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New coronavirus cases in Zimbabwe drop to 1 445 but deaths still high at 68

New coronavirus cases in Zimbabwe drop to 1 445 but deaths still high at 68The number of new coronavirus cases today dropped by more than 800 from yesterday to 1 445 but deaths remained high at 68 only four less than yesterday’s 72 after deducting the 30 that were included in yesterday’s figure but were for July 12 to 14.

Mashonaland West still had the highest number of new cases, 339, but it also recorded the highest number of recoveries, 518 out of 784, resulting in the number of active cases dropping to 4 177.

Harare had the second highest number of recoveries, 120 against 107 new cases. Active cases dropped to 4 130.

Active cases in Mashonaland East went up to 3 745 after the province recorded the second highest number of new cases today, 247.

In Bulawayo, active cases went up to 2 115 after it recorded 150 new cases and only 41 recoveries.

Harare accounted for 18 deaths followed by Mashonaland West with 14 and the Midlands 11.

There have been 32 749 cases and 799 deaths in July with 14 days to go to the end of the month.

Cumulative cases have risen to 82 613, deaths to 2 588 and recoveries to 51 923. There are still 28 102 active cases.

A total of 35 997 cases and 1 426 deaths were recorded in the six months to June this year.

Vaccination slowed down today with 36 043 getting the first jab and 3 651 the second.  More than 1.7 million doses have so far been dispensed.

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New York City authorities bust massive amount of heroin, fentanyl branded as ‘COVID-19,’ ‘Drop Dead’

Three drug dealers who used “COVID-19” and “Drop Dead” to mark their heroin and fentanyl loads were busted in New York City in June with $ 5 million worth of drugs, prosecutors said Friday. 

Authorities seized nearly 40 pounds of both drugs from the suspected traffickers in two Morris Heights apartments in the Bronx and a vehicle during a June 11 bust, the New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutors office said. 

“This seizure of 40 pounds of heroin and fentanyl has saved lives,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said. “The fact that the packagers used ‘COVID-19’ as a brand name illustrates the callousness of these alleged traffickers, as opioid overdose deaths surged during the pandemic.”

Three suspect drug traffickers used a variety of code names to brand their drugs, including "COVID-19" and Drop Dead," authorities said. 

Three suspect drug traffickers used a variety of code names to brand their drugs, including “COVID-19″ and Drop Dead,” authorities said. 
(New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor )

The indictment charges alleged traffickers Hector Morillo, 46; Jaime Artiles, 47; and Freddy Hernandez-Reyes, 44, with operating as a major trafficker in possession of a controlled substance in the first and third degrees. They were all arraigned Friday. 

On June 11, agents with the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force Group T-22 were surveilling the two apartments at 1730 Montgomery Avenue. At 5:15 a.m., they observed Artiles park a Honda Pilot, followed by Reyes carrying a weighted-down bag out of the building to the car. 

Agents seized 40 pounds of alleged heroin and fentanyl during a bust in the Bronx. The drugs were branded with several names such as "COVID-19" and "Drop Dead," officials said. 

Agents seized 40 pounds of alleged heroin and fentanyl during a bust in the Bronx. The drugs were branded with several names such as “COVID-19” and “Drop Dead,” officials said. 
(New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor )

Reyes then re-entered the apartment building with a light blue bag. Agents followed Artiles and the vehicle with the weighted-down bag in the back as he stopped at the Interstate 95 lower level near the George Washington Bridge.

Around 10:30 a.m., agents allegedly saw Morillo circle the block around the building before entering. He and Reyes were both seen leaving unit 4G. They then exited unit 6E shortly afterward, authorities said.

Agents found $  5 million worth of drugs inside two Bronx apartments and a vehicle during a June 11 bust, officials said Friday. 

Agents found $ 5 million worth of drugs inside two Bronx apartments and a vehicle during a June 11 bust, officials said Friday. 
(New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor )

Reyes was carrying three plastic bags, including one appearing to contain stamps and envelopes used for branding and packaging doses of drugs, officials said. The agents stopped both men and searched the bags, which allegedly contained 1.5 kilograms of heroin and fentanyl.

Morillo also had an ID card issued by Dominican Republic National Investigations, which prosecutors believe was fraudulently obtained. Agents obtained a search warrant later that day for both apartments where they found heroin and fentanyl in brick and powder form, thousands of packages of glassine envelopes containing a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, packaging equipment, stamps, grinders and scales, authorities said. 

