Nieuws volgens datum: 6 Sep, 2020

Typhoon Haishen: Millions ordered to evacuate as Japan braces for storm

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As many as eight million people have been ordered to evacuate areas of Japan threatened by an approaching storm.

Typhoon Haishen is expected to intensify in the coming hours, bringing heavy rain, storm surges and winds of more than 100mph (160km/h). On the south-western Kyushu island, at least 142,000 households have already been left without power. The typhoon will move past Kyushu later on and is expected to make landfall on Monday in South Korea. The country has raised its typhoon warning to the highest level. Haishen comes days after Maysak, one of the region’s strongest typhoons in years. 

Haishen has led to the closure of factories, schools and businesses across western Japan. Hundreds of flights and train services have also been cancelled. Japan’s weather agency urged residents to exercise their “most serious caution” for possible record rains and high waves along the coast. Yoshihisa Nakamoto, director of the agency’s forecast division, told reporters that surging tides may also cause flooding in low-lying areas, particularly around river mouths.(BBC)…[+]

Further 2,988 cases confirmed in UK

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A further 2,988 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the UK in the past 24 hours, government data showed.

It is the highest number reported on a single day since 22 May and a rise of 1,175 on Saturday, according to the UK government’s coronavirus dashboard. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was “concerned” about a rise in cases “predominantly among young people”. Two further deaths within 28 days of a positive test were recorded, taking the total number of UK deaths to 41,551. Mr Hancock added: “It’s so important that everybody does their bit and follows the social distancing because it doesn’t matter how old you are, how affected you might be by this disease, you can pass the disease on to others.” “So don’t pass the disease on to your grandparents if you’re a young person, everybody needs to follow the social distancing.” Despite the sharp rise in cases, Mr Hancock said the government was right to reopen schools “because of the impact on children of not getting an education”, adding that workplaces which have reopened are “Covid-secure”.(BBC)…[+]