South Africa coronavirus cases top 500,000: government

first_img“While South Africa has the fifth highest number of total COVID-19 cases globally, we have only the 36th highest number of deaths as a proportion of the population,” said Ramaphosa. Corruption investigations South Africa’s case load has been rising rapidly in recent weeks.Health authorities have been expecting a surge in cases after the gradual loosening of a strict lockdown that was imposed on March 27, during the early stage of the pandemic.But the recovery rate has so far been a high 68 percent.South Africa has one of the best health care systems on the continent, but it has been rocked by alleged corruption in the supply of personal protective gear for health workers in public hospitals.Ramaphosa’s spokeswoman Khusela Diko last week took leave pending a probe into her husband’s alleged links to unlawful contracts for personal protective equipment.Diko and her husband have maintained their innocence, saying the contract was never finalized.The health minister for Gauteng province Bandile Masuke was sent on forced leave this week pending a probe into suspected graft in the purchase of protective equipment and other medical supplies.”It is unconscionable that there are people who may be using this health crisis to unlawfully enrich themselves,” Ramaphosa said in his statement Saturday.South Africa has embarked on an aggressive testing and tracing exercise, conducting more than three million tests since the first case of the virus was recorded there in early March.Topics : More than a third of positive cases are in Gauteng province — South Africa’s financial hub.So far the number of fatalities stands at 8,153, although local researchers have recorded a jump of nearly 60 percent in the overall number of natural deaths in recent weeks, suggesting a far higher toll of coronavirus-related fatalities than officially recorded.An analysis by the respected South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) suggested an excess of 22,000 natural mortalities between May 6 and July 21 compared to same period in 2019 and 2018. President Cyril Ramaphosa said Saturday South Africa’s case fatality rate stood at 1.6 percent — “significantly lower than the global average”.center_img South Africa has now registered more than 500,000 cases of coronavirus, the health ministry announced Saturday, making it by far the hardest-hit country in Africa.The country has become the epicenter of the deadly pandemic on the continent, accounting for more than half of Africa’s diagnosed infections.”Today South Africa has exceeded the half-a-million mark with a cumulative total of 503,290 confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded,” Heath Minister Zweli Mkhize said in his daily update.last_img read more

Ayodhya, India’s flashpoint holy site

first_imgWhere does it stand legally? In November India’s highest court finally settled a decades-long, arcane legal fight that even saw the infant Ram represented by a lawyer. The ruling awarded the site to Hindus, in a major victory for Modi and the BJP. The Muslim side were given a nearby location to construct a “prominent” new mosque. Hindus believe a Muslim conqueror razed the Ram temple in the 1500s to make way for the mosque. The British erected a fence in the 19th century to separate places of worship so that Muslims could worship in the inner court and Hindus the outer. But in 1949, idols of Lord Ram appeared inside the mosque, allegedly placed by Hindus. Why is it disputed? Hindus and Muslims have for decades been bitterly divided over the 16th-century Babri mosque in Ayodhya. Hindus believe the mosque was built on the ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to their god Ram, who is also believed to have been born on or near the site. Tensions boiled over in 1992 when a Hindu mob tore the mosque to the ground, sparking religious violence that left about 2,000 dead across India. Topics : When did tensions escalate? On December 6, 1992 a huge Hindu crowd converged on the mosque site to symbolically and provocatively lay the first stone of the new temple. The 200,000-strong mob broke through police cordons, first smashing three domes to rubble before reducing the rest of the historic mosque to ruins. The destruction triggered some of the worst religious riots since India’s bloody partition in 1947. Ten years later a trainload of Hindu activists were burned alive as they returned from Ayodhya, sparking retaliatory riots in Gujarat state that left upwards of 1,000 people dead, again most of them Muslims. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will help lay the foundations on Wednesday for a “grand” new Hindu temple at a flashpoint holy site that has been the spark for some of India’s worst sectarian violence.AFP looks at the history of the three-acre patch of land in the holy northern town of Ayodhya and why it has long been an explosive source of contention between India’s majority Hindus and minority Muslims. Who was behind its destruction? In 1984, a group of Hindus formed a committee to “liberate” the birthplace of Ram and build a temple at the disputed site. The movement was headed by L K Advani, a senior figure in the ruling BJP, now headed by Modi. Its supporters began travelling to the site to demand a temple be built. How long has it been a flashpoint?  What will the temple look like? To shouts of “Hail Lord Ram”, Modi said in parliament in February that the new temple would be “grand”. His  right-hand man, Home Minister Amit Shah, said it would “touch the sky”. Wednesday’s ceremony, held at a time recommended by astrologers and involving 135 “revered saints”, will use soil from almost 2,000 holy sites around India and water of about 100 holy rivers. Silver bricks will be used in the foundations.last_img read more

