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Latest coronavirus information as of 5 pm on 5 August

UK ought to have launched tighter border controls early within the pandemic, say MPs

The UK government’s decision to not impose tighter border controls and quarantine rules “accelerated” the pandemic, a report by the UK’s house affairs choose committee has discovered. The report says the failure to introduce stricter border measures for arrivals allowed hundreds of individuals with covid-19 into the UK in February and March. The report added that the federal government was sluggish to recognise the elevated danger of the illness spreading from different European international locations, significantly Spain. In February and the primary half of March, underneath the federal government’s preliminary quarantine rules, travellers from China’s Hubei province, sure areas of South Korea, Iran and ultimately Italy, have been requested to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival within the UK. The report criticises the federal government’s determination to not embody Spain on this preliminary checklist, including that it made a “critical error” in mid-March by ending this quarantine recommendation for individuals with out signs arriving from different international locations. Under present authorities rules, launched in July, individuals arriving within the UK from sure international locations are required to quarantine for 14 days and may be fined for failing to take action.

Linda Bauld, a public well being researcher on the University of Edinburgh, UK says that “a key public health measure to contain the spread of infectious diseases is travel restrictions,” including that measures on the border are important and a few international locations, similar to Vietnam and Singapore, carried out these very early on. The UK, in distinction, “acted too late,” says Bauld. 

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The metropolis of Aberdeen in Scotland has been put underneath a local lockdown in response to a coronavirus outbreak linked to a pub. Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon right this moment confirmed that 54 circumstances have been linked to the brand new cluster. All pubs, bars and eating places in Aberdeen will probably be required to shut from 5 pm right this moment.

Australia right this moment recorded its highest number of daily new cases for the reason that begin of the pandemic, with 739 new circumstances confirmed by officers, 725 of which have been within the state of Victoria. 12 of the nation’s new circumstances have been recorded in New South Wales, which has launched new quarantine rules for residents coming back from Victoria.

Authorities in North Korea have quarantined greater than 3635 major and secondary contacts of a person with suspected coronavirus, based on a World Health Organization official, though his take a look at outcomes have been inconclusive. 

Most individuals within the UK mentioned they would cancel a holiday in the event that they have been required to put on a masks in public on the journey or to quarantine on their return, based on a YouGov survey. The survey discovered that 65 per cent of respondents mentioned they might cancel their journey if masks have been necessary always and 70 per cent mentioned they might cancel in the event that they needed to quarantine once they obtained again to the UK.

Coronavirus deaths

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The worldwide loss of life toll has handed 701,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 18.5 million, based on the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins University, although the true variety of circumstances will probably be a lot larger.

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The New York Times is assessing the progress of various vaccine candidates and potential drug therapies for covid-19, and rating them for effectiveness and security.

Humans of COVID-19 is a mission highlighting the experiences of key employees on the frontline within the combat towards coronavirus within the UK, by social media.

Coronavirus, Explained on Netflix is a brief documentary sequence inspecting the on-going coronavirus pandemic, the efforts to combat it and methods to handle its psychological well being toll.

New Scientist Weekly options updates and evaluation on the most recent developments within the covid-19 pandemic. Our podcast sees skilled journalists from the journal focus on the largest science tales to hit the headlines every week – from expertise and house, to well being and the atmosphere.

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Children on the Harris Academy’s Shortland’s faculty in London, UK in June

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4 August

World faces “catastrophe” as a result of faculty closures, says UN chief

The world faces a “generational catastrophe” as a result of school closures brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, UN secretary-general António Guterres mentioned right this moment. Getting college students safely again to the classroom as soon as native transmission of the coronavirus is underneath management have to be a “top priority” for governments, and failing to do that “could waste untold human potential, undermine decades of progress, and exacerbate entrenched inequalities,” he mentioned in a video message right this moment. 

Since mid-July, faculties have been closed in about 160 international locations worldwide, affecting greater than 1 billion college students. In the UK, a modelling research revealed in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health means that present ranges of coronavirus testing and speak to tracing will probably be inadequate to forestall a second wave of the virus when schools reopen in September. In the US, academics, help workers and fogeys in additional than 35 faculty districts protested towards US president Donald Trump’s push to reopen faculties whereas covid-19 continues to be surging in lots of states.

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Virologists have been excluded from UK authorities discussions on how to answer the coronavirus pandemic, says the UK Clinical Virology Network, which represents researchers within the area. Virologists say they weren’t consulted in regards to the authorities’s buy of recent 90 minute assessments for the coronavirus and different respiratory viruses from two UK firms, which was introduced yesterday. The group despatched a letter to authorities scientific and medical advisors, Patrick Vallance and Chris Whitty in July however say they haven’t heard again. “It just seems there is a rush to do everything privately,” Will Irving, one of many signatories on the University of Nottingham, instructed the Guardian.

India recorded 52,050 new cases yesterday, based on well being officers, making it the seventh consecutive day that every day new circumstances within the nation surpassed 50,000. 

Australia right this moment elevated fines for repeated breaches of the lockdown within the state of Victoria from A$1652 (£900) to A$5000 (£2739). There has been an increase in individuals resisting lockdown measures, based on authorities within the state capital Melbourne.

Coronavirus deaths

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The worldwide loss of life toll has handed 694,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 18.Three million, based on the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins University, although the true variety of circumstances will probably be a lot larger.

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The US has no plan: Researchers say the US is missing a cohesive plan to deal with an enormous second wave of coronavirus and spotlight the shortage of a powerful contact-tracing programme to assist include the unfold. 

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3 August

New 90 minute coronavirus and flu assessments to be rolled out within the UK subsequent week

New 90 minute DNA and swab tests for coronavirus, flu and different respiratory viruses will probably be accessible in hospitals and care properties within the UK from subsequent week, the federal government introduced right this moment. The authorities says each assessments can detect the coronavirus and different respiratory viruses in simply 90 minutes, quicker than present assessments, a 3rd of which take greater than 24 hours to course of. “The fact these tests can detect flu as well as covid-19 will be hugely beneficial as we head into winter,” mentioned UK well being minister Matt Hancock.

