South Korea virus cases surge as WHO sounds maximum alert

October 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSouth Korean casesSouth Korea’s epidemic is centered in its fourth-largest city, Daegu, whose streets have been largely deserted for days, apart from long queues at the few shops with masks for sale.Three women in the Daegu area died of the illness, taking the national toll to 16, authorities said Saturday.South Korea’s total is expected to rise further with screening of more than 210,000 members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a secretive entity often accused of being a cult that is linked to around half of the country’s cases.While China reported 47 more deaths on Saturday, it recorded fewer new cases than South Korea, with 427 infections.South Korean officials say they are not considering a citywide quarantine for Daegu similar to the lockdown imposed on the central Chinese city of Wuhan.In Iran, unnamed health system sources told the BBC that at least 210 people had died of the coronavirus — far beyond the official death toll of 34, but a health ministry spokesman angrily denied that figure. South Korea reported on Saturday its biggest surge in new coronavirus cases and concerns grew of a possible epidemic in the United States as the World Health Organization raised its risk alert to its highest level.The virus has rapidly spread across the world over the past week, causing stock markets to sink to their lowest levels since the 2008 global financial crisis over fears that the disease could wreak havoc on the world economy.More than 2,900 people have died and over 85,000 have been infected worldwide since it emerged apparently from an animal market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December. The vast majority of infections have been in China but more daily cases are now logged outside the country, with South Korea, Italy and Iran emerging as major focal points.South Korea has the most cases outside China, with nearly 3,000 infections as 594 more patients were reported on Saturday — the country’s biggest increase to date.In neighboring North Korea, the country’s leader Kim Jong Un warned top party officials of the “serious consequences” of failing to prevent an outbreak of the new coronavirus on their side of the border.The impoverished nation, with a weak and ill-equipped healthcare system, has closed its borders to prevent the spread of the disease into its territory. Topics :center_img The virus has also spread to new zones — in the past 24 hours, it has affected nine new countries, from Azerbaijan to Mexico and New Zealand after reaching sub-Saharan Africa with Nigeria reporting its first case.”We have now increased our assessment of the risk of spread and the risk of impact of COVID-19 to very high at global level,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters on Friday.”We do not see evidence as yet that the virus is spreading freely in communities. As long as that’s the case, we still have a chance of containing this virus.”But California health officials confirmed a second suspected US case of the new coronavirus transmitted to a person who did not travel overseas or come in contact with anyone known to be ill, prompting fears of a possible outbreak in the United States.”This new case indicates that there is evidence of community transmission but the extent is still not clear,” said Sara Cody, director of public health for Santa Clara County, the heart of Silicon Valley where tech giants like Apple and Google are based.”What we know now is that the virus is here, present at some level, but we still don’t know to what degree.” Economy, events hit US Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell said the central bank stood at the ready to intervene if needed, given the “evolving” risks to the world’s largest economy posed by the outbreak.Official data released in China on Saturday showed the extent of the damage caused to the world’s second-largest economy, with manufacturing activity falling to its lowest level on record in February as key industries ground to a standstill under drastic containment measures.More global events were disrupted due to the epidemic, with the United States delaying a regional summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) due in Las Vegas next month.”This is not a time for panic. It is time to be prepared — fully prepared,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.Those efforts come as the number of deaths and new infections has been tapering off in China, following unprecedented quarantine efforts locking down tens of millions of people in the worst-hit cities.But they have kept rising abroad.last_img read more

