Coronavirus live news: WHO reports record global cases as South Africa reinstates alcohol ban

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Cases rise by over 230,000 worldwide in 24 hours; Florida cases increase by record total for a US state; Brazil cases near 2m. Follow the latest updates

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South Africa re-imposed a nationwide curfew on Sunday in response to what South African President Cyril Ramaphosa called a “coronavirus storm” that was “far fiercer and more destructive than any we have known before”.

Ramaphosa re-imposed a night-time curfew and also a ban on alcohol sales barely six weeks after buying booze had become legal again.

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Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

My name is Helen Sullivan and I’ll be bringing you the latest news from around the world for the next few hours.

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Priti Patel to unveil details of post-Brexit immigration plans

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Home secretary will announce the biggest overhaul of the UK system in decades

The home secretary is to unveil further detail on the future of immigration in the UK on Monday in an attempt to prepare businesses and organisations for the biggest overhaul of the system in decades.

The Home Office has previously revealed the core principles behind the forthcoming points-based system, which is meant to be introduced when the transition period from leaving the European Union ends on 1 January. Under the system, UK borders will be closed to so-called non-skilled workers and applicants will be have to show a greater understanding of English.

Continue reading…Home secretary will announce the biggest overhaul of the UK system in decadesThe home secretary is to unveil further detail on the future of immigration in the UK on Monday in an attempt to prepare businesses and organisations for the biggest overhaul of the system in decades.The Home Office has previously revealed the core principles behind the forthcoming points-based system, which is meant to be introduced when the transition period from leaving the European Union ends on 1 January. Under the system, UK borders will be closed to so-called non-skilled workers and applicants will be have to show a greater understanding of English. Continue reading…

Crossroads Hotel: thousands told to isolate for two weeks as Sydney coronavirus cluster grows

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More cases to be added to the cluster of nine in Casula and the contact dates have been widened to 3 to 10 July

The number of cases linked to a coronavirus cluster in Sydney has grown since Sunday night, according to deputy chief medical officer Michael Kidd, as thousands of patrons are ordered to self-isolate.

As of Sunday, nine cases were linked to the Crossroads Hotel including a pub worker and close contacts.

Continue reading…More cases to be added to the cluster of nine in Casula and the contact dates have been widened to 3 to 10 JulyThe number of cases linked to a coronavirus cluster in Sydney has grown since Sunday night, according to deputy chief medical officer Michael Kidd, as thousands of patrons are ordered to self-isolate.As of Sunday, nine cases were linked to the Crossroads Hotel including a pub worker and close contacts. Continue reading…

Venice begins testing floodgates to save iconic Italian city from destruction

Read MoreThe iconic waters of Venice, Italy have become an extreme threat due to frequent, massive flooding that has seen the city slowly sink for centuries. Now, a long-planned but controversial technology is being tested that could address the increasingly dire problem. Chris Livesay reports on the plans, and why they were not completed a decade ago.The iconic waters of Venice, Italy have become an extreme threat due to frequent, massive flooding that has seen the city slowly sink for centuries. Now, a long-planned but controversial technology is being tested that could address the increasingly dire problem. Chris Livesay reports on the plans, and why they were not completed a decade ago.

Baby girl dies in house fire in Bargo, south-west of Sydney

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Five-month-old’s body found inside home as four people taken to hospital

A baby girl has died in a house fire south-west of Sydney.

Emergency workers were called to the Bargo home about 6.25pm on Sunday and found it well alight.

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11 People Injured After Explosion on a Naval Ship at San Diego Base

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(SAN DIEGO) — Eleven people suffered minor injuries in an explosion and fire Sunday on board a ship at Naval Base San Diego, military officials said.

The blaze was reported shortly before 9 a.m. on USS Bonhomme Richard, said Krishna Jackson, the base’s public information officer.

Eleven people were treated for “non-life threatening injuries,” Jackson said. She didn’t have additional details.

Previously Jackson said at least one person was treated for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire was under investigation. Jackson didn’t know where on the 840-foot (255-meter) amphibious assault vessel the blast and the fire occurred.

The flames sent up a huge plume of dark smoke visible around San Diego.

San Diego is the Bonhomme Richard’s home port and it was undergoing routine maintenance at the time of the fire.

Jackson estimated about 200 sailors and officers were on board — far fewer than if the ship was on active duty.

The ship has the capacity to deploy and land helicopters, smaller boats and amphibious vehicles.

Those hurt faced “non-life threatening injuries,” an official from the base says

After Mueller’s Op-Ed, Sen. Lindsey Graham Now Says He’ll Call the Former Special Counsel to Testify

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Sen. Lindsey Graham has announced that he will grant Democrats’ request to have former special counsel Robert Mueller testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The surprising statement from one of the Senate’s leaders comes a day after Mueller broke a longstanding silence to defend his probe, and its consequential conviction of Roger Stone, in a public op-ed.

