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Coronavirus: No change in outbreak despite China spike, WHO says

Coronavirus: No change in outbreak despite China spike, WHO says

World
Coronavirus cases are not rising dramatically outside China despite a spike in Hubei province, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. The only exception was on a cruise liner docked in Japan, where 44 new cases were reported, bringing the total there to 218.There was also no major shift in the coronavirus's pattern of mortality or severity, according to the WHO.The latest figures show 121 new deaths in China, bringing the total to 1,380.The total infections jumped by 5,090 to 63,851 cases on 13 February, the National Health Commission said on Friday.Health officials said six health workers were among those who had died, and that 1,716 health workers had been infected. The fatalities include Li Wenliang, a doctor who tried to a...
Philippine volcano still ‘life threatening’ despite lull

Philippine volcano still ‘life threatening’ despite lull

Technology
A Philippine official says an erupting volcano remains life threatening despite weaker emissions of steam and ash and fewer tremorsBy AARON FAVILA and JIM GOMEZ Associated PressJanuary 17, 2020, 7:34 AM3 min readTAGAYTAY, Philippines -- An erupting Philippine volcano remains life threatening despite weaker emissions and fewer tremors, an official said Friday and advised thousands of displaced villagers not to return to the danger zone. The Taal volcano emitted weaker ash and steam explosions Thursday and Friday, the sixth day of its eruption. But despite the seeming lull, continuing volcanic quakes, the drying of the crater lake and other signs indicate magma is moving beneath, said Maria Antonia Bornas, an official with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. “When there
New Zealand volcano: Police to attempt recovery of bodies Friday despite increasing probability of eruption

New Zealand volcano: Police to attempt recovery of bodies Friday despite increasing probability of eruption

World
Dec. 12 (UPI) -- New Zealand Police said they are finalizing a plan to recover the bodies of eight people on Friday morning from White Island despite worsening conditions on the volcanic island and an increasing probability of a second eruption. Deputy police commissioner John Tims said in a statement read by Civil Defence Emergency Management Director Sarah Stuart Black during a press conference that he was briefing families on the plan Thursday afternoon. GNS volcanologists Graham Leonard said the status of the island known locally as Whakaari was uncertain, volatile and worsening with the probability of a second eruption within the next 24 hours increasing from 40-60 percent for Wednesday to 50-60 percent on Thursday as there is an ongoing and increasing tremor. "Today is less safe th...
Johnson backs tech tax despite Trump’s threats

Johnson backs tech tax despite Trump’s threats

Business
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he would press ahead with a digital sales tax even after the US threatened to punish France for a similar move.In a proposal first outlined last year, large online companies face a tax of 2% of UK sales from April 2020.Mr Johnson said digital companies needed to make a "fairer contribution".Donald Trump has threatened to impose taxes on French goods in retaliation for a digital services tax that would affect Google, Amazon and Facebook. Ahead of Wednesday's Nato meeting in Watford, the US President said: "We've taxed wine and we have other taxes scheduled."We'd rather not do that, but that's the way it would work. So it's either going to work out, or we'll work out some mutually beneficial tax."The US said it would ap...
Musk boasts of nearly 150,000 Cybertruck orders despite launch gaffe

Musk boasts of nearly 150,000 Cybertruck orders despite launch gaffe

Business
Tesla has received nearly 150,000 orders for its new electric pickup truck - despite its botched launch earlier this week.The firm's CEO Elon Musk said 17% of the orders are for the single-motor model, 42% are for the dual-motor version and 41% are for the tri-motor model. The much-hyped unveiling went off script when the Cybertruck's windows splintered twice despite Mr Musk bragging about the strength of the glass on the futuristic, stainless steel-skinned vehicle.He told the audience in California: "You want a truck that's really tough, not fake tough. ...