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Moscow more than doubles Covid-19 death toll

Moscow more than doubles Covid-19 death toll

Moscow's authorities have more than doubled the official death toll from Covid-19 in the Russian capital for the month of April. The city's health department now says 1,561 people died from the disease - not 639 as initially announced.The department stressed that the new tally included even the most "controversial, debatable" cases.Moscow-based reporters had said the official numbers were too low, but were accused of fake news and distortion.Confirmation that the numbers had been under-reported emerged before Russia announced 232 new deaths, its biggest daily death toll during the pandemic...

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Coronavirus rehab centre takes first patients

Coronavirus rehab centre takes first patients

The first hospital dedicated to helping coronavirus patients recover from the long-term effects of the illness has received its first patients. at Headley Court, a former rehab centre for injured soldiers.Covid-19 patients can be left with tracheostomy wounds from having a tube inserted in the windpipe or need heart, lung or muscle therapy, the NHS said.Others who have survived the virus may need psychological or social care.Morag Ellison, 77, said the virus had left her with such poor mobility that she was unable to even turn over in bed."I'm looking forward to walking up the stairs on my...

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Coronavirus rates 'similar' across UK

Coronavirus rates 'similar' across UK

Coronavirus cases are falling at roughly the same rate across the UK, according to a leading scientist advising the government. Prof Graham Medley said there was no evidence of differences in the reproduction (R) number across the UK.Deaths and cases have fallen in every UK nation and region since early April.That suggests the R number - the measure of how many new people are infected by each case - is below one everywhere.The government is keeping a close eye on R as it reviews lockdown. If it goes above one, the epidemic will grow.At the peak of the epidemic in April, everywhere except...

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Men hired for sexual fantasy break into wrong house

Men hired for sexual fantasy break into wrong house

In a sex fantasy gone wrong, two men with machetes entered the wrong house in New South Wales, Australia, before quickly realising their error. One of them has now been acquitted of entering a home armed with a weapon in July 2019, Australian media report.They had been hired to carry out a client's fantasy of being tied up in his underwear and stroked with a broom.The judge concluded that "the facts of the case are unusual". The role play was arranged over Facebook by a man near Griffith, New South Wales, who provided his address to the hired pair."He was willing to pay A$5,000 if it was...

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Honey-trap photos released in Austrian inquiry

Honey-trap photos released in Austrian inquiry

A year after a scandal brought down Austria's government and the country's far-right leader, police have put out pictures of a woman who took part in the video sting that sparked it off.Investigators want to speak to the mystery woman who chatted to then-FPÖ leader Heinz-Christian Strache in a villa on the Spanish island of Ibiza.A special commission is leading the criminal inquiry and searching for her.In the video, she poses as a Russian oligarch's niece called Alyona Makarov.Igor Makarov himself has said he does not have a niece.Although it dates back to summer 2017, the video emerged...

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Twitter fact-checks China amid bias row

Twitter fact-checks China amid bias row

Twitter, under intense scrutiny for its use of fact-checking warnings, has added them to tweets from China's foreign ministry spokesperson.The warning has been added to tweets from spokesman Lijian Zhao, in which he warned: "It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan."Twitter added the warning more than two months after the tweets were posted.It comes amid a row with the White House, after similar warnings were added to tweets from President Trump.Mr Trump is now poised to sign an executive order targeting social-media firms, the White House said, in a significant escalation of...

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Schools and workplaces could see 'local lockdowns'

Schools and workplaces could see 'local lockdowns'

Local lockdowns could see schools and workplaces targeted in areas of England that have "flare-ups" of coronavirus, the communities secretary has said. Robert Jenrick said restrictions could be introduced at "a micro level" to control the virus in particular communities. The measures will be , which will be ready by next week, he said. Health Secretary Matt Hancock will give more details shortly, Mr Jenrick added. Mr Hancock first mentioned the "local lockdowns" during Tuesday's coronavirus briefing.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be questioned by senior MPs later . Around 40...

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Coronavirus: Can we stay safe as lockdown eases?

Coronavirus: Can we stay safe as lockdown eases?

As lockdowns are eased all over the world, what are the risks of getting infected as people come into closer contact with each other?It's a question that scientists have been exploring in a variety of settings including restaurants and offices.Frustratingly, the evidence for how the virus can be transmitted is often slim and if the answers seem vague it's because the science is uncertain.It comes amid pressure from businesses, such as pubs, to be allowed to reopen. But the influence is also coming from people wondering if the rules are too strict.The most obvious is distance.Research that...

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Coronavirus: Can it affect eyesight?

Coronavirus: Can it affect eyesight?

