Global virus infections top 10 million

first_imgGlobal infections from the novel coronavirus have topped 10 million as the rate of new cases surges, particularly in the United States and Latin America, according to an AFP tally on Sunday.One million new infections were recorded in only six days, according to the count based on official sources, just as countries start to unwind punishing lockdowns that have devastated their economies and thrown millions out of work.The worldwide death toll from the disease that first emerged in China six months ago is also nearing 500,000 as fears grow of a full-blown second wave, with the rate of contagion doubling since May 21. ‘Very serious situation’ The tension between reopening battered economies — efforts pushed in the US by Trump — and public health is a source of debate in nearly every country.US deaths now exceed 125,000, about one-quarter of the world total.”This is a very, very serious situation and the window is closing for us to take action and get this under control,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on CNN.The EU has pushed back a decision on a list of “safe countries” from which travellers can visit Europe — a list which could exclude the US.In Florida, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis conceded there has been an “explosion” in new cases as the “Sunshine State” notched a record 9,585 cases in 24 hours.The average age of people infected has dropped sharply — to 33 from 65 two months ago. Young people frustrated by months of confinement have poured back to the state’s beaches, boardwalks and bars, often without masks and seemingly unconcerned about social distancing.Miami announced beaches will close over the July 4 holiday weekend and bars are also shutting their doors.With Trump struggling to lift his re-election bid off the ground ahead of November, the campaign confirmed that events featuring Vice President Mike Pence in Arizona and Florida next week have been postponed “out of an abundance of caution”.In California, the governor ordered some areas to reinstate stay-at-home orders, while San Francisco announced a “pause” in its reopening.Texas — among the first US states to reopen — also shut down its bars after the governor conceded he had allowed them to get back to business too soon.Infections are also running higher in India, where densely populated cities have been particularly hard hit, although a nationwide lockdown is gradually being eased. The country set a daily record Saturday with 18,500 new cases and 385 deaths. Total infections are at 509,000, with more than 15,600 deaths.Iran, which has struggled to curb its outbreak even as it gradually lifted restrictions from April, said it will make mask-wearing mandatory in certain areas from next week. Many global events have had to be curtailed because of the pandemic, with the 50th anniversary of the first Gay Pride march marked mostly online.The virus has also thrown world sports into turmoil, although South Korea said it will begin allowing limited numbers of spectators at sports events and the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro said it will allow some football fans into stadiums from July 10.Topics : The United States, the hardest hit country, has surpassed 2.5 million cases alone, as efforts to reopen the world’s economic powerhouse were set back by a jump in new infections in big states such as Florida.President Donald Trump was under mounting pressure to set an example by wearing a facemask as his health secretary warned the “window is closing” for the country to gain control of the pandemic.The disease is also rampaging through Latin America, where Brazil has over 1.3 million cases alone.Infections are up too in other parts of the world that have reopened, with Europe still registering the biggest caseload at over 2.6 million, although daily rates have stabilized.center_img ‘Severe and complicated’ Several countries are having to impose new restrictions as fresh outbreaks occur.China imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people in a province surrounding Beijing to contain a fresh cluster.Beijing official Xu Hejian described the situation as “severe and complicated,” saying the city needed to continue tracing the spread of the virus.And the British government warned it may have to shut down the central English city of Leicester and its population of 340,000 because of a spike in cases that media reports said were linked to outbreaks at food production plants.The news comes at a worrying time for Europe’s worst affected country.Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is set to ease lockdown restrictions from July 4 — despite predictions of a second wave — opening pubs, restaurants and hairdressers across England.last_img read more

