Covid England: Cases fall 40% with just 1 in 1,000 infected last week

[ad_1] England’s Covid R rate is likely still below one and the number of people with coronavirus plummeted by 40 per cent last week, with just one in every 1,010 people now carrying the virus. SAGE today estimated that each person with coronavirus infects between 0.8 and 1.1 others – the reproduction rate (R) – […]

Coronavirus: Covid elimination policies are best, says Oxford article

[ad_1] Countries that tried to keep out Covid completely rather than controlling it survived the pandemic with fewer deaths, more money and more freedom, economists say. In an article published in The Lancet medical journal, Oxford University researchers said countries with ‘zero Covid’ policies did best by their citizens. Australia and New Zealand notoriously took […]

Ministers did NOT consider harm of mandatory masks in classrooms, leaked documents show

[ad_1] Ministers turned a blind eye to the negative impact of forcing children to wear face masks in schools, leaked documents show. It has been mandatory since March for secondary school pupils in England to wear coverings when social distancing is not possible, including in classes and corridors.   That is despite teenagers being at a […]

Turkey lifts travel ban for Britons and confirms tourists WON’T need a vaccine

[ad_1] Turkey has announced today that British tourists will be welcome in the country this summer without having to show a vaccination certificate. Visitors from the UK will not need to produce a Covid vaccine passport, but will need to show proof of a negative PCR test.   The country also promises to provide testing for […]

Covid England: Fewer than 900 people now fall ill from infection every day

[ad_1] Fewer than 900 people in England are now developing Covid each day, according to a symptom-tracking app, the lowest level ever and below estimates for August when there were next to no restrictions. The Covid Symptom Study this week claims only 870 people suffered a symptomatic infection with the virus every day last week, based […]

First person in the world to get Covid jab encourages everyone to get their second dose

[ad_1] A British grandmother who became the first person in the world to get an approved Covid vaccine in December has encouraged everyone to get their second dose.  Maggie Keenan, 91, from Coventry, praised ‘incredible’ staff for the UK’s successful vaccine drive while speaking to NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens in a Zoom call.  The […]

Coronavirus: Experts find variant from Tanzania that ‘has more mutations than any known strain’

[ad_1] A Covid variant thought to carry more mutations than any other strain has been found in Tanzania, according to researchers.  Virologists said it looked further removed from the original Wuhan virus than any other strain known to science, including variants found in Kent, South Africa and India.  It was first picked up in three […]

Covid UK: Daily deaths fall 42% to 22 as cases fall 3.8% to 2,396

[ad_1] Covid deaths have fallen by more than 40 per cent over the last week — down to just 22 victims today, according to Department of Health data. Cases are also continuing to fall despite more testing being carried out and another 2,396 infections were posted today — a fall of 3.8 per cent from […]

‘Nannying’ scientists call for alcohol to be BANNED from supermarkets

[ad_1] Stripping alcohol from supermarket shelves could help to curb Britain’s drinking problem, according to ‘nannying’ scientists.  Researchers say policies to clamp down on problem drinking would work better if the UK moved to a radical Scandinavian-style system where booze is sold exclusively in off-licences. Cardiff University experts made the case after their study found […]

Covid England: SAGE drops R rate estimate and says figure may be as low as 0.7

[ad_1] England’s coronavirus R rate could now be as low as 0.7 and infections are continuing to fall, according to official estimates. No10’s scientific advisers predict the reproduction rate – the average number of people infected patients pass the virus on to – is no higher than 1.0. Last week SAGE said the figure was […]

Covid UK: Daily cases fall 20% in a week to 2,596 as deaths fall 43% to 34

[ad_1] Britain’s daily Covid cases fell again today as officials recorded just 2,596 positive tests — down 20 per cent in a week. Department of Health bosses also posted 34 daily deaths — down 43 per cent on last Friday’s figures.  And the most up-to-date hospital admission figures show the number of infected coronavirus patients […]

‘Safe’ Z-drug sleeping tablets given to MILLIONS each year are as addictive as Valium

[ad_1] Zopiclone is the so-called ‘safer’ sleeping pill dished out by doctors to millions of Britons each year.  When it was launched in the 1990s, it was touted as a user-friendly alternative to older and notoriously addictive tranquillisers. And in the short-term, zopiclone causes few problems. Indeed, it can be a lifeline to those battling […]

Coronavirus: Just half of carers vaccinated in London borough with South Africa variant outbreak