Dominic Cummings has faced a media grilling over his decision during lockdown to drive his family 260 miles to his parent's property in Durham.While he was defending his actions, it emerged the family also took a 30-minute car trip to the town of Barnard Castle at the end of their 14-day quarantine for coronavirus symptoms. They had not been sightseeing, he said.It had been to test his eyesight, which had "been affected" by the virus, before the long drive home to London. His boss, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, backed the claim, saying: "On the point about eyesight, I'm finding I have to...

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The human cost of virus misinformation

The human cost of virus misinformation

A BBC team tracking coronavirus misinformation has found links to assaults, arsons and deaths. And experts say the potential for indirect harm caused by rumours, conspiracy theories and bad health information could be much bigger."We thought the government was using it to distract us," says Brian Lee Hitchens, "or it was to do with 5G. So we didn't follow the rules or seek help sooner." Brian, 46, is talking by phone from his hospital bed in Florida. His wife is critically ill - sedated, on a ventilator in an adjacent ward. "The battle that they've been having is with her lungs," he says,...

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Dad's fear missing Ibiza man may never be found

Dad's fear missing Ibiza man may never be found

The father of a man last seen in Ibiza as a storm hit the island says he fears his son's body may never be found.Ben Garland, 25, from Wiltshire, has not been seen since riding a motorbike during Storm Gloria in January.His father Mark said the coronavirus lockdown had hampered searches adding he believed the chances of finding him were "getting slimmer" by the day.Local emergency helpline service 112 Emergency said he disappeared in the Portinatx area on Ibiza's north coast.Searches of the island have turned up 10 other bodies, but none of them have been Mr Garland."Every time one is found...

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Dinosaur asteroid's trajectory was 'perfect storm'

Dinosaur asteroid's trajectory was 'perfect storm'

A clear picture is emerging of why the asteroid that struck Earth 66 million years ago was so catastrophic.The space object, which wiped out 75% of all species including the dinosaurs, hit the worst possible place on the planet and - according to new research - at the most lethal angle.Investigations at the crater site, together with computer simulations, suggest the impactor dug into the crust at an inclination of up to 60 degrees.This exacerbated the climatic fallout.We know that the target rocks, in what is now the Gulf of Mexico, contained huge volumes of sulphur from the mineral...

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Minister quits over Cummings' lockdown actions

Minister quits over Cummings' lockdown actions

Junior minister Douglas Ross has resigned after Dominic Cummings' defence of his trip to County Durham during the coronavirus lockdown.The Scotland Office minister said the senior aide's view of the government guidance was "not shared by the vast majority of people". No 10 said the prime minister regretted Mr Ross' decision to stand down. It comes as more than 35 Tory MPs have called on Mr Cummings to resign.Six opposition leaders have said in a letter to Boris Johnson that removing Mr Cummings from his post is the only way to restore trust in public health advice.Mr Cummings explained on...

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Anti-viral drug that speeds recovery offered by NHS

Anti-viral drug that speeds recovery offered by NHS

A drug treatment called remdesivir that appears to shorten recovery time for people with coronavirus is being made available on the NHS. UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was probably the biggest step forward in the treatment of coronavirus since the crisis began. Remdesivir is an anti-viral medicine that has been used against Ebola. UK regulators say there is enough evidence to approve its use in selected Covid-19 hospital patients. For the time being and due to limited supplies, it will go to those most likely to benefit.The US and Japan have already made similar urgent...

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Bishops get death threats over Cummings criticism

Bishops get death threats over Cummings criticism

Senior bishops who criticised Dominic Cummings' lockdown travel say they have received death threats.Bishops in Newcastle, Ripon and Liverpool are among those who have said they have received hate mail.A number of church leaders criticised to self-isolate. Prime Minister Boris Johnson .Bishop of Worcester John Inge saying: "Stay out of politics or we'll kill you."Received a delightful e-mail earlier: ‘Stay out of politics or we’ll kill you.’ For me the whole Cummings drama is not about politics but life and death. If trust in Government guidance is eroded we’ll have a second spike and 1000s...

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WHO halts trials of 'Trump drug' over safety fears

WHO halts trials of 'Trump drug' over safety fears

Testing of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment for coronavirus has been halted because of safety fears, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.Trials in several countries are being "temporarily" suspended as a precaution, the agency said on Monday.It comes after a recent medical study suggested the drug could increase the risk of patients dying from Covid-19.President Donald Trump has said he has taken the drug to ward off the virus.The US president has repeatedly promoted the anti-malarial drug, against medical advice and despite warnings from public health...

