Soccer Played Through the Pandemic. Now It Has to Do It All Again.

long, bleak days of spring, as soccer authorities tried to conjure a road map back to the field, the idea that the overwhelming majority of domestic leagues in Europe might be able to finish their seasons — and that a new European champion might be crowned — seemed a distant, fanciful one. The risk appeared…

Coronavirus: Marseille’s Covid-19 hospital beds ‘close to saturation’

Publishedduration2 days agoimage copyrightEPAimage captionOnly four of Marseille’s resuscitation beds were free, officials saidThe use of hospital beds by Covid-19 patients in the French city of Marseille is “close to saturation” amid a sharp spike in infections.Surgeries are being reduced to cope with an incidence rate that has risen to 312 per 100,000 since September.New…

Coronavirus: Japan suffers its biggest economic slump on record

Image copyright Getty Images The Japanese economy has shrunk at its fastest rate on record as it battles the coronavirus pandemic.The world’s third largest economy saw gross domestic product fall 7.8% in April-June from the previous quarter, or 27.8% on an annualised basis.Japan was already struggling with low economic growth before the crisis. The figures…

Coronavirus: ‘Critical moment’ as students return to university

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thousands of students are preparing to return to university after the coronavirus lockdown A leading epidemiologist has warned the country is at a “critical moment” in the coronavirus pandemic, as students prepare to return to universities.Dame Anne Johnson, of University College London, told the BBC data showed the highest…

Australia is in recession for the first time in nearly three decades

Hong Kong/Sydney (CNN Business)The coronavirus pandemic has officially pushed Australia into its first recession in nearly three decades.The country’s GDP contracted 7% in the second quarter compared to the prior one, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said Wednesday. It marks the second straight quarter of declines for Australia — GDP shrank 0.3% in the…