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Children and older adults to join vaccine trial

Children and older adults to join vaccine trial

Children and older adults are to be included in the second phase of vaccine trials to protect against coronavirus.The first phase of the University of Oxford trial began in April, involving 1,000 healthy adults aged 55 and under.Now more than 10,200 people - including over 70s and five to 12-year-olds - will be enrolled in the study, to see the effects on their immune system. appear to have given them some protection against the disease.The animals had less of the virus in their lungs and airways, but it is not certain this finding will translate to people.The scientists behind the vaccine...

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PM backs key aide Dominic Cummings in lockdown row

PM backs key aide Dominic Cummings in lockdown row

Boris Johnson has backed his key adviser Dominic Cummings, amid a row over the aide’s travel during lockdown.The PM said he believed Mr Cummings had "no alternative" but to travel from London to the North East for childcare "when both he and his wife were about to be incapacitated by coronavirus"."In every respect, he has acted responsibly, legally and with integrity," Mr Johnson said.It follows calls from several Tory MPs for Mr Cummings' resignation.Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said Mr Johnson's decision to take no action against Mr Cummings was "an insult to sacrifices made by the...

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Newly erected 5G mast 'deliberately' set on fire

Newly erected 5G mast 'deliberately' set on fire

Police are investigating after a 5G mast was deliberately set on fire only days after it was put up.Firefighters quickly put out the blaze in Scarborough Drive in Breadsall, Derby, just before 02:00 BST.Shelley Atkins, who saw the damaged mast while out walking, said her road had to be closed while engineers erected the mast last week.Attacks on 5G masts have been fuelled by a There has been a rise in the number of attacks on engineers and in one case razor blades were hidden behind anti-5G posters on telegraph poles.Claims that the wireless technology helps spread the virus have been...

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Israeli PM Netanyahu goes on trial for corruption

Israeli PM Netanyahu goes on trial for corruption

The trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges has opened in Jerusalem, days after he began a new term in office.Mr Netanyahu, 70, is the first standing leader to face trial in the country's history. He denies accusations of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.Arrived at the courthouse for a brief hearing, he said the cases were aimed at "toppling him in any way possible". He was sworn back into office as head of a rare unity government a week ago.His political rival, Benny Gantz, agreed to share power following three inconclusive elections in under a year.He...

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China accuses US of spreading virus 'conspiracies'

China accuses US of spreading virus 'conspiracies'

China's foreign minister has accused the US of spreading "conspiracies and lies" about the coronavirus, ratcheting up tensions between the two nations.The US has been infected by a "political virus" that compels some politicians to repeatedly attack China, Wang Yi told reporters on Sunday.He urged the US to "stop wasting time and stop wasting precious lives" in its response to the Covid-19 outbreak.Tensions between Washington and Beijing have escalated as the virus has spread.US President Donald Trump, who faces re-election this year and has been criticised for his handling of the pandemic,...

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Grandmother ordered to delete Facebook photos

Grandmother ordered to delete Facebook photos

A woman must delete photographs of her grandchildren that she posted on Facebook and Pinterest without their parents' permission, a court in the Netherlands has ruled.It ended up in court after a falling-out between the woman and her daughter.The judge ruled the matter was within the scope of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).One expert said the ruling reflected the "position that the European Court has taken over many years".The case went to court after the woman refused to delete photographs of her grandchildren which she had posted on social media.The mother of the...

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New 'on-the-spot' coronavirus test being trialled

New 'on-the-spot' coronavirus test being trialled

A coronavirus test that gives results in 20 minutes is being trialled, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced.The new swab test - which would show whether someone currently has the virus - does not need to be sent to a lab.Mr Hancock also said more than 10 million antibody tests - that check if someone has had the virus in the past - will start being rolled out next week.It comes as the PM to use the NHS for overseas health service staff and care workers.Non-EU migrants currently have to pay the health immigration surcharge, which is £400 per year and set to rise to £624 in October.But...

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TV host blasts 'sick' Trump's false murder claims

TV host blasts 'sick' Trump's false murder claims

A US TV host has furiously rebuked President Donald Trump for falsely suggesting her husband and co-presenter may have got away with murder.In tweets, Mr Trump has appeared to link MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough to the death of an aide two decades ago, a conspiracy theory debunked by police."Donald, you're a sick person," anchor Mika Brzezinski said on air as she defended her husband.She also demanded Twitter take down the president's incendiary tweets. "He's once again tweeting conspiracy theories about Joe, falsely accusing him of murder," Ms Brzezinski said on her MSNBC show Morning Joe on...

