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Spain becomes first country in western Europe to record one million COVID cases

Spain becomes first country in western Europe to record one million COVID cases

World
Spain has become the first country in western Europe to record one million coronavirus cases - marking a doubling of its tally in just six weeks.The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country is now at 1,005,295, after reporting 16,973 cases on Wednesday, according to the Spanish health ministry. Spain's coronavirus infection rate began to climb rapidly in late August, and began hitting 10,000 cases a day after a slowdown in positive tests over the summer. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player September: Inside a locked down district in Spain ...
Download contact tracing app to ‘make country a safer place’, Hancock urges

Download contact tracing app to ‘make country a safer place’, Hancock urges

Technology
Every person who downloads the NHS coronavirus contact tracing app will be helping "make the country a safer place", the health secretary has told Sky News.Speaking to Kay Burley, Matt Hancock said the app - which has finally been launched in England and Wales after months of delay and questions about its effectiveness - was a "helpful tool" in the fight against COVID-19. Live updates on coronavirus from UK and around the world Asked what percentage of the population would need to download it for it to be effective, Mr Hancock said "there isn't a figure for that"."Every single person who downloads the app is helping to improve how it can keep us safe. It helps you to keep yourself and your loved ones safe," the health secretary said. ...
Coronavirus: ‘Widespread virus growth across the country’

Coronavirus: ‘Widespread virus growth across the country’

Health
There is widespread growth of the epidemic across the country and the R number has risen to between 1.1 and 1.4, say the government's scientific advisers.Officials are warning of "far worse things to come" as cases are thought to exceed 6,000 a day in England. And the scientist behind the Covid Symptom Study app said it appeared to be "the start of a second wave".The developments come as new England-wide restrictions are being discussed. At least 13.5 million people, roughly one-in-five of the UK population, are facing some form of local restrictions. Cases of the virus and hospital admissions for Covid-19 are doubling every seven to eight days in the UK. On Friday, there were 4,322 new lab-confirmed cases of the virus - a rise of nearly 1,000 on yesterda...
British singer Rumer finds her country voice with ‘Nashville Tears’

British singer Rumer finds her country voice with ‘Nashville Tears’

Entertainment
Aug. 14 (UPI) -- British singer Rumer said Nashville Tears (The Songs of Hugh Prestwood) represents the "culmination" and "encapsulation" of the seven years she spent living in the southern United States. Rumer, whose real name is Sarah Joyce, said the story of Nashville Tears (The Songs of Hugh Prestwood), which is out Friday from label Cooking Vinyl, began when she left London to move to the United States -- first to Los Angeles and then to Arkansas and finally to Macon, Georgia. Advertisement "I had a baby, I worked a little job, and I was just living as an ordinary mom in Georgia," Rumer, 41, told UPI in a recent interview. "I had kind of run away from the music business." The singer of pop hits "Slow" and "Aretha" said life in the South sparked an appreciation for the music of countr...
South Africans walk outside as country eases virus lockdown

South Africans walk outside as country eases virus lockdown

World
A festive atmosphere has enlivened South Africa’s streets as the country marks the Workers’ Day public holiday and also has begun easing its strict lockdown conditionsBy MOGOMOTSI MAGOME Associated PressMay 1, 2020, 10:13 AM4 min read4 min readJOHANNESBURG -- A festive atmosphere has enlivened South Africa’s streets as the country marks the Workers' Day public holiday and also has begun easing its strict lockdown conditions. From Johannesburg to Cape Town and other areas across the country thousands of people, most with mandated face masks and keeping some distance, promenaded outside. For the first time in five weeks, people were permitted to leave their homes for exercise between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. The regulations impose a night curfew prohibiting movement of most residents from 8 p.m. u