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UK PM Boris Johnson halts easing of lockdown as coronavirus cases see resurgence
He also extended rules making face coverings compulsory in more indoor settings. “Our assessment is that we should now squeeze that brake pedal in order to keep the virus under control,” Johnson said in a televised press conference.
United States pledges up to $2.1 billion for Sanofi, Glaxo vaccine
Part of Operation Warp Speed, the funding will support clinical trials and manufacturing while allowing the US to secure 100 million doses of the shot, if it’s successful, the companies said on Friday. The country has an option to receive an additional 500 million doses longer term.
NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission to search for signs of ancient life
According to a report by ANI, NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission is on its way to the Red Planet to search for signs of ancient life and collect samples to send back to Earth.
White House condemns Hong Kong election delay after Trump suggests postponing U.S. election
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Friday denounced Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s decision to delay legislative elections by a year due to coronavirus concerns as anti-democratic. Her admonition comes one day after President Donald Trump suggested that the United States postpone its own election in November.
Impact of coronavirus will be felt for decades to come: WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
The United States, Brazil, Mexico and Britain have been particularly hard hit in recent weeks by the disease COVID-19, as their governments have struggled to come up with an effective response. Economies have been hit by lockdown restrictions introduced to restrict its spread, while many regions are fearful of a second wave.
Pandemic at the disco: the coronavirus outbreak that began in a French bar
One bar in a French seaside resort became a hotspot for the virus after a 19-year-old student tested positive, infecting dozens of his friends. Public health officials said that as of Wednesday they had traced 72 positive cases back to the student and his circle of friends.
Republicans, Democrats agree on one thing: Doubt about fair election: Reuters/Ipsos poll
The finding suggests that a wide swath of the country may have trouble accepting the result of the election, which is expected to see a surge in mail-in voting due to the coronavirus pandemic. Republican President Donald Trump is trailing his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, in opinion polls.
High-profile breach: Twitter says hackers used phone to fool staff, gain access
The embarrassing July 15 attack compromised the accounts of some of its most high profile users, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk and celebrities Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, in an apparent attempt to lure their followers into sending money to an anonymous Bitcoin account.
Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission healthy and on its way: NASA
NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission, which is on its way to the Red Planet to search for signs of ancient life and collect samples to send back to Earth, is healthy and on its way after experiencing some technical difficulties, the US space agency said.
World Health Organization’s emergency committee reviews coronavirus outbreak
The World Health Organization grouping, comprising around 20 members and advisers, can propose new recommendations or amend existing ones. However, there is little doubt that the WHO will maintain the pandemic’s status as a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) — its highest level of alarm.
Protests aftermath: Shocked Hong Kong in a new era under “white knuckle” China grip
China imposed a harsh new paradigm on Hong Kong, marking an end to the liberal pledge, say government, political and diplomatic sources. The legislation has already had a significant impact on the financial hub as the city government responds to it, at times with China’s involvement.
Nepal reopens its mountains including Everest despite Covid pandemic uncertainty
The Himalayan country shut its borders in March just ahead of the busy spring season when hundreds of mountaineers usually flock to the country, costing jobs and millions of dollars in revenue. The decision comes despite over 1,000 new coronavirus infections reported this week, with a total of 19,547 cases.
Pakistan reports 903 new coronavirus cases, lowest single day figure in three months: Health Ministry
Pakistan has reported 903 new coronavirus cases, the lowest in more than three months, taking the total tally of infections in the country to 278,305, the health ministry said on Friday.
Second wave? Britain imposes a tougher lockdown in swathes of northern England
Britain reported its highest number of new COVID-19 infections in more than a month on Thursday, as ministers fretted about a second wave of cases in Europe and warned more quarantine restrictions were possible.
No country for face masks: Nordics brush off mouth covers
As most of the world either orders or recommends the use of face masks, with even US president Donald Trump seen wearing one, Nordic nations are the remaining holdouts.In supermarkets, on buses, and along the streets of capitals — such as Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki and Reykjavik — face masks are a rare sight, worn only by a small minority, many of who are tourists.
Trump expresses concern over counting of mailed ballots, says ‘results may take years’
Hours after sparking a political firestorm, US President Donald Trump said on Thursday he does not want to delay the election, but expressed apprehension that counting of mailed ballots could take weeks and hamper the results, leading to a compromised poll.
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