The authorities has secured entry to five.Eight million DNA-based assessments and 5000 DNA testing machines from UK-based firm DNA Nudge, in addition to 450,000 swab assessments from one other UK firm, Oxford Nanopore. Currently, there isn’t any publicly accessible knowledge on the accuracy of the brand new assessments. But John Bell on the University of Oxford, who has been advising the federal government on testing, instructed the BBC that the brand new assessments had the identical sensitivity as current laboratory-based assessments. DNA Nudge claims their take a look at has an accuracy of 98 per cent.

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Officials in Greater Manchester in England declared a major incident today in response to rising coronavirus circumstances within the area. The declaration will enable native authorities to entry additional nationwide sources if required, with the police capable of draft within the military in the event that they want help. Since Friday, individuals in Greater Manchester and different elements of northern England will not be allowed to satisfy individuals from different households indoors.

The US has entered a new phase of its coronavirus epidemic, with infections “extraordinarily widespread” in each rural and concrete areas, based on the White House coronavirus activity power coordinator, Deborah Birx. She mentioned southern and western states have turn into hotspots for the virus and inspired individuals to observe well being suggestions, together with sporting face coverings and practising social distancing.

The coronavirus pandemic is likely to be “lengthy” and “response fatigue” is a danger, based on an emergency committee advising the World Health Organization. During a gathering on Friday, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus instructed the committee: “The pandemic is a once-in-a-century health crisis, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come.”

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The worldwide loss of life toll has handed 690,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 18.1 million, based on the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins University, although the true variety of circumstances will probably be a lot larger.

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People procuring in Oldham, the place circumstances of coronavirus have risen in current weeks.

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31 July

Easing of restrictions tightened in northern England and delayed throughout the nation

Further easing of restrictions in England are postponed for at least two weeks, as a result of current will increase in circumstances, UK prime minister Boris Johnson introduced right this moment. From 8 August, face coverings will turn into obligatory in additional indoor settings, together with museums and locations of worship. Face coverings are already necessary in retailers, supermarkets and on public transport. “Higher risk settings” together with bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos have been as a result of open tomorrow however won’t accomplish that till a minimum of 15 August. Indoor performances and marriage ceremony receptions of as much as 30 individuals won’t be allowed to renew. 

The announcement comes after further restrictions have been positioned on individuals dwelling in Greater Manchester, elements of East Lancashire, West Yorkshire and Leicester in England, who will no longer be allowed to meet indoors. The Department of Health and Social Care mentioned individuals within the affected areas are allowed to go to pubs and bars however that individuals from totally different households would want to take care of bodily distance. The new measures come after 1536 new circumstances have been recorded throughout these northern areas within the week main as much as 27 July. 

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The UK authorities’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies mentioned that easing restrictions dangers accelerating transmission of coronavirus at a gathering on 23 June, based on minutes of the assembly launched right this moment. “An increase in local outbreaks is highly likely” [if restrictions are eased], the minutes mentioned. The report additionally highlights the significance of efficient communication by the federal government, saying that solely 65 per cent of individuals recognise a cough or fever as a symptom of covid-19. 

In the UK, conservative MP Craig Whittaker has been criticised for saying that the Muslim neighborhood and other people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds in England “are just not taking the pandemic seriously.” His feedback come as restrictions have been tightened in elements of northern England forward of the Muslim celebration, Eid. “This is shameless scapegoating of minorities,” a spokesperson for the Muslim Council of Britain instructed the Guardian, including that Whittaker ought to apologise. 

Only about half of individuals within the UK mentioned they suppose covid-19 is a very powerful situation going through the nation right this moment, based on a survey performed by researchers on the University of Oxford between 16 and 22 July. The determine is down from 72 per cent on the finish of April.

The first death from covid-19 in Vietnam was recorded right this moment, based on state media. Vietnam had not detected any new infections for greater than three months till an outbreak in Da Nang began final week. 545 circumstances have been confirmed in Vietnam for the reason that begin of the pandemic.

Hong Kong’s authorities has postponed parliamentary elections as a result of happen in September for a 12 months, citing a current rise in coronavirus circumstances. Opposition politicians are arguing that the federal government is utilizing the pandemic to forestall individuals from voting.

Coronavirus deaths

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The worldwide loss of life toll has handed 674,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 17.Three million, based on the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins University, although the true variety of circumstances will probably be a lot larger.

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A consumer sporting a face masks within the metropolis centre of Sheffield, UK.

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30 July

70 per cent of individuals within the UK say they’re sporting face coverings

Wearing of face coverings has elevated within the UK, based on a survey by researchers at King’s College London and Ipsos MORI, a UK market analysis agency. 70 per cent of individuals surveyed between 17 and 20 July mentioned they’d worn one in the previous few weeks, up from 19 per cent in April. The majority of individuals – 81 per cent of these surveyed – mentioned they imagine that sporting a face masking helps to cease the unfold of coronavirus. Since 24 July, it has been necessary to put on one in retailers and supermarkets in England, though grocery store chains, together with Sainsbury’s and Asda, mentioned they won’t enforce the rule. According to the survey, just one in 20 individuals mentioned they’d confronted others for not sporting a masks and just one in 12 individuals mentioned they’d been confronted for not sporting one themselves. The researchers surveyed 2237 individuals aged 16 to 75.

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England had the highest levels of excess deaths of any European nation between late February and mid-June, based on an evaluation from the Office for National Statistics. Although England had the second highest peak in loss of life charges in Europe, after Spain, it had the longest interval the place deaths have been above common and so had the very best degree total. At its worst, the loss of life fee in England was nearly 2.2 instances larger than the five-year common the equal determine for Spain was 2.5. But deaths returned to common ranges extra rapidly in Spain than in England.

The UK today extended the number of days of self-quarantine for individuals who take a look at constructive for coronavirus or have covid-19 signs. It elevated from seven to 10 days, bringing the recommendation according to World Health Organization (WHO) steering. 

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has died from covid-19 after being sick with the illness for a month. Cain had attended US president Donald Trump’s election marketing campaign rally in Tulsa, a big gathering that raised considerations about its position in spreading the virus, though it isn’t clear the place Cain turned contaminated.