The results of DEA Laboratory analysis on some of the substances seized in the case are pending, officials said.

The stamps were branded with names like “COVID-19″ and Drop Dead” below an image of a skull. 

Hector Morillo, 46, was found with an ID fromt he Dominican Republica National Investigation, authorities said. 

Hector Morillo, 46, was found with an ID fromt he Dominican Republica National Investigation, authorities said. 
(New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor )

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“Here in New York City, 75% of all drug overdoses are linked to fentanyl. Fentanyl is death,” said Ray Donovan, the Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in charge. 

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GAME PS5 stock TODAY? Surprise PlayStation 5 restock could drop soon

GAME PS5 stock TODAY? Surprise PlayStation 5 restock could drop soon

GAME PS5 stock could become available to buy once again today. The high street retailer has just updated its website to say when PS5 stock will be shipping once again. GAME has 21 different PS5 purchase options listed online, which have a July 30 release date.

According to the @PS5UKStock Twitter account, this suggests PS5 orders at GAME will open next week on Wednesday July 21 or Thursday July 22.

However, the PS5 stock tracker account has said – based on previous restock patterns – GAME could open orders for its next batch of PS5 stock as early as today.

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The @PS5UKStock Twitter posted: “News: GAME will deliver the next #PS5 online batch by 30th July.

“That suggests a drop on 21-22 July however, since May they have restocked 3x within one-week of a previous restock meaning, there is even a chance today.

“We will be watching.”

The account went on to add: “Normally I wouldn’t suggest such an early drop and instead, suggest GAME might actually end up changing the date shown today. However, I can’t ignore the facts.”

For its next PS5 restock, GAME has a range of bundles available to purchase as well as standalone PS5 Disc and Digital consoles.

The cheapest PS5 Digital bundle costs £389.98 and includes a PlayStation 5 Digital console as well as a T-shirt and hat.

The most expensive PS5 Digital bundle is £539.96 and includes a console, hat, tee, extra DualSense Controller and the Pulse 3D headset.

The cheapest PS5 Disc bundle that is listed currently costs £479.98 and includes a console, T-shirt and hat.

While the most expensive PS5 Disc bundle costs £631.96 and includes a PlayStation 5 console, extra DualSense controller and Spider-Man Miles Morales as well as Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart.  

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Missed out on the Amazon PS5 restock today? Another ‘huge’ stock drop could happen soon

Missed out on the Amazon PS5 restock today? Another 'huge' stock drop could happen soon

And this new tact seemed to have done the trick, with the latest Amazon UK restock sticking around for plenty of time.

Tweeting about the latest Amazon PS5 restock, the @UKPS5Notify Twitter earlier this morning posted: “Still in stock nearly 20 minutes later”.

It had been thought the PS5 Digital console would become available to buy around the same time as the PS5 Disc console at Amazon UK today.

But, at the time of writing, the PS5 Digital console hasn’t become available to buy just yet today.

The @PS5UKStock Twitter posted: “We’re still waiting on Digital everyone. It’s unusual to be this late but the Disc drop was unusually long. Digital has dropped across Europe, which is also a good sign it is coming.

“I’m here checking though, stay tuned.”

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Amazon PS5 restock tomorrow? Start time for next PlayStation 5 stock drop

Amazon PS5 restock tomorrow? Start time for next PlayStation 5 stock drop

Amazon PS5 stock could become available to buy once again in the UK soon. The @PS5UKStock Twitter account has given their predictions for the week ahead about which retailers could be getting more PlayStation 5 stock. And according to the PS5 stock tracker Amazon could be getting more PS5 stock to buy in the next few days.

Amazon is predicted to be getting more PS5 UK stock on either Tuesday July 13 or Wednesday July 15 between 8am and 10am.

Elsewhere ASDA and Very could also be getting more PS5 stock on either Tuesday or Wednesday this week.

ASDA are expected to be getting more PS5 stock between 8am and 9am, with Very predicted to get a restock between 9am and 10am.

While Smyths Toys could be getting a PS5 restock between Wednesday July 14 and Friday July 16 with a restock between 8am and 9am.

Finally John Lewis could be getting a PS5 restock on either Tuesday July 13 or Thursday July 15 at 7am.

However, as the @PS5UKStock account emphasised these are predicted restock times and dates based on previous patterns.

The PS5 stock tracker account posted: “These are predictions based on drop patterns and knowledge of retailers.

“Don’t expect much from ASDA and John Lewis.”

