Enter Your Email Address Want to invest in healthcare in 2020? I’d buy these FTSE 250 stocks today Image source: Getty Images. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Alan Oscroft Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! You might have noticed that healthcare is quite a big issue in 2020. But while the Covid-19 crisis is pummelling so many shares in the stock market crash, how can you profit from the sector? Here are two FTSE 250 stocks that I think could reward you well in the coming decades. They approach the healthcare business in two different ways, ways that I see as complementary.The first is Mediclinic International (LSE: MDC), which released a first-half update Thursday, ahead of full results due on 12 November. The private hospital group, which has operations in South Africa, Namibia, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates, spoke of a “robust first-half operating performance“, despite the Covid-19 impact.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Chief executive Dr Ronnie van der Merwe said “We have seen a good rebound in trading since May 2020, particularly in Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates, as the initial peak of the pandemic passed“.Tough first halfMediclinic has certainly had a tough year so far, along with so many in the FTSE 250. Reported total revenue is down 7%. Earnings per share, which came in at 9.9p for the first half last year, is set to come in just “marginally positive” this time. Mediclinic says it had £450m in cash and available facilities at 30 September, and that’s something I’d inspect carefully when we get the full-year results. The balance sheet is what matters most for companies under pandemic pressure this year.Mediclini, which owns 29.9% of Spire Healthcare, has been through a bad patch with falling earnings over the past couple of years. But after the big fall forecast for the current year, analysts are predicting a serious rebound for the 2021–22 year. That would put the shares on a forward price-to-earnings multiple of 12. I think Mediclinic has long-term growth potential, and I’d buy.FTSE 250 REITMy second pick provides a very different aspect to healthcare investment. It’s one I’ve liked for some time, Primary Health Properties (LSE: PHP). Primary Health is a FTSE 250 real estate investment trust (REIT). It invests in healthcare properties, primarily GP surgeries, and lets them on long-term leases.Earnings progress has been slow in recent years, but analysts see 20% growth this year with a modest extra next year. The Primary Health Properties share price is down 9% so far in 2020. But over the past two years we’re looking at a 30% gain.DividendsOn top of that growth, Primary Health has been one of the FTSE 250’s steadiest dividend providers. And that’s where an investment trust has an advantage. A lot of companies will pay a fixed proportion of earnings as dividends each year. But trusts will typically hold some back in good years to even things out in poorer years. Of course, individual investors can do that themselves with the dividend cash they earn. But a less erratic dividend stream can help keep sentiment sweeter and reduce share price volatility.I’ve long been a fan of investment trusts, REITs or otherwise. 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beerkoff/iStockBY: WILLIAM MANSELL AND ELLA TORRES, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 721,000 people worldwide.More than 19.3 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.The United States is the worst-affected country around the world, with more than 4.9 million diagnosed cases and at least 161,358 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.10:49 a.m.: Hospitalizations and deaths continue to increase in FloridaThe Florida Department of Health reported increases in both hospitalizations and deaths Saturday.Hospitalizations were up by 521 in the last 24 hours, with 6,991 active hospitalizations, while deaths rose by 182, putting the total number at 8,233, according to the department.Cases also increased by 8,502 and 86,175 tests have been conducted. The state has now seen 526,577 confirmed cases of coronavirus.Bay County, of which Panama City is the county seat, has the highest positivity rate in the state at 16.3%.However, Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in the state, has the highest number of new cases at 1,801.8:54 a.m.: Princeton shifts learning plan for fall semesterPrinceton University will not bring freshman and juniors back to campus in the fall, as originally planned, due to coronavirus cases that have “soared” in recent weeks, according to a statement from the president of the university.Courses will now be fully remote for undergraduates in the fall semester, president Christopher L. Eisgruber said. Graduate students will be allowed on campus because of the “different instructional and residential programs.”“This combination of health concerns and restrictions will significantly diminish the educational value of the on‑campus experience. It will also render that experience confining and unpleasant for most students,” Eisgruber said.He also noted that students from 34 states would have to quarantine upon arrival in New Jersey for 14 days and that the phased opening for the state has been paused over fear of rising cases.“New Jersey’s careful approach has helped to keep the pandemic in check, but public health principles and state guidance still limit very substantially what we can do on campus,” Eisgruber said.The president said that the university will accommodate students who aren’t able to return home or study from home, as well as a limited number of students with previously approved exceptions, which recognized their need to be on campus for their senior thesis research or other work essential to their degree programs.Eisgruber said that while he knows the news is “disheartening and disappointing,” the university is doing its best to prepare to welcome students back in the spring.New Jersey was among the states hit hardest in the early stages of the pandemic, but has since seen some of the lowest daily infection rates. Gov. Phil Murphy has warned of late about rising numbers.5:57 a.m.: Georgia school district reports 100 COVID-19 cases among students, staffAs the debate about reopening schools continues across the country, many children are already back in classrooms or are about to start. One state that has grabbed headlines this week is Georgia, where photos of crowded hallways showing students without masks went viral.Now, one of the largest school districts in the Peach State is reporting that 100 of its students and staff are suspected of having tested positive for COVID-19, even before in-person classes have started. Those figures were provided to the district by the Georgia Department of Health.Cobb County Schools Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said the district would remain virtual “until public health data in Cobb County changes and guidance from state and local public health officials recommends it,” according to ABC News Atlanta affiliate WSB. The district, which has about 113,000 students, starts remote learning on Aug. 17.Georgia exceeded 200,000 COVID-19 cases on Aug. 5, according to an internal Federal Emergency Management Agency memo obtained by ABC News. It took four months for the state to reach 100,000 cases and just four weeks to reach 200,000.Cobb County, according to the Georgia Department of Health, has more than 13,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 1,363 current hospitalizations. The county has at least 317 COVID-19 deaths, the second most in the state, trailing only Fulton County’s 420 deaths.The state has more than 209,000 confirmed cases, with at least 4,117 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Gwinettt County Police(ATLANTA) — Six people are dead after an accident caused a van to catch fire on a Georgia highway.The Gwinnett County police and fire departments were dispatched to northbound Interstate 85 where it splits to Interstate 985 on Saturday just after 6:30 p.m. in response to reports of a vehicle that was on its side and engulfed in flames, authorities said.Passersby tried to pull people out of the burning van and render aid, police said. Several lanes of both highways were shut down as a result of the crash.Six people died at the scene, and several others were transported to local hospitals in the Atlanta area, police said. All occupants of the passenger van appear to be adults.One bystander who suffered a minor injury declined transport to the hospital.Another car may have been either directly or indirectly involved in the incident, investigators believe, based on witness statements.Police are still trying to determine what caused the crash.ABC News’ Ben Stein contributed to this report.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.