Brazil’s Bolsonaro awaits new test to show if he is COVID-19 free

first_imgBrazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday that he took another coronavirus test and the results were expected Wednesday as he hopes for a negative result two weeks since falling ill.”I did the test now. Early tomorrow the results will come out,” Bolsonaro told supporters, speaking at a distance across the moat in front of his official residence.”If God wants to give a negative, things will return to normal.” Outside of the United States, Brazil is the worst-hit country in the coronavirus pandemic. The presidents of both countries have played down the extent of the crisis.Bolsonaro is one of nearly 2.2 million people in Brazil who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to health ministry statistics released on Tuesday.More than 81,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Brazil.Bolsonaro tested positive for the novel coronavirus on July 7 but by the next day said he was already feeling well. A follow-up test last week also came back positive for the virus.Bolsonaro has previously said he has taken the anti-malarial drug hydroxycloroquine – unproven for treating coronavirus but touted by US President Donald Trump – and credits the medication as the reason for his mild symptoms.He said that he will travel to the northeastern state of Piaui on Friday, presuming he is well.With the toll of the pandemic rising rapidly, Brazil is also a major center for testing potential vaccines for the virus. On Tuesday, human trials of a second vaccine began and the government approved trials of a third.Topics :last_img read more

Unai Emery must drop Granit Xhaka for Aston Villa clash, insists Charlie Nicholas

first_imgUnai Emery must drop Granit Xhaka for Aston Villa clash, insists Charlie Nicholas Advertisement Granit Xhaka has been below-par so far this season (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas believes Arsenal boss Unai Emery has no option but to drop Granit Xhaka for Sunday’s clash against Aston Villa.The Swiss midfielder has come in for fierce criticism so far this term after putting in a number of below-par performances.Xhaka played a full 90 minutes in Arsenal’s 3-0 win against Frankfurt in Germany on Thursday and Emery is expected to freshen up his side for the visit of Villa.Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi could both come back into the side and Nicholas says it’s time for Xhaka to be dropped.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisement Granit Xhaka’s been below-par this season (Picture: Getty)‘They must get more from Nicolas Pepe and he must be match fit now,’ said Nicholas.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Pepe needs to use his trickery and pace to help Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Unai Emery must stick with Reiss Nelson or Joe Willock.‘How can you make sense of the defence? I don’t know who will partner David Luiz. It doesn’t matter whether there are one or two midfielders protecting the back four and I think it is time to leave Granit Xhaka out of the side.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal threw away a two-goal lead against Watford in their last Premier League match.Nicholas is expecting plenty of goals at the Emirates but says Arsenal have enough firepower to overcome Villa.‘There are a lot of goals for Arsenal at home. Dani Ceballos must play and Mesut Ozil too – they moved it around well last week,’ said Nicholas.‘I like Mateo Guendouzi but he is young, naïve and gets attracted to the ball. They need to sort themselves out in defence and if they are not good enough, you leave them out. Put Lucas Torreira in front of midfield.’MORE: David De Gea hits back at critics of his form at Manchester United Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Sep 2019 6:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kShareslast_img read more

Mo’unga stands out in New Zealand inter-Island match

first_img Richie Mo’unga won a contest with fellow All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett in a North Island vs. South Island match, dredged from history to become a centerpiece in New Zealand’s pandemic-affected rugby season.Mo’unga created a try for winger Will Jordan after the full-time siren to give the South Island a 38-35 win over Barrett’s North Island in a match between teams made up almost entirely of All Blacks.The match, which saw 10 tries and seven lead changes, served as a final chance for new All Blacks head coach Ian Foster to assess form before he names his first New Zealand squad on Sunday ahead of an uncertain international season.Mo’unga has been the form No. 10 in domestic rugby, steering the Crusaders to the Super Rugby Aotearoa title. Barrett played much of the New Zealand Super Rugby at fullback after transferring from the Wellington-based Hurricanes to the Auckland-based Blues and his form remains a beat behind Mo’unga’s.Other standouts were Jordan, who came off the bench to score twice,uncapped Blues backrower Hoskins Sotutu, North fullback Damian McKenzie, veteran lock Sam Whitelock who captained the South and the North’s Rieko Ioane who has change to center after making his name for the All Blacks as a winger.The match was first scheduled to be played last weekend but was postponed by a week and moved from Auckland to Wellington because a COVID-19 outbreak in New Zealand’s largest city meant large sports events could not take place. Wellington, along with the rest of New Zealand, is subject to less stringent restrictions, though the match had to be played without fans.The North vs. South match was a major fixture in New Zealand rugby during the amateur era, first contested in 1897 and then for almost a century afterwards. But it was shouldered aside with the advent of professionalism, lost in a packed calendar though it was revived once before, in 2012.The winner received the Loving Cup until 1932 when the trophy was lost after being awarded to the North Island. After 88 years, the Cup was rediscovered in a basement at Auckland’s Eden Park in time to be presented to this year’s winner.In its heyday the North-South held a place as a surrogate or additional All Blacks trial and this year’s revived fixture, which was almost a match between All Blacks teams, was given that billing. It’s unlikely Foster needed the match to make any final or borderline selection calls but the game may have given him reassurance.Foster had 10 weeks of the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition, in which New Zealand’s five Super Rugby teams played each other twice, to see the same players in action and likely will have finalized his 35-man squad of the season well before Saturday.The match may be remembered as a prelude to an international season that doesn’t take place. The four-nation Rugby Championship is unlikely to go ahead because of logistics around quarantine and a recent outbreak of COVID-10 among the Argentina team.A Bledisloe Cup series between New Zealand and Australia is also yet to be confirmed because of coronavirus outbreaks in both countries.(Image Credit Pixabay) SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE COMMENT First Published: 5th September, 2020 15:39 IST Associated Press Television News center_img Written By FOLLOW US LIVE TV Last Updated: 5th September, 2020 15:39 IST Mo’unga Stands Out In New Zealand Inter-Island Match Richie Mo’unga won a contest with fellow All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett in a North Island vs. South Island match, dredged from history to become a centerpiece in New Zealand’s pandemic-affected rugby season.last_img read more