Thursday 29 October
- Covid-19: Nearly 100,000 catching virus every day.
- India becomes second country worldwide to pass 8m cases.
- National lockdown returns to France and Germany – here’s what you need to know.
- Mexican president blasts European leaders for ‘authoritarian urge’ over harsh Covid-19 lockdowns.
- Dubai airport prepares for ‘slow recovery’.
- US consumers brace for Covid-19 surge by hoarding food – again.
UK facing ‘flood’ of bankruptcies over coming months, says ONS
The Guardian says almost two-thirds of all businesses could be at risk of insolvency, according to official figures that reveal the UK could suffer “a flood” of bankruptcies over the coming months.
Nigerian-Irish Teens Develop a Dementia App for Sufferers Coping With Lockdown–and It’s Won Awards
Good News says thanks to three remarkable teenage girls and their amazing mentor, there’s a brand-new app on the horizon specifically designed to help Dementia patients and caregivers better navigate the confusing waters of the disease.
Covid-19: Nearly 100,000 catching virus every day
BBC News says nearly 100,000 people are catching Covid-19 every day in England, a major analysis suggests.
The study, by Imperial College London, says the pace of the epidemic is accelerating and estimates the number of people infected is now doubling every nine days. The authors say we are at a “critical stage” and “something has to change”.
Read the full story on BBC News
India becomes second country worldwide to pass 8m cases
The Guardian says India’s Covid-19 tally surpassed the 8-million mark on Thursday, according to the health ministry, after 49,881 new cases were confirmed.
The ministry on Thursday also reported 517 additional deaths, taking total fatalities to 120,527.
Read the full story on The Guardian
National lockdown returns to France and Germany – here’s what you need to know
Sky News says France and Germany have become the latest countries to announce second lockdowns as Europe struggles to bring the latest wave of coronavirus under control.
French President Macron told his citizens on Wednesday that Covid-19 had “overwhelmed” France, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in her own national address that Germany must act now “to avoid an acute national health emergency”.
Read the full story on Sky News
Mexican president blasts European leaders for ‘authoritarian urge’ over harsh Covid-19 lockdowns
RT News says by imposing lockdowns to stem the second wave of the coronavirus, EU leaders are showing a lack of faith in their citizens and putting themselves above the people, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Lopez Obrador was asked if Mexico was planning to introduce restrictions to tackle the spread of the virus similar to those already in place in some European countries, including France, Spain, Italy, and the Czech Republic.
Read the full story on RT News
Dubai airport prepares for ‘slow recovery’
Arab News says Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest for international travel, is getting busier. But it’s a long way from what it once was amid the coronavirus pandemic as it prepares for a possible “extended, slow recovery,” its CEO told The Associated Press.
After long-haul carrier Emirates drastically cut its flights in March and slowly resumed its routes, passenger numbers at the mammoth airport serving East-West travel have crept up to over 1 million a month — just below 15 percent of what they were a year ago, CEO Paul Griffiths said.
Read the full story on Arab News
US consumers brace for Covid-19 surge by hoarding food – again
Aljazeera says American consumers who’ve worked their way through the trove of shelf-stable meals they frantically bought back in March are at it again. This time, food makers are prepared.
General Mills Inc. added 45 external production lines through contractors since the first round of pantry loading this spring. Campbell Soup Co. spent $40 million to expand production of Goldfish crackers and is building capacity for chip brands like Cape Cod. Conagra Brands Inc. boosted third-party manufacturing and warehousing.
Read the full story on Aljazeera
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Tanzania counts votes after poll challenging dominance of ruling party
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Arabs in Middle East know the US election will affect their lives, experts say
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