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Malaria pill trialled to prevent coronavirus

Malaria pill trialled to prevent coronavirus

A trial to see whether two anti-malarial drugs could prevent Covid-19 has begun in Brighton and Oxford.Chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine or a placebo will be given to more than 40,000 healthcare workers from Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.All the participants are staff who are in contact with Covid-19 patients.US President Donald Trump was criticised this week .The first UK participants in the global trial are being enrolled on Thursday at the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals and the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.They will be given either hydroxychloroquine or a placebo...

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Afghan girls make ventilators out of car parts

Afghan girls make ventilators out of car parts

Afghanistan's all-girl robotics team has turned its focus on coronavirus patients - by making affordable ventilators out of car parts.The teenagers made headlines in 2017 when they won a special award at an international competition in the US. Now they are racing against time to deliver ventilators by the end of May, at a fraction of the market price.Afghanistan, reeling from years of war, has a maximum of just 400 ventilators for a population of 38.9 million. So far, more than 7,650 coronavirus cases and 178 deaths have been confirmed, but the authorities fear the situation could get worse...

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Ex-Trump lawyer to be freed from prison over virus

Ex-Trump lawyer to be freed from prison over virus

President Donald Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen is to be released from prison on Thursday to home confinement due to Covid-19 concerns.Cohen, 53, is serving a three-year sentence for lying to Congress and campaign finance fraud.His early release was first reported in April, but it was delayed.New York is the epicentre of the US pandemic and the minimum-security prison where Cohen is detained has had a number of confirmed cases., 2,265 inmates and 188 staff have tested positive for Covid-19 nationwide. There have been 58 inmate deaths due to the virus.Earlier this month, another former...

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Last surviving Victoria Cross hero turns 100

Last surviving Victoria Cross hero turns 100

Britain's last surviving Victoria Cross holder for air action in World War Two has turned 100.Flight Lieutenant John Cruickshank, of Aberdeen, earned the honour aged 24 during an attack on a German U-boat.Despite being badly injured, the pilot and his crew managed to sink the submarine.The Victoria Cross is the highest recognition for valour that can be awarded to members of the British and Commonwealth Armed Forces.The incident in question happened on 17 July, 1944.A Flying Officer at the time, he was piloting a Catalina flying boat, protecting British vessels from German U-boats in the...

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Man makes money buying own pizzas on delivery app

Man makes money buying own pizzas on delivery app

The owner of a pizza restaurant in the US has discovered the DoorDash delivery app has been selling his food cheaper than he does - while still paying him full price for orders.A pizza for which he charged $24 (£20) was being advertised for $16 on DoorDash - and when he secretly ordered it himself, the app paid his restaurant the full $24 while charging him $16.He had not asked to be put on the app.He later found out it was part of a trial to gauge customer demand.Content strategist Ranjan Roy , who is his friend.Mr Roy said he first heard about the situation in March 2019, when his friend...

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Captain Tom awarded knighthood for NHS fundraising

Captain Tom awarded knighthood for NHS fundraising

Captain Tom Moore is to be knighted for his fundraising efforts after a special nomination from the prime minister.The war veteran raised more than £32m for NHS charities by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday in April.Boris Johnson said the centenarian had provided the country with "a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus."As an honorary colonel, his official title will be Captain Sir Thomas Moore under Ministry of Defence protocol.The knighthood, which has been approved by the Queen, will be formally announced on Wednesday.Capt Tom, who was given the...

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Trump accuses WHO of being a 'puppet of China'

Trump accuses WHO of being a 'puppet of China'

President Donald Trump has lashed out again at the UN's health body by labelling it a "puppet of China".The comment came hours after the US said the World Health Organization (WHO) had let Covid-19 spin "out of control" at the cost of "many lives"."There was a failure by this organisation to obtain the information that the world needed," US Health Secretary Alex Azar said on Monday.Mr Azar made the comments in an address to the UN's World Health Assembly.WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus earlier agreed to a review over the agency's handling of the pandemic.Dr Tedros said an independent...

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DiCaprio joins gorilla park campaign after attack

DiCaprio joins gorilla park campaign after attack

Leonardo DiCaprio has joined a campaign to support Africa's oldest nature reserve after it came under a deadly attack last month.Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a popular tourist attraction and is known for its endangered mountain gorilla population. In April, 12 rangers at the park by a suspected Rwandan rebel group.DiCaprio has now contributed to a new fund which aims to support the park.Earth Alliance, a group co-founded by the actor, has donated part of the initial $2m (£1.65m) funding, although it is not clear exactly how much."I had the great honour of...

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Macron loses majority as defectors form new party

Macron loses majority as defectors form new party

The party of French President Emmanuel Macron has lost its outright majority in parliament, after a group of MPs broke away to form a new party.Ecology, Democracy, Solidarity will be largely formed of seven MPs from La République en Marche (On the Move) and other ex-supporters of the president.The defecting MPs want to focus on green issues and social inequality.But their decision leaves Mr Macron's party with 288 seats, one short of a majority in the 577-seat lower house.French commentators said La République en Marche (LREM) still had the backing of two other political allies, the...