Past Amazon UK PS5 restocks have been for PS5 Digital and PS5 Disc standalone consoles – so no bundles.

The PS5 Digital is priced at £359.99 at Amazon UK with the PS5 Disc costing £449.99.

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With past Amazon PS5 restocks gamers have had trouble adding the in-demand console to their shopping basket when new stock became available to buy, or getting error messages.

If you’re faced with a similar situation during the next PS5 restock at Amazon UK then there’s a little trick you can do to help.

With previous restocks if you add the PS5 to your Amazon wishlist, and then move the item to your basket from your wishlist it has been known to get round any technical issues users have faced.

The rumoured Amazon UK PS5 restock comes after another week of multiple PS5 restocks for gamers in Blighty.

Last week the PS5 became available to buy once again at online stores such as ShopTo, Scan and Studio.

However, the pick of the bunch were the PS5 restocks that became available at both Argos and GAME.

These two retailers have been the best places to purchase a PS5 in the UK in 2021, with restocks that tend to last longer than those from other fellow retailers.

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PS5 surprise UK stock drop: Fans treated to ANOTHER weekend restock

PS5 surprise UK stock drop: Fans treated to ANOTHER weekend restock

The PlayStation 5 is back in stock for a second weekend running.

After last weekend’s surprise restock, ShopTo is once again selling the PlayStation 5 on a Sunday.

According to the PS5 UK Stock Twitter account, ShopTo is selling an expensive PlayStation 5 bundle. 

“Only one £640 bundle in stock, fairly expensive, this drop is probably not worth the hassle,” reads a PS5 UK Stock tweet.

“Remember ShopTo can sometimes just get stuck in the queue. Sometimes best to try different browsers, try on mobile, try on 4G.”

The PlayStation 5 has also been in stock at Argos. The consoles were available on a regional basis, both on browsers and via the Argos app.

Because of the nature of the drop, and the fact that it’s collection only, customers are encouraged to contact their local store to see if any additional consoles are available.

Finally, Currys customers have until July 13 to redeem any VIP Codes sent via email.

If you entered the PS5 VIP scheme at Currys, then you should check your emails now, including Junk Mail.

To give you the best possible chance of purchasing a PS5, Express Online will keep the gaming section updated with all of the live alerts.

It’s also worth bookmarking some of the more popular stock checker accounts for even more alerts and information.

This includes Digital Foundry DealsStock InformerPS5 UK Stock – Instant UpdatesPS5 UK Stock and Express Gaming – the latter of which will have live updates throughout the week.

Some of the accounts mentioned above have Discord groups for PS5 customers, while some have live streams and alerts on sites like YouTube.

If you do manage to grab a PS5 this weekend, then it’s worth pre-ordering Arkane’s upcoming game Deathloop.

The game sees rival assassins trapped in a timeloop on the island of Blackreef. The only way to escape the loop is by assassinating eight targets before the day resets.

An intriguing premise is made all the more interesting by the inclusion of PS5 exclusive features, such as DualSense haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.

“Every new loop is an opportunity to change things up. Use the knowledge you gain from each attempt to change up your playstyle, stealthily sneaking through levels or barreling into the fight, guns-blazing.

“In each loop you’ll discover new secrets, gather intel on your targets as well as the island of Blackreef, and expand your arsenal. Armed with a host of otherworldly abilities and savage weaponry, you’ll utilise every tool at your command to execute takedowns that are as striking as they are devastating.”

Deathloop has a September 14 release date, exclusively on PlayStation 5.

Coronavirus cases deaths drop but still too high

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New coronavirus cases dropped from 2 683 yesterday to 1 787 and deaths from 55 to 42 but they are still too high as in March Zimbabwe had only 793 cases, in April 1 375, and in May 704.

Cases have already risen to 16 989 this month and deaths to 337, second only to January when there were 854 deaths.

Total deaths now stand at 2 126 and cases at 66 853 but only 20 147 are still active.

Mashonaland West had 584 new cases today pushing the number of active cases in the province to 4 246. Harare is in second place with 2 884 active cases. It had 326 new cases today. Mashonaland East had 191 new cases and now has 2 521 active cases. Bulawayo has 1 539.

Recoveries slowed down to 559 with 164 in Matebeleland North followed by Masvingo with 98 and Harare with 91.

Vaccination also slowed down to 13 000 with 11 437 getting the first jab and 1 688 the second.

