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Coronavirus: ‘Earlier lockdown would have halved death toll’

Coronavirus: ‘Earlier lockdown would have halved death toll’

Health
The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK would have been halved if lockdown had been introduced a week earlier, a former government adviser has said.Prof Neil Ferguson, whose advice was crucial to the decision to go into lockdown, said the outbreak had been doubling in size every three or four days before measures had been taken.The prime minister said it was still too early to make such a judgement."We will have to look back on all of it and learn the lessons that we can." Boris Johnson added: "A lot of these things are still premature. This epidemic has a long way to go."'Limited information on virus'Chief scientific officer Sir Patrick Vallance said important questions about the measures taken "still needed to be addressed"....
Brazil’s Bolsonaro accused of hiding COVID-19 death toll as data removed

Brazil’s Bolsonaro accused of hiding COVID-19 death toll as data removed

World
Brazil's government has stopped publishing a running total of coronavirus deaths and infections, prompting claims by experts it is an attempt to hide the true extent of the outbreak in the country.It follows months of criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the crisis, after he dismissed the pandemic as "a little flu" and has refused to wear a mask or practice social distancing. As the global total of coronavirus deaths passed 400,000 on Sunday and the number of confirmed cases 6.9 million, Brazil's last official numbers showed it had recorded more than 34,000 fatalities related to COVID-19 and 615,000 infections - the world's second-largest outbreak. ...
The Latest: Russia reports its highest single-day death toll

The Latest: Russia reports its highest single-day death toll

Health
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —Russia reports its highest single-day death toll but fewer infections —China's foreign minister says virus lawsuits are ‘illegal’ — France relaxing border restrictions and allowing migrant workers — South Korea reports 25 new virus cases as small outbreaks continue ——— MOSCOW — Russia has reported its highest one-day coronavirus death toll but also the lowest number of new infections in three weeks. The national coronavirus task force said Sunday that 3,541 people have died from the virus, an increase of 153. The previous high was 150. Th
Trade can spread economic toll of local disasters globally, study finds

Trade can spread economic toll of local disasters globally, study finds

Science
May 4 (UPI) -- Damage from a natural disaster in one place can spread globally due to urban trade networks, a Yale study said Monday. Researchers developed a simulation with an urban trade network model to map cities dependence on each other across the globe and how a disaster in one area can effect other areas, according to the study, published in Nature Sustainability. "Cities are strongly connected by flows people, of energy, and ideas -- but also by the flows of trade and materials," Chris Shughrue, lead author of the Yale study, said in a press release. "These connections have implications for vulnerability, particularly as we anticipate cyclones and other natural hazards to become more intense and frequent as a result of climate change over the coming decades." Shughrue, who is now...
Coronavirus: Spain records lowest daily death toll as lockdown eases

Coronavirus: Spain records lowest daily death toll as lockdown eases

World
Spain, which has been one of the countries worst hit in the coronavirus pandemic, has reported its lowest daily death toll in more than a month. Its health ministry said earlier that 288 more people had died of the virus, the lowest number since 20 March.The figure is a steep drop from the 378 deaths recorded on Saturday.On Sunday, children under the age of 14 were allowed to leave their homes for the first time in six weeks. They are now allowed outside for one hour a day.The health ministry said the total number of fatalities now stood at 23,190. Fernando Simon, director of the Spanish Health Alert and Emergency Co-ordination Centre, said: "For the first time in a long time, we are below 300."Although it may be hard to give the...