New Zealand has 69 active Covid cases after 13 more diagnosed | World news | The Guardian

New Zealand on Sunday reported 13 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the last 24 hours, as the country’s first outbreak in months continued to grow.

All but one of the new cases were from community transmission and appeared to be linked to a cluster in Auckland where the most recent outbreak started, said Ashley Bloomfield, the New Zealand director general of Health. The 13th was a traveller who returned from abroad and was in managed quarantine.

 

Source: New Zealand has 69 active Covid cases after 13 more diagnosed | World news | The Guardian

A.B. Stoddard says ‘boneheaded’ USPS position by Trump could cost Republicans votes | Fox News

“The president’s been bashing the post office for months, calling it a joke, calling it a mess, saying they can’t handle what’s coming. He’s asked the post office to quadruple their prices. He’s vetoed, made many, many statements about the post office and how incapable he believes it is, as he has rejected new funding for the post office and threatened to veto more COVID relief that includes rescue funds for the post office,” Stoddard said. “He’s made it very clear what he thinks of the post office.”

Source: A.B. Stoddard says ‘boneheaded’ USPS position by Trump could cost Republicans votes | Fox News

CDC blindsided by Trump’s statement it could deploy teams to schools this fall – CNNPolitics – (Chaotic government by tweet/whim today, gone tomorrow)

“My administration also stands ready to deploy CDC teams to support schools that are opening and schools that need help in safety and in order to safely reopen,” Trump said on Tuesday during a briefing.
The announcement left CDC officials scrambling this week to train-up staff to be able to deploy if they are called upon, the senior official said.
Trumps comments are the latest example of a breakdown in communication between the public health agency and the White House.

Source: CDC blindsided by Trump’s statement it could deploy teams to schools this fall – CNNPolitics

Coronavirus live: India’s Covid deaths cross 50,000-mark

The Covid-19 pandemic crossed another grim milestone in India when the death toll from the virus went past 50,000 on Saturday. Over 13,500 deaths have been reported from across the country so far this month. By contrast, the whole of July saw a total of 19,122 fatalities. The Covid-19 pandemic crossed another grim milestone in India when the death toll from the virus went past 50,000 on Saturday. Over 13,500 deaths have been reported from across the country so far this month. By contrast, the whole of July saw a total of 19,122 fatalities. Stay with TOI for more updates-

UNC-Chapel Hill reports third cluster of COVID-19 cases | TheHill

The University of North Carolina (UNC)- Chapel Hill has identified a third cluster of coronavirus cases since the school moved to reopen this fall, health officials announced Saturday.

University officials found a “cluster,” of coronavirus cases in the Sigma Nu fraternity building, an off-campus residence. A “cluster” is defined by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as five or more cases that are deemed close proximity in location.

 

Source: UNC-Chapel Hill reports third cluster of COVID-19 cases | TheHill

Los Angeles County reports more than 2,100 new coronavirus cases and 35 more related deaths – Los Angeles Times

“With this weekend’s high temperatures, I encourage everyone to take steps to stay cool and keep hydrated throughout the day while still practicing physical distancing and avoiding gatherings,” L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “Please note that cooling centers are open and safe places to go to avoid the extreme heat because every site is adhering to strict infection control and distancing measures.”

The Orange County Health Care Agency reported 513 new cases and 20 more deaths Saturday, bringing the county’s totals to 43,367 cases and 809 fatalities.

There were 434 COVID-19 patients in the county’s hospitals, with 138 in the ICU.

Source: Los Angeles County reports more than 2,100 new coronavirus cases and 35 more related deaths – Los Angeles Times

Scientists Found a 200,000-Year-Old Human Bed Made From Grass and Ash

As Wadley also explained, this seemingly simple discovery of 200,000-year-old grass bedding has some very meaningful anthropological implications. It shows that early humans living at this time—some 100,000 years after the debut of Homo sapiens—were already using their big brains to solve problems and innovate, in what is a hallmark of our species. These humans also exhibited the capacity to create and use fire and to find uses for its byproducts, namely ash and medicinal smoke.

“Through the use of ash and medicinal plants to repel insects, we realise that they had some pharmacological knowledge,” she added. “Furthermore, they could extend their stay at favoured campsites by planning ahead and cleaning them through burning fusty beds. They therefore had some basic knowledge of health care through practicing hygiene.”

 

Source: Scientists Found a 200,000-Year-Old Human Bed Made From Grass and Ash