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Unemployment rate creeps up to 4.1% as pandemic takes toll

Unemployment rate creeps up to 4.1% as pandemic takes toll

Business
Britain's unemployment rate rose to 4.1% in the three months to July as the total number of jobless rose by 62,000, the Office for National Statistics said.The jobless rate was the highest in nearly two years and up from 3.9% a month earlier - but is still yet to be fully illustrative of the economic crisis with the Treasury's soon-to-end furlough scheme helping keep the numbers down. Live coronavirus updates from UK and around the world Image: Sandwich chain Pret is among employers cutting jobs during the crisis Meanwhile, payroll data showed that 695,000 fewer people were employed in August compared to March when the UK lockdown started - though after revisions to earlier data that was a smaller number than before.Darren Morgan, dir...
U.S., Brazil, Mexico, India lead surge of coronavirus; death toll passes 650,000

U.S., Brazil, Mexico, India lead surge of coronavirus; death toll passes 650,000

World
July 26 (UPI) -- Since the first death from coronavirus was reported more than 6 months ago in mainland China, the toll has grown past 650,000 deaths and 16,3 million cases but dominated now by four countries: the United States, Brazil, Mexico and India. With 30% with the world's population of 7.8 billion, these three counties from the Western Hemisphere and Asia comprise 48 percent of the total deaths. Advertisement But in those nations the toll has been surging with 60% of the 5,689 deaths worldwide Saturday attributed to them and 3,011 so far Sunday, according to tracking by Worldometers.info. The United States has been the world leader for months and now is nearing world-high 150,000 deaths and passed 4.3 million cases. Brazil has risen to second place in both categories: 86,496 death...
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