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Paraguay publishes names of the vaccinated to stop COVID cheaters | Coronavirus pandemic News

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The South American nation’s public database lists each person’s name, place of vaccination, type of vaccine and number of doses so citizens can see if someone skipped the line.

Low on shots and overwhelmed by the coronavirus, a country with one of the highest Covid-19 death rates is taking a novel approach to fighting vaccine corruption: publishing the name of everyone who gets a shot.

For those who want to know if a friend, neighbor or member of Paraguay’s political elite are among the 400,000-some people with an inoculation, the answer is just a few clicks away on the Health Ministry’s website. There a public database lists the person’s name, place of vaccination, type of vaccine and number of doses. Scroll through and you’ll see ex-President Fernando Lugo got his first shot of Sputnik V on May 19 and Carlitos Vera, a well known Paraguayan comedian, received the Covaxin jab.

“It’s a tool for citizen oversight,” Lida Sosa, a deputy health minister, said in an interview. “There were people who looked at the list and reported individuals who got vaccinated who” weren’t eligible.

Paraguay’s degree of disclosure would be banned in many countries with stricter health-privacy laws. But with only enough shots to fully vaccine 7% of the population and a culture of deeply entrenched corruption — Paraguay ranked second-worst in South America in Transparency International’s 2020 corruption perceptions index — there are widespread concerns about people seeking to skip to the head of the line. So-called VIP vaccination scandals involving senior government officials and politicians who used their influence to surreptitiously get shots have roiled Argentina, Peru, Lebanon, Spain and the Philippines.

In Paraguay, people who receive vaccinations can request to not be included on the public list, but so far no one has asked to be anonymous, according to Sosa.

Valentin Sanchez, a 23-year-old Paraguayan software engineer living in the U.S., is something of a celebrity back home thanks to his efforts to find irregular vaccinations.

Sanchez was writing a program to study the Health Ministry’s vaccine data in April to satisfy his curiosity about how shots were being administered when his girlfriend suggested he also look for vaccine cheats. He found more than 500 suspicious cases by comparing the names and personal ID numbers on the vaccination list with those in public databases of civil servants and politicians.

While many of them turned out to be people with physical disabilities who were eligible for shots, his sleuthing discovered Mirta Gusinky, at the time a senator for the ruling Colorado Party, had been vaccinated out of turn. Gusinky resigned last month amid a public outcry. That same week, the Health Ministry said it would refer 88 unjustified vaccinations to the public prosecutor’s office after reviewing 518 cases brought to its attention.

“Because we have so few vaccines and people don’t trust the process the only way you can sort of give them some confidence is through this list,” Sanchez said. “People will use their influence if they can to get vaccinated. We are talking about a life-or-death situation.“

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The government has purchased or received as donations 981,400 doses of six different vaccines, with orders for almost 8 million shots yet to be filled. Wealthy Paraguayans aren’t waiting, and thousands have flown to Miami or elsewhere in the U.S. to get vaccinated. At the moment, only health-care workers, pregnant women and people 60 or older are eligible for the jabs in Paraguay.

The country, where the virus has killed more than 10,000 people, has the world’s highest per capita death rate over the past 7 days with almost 122 fatalities per 1 million people, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It ranks No.6 by infections. The death rate since the beginning of the pandemic is among the 30 highest in the world.

The situation could remain critical through July as a “weary and fed up” population ignores prevention measures like social distancing and masks, according to Sosa, the deputy health minister.

“That is reflected in our health system which today is saturated” with the sick, Sosa said. “We are in the most critical stage of the pandemic.”

 



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Many states, including capital New Delhi, ease restrictions as new infections drop to the lowest since March 31.

Many Indian states have eased coronavirus restrictions, including the capital New Delhi, where authorities allowed all shops and shopping centres to open, as the number of new infections dropped to the lowest in more than two months.

Experts have cautioned against a full reopening as India has vaccinated only about 5 percent of its estimated 950 million adults with the necessary two doses, leaving millions vulnerable.

Infections peaked in India in May with about 400,000 new cases a day but that dropped to 70,421 new infections reported on Monday, the lowest daily increase since March 31, health ministry data showed.

The number of deaths went up by 3,921, the data showed.

India has had the second-highest tally of COVID-19 infections in the world after the United States, with 29.51 million cases and 374,305 deaths, according to ministry data.

Authorities in Delhi allowed all shops and shopping centres to reopen although bars, gyms, salons, cinemas and parks remained shut.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said markets and restaurants would be carefully watched this week.

“If we see coronavirus cases are going up, we will have to reimpose strict restrictions,” Kejriwal said in a televised address on Sunday.

Hospitals in Delhi had struggled to provide oxygen cylinders and beds to patients last month as infections surged but, earlier this month, the city allowed businesses to bring back 50 percent of employees and partially resumed public transport.

In the southern state of Tamil Nadu, known for automobile manufacturing, some businesses were allowed to bring back 50 percent of employees and salons and liquor shops re-opened. Bus services remained suspended until June 21.

In Bengaluru, the capital of neighbouring Karnataka state and a major tech hub, traffic returned to the streets as authorities allowed the partial re-opening of businesses though the strict night and weekend curfews remained in place.

The pressure to resume some economic activity has grown as millions depend on daily wages to pay for food and rent.

“India needs to reopen as the challenge of maintaining a fine balance between lives and livelihoods is very crucial,” said Rajib Dasgupta, head of the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University.



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Eddie Mutwe, Nubian Li Released on Bail

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The General Court Martial in Makindye has on Monday released on bail the remaining members of the National Unity Platform who have been on remand since December last year.

The released include Bobi Wine bodyguard Eddie Mutwe,Singer Nubian Li and Producer Dan Magic.

The released are facing charges related to possession of fire arms.

The group had made several attempts at bail but kept getting stonewalled by government prosecution, on different grounds.

In the last court sitting in which teh army court released 17 of the 35 NUP supporters, Chairman Gen Court Martial sent back Eddie Mutwe and his group on remand, on grounds that prosecution was still examining their affidavits.

The group was arrested on December 30th 2020 in Kalangala district, while on the campaign trail with their candidate Robert Kyagulanyi.

“All our comrades who were arrested last year from Kalangala have been released on bail. These have spent six months while under detention for no crime whatsoever. Thanks to our legal team and everyone who has worked tirelessly to ensure these comrades regain their freedom,” NUP said in a statement.

This story is being updated

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Kanungu DHO Dr Sebudde Dies of Covid19

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Dr Stephen Ssebudde the Kanungu District Health Officer has succumbed to COVID-19.

Dr Ssebudde passed away on Sunday evening at Entebbe hospital where he has been receiving treatment for Covid19 after he started feeling unwell early this week.

News of his death was confirmed by a family who told this reporter that Ssebudde died at around 6Pm after three days of admission in Entebbe Hospital.

“Kanungu District Health Officer Dr Ssebudde died at around 6pm today after 3 days of admission in Entebbe Hospital. As per family, RIP” message from a family member reads.

Hajji Shaffiq Ssekandi the Kanungu Resident District Commissioner who also heads the District COVID-19 taskforce described Ssebudde’s death as a big blow to the district health department since he has been working selflessly to ensure that all people in the community are equally served when it comes to health.

His death comes at a time when the country has already registered cumulative confirmed covid19 cases of 61,977 representing a test positivity rate of 18.7%.

The country has 884 Active cases on admission, 48,160 Cumulative recoveries, and 428 total deaths.

According to Ministerial statistics, 777,895 Persons have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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