[ad_1] Real name: B.1.351 When and where was it discovered?  Scientists first noticed in December 2020 that the variant, named B.1.351, was genetically different in a way that could change how it acts. It was picked up through random genetic sampling of swabs submitted by people testing positive for the virus, and was first found […]

Covid-19 UK: Nearly half of over-50s refuse the coronavirus vaccine in parts of England

[ad_1] More than half of people in England are now living in areas that are almost entirely free of coronavirus and have vaccine uptake rates above 90 per cent, MailOnline can reveal today in a fascinating set of interactive tools. Latest NHS England figures show nationally 89 per cent of over-50s had received at least […]

Fewer Britons are sticking to 10-day self-isolation following a positive test result, survey finds

[ad_1] Fewer Covid-infected Britons are sticking to the 10-day self-isolation rules than two months ago, an official survey suggests. The Office for National Statistics found 82 per cent of those questioned who tested positive said they followed the mandatory quarantine in the six days to March 13.  For comparison, the figure in early February — […]

Endometriosis: Woman claims she was refused hysterectomy due to age

[ad_1] A woman with endometriosis has revealed how she ‘pleaded’ with her doctors for a hysterectomy to remove her womb – but claimed she was refused due to her age and childless status. Hannah Lockhart, 23, from Bangor, Northern Ireland, suffers from the long-term condition which sees tissue similar to the womb lining grow in […]

Covid-19: More than half of the UK has antibodies but scientists warn earlier immunity is fading

[ad_1] Covid antibody levels have stopped rising in older people, as official figures show Britain may still be way off herd immunity.    More than half of all adults tested positive for virus-fighting antibodies in the week ending March 28 — but the figure is unchanged on the last update a fortnight ago.  And rates are […]

Just 175 Covid patients are now being admitted to hospital every day in England

[ad_1] Just 175 Covid patients are now being admitted to hospital in England every day — down from 4,000 at the peak of the crisis in January, according to official figures that will pile even more pressure on No10 to ease lockdown quicker. NHS England data also shows the life-saving effect of vaccines, with the […]

Study suggests new advice for medics treating high blood pressure — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] New research led by a professor at NUI Galway is set to change how doctors treat some patients with high blood pressure — a condition that affects more than one in four men and one in five women. The study by researchers at NUI Galway, Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Medical School found no […]

Covid UK: Daily deaths HALVE in a week to 13 while cases rise 29%

[ad_1] Daily Covid cases have jumped by nearly a third in a week, official figures revealed today in the first sign that England’s four-day Easter weekend may have fuelled a spike in transmission. Department of Health bosses posted another 3,568 positive tests across the UK – the highest daily toll since April 1. Deaths have […]

Why CAN Wales ease lockdown quicker if England can’t?

[ad_1] Pressure is building on No10 to accelerate its roadmap out of lockdown in England after Wales announced Covid restrictions would be lifted ahead of schedule.  Two households will be able to meet indoors on May 3 rather than May 10 because of ‘improvements’ in the public health situation and the vaccination roll-out, Welsh First […]

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: It’s official: If you’re over 60, you’re HAPPIER than ever! 

[ad_1] What is happiness? It’s one of those questions that’s vexed great minds down the ages, including the Peanuts creator, Charles M. Schulz, who famously said: ‘Happiness is a warm puppy.’ I hate to contradict one of my favourite philosophers but, thanks to the World Happiness Report, produced every March by the United Nations Development […]

Britain’s Covid cases drop by 13% in a week to 4,654 while deaths rise slightly to 23

[ad_1] Britain’s daily Covid cases have dropped 13 per cent in a week with 4,654 more infections today, official figures have revealed.  Deaths have risen slightly to 23 — up from 17 last Monday. But the Department of Health’s official fatality toll relies on registrations, meaning day-to-day counts can fluctuate.  Experts would be baffled by […]

BDA fury as dentists told to ‘get back to 60% of pre-Covid patient numbers or face NHS funding cut’

[ad_1] Dentists have been warned their NHS funding will be cut if they can’t get back to 60 per cent of their pre-Covid patient numbers over spring and summer. The British Dental Association (BDA) slammed No10’s ‘perverse’ target, which require clinics to get closer to normal patient numbers if they want to get paid. Social […]

More than HALF of people in England now have Covid antibodies thanks to huge vaccination drive

