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COVID-19 cases worldwide up 12% in past week — WHO

COVID-19 cases worldwide upOver 3.4 million novel coronavirus cases and more than 56,000 deaths were registered worldwide in the past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said a weekly bulletin released in Geneva early on Wednesday, Trend reports with reference to Reuters.

“The global number of new cases reported last week (12-18 July 2021) was over 3.4 million, a 12% increase as compared to the previous week,” the global organization said in its COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update.

More than 56,000 people died in the reported period, up 1% from the previous week.

On July 12-18, the global organization was informed of 3,429,645 new cases all over the world, and 56,767 COVID-related deaths. As of July 18, a total of 190,169,833 cases of the infection and 4,086,000 COVID-related fatalities have been reported worldwide.

Last week, case incidence declined in Africa (down 5%). At the same time, Africa the growth was reported in Western Pacific (up 30%), Europe (up 21%), Southeast Asia (16%) and Eastern Mediterranean (15%). Mortality increased in Southeast Asia (up 12%) and Western Pacific (up 10%), but declined in North and South America (down 6%) and Africa (down 4%).

In the past seven days, over 885,000 people contracted the infection in Europe, over 7,000 patients died. The number of cases in the North and South America increased by over 967,000 in the reported period, while fatalities grew by about 22,000. In Southeast Asia, doctors registered over 829,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus, over 16,000 patients died.

The largest number of cases registered in the past seven days was reported by Indonesia (350,273), followed by the United Kingdom (296,447), Brazil (287,610), India (268,843) and the United States (216,433).

According to the WHO bulletin, the highly contagious Delta strain, first discovered in India in October 2020, has been detected in 124 countries (compared to 111 countries last week).

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Capcom's Monster Hunter Rise Has Now Sold Six Million Copies Worldwide

This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News

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If Animal Crossing: New Horizons was the Nintendo Switch hit of 2020, this year it’s gotta be Capcom’s Monster Hunter Rise.

In its opening week, it shipped four million units globally and now it’s experienced yet another sales milestone. Following on from it reaching five million units earlier this month, Capcom has now announced it’s sold six million copies (this includes physical and digital sales). That’s quite an impressive feat for a third-party title on the Nintendo Switch.

To celebrate this special occasion, Capcom has once again released a special celebration package. It contains 30 Mega Potions, 20 Well-done steaks, 10 Large Bomb Barrels, 5 Mega Demondrugs and 5 Mega Armorskins.

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“This item pack can be claimed in the main game of Monster Hunter Rise. You will need to update the game in order to claim this item pack. This item pack can only be claimed once. Go to the Courier to claim this item pack.”

Today also sees the arrival of the game’s big Version 2.0 update. It gives players access to new monsters, Apex monsters, event quests and armour. Have you purchased a copy of Monster Hunter Rise yet? Leave a comment down below.

Apple confirms when iOS 14.5 update will be available to iPhone owners worldwide

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

Apple held its first showcase event of the year last night from California. Teased ahead of time with the tagline “Spring Loaded”, the event lived up to the title – with a new iPad Pro that’s as powerful as its latest MacBook Pro, a redesigned iMac with half a dozen new colours and boosted camera for video calls, a new colour for the iPhone 12 range, a minor upgrade for the Apple TV and an unrecognisable remote, and its long-awaited AirTags, which allow iPhone owners to pinpoint the location of lost keys and wallets from the Find My app on iOS. 

But one thing that wasn’t mentioned was the feverishly-anticipated iOS 14.5 update. Some had predicted the “Spring Loaded” event would trigger the launch of iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 worldwide. Unfortunately, Apple didn’t confirm when its latest software updates would roll-out to eager customers during its 60-minute presentation, which was pre-recorded in its headquarters in Cupertino, California. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t know when the new updates are coming….

In the minutes after the event, Apple confirmed when customers could expect to see iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 begin to land on their gadgets. These details were found buried at the bottom of the press releases for the AirTags and new iPad Pro models. In the former, Apple states: “AirTag requires iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 14.5 or later, or iPad running iPadOS 14.5 or later. These software updates will be available starting next week.”

Apple had already confirmed that its new iPhone 12 model would arrive with iOS 14.5 installed out-of-the-box. Since that hits store shelves on April 30, it’s not a huge surprise that iOS 14.5 will begin rolling out to existing iPhone owners worldwide a little before. 

As you’d expect, Apple isn’t planning to make iPad owners wait any longer for their next operating system update. A release date for iPadOS 14.5 can be found squirrelled away at the bottom of the press release for the new iPad Pro model.

It reads: “iPadOS 14.5, which will be available to iPad customers starting next week, comes with new additions, including expanded language support for Apple Pencil features like Scribble and Smart Selection, new emoji, support for the latest gaming controllers, and the ability to share lyrics and see top songs in cities around the world with Apple Music.”

Just like the iPhone 12 in its fancy new purple colourways, the redesigned iPad Pro will ship with iPadOS 14.5 out of the box. It will be available to pre-order on April 30, with availability in the latter half of May, depending on your region.

iOS 14.5 is an important update. Amongst all the usual performance and stability tweaks, Apple has added a new feature that will allow its Face ID facial recognition system to work – even when you’re wearing a face covering. The UK, and a number of countries around the world, require everyone to wear a face-covering when inside – in a supermarket, hairdresser, and more.

