Coronavirus outbreak: death toll rises to 56 as US plans to evacuate citizens a updates
Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 05:19:31 GMT
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Authorities in China say infections have risen to more than 1,600 while the US and Australia are pulling people out of stricken city of Wuhan. Follow all the latest developments here

We have a interesting insight into how the outbreak first affected people in Wuhan as a local woman tells us how she contracted the virus after eating near the now infamous market in the city.

Related: Coronavirus: from one food market to global panic

This liveblog is now moving from Australia (where itas Australia Day, somewhat controversially) to India, where itas Republic Day.

My colleague in New Delhi, Hannah Ellis-Petersen, is taking over. You can correspond with her by the usual channels.

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Revealed: the APS12bn bill for scrapping high-speed rail link
Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 09:37:00 GMT
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As Boris Johnson assesses project, Tory mayor for West Midlands warns of political cost of scrapping it

Scrapping the HS2 rail project will cost at least APS12 billion in write-offs and compensation and plunge major construction companies into financial peril, ministers are being warned.

Sources close to the beleaguered scheme told the Observer that extra costs of APS3bn-APS4bn would be incurred even if it were scrapped immediately. APS9bn has been spent already. With the issue causing tension inside the Conservative party, Whitehall insiders said that Boris Johnson could decide on the fate of the project as soon as this week as concerns grow that costs are spiralling out of control. Billions have already been spent on the first leg of the line linking Birmingham and London.

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Kenya suffers worst locust infestation in 70 years as millions of insects swarm farmland
Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 03:51:56 GMT
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UN urges immediate action as east African nations already experiencing devastating hunger see large areas of crops destroyed

The worst outbreak of desert locusts in Kenya in 70 years has seen hundreds of millions of the insects swarm into the east African nation from Somalia and Ethiopia. Those two countries have not had an infestation like this in a quarter century, destroying farmland and threatening an already vulnerable region with devastating hunger.

aEven cows are wondering what is happening,a said Ndunda Makanga, who spent hours Friday trying to chase the locusts from his farm. aCorn, sorghum, cowpeas, they have eaten everything.a

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Coronavirus: from one food market to global panic
Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 04:20:28 GMT
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China was praised for its early response to the disease

In the final days of 2019, Xia Qingqing joined her parents for a late-night dinner just 200 metres away from the now-notorious South China seafood market, in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

It has since been identified as the source of the new coronavirus that has infected more than 1,400 people worldwide, killed more than 40 and plunged China into chaos. Just as hundreds of millions of people should be reuniting with their families to celebrate the biggest holiday of the year, the lunar new year, swathes of the country have been put on lockdown and celebrations all but called off.

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War, virus, recession a| nothing can stop the tech giants from growing
Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 00:05:07 GMT
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Tesla, recent recruit to the $100bn club, must be hoping it will become as unassailable as the likes of Amazon and Apple

Even in our age of tech billionaires, Elon Muskas potential pay packet from Tesla is eyecatching. If the Californian carmakeras average market value stays above $100bn (APS76bn) for six months, he will be eligible for stock options worth $350m. It breached the $100bn barrier last week, so the clock is ticking. If Musk can pump the manufacturer to a $650bn valuation, his reward could reach $50bn. That is not a typo: a five followed by 10 zeros.

So Musk doesnat lack for motivation. This week will offer the first test of that new $100bn valuation, when Tesla joins Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft in a barrage of US tech companies reporting earnings for the last three months of 2019. If Wall Street analysts are to be believed, records will be sent tumbling by the tech giantsa numbers.

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Call for new law to protect victims in the justice system
Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 06:13:00 GMT
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Crime victims say they feel alet downa by the courts and police as new data reveals rising numbers are failing to press charges

Ministers have been urged to introduce a avictimsa lawa to stop people losing faith in the criminal justice system. The move comes after new data revealed that the number of crime victims who decline to press charges has more than doubled in five years.

Dame Vera Baird QC, the Victimsa Commissioner, and Victim Support, the independent charity, have both called on the government to make good on a longstanding promise to create a law that gives crime victims enforceable rights about how they are treated by the police and courts.

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Coronavirus outbreak: death toll rises to 56 as US plans to evacuate citizens a updates
Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 05:57:52 GMT
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Authorities in China say infections have risen to more than 1,600 while the US and Australia are pulling people out of stricken city of Wuhan. Follow all the latest developments here

Authorities have confirmed that Chinaas coastal city of Shantou in Guangdong province, over 500 miles away from Wuhan, will be the next city to be put on lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus. People, cars and ships will all be banned from entering Shantou from first thing Monday, and this afternoon all buses, taxis and ferries were suspended in the city. There are now 15 partially or fully locked down cities across China.

This footage from AFP captures how Wuhan, a city of 11 million, has become a ghost town as the new restrictions on vehicles are imposed and people have confined themselves to their homes

VIDEO; The normally bustling streets of Wuhan are deserted as new restrictions go into effect banning most cars from the streets of the metropolis of 11 million pic.twitter.com/3DMvz3pnYi

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Coronavirus: from one food market to global panic
Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 04:20:28 GMT
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China was praised for its early response to the disease

In the final days of 2019, Xia Qingqing joined her parents for a late-night dinner just 200 metres away from the now-notorious South China seafood market, in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

It has since been identified as the source of the new coronavirus that has infected more than 1,400 people worldwide, killed more than 40 and plunged China into chaos. Just as hundreds of millions of people should be reuniting with their families to celebrate the biggest holiday of the year, the lunar new year, swathes of the country have been put on lockdown and celebrations all but called off.

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