas have ordered the family who came in contact with Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan to remain at home, as the possible contact count grew to 100.

The family in northeast Dallas was placed under a public control order and a police officer was stationed outside the Ivy Apartments where they live to enforce it.

“We didn’t have the confidence we would be able to monitor them the way we needed to,” said David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, in a telephone news conference on Thursday. He declined to elaborate on the reasons why, but Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said they were “non-compliant with the request to stay home”.

Duncan, the first Ebola victim diagnosed in the US, was taken by ambulance to Texas Health Presbyterian on Sunday and remained in isolation and in serious condition on Thursday. He has a phone and has been calling family members.

The number of possible contacts in Dallas since he arrived grew from 18 to 20 on Wednesday to about 100, state health officials said.

“We are working from a list of about 100 potential or possible contacts and will soon have an official contact tracing number that will be lower,” said Texas Department of State Health Services spokeswoman Carrie Williams. “Out of an abundance of caution, we’re starting with this very wide net, including people who have had even brief encounters with the patient or the patient’s home.”

The control order came on Wednesday night after state officials became concerned about their ability to keep track of the four individuals at the apartment where Duncan stayed.

The orders were hand-delivered to the family members, according to a statement from State Health Services, and require “the family to be available to provide blood samples and agree to any testing required by public health officials and to immediately report any symptoms to Dallas County Health and Human Services”.

State law allows state and local health authorities to issue control orders to anyone who is “ill with, has been exposed to, or is the carrier of a communicable disease”, the statement says. The orders can include isolation, preventive therapy and quarantine, and can be enforced by the courts. Failure to follow them can result in criminal charges, the statement says.

The family is legally required to stay home and have no visitors without approval from local or state health officials or until at least October 19, the statement says.

A company will clean the apartment and make sure the family has food. But county officials acknowledged there was some hesitance from some companies to clean the residence.

“Our understanding is there is a garbage bag of the man’s clothing and belongings and some household trash and the mattresses have been pushed against the wall,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. “The trash would consist of the sheets he slept on.”

The family members are not showing symptoms. They are being checked twice daily for fever.

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

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The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared himself the winner of the US Election 2020.

President Trump declared himself the winner of the US election in a tweet on Monday morning, November 16 by simply tweeting: “I won the election.”

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This came hours after he tweeted that his opponent Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.”

The latest vote tallies project Democratic candidate, Biden a clear winner in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump’s 232.

However, President Trump has remained defiant, continuously claiming he won the election free and fair.

US election: Trump claims victory hours after saying Biden won

 

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

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Jerry Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president has reportedly died from suspected COVID-19 complications.

The former Ghanaian leader died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana on Thursday morning.

Rawlings led the country first as a military ruler and then as a democratically elected president between 1981 and 2001.

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Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.

After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.

He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.

Rawlings left office in 2000 after exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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U.S. President Donald Trump has refused to concede after his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, secured the required number of electoral college votes to win the presidential race.

Shortly after Biden was projected winner, Trump in a defiant statement expressed that the election was “far from over” and criticised Biden for “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”

“Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.

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“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.

“The American people are entitled to an honest election, that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots,” Trump said.

 

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