Monthly Archives آگوست 2020

US tops six million coronavirus cases – up one million in three weeks

More than six million coronavirus cases have now been recorded in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University.

On Monday, researchers at the university recorded 6,006,327 COVID-19 cases in the US and 183,203 deaths.

Three weeks ago, the US reached five million confirmed cases.

Coronavirus cases in the US have exceeded six million
Image: American Football has started up again in some states, with players wearing masks to warm up but not to play

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have been tracking global cases since the start of the pandemic.

The US has had the highest number of cases over the past few months, with Brazil coming in second with 3,862,311 cases and 120,828 deaths as of Monday.

The UK has the 13th highest number of cases in the world, at 338,079, with 41,588 deaths, according to the university.


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Coronavirus cases are on the rise again across more than half of the U.S.

A bicycle rider in Liberty State Park wears a mask during the fourth phase of reopening on August 30, 2020 in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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Coronavirus cases are rising across more than half of the nation even as the outbreak slows across former hotspots in  Arizona, Florida, California and Texas. 

New cases are up by at least 5%, based on a seven-day average, in 26 states as of Sunday, compared with just 12 states a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. In Arizona, Florida, California and Texas, new cases are declining by at least as much, though those states still accounted for nearly 10,000 new cases combined on Sunday — or about a fourth of all new U.S. cases.

Across the nation, average new cases hav...

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‘My girl grew up in black culture – allow her’: Stars defend Adele after Instagram photo backlash

High-profile black figures including Naomi Campbell and MP David Lammy have defended Adele over claims of cultural appropriation, following backlash for an image she posted on social media.

The Tottenham-born star attracted criticism from some fans after sharing a photo on Instagram showing her in a Jamaican flag bikini top and with her hair in Bantu knots.

Alongside the image which was taken in the singer’s Beverly Hills garden, she wrote: “Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London GBJM”.

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WHO warns that ‘no country can just pretend the pandemic is over’

The World Health Organization urged countries Monday to continue implementing safety measures to control the spread of the coronavirus, such as limiting public gatherings and protecting vulnerable groups as they try to reopen businesses and services. 

“The more control countries have over the virus, the more they can open up. Opening up without having control is a recipe for disaster,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a virtual news briefing from the United Nations health agency’s Geneva headquarters. “No country can just pretend the pandemic is over.”

Tedros outlined “four essential things that all countries, communities and individuals must focus on to take control...

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Body found in search for top diplomat missing since May

Police searching for missing diplomat Richard Morris have found a body in the forest where he jogged regularly.

Detectives have not formally identified the body, but Mr Morris’s family has been told of the discovery.

The former UK ambassador to Nepal, 52, vanished on 6 May after setting out on a run from his home in the village of Bentley, Hampshire.

Search for Richard Morris
Image: Officers spent a month searching for the diplomat in a forest and surrounding areas

Police searched Alice Holt Forest near Farnham and other areas where the father-of-three was known to run regularly, but scaled down their operation a month later.

They appealed for sightings from other runners and asked them to check his profile on the running app Strava, while motorists were asked for footage from dashboard cameras.

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Coronavirus live updates: U.S. tops 6 million cases; New Jersey set to resume indoor dining this week

New cases of the coronavirus are rising in more states across the U.S. compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins University. New cases nationwide are still falling, though the pace of improvement has slowed. The U.S. reported an average of about 42,100 new cases over the past seven days, down just 1.2% compared with a week ago, according to CNBC’s analysis. Globally, cumulative infections now top 25 million. 

Here are some of the day’s important headlines:

The following data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University:

  • Global cases: More than 25.2 million
  • Global deaths: At least 847,100
  • U.S. cases: More than 6.0 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 183,200

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Prince William’s former private secretary ‘set to be UK’s new top civil servant’

A former private secretary to Prince William will reportedly be named the UK’s new top civil servant.

Simon Case will be named as cabinet secretary on Tuesday, the Financial Times reports.

He spent almost two years working as the Duke of Cambridge’s right-hand man, before temporarily moving to Downing Street earlier this year to help with the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Boris Johnson, left, and Sir Mark Sedwill, right, are pictured here in July 2019
Image: Sir Mark Sedwill announced in June that he would be stepping down from the role

Government sources have declined to comment on the reports, but a Cabinet Office spokesman said: “An official announcement on the new cabinet secretary will be made on Tuesday 1 September.”

It comes after Sir Mark Sedwill announced in June that he would be stepping down from the role.

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India says China’s military made moves near disputed border

An Indian army convoy drives towards Leh, on a highway bordering China, on June 19, 2020 in Gagangir, India. As many as 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a “violent face-off” with Chinese troops on Tuesday in the Galwan Valley along the Himalayas.
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India said Monday its soldiers thwarted “provocative” movements by China’s military near a disputed border in the Ladakh region months into the rival nations’ deadliest standoff in decades.

Local military commanders from the two countries were meeting along the disputed frontier on Monday to resolve the issues, India’s defense ministry said. It said India was committed to dialogue “but is also equally determined to protect its territorial integrity.”

The statement said China’s People’s Liberation Army on...

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‘We’ve missed so much teaching time, I think our A-levels should be delayed’

Labour has called for next year’s GCSE and A-level exams to be delayed so pupils can catch up on teaching time lost due to the pandemic.

Lucy Bentley, 17, from Hayes, west London, is worried about the impact not going to school for so long will have on her A-level results next year – and is apprehensive about having to contend with pupils from this year’s cohort who have delayed their university places.

She talks about her concerns and her experiences of this year.

File photo dated 07/03/12 of a general view of pupils sitting an exam. Boris Johnson is facing calls to take charge of the growing A-levels "fiasco" amid mounting anger among students, teachers and MPs.
Image: Lucy supports the call to delay next year’s A-level exams

I am going into Year 13 and am studying three A-levels: geography, English literature, and philosophy and ethics.

Through this pandemic, the online support from my school has been fantastic, but some things are going to be problematic in Year 13 for me.

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TikTok deal to sell U.S. business could be announced as soon as Tuesday

TikTok has chosen a bidder for its U.S., New Zealand and Australian businesses, and it could announce the deal as soon as Tuesday, according to people familiar with the situation.

Microsoft, in partnership with Walmart, and Oracle are the two top contenders. The sale price is expected to be in the range of $20 billion to $30 billion, CNBC reported last week.

However, even though TikTok has selected a bidder, the deal could be slowed or derailed by the Chinese government, which updated its technology export list on Friday to include artificial intelligence technology used by TikTok. TikTok’s Chinese parent company, Bytedance, said over the weekend that it would need a license from the Chinese government before it can sell to a U.S. company.

Walmart emerged as a surprise contender last ...

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