[ad_1] Almost 55 per cent of people in England now have Covid antibodies, suggesting at least half of the population now has some immunity against the disease. A major Office for National Statistics (ONS) testing survey today revealed 54.7 per cent of people in England had the virus-fighting proteins in the week ending March 14, […]

Covid Northern Ireland: Vaccine roll-out expanded to over-45s

[ad_1] Northern Ireland has today officially expanded its coronavirus vaccine drive to people under the age of 50, becoming the first home nation to move onto the next phase of the roll-out. The country’s NHS is now inviting everyone over 45 to book their appointment at a vaccination centre or one of 350 pharmacies deploying […]

Covid-19 UK: NHS under pressure to expand Covid vaccine roll-out to all adults

[ad_1] NHS under pressure to expand Covid vaccine roll-out to all adults with Moderna’s jab set to come on stream NEXT WEEK EXCLUSIVE: Adam Smith Institute called for roll-out to be extended to all adults  Vaccine drive has already been expanded to all over-45s in Northern Ireland  Moderna’s vaccine will arrived in Britain ‘any day […]

CDC says fully vaccinated people can travel internationally safely

[ad_1] Americans who are fully vaccinated can safely travel both domestically and internationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday.    Fully vaccinated people of any nationality arriving to the U.S. from other countries no longer have to quarantine upon arrival, and Americans can leave the U.S. without testing negative before boarding an international […]

More than 100 MILLION Americans have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine

[ad_1] The U.S. has now vaccinated more than 100 million people with at least one dose of COVID-19 shots, a historic milestone in effort to end the pandemic.  Almost a third of American adults now have or will soon have some degree of protection against COVID-19.  About 17.5 percent of Americans are now fully vaccinated […]

Should toddlers be vaccinated against Covid-19?

[ad_1] In just over a week, millions of Britons will be dining at restaurants, returning to exercise classes and, at long last, getting a haircut. This easing of lockdown rules is a remarkable feat, given that just eight weeks ago Covid deaths stood at 1,500 a day and the population was stuck inside with no hope […]

UK records 2,297 new Covid cases and 10 new daily deaths

[ad_1] The UK has recorded a further 10 Covid deaths for the second day in a row – but Wales and Northern Ireland’s data is not included due to Easter delays. Today’s daily death toll marks a 47 per cent drop on last Sunday.  Prior to Saturday, the last time the country’s death toll was this […]

Britons will be allowed to holiday in countries with high vaccination rates, PM to announce

[ad_1] What will Boris Johnson announce at today’s 5pm press conference? The next step of easing lockdown will go ahead as planned: The PM is expected to confirm that non-essential shops, gyms, hairdressers and libraries will reopen from April 12 while pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve customers outdoors.  A mass-testing scheme: Everyone […]

England’s Covid R rate stays stable and may still be as low as 0.8

[ad_1] Britain’s coronavirus outbreak is still heading in the right direction with cases continuing to tumble, according to official figures and estimates.  Department of Health bosses posted another 3,150 Covid cases today – down by 7 per cent on last week.  Another 60 victims were added to the official death toll, up slightly on last […]

Life WON’T return to normal on June 21 because Covid vaccines aren’t good enough, SAGE warns

[ad_1] Social distancing will need to remain in place for another year even if Boris Johnson‘s roadmap out of lockdown goes to plan, the Government’s top scientific advisers warned today. Senior SAGE sources said that while the vaccines prevent the vast majority of people from falling ill and dying from coronavirus, they ‘are not good enough’ to […]

Britain’s daily Covid cases fall by another third in a week with 3,030 more positive tests

[ad_1] Britain’s daily Covid cases have fallen by a third in a week but deaths have crept up slightly, official data revealed today as Boris Johnson faced fresh calls to speed up his lockdown easing plans. Department of Health figures showed another 3,030 cases and 53 deaths were recorded today — which was two more […]

Matt Hancock insists UK on track to hit July vaccination target

[ad_1] WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE RARE BLOOD CLOTS LINKED TO ASTRAZENECA’S VACCINE?  Only Britons who suffer one of the below symptoms four days post-vaccination need to contact their doctor.  Shortness of breath Chest pain Swollen leg Persistent stomach pain Severe headache Blurred vision Skin bruising beyond the site of injection   Matt Hancock today […]

AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine ‘may not be suitable for young people’, Prof Lockdown says

[ad_1] Britain’s vaccine regulator could stop younger people from having AstraZeneca‘s coronavirus jab as soon as today over concerns about rare cases of blood clots. The UK’s MHRA announced on Friday it has seen 30 brain clot cases in 18.1million AstraZeneca-vaccinated people – around one in every 600,000 people (0.00017 per cent).  But there are fears that […]

