China virus deaths rise past 800, overtaking SARS toll

first_imgThe death toll from the novel coronavirus surged past 800 in mainland China on Sunday, overtaking global fatalities in the 2002-03 SARS epidemic, even as the World Health Organization said the outbreak appeared to be “stabilizing”.With 89 more people dying — most in Hubei, the province at the center of the outbreak — the toll is now higher than the 774 killed worldwide by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome nearly two decades ago, according to figures from national health authorities.The latest data came after the WHO said the last four days had seen “some stabilizing” in Hubei but warned it was “very early to make any predictions” and the figures can still “shoot up”. Topics : Almost 37,200 people in China have now been infected by the new coronavirus, believed to have emerged late last year in a market that sold wild animals in Hubei’s capital Wuhan, before spreading across the nation and to other countries.The epidemic has prompted the government to lock down whole cities as anger mounts over its handling of the crisis, especially after a whistleblowing doctor fell victim to the virus.With much of the country still not back at work after an extended Lunar New Year holiday, cities including Shanghai have ordered residents to wear masks in public, and many regions far from Hubei are allowing only one person per household to go out every two days to buy supplies.Michael Ryan, head of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Program, said the “stable period” of the outbreak “may reflect the impact of the control measures that have been put in place”.center_img The first foreign victim in China was confirmed this week when a 60-year-old American diagnosed with the virus died on Thursday in Wuhan, according to the US embassy.A Japanese man in his 60s with a suspected coronavirus infection also died in a hospital in the city.The only fatalities outside the mainland have been a Chinese man in the Philippines and a 39-year-old man in Hong Kong.The new virus is from the same family of coronaviruses as SARS although the mortality rate is lower.According to official figures, around 2,650 people have been cured and discharged around the country — 600 more of them on Saturday.China drew international condemnation for covering up cases in the SARS outbreak whereas the measures it has taken this time have been praised by the WHO.But anger over Beijing’s approach erupted on social media this week after the death of a Wuhan doctor who police silenced when he raised the alarm about the threat of an emerging virus like SARS in December.Li Wenliang was working as an ophthalmologist in Wuhan when he observed patients with symptoms similar to those of the deadly SARS pathogen.The doctor, 34, died early Friday, Wuhan Central Hospital said in a post on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform, after contracting the virus while treating a patient.The government responded by sending its anti-graft body to launch an investigation.In Hong Kong, China’s semi-autonomous southern financial hub where 299 people were killed by SARS, authorities on Saturday imposed a quarantine on people travelling from the mainland.The city, with 26 confirmed cases, has been hit by a wave of panic-buying.Similar scenes played out in Singapore as shoppers cleared grocery store shelves after the city-state, which has 33 confirmed cases, raised its alert level over the virus.WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned against misinformation, saying it made the work of healthcare staff harder.”We’re not just battling the virus, we’re also battling the trolls and conspiracy theorists that push misinformation and undermine the outbreak response,” he said.Hungarian police said Saturday they had busted a network of “fake news” websites that reported alleged coronavirus-related deaths in the country, which is so far free of cases.Fearing the virus could cause an economic slowdown in China — the world’s leading oil importer and consumer — a committee appointed by the OPEC club of petroleum-producing countries has recommended cuts in oil output.Governments have hardened their defenses, with several countries banning arrivals from China while major airlines suspended flights.New cases have emerged abroad, with five British nationals, including a child, testing positive after staying at the same ski chalet in France.Asian cruise ships have also become a focal point.Sixty-four people on board the Diamond Princess off Japan’s coast have tested positive and the ship’s passengers have been asked to stay inside their cabins to prevent new infections.last_img read more