Stone’s squad looking to avenge blowout against Illinois

first_imgMany athletes know that learning from your mistakes will help improve your performance. This Thursday, the women’s basketball team will be hoping to learn from their mistakes that caused them a loss to Illinois early in the season.In that game just over three weeks ago, Illinois jumped out to a 16-point lead midway through the first half and never looked back. Wisconsin ended up suffering its worse loss of the season 84-54, and it all took place at the Badger’s home court at the Kohl Center.Illinois was unstoppable in that game as they finished 57 percent from the field and an astounding 11-of-16 from behind the arc.”Well, we hit a buzz saw when [we met last time],” head coach Lisa Stone said of the game. “They were obviously hot and made a ton of three’s on us. We had trouble getting through staggered screens the last time we played them. But they came in off a disappointing loss and then took it at us, and they’ve not won a game since they played us.”Now that doesn’t mean that they’re not capable,” Stone continued. “They’re having a nice year, and hopefully we can play much better defense on the perimeter.”The Badgers will have to contend once again with 5-foot-8 senior guard Janelle Hughes, who leads the team in scoring at 13.6 points per game. She has come out strong her senior year after coming off the bench all of last year. Hughes had 15 points in the last meeting, and the outside shooting of her and Lori Bjork burned the Badgers.The duo combined to go 9-of-13 from the three-point line, which all but sealed the Badgers fate. “They’ve got a terrific freshman in Bjork and great leadership, a senior point guard and a senior inside that really are leading the charge,” Stone said. Bjork had a career-high 24 points to lead all scorers in that earlier matchup, tallying five of those 11 made three-point shots. Another Illini who had a stellar game last time the two teams met is senior point guard Maggie Acuna, who got a record of her own in that game when she recorded 16 assists. That number was not only a school record but also the high mark for assists in a game ever at the Kohl Center. Now, things look different for the Badgers when they head to Champaign.The once strong Illinois team has been struggling as of late. Illinois started the season hot in conference play at 4-1 but has now lost six straight contests.Illinois now sits at 4-7 in conference but 12-10 overall.In all fairness to Illinois, they faced all the teams in the top half of the Big Ten standings, excluding Iowa, in just the past three weeks. That includes two matchups with last year’s national runner-up, Michigan State. And the Illini, whose last five games are to teams ranked lower than them in conference, can possibly finish .500 in conference play if they can defeat the Badgers.For the Badgers getting out to a strong start will be key to victory, as they were never able to catch up after falling behind so far in the last game.”If we’re not hitting and we’re hurrying all the time, we’re going to be playing from behind the whole game,” Stone said. “That’s the type of mentality that we have to have, because that’s the way you’re going to win games.”The only Badger to get into double figures in the last game was Jolene Anderson, who had the team high with 16 points. The team as a whole shot just 37 percent, but the return of Janese Banks to the starting lineup should bolster the offense.Banks, the team’s second leading scorer, came back slowly, coming off the bench originally. Since then, she has gotten to start again and she has produced in a big way.The sophomore guard has combined for 29 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in just the last two contests.Wisconsin will definitely need her to help not only on offense but to contain the outside shooting if they have any hope to come away with a win. The last time Wisconsin defeated Illinois was two years ago on their home court, and they hope to accomplish that feat again Thursday at Assembly Hall in Champaign.last_img read more

Leroy has a Surprise for Ghana

first_imgDR Congo coach Claude LeRoy will use his experience as a former coach of Ghana to gain an edge when the sides meet in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.The teams were placed together in Group B, along with Niger and Mali, for the tournament in South Africa.And LeRoy, who led Ghana from 2006-2008, believes his knowledge of the Black Stars might have them worried.“Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi told me the one team he did not want to face was DR Congo!” said Leroy.“It is a very interesting draw for us, tactically, technically and psychologically.”Play mediaFrenchman LeRoy was in charge of Ghana between 2006 and 2008, and he is very familiar with the current Black Stars team. “So many of their players were given their first international game with me – a young and new generation of players that have come through,” he told BBC Sport.“It will be a difficult, difficult first game. We are not favourites in this group, we know we are ranked behind Ghana and Mali – both were 2012 semi-finalists.“But it’s a good position for us, I like this kind of position.”While Ghana are no strangers to LeRoy, the Black Stars’ current coaching set-up know also know what they are up against.Ghana assistant coach Maxwell Konadu told BBC Sport: “I was with Leroy when he was coach of Ghana, and he knows us very, very well. “I think it is going to be an interesting game. We will have to prepare for him. It will be nice to meet him again and to play against your former coach.“We need to work very very hard, because he knows our team and the quality we have and he will prepare well – we have to do the same to beat him.”Meanwhile, Ghana-born former France international Marcel Desailly feels the Black Stars should not be afraid of anyone.“We are Ghana, we should be able to say no matter who is coming we just have to respect and do our best,” the 1998 World Cup winner told BBC Sport.“But we also have to be careful a little bit. Let’s be very very focused on the main objective, which is to play well from the start. “We have had problems in the past where we have not shown the personality you expect from Ghana.”last_img read more


first_imgThousands of people thronged the streets of Bundoran today for the opening ceremony of EuroSurf – the European Surfing Championships.Minister of State Dinny McGinley, TD, helped get the event underway and said later: “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase all the Co Donegal has to offer, particularly for surfers who come here from all over the world.” Sixteen teams from all over Europe as well as from Israel and Morocco will take part in the prestigious ten-day event.More than 20,000 people are expected to visit the county in the next ten days, generating millions of euro for the economy.Television coverage will ensure Bundoran could be seen by up to 25 countries around the world.The end of the parade saw a protest from surfers over sewage still being pumped into the sea. DDTV VIDEO! THOUSANDS AT LAUNCH OF EUROSURF IN BUNDORAN was last modified: September 24th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more