A mum and her daughter died of Covid after 11 family members tested positive following a Christmas gathering. Paramjeet Bains, 43, died on January 5 when she suffered a major seizure just one day after being admitted to the intensive care unit at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton. Kashmir was admitted to the same unit and battled the virus for three weeks before her family took the heartbreaking decision to switch off her life support machine. According to brother and son Indy Bains, 11 members of his family caught the virus after they met on Christmas Day, the BBC reports. Mr Bains, 40, said the family was initially reluctant to gather but decided to spend a few hours together as his sister, who had learning disabilities, had suffered during isolation. The family "played safe", adhering to the government's three household rule. Days later they all tested positive to Covid-19. Mr Bains told the BBC: "We didn't meet anyone else beforehand, no-one had any symptoms, we … [Read more...] about Mum and daughter die of Covid as 11 family members catch virus on Christmas Day
INSTAGRAM has launched a new feature called Live Rooms that will let you chat with up to three friends at the same time. It's a bit different from other virtual chat platforms because anyone will be able to watch your live conversation. Previously, only two people were able to be involved in a live chat on Instagram. Live Rooms has changed that to a maximum of four. Instagram has suggested people could use the feature for talk show or podcast purposes. The feature started rolling out globally on March 1 and should soon be avaliable to everyone. How to create an Instagram Live Rooms chat To use Live Rooms you'll need to make sure you've updated your Instagram app. Then, open the app, swipe left so you're on the camera screen and then swipe through the options at the bottom of the screen until you're on 'Live'. Once you've added a title you'll need to tap the 'Rooms' icon to add your guests. You can search for a guest to add or accept people who are … [Read more...] about How to create Instagram ‘Live Room’ for group video chats that ANYONE can watch
In the summer of 2018, rumors began circulating on WhatsApp groups about a kidnapping gang operating in India's western state of Maharashtra. The rumors eventually inspired a lynch mob that killed five migrant workers who were suspected of being kidnappers after they arrived at a village in the state's Dhule district. This wasn't an isolated case. Child-abduction rumors spread by viral WhatsApp messages were connected to at least 17 murders across India in 2018. Rumors of cattle traders and organ harvesters also resulted in violent attacks on innocent people. Since then, India's fake news problem has continued to grow . More than 400 million Indians now use the internet, but digital literacy and social media regulation have yet to catch up. "People get cheap internet-based tech on their smartphones, but they don't have the necessary education on how to assess the veracity of claims made in the messages," said Rajneil Kamath a publisher at the Indian fact-checking portal … [Read more...] about India fake news problem fueled by digital illiteracy
The World Health Organisation-backed COVAX programme has released details of the numbers of COVID vaccine doses it aims to provide to participating countries by the end of May. It plans to deliver 237 million of the Oxford/AstraZeneca shot to 142 nations over the next three months as it steps up the rollout - with COVAX seen as the "only true global solution to the pandemic". The initiative, also supported by the GAVI vaccine alliance, was created to ensure access to jabs for low and middle-income countries, and it aims to have two billion doses available by the end of the year. Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world Shots will be free for the 92 poorest countries, including Ghana which started its COVID-19 vaccine drive this week, after receiving 600,000 shots. Advertisement The doses will have a maximum price of $3 (£2.15) each and countries will begin inoculating mainly frontline healthcare workers and the most … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Which countries are receiving vaccines in WHO-backed COVAX programme – and how many doses each?
The first assessment of the Brazilian variant of COVID-19, newly identified in the UK, shows it may spread more easily - and evade the immune system. Scientists from Brazil and the UK estimate the variant, known as P1, is 1.4 to 2.2 times more transmissible than previous versions of coronavirus circulating in Manaus, the Amazon city where it originated. It is also able to evade between 25% and 61% of protective immunity from previous infection, according researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Sao Paulo. The study has not been peer reviewed. Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world Advertisement What we know about the Brazil variant Almost 70% of the Manaus population had immunity from the first wave of COVID infections last spring, yet a surge of re-infections at the start of this year led to hospitals in the city being overwhelmed. Six UK cases of the P1 variant have been identified in … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Brazilian P1 variant may spread more easily and could evade immune system, scientists find