US COVID-19 epidemic projected to worsen Jul 16, 2020 0 884 12345 AFPWashingtonThe latest modelling projects the number of COVID-19 deaths in the US to increase further, even as one research team suggests the near-universal use of masks could save 40,000 lives between now and November.The death toll stood at 136,000 Wednesday, but the country should hit 151,000 by August 1 and 157,000 by August 8, according to an average of models of 23 research groups in the United States and elsewhere.The figures were published by the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Reich lab on Tuesday on behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).A week ago, this average predicted 147,000 deaths on August 1.California, Florida and Texas, the three most populous states in the country, will see one thousand more deaths over the next four weeks compared to the previous four, said Professor Nicholas Reich.The University of Washington’s IHME model, goes further and predicted Wednesday 224,000 deaths on November 1. RELATED ARTICLES UK slave trader statue replaced by protester sculpture Jul 16, 2020 0 1446 Children missing important vaccinations due to pandemic: UN Jul 16, 2020 0 177 Millions face new virus curbs, but hope rises for US vaccine Jul 16, 2020 0 880 Danish prime minister finally marries after several political delays DPA Copenhagen Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen got married on Wednesday, after her wedding had to be postponed several times, including due to EU summit. Frederiksen married her partner Bo Tengberg .. Macedonians head to the polls amid pandemic BELGRADE: Voting in North Macedonia’s parliamentary election began on Wednesday accompanied by measures to reduce the risk of the coronavirus, with fear and apathy likely to affect turnout and the poll’s results. .. Russia military says virus vaccine is tested and safe MOSCOW: The Russian defence ministry said on Wednesday it had developed a “safe” coronavirus vaccine following clinical trials on a group of volunteers. The ministry said 18 people had participated in the research and .. Catalan govt reimposes local lockdown after legal tussle AFP Madrid Following a standoff with the courts, the Catalan regional government on Wednesday told residents to stay home in a virus-hit area in and around the northeastern city of Lerida. Regional officials issued a .. German pharmacists develop gargle test to detect coronavirus HALLE: Pharmacists at Germany’s University of Halle-Wittenberg have developed a way of detecting small amounts of the coronavirus in gargling solution, a technique which could be used for testing. The study used .. Chilean police train dogs to sniff out COVID-19 SANTIAGO: Police in Chile are training dogs to detect people that may be infected with the novel coronavirus by sniffing their sweat. The dogs -- three golden retrievers and a labrador -- are between the ages of four and .. Governor of Oklahoma, where Trump held rally, tests positive for COVID-19 AFP Washington The governor of Oklahoma announced on Wednesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, weeks after he attended US President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in the state. Cases have surged in ..