An advertising blitz has been launched to encourage people to keep staying at home until COVID-19 restrictions can be lifted. The campaign also urges them to continue with mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing. And it appeals to people to understand the importance of remaining in lockdown, despite declining coronavirus transmission rates, the success of the vaccine rollout and the launch of the roadmap out of lockdown . England's stay-at-home order will remain in place until at least 29 March despite the minor easing of restrictions and the return of schools on 8 March. Live COVID updates from UK and around world Advertisement A 30-second TV advert that ends with the phrase "let's keep going" is being shown, and the campaign will also run on radio, advertising billboards and social media. England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said we must "all continue to play our part" in controlling the spread of the … [Read more...] about COVID-19: New ad campaign urges people to keep staying at home despite coronavirus transmission rates declining
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VARIOUS prison riots in Ecuador have claimed the lives of nearly 80 inmates. Local authorities have now regained control of the detention centers in three different cities after days of turmoil. How many people died in the Ecuador prison riots? Nearly 80 inmates have died due to several violent riots in several prisons in Ecuador. The agency responsible for the prisoners claimed that 37 of them died in the city of Guayaquil, 34 in the city of Cuenca, and eight in the central city of Latacunga. What happened in the Ecuador prison riot? Coordinated fights reportedly broke out in the maximum security wings of the detention centers as rival gangs fought for leadership. The riots occurred after a weapons search was carried out on Monday within the centers, according to authorities. After three days of chaos, authorities were able to take control of the situation. Local television footage from February 22 depicted prisoners jumping from high walls and others … [Read more...] about How many people died in the Ecuador prison riots?
Jesy Nelson bared her soul as she admitted she used to starve herself in the hope of pleasing other people. The former Little Mix star was subjected to years of horrific online abuse after joining the band on X Factor . The 29-year-old even opened up in her heartbreaking documentary Odd One Out about how she felt so low at one point she tried to take her own life. Now, she's channeling her energy into helping and inspiring others who might be struggling with their mental health and worrying too much about how others see them. Jesy, who announced last year she was quitting the band, revealed that she starved herself until she could fit into size 8 clothes, but that even then, she wasn't happy. The star shared an emotional-looking picture of herself lying on the floor of a gym next to a treadmill wearing black cycling shorts and a cropped top. She appeared to be upset as she held her hand over her eyes. Jesy's ribs are visible in the image that she shared with her fans … [Read more...] about Jesy Nelson shares sadness at ‘starving’ herself in bid to please other people
One person in seven has antibodies against COVID-19, with the vaccine starting to add to the population's immunity, according to new research. Blood tests on more than 154,000 people across England showed that between 26 January and 8 February, just past the peak of the second wave, 13.9% of the population had antibodies for the coronavirus . Researchers at Imperial College London, who have monitored COVID-19 antibody levels in the population over several months, captured for the first time the impact of vaccination. Over 17,000 of those randomly asked to take part had received at least one dose of vaccine . Results from The REACT study show 88% of people over the age of 80 tested positive for antibodies after two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, rising to 96% of those under the age of 60 and 100% in those aged under 30. Advertisement Older people take longer to develop an immune response, and it tends to be weaker than the young. … [Read more...] about COVID-19: One in seven people now have coronavirus antibodies as vaccine rollout continues
The NHS is facing a legal challenge over its data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm Palantir, Sky News can reveal. Palantir, which has become notorious for its close ties to security services and immigration agencies in the United States, secured its first ever deal to handle NHS data in March last year for the nominal sum of £1. Legal group Foxglove announced today that it was bringing a court case against the health service to force it to reconsider the contract, which was extended in December 2020 and is now worth £23.5m. Government's failure to publish COVID contracts details was unlawful, High Court rules The lawsuit is the latest challenge over procurement during the pandemic, which has become a highly contentious topic in recent months, with critics accusing the government of favouring its own contacts. It comes as a batch of internal government emails uncovered by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and seen by Sky News reveal that … [Read more...] about NHS facing legal challenge over data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm Palantir