Covid-19 UK: Moderna’s vaccine comes on stream in small quantities

[ad_1] No10 may have to roll back its target date for vaccinating all adults if AstraZeneca‘s jab is banned for under-30s, an expert warned today.  And Britain may need to approve vaccines developed by Russia or China in order to hit the goal of offering everyone a first dose by the end of July.   The […]

Covid-19 UK: UK’s Covid outbreak is now in a similar position as it was in JULY

[ad_1] Boris Johnson today faced fresh calls to speed up lockdown easing plans as even more data showed England’s coronavirus outbreak is still in retreat, with cases now at levels not seen since last summer. Experts tracking the spread of Covid claim the country is still in a similar position as it was in July, […]

Studimi/ Ky është vendi më i lumtur në botë! Ja në cilin vend renditet Shqipëria, Kosova më e lumtur se ne

[ad_1] Finlanda është vendi më i lumtur në botë. Kombet Nordike dominojnë listën globale ndërsa Mbretëria e Bashkuar bie pesë vende në vendin e 18-të – ndërsa Zimbabve vjen i fundit në listë. Ndërkohë për sa i përket Shqipërisë, vendi ynë rendit i 63. ndërsa për sa i përket Kosovës renditet në vendin 31. Shumë […]

These international destinations are open to US tourists

[ad_1] Editor’s Note — CNN Travel updates this article periodically. It was last updated in its entirety on February 27. The US State Department advises that travelers consult country-specific travel advisories via their website or consult the CDC’s latest guidance. Before you make any international travel plans, check these sites first and again before you […]

Prince Philip spends second night in London hospital

[ad_1] Prince Philip: Decades in public life Britain’s Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, poses in his military dress uniform circa 1990. Prince Philip: Decades in public life Prince Philip was born into the royal families of Greece and Denmark. His family left Greece in 1922 and settled in Paris after his uncle, King Constantine […]

Princess Latifa: Dubai princess claims she is being held ‘hostage’ in secret video recordings

[ad_1] Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum — the daughter of UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum — was last seen publicly in March 2018 aboard a yacht off the coast of India before a raid by Indian and Emirati forces took her back to Dubai, according to two people who had […]

UK gears up for huge vaccination plan watched by the world

[ad_1] Nurses at the Royal Free Hospital, London, simulate the administration of the Pfizer vaccine to support staff training ahead of the rollout, in London, Friday Dec. 4, 2020. (Yui Mok/Pool Photo via AP) The coronavirus vaccine developed by American drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech was being sent to hospitals across the U.K. in super-cold […]

Last-ditch push as Britain, EU resume Brexit trade talks in Brussels

[ad_1] Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 11:46 British and European Union negotiators will meet in Brussels on Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to strike a post-Brexit trade deal before a transition agreement ends on Dec. 31. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke on Saturday and instructed their teams […]

UK medical chiefs eye major fall in COVID deaths by early 2021

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain The arrival of a vaccine should see coronavirus deaths in Britain reduce “significantly” by early next year but social mixing over Christmas could cause another spike before that, UK medical chiefs said Friday. Britain on Wednesday gave emergency approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine and will begin the world’s first […]

Brexit talks hang in the balance as EU warns it can make no more concessions

[ad_1] Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 08:22 European diplomats warned Thursday they have made all the concessions they can in trade talks with Britain, as Downing Street vowed to press ahead with a UK law that could undermine Brussels’ remaining trust in London. The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has been in London for six days, […]

Study identifies countries and states with greatest age biases

[ad_1] Two studies from Michigan State University pinpoint where in the world you’ll find the most age bias, and where the “golden years” are considered truly golden. Credit: Creative Commons via PxHere Elders are more respected in Japan and China and not so much in more individualistic nations like the United States and Germany, say […]

Americans brace for Covid ‘surge upon a surge’

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain America should prepare for a “surge upon a surge” in coronavirus cases as millions of travelers return home after the Thanksgiving holiday, top US scientist Anthony Fauci warned Sunday. The United States is the worst-affected country, with 266,074 COVID-19 deaths, and President Donald Trump’s administration has issued conflicting messages on […]

