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Number of coronavirus cases in US overtake Italy and China

Number of coronavirus cases in US overtake Italy and China

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The US now leads the world in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases.There are almost 86,000 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in the US - roughly 16% of the world's total of 532,000 - according to Johns Hopkins University. This puts it ahead of China, where the virus originated, and also ahead of Italy, Europe's epicentre which has been overwhelmed by the virus in recent weeks. China has almost 82,000 cases and Italy has 80,500.The country has seen a sharp decrease in new cases in recent weeks and has moved to suspend visits from almost all foreign nationals - a turnaround from the situation in January, when the US and Europe were limiting travel from China. ...
Spain has second-highest number of deaths as Italy and France tolls rise

Spain has second-highest number of deaths as Italy and France tolls rise

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A total of 3,434 coronavirus patients have now have died in Spain - more than the recorded number of deaths in China where the outbreak began.Spain now has the world's second-highest tally of COVID-19 deaths after 738 more were reported on Wednesday, the country's deadliest toll in one day. With 3,434 coronavirus patients dead, Spain surpassed China's toll of 3,285. Is Spain the new COVID-19 epicentre? Italy stil...
Italy records 368 new coronavirus deaths – largest number in a day

Italy records 368 new coronavirus deaths – largest number in a day

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Italy has recorded 368 new coronavirus deaths - its largest number of fatalities in a day since the start of the outbreak.A total of 1,809 people with COVID-19 have now died in the country, which is the hardest-hit by the virus in Europe, as the number of cases rose to more than 24,700. It comes after Spain saw its number of coronavirus deaths more than double in a day to 288. Image: Paramedics remove a coronavirus patient from her home near Madrid The country joined Italy by going into lockdown with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez imposing tight movement restrictions on its 47 million citizens as part of a 15-day state of emergency.All schools, universities, restaurants, bars and hotels in Spain have been closed nationwide along...
Coronavirus claims 97 lives in one day – but number of infections stabilises

Coronavirus claims 97 lives in one day – but number of infections stabilises

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The number of people killed by the new coronavirus rose by 97 on Sunday, the highest number of casualties in a day. The total number of deaths in China is now 908 - but the number of newly-infected people per day has stabilised. Across China, 40,171 people are infected while 187,518 are under medical observation. Meanwhile, 60 more people have tested positive on a cruise ship quarantined in Japan - meaning 130 out of 3,700 passengers have caught the virus. Dozens more catch virus on quarantined cruise ship Coronavirus 'imminent threat' to public health The Diamond Princess ship is on a two-week quarantine off Yokohama, after a passenger - who earlier disembarked in Hong Kong - tested positive.The infected passengers are taken off...
Sri Lanka elephants: ‘Record number’ of deaths in 2019

Sri Lanka elephants: ‘Record number’ of deaths in 2019

Science
A record number of elephants - 361 - have died in Sri Lanka during 2019, environmental groups say. It is highest figure of elephant deaths to be reported since Sri Lanka became independent in 1948, conservationists said. Most were killed by people.There are an estimated 7,500 wild elephants in Sri Lanka. Killing them is illegal, but the animals often come into conflict with rural communities. Elephants are revered in Sri Lanka but some farmers view them as pests. Sajeewa Chamikara, an environmentalist from the Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform, told the BBC that some 85% of elephant deaths last year may have been caused by human activity.He said communities had used electric fences, poison and explosives concealed as food...