Florida will suspend all coronavirus testing from right this moment till Tuesday as a result of considerations about Tropical Storm Isaias, which is predicted to make landfall on Friday.

Australia reported a record daily increase in coronavirus cases and deaths yesterday, with 723 circumstances confirmed and 13 deaths. Restrictions have been tightened within the state of Victoria, the place nearly all of the brand new circumstances have been detected, and embody banning individuals from having guests at house. Starting on Sunday, individuals may even be required to put on face coverings exterior. 

Coronavirus deaths

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The worldwide loss of life toll has handed 668,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 17 million, based on the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins University, although the true variety of circumstances will probably be a lot larger.

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People pedaling a buggy in Quiberon, France. French officers have ordered nighttime curfews for seashores within the Brittany commune. 

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29 July

WHO Europe director says younger individuals could also be driving current spikes in circumstances 

Rising coronavirus infections amongst younger individuals could possibly be driving current spikes in circumstances throughout Europe, mentioned Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization’s Europe regional director, in a BBC report today. Kluge mentioned he has two daughters and understands that younger individuals “do not want to miss a summer,” however added that they’ve a accountability towards themselves, their members of the family and their communities. The Netherlands is amongst international locations which have reported higher infection rates amongst youthful individuals, with a couple of quarter of people that examined constructive there final week aged 20 to 29. Earlier this week, officers in Brittany, France ordered curfews on seashores, parks and gardens in an try to forestall giant gatherings of younger individuals specifically, based on native leaders. Officials in Spain have additionally imposed related curfews, with bars and nightclubs in Catalonia required to shut by midnight since Friday. 

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The US reported more than 1300 deaths from covid-19 yesterday, the very best every day loss of life toll recorded within the nation since May. More than 149,000 individuals within the US have now died from the illness and greater than 4.Three million circumstances have been recorded there for the reason that pandemic began.

The UK has signed an settlement to buy 60 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine candidate being developed by the pharmaceutical firms Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline. Financial phrases of the deal haven’t been disclosed. The vaccine candidate is predicted to enter scientific trials in September, and provides to 190 million doses of different coronavirus vaccine candidates secured by the UK authorities, together with 100 million doses of a vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford in partnership with AstraZeneca. Worldwide, there are greater than 160 coronavirus vaccines at present in improvement but it surely nonetheless isn’t clear if any will defend towards coronavirus. 

More than £4 million will go towards research geared toward understanding why individuals from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are disproportionately dying from covid-19. This funding may even go in the direction of analysis on the dangers posed to ethnic minority well being employees, migrants and refugees, and the shortage of illustration from individuals in numerous ethnic teams in scientific trials testing new therapies and vaccines for covid-19. The funding comes from the UK Research and Innovation and the National Institute for Health Research.

Coronavirus deaths

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The worldwide loss of life toll has handed 661,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 16.7 million, based on the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins University, although the true variety of circumstances will probably be a lot larger.

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Which covid-19 treatments work and how close are we to getting more?

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What to learn, watch and hearken to about coronavirus

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Coronavirus, Explained on Netflix is a brief documentary sequence inspecting the on-going coronavirus pandemic, the efforts to combat it and methods to handle its psychological well being toll.

New Scientist Weekly options updates and evaluation on the most recent developments within the covid-19 pandemic. Our podcast sees skilled journalists from the journal focus on the largest science tales to hit the headlines every week – from expertise and house, to well being and the atmosphere.

The Rules of Contagion is in regards to the new science of contagion and the stunning methods it shapes our lives and behavior. The creator, Adam Kucharski, is an epidemiologist on the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, and within the e book he examines how illnesses unfold and why they cease.

Contagion: The BBC Four Pandemic is a sober documentary in regards to the development of a hypothetical pandemic which the BBC simulated in 2017. Fronted by science journalist and TV presenter Hannah Fry, and made with the help of a few of the nation’s greatest epidemiologists and mathematical modelers, it’s very related to right this moment’s covid-19 pandemic.

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British vacationers who journey to Spain must quarantine for 14 days on their return.

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28 July

Europe is beginning to see indicators of a second wave, says UK prime minister

UK prime minister Boris Johnson right this moment mentioned Europe is starting to see signs of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. He mentioned it’s important that individuals quarantine themselves when returning to the UK from locations overseas the place there are outbreaks. Johnson talked about the federal government’s current reintroduction of a 14-day quarantine requirement for travellers coming back from Spain, and added: “We will continue, throughout the summer, to take such action where it is necessary.” Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sánchez described the UK’s new rules and suggestions as “unjust” arguing that in most elements of Spain the prevalence of covid-19 is decrease than within the UK. Some elements of Spain, together with the areas of Catalonia and Aragón, have seen a big uptick in infections not too long ago. The fee of an infection in Spain as an entire is 47.2 circumstances per 100,000 individuals, in comparison with 15 within the UK, based on the most recent figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

A rising variety of European international locations are grappling with current rises in coronavirus circumstances. Today the top of Germany’s public well being company, Lothar Wieler mentioned he’s very concerned by rising infections. “We don’t know yet if this is the beginning of a second wave but of course it could be,” Wielder mentioned at a press convention. Belgium’s prime minister Sophie Wilmès introduced a sequence of recent restrictions on Monday, following a big spike in infections and warned of a potential second lockdown.

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The “limited range” and lack of velocity in translating the UK’s coronavirus guidelines into other languages is placing non-English audio system in danger, based on a joint letter despatched to UK well being minister Matt Hancock. The letter, coordinated by medical humanitarian organisation Doctors of the World has been signed by 30 native authorities, public well being leaders and charities within the UK. The present social distancing information for England revealed on 11 May has nonetheless not been translated from English by the federal government. Doctors of the World mentioned it has additionally translated coronavirus steering into greater than 60 languages itself.

