Monday, 3 Aug 2020

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Coronavirus: ‘Rapid increases’ in South Africa cases as more than 500,000 test positive

South Africa has confirmed more than 500,000 coronavirus cases, as the number of infections in the African continent climbs towards one million. The country reported on Saturday there had been 10,107 new cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus. This brings the total to 503,290 – the fifth-highest worldwide, behind the US, […]

UK weather forecast: Britain braces for Sunday WASHOUT as torrential rain hits

Temperatures will remain much lower than Friday when Heathrow Airport recorded 37.8C, the highest temperature so far this year. The Met Office said: “Looking ahead to Sunday heavy showers continue across Scotland and northern England. “Later we’ll see some showers also bubble up across northern Wales and the midlands. “We could even have the odd rumble […]

Outdoor classes offer stunning solution to lockdown

Schools across India are struggling to teach online as the pandemic forces them to stay shut. But this town in Indian-administered Kashmir has found a novel solution, reports Abid Bhatt. Every morning, students in Doodpathri, a town in Budgam district, walk past streams and bridges, and up the hill to their new classroom: a picturesque […]

Are US cities seeing a surge in violent crime?

President Donald Trump has said US cities are seeing a spike in crime, as he sends in federal law enforcement agents to tackle the situation. He has denounced a string of Democrat-run cities which are “plagued by violent crime”. We’ve looked at violent crime, and found it’s down overall in many cities, but murders have […]

Mexico logs over 9,000 new coronavirus cases for first time

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico racked up a record number of new confirmed coronavirus infections on Saturday, registering more than 9,000 daily cases for the first time and passing the previous peak for the second day running, official data showed. Mexico’s health ministry reported 9,556 new cases of coronavirus, surging past the record of 8,458 […]

While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Aug 2

Expect ‘lengthy’ coronavirus pandemic, WHO warns The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Saturday warned the coronavirus pandemic was likely to be “lengthy” after its emergency committee met to evaluate the crisis six months after sounding the international alarm. The committee “highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this Covid-19 pandemic”, the WHO said in a statement, […]

South Africa's COVID-19 cases surpass half a million

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 have crossed half a million, its health ministry said on Saturday, while cases in Africa as a whole approached a million. Africa’s most industrialised nation recorded 10,107 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, pushing the total to 503,290, the […]