Florida says another 257 people died from COVID-19, a pandemic record for fourth time in a row
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida reported another record for COVID-19 deaths: 257 listed on Friday’s pandemic data report. Nearly 100 of the victims were from Miami-Dade County.The state has now had four consecutive days of reporting a new high mark of coronavirus fatalities. These are people who died within recent weeks, but finally confirmed by authorities tracking the state’s deadliest infectious disease.For the entire month of July, Florida has reported 3,362 deaths from COVID-19 complications. For all of 2019, there were 2,703 deaths attributed to the flu and pneumonia in the state.Public ...
Tokyo sees record new daily virus cases for second day in a row
Tokyo marked a second day of record new coronavirus case - 463 - on Friday amid a resurgence in Covid-19 infections.The Japanese capital had posted its previous single-day record of 367 cases on Thursday, prompting Governor Yuriko Koike to request that both restaurants serving alcohol and karaoke parlours close early to contain the spread of the outbreak.On Friday, Koike told a news conference, “If the situation gets worse, Tokyo itself has to declare a state of emergency.”Tokyo has already gone through a coronavirus state of emergency, which lasted more than one and a half months and ended Ma...
US itching to trigger a new 'Cold War'
By Shen Dingli | China Daily | Updated: 2020-07-29 06:59After the US ordered the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas, on July 21, China had to respond in equal measure, which it did by asking the US on Friday to close its consulate in Chengdu, Sichuan province. This is a rare diplomatic row in contemporary international relations.The United States administration has not presented any evidence to support its claim of China stealing US intellectual property and personal information, which it said was the reason for ordering the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston.Prior to ...
KICC to pay S. African firm Sh17m in legal row
The Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) will pay Sh17 million to a South African firm for freight charges the company incurred when it shipped equipment, which were installed in the Nairobi facility for the WTO conference in 2015.This is after a bench of three judges dismissed the appeal by KICC saying it does not disclose valid grounds for granting it permission to appeal against the amount awarded to Congress Rental South Africa in 2017.Justices Hannah Okwengu, Daniel Musinga and Fatuma Sichale said they saw not fault in the ruling of High Court Judge James Makau, which upheld th...
For third day in a row, Egypt&#8217;s recovering coronavirus cases exceeds new ones
Egypt’s Health Ministry announced that for the third consecutive day the number of recovered coronavirus cases has exceeded new infections, with 933 recoverees bringing the total amount of recovered cases to 32,903 so far.Health Ministry Spokesperson Khaled Megahed said that 511 new cases were recorded with 40 deaths, bringing the total number of infections to 91,583 cases with 4,558 deaths.As Eid al-Adha approaches, Megahed assured that the Health Ministry is continuing to raise the level of readiness in every governorate and is following up the pandemic’s situation.Health directorates have b...
Turkey and Greece row over reconversion of Hagia Sophia to mosque
Turkey and Greece criticized each other on Saturday after the first Muslim prayers were held at Istanbul's Hagia Sophia since its reconversion to a mosque.The Foreign Ministry in Ankara condemned Athens for its "hostility towards Islam and Turkey."It rebuked Greece's government and parliament for "provoking public opinion," and said the Turkish flag was set ablaze in the city of Thessaloniki, according to ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy.Already fraught relations between the neighbouring NATO members have deteriorated since Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan signed a decree reconverting Hagia Sophi...
Netflix row in Turkey after series cancelled 'because of a gay character'
A row over Turkishcensorshiphas deepened after a writer claimed that work on a newNetflixshow was cancelled because it contained agaycharacter.As Netflix's subscriber numbers grow in Turkey so has the number of original television shows produced there and the first Turkish feature film was made available on the streaming entertainment service in June.But Turkish screenwriter Ece Yorenc told a film website that production of her show, If Only, was stopped a day before it was to begin because the government would not issue a licence needed for foreign productions.Netflix did not wish to bow to A...
WHO reports record spike in global coronavirus cases in 24 hours
For the second day in a row, the World Health Organisation reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 259,848 in 24 hours.The biggest increases reported on Saturday were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report.The previous WHO record for new cases was 237,743 on Friday.Deaths rose by 7,360, the biggest one-day increase since May 10.Deaths have been averaging 4,800 a day in July, up slightly from an average of 4,600 a day in June.Total global coronavirus cases surpassed 14 million on Friday, according to a Reuters...
Tunisian Prime Minister Fakhfakh resigns after row with Islamists
Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh on Wednesday resigned from his post, the government said in a statement, after a row with the Islamist Ennahda Party.Fakhfakh handed his resignation to Tunisian President Kais Saied "in order to pave the way to get out of the crisis and avert further difficulties for the country," the statement said.He warned all those who attempt to harm the security and interests of the country, saying he will continue to fully shoulder his responsibilities.Earlier in the day, the Islamist Ennahda movement, which came top in the October parliamentary elections, presente...
Trump says considering TikTok ban as China row deepens
Washington (AFP) - US President Donald Trump said he is considering banning the wildly popular video-sharing app TikTok as a way to punish China over the coronavirus pandemic, remarks China described Wednesday as "a malicious smear".TikTok has been caught up in the escalating disputes between the United States and China, with the Chinese-owned firm accused of acting as a spying tool for Beijing -- an allegation it denies."It's something we're looking at," Trump said during a TV interview on Tuesday when asked about a possible ban, according to Bloomberg News."It's a big business. Look, what ha...