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Europe’s Second Covid Wave Starts to Spill Over From Young to Old

Since the summer, Europe’s second wave of the coronavirus has mainly affected young people, who usually have mild or no symptoms. But infections are beginning to leak into older age groups, the latest data show, often spreading from younger to older members of the same family.

Cases among those aged over 65 are increasing in most European countries, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. As a result, hospitalizations and deaths—which stayed low for much of the summer while infections spread among young people less likely to fall severely ill—are starting to rise too.

Many European countries are now recording more cases than they did in the spring, but that is partly because of better detection. The health emergency isn’t as serious as it was at the time, when only a fraction of infected people were tested for the virus, and some hospitals in countries such as Italy were overrun by severely sick Covid-19 patients.

Still, in the U.K., infections among older age groups rose sharply in late September, according to research by Imperial College London. Hospitalizations of Covid-19 patients more than doubled during September, to more than 2,000, according to official data. Deaths reached 588 in the month through Sept. 28, more than twice the number in August.

In Spain, which is struggling to contain one of Europe’s biggest outbreaks, 547 people died in the first week of October alone. In the week that ended Sept. 1, by comparison, only 159 had died.

When Carmen Pallarolas and her husband tested positive for the coronavirus in August, they blamed their 26-year-old son, who lives with them, leads an active social life and tested positive too.

“Generally young people move around more than us older people do, and they are less careful,” said Ms. Pallarolas, a 60-year-old from the Spanish town of Argentona, who suffered mild Covid-19 symptoms such as a fever and a cough, and who has since recovered.

Even in Germany, where the rise in infections is relatively slow, increasing admissions to intensive-care wards have prompted the Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s center for disease control, to warn that the virus is likely spreading to the older generations.

Like other nursing-home guests, Nilda Nari is allowed to see her son for just 15 minutes every two weeks, while keeping a distance.

Health officials are advising the elderly to do more to protect themselves, above all by limiting social interactions, avoiding crowds and wearing face masks. They are also urging them to get vaccinated against the flu to prevent overcrowding in hospitals during the winter. Some research suggests that flu vaccinations might also reduce the severity of Covid-19 infections.

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Family members are also being asked to reduce contact with older relatives. “Don’t kill your gran by catching coronavirus and then passing it on,” U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said in a broadcast interview

Kemp’s Latest Order Starts At Midnight Thursday

ATLANTA, GA — Gov. Brian Kemp’s latest extension to his coronavirus executive order keeps most restrictions in place but makes two minor revisions: one for hospitality workers and another for those seeking Georgia scholarships.

One change allows restaurant and bar workers to return once they’ve been symptom-free for 24 hours following a known or suspected COVID-19 diagnosis. According to a news release from Kemp’s office, this follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The other change allows for some SAT/ACT test score deadlines to be extended for HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships.

The changes go into effect at midnight Thursday and run through Oct. 15.

Gov. Kemp’s office announced the extended executive order on Wednesday, the same day Georgia surpassed 7,000 deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

GEORGIA’S CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS FOR THURSDAY, OCT. 1

Georgia Department of Public Health in Atlanta reported a total of 319,334 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at 2:50 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. According to the health department’s website, that includes 1,376 newly confirmed cases over the last 24 hours.

Georgia also reported 7,063 deaths so far from COVID-19, with 43 more deaths recorded in the last 24 hours. In addition, the state reported 28,668 hospitalizations — 146 more than the day before — and 5,300 admissions so far to intensive-care units.

No information is available from Georgia about how many patients have recovered.

Counties in or near metro Atlanta and other metropolitan areas continue to have the highest number of positives, with Fulton County still in the lead.

  1. Fulton County: 27,790 cases — 106 new

  2. Gwinnett County: 27,733 cases — 86 new

  3. Cobb County: 19,829 cases — 89 new

  4. DeKalb County: 18,938 cases — 79 new

  5. Hall County: 9,498 cases — 125 new

  6. Chatham County: 8,548 — 37 new

  7. Richmond County: 7,180 — 33 new

  8. Clayton County: 7,114 — 7 new

  9. Cherokee County: 6,159 — 41 new

  10. Bibb County: 6,097 — 8 new

Counties in or near metro Atlanta also continue to have the most deaths from COVID-19.

  1. Fulton County: 577 deaths — 2 new

  2. Cobb County: 427 deaths

  3. Gwinnett County: 409 deaths

  4. DeKalb County: 369 deaths — 2 new

  5. Dougherty County: 187 deaths

  6. Bibb County: 173 deaths — 2 new

  7. Muscogee County: 170 deaths

  8. Chatham County: 166 deaths — 3 new

  9. Richmond County: 164 deaths — 2 new

  10. Clayton County: 161 deaths — 1 removed

As of Thursday, Georgia has administered more than 3.2 million COVID-19 tests, with about 9 percent of those tests the less reliable ones used to detect antibodies.

For the more reliable test for the virus itself, 10.1 percent of tests came back positive. For the less reliable test for antibodies, 8.4 percent came back positive. The overall positive rate was about 10 percent.

As more Georgians were tested over the last month, the percentage of positive tests inched upward from about 8 percent to more than 10 percent. However, over the last few weeks, the percentage of positives has stabilized at

EU agency starts ‘rolling review’ to speed OK for vaccine

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency has started a “rolling review” process for the COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, a move it hopes will speed any eventual approval.

