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Brazil ‘adrift’ as coronavirus death toll fast nears 100,000

Brazil ‘adrift’ as coronavirus death toll fast nears 100,000

Five months after confirming its first case of the new coronavirus, Brazil is fast approaching the bleak milestone of 100,000 deaths from Covid-19, a tragedy experts blame on the country’s lack of coherent response.

France sees nearly 1,700 virus cases in 24 hours

France sees nearly 1,700 virus cases in 24 hours

France reported 1,695 new Covid-19 infections over 24 hours, the total staying above the 1,600 threshold for the second day running, health ministry data showed yesterday.

Govt health experts warn US cities of ‘trouble ahead’

Govt health experts warn US cities of ‘trouble ahead’

White House health experts have warned of a slow rise in the percentage of people testing positive for the coronavirus in US cities such as Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Washington, and urged local leaders to remain vigilant to avoid a surge.

10 countries account for 80% of Africa Covid-19 testing

10 countries account for 80% of Africa Covid-19 testing

Ten countries account for 80% of the new coronavirus testing taking place across Africa, a regional body said yesterday, indicating that little testing is taking place in many countries around the vast continent.

UK test and trace system is world beating: Johnson

UK test and trace system is world beating: Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson stood by his description of Britain’s system of testing and tracing coronavirus infections yesterday, despite a fall in the number of people contacted by tracers.

Beaver families win legal right to stay

Beaver families win legal right to stay

The first beavers to live naturally in the wild in England for over 400 years have been given the green light to stay after a five-year trial showed their dam-building activities were good for wildlife and people.

Eight patients die in Gujarat hospital fire

Eight patients die in Gujarat hospital fire

Eight Covid-19 patients died in a fire that broke out in the intensive care ward of a private hospital in Ahmedabad early yesterday, officials said as they launched a probe into the incident.

Gehlot govt gets a breather from Rajasthan high court

Gehlot govt gets a breather from Rajasthan high court

Amid the ongoing political crisis in the state, the Rajasthan High Court yesterday gave some relief to the Ashok Gehlot government in the case challenging the merger of six BSP legislators with the ruling Congress and seeking a stay on it.

Melbourne enters Australia’s toughest Covid-19 lockdown

Melbourne enters Australia’s toughest Covid-19 lockdown

Australia’s second-largest city yesterday entered the country’s toughest lockdown yet, sparking a fresh wave of anxiety and confusion over ever-tougher regulations.

Philippines records most virus cases in East Asia

Philippines records most virus cases in East Asia

The Philippines on Thursday recorded another jump in coronavirus cases to overtake neighbouring Indonesia as the country with the highest number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in East Asia.

Mauritania PM and government resign amid corruption probe

Mauritania PM and government resign amid corruption probe

Mauritania's prime minister and his entire government resigned on Thursday, a day after parliamentary investigators probing alleged graft under the previous administration ...

Japan marks 75th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

Japan marks 75th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

Japan on Thursday marked 75 years since the world's first atomic bomb attack, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing a scaling back of ceremonies to remember the victims.

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