COVID: UK records highest daily death toll since March – Cornwall tourists urged to ‘stay away’ as cases rise

COVID: UK records highest daily death toll since March – Cornwall tourists urged to ‘stay away’ as cases rise

Britain has reported another 174 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest number of fatalities recorded in one day since 175 were recorded on March 12, according to official figures. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 131,854. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test. Another 30,838 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 6,555,200, Xinhua reported. Meanwhile, data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS)…

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UK orders 35 million more Pfizer/BioNTech COVID vaccines

UK orders 35 million more Pfizer/BioNTech COVID vaccines

Britain has agreed to buy 35 million more doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech (PFE.N)(22UAy.DE) COVID-19 vaccine, to be delivered from the second half of next year, as part of its preparations for booster shots and any new variants that could emerge. “While we continue to build this wall of defence from COVID-19, it’s also vital we do everything we can to protect the country for the future too – whether that’s from the virus as we know it or new variants,” health minister Sajid Javid said.

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UK Government Warns Over-Charging Covid Travel Test Firms

UK Government Warns Over-Charging Covid Travel Test Firms

UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said his department conducted a “rapid review” of the pricing and service standards offered by approved testing companies of the mandatory day two and day eight test, required by all international passengers entering Britain including from India. London:  More than 80 private COVID-19 travel testing companies are being issued a two-strike warning from Monday that they could be removed from the official government-approved list for misleading prices if they fail to rectify discrepancies. UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said his department conducted a “rapid review”…

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CHILDREN HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID-19 IN U.S. HITS RECORD NUMBER

CHILDREN HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID-19 IN U.S. HITS RECORD NUMBER

The number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States hit a record high of just over 1,900 on Saturday, as hospitals across the South were stretched to capacity fighting outbreaks caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant. The Delta variant, which is rapidly spreading among mostly the unvaccinated portion of the U.S. population, has caused hospitalizations to spike in recent weeks, driving up the number of confirmed and suspected pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations to 1,902 on Saturday, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services….

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SHOULD CHILDREN GET COVID-19 VACCINES? WHAT SCIENCE SAYS

SHOULD CHILDREN GET COVID-19 VACCINES? WHAT SCIENCE SAYS

At a time when much of the world is still struggling to access COVID-19 vaccines, the question of whether to vaccinate children can feel like a privilege. On 19 July, vaccine advisers in the United Kingdom recommended delaying vaccines for most young people under 16, citing the very low rates of serious disease in this age group. But several countries, including the United States and Israel, have forged ahead, and others are hoping to follow suit when supplies allow. Since the early days of the pandemic, parents have been taking…

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THE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM THAT CAN IDENTIFY CANCER-CAUSING MUTATIONS

THE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM THAT CAN IDENTIFY CANCER-CAUSING MUTATIONS

A team of Spanish scientists, led by Núria López-Bigas, has developed a system based on artificial intelligence that can identify the mutations that cause cancer in different kinds of tumors. Known as BoostDM, it uses self-teaching algorithms and is capable of searching through the mutational profiles of 28,000 genomes in 66 types of cancer and is now available for doctors and scientists the world over to incorporate into their investigations free of charge. López-Bigas, who heads up the Biomedical Genomics Research Group at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in…

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HOW SCIENCE IS HELPING FEMALE SPORTSPERSON TO TRAIN IN THE COMING ERA

HOW SCIENCE IS HELPING FEMALE SPORTSPERSON TO TRAIN IN THE COMING ERA

Until a few years ago, elite Colorado track and field athlete Annie Kunz used to feel fatigued — even during her warmups. And then there was the constant hunger: Sometimes her stomach would growl in the middle of practice. She felt like she was always thinking about food, always restricting what she ate, avoiding whole categories — such as carbohydrates — completely, because she thought they were unhealthy. Add to that awful, debilitating cramps when she got her period. Kunz, who is representing the U.S. Olympic team in the women’s…

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Denmark: 4 million people receive Covid-19 vaccination

Denmark: 4 million people receive Covid-19 vaccination

More than four million people in Denmark have begun vaccination against Covid-19, according to a latest update from the country’s health authorities. The exact figure of 4,018,508 Denmark residents who have received at least the first dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus was released by the Ministry of Health on Thursday. That corresponds to 68.67 percent of the country’s population, according to the ministry. Denmark’s national vaccination programme uses only the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, both of which require two doses. The Johnson & Johnson vaccines, for which a…

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Sweden reports increase of COVID-19 spread in metro areas: AstraZeneca to be discontinued

Sweden reports increase of COVID-19 spread in metro areas: AstraZeneca to be discontinued

The Swedish Public Health Agency reports the spread of COVID-19 is increasing in the metropolitan regions but is still at a low level nationally. During the week ending July 17 (epi week 28), officials say 1,855 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Sweden, which is an increase of approximately 24 percent compared with week prior. The incidence calculated over 14 days was 32 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. To date, six new intensive care patients with confirmed covid-19 have been reported for week 28, which is lower than the mean…

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25.6% of the world has received a COVID-19 vaccine.Check how your country is doing.

25.6% of the world has received a COVID-19 vaccine.Check how your country is doing.

The globe reached a couple of Coronavirus milestones this week. One is terribly grim: We passed 4 million deaths due to the virus. The other, offers faint hope: Through July 13, more than a quarter (25.6%) of the world’s population has now received at least one COVID-19 vaccine according to Our World in Data, which collects information from local governments. That’s up 3.2% from two weeks ago; the world is currently administering nearly 30 million vaccines per day. In all, 3.51 billion shots have been given around the globe. That’s…

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