Tide await women’s hoops in T-town

September 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgOff to its best start in three years, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (3-0) will try to keep the early season momentum rolling as they travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide (0-3). This is the Badgers’ first power conference opponent, after beating down on three mid-major squads to kick off the season.UW looks forward to the chance to show the country they are for real this season by winning on the road against an improved yet struggling Alabama team. The Tide dropped the season opener at Chattanooga 82-70, a game in which Alabama struggled in the first half. The past two contests for the Tide have been against ranked opponents as well as on the road, with No. 12 Nebraska handing them a 62-48 loss and No. 2 Duke steamrolling them 92-57.Unlike other teams Wisconsin has faced in the young season, Alabama’s roster is bigger, consisting of nine players standing taller than 6 feet. UW still holds the advantage in that department with 10 players 6 feet or taller, but it is something the Badgers have not seen this season.Sophomore forward Nikki Hegstetter, who stands at 6-foot-2, got off to a strong start on the season by tallying a career-high 16 points against Chattanooga and has hit over half her attempts from the field. This can potentially create problems down low for UW’s 6-foot-3 junior Michala Johnson. Thus far, Johnson has been exemplary in the early going, averaging 16.3 points per game and 10 rebounds per outing. However, she will likely have to play a tougher role on the boards and will play defensively against a more formidable front court than she has seen so far.“I’m just going to keep doing the things I’ve been doing,” Johnson said. “Defensively, I’m going to try to take the strong side away from them and offense just comes, so eventually I’ll score.”Defense has been an aspect of the game preached day-in and day-out by head coach Bobbie Kelsey, and it is now rubbing off on the players. The Badgers have been taut on defense throughout the first three games, only allowing their opponents to shoot 31 percent from the field. They have also outscored their opponents by an impressive margin of 23 points by an average score of 74-51. Alabama has shot the ball well this season (39.5 percent), but its margin of points allowed to points scored per game is minus-20.“We have to get back on defense,” junior forward Jackie Gulczynski said. “They love to run, and transition defense is going to be huge for us. And, as always, we have to knock down open shots.”Gulczynski hit plenty of open shots during the last game against Northern Iowa, her coming-out party this season. She scored a team-high 15 points, including a trio of three-pointers, pulling down nine rebounds.Another facet of the game Kelsey drills into her players is boxing out. Wisconsin has out-rebounded other teams by more than 10 boards a contest this season, while Alabama loses the rebound battle by 10. In practice, Kelsey threatens giving up offensive rebounds with wind sprints. It is simply something her or the rest of the staff will not tolerate.While the Badgers have played their first road game of the 2013-2014 season, an 88-65 victory over UW-Milwaukee, the trip required little travel. Wisconsin will have to fly to Tuscaloosa for the first major road trip. It will be no big deal for the seasoned veterans, but it may be a somewhat unnerving experience for players not as experienced.“We love going on the road,” Gulcynski said. “We have to remember we’re there to take care of business. Alabama is a great team, and we have to follow our game plan.”“We can’t play every game in the Kohl Center,” Kelsey said. “You have to be able to steal some on the road and protect your home when you’re there.”Now in her third year as head coach, Kelsey and her staff have a strong inside presence, a potentially sharp shooting game, and the tenacity to play tough defense. The Badgers are off to a strong start, and look to take down their first formidable opponent of the year during the Crimson Tide’s season opener.“To us, we’re always just 0-0 because it’s a new game, it’s a new team, it’s a new challenge, it’s a new set of people that you have to figure out how to stop their best players,” Kelsey said. “We pride ourselves on that and if we don’t do that, we get lost in the shuffle. And every team I’ve been a part of, the good ones, you focus on that team and what you have to do with that team.”last_img read more

Simeone clings to Cavani and Atleti awaits Diego Costa

May 14, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe Athletic one fell in Eibar and suffered an important blow after taking enough days showing a positive image. In Ipurua, the same did not happen for half an hour. The 2-0 and the lack of success in the face again puts on the table the need to sign a forward in this winter market. Atlético moves between the possibility of incorporating Cavani and the hope of seeing Diego Costa on the pitch soon.Simeone insists on the need for a striker. The Cholo, diminished with the plague of injuries that it has, continues requesting a tip. And Cavani is the chosen one, the one he likes best. Simeone doesn’t want to see herself out of everything in February. Remember that Atlético visits Bernabéu on day 1 and on February 18 the first leg of the Champions League is played against Liverpool.In the club, on the other hand, they wait for Diego Costto. The forward has already jumped to the pitch to make a run. At the beginning of the month I could start training with the whole team and do strength and contact exercises. Right now you must be very careful with the blows. His return is scheduled for the third week of February. In the calculations of the coaching staff does not enter that can get to play against Liverpool in the Wanda Metropolitano. Yes the second leg. Something similar to what happened last season with Juventus. If Costa is fine, nobody doubts that he will be the owner. The question is whether the club can throw the house out the window and spend the money it now does not have to bring to Cavani when Costa’s return is just around the corner. The club, however, is still in negotiations with the PSG. In France they assume that Atlético has offered 10 million for the striker. Leonardo, PSG sports director, has confirmed that they have “an offer from Atlético de Madrid that we have not accepted.” The Brazilian executive of the Parisian club has also revealed that “Cavani has asked to leave; I don’t know how the matter will end.” While Tuchel fed the rojiblancas hopes after the Cup match: “Cavani’s situation is uncertain, we don’t know what will happen to him. What I cannot assure you is that he will continue with us and be in Paris in February “. Cavani, 32, is doing his part, since he only wants to leave the Parisian club. He has not been summoned in recent games and his illusion is to wear red and white. It is the great trick of Atlético. The PSG, for now, remains firm in not letting him out. We will see what happens in the last week of January and if the PSG loosen and let go to the tip. If it finally arrives, Atlético could have Morata, Costa, Cavani and João Félix in February. Which of all would be sacrificed? Can Atlético risk waiting for Costa or does he have to make another effort to try to bring a forward now? It is the dilemma in Atlético.last_img read more