Europe virus toll crosses 400,000, shops reopen in France

[ad_1] Shoppers flocked to the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris as it reopened on Saturday Coronavirus deaths topped 400,000 Saturday in Europe, the world’s second worst-hit region, as parts of the continent began to reopen shops for the holiday season. But across the Atlantic fearful US shoppers turned to online outlets for a massive […]

Scotland begins student virus tests before Christmas

[ad_1] The centuries-old university has set up the centre as part of a rollout of Covid-19 tests for students across Scotland As an unusual term comes to a close and Christmas holidays draw closer, students at the University of St Andrews in Scotland filed in and out of a sports hall that has been transformed […]

More shops open as France starts easing virus lockdown measures

[ad_1] Issued on: 28/11/2020 – 07:23Modified: 28/11/2020 – 07:42 France and other parts of Europe reopen “non-essential” stores on Saturday in time for the holiday season after progress in containing the coronavirus pandemic. Most countries hope to ease their virus rules for Christmas and New Year, allowing families a respite before bracing for what the […]

Ireland eases Covid-19 lockdown restrictions ahead of Christmas

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Ireland on Friday announced a staggered easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions to allow some businesses to reopen and for families to gather ahead of Christmas. Speaking in a televised address, Taoiseach Micheal Martin said the upcoming festive period “cannot and will not be the kind of Christmas we are used […]

Tougher COVID rules for Wales, weeks after leaving lockdown

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Wales will introduce more stringent restrictions in an attempt to bring down rising coronavirus infection rates ahead of an easing of the rules over Christmas, the devolved government said Friday. Wales only emerged from a two-week countrywide “firebreak” lockdown on November 9, but rising rates and concern over a post-Christmas […]

Why coronavirus rules should be about more than just stopping transmission

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The success or failure of coronavirus regulations is often assessed on whether they affect the rate of transmission in the community, and whether or not people comply with them. But what about the ethics behind the measures? With inevitable and complex value judgments at play, responses to COVID-19 have shown […]

France risks US wrath with ‘digital tax’ on tech groups’ 2020 earnings

[ad_1] Issued on: 25/11/2020 – 15:16 France will require online technology giants to pay a new “digital tax” on their 2020 earnings, the finance ministry said Wednesday, breaking a truce with Washington over the long-running tax fight that could prompt a round of punitive US tariffs on French goods. “The companies subject to this tax […]

Konkurrencë më e madhe se kurrë, shikoni kandidatët për ta fituar çmimin “Puskas”

[ad_1] FIFA ka zbuluar kandidatët në listën e ngushtë për shtatë trofe individualë që do të paraqiten në ceremoninë e cmimeve “The Best” nga FIFA-s me 17 Dhjetor 2020. Një ndër çmimet më interesante që do të dhurohet me 17 dhjetor është edhe ai “Puskas”, i cili këtë vit ka konkurrencë më të madhe se […]

UK to relax coronavirus curbs over Christmas

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Coronavirus restrictions on social mixing and travel will be eased across the UK over Christmas to allow up to three households to celebrate the festive season together, officials said Tuesday. The arrangement will be in force from December 23 to 27, according to a joint statement by the administrations of […]

N.Ireland, Scotland set for more virus curbs

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Northern Ireland shops, pubs and restaurants will shut for two weeks in efforts to curb the coronavirus, the British province announced, on the eve of Friday’s partial reopening of businesses. Cafes, hairdressers and beauty salons were permitted to unlock their doors on Friday as five weeks of limited “circuit-breaker” restrictions […]

German vaccine maker gives hope as US virus deaths top 250,000

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The German maker of a top coronavirus vaccine said on Friday its jab could be delivered as early as December, offering more promising news even as virus deaths in the world’s worst affected country, the United States, passed a quarter of a million. A slew of positive clinical vaccine trials […]

British writer Douglas Stuart wins Booker Prize for coming-of-age novel ‘Shuggie Bain’

[ad_1] Issued on: 20/11/2020 – 00:50 Scottish author Douglas Stuart on Thursday was awarded the 2020 Booker Prize for his acclaimed debut novel “Shuggie Bain,” set in his home city of Glasgow.  “I always wanted to be a writer so this is fulfilling a dream,” said Stuart, whose novel about a working-class family in the […]

Award winning image demonstrates effectiveness of DIY masks in fight against COVID-19

[ad_1] Credit: Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) An award-winning research image produced by a project at Cork Institute of Technology applies imaging techniques developed for astrophysics to see how effective various textiles are at stopping the flow of exhaled droplets, when they are used for DIY face masks. Wearing a mask or face covering is one […]

