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  • Niger lost tens of millions to arms deals malpractice, leaked report alleges
    by Jason Burke Africa correspondent on August 6, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Government audit alleges that poor west African country lost at least $137m over eight yearsMore than $100m of public money in Niger, one of the world’s poorest countries and a key regional recipient of western aid, was wasted in a series of potentially corrupt international arms deals, a leaked official document alleges.A confidential government audit of defence spending found that at least $137m had been lost due to malpractice over an eight-year period ending in 2019. Continue reading...

  • Met Office issues amber health warning as UK braces for heatwave
    by Kevin Rawlinson on August 6, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Temperatures could reach up to 38C during string of very hot days, say forecastersPeople are being warned to look out for older people, young children and those with underlying health conditions, as the UK prepares for a heatwave over the coming weekend.The Met Office issued the amber heat health warning, the second-highest available, on Thursday as it warned people to look out for each other and drink plenty of fluids, while avoiding excessive quantities of alcohol, to deal with temperatures that could rise as high as 38C (100F) in some places. Continue reading...

  • Mumbai flooding: monsoon rains inundate streets, homes and hospitals – video
    by Monika Cvorak on August 6, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Scores of videos shared on social media show streets and homes in Mumbai deluged by heavy monsoon rains, driven by high winds. The flooding has added to the woes of residents already bearing the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic. India has the third-highest number of cases worldwide with Mumbai considered the worst-affected city. A survey last month showed that more than half the people who live in its sprawling slums had been infected with the virusIndia arrests dozens of journalists in clampdown on critics of Covid-19 responseSee all our coronavirus coverageContinue reading...

  • Coronavirus live news: Germany tightens testing regime as daily cases rise above 1,000
    by Lucy Campbell (now); Alexandra Topping and Helen Sullivan (earlier) on August 6, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    Germany reports over 1,000 new infections for first time since May; Philippines reports over 3,500 new casesAnthony Fauci says he has had death threats over coronavirus workFacebook removes Trump post for spreading false information on CovidBelgium set to be added to England’s coronavirus quarantine listUS coronavirus updates – live UK coronavirus updates – live 2.28pm BSTBrussels will require people to wear masks in public spaces and in private spaces accessible to the public if the uptick in coronavirus cases continues, the regional government said on Thursday. Related: Belgium set to be added to England's coronavirus quarantine list 1.54pm BST Continue reading...

  • No Covid-19 stimulus package progress as Trump makes more false claims – live
    by Joan E Greve in Washington (now) and Martin Belam (earlier) on August 6, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Another 1.18m Americans file for unemploymentDeutsche Bank gave Trump records to New York prosecutors - reportTrump claims Covid-19 will ‘go away’ as Fauci warns long road aheadJoin us today at 5pm ET for an online event with Eric Holder to discuss voter suppression in the 2020 election. Register nowSign up to our First Thing newsletter 2.27pm BSTThis is Joan Greve in Washington, taking over for Martin Belam.Joe Biden has released a scathing statement criticizing Trump’s trip today to Ohio, where the president will speak at a Whirlpool Corporation manufacturing plant and attend a fundraiser. 2.03pm BSTThe family of the late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis have taken out a full page print ad in the Washington Post today, to thank the city for their support.family of John Lewis posts this in ⁦@washingtonpost⁩ this morning “Thank you for rocking with him until the end...please keep the faith..” pic.twitter.com/bAlri9EA11Everybody has a story. I’m so blessed that my father’s story – as a servant leader and champion for civil and human rights – was shared with you, the people of DC.Thank you for honoring his legacy. Thank you for rocking with him until the end. Please keep the faith and remember to get in “Good Trouble.” My Pops is counting on us. Continue reading...