Bali to slap fines on people who go out without masks

first_img“On Monday, we will deploy a team to enforce health protocols. We have announced sanctions for those who do not wear face masks at all,” Suarta said on Sunday as quoted by tribunnews.com.Prior to the new policy, the administration had issued warnings to those who violated COVID-19 protocols. However, a more stringent measure was necessary given the high number of coronavirus cases in the region, Suarta said.Read also: Bali postpones plans to welcome international travelers in SeptemberAs of Sunday, Bali recorded 6,212 infections, with 105 cases that had turned fatal, according to the central government’s official COVID-19 tally.In the latest regulation, residents of Bali will be fined if they do not wear or carry face masks in public. Those who are unable to pay the fine will have to hand over their ID cards to the authorities.Furthermore, businesses that lack facilities instrumental to ensuring public health – such as hand sanitizer and handwashing stations – will be subject to a Rp 1 million fine.Bali Governor Wayan Koster previously postponed plans to reopen the region to international tourists on Sept. 11 following the central government’s decision to wait until the end of this year before welcoming foreign visitors. (rfa)Topics : Bali will start imposing fines of Rp 100,000 (US$6.77) on residents seen out without a face mask during the pandemic, which has taken a toll on the resort island’s tourism.The policy, stipulated in Gubernatorial Decree No. 46/2020, takes effect Monday.Klungkung Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) head I Putu Suarta said the Bali provincial administration had informed the public regarding the latest regulation over the past week.last_img read more

Antonio Rudiger slams Chelsea team-mates for ‘unacceptable’ Everton defeat

first_img Comment Rudgier was not happy (Picture: Getty Images)Antonio Rudiger was furious with his Chelsea team-mates for the performance against Everton and branded their second-half display as ‘unacceptable’.The Germany centre-half was part of the side that went down 2-0 to Marco Silva’s men after goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson, leaving Chelsea three points off Arsenal in the race to finish inside the top four.After putting in a solid first-half performance, Chelsea went off the boil after the break – something that confused manager Maurizio Sarri.But Rudiger was less diplomatic than his boss and took aim at his club-mates for the manner of the defeat.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It was the same against Wolves, but this time we lost,’ Rudiger fumed. It was another poor result for Sarri (Picture: Getty)‘We played a good first half but we didn’t score. It is unacceptable the way we came out [after the break] and we lost the game in 10 minutes.‘We were passive and that is dangerous in this league. We played well in the first half, but the way we approached the second half was unacceptable.‘Everyone deals with it differently but it’s unacceptable and I’m sorry.‘We still have eight games to go but we cannot always say ‘next week,’ we really have to do better because we normally aren’t allowed to lose this match.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSunday 17 Mar 2019 7:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link700Shares Advertisement Antonio Rudiger slams Chelsea team-mates for ‘unacceptable’ Everton defeat Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal join race for Newcastle’s Freddie Woodman, alongside Celtic, Everton and Fulham