Graham, a South Carolina Republican and the Judiciary Committee’s chair, has attempted to discredit Mueller’s inquiry in the past. And ever since Mueller’s official report was released last spring, Graham has brushed off Democrats’ requests for Mueller to testify in the Senate, telling CNN in April 2019, “I’m all good, I’m done with the Mueller report.” Mueller later testified before the House. The only invitation Graham had previously offered Mueller was an opportunity to respond to Attorney General William Barr’s Senate judiciary Committee testimony.

On Saturday, Mueller wrote a blunt Washington Post opinion piece, defending his findings and the conviction of President Donald Trump ally Roger Stone for obstructing a congressional investigation. The former special counsel said he felt “compelled to respond both to broad claims that our investigation was illegitimate and our motives were improper, and to specific claims that Roger Stone was a victim of our office.”

The op-ed appears to have changed Graham’s mind.

“Apparently Mr. Mueller is willing – and also capable – of defending the Mueller investigation through an op-ed in the Washington Post,” Graham wrote on Twitter. “Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have previously requested Mr. Mueller appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about his investigation. That request will be granted.”

Apparently Mr. Mueller is willing – and also capable – of defending the Mueller investigation through an oped in the Washington Post.

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 12, 2020

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have previously requested Mr. Mueller appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about his investigation.

That request will be granted.

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 12, 2020

 

Mueller has remained out of the spotlight since last July, when he appeared before Congress to testify about his investigation. However, interest in his investigation resurfaced this Friday, after President Trump commuted Stone’s prison sentence and a White House statement denounced the Mueller investigation, alleging that Stone was a “victim of the Russia Hoax.”

“These charges were the product of recklessness borne of frustration and malice,” the official statement from the White House reads. “This is why the out-of-control Mueller prosecutors, desperate for splashy headlines to compensate for a failed investigation, set their sights on Mr. Stone.

In the opinion piece, Mueller emphasized that while Stone’s sentence was commuted, the conviction against him remains.

“The Russia investigation was of paramount importance,” Mueller wrote. “Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so.”

 

Graham had previously brushed off Democrats’ requests for Mueller to testify in the Senate

Covid-19 origin: Ex-Trump adviser Bannon claims West has ‘defectors’ from Wuhan & people will be ‘shocked’ at their revelations

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Donald Trump’s ex-adviser Steve Bannon has doubled down on the man-made nature of the coronavirus, claiming that Chinese “virus experts” have defected to the West and are now cooperating with intelligence agencies.

The explosive allegations were made by Bannon in an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail. Describing the Wuhan outbreak as nothing less than a “biological Chernobyl,” he pointed the finger at the city’s secretive laboratory as the source of the virus.

The facility has been “horribly run and terribly mismanaged,” Bannon claimed, adding that “it’s not that hard for these viruses to get out.”

“I know that certain defectors are working with the FBI here to try to knit together what happened” he said, referring to the Wuhan institute. And Western spy agencies “have electronic intelligence, and … have done a full inventory of who has provided access to that lab,” he claimed.

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Said defectors have kept silent so far, yet when they actually go public, “people are going to be shocked,” Bannon said. He also suggested that, as the Wuhan facility was built with “French help,” it should have had some surveillance equipment pre-planted.

Not stopping there, Bannon concluded that scientists at the laboratory might have been conducting experiments that “they weren’t fully authorized” to do or they didn’t know what they were doing. As a result, be it through a mistake or via a lab technician, “one of these things got out.”

Bannon also played the usual US tune when it came to an alleged Chinese “cover-up” of the virus, insisting that Beijing deliberately withheld news of the outbreak that allegedly started late in 2019. At the same time, the former Trump adviser seemingly provided a safety net for his bold claims about the Wuhan institute, stating that, whatever the origins of the virus were – the aforementioned lab or a wet market – China is guilty by default.

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The ‘blame China’ approach to handling the coronavirus fallout has been popular among Western politicians, with the US administration being particularly vocal about it. Washington has also accused the World Health Organization (WHO) of colluding with the Chinese authorities in covering up the outbreak.

Earlier this week, the WHO dispatched a team of experts to Wuhan to try to find the source of the disease. However, the team will only focus on the “zoonotic source” of the coronavirus and won’t probe allegations of its man-made nature – and that has prompted yet more criticism of the organization.

Beijing has firmly denied all the accusations of having covered up the outbreak, as well as claims of the laboratory’s involvement, insisting it has been as transparent as possible.

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So far, no conclusive evidence has emerged to prove either Wuhan’s notorious exotic-animal market in Wuhan or its bio institute are behind the outbreak. Moreover, several scientific papers have cast doubt on the Chinese origins of the virus altogether. For instance, researchers from Italy and Spain, two countries badly hit by the outbreak, have discovered traces of the virus in wastewater samples taken well before the ‘original’ outbreak in Wuhan.

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