Time is running out for Brexit deal, EU warns UK, amid final crisis talks in Brussels

[ad_1] Issued on: 16/11/2020 – 16:59 European Union diplomats warned Britain on Monday that time was fast running out for a Brexit deal, and that it may already be too late to ratify one, as negotiators in Brussels began a last-ditch attempt to avoid a tumultuous exit at the end of December.  Almost five years […]

Lojtari i Tottenhamit infektohet me Covid-19

[ad_1] Mbrojtësi i Tottenham, Matt Doherty ka testuar pozitivisht për koronavirus – ndërsa ishte në detyrë ndërkombëtare, ka konfirmuar Republika e Irlandës. Mbrojtësi i djathtë – së bashku me shokun e ekipit të Irlandës, James McClean, i cili gjithashtu ka dalë pozitiv – luajti 90 minuta në humbjen e dielën mbrëma 1-0 nga Uellsi,  përcjell […]

China’s New Testing Policy for Travelers Is Problematic, Experts Say

[ad_1] As cases of the coronavirus continue to climb worldwide, many countries are doubling down on testing policies that can grant or bar entry to travelers attempting to move across international borders. But an unusual new testing policy, announced by China at the end of October, has health experts baffled. It requires inbound travelers to […]

U.K. has biggest 1-day jump in confirmed coronavirus cases

[ad_1] One shopper walks away with a full cart as others queue outside a major supermarket in Leicester, England, Sunday Nov. 1, 2020. The British government announced on Saturday a four-week public lockdown in response to the latest coronavirus surge, and government lawmaker Michael Gove on Sunday acknowledged that the lockdown could be extended. (Joe […]

Gladbach forward Marcus Thuram eyes first France cap in Finland friendly

[ad_1] Issued on: 11/11/2020 – 08:20 Borussia Moenchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram, son of France’s 1998 World Cup winner Lilian, is hoping to win his maiden cap on Wednesday when the world champions take on Finland in a friendly at the Stade de France. Thuram has scored three goals in 10 games for the Bundesliga club in all competitions this […]

Biden calls Trump’s refusal to concede US election an ‘embarrassment’

[ad_1] President-elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday that nothing would stop the transfer of power in the U.S. government, while President Donald Trump pursued lawsuits in several states in a long-shot bid to hold on to power. Trump’s campaign said it would file a lawsuit to stop Michigan from officially certifying Biden as the winner […]

Foreign affairs veteran Biden is ‘Kennedy-era internationalist’ – and ‘an adult’

[ad_1] US foreign policy is poised for a stark change in January, when Donald Trump – who took office in 2017 as an undiplomatic dilettante on world affairs – finally passes the torch to Joe Biden, the former vice president and longtime Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair. Biden brings experience and a steadier pair of […]

A look at Biden’s foreign policy agenda

[ad_1] US President-Elect Joe Biden’s approach to diplomacy is diametrically opposed to that of the outgoing Donald Trump, known as he was to levy undiplomatic salvos at foreign leaders via social media. But one shouldn’t expect a wholesale revamp in substance when the veteran Democrat takes office in January. FRANCE 24 takes a closer look […]

First COVID lockdown had major impact on type 2 diabetes diagnosis and monitoring

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain New diagnoses for type 2 diabetes within a U.K. cohort of 13 million people were 70% down in the month of April 2020, compared to expected rates based on 10-year trends in 23 million people, according to new research. The research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research […]

Biden to name virus team as worldwide cases top 50 million

[ad_1] Swiss army reservists were deployed to support public hospitals The global tally of people infected by the coronavirus shot past 50 million on Monday, as United States President-elect Joe Biden geared up to name the scientists who will lead the country’s response to its disastrous outbreak. The incoming leader made the pledge in his […]

‘Gladiator’ skippers set sail in Vendée Globe high seas race

[ad_1] Issued on: 08/11/2020 – 15:42 Britain’s Alex Thomson said that the 33 skippers who start the ninth edition of the Vendee Globe race on Sunday will feel like “gladiators” as they slide out of the channel at Les Sables-d’Olonne and on to the high seas.  The approximately 24,296 nautical miles solo non-stop round-the-world race […]

Biden vows immediate, science-based action on virus

[ad_1] Joe Biden said top scientists would be appointed to his coronavirus task force President-elect Joe Biden vowed Saturday immediate action to contain the United States’ coronavirus crisis, signalling science would dominate the national response once Donald Trump leaves the White House. Biden’s pledge, in his first national address since defeating Trump, followed three days of […]