first_imgArsenal join race for Newcastle’s Freddie Woodman, alongside Celtic, Everton and Fulham Advertisement Freddie Woodman is attracting plenty of interest (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are one of the teams ready to battle it out for the signature of Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman this summer.The Gunners have joined the race for the 22-year-old stopper alongside the likes of Everton, Fulham and Celtic, who are all keen on bringing him in.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starWoodman is still under contract at Newcastle until the end of next season but the Magpies are expected to cash in on him over the summer, rather than let him leave for free at a later date.Although seen as a ‘keeper with great potential, he is yet to appear in the Premier League for Newcastle and has been limited to three FA Cup appearances this season.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Woodman is yet to play in the Premier League (Picture: Getty Images)The Gunners also have an advantage in the race for Woodman’s signature as his father, Andy, works for Arsenal as head of academy goalkeeping and the U23 goalkeeper coach.Ben Woodman was also born in London, albeit the south London suburb of Croydon, and may be tempted by a return to the capital.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalIt may be that Woodman is tempted by the prospect of first team football elsewhere, though, as that is something the Gunners cannot offer him at this stage of his career.The Newcastle Chronicle are reporting that Woodman could be part of a substantial summer clear out from St James’ Park, with Rob Elliot, Ronaldo Aarons, Achraf Lazaar, Jack Colback and Henri Saivet all likely to be ditched.MORE: Roy Hodgson ‘sold the wrong player by accident’ when he was Liverpool bossMORE: Marcus Rashford’s latest injury could cost him his England place, says Alan Shearercenter_img Phil HaighMonday 25 Mar 2019 7:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Woodman has played in the FA Cup for Newcastle this season (Picture: Newcastle United)The 6ft 2in stopper has spent spells on loan at Crawley, Kilmarnock and Aberdeen, and has six caps for England U21s.AdvertisementAdvertisementHe also won the award for best goalkeeper at the 2017 U20 World Cup after keeping a clean sheet in the final as England beat Venezuela 1-0.Arsenal are looking for a replacement for Petr Cech who is retiring at the end of the season and see Woodburn as strong competition for first choice Bernd Leno. Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal offer Reiss Nelson on loan in £65m bid for Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Arsenal offer Reiss Nelson on loan in £65m bid for Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 22 Jul 2019 11:59 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7kShares Wilfried Zaha is keen on a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have raised their bid for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha by offering £65million plus Reiss Nelson on loan.The Gunners have been frustrated in their pursuit of the Ivory Coast winger and have had two bids rejected by the Eagles.Palace have already made £55m from Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s move to Manchester United and are under no financial pressure to sell Zaha, who they value at £90m.Arsenal had offered the likes of Carl Jenkinson, Mohamed Elneny and Calum Chambers in previous discussions with Palace but the Independent claim they’ve now offered highly-rated youngster Nelson.ADVERTISEMENT Nelson has been offered on loan (Picture: Getty)Nelson thrived last season on loan at Hoffenheim and had been expected to form part of Arsenal’s first team squad this term.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe report claims Arsenal’s new bid is around £55m up front, as well as £10m further in add-ons.Palace are understood to have rejected the proposal as they want a far larger fee for Zaha and they also want any player coming the other way to move permanently.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal are willing to let Jenkinson move to south London permanently and Palace remain keen on the £5m-rated full-back.Zaha is keen on a move to Arsenal and is a boyhood Gunner.The forward informed Palace of his desire to leave at the end of last season and he’s frustrated by the club’s valuation of him.MORE: James Milner slams Joris Gnagnon for ‘disgraceful’ challenge on Liverpool youngster Yasser Laroucilast_img read more

Lyon chief open to Houssem Aouar exit amid Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool links

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 27 Apr 2020 7:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Lyon chief open to Houssem Aouar exit amid Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool linkscenter_img Aouar has been linked with a move (Picture: Getty)Houssem Aouar will not be held against his will if he wants a summer transfer away to Lyon, although the French giants hope to keep him. Aouar has been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in recent weeks after an impressive season for the Ligue 1 side. Having signed a five-year deal with Lyon in 2018, the French Under-21 international won’t come cheap and it is thought he would cost potential suiters more than £40m. Juventus have also been credited with an interest, but Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas is hopeful of keeping him at the club.ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveAdvertisementAdvertisementThat said, if the player decides to move on and their valuation is met, he will be allowed to leave.‘The player’s opinion is always essential. Keeping a player against their will is not reasonable,’ he told the club website.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Houssem has not expressed the desire to leave.‘Our will is to try to keep him even if the demands are high. There is no negotiation in progress.’MORE: The bizarre new rules coming to the Premier LeagueMORE: Fergie warned Man Utd stars against going out in LiverpoolFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

Per Mertesacker says Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta taught him how to ‘man up’

first_img Comment Per Mertesacker says Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta taught him how to ‘man up’ Advertisement Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker were Arsenal teammates before being off-the-field colleagues (Picture: Getty Images)Per Mertesacker learned a lot about the mental side of the game from Mikel Arteta when they were teammates at Arsenal, and says they are now reaping the rewards as they work together off the field in north London.Mertesacker and Arteta arrived at Arsenal on the same day – 31 August 2011 – and played together until the Spaniard retired in 2016 and joined the coaching staff at Manchester City.Now both have hung up their boots, Arteta is manager at the Emirates while Mertesacker runs the academy and the German feels his old teammate is the ideal figure to lead the club, having experienced his presence on the field.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’m so delighted that Mikel has a place where he belongs, that’s my belief and that was my belief already as a player,’ Mertesacker told Arsenal Player.ADVERTISEMENT‘His leadership is fantastic and I felt it myself, just being vice-captain and learning from him, how to handle situations, how to man up, be the captain and show it, but as well to have the empathy and the feeling for people.‘I learned a lot from him and I can only say that our working relationship is great and our personal relationship is great, so I can see a fantastic future for us.’ Advertisement Mertesacker has worked with the first team but now runs the Arsenal academy (Picture: Getty Images)Another former player is playing a key role off the pitch at Arsenal, with Edu installed as technical director, having played for the club from 2001-05.Mertesacker feels it is important to build on the history of the club and ex-players help to do so, but knows there is a lot of work to be done to restore the side to its former glories.‘It’s just building pieces with Edu as well, so I think we’re in a fantastic position,’ continued the German. ‘We don’t take anything for granted, now is the time to really push on and make sure we come back to where we belong, and that’s the Champions League and having world-class players in the building, and having world-class young players.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We want to build on our DNA that was developed over centuries, so we cannot forget the history and the greatness of the club. ‘We are inheriting that and we are sons of so many greats that have led this club to greatness, so it’s a big responsibility, not only for myself but for Mikel, Edu and all the great leadership we have.‘I feel we have more and more people in the right places and I feel great about it.’MORE: Bernd Leno names Arsenal teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the ‘best striker in the Premier League’MORE: Jack Wilshere reveals where he disagreed with Arsene Wenger at ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 May 2020 4:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link450Shareslast_img read more

