Coronavirus live news: Brazil reports a record 881 deaths as Wuhan prepares to test 11m residents | World news
The former Fortescue Metals chief executive Nev Power, handpicked by the Australian prime minister Scott Morrison to be his Covid-19 coordination adviser, is being paid $500,000 (about £264,000) for six months’ work.
Power’s remuneration was revealed at a hearing of the Senate inquiry into the management of the coronavirus crisis, where senators focused on whether there were proper processes in place for members of the National Covid-19 Coordination Commission to declare any conflicts of interest, given that many are company directors.
It was also revealed during the inquiry that Andrew Liveris, the former chairman and chief executive of the Dow Chemical Company, who has been engaged as a special adviser to the NCCC on manufacturing, was not required to declare potential conflicts in the way that commissioners were.
Global report: Brazil and Mexico record deadliest day from Covid-19
Brazil and Mexico have both seen deaths from Covid-19 spike on their deadliest days yet as the coronavirus pandemic threatened to worsen throughout the Americas.
The health ministry in Brazil on Tuesday reported 881 fatalities from the disease in 24 hours, taking its total to 12,400 and making it the world’s sixth worst-affected country for deaths, according to figures from John Hopkins University. Brazil’s total of 177,589 confirmed cases is the seventh highest in the world.
The United States remains by far the worst affected country and now has almost a third of the world’s 4.26m cases, with a national death toll of 82,339. The fatality figure could rise much higher according to modelling from the University of Washington that predicted more than 147,000 Americans would die from Covid-19 by early August – up nearly 10,000 from the last projection.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the US government’s top public health expert, has told senators that the real death toll was probably higher and Americans could face “serious consequences” if safeguards were relaxed too soon.
How big tech plans to profit from the pandemic
It has taken some time to gel, but something resembling a coherent pandemic shock doctrine is beginning to emerge. Call it the Screen New Deal. Far more hi-tech than anything we have seen during previous disasters, the future that is being rushed into being as the bodies still pile up treats our past weeks of physical isolation not as a painful necessity to save lives, but as a living laboratory for a permanent – and highly profitable – no-touch future.
This is a future in which, for the privileged, almost everything is home delivered, either virtually via streaming and cloud technology, or physically via driverless vehicle or drone, then screen “shared” on a mediated platform. It’s a future that employs far fewer teachers, doctors and drivers. It accepts no cash or credit cards (under guise of virus control), and has skeletal mass transit and far less live art. It’s a future that claims to be run on “artificial intelligence”, but is actually held together by tens of millions of anonymous workers tucked away in warehouses, data centres, content-moderation mills, electronic sweatshops, lithium mines, industrial farms, meat-processing plants and prisons, where they are left unprotected from disease and hyper-exploitation. It’s a future in which our every move, our every word, our every relationship is trackable, traceable and data-mineable by unprecedented collaborations between government and tech giants.
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