Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been discharged from hospital, one month after being flown to Berlin for treatment. In a statement released on Wednesday, the German capital’s Charité hospital said that Navalny’s “condition had improved sufficiently for him to be discharged from acute inpatient care” on Tuesday. The Kremlin critic was transferred to Berlin on August 22 after falling ill on a domestic flight in Russia.
President Donald Trump has said the 200,000 US deaths from coronavirus were “a shame” in response to a reporter’s question about the milestone in the country’s fight against the pandemic. As Trump was departing for an election campaign event in Pittsburgh he told the media: “I think if we didn’t do it properly and do it right, you’d have 2.5 million deaths.”
A rescue operation is underway to save any surviving pilot whales among the 500 or so stranded along the coast of the Australian island of Tasmania on Wednesday. An estimated 270 whales were first found trapped on a sandbar on Monday. At least a third of them have already died while 25 were successfully refloated by rescuers. Another 200 were discovered Wednesday in a bay just under six miles from where the first pod was discovered.
An airport in Finland is using sniffer dogs to detect passengers infected with coronavirus. Helsinki Airport is trialling the scheme which will see 10 dogs trained in total by Wise Nose, a smell detection agency, with four deployed to work per shift. It follows a study by the University of Helsinki’s Veterinary Faculty, which suggested trained dogs can detect COVID-19 with close to 100% certainty.
Tesla founder Elon Musk has announced technology that he says will make Tesla batteries cheaper and more powerful. At a live presentation that Mr Musk labeled ‘Battery Day’ he also teased the possibility of a $25,000, fully-autonomous Tesla “in about three years time”. But the news didn’t excite investors and $50bn was wiped off its stock market value.