COVID-19 surges in Colombia, doctors fear deaths underreported
Colombia is reporting a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths along its Caribbean coast.
COVID-19 cases and deaths are surging along Colombia’s Caribbean coast as the region becomes the epicentre of the pandemic in the country, with doctors warning many deaths are going unreported.
Intensive care units are now 80 percent full in Bogota.
The national government bought new ventilators to increase availability but a lack of trained doctors means not all of them can be used at the same time.
Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti reports from Bogota.
California Coronavirus Update: State Shatters Record For New Coronavirus Deaths
After reporting unusually low numbers of daily COVID-related deaths for a few of days, California announced 197 new coronavirus fatalities on Wednesday. That’s far above the previous high of 159, recorded last Friday.
Governor Gavin Newsom has said the numbers were significantly lower recently because of delays caused by a new federal reporting process. However, Wednesday’s number could be a bit inflated because of those daily test results.
This comes just two days after the governor announced at his daily news conference that the state’s Central Valley was the new major area of concern.
While the 14-day average rate of positive tests statewide is 7.5 percent, that rate in the Central Valley ranges between 10.7 and 17.7 percent. Essential workers at farms, manufacturing and prisons there have been hit especially hard.
California also reported 8,755 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday. That’s slightly below the 14-day average of 9,293 daily new cases.
The state now has 475,305 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday. Those have resulted in 8,715 deaths. The number of COVID-related deaths increased by 2.3 percent from the previous day’s total of 8,518. The number of COVID-19 diagnostic test results in California reached a total of 7,517,466 an increase of 99,600. The rate of positive tests over the last 14 days is 7.4 percent. That is slightly down from the 7.5 percent reported earlier this week.
Here's what changed in the new Fed statement
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Text removed from the June statement is in red with a horizontal line through the middle.
Text appearing for the first time in the new statement is in red and underlined.
Black text appears in both statements.
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Watch Fed Chairman Jerome Powell discuss the latest decision here.
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India's Taj Mahal closure hurting tourism industry
With international flights still suspended, many who depend on tourism are worried about how they will survive.
Some of India’s popular monuments have reopened for the first time in more than three months, but its most famous – the Taj Mahal – and others in the city of Agra remain closed.
The number of coronavirus cases in India has continued to rise, and the area around the Taj Mahal is under quarantine.
India has surpassed Russia as the third-worst affected country, with nearly 700,000 cases and 20,000 deaths.
Al Jazeera’s Elizabeth Puranam reports from New Delhi.
Preserving Buddhist treasures in Afghanistan
Historians at the University of Chicago and teachers in Afghanistan are working to save artefacts.
Some of the earliest statues of the Buddha are among precious items housed at the National Museum of Afghanistan.
But the US estimates that nearly 70 percent of the treasures have been looted from the museum or destroyed during four decades of war or under strict Taliban rule.
Now, historians at the University of Chicago and teachers in Afghanistan are working together to preserve what is left of this cultural heritage.
Al Jazeera’s John Hendren reports.
Deadly floods, landslides wreak havoc in southern Japan
For Japan, it is the worst natural disaster since a typhoon stuck last October.
Dozens of people are feared dead in southern Japan, as torrential rain and severe flooding continue across several Asian countries.
Many of the victims were elders who have been staying at a nursing home in the region.
Rescue teams are still on the lookout for survivors.
Al Jazeera’s Rob McBride has the latest.
US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St adds to gains after Federal Reserve statement
July 29 (Reuters) – The S&P 500 added slightly to its gains on Wednesday in choppy trading after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it kept interest rates unchanged and repeated a pledge to use its “full range of tools” to support the economy for as long as it takes to recover from fallout of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 96.31 points, or 0.37%, to 26,475.59, the S&P 500 gained 29.74 points, or 0.92%, to 3,248.18 and the Nasdaq Composite added 108.03 points, or 1.04%, to 10,510.12. (Reporting By Sinéad Carew; Editing by David Gregorio)
Jennifer Lawrence loses millions selling ‘secret’ NYC penthouse
Actress Jennifer Lawrence has finally sold her Upper East Side penthouse.
The condo is at the Laurel, at 400 E. 67th St., and was last on the market for around $12 million.
That is far less than the $15.6 million she paid for it, according to city property records.
The sale was reported but not yet recorded, according to StreetEasy, so we don’t know its final sales price.
The “Hunger Games” and “Silver Linings Playbook” star bought the unit, PH31, in 2016 via an LLC, but The Post was the first to out her as its owner in the fall of 2019.
The three-bedroom, 4½-bathroom duplex is 4,073 square feet.
It features a stunning 3,000 square feet of outdoor space including an outdoor kitchen, built-in ping-pong table and several entertaining areas. Inside, there’s a chef’s kitchen and an open dining/living room space divided by a two-sided limestone gas fireplace.
The 30-story building, built in 2005, features amenities like a paparazzi-proof garage, a concierge, a two story gym with a lap pool, sauna, and steam room, and a double-height lounge, bike room and private storage.
Listing broker Pamela D’Arc, of Compass, declined to comment.