South Africa Hits 500,000 Confirmed COVID Cases, Still Not at Peak


JOHANNESBURG – South Africa on Saturday surpassed 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, representing more than 50% of all reported coronavirus infections in Africa’s 54 countries. Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize announced 10,107 new cases Saturday night, bringing the country’s cumulative total to 503,290, including 8,153 deaths. South Africa, with a population of about 58 million, has the […]

Botswana’s Capital Back in Lockdown After COVID-19 Cases Double


GABORONE – Botswana has put its capital, Gaborone, back into a two-week lockdown starting Friday, closing schools and restricting movements, after confirmed local COVID-19 transmissions doubled this week. Botswana’s health minister, Dr. Lemogang Kwape, said a return to lockdown was needed after the capital saw what he called a “worrying rise” in local cases of […]

3 Charged in Massive Twitter Hack, Bitcoin Scam


LONDON – A British man, a Florida man and a Florida teen hacked the Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls to scam people around globe out of more than $100,000 in bitcoin, authorities said Friday.  Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was arrested Friday in Tampa, where the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office will prosecute […]

COVID-19 May Hit Young People Hard, WHO Warns


The resurgence of the coronavirus in many countries is “driven in part by younger people letting down their guard during the Northern Hemisphere summer,” World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Thursday. Young adults, many without masks, are ignoring social distancing recommendations to pack bars, nightclubs, and beaches that have been reopened since authorities […]

US Economy Hit By Deepest Quarterly Plunge in 70 Years


WASHINGTON – The U.S. said Thursday its economy, ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, plummeted 9.5% between April and June, the biggest quarterly plunge in records dating back seven decades.   The second quarter economic decline translated to an annualized drop of 32.9%.  The three-month drop reported by the Commerce Department, combined with a 4.8% dip […]

Death Toll from Australia Coronavirus Surge Rises to 189


Australia’s southern state of Victoria posted 723 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths on Wednesday, a new one-day record for the hardest-hit state from the sudden spike of the disease. The new numbers exceed the 532 new coronavirus cases posted on Monday for Australia’s second most populous state. Victoria has now posted over 9,900 total […]

US Leads World with 150,000 Coronavirus Deaths


The total number of COVID-19 cases around the world has now topped 17 million, with nearly 670,000 deaths — and the United States is leading the world in both categories. With more than 4.4 million total confirmed cases, the U.S. reached another milestone in the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday when it passed 150,000 deaths, according to data […]

Public Acceptance Key to COVID-19 Vaccine Success, Fauci Says


The top U.S. infectious disease expert is warning that while significant progress is being made on potential COVID-19 vaccines around the world, the public must be convinced they are safe, effective and necessary.    In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press late Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health said that […]

After Nearly Erasing COVID-19, Vietnam Grapples with a Spike


TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Vietnamese officials are rushing to control a sudden new outbreak of COVID-19 after reporting one of the world’s most successful control efforts earlier in the year.  Authorities in the Southeast Asian country sealed off the central coast tourist city Danang Sunday after two people tested positive for the deadly atypical pneumonia, domestic […]

Can You Get the Coronavirus Twice?


Is it possible to get the coronavirus more than once?   Scientists don’t know for sure yet, but they believe it’s unlikely.   Health experts think people who had COVID-19 will have some immunity against a repeat infection. But they don’t know how much protection or how long it would last.   There have been […]

Scientists: Smelling, Tasting Loss From COVID-19 Is Temporary


One of the most frustrating symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus is the loss of the sense of smell and scientists now say they think they understand why it happens.  The experts writing in the journal Science Advances said the coronavirus infiltrates the cells that provide major structural support to sensory neurons — the neurons that detect odors and send those messages to the brain.  Since the sense of smell is linked to the sense of taste, the coronavirus also […]

COVID-19 Shuts Out Baseball’s Miami Marlins


Major League Baseball (MLB) has suspended all Miami Marlins games for the rest of the week after at least 15 players and coaches reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus. The team is in Philadelphia where the affected players are in quarantine. The Philadelphia Phillies, who hosted the Marlins earlier this week, will also be idle […]