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Matt Hancock announces mass tests for population to help lift restrictions

A fresh outbreak of infections in Australia’s coronavirus hot zone of Victoria appeared to have eased on Wednesday, as the country signed a deal to secure a potential vaccine that it intends to roll out free of cost to its citizens. Australia has signed a deal with British drugmaker AstraZeneca to produce and distribute enough …

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Screen schoolchildren using 90 minute test to keep them safe says Sir John 

Brow bar was fully booked for more than 2,600 appointments before the Government postponed reopening, as business owner warns jobs could now be lost.  Vanita Parti, the founder of eyebrow threading salon Blink Brow Bar, told BBC Radio 4’s The Today Programme: “This is our third false start, we had expected to open twice in …

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Australia considers providing a safe haven for Hong Kong residents

Australia is actively considering providing a safe haven to Hong Kong residents in response to China’s sweeping new security law, it said on Thursday. The move is likely to further inflame tensions with Beijing. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the situation in Hong Kong was “very concerning” and his government was “very actively” considering proposals …

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Dutch Minister confirms dog, three cats have caught novel coronavirus

A dog and three house cats in the Netherlands have been confirmed to be infected with the new coronavirus, broadcaster RTL reported on Friday, citing the country’s agriculture minister. “Everything points to these animals having been infected by their owners,” RTL quoted minister Carola Schouten as saying. “So if you are ill, do not hug …

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Can I go to work? The list of key workers and essential roles, explained

As part of an unprecedented lockdown of British life, the Government has announced that schools will close except for the children of “key workers”. On Monday evening it was also announced that people should only leave their homes to go to work where it is absolutely necessary. But who is classed a key worker? The Department …

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Four new cases confirmed in the UK as Brighton GP clinic closes

There have been 111 cases of coronavirus in southeast Asia – a region of 655 million people. And there has been one death. In comparison, there have been 40,185 cases in China and 908 deaths, with 6,484 in critical condition. These figures should be kept in mind for anyone worried about the proportional risk of …

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Examiners accused of being ‘politically correct’ as penalties for ‘offensive’ material double

Exam markers have been accused of being “politically correct”, as figures show as the number of pupils penalised for “offensive” material has doubled in a year. This year, 450 students were disciplined for including “inappropriate, offensive or obscene material” in their GCSEs or A-level exam scripts or coursework, up from 225 in 2018.   The …

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Playing in a brass band can help people overcome depression and anxiety

“There are so many bands out there and many are crying out for players, that you could be out every day of the week playing with some band. “This in turn will lead to great social interaction with people of similar musical interests.” Dr Michael Bonsor, from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Music, said: …

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Stranded strike passengers can make claims for hotel costs, South Western Railway confirms

The strikes began after talks between RMT and SWR broke down last week, over whether human guards should operate the opening and closing of train doors. As the strike got underway passengers complained of “dangerously overcrowded” carriages and “scrums” ensuing as commuters struggled to board trains. One passenger, Rachel Lonergan, tweeted SWR to say: “The …

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World’s most advanced ‘social robot’ hosts Bingo lessons in British care home

The world’s most advanced ‘social robot’ is hosting Bingo lessons in a British care home to improve the happiness and wellbeing of residents.  The robot, named Stevie, who was designed by a team from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, is currently in Reflections day centre in Camborne, Cornwall as part of a study. During his two …

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