Twitter has deleted several tweets shared by US president Donald Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr, as a result of they included clips of a video containing misinformation about hydroxychloroquine, a spokesperson for Twitter instructed the Washington Post right this moment. The video options false and deceptive claims in regards to the coronavirus pandemic and has been eliminated by Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Emirates has turn into the first airline to offer coronavirus insurance to its clients. The airline can pay medical remedy, resort quarantine and funeral prices for passengers who catch covid-19 whereas travelling.

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The worldwide loss of life toll has handed 655,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 16.5 million, based on the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins University, although the true variety of circumstances will probably be a lot larger.

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World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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27 July

Covid-19 is “most severe” international well being emergency ever, says WHO director-general

Covid-19 is “easily the most severe” global health emergency the World Health Organization (WHO) has ever declared, mentioned WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus throughout a press briefing right this moment. More than 16 million coronavirus circumstances have been confirmed globally and there have been greater than 648,000 deaths from covid-19 recorded for the reason that pandemic started. It has been nearly six months for the reason that WHO declared covid-19 a public well being emergency of worldwide concern on the end of January. “Covid-19 has changed our world,” mentioned the director-general, including that the pandemic “has shown what humans are capable of – both positively and negatively.” 

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Restrictions are being reintroduced across Asia, as international locations try to manage new waves of coronavirus infections. In China, 61 new circumstances have been confirmed right this moment, the very best variety of every day new circumstances there since April. Over the weekend, Hong Kong, South Korea, India and Australia all hit new information for every day new circumstances for the reason that begin of the pandemic. Officials in Hong Kong introduced a tightening of restrictions right this moment together with banning gatherings of greater than two individuals. On Sunday, North Korea reported a case of coronavirus for the primary time. In Vietnam, 80,000 individuals in Danang, largely home vacationers, are being evacuated to 11 other cities within the nation after three residents examined constructive for the coronavirus over the weekend. The new circumstances in Vietnam are the primary recorded there in additional than three months. 

Travellers arriving in the UK from Spain will be required to quarantine for 14 days, the federal government introduced on Sunday, with six hours discover given to returning travellers. More than  600,000 British tourists are estimated to be in Spain on holidays in the intervening time. Previously, Spain had been included in an inventory of greater than 50 international locations which might be exempt from the UK’s quarantine rules. Health minister Helen Whately mentioned the federal government needed to act “rapidly and decisively” after circumstances in Spain rose over the previous week. Epidemiologist Keith Neal on the University of Nottingham described the UK’s decision as “sensible”, including that “these decisions need to be taken rapidly as situations develop.”

For the primary time within the UK, a pet cat has examined constructive for coronavirus. Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, mentioned the discovering “should not be a cause for alarm” and the UK authorities’s chief veterinary officer, Christine Middlemiss mentioned there isn’t a proof to recommend that pets instantly transmit the virus to people. The cat was examined at a laboratory in Surrey, England on 22 July and its house owners had beforehand examined constructive for covid-19. There have beforehand been studies of cats testing constructive for coronavirus elsewhere on the earth, together with in Hong Kong, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and the US. 

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The worldwide loss of life toll has handed 649,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 16.2 million, based on the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins University, although the true variety of circumstances will probably be a lot larger.

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The flu vaccine will probably be free to over 50s in England

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24 July

Free flu vaccine for everybody over 50 in England

To attempt to keep away from well being providers being overwhelmed within the winter, free flu vaccination will be offered to more people in England than usual, together with everybody over 50 and people with medical situations similar to diabetes.

“This winter more than ever, with Covid-19 still circulating, we need to help reduce all avoidable risks,” Chris Whitty, the UK’s chief medical officer, mentioned in a press release.

Large winter flu outbreaks usually pressure hospital sources. This winter there are fears there could be a resurgence of coronavirus as properly.

The NHS will contact people who find themselves eligible to get a free vaccine, beginning with these over 65 or at excessive danger due to a medical situation. Later it will likely be provided to individuals aged between 50 and 64 as properly, and kids within the first 12 months of secondary faculty, in addition to all major faculty kids.

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Discharging individuals from hospitals into care properties with out testing led to many avoidable covid-19 deaths in England, The Guardian reports. In submissions to a coronavirus inquiry, the Age UK charity mentioned older individuals have been “catastrophically let down”, and the British Medical Association mentioned the federal government’s testing and tracing strategy let the virus “spread unchecked.” 

India has reported a record 49,000 cases in a single day, together with 740 deaths. Only the US and Brazil are reporting extra every day circumstances.

Northern Ireland would be the first a part of the UK to get a contact tracing app. The app relies on one launched within the Republic of Ireland earlier this month. The well being committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly has additionally backed a plan for eliminating coronavirus altogether.

Imperial College London is looking for more people to take part in the trial of its experimental coronavirus vaccine. The trial is in its first part, and can embody 120 volunteers.

Vietnam has banned trade in live wildlife and wildlife products to forestall new pandemics. China has additionally pledged to do the identical. Some of the earliest coronavirus infections in Wuhan, China have been present in individuals who had been uncovered to wild animals at a market.

Some retailers within the UK, together with Sainsbury’s and Asda, have mentioned they gained’t ask workers to implement rules requiring people to wear face masks. The rules got here into power right this moment.

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The worldwide loss of life toll has handed 634,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 15.5 million, based on the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins University, although the true variety of circumstances will probably be a lot larger.

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23 July

Risk of second wave in England due to contact tracing failings

New figures out right this moment present England’s covid-19 testing and speak to tracing system continues to be failing to succeed in giant numbers of individuals, sparking warnings from well being leaders of a second wave of infections this winter.

Between 9 and 15 July, 3887 people were enrolled into the system, however solely 80 per cent of their shut contacts have been reached. Although that’s up from round three-quarters within the scheme’s preliminary weeks, the figures got here within the wake of analysis by The Guardian displaying the system was reaching far fewer individuals in areas with excessive an infection charges, with simply 47 per cent reached in Luton. The continued failure to succeed in hundreds of individuals drew criticism from the NHS Confederation, which represents NHS leaders.