  • UK coronavirus live: test and trace scheme fails to reach thousands of contacts of people testing positive
    by Haroon Siddique (now) and Kevin Rawlinson (earlier) on August 6, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Latest figures show just 72% of close contacts reached; Aberdeen outbreak cases increase by 25; 50m masks for NHS workers deemed unusablePreston faces fresh coronavirus lockdown, health official says50m face masks bought for NHS cannot be usedBelgium set to be added to England’s coronavirus quarantine listUK economy recovering faster than feared, says Bank of EnglandGlobal coronavirus updates - live 2.24pm BSTNicola Sturgeon has told people living in Aberdeen they should not leave the city for any holidays as confirmed cases in the outbreak rose overnight to at least 79.The first minister said the city’s 229,000 residents had to observe the emergency lockdown rules against any non-essential journeys greater than five miles from home. That included not taking any holidays in Scotland, the UK or overseas, she said.Our advice to the people of Aberdeen is that you should not be going on holiday right now, either to other parts of Scotland, or to other parts of the UK. We advise against overseas holiday in general for people right across Scotland.We’re also advising people outside of Aberdeen not to travel to the city for leisure purposes or to visit friends and family. 1.58pm BSTSome reaction to the latest test and trace results from Keith Neal, Emeritus Professor of the Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases, University of Nottingham. He said:One persistent problem is that one in five cases, who should be at home and self-isolating, fail to be contacted by the contact tracers despite multiple attempts. These people have arranged a test and been informed of a positive result and expect to be contacted. It would be useful to have more information on these people as to why they are not participating in control measures. Not being able to trace contacts is understandable but the cases could help in letting their contacts know. NHS Test and Trace is working. It has already helped to prevent almost a quarter of a million people unknowingly spreading the virus. But we do not work alone. Close partnerships with local government and local public health teams are essential to stop the spread of the virus, and NHS Test and Trace continues to work hand-in-hand to support communities experiencing spikes in cases, through increased testing and additional contact tracing. Winter may seem far away but it’s what we do right now that counts. So please do play your part to stop the virus from flaring up again – this system will only work if you come forward for a test and help us to trace your contacts. So if you have symptoms, however mild, get a free test immediately. If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, follow the advice you receive. This is how, together, we’ll get back to the things we love. Continue reading...

  • Anthony Fauci says he has received death threats over his coronavirus work
    by Amanda Holpuch in New York on August 6, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Fauci has had to hire security to protect himself and his familyPandemic brought out ‘the best and the worst of people’Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the US, has had to hire security to protect himself and his family after receiving death threats in response to his work to stop the spread of coronavirus.Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, told CNN that the pandemic has brought out “the best of people and the worst of people and you know getting death threats for me and my family and harassing my daughters to the point where I have to get security, it’s amazing.” Continue reading...

  • Italy threatens to ban Ryanair alleging Covid-19 guideline violations
    by Jasper Jolly and agencies on August 6, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Dublin-based airline, previously criticised by German health authorities, denies accusations of non-complianceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageItaly’s aviation regulator has threatened to ban Ryanair from its skies, alleging that the airline has not complied with rules brought in to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.The Italian civil aviation authority Enac accused the Dublin-based airline of “repeated violation of anti-Covid-19 health measures drafted by the Italian government and in force to protect passengers’ health”. Continue reading...

  • Italian homes evacuated over risk of Mont Blanc glacier collapse
    by Angela Giuffrida in Rome on August 6, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Roads near Courmayeur closed to tourists because of threat from falling Planpincieux iceHomes have been evacuated in Courmayeur in Italy’s Aosta valley, after a renewed warning that a huge portion of a Mont Blanc glacier is at risk of collapse.The measures were introduced on Wednesday morning after experts from the Fondazione Montagne Sicura (Safe Mountains Foundation) said 500,000 cubic metres of ice was in danger of sliding off the Planpincieux glacier on the Grandes Jorasses park. Continue reading...

  • Beirut explosion: death toll rises to 137 as army takes control of site
    by Michael Safi on August 6, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Volunteers help clean up damaged streets as officials begin blame game over ammonium nitrate storageWhat we know so farBeirut explosion: anger at officials grows after missed warningsThe death toll from a massive blast at Beirut’s port has risen again to 137, as the Lebanese army took control of the site on the first day of a two-week state of emergency.The new casualty figures on Thursday morning include at least 5,000 injured and a health ministry spokesman said dozens were still missing. “This toll is not final,” he said. Continue reading...