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WHO: Coronavirus deaths will pass 50,000 in ‘the next few days’

WHO: Coronavirus deaths will pass 50,000 in ‘the next few days’

World
The number of deaths due to coronavirus will pass 50,000 within the "next few days", according to the World Health Organization.The organisation's director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters on Wednesday evening that the growing number of COVID-19 deaths was "deeply concerning". He said: "As we enter the fourth month since the start of the pandemic, I'm deeply concerned about the rapid escalation and global spread of infection."Over the past five weeks we have witnessed a near exponential growth in the number of new cases reaching almost every country, territory, and area."The number of cases has more than doubled in the past week. In the next few days, we will reach one million confirmed cases and 50,000 deaths." His words came as the number of confirmed cases worldw...
Why Robin van Persie’s story about ‘ruthless’ Sir Alex Ferguson means Manchester United may now pass on Jack Grealish transfer

Why Robin van Persie’s story about ‘ruthless’ Sir Alex Ferguson means Manchester United may now pass on Jack Grealish transfer

Sports
Manchester United are reportedly having second thoughts over their pursuit of Jack Grealish after the Aston Villa captain’s latest off-the-field controversy. And this incredible story told by Robin van Persie about how ruthless legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson was as manager could be an indication as to why… Getty Images Grealish has apologised after disobeying the coronavirus lockdown rules at the weekend United were strongly linked with an interest in the midfielder, who has nine goals and eight assists for relegation-threatened Villa this season and is said to be valued at around £70million. However, the Daily Star claim the Premier League giants could now pass on the 24-year-old after he ignored coronavirus lockdown advice to go to a friend’s par
Coronavirus: Pandemic is ‘accelerating’, WHO warns as cases pass 300,000

Coronavirus: Pandemic is ‘accelerating’, WHO warns as cases pass 300,000

World
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the coronavirus disease pandemic is "accelerating", with more than 300,000 cases now confirmed.It took 67 days from the first reported of Covid-19 to reach 100,000 cases, 11 days for the second 100,000, and just four days for the third 100,000.But WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was still possible to "change the trajectory".He urged countries to adopt rigorous testing and contact-tracing strategies."What matters most is what we do. You can't win a football game by defending. You have to attack as well," he told a joint news conference with Fifa president Gianni Infantino to launch a "kick out coronavirus" campaign featuring footballers. ...
Mercury to pass across middle of sun Monday in rarity

Mercury to pass across middle of sun Monday in rarity

Science
Nov. 10 (UPI) -- For only the third time in 100 years, the planet Mercury will pass across the middle of the sun on Monday morning. A Mercury transit -- 36 millions from the sun -- won't been seen from North American for another 30 years and anywhere until 2032, according to NASA. Beginning at 7:35 a.m. EDT, Mercury will pass from one side of the sun to the other. It will last more about 5 1/2 hours. Eastern U.S. viewers will be able to view the entire event. For the central and western U.S., the transit begins before sunrise, but some of the transit can be viewed after sunrise. Australia and most of Asia and Alaska are the few places where the transit won't be seen, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Because you aren't supposed to look directly at the sun, like watching the...
Fintech’s fast pass to traditional banking is now cut off

Fintech’s fast pass to traditional banking is now cut off

Finance
Getty ImagesTech start-ups trying to become banks will now have to take a slower, more traditional route.Fintech companies had welcomed a special bank charter that cleared a quicker path for them to become a bank. But that was dealt a blow this week as a federal district court in New York decided that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the regulator issuing the charters, didn't have the authority to do so.The ruling highlights the sometimes murky nature of tech companies getting into banking. It also means that finance start-ups will have to go through the same drawn out process as everyone else."It's a step back for fintechs that are looking long term to become banks," said Lindsay Davis, fintech analyst at CB Insights. "A fintech charter helped streamline that regulatory proc...