“Without a test and trace system that is consistently robust across the whole country and effective at reaching people where the disease is particularly prevalent in a timely manner, we risk a second peak that could seriously endanger public health and put the NHS in the path of a wave of infections that could overwhelm it,” mentioned Layla McCay on the NHS Confederation, in a statement. The testing regime in England continues to be not hitting a goal of returning outcomes inside 24 hours of a take a look at. Just 46.Eight per cent of assessments carried out exterior of hospitals, the place the huge bulk of testing now takes place, offered a consequence inside 24 hours.

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Coronavirus testing in England could possibly be boosted by new walk-in testing centres by the top of October. Several hundred are deliberate, the BBC reports.

The French metropolis of Lyon, in the meantime, has begun testing with a machine similar to a breathalyser, which may return assessments in seconds.

Elsewhere, a world workforce has recognized the antibodies that seem like essentially the most potent in neutralising the coronavirus. The researchers, whose study is published in Nature, mentioned they imagine a few of them could also be “promising candidates” for devising therapies or stopping an infection.

From tomorrow, face coverings will probably be necessary in retailers in England, a measure which Scotland had already adopted. Guidance published today exhibits they may even have to be worn in banks and publish places of work, however won’t be required in eating places, pubs, hairdressers, leisure centres or cinemas.

From 1 August, individuals who have been shielding in Scotland will now not have to take action, the Scottish government announced.

Coronavirus deaths

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The worldwide loss of life toll has handed 624,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 15.2 million, based on the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins University, although the true variety of circumstances will probably be a lot larger.

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22 July

Visits to care properties in England allowed to renew topic to approval

Visits to some care homes in England will be allowed to renew topic to approval by native authorities and public well being officers, based on new authorities steering. Previously, visits to care properties have been restricted. “I know how painful it has been for those in care homes not being able to receive visits from their loved ones throughout this period,” mentioned the UK’s well being minister Matt Hancock. An estimated 6 per cent of coronavirus infections in England between 26 April and seven June have been amongst care house residents, based on a report by Data Evaluation and Learning for Viral Epidemics – an impartial group of worldwide researchers convened by the Royal Society. The up to date government guidance means that the variety of guests be restricted to at least one per resident and that guests put on a face masking. 

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Australia recorded its highest number of daily new coronavirus cases for the reason that begin of the pandemic. 502 new circumstances have been recorded nationally on Tuesday, with 484 within the state of Victoria alone. People within the higher Melbourne space and Mitchell Shire will probably be required to put on face masks in public from Thursday.

The coronavirus pandemic is displaying “no signs of slowing down” in the Americas, mentioned Carissa Etienne, the director of the Pan American Health Organization, throughout a digital briefing on Tuesday. Etienne mentioned that due to the excessive burden of infectious illnesses and power situations within the Americas, about 30 per cent of individuals throughout the area are at an elevated danger of growing extreme covid-19. There have been roughly 900,000 new coronavirus circumstances and nearly 22,000 deaths reported within the area over the previous week, with the bulk within the US, Brazil and Mexico. 

More than half of children in England, Wales and Scotland struggled to continue learning at house in the course of the UK’s coronavirus lockdown, based on an evaluation of nationally consultant surveys by researchers on the Office for National Statistics (ONS). More than 12,000 individuals have been surveyed on their experiences of home-schooling between 3 April and seven June. Almost one-third of working dad and mom mentioned that home-schooling their kids had negatively affected their work. Women have been extra probably than males to report finishing up instructional and caring duties throughout lockdown, based on a separate ONS report.

The variety of deaths from covid-19 in Scotland has fallen to the bottom degree for the reason that pandemic started, based on new figures from the Scottish authorities. Six individuals died from the illness within the week ending 19 July, making it the twelfth consecutive week through which deaths in Scotland fell.

Almost a quarter of people in Delhi, India have had coronavirus, based on random antibody testing of greater than 20,000 individuals. It nonetheless isn’t clear whether or not antibodies present long-lasting immunity to the virus, and the accuracy of some covid-19 antibody tests have been not too long ago known as into query. But the outcomes recommend that official case numbers in Delhi could also be an enormous underestimate. Delhi has reported greater than 123,000 circumstances for the reason that pandemic started, however the research suggests there could have been greater than 6.6 million circumstances within the metropolis. 

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The worldwide loss of life toll has handed 617,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 15 million, based on the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins University, although the true variety of circumstances will probably be a lot larger.

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Oxford vaccine: An experimental coronavirus vaccine developed on the University of Oxford produces the hoped for immune responses in individuals. Even although it isn’t but clear if this implies the vaccine will forestall infections, the group that made it has struck offers for firms to make 2 billion doses of it inside a 12 months. 

UK could eliminate coronavirus: A bunch of impartial scientists has recommended that the UK has the potential to turn into a covid-19-free zone – although this is probably not a objective price striving for. No nation has really eradicated the coronavirus from its shores and doing so would imply making such giant sacrifices in different areas of public well-being that it could do extra hurt than good.

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21 July

Humanity will probably be dwelling with the coronavirus for “many years,” says well being charity chief

“Things will not be done by Christmas,” Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, a big biomedical well being charity, and a member of the federal government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, told MPs today, talking in regards to the UK’s coronavirus pandemic. “This infection is not going away, it’s now a human endemic infection,” he mentioned. Even if we had a vaccine or superb therapies, “humanity will still be living with this virus for very many, many years… decades to come,” he mentioned. Farrar’s feedback come after UK prime minister Boris Johnson introduced additional easing of restrictions in England final week and mentioned he hoped for a “significant return to normality” by Christmas. Farrar was giving proof to the Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee as a part of an on-going inquiry into the federal government’s dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The authorities’s chief medical advisor Chris Whitty right this moment instructed the committee that there was no “huge delay” in the UK’s decision to go into lockdown in March. On 16 March, ministers have been introduced with proof in regards to the scale of the UK’s coronavirus outbreak in addition to modelling knowledge on the speed at which it was more likely to unfold. However, the UK’s lockdown wasn’t introduced till 23 March – every week later. Whitty mentioned that ministers “were put in an incredibly difficult position” and that the delay was “no more than you would reasonably expect for what are really very difficult things to operationalise and decide.”

