Manchester United have extended striker Odion Ighalo’s loan from Shanghai Shenhua until the end of January 2021, the Premier League club said on Monday.
The 30-year-old made an impressive start to life at United, scoring four times in eight games after signing an initial loan deal until May 31 from the Chinese Super League club.
Ighalo’s current deal with Shanghai runs out in December 2022 and he is expected to sign a new contract until the end of 2024, Sky reported.
The Nigerian, who has scored two goals apiece for Man United in the Europa League and FA Cup, will hope to open his account in the Premier League when the season, suspended since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resumes on June 17.
Health histories and recent test results open the possibility that the new coronavirus was circulating in the United States before January, said a report by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
"Armed with positive antibody tests for COVID-19 and a history of related symptoms, some Americans think they had the disease as early as fall 2019," said the report "Antibody Tests and Accuracy Issues Leave Some Americans With More Questions Than Answers" posted on www.wsj.com Thursday.
According to the report, New Jersey dental hygienist Judy Abram suffered a severe illness that left her gasping for air last November, and she tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies last month.
"They just have the timeline wrong somewhere, which explains why we're so deep in it," Abram was quoted as saying. "I felt so strongly. I would've questioned if the test came back negative."
Antibody tests alone aren't enough to redraw the timeline of U.S. transmissions, even though it is possible the virus reached the United States late last year, Richard Tedder, visiting professor of medical virology at the Imperial College London, told the WSJ. "We can't turn the clock back unless we have blood samples from the time."
"Still, some people think the antibody-test results and the personal histories show that the disease may have been circulating months before Jan. 21, which is the date of the first-known U.S. infection," the report said.
This month, the U.S. state of Ohio listed 12 cases in January as probable COVID-19 cases, showing people who recently had COVID-19 antibodies and recalled being sick that month, according to the report.
Many people who think they had early COVID-19 infections have joined a Facebook group called "Survivor Corps," it added.
Foreign direct investment (FDI) net inflows into the Philippines grew by 12.1 percent in January 2020 to reach 657 million U.S. dollars from 586 million U.S. dollars posted in January 2019, the Philippine central bank said on Wednesday.
"This development, which was before the imposition of the community quarantine in the country due to COVID-19, reflects continued investor confidence in the Philippine economy, despite global economic uncertainties," the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said in a statement.
The BSP said the increase in FDI during the month was boosted by net inflows of equity capital, amounting to 352 million U.S. dollars, a reversal from net withdrawal of 43 million U.S. dollars in January 2019.
In particular, the BSP said equity capital placements more than doubled to 373 million U.S. dollars from 186 million U.S. dollars, while withdrawals decreased by 90.7 percent to 21 million U.S. dollars from 229 million U.S. dollars.
The BSP said equity capital placements during the month originated largely from the Netherlands and Singapore. "These were invested mostly in the manufacturing and real estate industries," the BSP added.
Meanwhile, the BSP said net investments in debt instruments issued by local affiliates -- consisting mainly of intercompany borrowings -- fell by 57.9 percent to 233 million U.S. dollars from 553 million U.S. dollars a year ago.
Likewise, the BSP said reinvestment of earnings declined moderately by 5.1 percent to 72 million U.S. dollars during the month from 76 million U.S. dollars.
Laos has conducted 5,044 tests for COVID-19 since January, according to the National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
Laos has been carrying out tests daily for the COVID-19 since January, with the total number of tests reaching 5,044, with 19 cases tested positive, Deputy Head of Lao National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control Phouthone Meaungpak told a press conference in Lao capital Vientiane on Friday.
The National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control announced it has been monitoring 3,071 people at 93 accommodation centers across the country.
On Thursday, the number of truck drivers bringing freight into Laos from Thailand was 1,380, from Vietnam 795 and nine people from China. The temperature of each person entering Laos was checked and no one showed signs of fever.
Laos reported no new case of COVID-19 for 40 consecutive days, with the total number of confirmed cases remained at 19, according to the report.
As of Friday, 14 COVID-19 patients have recovered, and another five infected cases are treated in designated hospital -- Mittaphab Hospital (Hospital 150) in Lao capital Vientiane.
Laos announced its first two COVID-19 confirmed cases on March 24.
Japan's economy shrank for a second straight quarter in the January-March period, as a result of the adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the government said in a report on Monday.
According to the Cabinet Office, the economy shrank by an annualized real 3.4 percent in the January-March period from the previous quarter.
The decrease in the quarter corresponds to a 0.9 percent decline on a seasonally adjusted quarterly basis, the Cabinet Office said.
The preliminary reading of inflation-adjusted gross domestic product comes on the heels of a contraction logged in the previous October-December quarter.
COVID-19 may have occurred before mid-January in the United States as two persons with positive serology or blood-based tests had COVID-like illness last December, a health official from the U.S. state of Washington said Friday.
Among 295 probable cases, 35 had positive serological or blood tests and two of those individuals investigated reported having a COVID-like illness in mid- to late December, the Snohomish health district confirmed in a media release on Friday.
These two persons told their district's case investigators they got sick with COVID-like illnesses in mid- to late December, several weeks prior to the country's first confirmed case in mid-January.
"Given reports like the ones that we've had and others around the country, the introduction of COVID-19 may have occurred prior to mid-January," Chris Spitters, the district's health officer said.
"A positive serology test indicates prior coronavirus infection. It does not provide details on when the infection was acquired," he added.