Removal of wrecks will enhance Portsmouth-PM Skerrit

first_img Share 39 Views   3 comments Share Dominican leader Roosevelt Skerrit.Prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit says the removal of wrecks along the sea shore in Portsmouth which have been there for several decades will soon become a thing of the past.The wrecks have been there following Hurricane David in 1979 and several governments have promised to remove them.Skerrit told Government in Focus program last week that he is grateful to the Venezuelan government for making the resources available for that project.He said once the wrecks are removed, it will enhance the ambiance of the town.“People may say what are the big deals about these wrecks in Portsmouth but they have been there since 1979. The Freedom party made some efforts to remove them but I don’t think the United Workers Party ever made an effort. The people always maintain that the removal of these wrecks will provide better opportunities for the people there. This posed a challenge because you need resources to have them removed,” he said.Skerrit says the removal of the wrecks will enable Portsmouth “to become what it ought to be in terms of tourism and development”.He said it will increase the value of property in Portsmouth.“It will lend Portsmouth to better opportunities because they were really an eyesore,” he added.Skerrit said the government of Venezuela must be thanked for their decision to take on the project.“It is very expensive undertaken and we are grateful. Otherwise we would have to contract a loan and the Venezuelan government approved that request from government of Dominica to assist us with that,” he said.The prime minister views the project as a major one.Dominica Vibes News Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Removal of wrecks will enhance Portsmouth-PM Skerrit by: – March 20, 2012last_img read more

Former Africa footballer of the year dies due to COVID-19

first_imgAfrica’s football governing body, Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Somali Football Federation (SFF) have announced the passing away of Somali legend Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah after suffering from coronavirus. Somali legend Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah Farah passed away at the age of 59 at Northwest London Hospital on Tuesday, March 24, after testing positive to the deadly virus last week. Before his demise, Farah was acting as an advisor to the Minister of Youth and Sport in Somalia. He was born in the city of Beledweyne, about 342 kilometres north of the capital Mogadishu on February 15, 1961. Farah’s football career dates back to 1976 when he first appeared in the national school’s football tournament.Advertisement Promoted ContentThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterPlus-Size Girls Who Set The Catwalk On FireBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledBehind-The-Scenes Selfies From 10 Popular MoviesThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging He got promoted to a regional level representing his home Hiiraan region in the 1979 regional football tournament. Read Also: Omeruo’s Leganes gift €200k to local hospital in coronavirus battle The regional tournament became a platform for him to showcase his talent and from there he was recruited by Batroolka Football Club where he had an illustrious playing career until late 1980s. Farah becomes the first African football star to be lost to the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed over 20,000 lives across the world. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Ndidi: I was nervous when I first met Mikel

first_imgLeicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, has lifted the lid on the first time he met Chelsea hero John Obi Mikel. Loading… “Mikel is a legend that we do not appreciate enough. He is a big name and a legend. The first time I couldn’t talk to him at all. read also:Haaland rates Mane above Salah, Partey and Ndidi “Only if there was a conversation going on that I could join in. I couldn’t talk to him on a one on one basis.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Nigeria international first came across Obi Mikel five years ago at a national team camp. He recalled in an online Q&A: “I was nervous when I first met him in Belgium. I couldn’t take a picture with him, I was scared. Even for training, I couldn’t be close to him and tackle him.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Most Praised Historical Movies7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The Ratings7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?The 18 Most Visited Cities In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

Bulldog Grapplers Battle EIAC Foe Wildcats

first_imgThe Batesville High School Wrestling team continued their season hosting EIAC rivals Franklin County Saturday morning. Despite both teams trading forfeits the Bulldogs fell short 45-27.Five Bulldogs were able to pick up victories. Sophomore Alex Murphy received a forfeit while senior Axel Garcia won by decision. Senior JT Linkel and Sophomores Josh Mobley and Christian Garcia were able to get pinfall victories.  Giving up more forfeits and losing close matches led to a defeat for the bulldogs.Batesville will continue their season traveling to Centerville Friday and Saturday for a two-day dual invitational.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Curtis Miller.last_img read more