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England’s test and trace programme has breached data protection law, the Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed in a letter despatched to the Open Rights Group, a privateness marketing campaign organisation. The initiative to hint the contacts of individuals recognized with coronavirus was launched with out finishing up an evaluation of its influence on individuals’s privateness. The Open Rights Group says this makes the programme illegal as it’s a requirement underneath the General Data Protection Regulation for any initiatives that course of individuals’s private knowledge to hold out such an evaluation. The group’s director Jim Killock instructed the BBC that this lack of “basic privacy safeguards” undermines public belief within the authorities, which is a “crucial element in the fight against the pandemic.”

Seven US states and Puerto Rico reported record high numbers of every day coronavirus-related hospitalisations on Monday. 59,966 new circumstances of covid-19 have been reported within the US as an entire, persevering with a downward development since every day new confirmed circumstances peaked at 75,643 on 16 July. US president Trump tweeted a photo of himself sporting a face masks yesterday, referring to the act as “patriotic.” The president has previously resisted sporting a face masks.

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The worldwide loss of life toll has handed 611,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 14.7 million, based on the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins University, although the true variety of circumstances will probably be a lot larger.

 

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20 July

Oxford’s coronavirus vaccine candidate seems secure and induces immune response

A coronavirus vaccine candidate being developed by the University of Oxford in partnership with pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca is safe and activates an immune response in individuals, based on preliminary outcomes from trials involving 1077 volunteers. People injected with the vaccine, known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, made antibodies and immune cells towards the coronavirus. The trial outcomes have been published today in The Lancet. No severe unwanted side effects have been discovered, though 70 per cent of individuals developed a fever or headache which could possibly be managed with painkillers. It isn’t but clear whether or not this vaccine candidate provides safety towards an infection with the coronavirus, and we gained’t know whether or not it may well cease individuals from changing into sick with covid-19 till we see the outcomes of bigger trials. Those trials will contain 10,000 individuals within the UK, 30,000 individuals within the US, 2,000 in South Africa and 5,000 in Brazil. 

The UK authorities has secured entry to 100 million doses of the vaccine candidate, along with 90 million doses of other coronavirus vaccine candidates from US and European firms. Globally, greater than 140 coronavirus vaccines are at present in improvement, with 23 candidates being examined in individuals.

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A new nebuliser treatment for covid-19 diminished the danger of extreme circumstances requiring a ventilator by 79 per cent in a preliminary trial of 101 sufferers within the UK. The remedy entails inhaling a protein known as interferon beta, which is of course produced within the physique as a part of the immune response to a viral an infection. In the double-blind trial, half of the individuals got the protein and half got a placebo. Those who acquired the drug have been two to 3 instances extra more likely to recuperate sufficiently to renew their on a regular basis actions, based on Synairgen, the corporate behind the remedy. The coronavirus blocks the pure manufacturing of interferon beta in lung cells, based on Tom Wilkinson, professor of respiratory drugs at University Hospital Southampton, who led the trial. Delivering interferon on to lungs is essential as a result of it isn’t potential to inject a excessive sufficient dose with out severe unwanted side effects, he mentioned. Although promising, the outcomes have to be handled with warning because the research measurement is small and the findings have but to be peer-reviewed. “We accept this is not the largest study. It was an exploratory study,” Wilkinson mentioned.

The seven-day common for every day new coronavirus cases in the US has risen for the 41st consecutive day, largely as a result of ongoing spikes within the variety of circumstances in Florida, Texas and California. Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti mentioned the county is “on the brink” of shutting down once more as a result of current rise in circumstances.

France has made face coverings mandatory in all enclosed public areas, with those that fail to stick to the rules going through fines of €135 (£123). Coronavirus circumstances are on the rise within the north-west and jap elements of the nation, with well being minister Olivier Véran warning that France has between 400 and 500 lively coronavirus clusters.

Anti-mask activists gathered in London’s Hyde Park on Sunday to protest the introduction of recent laws on face coverings. It will probably be mandatory to wear them in shops and supermarkets in England from 24 July. A survey by the Office for National Statistics performed between Eight and 12 July discovered that 61 per cent of individuals mentioned they used face coverings exterior their properties within the earlier week. 

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The worldwide loss of life toll has handed 606,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 14.5 million, based on the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins University, although the true variety of circumstances will probably be a lot larger.

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Eliminating covid-19: Australia was tantalisingly near eliminating the coronavirus, however is now seeing a surge in new circumstances. What went incorrect and may it regain management?

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17 July

New plans introduced for additional easing of restrictions in England

UK prime minister Boris Johnson right this moment introduced plans for further easing of restrictions in England between now and the top of the 12 months. People in England can now use public transport for any journey, and from 25 July indoor gyms, swimming pools and different sports activities services will probably be allowed to reopen throughout the nation. On 1 August the federal government will replace its recommendation about individuals going to work, with employers anticipated to be given extra accountability to find out how and the place their workers can work safely. But on Thursday, the federal government’s chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance instructed MPs there was “absolutely no reason” to change current guidance on working from house. “Working from home for many companies remains a perfectly good option because it’s easy to do,” he mentioned. Further adjustments to present restrictions are additionally deliberate for 1 August, together with the reopening of beauticians, bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos. Wedding receptions with as much as 30 friends may even be allowed from this date. 

“It is my strong and sincere hope that we will be able to review the outstanding restrictions and allow a more significant return to normality from November at the earliest possibly in time for Christmas,” Johnson mentioned throughout a press convention at Downing Street right this moment. But researchers have expressed considerations in regards to the potential of a deadly second wave of coronavirus infections hitting the UK in winter. Johnson pledged an extra £3 billion of funding for the NHS in England to organize for a potential second wave of coronavirus and to assist ease winter pressures on the well being service.

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The US recorded more than 70,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday – a record-high variety of every day new circumstances for the US and the world, surpassing the nation’s earlier document from one week in the past. 14 states reported greater than 1000 every day new circumstances, with greater than 13,000 new circumstances confirmed in Florida alone. In the US as an entire, there have been greater than 3.5 million coronavirus circumstances and greater than 138,000 deaths from covid-19 for the reason that pandemic started.

