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Day: March 14, 2020

New CPT Code Announced to Report Novel Coronavirus Test

Press Release
Chicago, March 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The American Medical Association (AMA) today announced that the CPT Editorial Panel approved a new addition to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set that will help streamline data-driven resource and allocation planning in the battle against the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the United States. “In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CPT Editorial Panel has expedited approval of a unique CPT code to report laboratory testing services that diagnose the presence of the novel coronavirus,” said AMA President Patrice A. Harris, M.D., M.A. “The new CPT code assigned to the test for the novel coronavirus provides analytical advantages for tracking, allocating and optimi

ASGE Releases Recommendations for Endoscopy Units in the Era of COVID-19

Press Release
DOWNERS GROVE, IL / ACCESSWIRE / March 13, 2020 / The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has released an important article in its signature publication, the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (GIE) journal. The article, titled Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak: What the Department of Endoscopy Should Know, is written by ASGE member, Dr Alessandro Repici and his colleagues who have first-hand experience and are still in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis in Italy. Endoscopy is a place where patients and physicians have very close distance and physicians are exposed to splashes, mucus or saliva during procedures especially upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy. Moreover oral-fecal transmission has been postulated as a potential route for COVID-19 transmission. Endoscopy is also a pl

ASGE Releases Recommendations for Endoscopy Units in the Era of COVID-19

Press Release
DOWNERS GROVE, IL / ACCESSWIRE / March 13, 2020 / The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has released an important article in its signature publication, the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (GIE) journal. The article, titled Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak: What the Department of Endoscopy Should Know, is written by ASGE member, Dr Alessandro Repici and his colleagues who have first-hand experience and are still in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis in Italy. Endoscopy is a place where patients and physicians have very close distance and physicians are exposed to splashes, mucus or saliva during procedures especially upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy. Moreover oral-fecal transmission has been postulated as a potential route for COVID-19 transmission. Endoscopy is also a pl

Tunisian Development & Investment Minister Receives Saudi Ambassador

Business
Tunis, The Tunisian Minister of Development and Investment Mohamed Selim El-Ezaby received here today the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Tunisia, Mohammed bin Mahmoud Al-Ali.The meeting tackled the existing economic and financial cooperation between the two countries and opportunities for further strengthening and diversification.They also discussed ways to accelerate the implementation of the projects agreed upon.Source: Saudi Press Agency

Tunisian Development & Investment Minister Receives Saudi Ambassador

Business
Tunis, The Tunisian Minister of Development and Investment Mohamed Selim El-Ezaby received here today the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Tunisia, Mohammed bin Mahmoud Al-Ali.The meeting tackled the existing economic and financial cooperation between the two countries and opportunities for further strengthening and diversification.They also discussed ways to accelerate the implementation of the projects agreed upon.Source: Saudi Press Agency

Iran Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 600, Syria Shuts Schools

Medical
TEHRAN - Iran said Saturday the coronavirus outbreak has killed another 97 people, pushing the death toll in the country to 611, as war-ravaged Syria announced a number of strict measures despite the government saying it has no confirmed cases.Iran is suffering from the worst outbreak in the Middle East, with 12,729 cases and even senior officials testing positive. It is a close ally of the Syrian government in the civil war, with military advisors as well as Shiite pilgrims frequently traveling between the two countries.A spokesman for Iran's Health Ministry announced the latest cases on state TV. Health Minister Saeed Namaki said there would be “some new restrictions” on movement into and out of cities, without elaborating.There are concerns that the number of infections in Iran is much

KSA Reports 17 New Cases of Novel Coronavirus, in Details

Medical
Riyadh, Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) announced here today monitoring and registration of 17 new cases, infected with the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), amid extensive international and local efforts to contain and eliminate the pandemic.The first case was of a citizen coming from Iran, currently isolated in a health facility, in Al-Ahsa and that the second case was of a citizen, who is now in quarantine, who was in contact with a previously announced case, which is isolated in a hospital, in Qatif.Third and fourth cases were of citizens from Qatif Governorate, coming from Italy and Iran, who are isolated in a health facility, in Qatif, too.The ministry stated that the fifth case was of a female citizen quarantined, in Jeddah, which was also coming from Iran.There ...

Ministry of Sports: Suspending All Sport Activities in the Kingdom and Closing of Private Sports Halls and Centers

Sports
Riyadh, The Ministry of Sports announced the suspension of all sports activities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in all tournaments and competitions, as well as the closure of private sports halls and centers, starting tomorrow, March 15, 2020, until further notice.This is an extension of the continuous efforts made by all government agencies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and take the necessary preventive measures in order to preserve the safety of citizens and expatriates in the Kingdom, and based on the recommendations of the committee concerned with following up on the developments of the spread this virus.Source: Saudi Press Agency

In Lebanon, journalists and activists who cover protests face threats

General
Since the anti-austerity protests broke out in Lebanon on October 17, 2019, reporters and journalists have been flocking to the scene to provide up-to-date coverage. Tens of thousands of people reflecting Lebanon’s diverse religious and class sectors took to the streets to demand social and economic reforms. What started as socio-economic protests have grown into a movement demanding the fall of political rulers who have governed the country under a sectarian political system since the end of the civil war in 1990, using the popular slogan, “All of them means all of them.”Journalists and camera crews who showed up at the protests became the target of harassment not only by the country’s police and army but in some cases — protesters. Media professionals have raised their voices against the

US Official: 3 Members of Coalition Forces Hurt in Rocket Attack Near Baghdad

General
CAIRO - A U.S. military spokesman said a fresh round of rockets hit an Iraqi base Saturday where U.S.-led coalition forces were located, wounding three members of the coalition and two Iraqi troops.The nationalities of the wounded coalition members were not immediately disclosed.No one claimed responsibility for the attack.A coalition spokesman said at least 25 Katyusha rockets were fired at the Camp Taji airbase north of Baghdad.Iraqi media put the figure at 33 rockets from seven launchpads, saying that 23 rockets did not explode.The attack was the second on U.S. coalition forces at Camp Taji since Wednesday. It followed U.S. retaliation Friday on Iraqi targets, including several Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi (PMF) bases — one mostly a Shiite police base — and a Karbala airbase under constructio