‘It’s like a training session!’ – Cesc Fabregas unimpressed with Bundesliga return

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 16 May 2020 8:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link14.3kShares Comment Advertisement Haaland had to celebrate his goal against Schalke all by himself (Picture: Getty)Fabregas was as excited for the return of football as everyone else, tuning in to watch Dortmund in action, though he was left a little cold by the experience and does not think the rules make any sense.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I feel like I’m watching a training session,’ the Monaco midfielder tweeted during the game.‘You can hear all players and coaches shouting. Now we will value the power of the fans even more.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Captains choosing pitch sides with a three metre distance when straight away they have to fight for every ball against each other face to face.‘I’m glad football is back, we all needed it, but it will take ages to get used to this new world of football.’ ‘It’s like a training session!’ – Cesc Fabregas unimpressed with Bundesliga returncenter_img Advertisement Marcus Thuram made a joke out of not being able to celebrate with his teammates (Picture: Getty)After Haaland’s solo-celebration, Fabregas added: ‘You can’t celebrate goals together? Didn’t know this one.’One of Fabregas’ followers tweeted that, despite players being unable to celebrate together and high-five each other, they could stand side-by-side in a free-kick wall, to which he replied: ‘Exactly!’There were some odd scenes in other matches, with Borussia Monchengladbach striker Lillian Thuram waving away his teammates after scoring against Frieberg only to kiss a teammate on the cheek moments later, with the new rules clearly taking time to bed in.MORE: Erling Haaland and Mats Hummels lead Dortmund stars to applaud empty Yellow WallMORE: Erling Haaland does social distanced celebration as Borussia Dortmund net first post-lockdown goalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. The Monaco star says football post-lockdown is like a ‘new world’ (Pictures: Getty)Former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was far from impressed with the Bundesliga’s long-awaited return, poking fun at the new rules that have been introduced.The top two visions of German football returned to action for the first time in two months on Saturday, with Borussia Dortmund moving to within a point of league leaders Bayern Munich after hammering Schalke.Erling Haaland was the star of the show once again, scoring after half an hour with a sublime finish, though he had to celebrate alone as the players all maintained social distance.last_img read more

Shkodran Mustafi reveals how Mesut Ozil has reacted to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal regime

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 15 May 2020 9:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares Shkodran Mustafi reveals how Mesut Ozil has reacted to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal regime Advertisement Shkodran Mustafi has dubbed Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta a ‘little professor’ (Picture: Getty)‘When I pass I am usually only focused on where to be if we lose the ball but he wants me to contribute offensively too. So we constantly need to make an option for the player on the ball.“When you are 28 and you play in different countries with other coaches you think you know everything but then he came in and there are things I’ve never known before.‘Sometimes we don’t realise what a difficult job it is. From 25 players maybe 20 agree with the coach and five still think we should play different. Since Mikel has come in he has 25 players on board and this is not easy to achieve.‘Everyone understands and everything he says makes sense. There is nothing we can complain about. Everyone has benefited, even Mesut.’MORE: Thierry Henry reveals why he was ’embarrassed’ after scoring hat-trick for ArsenalMORE: Robin van Persie reveals who convinced Arsene Wenger to sign him for ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mesut Ozil has been revitalised at Arsenal following the appointment of Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)The Arsenal squad has been so taken with Mikel Arteta that even Mesut Ozil has benefited, according to Shkodran Mustafi.The former Gunners skipper was appointed as Unai Emery’s permanent replacement in December after serving as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City for three-and-a-half years. While Arsenal’s league position has improved only marginally, Arteta has overseen a dramatic improvement in the team’s performances, while his man management skills have helped reserect the careers of expensive misfits like Mustafi and Granit Xhaka.Ozil, too, who fell out with Emery, has been welcomed back into the fold by his former teammate, dubbed ‘Little Professor’ by Mustafi. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He’s a little like a professor,’ Mustafi told Sky Sports News. ‘He knows exactly where he wants the players to be when on the ball and how to react when losing the ball. It’s very special. Advertisementlast_img read more