More than 10,000 people have died

More than 10,000 people have died from coronavirus in South Africa since the pandemic arrived in the country in March, the health ministry has said. The country has registered 553,188 infections – the fifth biggest number of Covid-19 cases in the world. The second order would ensure renters and homeowners can avoid eviction throughout the pandemic. His third order would expand unemployment benefits after additional relief funds for Americans who lost work during the pandemic expired. The order would provide $400 a week in addition to state unemployment benefits. The president claimed Democrats “have refused” to accept Republican-led stimulus packages, … Continue reading More than 10,000 people have died

Groups of British tourists have enjoyed a raucous night

Groups of British tourists have enjoyed a raucous night of drinking in Benidorm despite the the government’s new quarantine rules for Spain.  Crowds of merry holidaymakers were photographed in bars and restaurants drinking beers last night, while ignoring social distancing entirely.   Late on Monday, the Foreign Office said it would instead toughen up its advice and extend its recommendation against travel to mainland Spain to include the Spanish islands, based on an assessment of the risk. A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We have considered the overall situation for British nationals travelling to and from the Balearic and Canary islands, including … Continue reading Groups of British tourists have enjoyed a raucous night

Spain has suffered at least 200 coronavirus outbreaks

Spain has suffered at least 200 coronavirus outbreaks since it lifted the lockdown while France today revealed it has up to 500 active ‘clusters’ of the disease.    Fears of a second wave are growing in Spain after it identified 5,695 new cases last week, a sharp increase from 2,944 a week earlier, while some areas have been forced to re-impose lockdown measures just as British tourists start to arrive again. Colombia’s government has estimated it will reach its peak of cases in August. Several cities, including the capital Bogota, are close to full occupation of beds in intensive care units. … Continue reading Spain has suffered at least 200 coronavirus outbreaks

Japan is racing to build up its armed forces

Japan is racing to build up its armed forces in the face of increased political and military assertiveness by China, even as it struggles to reconcile the nationalist ambitions of its prime minister with the demands of its pacifist constitution. In a defence white paper Shinzo Abe’s government spelt out its growing anxiety about China and the urgency of upgrading the Self-Defence Forces, as its army, navy and air force are called. It condemns Beijing’s almost daily dispatch of ships into areas around disputed islands that are controlled by Japan but claimed by the Chinese. Monica Gomez, the councillor responsible … Continue reading Japan is racing to build up its armed forces

Bolivia‘s interim president says she has tested positive

Bolivia‘s interim president says she has tested positive for coronavirus.  Jeanine Anez Chavez tweeted the news on Thursday evening. A steep drop in reproduction rates have seen the number of European hamsters – which are different to the hamsters kept as domestic pets – plummet. On average through the 20th century, mums would give birth to 20 pups at a time, but this has now fallen to just five or six. He added that Australia was suspending its extradition treaty to prevent dissenters from being recalled to Hong Kong and charged and sentenced within China’s opaque justice system. Canada scrapped … Continue reading Bolivia‘s interim president says she has tested positive

Dozens of Spanish beaches were forced to close

Dozens of Spanish beaches were forced to close yesterday after crowds of people flocked to the beach – as British tourists prepare to descend on the country again.    Nearly 30 Costa del Sol beaches had to turn visitors away at the busiest times of the day on Sunday in resorts including Benalmadena. Even before Covid-19, 2 million people died from zoonotic diseases every year, mostly in poorer countries. The coronavirus outbreak was highly predictable, the experts said. “[Covid-19] may be the worst, but it is not the first,” said the UN environment chief, Inger Andersen. The biggest economic costs fall … Continue reading Dozens of Spanish beaches were forced to close

Fears of a trade war grew in Australia yesterday after China, its biggest trading partner, announced it was blocking imports of beef from the country

Fears of a trade war grew in Australia yesterday after China, its biggest trading partner, announced it was blocking imports of beef from the country, with fears that wine and seafood would be next. The embargo marks the latest escalation in a row between the two countries after Canberra set up an inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus last month. Beijing has accused the Australian government of launching an investigation at the behest of the White House. Branyas was originally born in San Fransisco in the United States on March 4, 1907 and lived through the Spanish flu pandemic … Continue reading Fears of a trade war grew in Australia yesterday after China, its biggest trading partner, announced it was blocking imports of beef from the country

Fourteen vaccination campaigns that would have covered more than 13 million people have been postponed because of the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Fourteen vaccination campaigns that would have covered more than 13 million people have been postponed because of the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization has said. In his opening remarks to today’s coronavirus press conference, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director general, said vaccination drives against polio, measles, cholera, human papillomavirus, yellow fever and meningitis had not gone ahead. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters the daily press briefings are expected to resume later this week, but likely with a facelift. “They might have a new look to them, a new focus to them,” … Continue reading Fourteen vaccination campaigns that would have covered more than 13 million people have been postponed because of the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

A British ‘ISIS rapper’ who was once suspected of being Jihadi John has been arrested at a hideout in Spain

A British ‘ISIS rapper’ who was once suspected of being Jihadi John has been arrested at a hideout in Spain.  Police sources said today that British-Egyptian jihadist Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary was the ‘foreign terrorist fighter’ detained in a raid in Almeria on Monday. Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, has asked the country’s chief judge to free prison inmates who have been awaiting trial for six years or more to ease overcrowding as the virus spreads, a spokesman has said. A statement quoted Buhari as saying 42% of Nigeria’s 74,000 or so prisoners are awaiting trial. He urged Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad to … Continue reading A British ‘ISIS rapper’ who was once suspected of being Jihadi John has been arrested at a hideout in Spain

A man called ‘Wuhan’ has named his son after one of the districts where covid-19 is believed to have started

A man called ‘Wuhan’ has named his son after one of the districts where covid-19 is believed to have started. Wu Hanshi – which translates as Wuhan City – lives in the city of Linyi in east China’s Shandong Province. The mobilisation follows intelligence reports and satellite imagery showing refugee groups being moved from remote inland areas to Turkey’s western shores — regions traditionally used by traffickers to smuggle people to remote Greek islands kilometres away. “We have noticed some suspicious movements,” a senior Greek government official said. “As a result we have ordered a heightened alert for the next … Continue reading A man called ‘Wuhan’ has named his son after one of the districts where covid-19 is believed to have started