West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet determined to come back stronger from injury

first_img Press Association He wrote: ” Hey guys just a little feedback. Just wanted to say that I’m recovering. “I’m gonna work even harder and I will be back stronger. See you soon Hammers.” Ecuador forward Enner Valencia was also injured against the Toffees and will see a specialist next week to determine the extent of his ankle problem. Hammers co-owner David Sullivan was not impressed by some of Everton’s challenges during the 1-1 draw at Upton Park. He told the club’s website: ” I thought some of the tackling by Everton was strong and I was amazed it took so long for them to get a yellow card. “We’ve ended up with two badly injured players. Some weeks the challenge on Payet would have been a red card and his injury changed the game for us.” West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet has vowed to come back stronger following his injury lay-off.center_img The French midfielder, who has scored five goals this season, faces three months on the sidelines with the ankle injury he suffered against Everton on Saturday. Payet has taken to Instagram to give an update on his recovery – accompanied by footage of the crunching tackle on him by James McCarthy which caused the damage. last_img read more

Assam Cricket Association fixes AGM date on January 12

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: The much awaited Annual General Meeting of the Assam Cricket Association would be held on January 12 in Guwahati. The new committee of the association would also be constituted in the meeting.The date of the Annual General Meeting is decided in the Governing Body Meeting of the Association which was held in the city today. A source from the ACA said that the new committee would be formed in the forthcoming AGM and if necessary the election would also be held on that day.The meeting also constituted a five-member committee to scrutinize the accounts related to the ODI which was held during the tenure of current committee. The source also infomrd that England women cricket team are likely to tour India in the 2019 and Guwahati may host a couple of limited over matches of that series. Also Read: Assam Cricket Association Election date to be decidedlast_img read more

ICC World Cup India vs New Zealand World Cup semi-final: Weather in Manchester not too promising on reserve day

first_imgIndia and New Zealand will resume battle from the point it was interrupted.Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor smashed fifties.New Zealand has a 4-3 head-to-head record against India. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 was affected by rain at the start of the tournament with four games getting abandoned, making it the wettest tournament and the edition which has seen the most abandonments. After a lull, there was bright sunshine but in the first semi-final between India and New Zealand in Manchester, the rain returned with a vengeance. Persistent rain and drizzle throughout the second half of the day forced the semi-final to spill over into the reserve day, the first time it has ever happened in the knock-out stage of the World Cup.New Zealand had won the toss and chosen to bat with Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor blasting fifties on a pitch which was difficult to bat. India’s bowlers operated brilliantly and despite some sloppy fielding, New Zealand was restricted to 211/5 in 46.1 overs when the rain intervened. Efforts were made to start a Twenty20 game at 23:05 hrs IST but the rain intervened again and this forced the game to go into the reserve day.However, the forecast for the day is not looking too promising. The weather prediction on Wednesday is cloudy conditions throughout with 20 per cent chances of rain. The rain estimate for Tuesday was 50 per cent. The amount of rain shown today, though, is an improvement of previous weather predictions which had predicted 80 per cent chances of rain on Wednesday. In case there is no rain, New Zealand’s innings will begin from where it was stopped. This means New Zealand will have to bat 3.5 overs and set India a normal target in case there is no rain.All efforts will be made to ensure that a Twenty20 game is being played. According to the playing conditions, the last-ditch effort for a Twenty20 game will be made if the rain stops. Overs will start reducing two and a half hours after the interruption. In case the game gets washed out even today, India will qualify for the final as they had finished higher on the points table. India had topped the group with 15 points while New Zealand finished fourth with 11 points.The league game between India and New Zealand was also abandoned due to rain in Trent Bridge. New Zealand has a 4-3 head-to-head record against India in World Cups, having never lost a game in England.last_img read more

