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264,184 confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa as deaths climb to 3,971

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now 264,184 total cases of coronavirus in South Africa. This is an increase of 13,497 cases from the 250,687 cases reported on Friday. The minister announced 111 new Covid-19 related deaths, taking the total to 3,971 casualties following a high of 192 deaths on Tuesday …

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Bill Gates ‘optimistic’ about coronavirus battle

GENEVA – American billionaire Bill Gates said on Saturday he was “optimistic” about the battle against COVID-19 and called for medicines and vaccines to be distributed to those who need them rather than to the “highest bidders”. Gates’ foundation pledged $7.4 billion to global vaccines alliance Gavi in June to help immunisation programmes disrupted by coronavirus. …

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Cooper, the grocery assistant with AI, gives concierge service

COMMENT Swedish supermarket Coop Sweden has a retail grocery assistant on its websites. Cooper, as the assistant is called, can help you with dietary requirements, suggest recipes and provide nutritional information. The idea behind Cooper is to increase interaction with consumers while providing a seamless shopping experience. As consumers move online, implementing the technologies of …

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A look at the world’s daily commute a…

TOKYO, JAPAN – MAY 19: A man wearing a face mask walks over a pedestrian crossing on May 19, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. As Tokyo remains under a state of emergency, Japans Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, confirmed yesterday that the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has plunged the country, the worlds third largest economy, into recession. To …

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PICS | ‘Our houses look like a river’: storms cause bad flooding in parts of Cape Town

The Diep River burst its banks on Friday, flooding several homes in Zwezwe informal settlement near Milnerton, Cape Town. As the first of two storms made landfall in Cape Town late on Friday, dozens of informal settlement residents were left with waterlogged homes, causing damage to furniture items and other belongings, GroundUp reported.  In …

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Black Lives Matter: The South African economy’s unfinished business

The South African economy, a quarter of a century after democratic elections, is not inclusive. This lack of capital, and of investment, ownership and representation at board level, reveals a country that has not transformed.  In the United States, after police killed George Floyd on May 26, protests started again under the Black Lives Matter …

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India and China border conflict intensifies

NEWS ANALYSIS The disputed region of Kashmir, which is often referred to as a nuclear flashpoint between rivals India and Pakistan, is now a bone of contention for a third nuclear power: China. High in the rugged and uninhabited Himalayas, along the contested frontiers that separate China’s autonomous region of Tibet and Indian-controlled Ladakh, militaries …

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WHO teams up with Google and Amazon against smoking

With the World Health Organization warning the globe’s 1.3 billion tobacco users are at higher risk during the global COVID-19 pandemic and in need of new tools to quit, it’s calling in the big guns: Johnson & Johnson, Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google. In a rare tie-up with the private sector, the WHO is …

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250,687 confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa as deaths climb to 3,860

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now 250,687 total cases of coronavirus in South Africa. This is an increase of 12,348 cases from the 238,339 cases reported on Thursday –  when a new 24-hour high for the country of 13,674 cases was reported. The minister announced 140 new Covid-19 related deaths, …

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