The government is aiming to achieve herd immunity in Harare and Bulawayo first to stop the spread of the pandemic and has given the two metropolitan provinces double the doses it allocated to each of seven provinces, excluding Mashonaland West. Each province was allocated 50 000. Mashonaland West will get 90 000.

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Global stocks drop as investors focus on slowing growth

Global stocks drop as investors focus on slowing growth

Stock markets dropped on Thursday on rising concerns about prospects for the global economy, following days of sharp moves in government bonds that hinted at slower growth and inflation than previously expected.

Equities fell first in Asia before the negative mood spread into Europe and then to Wall Street — a move analysts blamed on expectations that US economic growth is about to peak at the same time as signs emerge of a slowdown in China.

The US S&P 500 index was down 0.8 per cent in lunchtime trading in New York, while the technology-focused Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.9 per cent. Both indices had set records in recent days.

In Europe, the continent-wide Stoxx Europe 600 lost 2 per cent after Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index ended its session 2.9 per cent lower. Spain’s Ibex share index closed down 2.4 per cent and Italy’s FTSE MIB lost 2.6 per cent. The FTSE 100 in the UK was down 1.7 per cent.

“We are seeing an asset allocation change with people selling risky assets across the board and buying into the safer returns of government bonds,” said Shaniel Ramjee, senior investment manager at Pictet Asset Management.

There were choppy moves in government bond markets again on Thursday. The yield on the 10-year US Treasury bond, which moves inversely to its price, fell as low as 1.276 per cent and was trading down 0.02 percentage points at 1.29 per cent by New York lunchtime.

The decline put the world’s benchmark bond yield, which influences borrowing costs for companies and households worldwide, at its lowest level since early February and on track for its biggest weekly drop since June 2020.

This marked a contrast from the first half of the year when investors worried about the US economy overheating and sold Treasuries — whose fixed interest payments are eroded by inflation — to buy shares in businesses in economically sensitive industries such as banking and energy.

In minutes of the central bank’s latest meeting released on Wednesday, Federal Reserve officials said that “uncertainty around the economic outlook was elevated”. Wall Street economists expect US GDP to have expanded at an annualised rate of more than 9 per cent in the second quarter of this year, and to moderate thereafter.

Also on Wednesday, China’s government said it would use “timely” cuts in banks’ reserve ratio requirements to keep money flowing around the economy. Investors took that as a signal that Chinese second-quarter GDP data due next week “might fall short of market expectations”, according to Daiwa economist Chris Scicluna.

Chinese ports and factory districts have been grappling with outbreaks of the Delta variant of coronavirus, as have an increasing number of countries around the world. Japan on Thursday declared that Tokyo will be under a state of emergency throughout the Olympic Games to contain infections.

“Markets tend to focus on only a few things at once,” Ramjee said. “The focus has switched to US growth accelerating less than it has been . . . and there is now more attention on China.”

The US dollar index, which measures the greenback against other major currencies, fell 0.3 per cent on Thursday. Brent crude, the oil benchmark, was flat at $ 73.46 a barrel.

Government bonds also rallied in Europe. Germany’s 10-year Bund yield briefly dropped 0.03 percentage points to minus 0.323 per cent, its lowest since March. It later settled at minus 0.31 per cent.

Markets were trading “on expectations we’ve seen the highest growth numbers being printed” after last year’s coronavirus shutdowns, said Maarten Geerdink, head of European equities at NN Investment Partners. He added that “price action” was “now self-feeding”, as traders sold stocks in case they were hit harder.

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Expat tells Britons NOW is best time to move to Spain after ‘major drop’ in house prices

Expat tells Britons NOW is best time to move to Spain after 'major drop' in house prices

New immigration rules for Britons relocating to Spain came into force as the UK left the European Union. Although it might be a bit trickier to move to the Mediterranean country, one expat has explained this year is a good time to do so anyway.

Nigel Ayres is a Briton who decided to relocate to the Mediterranean country years ago and is now happily living by the Valencian coast, in eastern Spain.

He told Express.co.uk that although the new requirements – which include proof of a heightened household income – might make the process more difficult, now it is the perfect moment for Britons to relocate to Spain if they have the money to do so.

The reason is that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in fewer Britons moving to the country and consequently, house prices dropping dramatically.

He explained that at the moment, “the main potential difficulties when applying for residence is proving you have sufficient funds in a Spanish bank account and obtaining a private health insurance policy.”