In a statement Thursday, the EU regulator said instead of waiting for all of the required vaccine data to be submitted before beginning its assessment, the EMA has begun analyzing the preliminary information from scientists on the Oxford vaccine.

That data suggests the vaccine “triggers the production of antibodies and T-Cells,” referring to immune system cells that target the virus. The agency said it was waiting for data from ongoing late-stage tests of the vaccine involving thousands of people, which it hopes will be shared in the coming weeks and months.

“The rolling review will continue until enough evidence is available to support a formal marketing authorization,” the EMA said.


The agency said it could not estimate how long this process might take, but that it would be quicker than the normal evaluation procedure. A similar process was used to issue an approval for remdesivir, one of the only licensed drugs to treat COVID-19. That approval was issued in just over one month while the standard process can take nearly seven months.

Oxford’s vaccine is designed to reduce disease and transmission. It uses a harmless virus — a chimpanzee cold virus, engineered so it can’t spread — to carry the coronavirus’ spike protein into the body, which should trigger an immune response. The tests are looking at both one-shot and two-shot vaccine doses.

Initial information suggested the vaccine provoked a strong immune response in volunteers and is safe, but longer-term data is needed.

AstraZeneca, which is manufacturing the vaccine, has signed numerous private deals to provide millions of doses to countries including Britain, the U.S., France, Germany and Canada. The first deliveries are expected this fall, before being licensed.

Last month, Britain’s trial of the Oxford vaccine was paused for several days after a U.K. woman in the trial reported severe neurological symptoms. Although the study has since restarted, a similar trial in the U.S. is awaiting further examination from the Food and Drug Administration before the research can continue.

Several other vaccines are undergoing late-stage testing in China, Russia, the U.S., Brazil and other hard-hit countries.

In August, Russia became the first country in the world to license its Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. The shot is still being tested in advanced trials but has been offered to key workers, several high-profile politicians and one of President Vladimir Putin’s daughters.

On Thursday, authorities in Belarus began testing Sputnik V in 100 volunteers in Minsk, the capital.

Several Chinese vaccine makers, including Sinovac Biotech Ltd, have also injected thousands of their employees and family members with their experimental shots, under an emergency use provision. The Chinese military has also approved the use of a vaccine it developed with CanSino Biologics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, in military personnel.

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Paris Hilton calls for Utah boarding school’s closure following her abuse allegations, starts petition

Paris Hilton is calling for the Provo Canyon School (PCS) — where the socialite alleges she was abused while she was enrolled as a teen — to be shut down.

The former “Simple Life” star shared never-before-heard details of what she allegedly endured in her new documentary “This is Paris,” as well as in an interview with People magazine last month. Hilton claimed she was traumatized daily at the Provo Canyon School in Utah, where she was enrolled for 11 months at age 17.

Provo Canyon School previously responded to People magazine’s original report, telling Fox News in a statement at the time: “Originally opened in 1971, Provo Canyon School was sold by its previous ownership in August 2000. We therefore cannot comment on the operations or patient experience prior to this time.”

Provo Canyon School did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request seeking additional comment.

PARIS HILTON’S BOARDING SCHOOL ABUSE: FORMER CLASSMATES REVEAL NEW DETAILS, DUB STAR A ‘HERO’

Now, the hotel heiress and pop culture phenomenon is calling for the facility to be shut down in a new video shared on her YouTube Channel on Monday.

“I was abused at Provo Canyon School,” Hilton, dressed in a sharp white blazer, claimed in the video, which is titled: “SHUT DOWN PROVO CANYON SCHOOL.”

Paris Hilton previously alleged she was traumatized daily at the Provo Canyon School in Utah, where she was enrolled for 11 months at age 17. The boarding school has said that it was 'originally opened in 1971' and 'was sold by its previous ownership in August 2000. We therefore cannot comment on the operations or patient experience prior to this time.' (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)

Paris Hilton previously alleged she was traumatized daily at the Provo Canyon School in Utah, where she was enrolled for 11 months at age 17. The boarding school has said that it was ‘originally opened in 1971’ and ‘was sold by its previous ownership in August 2000. We therefore cannot comment on the operations or patient experience prior to this time.’ (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)

Below the video, Hilton alleges that “Provo took away my childhood among thousands of other survivors, as early as 9 years old.” She added that “while this movement is so personal to me, it is much bigger than just my experience.”

The 39-year-old further maintained in the clip that she plans to “put all my effort into reforming the industry.”

PARIS HILTON DETAILS ALLEGED ABUSE AT UTAH BOARDING SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST TIME: ‘CONTINUOUS TORTURE’

In addition, Hilton plugged a Change.org petition, which had over 40,000 signatures at the time of publishing. She has been pushing for reform on her Twitter account as well.

“This Is Paris,” a recent documentary centered on Hilton’s upbringing and wild teenage years which aired on YouTube earlier this month, put the Utah school on notice and shed light on the #BreakingCodeSilence initiative Hilton and her former Provo classmates launched to expose the industry.

Paris Hilton. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

Paris Hilton. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

A memorandum has since been placed on the boarding school’s website just below the masthead, referencing the Hilton’s documentary.

PARIS HILTON SAYS SHE WAS PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY ABUSED IN PAST RELATIONSHIPS

“We are aware of a new documentary referencing Provo Canyon School (PCS),” the note reads. “Please note that PCS was sold by its previous ownership in August 2000. We therefore cannot comment on