The UK’s well being minister Matt Hancock right this moment ordered a review into how the daily coronavirus death figures are calculated, after a preliminary analysis revealed that the present technique contains individuals who recovered from covid-19 after which died of one other trigger. As a consequence, Public Health England’s covid-19 loss of life tally could also be an overestimate. “Anyone who has tested covid positive but subsequently died at a later date of any cause will be included on the PHE covid death figures,” Carl Heneghan on the University of Oxford, one of many researchers behind the evaluation, instructed Sky News.

Use of face coverings is on the rise in the UK, based on a current survey by the Office for National Statistics. 61 per cent of individuals surveyed between Eight and 12 July mentioned they wore a face masking exterior their house, up from 52 per cent the earlier week. Starting on 24 July, face coverings will probably be necessary in retailers and supermarkets in England, according to recommendation from many scientific organisations, together with the Royal Society and Independent SAGE.

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The worldwide loss of life toll has handed 591,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 13.Eight million, based on the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins University, although the true variety of circumstances will probably be a lot larger.

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Space Telescope launch delayed: The launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has been delayed as soon as once more. Its deliberate launch date has slipped from March 2021 to 31 October 2021, partially as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

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Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine trials are being performed, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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16 July

Scientists recommend younger, wholesome individuals may take a look at coronavirus vaccine candidates

A bunch of scientists are calling for young, healthy people to help accelerate vaccine analysis by volunteering to be uncovered to the coronavirus in so-called “challenge trials.” The course of would possibly make it simpler to see how efficient totally different vaccine candidates are at offering safety towards covid-19. Challenge trials have been used prior to now to check vaccines, however they elevate moral questions on exposing wholesome individuals to a illness for which we’ve no remedy to ensure their security. “If challenge trials can safely and effectively speed the vaccine development process, then there is a formidable presumption in favour of their use, which would require a very compelling ethical justification to overcome,” mentioned an open letter signed by greater than 100 outstanding figures, together with 15 Nobel laureates, which was despatched to the US National Institutes of Health, a medical analysis organisation.

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The UK authorities continues to be falling in need of its goal of returning all covid-19 assessments in England inside 24 hours, based on knowledge revealed right this moment. UK prime minister Boris Johnson set the target in parliament on 3 June, saying that each one covid-19 assessments could be returned inside 24 hours by the top of the month. But greater than two weeks after the top of June, the most recent figures from the Department of Health and Social Care present that solely 50.6 per cent of people that have been examined for covid-19 within the week ending 8 July acquired their take a look at outcomes inside 24 hours, down from 55.Three per cent the the earlier week. The figures embody house assessments, along with these carried out at regional testing websites, cell testing models and satellite tv for pc testing centres throughout England. They additionally reveal that NHS Test and Trace didn’t manage to trace the contacts of 21 per cent of people who examined constructive for coronavirus throughout the identical time interval. 

UK safety officers mentioned details about coronavirus vaccines being developed in UK, US and Canadian organisations have been focused by Russian state-sponsored hackers. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre mentioned a gaggle known as APT29, which it mentioned was “almost certainly” a part of Russia’s intelligence providers, have been concentrating on analysis teams and drug firms. 

Phase III clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by Chinese state-owned firm Sinopharm have begun within the United Arab Emirates. The authorities of the UAE says  15,000 volunteers will probably be recruited within the nation over three to 6 months. There are at present 23 coronavirus vaccine candidates in human trials, with three of them in or near getting into part III, the ultimate stage of testing. 

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The worldwide loss of life toll has handed 584,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 13.5 million, based on the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins University, although the true variety of circumstances will probably be a lot larger.

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15 July

Moderna coronavirus vaccine candidate deemed secure in first human trial

A coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by US firm Moderna and the US National Institutes of Health, a medical analysis organisation, is predicted to turn into the first in the US to enter the final stage of clinical testing. Preliminary results recommended it’s secure and capable of induce an immune response towards the virus. Moderna plans to enter phase III clinical trials on 27 July, and hopes to test the vaccine on 30,000 individuals, together with these whose circumstances put them at high-risk of getting contaminated with the coronavirus. All 45 volunteers who acquired the experimental vaccine as a part of the part I trial for security have been discovered to have developed antibodies towards the coronavirus of their blood, and none had severe unwanted side effects. These volunteers have been youthful adults, and preliminary assessments on older adults are at present underneath evaluation. “No matter how you slice this, this is good news,” US authorities well being advisor Anthony Fauci instructed the Associated Press. There are at present 23 coronavirus vaccine candidates in scientific trials all over the world. 

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Face coverings will not be mandatory in offices in England, the UK’s well being minister Matt Hancock instructed MPs on Tuesday. This adopted the federal government’s earlier announcement that individuals in England will probably be required to put on face coverings in retailers and supermarkets beginning on 24 July. “The reason is that in offices you tend to spend a lot of time with the same people, and so the way to stop the spread of the virus in offices is to have social distancing, either two metres or one metre plus mitigations in place,” Hancock mentioned on BBC Radio 4 right this moment. Epidemiologist Rowland Kao on the University of Edinburgh says contact tracing can also be extra easy in places of work. “Contact tracing is going to be vital in preventing a large outbreak,” says Kao, including that lowering infections as a result of informal contact will play a giant position in permitting contact tracing to work properly.

London mayor Sadiq Khan mentioned the government was risking the public’s health “to cover the back of a cabinet minister” after minister Michael Gove was pictured getting into a Pret meals store in London with no face masking yesterday. The prime minister’s spokesperson mentioned that masks won’t be required when shopping for takeaway meals.

UK prime minister Boris Johnson right this moment mentioned there will probably be an independent inquiry into government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, though it isn’t but clear who will probably be main the inquiry and when it would begin. “Certainly we will have an independent inquiry into what happened,” he instructed parliament right this moment, including that now isn’t the suitable time for it as a result of the UK continues to be in the course of the pandemic.

