President Trump dubbed Joe Biden a “pathetic candidate”

President Trump dubbed Joe Biden a “pathetic candidate” and held three rallies in the swing state of Pennsylvania as he tried to reverse the polls a week before election day. While his Democratic rival laid low, Mr Trump, 74, continued to insist that America was “rounding the turn” on the pandemic. He blamed the media for scare tactics as new coronavirus cases surged above 60,000 to their second-highest Sunday total and 11 states declared record hospital admissions. Meanwhile hard-line Iranian newspaper Vatan-e Emrooz published a front-page cartoon of Macron as the Devil, branding him anti-Islamic and claiming that ‘French extremists’ … Continue reading President Trump dubbed Joe Biden a “pathetic candidate”

The government is preparing to award coronavirus testing

The government is preparing to award coronavirus testing contracts worth an estimated £5bn to commercial bidders, in what critics fear is a “backdoor” subsidy to the private sector. The vast new budget, which works out at £2.5bn per year and will be managed by Public  Health England (PHE), is equal to the entire annual spend on English NHS laboratories. It came as the US Senate approved a bill imposing sanctions on Chinese officials and any Hong Kong police units clashing with protesters. China’s foreign ministry warned of “strong countermeasures” against the US if the bill becomes law. China has said … Continue reading The government is preparing to award coronavirus testing

More than 31,000 people joined the ranks of the “ultra-wealthy” last year

More than 31,000 people joined the ranks of the “ultra-wealthy” last year as the fortunes of the already very rich benefitted from rising global stock markets and increased property prices. The number of ultra-high net worth individuals (UHNWIs) – those with assets of more than $30m (£26.5m) – rose by 6% last year to 513,244, according to a report by the property consultants Knight Frank. Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation has warned of a global shortage and price gouging for protective equipment to fight the deadly virus. It asked companies and governments to increase production by 40 per cent. The … Continue reading More than 31,000 people joined the ranks of the “ultra-wealthy” last year

High sulphur dioxide levels at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak could be a sign of mass cremations

High sulphur dioxide levels at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak could be a sign of mass cremations, it has been claimed.  Satellite maps in recent days have shown alarming levels of SO2 around Wuhan, the Chinese city where the outbreak began. Members of a World Health Organization expert mission flew to China to help coordinate the response to the virus, which has infected more than 40,000 people and killed at least 908. The country reported 97 deaths on Sunday, its largest toll in a single day since the outbreak was detected in December. Meanwhile, a further 60 cases were … Continue reading High sulphur dioxide levels at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak could be a sign of mass cremations