While helpful at reducing the spread of coronavirus, face-coverings are pretty unhelpful when it comes to Face ID, which is found on iPhone X, iPhone Xs, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 and the iPad Pro range. It scans your face to authenticate contactless payments, unlock the handset, and open secure apps – like mobile banking.

With iOS 14.5, Apple will allow Face ID to unlock your smartphone whenever it detects a face-covering blocking its scan. To do this without making your iPhone less secure, Apple will look for an unlocked Apple Watch in close proximity.

If the software determines that your Apple Watch is close enough to be on your wrist, unlocked and signed in with the same Apple ID account, it will let Face ID work. That means you’ll be able to check your bank balance before paying with a card, answering WhatsApp texts and check a shopping list on your iPhone without resorting to a PIN code to unlock your smartphone each time.

An enhanced Apple Podcasts app with the redesigned show and episode pages is also coming in iOS 14.5. It will also offer Podcast listeners the chance to pay a subscription fee to unlock advert-free episodes as well as exclusive content. iOS 14.5 also brings all-new emoji to the iPhone.

In addition, Siri no longer has a default voice and will include more diverse voice options in English. This latest software update builds on the release of iOS 14, which delivered a major update to the Home Screen with beautifully redesigned widgets and the App Library, new ways to use apps with App Clips, and powerful updates to Messages.

Although it’s unclear exactly when next week iOS 14.5 will appear, you’ll be able to test out all of the new features (and emoji) on your iPhone and iPad before Friday April 30.

Monster Hunter Rise Has Already Shipped Five Million Units Worldwide

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Monster Hunter Rise already topped the charts in Japan in its opening week – shifting more than 1.3 million physical copies and shipped four million units globally, and now Capcom has revealed its latest milestone.

All up – more than five million copies of the latest entry are now out in the wild (this includes physical and digital sales), with cumulative sales of the series exceeding 66 million units as of 31st December 2020, since the original game’s debut in 2004.

If you’ve not already got this game, what are you waiting for – we gave it an excellent nine out of ten stars and described it as another “stone-cold classic” for the Nintendo Switch:

“New mechanics, monsters and a gorgeous setting make Monster Hunter Rise a new high-water mark for the franchise. The Wirebug, Switch Skills, Palamute and carefully thought-out monsters shake things up enough to make the game feel fresh for hunters who have previously spent thousands of hours with the series, and while the package could be slightly intimidating for newcomers, it’s arguably the ideal place to get started if you’re serious about getting into the franchise. And, with a peerless four-player multiplayer experience, the new Rampage quests are a blast. After spending some serious time with the game, it’s very easy to say that Monster Hunter Rise is one of the strongest entries into the franchise to date, and another stone-cold classic for the Nintendo Switch.”

There’s a new update scheduled for the end of the month as well – this will bump the game up to Version 2.0 and add more monsters.

Are you one of the many millions of Switch players who picked up Monster Hunter Rise in its first week? How have you found it so far? Leave a comment down below.

One third of all countries worldwide COMPLETELY closed to international tourism – UN

The latest data from the United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) showed that 32 percent of destinations worldwide – 69 in total – are now completely closed for global tourism as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Of those, just over half – 38 destinations – have been completely closed for at least 40 weeks, and 34 percent of all destinations are still partially closed to international tourists.

According to the UNWTO report, the emergence of new variants of the Covid-19 virus has prompted many governments to reverse efforts to ease restrictions on travel, with total closures to tourists most prevalent in Asia and the Pacific nations, and Europe. 

“Travel restrictions have been widely used to restrict the spread of the virus. Now, as we work to restart tourism, we must recognize that restrictions are just one part of the solution. Their use must be based on the latest data and analysis, and consistently reviewed so as to allow for the safe and responsible restart of a sector upon which many millions of businesses and jobs depend,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.

The report said that regional differences with regard to travel restrictions remain. “Of the 69 destinations where borders are completely closed to tourists, 30 are in Asia and the Pacific, 15 are in Europe, 11 are in Africa, 10 are in the Americas, and three are in the Middle East.”

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Steam DOWN as worldwide outage keeps Steam servers offline

Steam servers are down tonight, and gamers are unable to login and play from their digital libraries.

The big news is that this is a worldwide outage, meaning it’s affecting most of the player base.

No updates have come from Valve regarding what is causing today’s problems or how long they might last.

The good news is that most Steam outages usually last less than an hour, meaning these latest server issues could be fixed quickly.

Gamers from across the world are reporting the same problems, with thousands of reports coming in from affected Steam users.

Many gamers were pulled directly from live games and dumped back to the desktop, with one user writing: “What is going on, dude. I was in the middle of a big raid!”

It’s unclear what might have knocked Steam servers offline, with the Steam Support page on Twitter providing very little in the way of recent updates.

And with Steam being offline, there will soon be a flurry of PC-only players flagging issues with titles like CS: GO DOTA 2 and Apex Legends.