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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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Britons may resist test and trace isolation after lockdown

Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound – the third-holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia – reopened today after being closed for more than two months because of the coronavirus pandemic. An AFP journalist said worshippers in protective masks were allowed to enter the compound in the early hours, ahead of the first prayers of the …

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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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More than 26,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the UK, NHS figures show

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds are celebrating the arrival of a healthy baby boy, but there has been speculation about whether he came early. Ms Symonds’s due date, which was never officially confirmed, had been described as “early summer”, leading to the belief that the arrival was expected in June. Ms …

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Lockdown won’t be lifted until “we are firmly on other side” of peak says chief adviser as UK death toll passes 11,000

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is suing a Wisconsin TV station for running an anti-Trump commercial that pieces together audio clips of the president talking about the coronavirus outbreak in a way they argue is misleading and false. The ad by the Democratic super PAC Priorities USA features a series of soundbites in which Trump downplayed the …

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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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