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Coronavirus latest: US overtakes Italy as death toll now highest in the world

US deaths due to the coronavirus surpassed 19,600 on Saturday, the highest reported number in the world, according to a Reuters tally, although there are signs the pandemic might be nearing a peak.Italy has the second most reported deaths at 19,468 and Spain is in third place with 16,353. The United States has five times the population of Italy and nearly seven times the population of Spain.The United States has seen its highest death tolls to date in the epidemic with roughly 2,000 deaths a…

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Coronavirus that causes Covid-19 can produce more than three times as many pathogens than Sars strain, HKU study reveals

The coronavirus that causes Covid-19 can produce more than three times the amount of pathogens than the strain that caused the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak in 2003, although patients may display less inflammatory and immune responses, a study has found.The finding from the research, led by prominent Hong Kong microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung, is the first of its kind based on tests conducted on lung tissue removed from Covid-19 patients. The results underlined the virality of…

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Amid the threat of coronavirus, new swarm of billions of locusts threatens millions in Africa

Weeks before the coronavirus spread through much of the world, parts of Africa were already threatened by another kind of plague, the biggest locust outbreak some countries had seen in 70 years.Now the second wave of the voracious insects, some 20 times the size of the first, is arriving. Billions of the young desert locusts are winging in from breeding grounds in Somalia in search of fresh vegetation springing up with seasonal rains.Millions of already vulnerable people are at risk. And as…

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Outlandish hair freezing contest offers much-needed laughs

During these uncertain times, we'll take the laughs where we can get them.

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