Spitters noted that respiratory-tract symptoms experienced in December in each case overlap with other illnesses. "It is hard to determine if their illness in December truly was COVID-19, or if it was due to another respiratory infection and they later acquired an asymptomatic COVID-19 infection."
An additional 20 to 30 positive serologic results have been reported to the health district and are awaiting case investigation.
Health district investigators will follow up on reports of positive serologic results as time is available, the media release said.
Personal remittances or the money sent home by overseas Filipinos amounted to 2.62 billion U.S. dollars in February 2020, up 2.6 percent compared with the same period last year, the Philippine central bank said Friday.
On a year-to-date basis, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said remittances for the first two months of 2020 grew by 5 percent to 5.566 billion U.S. dollars from the previous year's level of 5.302 billion U.S. dollars.
BSP data showed personal remittances from land-based workers with work contracts of one year or more rose to 2 billion U.S. dollars, 3.5 percent higher than 1.9 billion U.S. dollars recorded in February 2019.
Meanwhile, the BSP said remittances from sea-based workers and land-based workers with work contracts of less than one year declined by 0.9 percent to 0.56 billion U.S. dollars from a year ago.
The government estimates the number of overseas Filipino workers at 12 million, accounting for one-tenth of the country's population.
BSP data showed that personal remittances sent home by overseas Filipinos in 2019 reached a record high of 33.5 billion U.S. dollars, 3.9 percent higher than the remittances recorded in 2018.
Remittances from overseas Filipino workers are forecast to decline as industries such as tourism bear the brunt of lower demand due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 25,000 overseas Filipino workers, both sea-based and land-based, have been repatriated due to the pandemic, data from the Department of Foreign Affairs said.
The Asian Development Bank has also projected the remittances from overseas Filipino workers to fall this year due to COVID-19.
The overall situation in Asia-Pacific countries over the COVID-19 pandemic remained unstable on Wednesday, as India became the 12th worst-affected country with over 74,000 infections, regardless of zero cases reported in Thailand for the first time since the outbreak.
India has become the 12th most-affected country due to the pandemic after recording a total of 74,281 COVID-19 cases and 2,415 deaths, surpassing Canada's tally with 71,157 cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) list.
Thailand saw zero new COVID-19 cases, the first time since Jan. 13 when the first case was recorded in the country, according to Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
Bangladesh reported 19 new deaths of COVID-19 patients, the country's biggest daily increase since March. Its number of confirmed cases increased to 17,822, with 1,162 more cases reported in the last 24 hours.
The Indonesian government announced 689 new confirmed cases of the COVID-19, the highest single-day rise since the outbreak in the country in early March, taking the total to 15,438 cases in the country.
Malaysia reported 37 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national total to 6,779, the Health Ministry said. Of the new cases, 33 cases were local transmissions and four were imported.
The Philippines' daily tally of new infections rose by 268, increasing the total number of the COVID-19 cases to 11,618.
Nepal reported 217 cases after the Ministry of Health and Population on Tuesday reported 83 new cases, the largest single-day spike in cases.
With the rising number of cases in recent days, the COVID-19 cases in Nepal more than doubled in less than a week, according to the statistics of the Ministry of Health and Population.
New Zealand reported no more COVID-19 cases for two consecutive days, with the total number of confirmed and probable cases remaining at 1,497, as the country is about to relax lockdown restrictions midnight.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the government will deliver Budget 2020 on Thursday "within the most challenging economic conditions faced by any government since the Great Depression."
The country will move to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 on Thursday and reopen most businesses in 10 days, according to a decision made on Monday.
South Korea reported 26 more cases of the COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 10,962. After hitting the bottom at two on May 6, the daily caseload continued to rise and stay around 30 in recent days.
South Korea's job loss hit the worst in over 21 years in April as companies led employees to go on unpaid leave or be laid off amid the COVID-19 outbreak, statistical office data showed.
Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has held talks with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on the latest developments of COVID-19 pandemic.
Thailand on Wednesday saw zero new COVID-19 case, the first time since Jan. 13 when the first case was recorded in the country, Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said Wednesday.
"This piece of news has delighted all of us for our joint efforts in the past days. This makes us proud that unity has made this figure a reality, thanks to all of us," said Taweesin.
He said that the achievement was also the result of the state emergency and night curfew imposed by the government since early April.
However, the spokesman urged all Thais not to let their guards down as there are still risk factors to watch in the next two weeks.
"You can feel relieved, but not complacent," he said, adding that a single day without a new infection does not guarantee that Thailand is ready for people to resume normal life.
Total COVID-19 cases remained at 3,017 while 117 are still at hospital and death toll remains at 56.
The CCSA indicated that 50 provinces have reported zero new infections for the past 28 days or more, while new infections have been reported in the other provinces in the same period.
Also, the Active Case Finding campaign found 90 people in state quarantine to have tested positive, with 63 percent of them having arrived from Indonesia.
Inflation in Belarus amounted to 3.3 percent in the January-April period, the country's statistical committee said Monday.
The consumer price index amounted to 100.6 percent in April compared with March, the committee said.
In April, prices for food products increased by 1.3 percent, and those for non-food products rose by 0.3 percent.
The basic consumer price index, excluding the influence of administrative and seasonal factors, amounted to 100.4 percent in April compared with March, and 102.5 percent compared with December 2019.
In 2019, Belarus' GDP grew by 1.2 percent after growing 3 percent in 2018 and 2.4 percent in 2017.