Macron urges Europe to strengthen border controls after terror attacks

[ad_1] Issued on: 05/11/2020 – 16:13 Europe must rethink its open-border Schengen area, including a more robust protection of the zone’s external frontiers, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, after a spate of Islamist attacks in France and Austria. The tighter controls were needed to curb clandestine immigration, said Macron, adding that the criminal gangs illegally trafficking migrants […]

England enters second lockdown as Covid death toll hits six-month high

[ad_1] Issued on: 05/11/2020 – 10:04 After downing a final round of drinks, queueing outside soon-to-close shops or getting a last haircut, England’s 56 million people entered a second coronavirus lockdown on Thursday with more doubts about the stringent policy than the first time around.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson abandoned a recently introduced system of […]

Spain under pressure to impose virus lockdown

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain With coronavirus infections rising, Spain’s central government was under pressure Wednesday to follow the example of other European nations and impose a new national shutdown. The country has the second-highest caseload in the European Union after France. It has recorded more than 1.2 million cases so far and 36,495 deaths, […]

Italy to impose anti-virus night curfew

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Italy’s prime minister has signed a decree to enforce a nationwide night curfew from 10 pm on Thursday as he tries to halt the resurgence of coronavirus, media reported. Giuseppe Conte was expected to detail other measures, such as shutting shopping centres at the weekend and also museums, in a […]

Europe imposes new virus curbs as exasperation, anger grows

[ad_1] Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Germany on Monday led a further tightening of coronavirus restrictions in Europe that have triggered anger and frustration across the continent, while the COVID-19 crisis in the United States deepened. The virus has infected more than 46 million people worldwide, with close to 1.2 million deaths, and the acute outbreaks […]

New English lockdown could last longer than month, govt says

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A new four-week coronavirus lockdown in England will be extended if it fails to reduce infection rates, the government said Sunday, as it faced criticism over the abrupt decision to shut down again. The second national lockdown, hastily announced late Saturday following warnings hospitals could be overwhelmed within weeks, is […]

Fresh lockdowns fuel angry protests as Covid cases climb across Europe

[ad_1] Issued on: 01/11/2020 – 19:51 Anger and exasperation over new coronavirus curbs grew Sunday as European nations wound back the clocks to the spring with fresh lockdowns and restrictions aimed at halting galloping infections and deaths Protesters in several Spanish cities clashed with security forces for a second night running Saturday, police said, while […]

Johnson announces month-long virus lockdown for England

[ad_1] Under the stringent new rules set to come into force from Thursday, people must stay at home except in cases where exemptions apply, such as for work, education or exercise, while all but essential shops will close Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday announced a new four-week coronavirus lockdown across England, a dramatic shift […]

England to lock down again as virus surges in Europe

[ad_1] Under the new lockdown England’s population must stay at home except when exemptions apply, such as for work, education or exercise, while all but essential shops will close Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new four-week coronavirus lockdown in England, which will join several European countries in imposing the measure for a […]

England win rugby’s Six Nations as France defeat Ireland in Paris

[ad_1] Issued on: 31/10/2020 – 23:13 England were crowned Six Nations Champions on Saturday after they beat Italy 34-5 in Rome and France defeated Ireland 35-27 in Paris.  Les Bleus notched up a bonus-point victory thanks to a fourth try from Virimi Vakatawa, but missed out on a first Championship title in a decade after […]

Johnson announces new month-long lockdown in England as UK Covid cases top 1 million

[ad_1] British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday announced a new month-long lockdown for England after being warned that without tough action a resurgent coronavirus outbreak will overwhelm hospitals in weeks. On the day the U.K. passed 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, Johnson made a sudden about-face and confirmed that stringent restrictions on business and […]

England set for another virus lockdown: reports

[ad_1] Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering imposing a new lockdown across England within days following warnings his localised restrictions strategy has failed to curb soaring coronavirus rates, reports said Saturday. Johnson is expected to announce on Monday the stringent new rules closing all but “essential” stores, while keeping schools, […]

Millions more face virus restrictions in northern England

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Millions more people in northern England face stricter coronavirus rules next week, the government said Friday as it perseveres with a localised response to surging case rates. From Monday, nearly 2.4 million residents in five districts of West Yorkshire, including in the city of Leeds, will be barred from socialising […]

