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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...
China’s Wuhan city revises up death toll by 1,290 – a 50% increase

China’s Wuhan city revises up death toll by 1,290 – a 50% increase

World
The total number of coronavirus deaths in Wuhan has been revised up by 1,290 - a 50% increase.According to the latest figures, 3,869 people are known to have died from COVID-19 in the Chinese city - the epicentre of the outbreak. Image: An illustration of the coronavirus structure Earlier this month, Wuhan lifted a lockdown that had paralysed the city of 11 million for more than two months in a drastic effort to contain the virus.However, over two million cases of the disease have now been reported across the world and dozens of countries are in lockdown.More than 137,000 people have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. ...
Mosques stay open in Pakistan even as virus death toll rises

Mosques stay open in Pakistan even as virus death toll rises

World
Mosques were allowed to remain open in Pakistan on Friday, the Muslim sabbath when adherents gather for weekly prayers, even as the coronavirus pandemic spread and much of the country had shut downBy KATHY GANNON Associated PressApril 3, 2020, 10:08 AM3 min read3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleISLAMABAD -- Mosques were allowed to remain open in Pakistan on Friday, the Muslim sabbath when adherents gather for weekly prayers, even as the coronavirus pandemic spread and much of the country had shut down. Prime Minister Imran Khan is relying on restricting the size of congregations attending mosques and advice to stay at home from religious groups like the country's Islamic Ideology Council. However, some provinces have issued their own lockdown orders to prevent M...
The Latest: Virus death toll in Spain nears 11,000

The Latest: Virus death toll in Spain nears 11,000

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: — Virus death toll and unemployment surge in Europe and U.S. — Spain is closing Friday with nearly 11,000 coronavirus deaths. — German Chancellor Angela Merkel returns to work. ——— MADRID — Spain is closing Friday a black week with its death toll for the new coronavirus nearing 11,000, more than half of those during the past seven days, and more infections than any other country in Europe. The bottleneck in Spanish labs conducting the tests has led to relatively low levels of testing in Spain compared to other European countries, authoriti