Coronavirus latest: Spain deploys military to bolster track-and-trace effort

Coronavirus latest: Spain deploys military to bolster track-and-trace effort

Researchers at the University of Hong Kong have recorded what they say is the first genetically proven case of Covid-19 reinfection — 14 weeks after the patient originally caught the virus. The 33-year-old man was admitted to hospital with moderate Covid-19 symptoms in Hong Kong in March, then tested positive again in August on returning from a trip to Spain after displaying no symptoms.

French prosecutors said on Monday that 151 people had been arrested after violence erupted on the Champs-Elysées in central Paris following Bayern Munich’s 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the European Champions League final on Sunday night. The authorities criticised fans for gathering without taking social-distancing precautions against the coronavirus pandemic.

Growth in Taiwan’s industrial production weakened again in July, after a bump the previous month, as the global spread of coronavirus continues to weigh on export demand. Industrial production rose 2.7 per cent last month compared with the same month a year earlier, Taiwan’s economy ministry said on Monday. The country has avoided a recession, partly because of its early containment of the pandemic.

Nigeria’s economy shrank 6.1 per cent in the second quarter compared with a year earlier, bolstering forecasts that Africa’s biggest economy is heading for its second recession in four years amid the coronavirus pandemic and the oil price slump. Nigeria reported last week that its unemployment rate had jumped to 27.1 per cent, while 28.6 per cent of Nigerians are underemployed, as of the second quarter.

British pub group JD Wetherspoon has warned the coronavirus crisis will push its business into an annual loss and that the boost it has garnered from subsidies for eating out will fade when the programme ends. Wetherspoons said that sales for the 44 days to August 16 — the period following the reopening of pubs and restaurants in England — were 17 per cent below the same period last year.

Zoom faced its first big test of the school year on Monday, as many teachers in the US turned to the video conferencing service as a vital teaching aid during the pandemic. Zoom, which has risen to global fame this year thanks to its success at facilitating working and learning from home, suffered one of its most prominent service failures, with reports that users were having trouble logging on.

UK supermarket chain Tesco has said it will create 16,000 permanent roles to bolster its rapidly growing online grocery business. The openings are to include 10,000 “pickers” who assemble customer orders and 3,000 drivers to deliver the goods to British households. The 16,000 permanent jobs are in addition to 4,000 created since the crisis started, the FTSE 100 group said.

Mike Ashley’s Frasers is set to buy parts of DW Whelan for £37m, saving “a number of jobs” at the UK fitness retailer and gym group that fell into administration this month. Frasers, which also owns Sports Direct, on Monday said the deal would focus on DW’s gym business — the second largest in the UK — as well as “certain stock” but that it would not buy the DW brand.

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