With record 52,000 new cases, France struggles to contain Covid-19

[ad_1] Issued on: 26/10/2020 – 14:07 France set a grim record on Sunday after reporting more than 52,000 new coronavirus cases, raising concerns that greater restrictions may be needed as the country struggles to contain the epidemic. Despite the French government’s efforts to rein in the virus with targeted measures in local hotspots – such […]

UN treaty banning nuclear weapons to take effect as 50th country ratifies text

[ad_1] Issued on: 25/10/2020 – 08:46 An international treaty banning nuclear weapons has been ratified by a 50th country, the UN said Saturday, allowing the “historic” text to enter into force after 90 days. While nuclear powers have not signed up to the treaty, activists who have pushed for its enactment hold out hope that […]

UK police to enforce travel ban

[ad_1] A matrix sign on the A48(M) heading towards Cardiff informing motorists to Wales entering a “firebreak” lockdown, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. A police force in England says it will try to stop people from leaving Wales, which has started a 17-day lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Gloucestershire Constabulary says it will […]

Countries battle rising virus cases as WHO sees ‘exponential’ rise

[ad_1] SARS-CoV-2 (shown here in an electron microscopy image). Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH A number of countries tightened anti-coronavirus measures on Saturday, with France extending a curfew and Belgium bringing forward its own, as Germany’s death toll passed 10,000 and the US reported 80,000 infections in a single day. In […]

Europe sounds alarm over second wave of Covid infections as WHO warns of ‘exponential’ rise

[ad_1] Issued on: 24/10/2020 – 16:32 The European Union’s disease control agency has joined frantic health workers to sound the alarm over a coronavirus surge across the continent, as the World Health Organization warned of an “exponential” rise in infections. Even countries that avoided severe outbreaks during Europe’s first wave of contagion in the spring […]

Europe, WHO sound alarm over resurgent virus crisis

[ad_1] Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain The EU’s disease control agency on Friday joined frantic health workers across Europe in sounding the alarm about the surge in coronavirus infections as the World Health Organization warned of an “exponential” rise in cases. Several countries in Europe are reporting infection rates higher than during the first wave of […]

US on brink of rampant Covid-19 spread, Europe hospitals strained

[ad_1] Nearly two-thirds of U.S. states were in a danger zone of coronavirus spread and six, including election battleground Wisconsin, reported a record one-day increase in COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday while the pandemic’s resurgence in Europe strained hospitals. Coronavirus deaths hit fresh daily records in Hawaii, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin, a state that […]

Ireland steeled for start of second virus lockdown

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Ireland on Wednesday braced for the start of a second nationwide coronavirus lockdown, with fears the new six-week hiatus will deal a heavier blow than the last one. “It’s devastating to see us locked down again … during our busiest line-up for the Christmas period,” antique jeweller John Farrington told […]

UK govt suffers defeat in House of Lords over controversial Brexit bill

[ad_1] Issued on: 21/10/2020 – 07:40 Britain’s upper house of Parliament delivered a resounding condemnation of the government’s contentious new Brexit legislation on Tuesday, as a standoff continued between the U.K. and the European Union over future trade relations. The House of Lords voted 395-169 to add words to the Internal Market Bill expressing “regret” […]

Leaders in US, Europe divided on response to surging virus

[ad_1] Shoppers buy face masks on O’Connell Street in Dublin city centre, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020. Ireland’s government is putting the country at its highest level of coronavirus restrictions for six weeks in a bid to combat a rise in infections. The measures take effect at midnight Wednesday and run until Dec. 1. (Niall Carson/PA […]

UK, Manchester still at odds over tough virus restrictions

[ad_1] Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns to Downing Street after attending a Cabinet meeting in London, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) The British government appeared poised Tuesday to impose strict coronavirus restrictions on England’s second-largest city after talks with officials in Greater Manchester failed to reach an agreement on financial support for […]

UK to impose local virus rules after tussle with mayor

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The British government was set to impose tougher coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday on the English city of Manchester, defying the wishes of local leaders for the first time under a new system of localised curbs. Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned last week of the need for action but Greater Manchester […]

European nations mixed in their response to virus spikes

[ad_1] Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate the Duchess of Cambridge meet medical staff, Respiratory Physio Isobel Fale, second right, and Medical Oncology Trainee and Chief Registrar Dr Myria Galazi, left, as they visit St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, to mark the launch of the nationwide ‘Hold Still’ community photography project, Tuesday, Oct. 20, […]