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WHO raises global virus risk to maximum level

first_imgChina hopeStill, signs in China offered hope that the outbreak could be contained.China reported 44 more deaths on Friday, raising its toll to 2,788, with 327 new cases — the lowest daily figure for new infections in more than a month.The virus has mostly killed the elderly or people with pre-existing health conditions.South Korea also now has the most cases outside China, with more than 2,000 infections and 13 deaths.The virus has had wide-ranging impact, even forcing K-pop megastars BTS to cancel four Seoul concerts scheduled for April. But it is its rapid spread to new zones that has authorities concerned — in the past 24 hours, it has affected nine new countries, from Azerbaijan to Mexico to New Zealand.”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.”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.”Global investors nevertheless ran scared, with world markets suffering their worst week since the 2008 financial crisis. British cruise ship passenger diesIn Japan, the health ministry said a British man who was on board a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo had died. More than 700 others on the ship have tested positive.The governor of Japan’s rural northern island of Hokkaido urged people to stay at home this weekend in a desperate effort to contain the outbreak.In Europe, the largest epicenter is Italy with 650 cases and 17 deaths — mostly in cities in the north.Wide-ranging measures to halt the spread of the virus have affected tens of millions of people in northern Italy, with schools closed and cultural and sporting events cancelled.Experts said the virus had probably “circulated unnoticed for several weeks” before the first confirmed cases — possibly since January. Schools closed, events cancelled The coronavirus crisis is affecting everything from global production to schools to sporting events, with FIFA warning Friday that international football matches could be postponed.Several companies have said they expect the virus to hit their earnings because of weaker demand.Oil prices also slipped again, with Brent oil for April delivery sinking as low as $50.05 a barrel.Analysts have warned that China, the world’s second-largest economy, will see a major cut in growth this quarter as the country remains largely paralyzed by quarantines and containment measures. The chair of the US Federal Reserve, 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 deadly outbreak.New drastic measures were put in place: Switzerland cancelled all gatherings of more than 1,000 people, and Saudi Arabia banned Gulf citizens from its holy cities of Mecca and Medina.”This is not a time for panic. It is time to be prepared — fully prepared,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.center_img Topics : ‘Struggling with containment’ 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 infections elsewhere have started to surge, with Iran, Italy and South Korea becoming the major new hotspots and cases being confirmed in around 50 countries.”We see a number of countries struggling with containment,” said Michael Ryan, head of the WHO’s health emergencies program.The WHO has voiced particular concern about Africa’s preparedness, warning that the continent’s health care systems were ill-equipped to respond to a COVID-19 epidemic.Cases had previously been reported in Egypt and Algeria, but not in the sub-Saharan region until Friday when Nigeria reported its first case: an Italian man in densely populated Lagos.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. The World Health Organization on Friday raised its global risk assessment of the new coronavirus to its highest level after the epidemic spread to sub-Saharan Africa and financial markets slumped.The virus has proliferated around the globe over the past week, emerging on every continent except Antarctica, prompting many governments and businesses to try to stop people from travelling or gathering in crowded places.It has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 84,000 worldwide — the vast majority in China — since it emerged apparently from an animal market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late December.last_img read more

Los Angeles Lakers’ Byron Scott believes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring record staying put

first_imgBryant’s contract that expires following the 2015-16 season ensures he will play 20 years. But Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak recently said Bryant has remained adamant he will not play beyond his contract. Presuming Bryant stays healthy enough to play this season’s remaining 59 games and all 82 games next season, Bryant would need to average 43.28 points per contest to match Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring mark. Abdul-Jabbar averaged 24.6 points in 1,560 games in 20 NBA seasons. He also played fewer than 74 games in only two years. How did Abdul-Jabbar maintain such dominance and longevity?“I’m sure (Abdul-Jabbar) would probably tell you yoga and his martial arts. All that stuff kind of kept him flexible, and his meditating and things like that,” said Scott, who played with Abdul-Jabbar on the Showtime Lakers for six seasons. “At 7-2, the way he could run, especially when he was young, and how wiry he was, he was an unbelievable athlete. I think a lot of people tend to forget that about ‘Cap.’”Scott could hardly forget about the circumstances surrounding Abdul-Jabbar breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s previous league record of 31,419 career points. The Lakers played the Utah Jazz on April 5, 1984 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas with Abdul-Jabbar only needing 22 points to eclipse Chamberlain. With 8:53 left in the fourth quarter, Magic Johnson fed Abdul-Jabbar on the right baseline. Eventually, Abdul-Jabbar sank a skyhook over Utah’s Mark Eaton.Everything that happened beforehand seemed just as exciting. MINNEAPOLIS >> For this entire 2014-15 Lakers season, it has become a matter of when and not if Kobe Bryant will eclipse Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.More clarity has emerged on this development since Bryant will only need to score nine points when the Lakers (7-16) play on Sunday against the Minnesota Timberwolves (5-17) at Target Center to surpass Jordan’s career 32,692 points.But what happens after that? Well, more than likely Bryant stays there. He will then trail Karl Malone’s 36,928 points and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 points.“That’s going to stand for a while,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said of Abdul-Jabbar’s record. “I don’t think in our lifetime we’re going to see it being broken. It’s going to be hard for somebody to break that. Someone will have to play 20-plus years to do that.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “When we got on the floor, I think everybody was almost keeping count,” Scott said. “Everybody knew what shot it was going to be. Magic made it a point he was going to pass to him.”Meanwhile, Lakers forward Nick Young has said half jokingly he will get the assist on Bryant’s record-breaking shot.“Nick hasn’t passed all year,” Scott said with a chuckle. “How’s he going to be the one who passes to him?”Fair enough. But that scenario at least seems more plausible than anyone surpassing Abdul-Jabbar’s record, including Bryant.last_img read more

Rockets ‘have the team to beat’ next season, Austin Rivers says

Austin Rivers is confident in the Rockets.Houston re-signed the 26-year-old guard to a two-year contract, reportedly worth the veterans’ minimum, earlier this week. Rivers told ESPN he had offers elsewhere for more money but returned to the Rockets because he believes they have a chance to win a championship. The Rockets were at the center of controversy last month when a report surfaced saying the relationship between star James Harden and Chris Paul was “unsalvageable.” Rivers, however, said he didn’t see any issues.”I know nothing about any of that. I don’t know where that’s coming from,” Rivers said during an interview with TMZ in June. “A lot of fantasy tales being told right now. … It’s definitely not true. I didn’t see any issues between any of them. It’s just made up news, fake news like most of the stuff you see on these Instagram pages.”The Rockets’ top target this summer was Jimmy Butler, according to multiple reports. But, they missed out on him when the wing was sent to the Heat in a sign-and-trade. “Now that the league is wide open, I just saw an opportunity,” Rivers said. “You can’t really put a price on happiness. The goal was to come back to Houston all along. I think we have the team to beat.”Austin Rivers had offers in $5.7M midlevel range but took the vet minimum from Rockets. “Now that the league is wide open, I just saw an opportunity. You can’t really put a price on happiness. The goal was to come back to Houston all along. I think we have the team to beat.”— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 1, 2019Rivers began the season with the Wizards and ended up signing with the Rockets after he was waived by the Suns following a trade in December. He averaged 8.7 points and 2.3 assists in 28.6 minutes per game during his time with Houston. Related News The Rockets re-signed Gerald Green and Danuel House at the start of free agency.They’ve also reportedly explored dealing center Clint Capela. NBA free agency rumors: Rockets will have ‘strong interest’ in Andre Iguodala if he receives buyout NBA trade rumors: Kings unwilling to deal first-round pick for Rockets’ Clint Capela read more