Coronavirus

WHO vehicle attacked with coronavirus samples in Myanmar

The WHO confirmed that Pyae Sone Win Maung died of his injuries after the Monday attack in the Minbya township in the north-western state of Rakhine. Reuters reported that the vehicle had come under gunfire.

“The World Health Organization is deeply saddened at the death of its personnel during a security incident in Rakhine district of Myanmar,” the WHO said in a statement Tuesday.

Poonam Khetrapal Singh, the WHO’s Southeast Asia director, condemned “all kinds of physical, verbal or psychological violence against health workforce.”

“This incident once again puts the spotlight on the extreme hardships being faced by our corona warriors — our doctors, nurses, other health workforce — especially while working in security compromised and hard-to-reach areas as they continue to contribute their best to save lives,” she said.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres “strongly condemns the 20 April attack,” his spokesman said in a statement.

“The Secretary-General expresses his

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Coronavirus: Shelter in place speeds up several major Bay Area transportation projects

Nearly everyone in the Bay Area is sticking close to home during the coronavirus shelter in place, which has left the region’s roadways unusually empty and sped up typically congested commutes for the relatively few people still on the road.

Caltrans is also taking advantage of the empty lanes, accelerating everything from guardrail installation and pothole plugging to big projects that typically tie up traffic for weeks or months. BART, which is stopping its trains hours early each night, is also taking advantage of the shelter-in-place slowdown by speeding up work to revitalize the region’s rail system.

The goal for these agencies is to get construction work done before the Bay Area reopens and congestion starts to return.

“This is getting a lot of talk in Caltrans and BART and other agencies as well,” said Randy Rentschler, spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. “They want to get as much work

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Coronavirus: Morgan Hill bicycle company sources and donates masks to healthcare workers

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (KGO) — Face masks are hard to come by, even for health care workers. So, Morgan Hill-based bike company, Specialized, has been using its worldwide contacts, calling in favors, and spending millions of dollars to get face masks to medical workers.

Specialized CEO Mike Sinyard told me healthcare workers are the heroes of this pandemic.

He knows he is fortunate to have the wherewithal to secure so many masks, but encourages all of us to lend a helping hand to healthcare workers.

“How could you help them?” he asks. “Can you help them by preparing food, can you help them by taking care of their kids, because the kids will be home. Everything helps.”

Mask shipments have begun arriving at the company’s Morgan Hill headquarters, and among the first to get masks are local hospitals, including Watsonville Community Hospital.

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A WHO driver was killed when his vehicle carrying coronavirus test samples was attacked in Myanmar

A World Health Organisation vehicle carrying coronavirus test samples came under fire in Myanmar, in an attack that killed the driver and seriously injured a government official, the UN said Tuesday.

The attack happened on Monday in Minbya, in the country’s northwestern Rakhine state, where the military has been fighting with the Buddhist insurgent group Arakan Army.

The UN’s Myanmar mission named the driver as Pyae Sone Win Maung, saying it was “deeply saddened” to confirm his death.

Driver killed in attack on WHO vehicle carrying coronavirus samples in Myanmar
Pyae Sone Win Maung was driving a World Health Organisation vehicle carrying coronavirus test samples when it came under fire in Myanmar. (Supplied by Pyae Sone Win Maung’s family.)
“The WHO colleague was driving a marked UN vehicle from Sittwe to Yangon transporting COVID19 surveillance samples in support of the Ministry of Health and Sports. The United Nations is seeking further information on the circumstances of the incident,” the mission said in
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