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Black man dies after US officer kneels on neck

Black man dies after US officer kneels on neck

The FBI will investigate the death of a black man in the US state of Minnesota after a video emerged showing a policeman kneeling on his neck.In the footage, the man, believed to be in his 40s, is heard groaning and repeatedly saying "I can't breathe" to the white officer.The Minneapolis Police Department said it was responding to a reported crime.The incident echoed that of Eric Garner, a black man who died being arrested in 2014.Garner was placed in a chokehold and uttering the words "I can't breathe" nearly a dozen times.The phrase became a rallying cry for activists protesting alleged...

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Italian boy escapes brown bear

Italian boy escapes brown bear

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceDramatic footage shows a boy walking calmly down a mountain, followed by a brown bear.Alessandro, 12, was hiking with his family in Trentino when they noticed the bear, which rose onto its hind legs at several points.Loading...

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Sports events 'shut down too late to save lives'

Sports events 'shut down too late to save lives'

Two major sporting events held in March "caused increased suffering and death", the scientist leading the UK's largest Covid-19 tracking project has said.Data gathered from millions of volunteers found coronavirus "hotspots" shortly after the Cheltenham Festival and Liverpool's Champions League match against Atletico Madrid.Professor Tim Spector said rates of cases locally "increased several-fold".The government said many factors could influence cases in a particular area.Less than three months ago sport across the UK was continuing as normal, despite the impending threat of coronavirus -...

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Cummings: I don't regret what I did

Cummings: I don't regret what I did

The prime minister's chief adviser Dominic Cummings has said he does not regret driving 260 miles from London during the coronavirus lockdown.He revealed he had not told Boris Johnson when he decided to take his family to County Durham after his wife developed Covid-19 symptoms.Mr Cummings said he believed he had acted "reasonably" and within the law.Mr Johnson said he understood "the confusion, anger and pain" felt and people "needed to hear" from his aide.He added that Mr Cummings had acted "reasonably" and with "integrity and care for others", but Labour and the Liberal Democrats accused...

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Death payment and sick pay boost for care staff

Death payment and sick pay boost for care staff

The families of care staff who die in the pandemic will receive a £60,000 payment, say the Scottish government.It comes after ministers announced a similar last month.The health secretary also said enhanced sick pay would be given to care staff testing positive for coronavirus.On Thursday, Scotland's biggest private care home provider said carers who were self-isolating would receive full pay if they tested positive for Covid-19.HC-One had come under pressure to change its policy after lobbying from unions and fears that staff would continue working with symptoms of the virus for fear their...

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Key evidence on opening schools revealed

Key evidence on opening schools revealed

The key evidence on the safety and impact of reopening schools has been published by the government's scientific advisory group, Sage.Sources involved said the risk of coronavirus to pupils going back to the classroom was "very, very small, but it is not zero".They also said teachers were not at above average risk compared with other occupations. However, there is much uncertainty throughout the advice. There have been loud calls from within the teaching profession to see the advice, which led to England aiming to get Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 back in school from the start of June....

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'Baffling' observations from the front line

'Baffling' observations from the front line

When you talk to intensive care doctors across the UK, exhausted after weeks of dealing with the ravages of Covid-19, the phrase that emerges time after time is, "We've never seen anything like this before."They knew a new disease was coming, and they were expecting resources to be stretched by an unknown respiratory infection which had first appeared in China at the end of last year.And as the number of cases increased, doctors up and down the UK were reading first-hand accounts from colleagues in China, and then in Italy - in scientific journals and on social media - about the intensity...

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Austrian president 'sorry' for breaking lockdown

Austrian president 'sorry' for breaking lockdown

Austria's President Alexander Van der Bellen has apologised after he broke a coronavirus-related curfew.He stayed at a restaurant in the capital, Vienna, beyond the closing time mandated under the country's lockdown measures.Mr Van der Bellen, 76, said he had lost track of the time while speaking with friends at the Italian restaurant in the centre of the city."I'm sincerely sorry. It was a mistake," he said."I went out for the first time since the lockdown with two friends and my wife," he wrote on Twitter. "We then lost track of the time while chatting."The president was spotted by police...

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NHS fees to be scrapped for overseas health staff

NHS fees to be scrapped for overseas health staff

NHS staff and care workers from overseas will no longer have to pay an extra charge towards the health service after mounting pressure from MPs. Boris Johnson's spokesman said the PM had asked the Home Office and Department for Health to exempt NHS and care workers "as soon as possible".Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said it was "a victory for common decency".The health immigration surcharge on non-EU migrants is £400 per year and set to rise to £624 in October.The move to grant the exemption came after the PM's spokesman defended the fee earlier on Thursday.Officials are now working on the...

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