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Ethnic minorities ‘over exposed’ to coronavirus

GLOBAL COVID-19 TODAY

CORONAVIRUS CASES: 18,979,672

DEATHS: 711,271

RECOVERED: 12,171,222

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Ethnic minorities ‘overexposed’ to Covid-19

BBC News says ethnic minorities in Britain “face greater barriers” when trying to protect themselves from coronavirus, according to a report.

The Runnymede Trust, a race equality think-tank, said Bangladeshi and black African people were most vulnerable. Jobs, households and using public transport are all said to be risk factors.

The government said it is working to help ethnic minorities, who have been disproportionately harmed by Covid-19.

Read the full story on BBC News

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Facebook, Twitter remove Trump posts after he says children are ‘almost immune’ to Covid-19

France24 says Facebook Inc on Wednesday took down a post by President Donald Trump, which the company said violated its rules against sharing misinformation about the coronavirus.

The post contained a video clip, from an interview with Fox & Friends earlier in the day, in which Trump claimed that children are “almost immune” to Covid-19.

“This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from Covid-19, which is a violation of our policies around harmful Covid misinformation,” a Facebook spokesman said.

Read the full story on France24

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How Covid-19 precautions may have averted a higher Beirut toll

Arab News says the final casualty figures of the Beirut blast are still unknown, with many missing and the wounded still not counted. The toll could have been much higher, but for two factors: Summer working hours and remote work.

Many employees finished work at 3 p.m. and many others were working from home as part of the precautionary and preventive measures against Covid-19. Those who were in the vicinity have harrowing tales.

Read the full story on Arab News

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Hundreds of Peru women, girls have gone missing during lockdown

Aljazeera says hundreds of women and girls have gone missing and are feared dead in Peru since a lockdown was imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

From March 16 through June 30, a total of 915 people – 606 girls and 309 women – were reported missing, according to authorities. Last week, a further 1,200 women and girls had been reported missing during the pandemic – a higher figure that included July. 

Read the full story on Aljazeera

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‘You’re breaking the law’ LA mayor vows to cut water & power supply to homes that host ‘large parties’ 

RT News says Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has told residents hosting large home parties they can expect their water and power supply to be cut, a sharp escalation of the city’s strict Covid-19 measures amid a series of recent house parties.

“While we have already closed all bars and nightclubs, these large house parties have essentially become nightclubs,” the mayor said on Wednesday, vowing to treat residential homes the same as businesses that skirt health guidelines.

Read the full story on RT News

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Tokyo may dedicate hospitals in Shibuya and Fuchu to Covid-19 

Japan Times says the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is considering designating two hospitals to treat patients infected with coronavirus amid a recent surge in cases, according to sources familiar with the issue.

The facilities, which will mainly focus on those with mild to moderate symptoms, will be the first in the capital to solely deal with Covid-19.

Read the full story on Japan Times

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ARTS & ENT

Caroline Flack’s boyfriend ‘leaked photo from night of her arrest’ star’s mother says

Sky News says Caroline Flack’s mother has said her daughter was “seriously let down by the authorities” before she died – and also accused her boyfriend of leaking a photo of the bloody scene from the night of the star’s arrest.

Flack, 40, died at her flat in north London in February just a few weeks before she was due to go on trial for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton.

Read the full story on Sky News

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SPORT

Babar shines in the gloom as England frustrated on shortened day one against Pakistan

BBC News says England endured a difficult start to the first Test against Pakistan on a frustrating opening day at Emirates Old Trafford.

The visitors moved to 139-2 in between 41 overs being lost to rain and bad light.

They had been 43-2 before Babar Azam stroked a classy unbeaten 69 in a partnership of 96 with opener Shan Masood, who is 46 not out.

Read the full story on BBC News

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