Coronavirus: Italy sees rapid spread of fake news Image copyright EPA As Italy grapples with the coronavirus outbreak, misinformation about how to respond to the virus is also spreading. We've been looking at some of the stories that have gone viral in the country, and whether there's any truth in them. 1. The military are on the streets
Trump and Johnson aren't replaying the 1930s – but it's just as frightening The anger that should be directed at billionaires is instead directed by them. Facing inequality and exclusion, poor wages and insecure jobs, people are persuaded by the newspapers billionaires own and the parties they fund to unleash their fury on immigrants, Muslims, the EU and other “alien” forces. From the White House, his Manhattan tower and his Florida resort, Donald Trump tweets furiously against “elites”. Dominic Cummings hones the same message as he moves between his townhouse in Islington, with its library and tapestry room, and his family estate in Durham. Clearly, they don’t mean political or economic elites. They mean intellectuals: the students, teachers, professors and independent thinkers who oppose their policies.
Coronavirus deaths in US top 100,000 Image copyright Reuters The US has passed 100,000 deaths in the coronavirus outbreak in less than four months. It has seen more fatalities than any other country, while its 1.69 million confirmed infections account for about 30% of the worldwide total. Coronavirus: Why did infections shoot up in South Korea? Image copyright Getty Images South Korea has seen by far the highest numbers of coronavirus cases outside of China - within a week confirmed cases jumped from a few dozen to more than 900. The country had seemed well prepared and so the skyrocketing numbers have many asking how this happened - and whether a similar sudden outbreak could happen elsewhere. In South Korea, more than half of the Covid-19 cases have been linked to a religious sect and its critics say the group's secretive nature helped the virus go undetected. Why did the number of cases spike so suddenly?
Complicated history of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot needs to be taught and honoured Even back before it became a flashpoint in the culture wars, there were all sorts of stories about why, how and when the Twickenham crowd took to singing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. For a long time it was supposed to have started as a spontaneous celebration of Chris Oti’s hat-trick against Ireland in 1988. Then a researcher turned up footage of fans singing it at the Middlesex Sevens in 1987, when Martin Offiah was playing for Rosslyn Park.
Coronavirus: From 'We've shut it down' to 100,000 US dead Image copyright Getty Images It's an uncanny and almost tragically perfect piece of symmetry. The number of US servicemen and women killed in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan - over an aggregate 44 years of fighting is almost exactly the same as the number of Americans who've now lost their lives to coronavirus in just three months of America's war against the hidden enemy, as Donald Trump likes to refer to Covid-19. Coronavirus: Could North Korea handle a Covid-19 outbreak? Image copyright AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS As the number of coronavirus cases in South Korea keeps on rising, attention is turning to how its impoverished neighbour might cope with an outbreak of its own. North Korea is seen as highly vulnerable to infectious diseases, and its healthcare system ill-equipped to deal with them. So far, the country claims to have no cases of Covid-19 - but some observers are questioning whether that can be true. Experts say an outbreak in North Korea would be devastating for a population already suffering from malnourishment and poor health.
Antisemitism settlement plunges Labour party into civil war Labour’s decision to pay a six-figure libel settlement to ex-staffers who claimed the party was failing to deal with antisemitism has plunged the party back into civil war, with Jeremy Corbyn publicly condemning his successor’s decision to settle the case. Corbyn’s statement caused astonishment among the litigants in the libel action, with the Panorama journalist John Ware confirming to the Guardian that he was “consulting his lawyers” and raising the prospect of another costly court battle over Labour and antisemitism. Corbyn said he was disappointed by the settlement brokered under Keir Starmer, calling it a “political decision” against legal advice, and said the decision “risks giving credibility to misleading and inaccurate allegations about action taken to tackle antisemitism in the Labour party in recent years.”
Meng Wanzhou: Huawei executive suffers US extradition blow Image copyright Reuters A Canadian court has ruled that the case of senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who is fighting extradition to the United States, can go forward. A judge found that the case meets the threshold of double criminality - meaning the charges would be crimes in both the US and Canada.
Vacation Rentals In Hollywood Hollywood Property ManagementAbout UsVacation GuideContact Us Hours Mon - Fri: 9AM - 5PM Sat, Sun: 9AM - 3PM Hollywood Vacation Property Management Services 'What a season, what a league': Slaven Bilic savours West Brom's promotion Slaven Bilic said his burning desire to manage in the Championship was vindicated after steering West Bromwich Albion into the Premier League on an extraordinary final day of drama. Bilic’s side drew 2-2 at home to QPR but Brentford’s failure to beat Barnsley ensured a return to the top flight after two years away. Meanwhile, Luton avoided relegation and Swansea squeezed into the play-offs at the expense of Nottingham Forest. “What a season, what a league,” said Bilic, who was appointed last summer. “I was very vocal when I said I would always like to manage in the Championship because it’s especially difficult. I never imagined it would be this difficult, this demanding.
NYC woman in viral Central Park video is fired: 'We do not tolerate racism' Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here. The white woman walking her dog in New York City who called police to report she was being threatened by “an African-American man” has been fired by investment firm Franklin Templeton. Coronavirus: Significant social distancing needed 'until vaccine found' Image copyright Reuters The UK must keep a "significant level" of social distancing until a vaccine for coronavirus is found, a scientist advising the government has said. Prof Neil Ferguson told the BBC there was "little leeway" to relax measures without "something... in their place" - such as testing and contact tracing. A three-week extension to the lockdown is expected to be announced later. Labour said it would support an extension, but called for details on how and when the lockdown will end.