Basildon’s Essex appeal attracts City boys

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West Midlands: Talk of the towns

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Short and sweet

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Thames barriers

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Amec on board at BT City offices

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The surveyor of Kabul

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Pain will outweigh gain in the new planning tariff

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CBI leaves centre for political heart

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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

Virus forces teams out of Asian badminton championships

first_imgTopics : There have been more than 42,000 people infected in China where more than 1,000 people have died, mainly around the outbreak’s epicenter in the central city of Wuhan.Elsewhere there have been more than 460 infections in 28 countries with two deaths, one in the Philippines and the other in Hong Kong. The deadly coronavirus outbreak has forced China and Hong Kong’s men and women and India’s women to withdraw from badminton’s Asia Team Championships, which start on Tuesday in Manila.The event, which runs until Sunday in the Philippines capital, is the Asian qualifying event for the sport’s Thomas and Uber Cup team championships later this year.It also serves as part of the qualification process for this year’s Tokyo Olympics.center_img “The decision to impose the 14 days quarantine period for all travellers coming from China, Hong Kong and Macau has to be respected in view of the health and safety of the Philippines government for its people,” said a Badminton Asia statement Tuesday.”It is in this respect that the above event will not see the teams from China and Hong Kong competing.”The Indian women’s team withdrew after concerns were raised by players and their parents, said the Badminton Association of India (BAI). “After receiving complete assurances from Badminton Asia, the men’s team agreed to travel and confirmed their participation however, the women’s team was withdrawn,” said a BAI statement.last_img read more