BENGALURU (REUTERS) - Total coronavirus cases in Africa surpassed the two million mark on Wednesday (Nov 18) despite the slow addition of reported infections compared with other regions around the world. With more than 2,012,000 cases, Africa represents under 4 per cent of the world's reported cases, which many experts believe to be an undercount. They believe that many Covid-19 infections and related deaths in Africa are likely being missed as testing rates in the continent of about 1.3 billion people are among the lowest in the world, and many deaths of all types go unrecorded. The region's Covid-19 fatality rate at nearly 2.4 per cent is the third highest in the world behind Latin America and the Middle East, though total reported deaths are far lower. Africa has reported more than 48,000 deaths so far. Countries such as Sudan, Chad, and Egypt have reported the highest fatality rates across the continent at 7.81 per cent, 6.28 per cent, and 5.82 per cent, respectively. South Africa has the continent's highest number of reported Covid-19 cases at over 750,000, with a death rate of 2.71 per cent, based on a Reuters tally. With
ATHENS (BLOOMBERG) - Citrus growers in Europe got an unexpected lift this year when people sought to boost their immune systems with Vitamin C, but now even that coronavirus bright spot is fading. Farmers in Spain, Italy and Greece were expecting to sell oranges for 20 cents a kilogram at the start of 2020, but prices in some cases quadrupled due to pandemic-induced buying in the spring. The latest rates for winter fruit are closer to seasonal norms, despite a resurgence that's far worse than the initial wave. As the public becomes inured to the pandemic, consumption patterns - at least for oranges and other citrus fruits - are returning to normal levels, according to Bagu SL, a Spanish producer of oranges and clementines. "We're not seeing an upturn of demand in spite of the partial lockdowns and restrictions in place across Europe," said Mr Marcos Gual, director of the Les Alqueries-based company. "We've been preparing for an increase that isn't actually occurring." Located in the Valencia region - the centre of Spain's citrus industry, the world's second-largest orange shipper after Egypt - the company produces about 50 million kilograms of fruit a year, and
LONDON (REUTERS) - Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she wants to hold a second independence referendum as soon as next year, The Times newspaper reported. The Scottish National Party leader said she anticipates that a vote will take place "in the earlier part" of the next Scottish parliament, which begins next year, The Times said. "Scotland should have the opportunity to choose whether to become independent in the earlier, rather than the later, part of the next parliament," Ms Sturgeon told ITV Border, according to the Times.