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Hong Kong delays election due to spike in COVID-19 infections

Hong Kong delays election due to spike in COVID-19 infections

World
Elections for Hong Kong's parliament - previously scheduled for September 2020 - will be postponed due to a spike in coronavirus cases.Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam said the election will now be held on 5 September 2021, and the decision is aimed at "safeguarding people's health". She said it was the "hardest choice" she has made in the past seven months, adding that the government has the support of the Chinese government in making the decision.Hong Kong is dealing with a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, registering more cases this week than at any other point during the pandemic. The city recorded 3,273 infections as of Friday, more than double the tally on 1 July. Image: Carrie Lam said it was the 'hardest choice' she has made in the past...
Temperature spike: Earth ties record high heat May reading

Temperature spike: Earth ties record high heat May reading

Technology
Meteorologists report that Earth's warming ties a record level for MayBy BY SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science WriterJune 12, 2020, 9:30 PM2 min read2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article Earth's temperature spiked to tie a record high for May, U.S. meteorologists reported Friday. Last month the global average temperature was 60.3 degrees (15.7 degrees Celsius), tying 2016 for the hottest May in 141 years of record keeping, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That's 1.7 degrees (nearly 1 degree Celsius) higher than the 20th century average for Earth. Temperature on land set a heat record, while ocean temperatures ranked second. Parts of Africa, Asia, western Europe, South and Central America had record warmth. “We continue to warm on t
Coronavirus: South Korea steps up measures as infections spike

Coronavirus: South Korea steps up measures as infections spike

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South Korea has stepped up measures to contain the spread of the deadly new coronavirus, as confirmed infections rose sharply for a second day. Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said it was now an emergency situation as 100 new cases had been reported. The southern cities of Daegu and Cheongdo have been declared "special care zones". The streets of Daegu are now largely abandoned.All military bases are in lockdown after three soldiers tested positive.About 9,000 members of a religious group were told to self quarantine, after the sect was identified as a coronavirus hotbed. The authorities suspect the current outbreak in South Korea originated in Cheongdo, pointing out that a large number of sect followers attended a funeral of the f...
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...
Summer heatwave ‘death spike’ seen in UK

Summer heatwave ‘death spike’ seen in UK

Health
There was an increase in deaths when Britain had its hottest day on record this summer, provisional figures for England and Wales show. On 25 July, Cambridge recorded a temperature of 38.7C, exceeding the past record of 38.5C in Kent in 2003. About the same time, deaths per day rose from about 1,100 to nearly 1,500.Hot weather puts strain on the body. People with existing medical conditions and the very young or old are particularly vulnerable. Heatwaves and the human body Summer heat killed nearly 1,500 in France, officials say The Office for National Statistics says it is too early to tell how many of the deaths can be attributed to the heat.And the 2019 toll may still rise because of the amount of time it can take for deaths to be registered.ONS head ...