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Firefighters work next to a damaged building at Toledo Street following an explosion in downtown Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. A loud explosion of unknown origin has partially destroyed a six-floor-tall building flanked by a school and a nursing home in the center of Spain's capital, Madrid.

Madrid Blast Linked to Gas Leak

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A powerful explosion apparently caused by a gas leak ripped the facade off a residential building in central Madrid on Wednesday, killing two people and injuring more.
City worker Carlos Ruiz loads tanks of oxygen for COVID-19 patients, in the Iztapalapa borough of Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The city offers free oxygen refills for COVID-19 patients.

Oxygen Thefts Mount as Mexico Reports Record COVID-19 Deaths

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Thefts of oxygen mounted as Mexico reported its highest daily death toll since the coronavirus pandemic began, with 1,584 deaths confirmed Tuesday.
Paul Teesdale

Second Employee of the Welsh (UK) Ambulance Service Dies Due to COVID-19

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Paul Teesdale, a call handler for the Welsh Ambulance Service, has died after testing positive for COVID-19 on New Year’s Day, the ambulance service said.
A doctor inoculates Herri Rehfeld, 92, against the new coronavirus with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at the vaccination center at the Messe Berlin trade fair grounds on the center's opening day in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.

WHO: ‘Not Right’ to Vaccinate Young Before Old

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Only 25 vaccine doses have been provided in a single poor country, while over 39 million doses have been administered in nearly 50 richer nations.
A row of ambulances are parked outside the Royal London Hospital in London on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020.

UK May Move Patients Into Hotels to Ease Hospital Strain

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England’s health care system may move patients into hotels to ease pressure on hospitals struggling to handle rising COVID-19 admissions.
EMS CityHawk VTOL

Urban Aeronautics Announces First Pre-Orders of EMS CityHawk VTOL

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Urban Aeronautics Ltd. announced Tuesday it has signed a deal with Hatzolah Air for four EMS CityHawk vertical take-off and landing aircraft.
Emergency services near the site of a landslide in Ask, northeast of Oslo, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. A landslide smashed into a residential area near the Norwegian capital Wednesday.

Search Continues for Survivors after Major Norway Landslide

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Rescue workers in Norway on Thursday continued searching for 10 people, including children, who are missing a day after a massive landslide struck a residential area near the capital.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand Prime Minister: Flattening Curve Wasn’t Enough for New Zealand

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New Zealand this year pulled off a moonshot that remains the envy of most other nations: It eliminated the coronavirus.
The rescue helicopter flying over a damaged building in Vanuatu.

Seizure in the Skies of Remoteness: A Case Review

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This article reviews a case of a seizing patient on a remote island in Vanuatu following a large tropical cyclone.
Helicopter

French Mountain Rescue Team Killed in Helicopter Crash

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Five members of a mountain rescue team were killed and a sixth was seriously injured when their helicopter crashed in the French Alps, authorities said.