First Covid-19 death in the Pacific – Major Disaster Declared in Guam #COVID19 #coronavirus #Guam #pandemic #quarantine #emergency
Guam has reported the death of an 68-year-old woman from the Covid-19 illness, Radio New Zealand has reported.
According to Dr Mike Cruz, who is leading Guam’s virus response, the woman had “multiple co-morbidities”, including end-stage renal disease. She was the relative of a person who returned to Guam with Covid-19.
“Five of the first 14 confirmed cases had recent travel, most of which is linked to the Philippines,” Dr Cruz said on Sunday.
“There is strong evidence that Covid-19 cases has spread throughout our community and has affected residents in the northern, central and southern villages,” he added.
There are 15 confirmed cases in Guam, where the government has declared a major disaster. It has more cases than any other Pacific Island nation, and the woman’s death is the first in the region.
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Tens of thousands are without power and some people homeless after the freak weather moved through the state.
Tornadoes have killed at least 22 people and destroyed dozens of buildings in Tennessee – including causing severe damage in downtown Nashville.
The twisters toppled power lines and trees and ripped off roofs, causing gridlock on the streets of the famous musical city.
Police and fire crews were dealing with about 40 building collapses, said Metro Nashville police.
Severe storms were also whipped up by the tornadoes as they moved across the southeastern US state after midnight.
“A tornado skipped across the county,” said Nashville Mayor John Cooper on a visit to an emergency shelter.
“You do have people at the hospital and frankly there have been fatalities.”
A video posted online from east Nashville appeared to showed the tornado moving quickly across the city accompanied by lightning.
One tornado reportedly stayed on the ground into Hermitage, 20 miles (16km) east of Nashville, with buildings, bridge and roads damaged.
“Our community has been impacted significantly,” the Mount Juliet Police Department tweeted.
“We continue to search for injured. Stay home if you can.”
Country singer Carrie Underwood was one of those affected and said her husband and children had to shelter in their safe room as the tornado hit.
Hangars were destroyed at Nashville’s John C Tune Airport, with a spokesman saying it had “sustained significant damage”.
Schools, courts and rail lines were also closed – and some polling stations were damaged just hours before crucial Super Tuesday voting.
Dozens of people in the city were seen carrying their belongings through the streets after the tornado barrelled through the city.
The local Red Cross has opened a shelter for people made homeless.
Nashville Electric said 44,000 people had lost power after four substations were damaged.
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Depth: 10 km
Distances: 160 km W of Tabrīz, Iran, Islamic Republic of / pop: 1,425,000 / local time: 19:30:31.8 2020-02-23
99 km E of Van, Turkey / pop: 372,000 / local time: 19:00:31.8 2020-02-23
52 km SE of Özalp, Turkey / pop: 8,300 / local time: 19:00:31.8 2020-02-23
33 km NW of Salmās, Iran, Islamic Republic of / pop: 81,700 / local time: 19:30:31.8 2020-02-23
Several dead, 1000+ collapsed buildings after major earthquake rocks eastern Turkey #earthquake #MajorAlert #emergency #Turkey #Iran
An earthquake in eastern Turkey wreaked havoc on local infrastructure, resulting in deaths and injuries as emergency workers scramble to assist residents.
At least eight people have been killed and around two dozen others injured after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit Turkey’s Van province, senior government officials say.
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that at least three children are among the dead, adding that more than 1,000 buildings have collapsed. He said that search and rescue operations are ongoing.
Around 43 villages in the Turkey-Iran border region were affected by the quake, according to Turkish media. Iranian emergency teams have been deployed to areas of Iran that were also hit by the earthquake, but it’s unclear if there have been any casualties.
Eastern Turkey has experienced a number of deadly earthquakes. An earthquake last month in the region killed more than 40 people.
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