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Boris Johnson admits he is concerned by Leicester outbreak as lockdown looks set to remain in the city



There has been more than one million cases of Covid-19 in the 22 countries of the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean region, the WHO confirmed on Sunday.

As of 11:00 on Sunday, 1,025,478 cases and 23,461 deaths have been recorded from the region, which spans from Morocco to Pakistan.

While cases in Europe have been largely declining, several countries in the region have been seeing increases in the number of cases and deaths. Countries recently reporting increases in cases include Iran, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, occupied Palestinian territory and Oman.

The WHO said it is especially concerned about the spread of the virus in war-torn countries such as Syria, Yemen and Libya due to poor infrastructure and fragile health systems vastly weakened by conflict. In all countries, it said, there is still a clear need for expansion of testing and more accurate reporting of cases and deaths to inform targeted responses.

Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, the WHO’s regional director for the region, said: “This is a very concerning milestone. As shops, restaurants, mosques, businesses, airports and other public places begin to open up, we need to be more vigilant and cautious than ever before. One million people have been infected, tens of thousands have died, and many more are still at risk in our region.

“We cannot relax our efforts. In fact, many countries lifting restrictions are seeing marked increases in cases, which signifies the need to accelerate public health response measures. Communities must remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping themselves and their countries safe.”





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Early goal sinks Brentford as Leicester advance to FA Cup fifth round



Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Brentford v Leicester City - Griffin Park, Brentford, Britain - January 25, 2020 Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates scoring their first goal with teammate Demarai Gray REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Soccer Football – FA Cup Fourth Round – Brentford v Leicester City – Griffin Park, Brentford, Britain – January 25, 2020 Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates scoring their first goal with teammate Demarai Gray REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

A much-changed Leicester side progressed into the fifth round of the FA Cup thanks to an early strike by Kelechi Iheanacho at Brentford.

Brendan Rodgers called upon the former Manchester City striker with Jamie Vardy injured and he delivered to keep them on course for silverware in two competitions this season.

Next up for the Foxes is a Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Aston Villa and they go into it after this 1-0 win where most of their regulars were rested.

Thomas Frank also made various changes with Brentford in Championship action against play-off rivals Nottingham Forest on Tuesday and saw his young XI struggle early on before pushing the Premier League outfit all the way.

In total 18 changes were made by both clubs – nine each – but it did not dampen the spirits of the home fans, who belted out a rendition of Hey Jude by the Beatles prior to kick-off.

Vardy was absent with a glute injury so Iheanacho replaced him up front and he put Ayoze Perez through on goal inside 20 seconds, but a superb clearance from Luka Racic stopped a certain opener with Luke Daniels rounded by Leicester’s number 17.

This was brief respite for Brentford because in the fourth minute the breakthrough occurred following a slick move.

Dennis Praet was afforded too much space in midfield and produced an exquisite crossfield ball across the floor out to James Justin and he crossed in for Iheanacho to open the scoring with his seventh goal of the season.

It could have been two for Vardy’s deputy with quarter of an hour gone, but Daniels was able to block well before Brentford created an opportunity of their own a minute later.

Jan Zamburek found Emiliano Marcondes inside the area and yet the hero of the third-round win over Stoke could only fire into the side-netting.

Brentford were boosted by the chance and produced another excellent move in the 20th minute with Dru Yearwood involved, but Halil Dervisouglu curled wide after some neat footwork and the promising opening had been wasted.

Frank’s young side, with six players aged 20 or below, stuck to their principles of playing out from the back although they were reminded of Leicester’s threat when Perez was brilliantly denied by Daniels just before half-time and Marc Albrighton headed the rebound over.

One of Brentford’s regulars, Kamohelo Mokotjo, was forced off with an injury at the break and replaced by fellow usual starter Josh Dasilva.

It was the fringe players who very nearly fashioned the equaliser with 62 on the clock, but the woodwork saved Leicester.

Marcondes whipped in a delightful cross, which Dervisouglu got the faintest of touches to and yet he saw his effort hit the post and Christian Fuchs managed to clear the danger at the back post.

The substitution of Iheanacho with 22 minutes left at Griffin Park further highlighted the Foxes priority this week being the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg away to Aston Villa on Tuesday.

Midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall was introduced in his place, with Rodgers eager for his side to see out the final exchanges with no last gasp scares.

He did not get his wish with Marcondes’ corner finding Racic and the defender volleying towards goal, but fortunately for the visitors Danny Ward produced a strong hand to tip the effort over.

Frank’s final roll of the dice was to bring on 11-goal man Bryan Mbeumo and he did find the net, but he was correctly ruled to be offside and Griffin Park bid farewell to the FA Cup after a 1-0 loss to Leicester, with Brentford set to move into their new stadium in the summer.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold hails Liverpool’s ‘best performance of the season’ after ruthless victory vs Leicester



Trent Alexander-Arnold has hailed Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Leicester City as their “best performance of the season” after going 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League.

The 21-year-old played a starring role for the Reds from right-back as he scored one goal and made three for his team-mates as the Reds blew away their nearest title challengers.

Roberto Firmino helped himself to a brace with James Milner scoring from the penalty spot as Jurgen Klopp’s side made it 17 wins from 18 games and 35 unbeaten.


And Alexander-Arnold believes that with the win coming just four days after they returned from Qatar as Club World Cup winners, it was their most ruthless display of the season so far.

“We played really good football especially given how much travelling we’ve done,” he told Amazon Prime Video Sport.

Alexander-Arnold played a part in all four goals as Liverpool beat Leicester 4-0  Photo: PA

“We controlled the game, they never had many good chances to score and of course, to get the clean sheet and score four goals, we can proud of that. So yeah, it probably is our best win of the season.”

Milner echoed Alexander-Arnold’s sentiments and even suggested the four-goal margin should have been bigger, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both missing golden chances.

“I thought we stopped them playing,” he said.

“We defended well and created chances, especially in the first half, and if we had been clinical we could have scored more. It was a good solid performance.”

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