Cricket News Rishabh Pant Will Need Time To Understand Review: Rohit Sharma

first_imgNew Delhi: Rishabh Pant was having a torrid time in the Delhi Twenty20 International against Bangladesh on Sunday. The left-hander had hit 27 off 26 balls but he fell at a wrong time yet again as Inda were restricted to 148/6. Behind the stumps though, his real nightmare started. In the 10th over, he failed to review an LBW decision against Mushfiqur Rahim off Yuzvendra Chahal and replays showed the ball was hitting the stumps. In the same over, Pant appealed for a catch against Soumya Sarkar and chose a review but he got it wrong as replays suggested that there was no edge. The lost review proved costly as Sarkar and Rahim shared a 60-run stand and Rahim blasted 60* to help Bangladesh win by seven wickets for their first win against India in the format.Rohit Sharma, the Indian cricket team skipper though defended the youngster stating that he needed more time to understand the DRS. “Rishabh is young and he will need time to understand. It’s too soon to judge whether he can make those decisions. Plus, the bowlers as well. It’s a combination when the captain is not in the right position to make that decision. When you are not in the right position (as a fielder), you have to trust your bowler and the wicketkeeper. Based on that, you have to make that decision, whichever format you play,” Rohit said in the post-match press conference. India did not help themselves with some batting and fielding lapses. They lost Rohit in the first over after he became the leading run-getter in Twenty20 Internationals while they failed to carry on after getting a good start. Rahim and Sarkar benefited from some missed run-outs and dropped catches and Rohit stressed that missed chances proved costly. “148 was a good score. We would have defended it if we were smart on the field. A couple of decisions we did not get it right on the field and that went against us. That’s where we lacked in decision making,” Rohit said. Needing to defend 22 runs in the last two overs, Rohit handed the ball to young left-arm paceman Khaleel Ahmed, who conceded four straight boundaries. Asked if how difficult it was to operate without proven performers such as Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, the captain backed his young bowlers.Also Read | Mushfiqur Rahim Eliminates Years Of Bangladesh Pain Vs India In Delhi Smog”These are the guys, who did not play for a while in this format. These are bowlers we have been identified that they are the ones who can do well in this format. They have done reasonably well. They still need to understand when defending smaller targets, they need to bowl according to the plan. They will learn by playing these games. They have the talent and ability to bounce back but only time will tell if they can do that or not,” Rohit said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: Next Premier League season to begin Sept. 12

first_imgThe Latest: Next Premier League season to begin Sept. 12 The Serie A soccer season is being completed without fans and is scheduled end on Aug. 2. Next season should start in mid-September.___The Chinese basketball league is set to allow limited numbers of spectators into games this Sunday before being fully open to fans from July 31 for playoff games in Qingdao.The Chinese Basketball Association says medical professionals, teachers and police and public security officers will be eligible in the first intake of fans since the league resumed last month following a lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic.The league says fans older than 12 “who have missed the stadium will have the opportunity to enter the Qingdao Guoxin Sports Center Diamond Stadium to cheer for their favorite teams and players” from July 31. Fans will have to buy tickets through an online registration system on a “one ticket, one certificate” basis within 48 hours of testing negative for COVID-19.Physical distancing measures will be in place inside the stadium and spectators will have to show identification, wear face masks and undergo body temperature testing before entry.___South Korea says it will allow baseball fans to return to the stands beginning Sunday as health authorities outlined a phased process to bring back spectators in professional sports amid the COVID-19 epidemic.Senior Health Ministry official Yoon Tae-ho also says fans will be allowed at professional soccer games starting on Aug. 1. But professional golf tournaments will continue without galleries at least until late August. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The next Premier League soccer season will begin on Sept. 12 and finish on May 23. July 24, 2020center_img Associated Press This season will end on Sunday. That is two months later than originally scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The dates for next season were agreed to by the clubs during a conference call.___Italian Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora says fans will be allowed back into stadiums in September if the virus is kept under control.Spadafora says “obviously the stadium can’t be filled like before but rather a series of measures currently being studied will need to be respected.” Both baseball and soccer teams will be initially allowed to sell only 10% of the seats for each game as officials plan to control the level of attendance based on the progress of anti-virus efforts.Spectators will continue to be banned in the city of Gwangju and nearby South Jeolla Province towns.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more