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Global economy ‘less dire’ than earlier in 2020 – but IMF warns ‘this calamity is far from over’

Global economy ‘less dire’ than earlier in 2020 – but IMF warns ‘this calamity is far from over’

Business
The global economy is in "less dire" shape than it was earlier this year but now faces a "long, uneven and uncertain" road to recovery, the head of the International Monetary Fund has said.Kristalina Georgieva told an online event at the London School of Economics that the IMF would make a small upward revision to its world economic forecasts when they are unveiled next week. "The global economy is coming back from the depths of this crisis," she said. "But this calamity is far from over." Image: The IMF will publish revised forecasts next week Ms Georgieva warned that the recovery risked being curtailed if governments cut off support too soon, fail to control the coronavirus and ignore debt problems in emerging markets."All countries...
Covid: UK announces more than 10,000 new cases for first time

Covid: UK announces more than 10,000 new cases for first time

Health
The UK has announced more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases for the first time since mass testing began.There were 12,872 new cases, while a further 49 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.However, the government said a technical issue meant some cases this week were not recorded at the time so these were included in Saturday's data.It comes after data earlier this week had suggested infections may be rising more slowly than in previous weeks.That data was based on weekly testing among a sample of people in the community to get an idea of how many people in England have the virus at any time.The government also closely watches the daily number of positive cases, as it provides the most up-to-date snapshot.However, it published ...
Trump airlifted to military hospital – less than 24 hours after coronavirus diagnosis

Trump airlifted to military hospital – less than 24 hours after coronavirus diagnosis

World
Donald Trump has said everything is "going well" as he receives treatment in hospital after being diagnosed with COVID-19.The US president and First Lady Melania confirmed they had tested positive for the virus just before 1am Washington time (6am BST) on Friday. Last night, he was taken to a military hospital by helicopter, and was pictured giving the 'thumbs up' as he left the White House.Latest coronavirus updates from UK and around the world Image: Donald Trump arrives at Walter Reed He later tweeted: "Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!" ...
Coronavirus: Loss of smell may be clearer sign than cough

Coronavirus: Loss of smell may be clearer sign than cough

Health
Loss of a sense of smell may be a more reliable indicator of Covid-19 than cough or fever, research suggests. A study by University College London (UCL) of 590 people who lost their sense of smell or taste earlier in the year found 80% had coronavirus antibodies.Of those people with antibodies, 40% had no other symptoms. The research only looked at people with mild symptoms, however. Evidence that loss of smell and taste could be signs of coronavirus began to emerge from about April, and they were added to the official list of symptoms in mid-May.Current guidance states anyone who experiences a loss of, or change to their sense of smell or taste should self-isolate and apply for a test. But lead author of the UCL study, Prof Rachel Batterham, says cough a...
Survey: Amid COVID-19 pandemic, less than 60% in U.S. plan to get flu vaccine

Survey: Amid COVID-19 pandemic, less than 60% in U.S. plan to get flu vaccine

Health
Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Less than 60% of people in the United States plan to be vaccinated against the flu this winter, according to a survey released Thursday by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. Although fewer than one-third of respondents said that the COVID-19 pandemic would make them more likely to be vaccinated, nearly half said they were concerned about the potential effects of the new coronavirus on the seasonal bug, the data showed. Advertisement However, 25% said that if flu vaccines were offered in alternative settings -- like drive-thru clinics -- as well as medical offices and pharmacies, they would be more likely to be vaccinated. "If there was ever a time to get the flu vaccine, this is the year," Dr. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for...