The number of active cases in Croatia stands at 11,144. There are 825 COVID patients in hospitals, and 58 are on ventilators. Since February 25, when Croatia registered its first case of the infection, 36,380 people have contracted the novel virus, 437 have died, and 24,799 people have recovered, including 1,014 recoveries in the last 24 hours. There are currently 28,177 people in self-isolation. To date, 445,568 people have been tested for coronavirus, including 8,520 who have undergone testing in the last 24 hours.
Monday, October 26, 2020
The US has cancelled plans to offer Santa Claus performers early access to a coronavirus vaccine in exchange for their help in promoting it publicly. Those who perform as Mrs Claus and elves would also have been eligible for the jabs.
The festive collaboration was part of a $250m government campaign to garner celebrity endorsements of vaccinations once they are approved.
But health authorities confirmed the advertising campaign had been scrapped. Ric Erwin, chairman of the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas, called the news "extremely disappointing."
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Researchers from the National Human Genome Research Institute in the US analysed DNA from 161 breeds to create a dog-breed family tree. The tree groups breeds into categories according to their shared history. These groups, known as clades, reflect the fact that for much of their domestication history dogs were known only by the kind of service they offered humankind.
The hunting dogs are a family including retrievers and setters, the herding dogs contain the shepherds and sheepdogs. The study also presented analyses revealing the shadows of cross-breeding hiding in modern “purebred” dogs.
While the genomes of all dogs are 100% dog DNA, a small amount of the genome varies among breeds. These parts are responsible for the impressive spectrum of variation in size, shape and behaviour in domestic dogs. The researchers sequenced dog genomes at thousands of these variable sites. When blocks of them are identical across two different breeds, this indicates historic interbreeding between them. These fresh results confirmed documented histories for some breeds.