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Nigel said: “The requirement is for an income of at least €27,115 for an individual or €33,894 for a couple when people get a Non-Lucrative Visa, which is the main visa for non-EU citizens wanting to retire to Spain.

“The other option is a Golden Visa which has a slightly lower income requirement but requires an investment of €500,000 in property in Spain.

“The income requirement means that anyone on a basic UK state pension cannot afford to retire to Spain anymore,” he explained.

Nigel predicted that “people planning to retire to Spain from the UK will be reduced as many will not be able to meet the more onerous financial requirements post-Brexit.”

He explained that another post-Brexit issue is health insurance, as “the requirement to have a private Spanish health insurance policy has been problematic for those with serious pre-existing conditions who may not be able to get cover.”

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However, despite the new hiccups, he explained that the pandemic has resulted in a drop in property prices as people have not been able to get to Spain this last year.

“Many property agents I talk to have seen a major drop over the last year. The fall has been driven by COVID-19 more than Brexit.”

A recent study by Unión de Créditos Inmobiliarios (UCI) has reported property prices falling by 10 percent in Palma de Mallorca, Alicante and Malaga, and up to 30 percent in Costa del Sol, in Andalucia.

With a significant drop in house prices, this year might be the best time for Britons who can meet the financial requirements to move to the country.

The expat also predicted that “going forward the financial requirements will clearly have an impact on the market for even cheaper properties.”

What are the main tips for Britons planning to move to Spain this year?

Nigel explained: “Those who want to move to Spain this year should make sure that they can show that you have sufficient funds to support themselves if they plan to retire here.

“When it comes to property it is always best to rent before you buy as, even if you know the area you want to live in, once you are living here you will get to know the specific areas that are best for you,” he continued.

“You will also get to know the market better and be able to spot a bargain.

“If you do plan to buy it is worth choosing a property agent or property finder to work with you as they will be well placed to advise you on the best areas and ensure you get the most out of viewing trips.”

In terms of the residency, Nigel said it is relatively easy and “generally people who apply can qualify.”

However, the expat also pointed that “Spain’s requirements are significantly above the requirements for the equivalent visa in Portugal which only requires an income €7,980 for an individual and €11,970 for a couple.

“People seem unaware of this option to choose Portugal rather than Spain if they still want to retire to the sun. Portugal also has its Non-Habitual Residence Scheme which means that people can receive pension income at 10 percent tax for ten years (and some other foreign income tax free).

“We do not have any reason to move but if we were moving now given the new rules we would probably choose Portugal,” he said.

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Deaths Drop, but COVID-19 Cases Rise 10% Over Last Week

Deaths Drop, but COVID-19 Cases Rise 10% Over Last Week

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After a steady period of decline, the daily average of new COVID-19 cases has started ticking upward, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, said Thursday at a White House news briefing.

She said the CDC reported 14,875 new COVID cases on Wednesday and that the 7-day average is around 12,600 cases per day. That’s a 95% decrease in daily cases from the US peak in early January, she said, but it’s a 10% increase over a week ago.

“We continue to see overall low numbers of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths,” she said. “However, looking state by state and county by county, communities where people remain unvaccinated are communities that remain vulnerable. This is all true as we monitor the continued spread of the hyper-transmissible Delta variant.”

She said about a quarter of sequenced US cases are the Delta variant. It may well become the dominant variant in coming weeks, and more Delta cases are expected to turn up in areas with low vaccination rates, such as the 1000 counties that have a vaccination rate of below 30%.

“As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, I want to remind those who remain unvaccinated to protect themselves by wearing a mask and avoiding crowds to prevent transmission and illness,” Walensky said. “If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please get tested. And, of course, please get vaccinated in one of the many places near you as soon as you can.”

Walensky cited encouraging statistics: The 7-day average of hospital admissions related to COVID is about 1822 per day, a drop of 1% from the previous 7-day period. The daily average of COVID deaths is 257 over the last 7 days.

Vaccine hesitancy is still a problem for health officials, despite programs encouraging people to get shots. The United States has not reached President Joe Biden’s goal of having 70% of adults partially vaccinated by July 4.

The CDC said that 66.7% of people 18 and over have at least one shot, with 57.7% fully vaccinated. Of all ages in the US, 54.6% have at least one shot and 47% are fully vaccinated.

More than 328 million vaccine doses have been given since the vaccination program started in mid-December, the CDC said.

The United States still has the most COVID-related cases and deaths among all nations — 33.6 million and 605,000, respectively.

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