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first_imgBrazil recorded a new daily record of coronavirus cases Wednesday with nearly 68,000 infections, a sign COVID-19 is still far from being brought under control in the hard-hit country.The health ministry said 67,860 new infections and 1,284 deaths had been reported in the past 24 hours in Brazil, which has the second-biggest outbreak in the world after the United States.The South American country of 212 million people has recorded 2.2 million infections and 82,771 deaths from the new coronavirus since confirming its first case five months ago. Experts say under-testing means the real numbers are probably much higher.Brazil has struggled to set a strategy for responding to the pandemic.President Jair Bolsonaro faces criticism for downplaying the virus and attacking social distancing measures adopted by state and local authorities.The far-right leader, who has regularly flouted such measures by hitting the streets mask-less for rallies by his supporters, has been in quarantine at the presidential palace since July 7 after contracting the virus himself. His office announced Wednesday he had again tested positive, saying he would continue his quarantine and suspend his upcoming travel plans.Bolsonaro, 65, argues the economic fallout from stay-at-home measures could be worse than the virus itself, and is instead pushing the unproven malaria drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as remedies, following in the footsteps of US President Donald Trump.Margareth Dalcomo, an expert at Brazil’s leading public-health institute, Fiocruz, said Bolsonaro’s hydroxychloroquine-pushing was “deplorable.””This politicization of the drug by the US and Brazilian presidents for murky reasons has no justification, and it deceives people,” she told AFP.”It has been proven this drug has no effect against COVID-19.”Bolsonaro is on his third health minister since the pandemic reached Brazil five months ago, after falling out with two doctors who previously held the post over their recommendations on containing the virus.The current minister, an interim, is Eduardo Pazuello, an army general with no prior medical experience.The World Health Organization voiced optimism last week that the outbreak in Brazil had finally reached a plateau, urging the country to use the opportunity to “take control.”But though the level of daily infections and deaths has stabilized, it remains high.The country has recorded an average of more than 37,000 infections and 1,050 deaths a day over the past week.Its previous daily infection record was 54,771, on June 19.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgPALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (CMC) – Vice-captain Vishaul Singh struck a career-best fifth first-class century to spearhead a massive West Indies A batting effort on the second day of the second four-day ‘Test’ against Sri Lanka A here Tuesday.Unbeaten on 81 overnight at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, the left-hander carved out a superb 161 to lift West Indies to 509 for nine declared in their first innings.Opener Rajendra Chandrika, who had retired hurt on 51 on Tuesday’s opening day, returned to make 84 while tail-ender Kemar Roach chipped in with 39.At the close, captain Dimuth Karunaratne was holding the hosts’ innings together with an unbeaten 66 as they reached 128 for four – still 381 runs behind heading into today’s penultimate day.Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella was not out on 38 and has so far put on 91 for the fifth wicket with Karunartne, a partnership which pulled Sri Lanka A around from danger at 37 for four.Seamer Roach trapped Avishka Fernando lbw for seven at 19 for one and Test batsman Lahiru Thirimanne followed for three, at 32 for two, when he was caught at the wicket off fast bowler Keon Joseph, who has taken two for four from four overs.Joseph removed Roshen Silva for a first-ball duck at 36 for three and with a run added, Charith Asalanka was lbw to off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall for one.However, first ‘Test’ century-maker Karunaratne produced yet another excellent innings to stave off the collapse, facing 124 deliveries and counting 12 fours while Dickwella has struck two fours in his 65-ball knock.Earlier, resuming from their overnight 331 for five, West Indies A flourished thanks to the Guyanese pair of Vishaul and Chandrika who put on 54 for the sixth wicket.While Vishaul faced 306 deliveries and struck 16 fours, Chandrika hit nine boundaries off 84 balls, falling with his second first-class century in sight, when he was lbw to leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay.Vishaul, who reached triple figures 40 minutes before lunch, then added a further 90 for the seventh wicket with Roach, who hit four fours and two sixes in his 80-ball stay at the crease.The partnership took West Indies to lunch at 410 for six and helped the visitors increase their dominance in the second session, before Roach finally departed, an hour after the resumption.Off-spinner Charith Asalanka was the best bowler with four for 104.WEST INDIES 1st innings (o/n 331 for five)R. Chandrika lbw b Vandersay 84K. Powell c wkp.. Dickwella b Anuk Fernando 29S. Hetmyer b Asalanka 48S. Brooks c wkp. Dickwella b Kumara 3V Singh b Asalanka 161J. Hamilton run-out 99R. Cornwall lbw b Karunaratne 1K. Roach c Avishka Fernando b Asalanka 39G. Motie-Kanhai lbw b Asalanka 9D. Johnson not out 8Extras: (b-8, lb-3, w-9, nb-8) 28Total: (9 wkts decl., 137.4 overs) 509Fall of wickets: 1-52, 2-120, 3-140, 4-328, 5-331, 6-385, 7-475, 8-494, 9-509.Bowling: Asitha Fernando 19-2-63-0 (w-2), Kumara 20-2-78-1 (w-1, nb-2), Anuk Fernando 13-0-76-1 (w-6, nb-4), Vandersay 31-2-110-1, Gunaratne 17-3-61-0 (nb-2), Asalanka 33.4-7-104-4, Karunaratne 4-2-6-1.SRI LANKA 1st inningsD. Karunaratne not out 66Avishka Fernando lbw b Roach 7L. Thirimanne c wkp. Hamilton b Joseph 3R. Silva c Brooks b Joseph 0K. Asalanka lbw b Cornwall 1N. Dickwella not out 38Extras: (b-8, lb-4, nb-1) 13Total: (4 wkts, 40 overs) 128Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-32, 3-36, 4-37.Bowling: Roach 8-3-18-1, Johnson 8-3-25-0, Cornwall 14-3-38-1, Joseph 4-1-4-2 (nb-1), Motie-Kanhai 6-0-31-0.Position: Sri Lanka A trail by 381 runs with six wickets intact.Toss: Sri Lanka A.Umpires: N. de Silva, R. Kottahachchi.last_img read more