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New Covid-19 tests give results in 90 mins

GLOBAL COVID-19 TODAY

CORONAVIRUS CASES: 18,238,195

DEATHS: 692,872

RECOVERED: 11,449,659

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New Covid-19 tests give results in 90 mins

BBC News says new 90-minute tests that can detect coronavirus and flu will be rolled out in care homes and laboratories from next week.

The “on-the-spot” swab and DNA tests will help distinguish between Covid-19 and other seasonal illnesses, the government said. The health secretary said this would be “hugely beneficial” over the winter.

Read the full story on BBC News

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Major incident declared in Manchester after rise in Covid-19 transmission

The Guardian says a major incident has been declared in Greater Manchester in response to increases in coronavirus infection rates across “multiple localities”.

The decision to up the readiness of emergency and public services to react to the escalating Covid-19 transmission rate in the region comes after the government announced new lockdown restrictions for parts of north-west England on Thursday.

Read the full story on The Guardian

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Gambia government ravaged by Covid-19 

France24 says three ministers in Gambia’s government have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said, days after the West African nation’s president went into self-isolation.

President Adama Barrow said last week he would self-isolate for two weeks after Vice President Isatou Touray tested positive.

Finance Minister Mambureh Njie, Petroleum and Energy Minister Fafa Sanyang and Agriculture Minister Amie Fabureh “have tested positive” for the virus, the presidency said in a tweet on Sunday.

Read the full story on France24

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Coronavirus cases worldwide pass 18 million 

Arab News says the number of coronavirus cases recorded worldwide has passed 18 million, according to an AFP tally.

At least 18,011,763 cases have now been registered as the pandemic’s rate of infection continues to accelerate. A million more cases have been detected in just the last four days.

More than half of the world’s cases have been recorded in the United States and in Latin America and the Caribbean region.

Read the full story on Arab News

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In rare talks, Iran and UAE foreign ministers discuss Covid-19

Aljazeera says the foreign ministers of longstanding regional foes Iran and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have held rare talks on several bilateral and regional issues, including the outbreak of coronavirus in the Middle East.

In a video call on Sunday during which they also exchanged greetings for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan told his Iranian counterpart that strengthening bilateral cooperation was important in tackling COVID-19, according to WAM, the Emirati, state news agency.

Read the full story on Aljazeera

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No signs Trump has a pandemic plan despite chilling warnings from administration’s top doctors

CNN says Donald Trump’s top government experts now say that the pandemic is entering a new phase as it invades the rural heartland — and they can’t say how long it will last.

With millions of kids nowhere near going back to school and the economy reeling from a 32.9% annualized contraction in the second quarter, the months ahead are stretching into what looks like an endless crisis as Trump tweets “Make America Great Again” and spends his weekends on the golf course.

Read the full story on CNN

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ARTS & ENT

Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan leaves hospital after recovering from coronavirus

Sky News says Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan has left hospital after recovering from coronavirus.

The 77-year-old had been treated in a Mumbai hospital for three weeks, but has now tested negative and will rest at home. His actor son, Abhishek Bachchan, is still in Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital with the virus.

Read the full story on Sky News

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SPORT

‘The Superbowl of boxing’ – Costello’s greatest night

BBC Sport reports “The World Awaits,” it said on the posters. The Super Bowl of boxing was another label.

Yet, as Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton and David Haye were holding or building household-name status in the UK, there were fears elsewhere that their sport’s appeal was waning. “The Fight To Save Boxing” ran the headline on the front cover of Sports Illustrated in the US.

For the first week of May 2007 in Las Vegas, with Floyd Mayweather set to challenge Oscar de la Hoya for the WBC light-middleweight title, any notion of crisis seemed an exaggeration.

Read the full story on BBC Sport

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