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Football club apologises for 'sex dolls' in stands

Football club apologises for 'sex dolls' in stands

It is a challenge for sports leagues across the world - if play can only resume in empty stadiums, how can the atmosphere be improved?However, not many clubs will be rushing to follow the example of FC Seoul.The top-flight South Korean side has apologised after fans accused them of using sex dolls in the stands.FC Seoul insisted they were "premium mannequins" rather than sex dolls - but did admit they came from a supplier that produces sex toys.And some of the dolls were holding signs advertising x-rated websites - despite pornography being banned in South Korea.The mannequins' manufacturer...

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UK virus deaths dip to lowest level since March

UK virus deaths dip to lowest level since March

The UK's daily figure for coronavirus deaths has dropped to 170 - the lowest since the day after lockdown began.The announcement comes a week after - and while numbers are typically lower on Sundays, the figure is almost 100 fewer than the 268 reported a week ago.But the overall death toll remains the highest in Europe, and is now 34,636.Meanwhile in Spain, the daily number of deaths dropped below 100 for the first time since its lockdown started.The UK death numbers announced on Sundays and Mondays are typically lower than the other five days of the week, due to fluctuations in how quickly...

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Imaging equipment ‘woefully underfunded’

Imaging equipment ‘woefully underfunded’

Radiologists say they are "very concerned" patients may not be cured of serious illnesses when demand for services increases, due to a lack of imaging equipment in the UK. The president of the Royal College of Radiologists has warned the service had been "woefully underfunded". She said cleaning requirements because of coronavirus would reduce capacity.The Department of Health and Social Care in England said it was investing £200m on imaging equipment."Radiology is one of those services that people use all the time, but don't really often think about, it's not sexy like surgery", said Dr...

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Trial starts to see if dogs can 'sniff out' virus

Trial starts to see if dogs can 'sniff out' virus

A UK trial to see whether specialist medical sniffer dogs can detect coronavirus in humans is set to begin.The dogs are already trained to detect odours of certain cancers, malaria and Parkinson's disease by the charity Medical Detection Dogs.The first phase of the trial will be led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, along with the charity and Durham University.It has been backed with £500,000 of government funding.Innovation minister Lord Bethell said he hoped the dogs could provide "speedy results" as part of the government's wider testing strategy.The trial will explore...

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Coronavirus infection 'R' rate in UK creeps up

Coronavirus infection 'R' rate in UK creeps up

The infection rate in the UK has gone up and is close to the point where the virus starts spreading rapidly, government scientific advice says. The so-called "R-number" is now between 0.7 and 1.0 - it needs to be kept below one in order to stay in control. The rise in the figures is thought to be driven by the virus spreading in care homes and hospitals.The effect of announced by the prime minister on Sunday is still unknown.R is the number of people each infected person passes the virus on to, on average. If it is 2 then 10 infected people would pass it onto 20 others. But if is 0.5 then...

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A&E visits in England down to record low

A&E visits in England down to record low

A&E visits in England have halved since the coronavirus outbreak started, dropping to their lowest level since records began.Before the pandemic, about two million patients a month were visiting A&E but in April that dropped to 916,581.NHS bosses are concerned seriously ill patients are being put off seeking treatment.Drops in cancer referrals and routine operations were also seen as services were scaled back and staff redeployed.Health experts said it could take months to get the NHS back to normal and tackle the backlog.The drop in A&E visits - to just above 900,000 in April - was the...

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Doctors 'told not to discuss PPE shortages'

Doctors 'told not to discuss PPE shortages'

Some NHS managers have tried to stop doctors speaking publicly about shortages of personal protective equipment, the BBC has been told.WhistleblowersUK said more than 100 healthcare workers had contacted them since the beginning of March, raising concerns about Covid-19 and PPE.The Department of Health said no one should be prevented from speaking up.But Newsnight has seen evidence of pressure being applied to doctors to not share concerns they have about PPE.A newsletter sent out to staff at one trust suggested subjects for tweets, such as thanking staff for their hard work, paying tribute...

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Scientists 'find way to fight coral bleaching'

Scientists 'find way to fight coral bleaching'

Scientists in Australia say they have found a way to help coral reefs fight the devastating effects of bleaching by making them more heat-resistant. Rising sea temperatures make corals expel tiny algae which live inside them. This turns the corals white and effectively starves them. In response, . When injected back into the coral, the algae can handle warmer water better. The researchers believe their findings may help in the effort to restore coral reefs, which they say are "suffering mass mortalities from marine heatwaves".The team made the coral - which is a type of animal, a marine...

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