Covid-19 coronavirus: Auckland into level-3 lockdown; NZ to alert level 2

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Lloyd’s says virus insurance claims to hit £5bn

Insurance market Lloyd’s of London has said it expects to pay out up to £5bn for coronavirus-related claims. Its chief executive John Neal said the first half of the year had been “exceptionally challenging”. Insurers around the world have paid

South Africa virus toll could be ‘far higher’

South African researchers say the number of deaths from coronavirus could be far higher than the official toll. The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) report says excess natural deaths rose by 17,000, a 59% increase compared to past years.

Is Australia’s virus success at risk?

Australia has been hailed as a global success story in suppressing the spread of Covid-19. The virus did not take hold as feared because of quick shutdown measures, including border closures and the mandatory quarantine of travellers. Australia has reported

South Africa to ease virus lockdown restrictions

South Africa’s president has announced an easing of some lockdown restrictions beginning next month, citing economic concerns. But President Cyril Ramaphosa warned that most people should remain at home, public gatherings remain banned, and the country’s borders will stay closed.