New Zealand must be prepared for new coronavirus outbreaks, the nation’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern instructed journalists right this moment. She mentioned New Zealand would use native lockdowns to include any new outbreaks, with nationwide lockdowns imposed if mandatory. New Zealand’s strategy is aimed at completely eliminating the virus from the nation.

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The worldwide loss of life toll has handed 580,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 13.Three million, based on the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins University, although the true variety of circumstances will probably be a lot larger.

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New rules on face coverings: Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, face coverings and masks have turn into ubiquitous in some Asian international locations, however the UK public has typically been extra reluctant to undertake them. Now the regulation is about to alter. What are the brand new rules on face coverings in England and why did the coverage change?

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Hong Kong Disneyland has closed lower than a month after it reopened.

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14 July

Restrictions reimposed all over the world as international circumstances cross 13 million

Tighter lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures within the US, Hong Kong, the Philippines and different international locations are being reimposed as states and cities try to manage new waves of coronavirus circumstances. The governor of California yesterday closed all bars within the state and ordered eating places, cinemas and museums to halt indoor operations, reversing the reopening of those venues in mid-June. Today authorities in Hong Kong imposed new social distancing measures together with making masks necessary on public transport, limiting the dimensions of gatherings to 4 individuals and shutting Hong Kong Disneyland lower than a month after it reopened. In Manila, within the Philippines, 1 / 4 of 1,000,000 persons are anticipated to be put again underneath lockdown later this week to attempt to decelerate the unfold of infections. In the UK, tighter restrictions could be imposed on people in Blackburn after a spike in coronavirus circumstances. 

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Face coverings will turn into compulsory in shops and supermarkets in England from 24 July and the police can situation £100 fines for many who don’t comply, the federal government introduced right this moment. Children underneath 11 and other people with sure disabilities will probably be exempt. The authorities has been underneath rising stress from scientific organisations, together with the Royal Society and the not too long ago fashioned Independent SAGE, to introduce laws making face coverings necessary in indoor areas. World Health Organization guidelines additionally help the usage of face coverings in confined or crowded locations the place bodily distancing isn’t potential. 

More than 5 million employees within the US are estimated to have lost their health insurance this 12 months as a result of financial influence of the pandemic, based on a report by Families USA, an advocacy group for healthcare shoppers. This is the very best improve for the reason that 2008 monetary disaster when 3.9 million adults turned uninsured, based on the report. 

The coronavirus could possibly unfold from a pregnant particular person to their fetus, suggests a case research revealed in Nature Communications. Tests of placental samples from this case research are in line with transmission within the womb, doctor and research creator Daniele DeLuca on the Antoine Béclère hospital in Paris instructed the Guardian. DeLuca mentioned he suspects this isn’t the primary such case, however that is the primary time it has been confirmed that coronavirus was transmitted within the womb. The child who examined constructive for covid-19 developed mind irritation a couple of days after delivery, however he and his mom have each since recovered. The research builds on earlier, extra preliminary proof that the coronavirus can be spread via the placenta

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The worldwide loss of life toll has handed 574,000. The variety of confirmed circumstances is greater than 13.1 million, based on the map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins University, although the true variety of circumstances will probably be a lot larger.

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Second wave in winter: A nasty winter may convey a second wave of coronavirus infections that results in round 120,000 deaths in UK hospitals, twice as many as the primary wave, based on an estimate of an inexpensive worst-case state of affairs.

How drug cartels get around lockdowns: Like most different industries, the unlawful drug commerce has been affected by the covid-19 pandemic, but it surely hasn’t stopped cartels from discovering methods round nationwide shutdowns and anti-narcotics police operations. 

The pandemic’s impact on other diseases: The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on healthcare for tuberculosis, malaria and HIV may result in deaths on a scale much like these from covid-19 in some elements of the world, a brand new evaluation finds.

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13 July

People could quickly must put on face coverings in retailers in England, says Boris Johnson

People ought to put on face coverings in retailers and the federal government is making it mandatory to do so in England, UK prime minister Boris Johnson mentioned right this moment. Describing face coverings as “extra insurance” to cease the unfold of coronavirus, he mentioned that the federal government was how a change in coverage may be enforced.  Face coverings are already obligatory on public transport in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and the government recommends that individuals put on them in different enclosed public areas the place social distancing isn’t potential, though this isn’t necessary. This comes as a rising variety of scientists are calling for the UK authorities to extend laws on face coverings. Independent SAGE, a gaggle of scientists providing different recommendation to the UK authorities, has said that face coverings should be made mandatory in indoor areas wherever potential, together with in retailers and in leisure venues, in addition to on public transport. Earlier this month, the president of the Royal Society, Venki Ramakrishnan mentioned that not sporting a face masking must be considered anti-social.

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Antibodies against the coronavirus in an individual’s blood could peak about three weeks after signs first seem, then decline quickly, based on a preliminary research that hasn’t been peer-reviewed. The study, led by researchers at King’s College London, monitored antibody ranges within the blood of 65 covid-19 sufferers and 31 healthcare employees who’d had a constructive coronavirus antibody take a look at, between March and June. Three months after antibody ranges peaked, solely 17 per cent of individuals examined nonetheless had an antibody response with the identical degree of efficiency towards the virus, the research discovered. In some individuals, antibody ranges fell 23-fold over the identical time interval. One concern is {that a} short-lived antibody response would possibly restrict the power of a coronavirus vaccine to induce immunity. But alongside antibodies, there’s proof that different elements of the physique’s immune system – similar to immune cells known as T-cells – may also contribute to immunity against the coronavirus and could possibly be harnessed by a future vaccine.

Scotland reported no deaths from covid-19 today for the fifth consecutive day, the nation’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon introduced throughout a press briefing. But there are concerns that individuals travelling throughout the border from England could make it tough for Scotland to attain full elimination of the virus. 

Mexico noticed document every day numbers of recent coronavirus circumstances final week and now has the fourth-highest number of recorded deaths from covid-19, after the US, Brazil and the UK. There have been greater than 299,000 coronavirus circumstances and greater than 35,000 deaths from covid-19 in Mexico for the reason that pandemic started. Officials in Mexico say these numbers are in all probability a big underestimate, due to a restricted testing capability.

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