Two new coronavirus variants have been identified in the UK - both were first reported in India. The two new variants are under investigation and not classed as "of concern". They share the same lineage - a fingerprint of genetic mutations - as the existing Indian variant known as B.1.617. Public Health England said it has found 202 cases of one of the variants and five cases of the other and they are "geographically dispersed in England". In all, there are four variants of concern known to be in the UK, including those first identified in Kent, Manaus (Brazil) and South Africa. And there are nine other variants under investigation. Here are the variants identified in the UK, as of 21 April, and listed by the government: B.1.1.7: The Kent variant, first sequenced in the UK in September 2020 and a variant of concern. So far 226,635 cases of this variant have been found in the UK: 191,150 in England, 20,983 in Scotland, 11,604 in Wales and 2,898 in Northern Ireland. … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Which coronavirus variants have been recorded in the UK?
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CORONATION Street's Faye Brookes reunited with her former co-star Victoria Ekanoye and her baby today. Victoria – who played Angie Appleton on Corrie – gave birth to her first baby with partner Jonny Lomas last month. They later revealed on Instagram that they had named their sweet son Théodore Christopher. Today, Victoria, 38, showed off her newborn to pal Faye, 33, and the Dancing On Ice star looked completely besotted with the tot. Faye – who played Kate Connor on the ITV soap – clasped her hands together as she cooed and gasped at the baby. Delighted Victoria laughed as she looked down at her son and the proud mum cradled him in her baby carrier. Last year, Victoria joked to The Sun that there was "nothing else to do in lockdown but get pregnant" . She said: “A lockdown baby, what else were we to do? We’re due in January so it’s going to be an amazing start to 2021.” The TV favourite was last seen in Corrie at the beginning of 2019, where her … [Read more...] about Coronation Street’s Faye Brookes gazes adoringly at ex co-star Victoria Ekanoye’s baby on Manchester lunch date
Tourists have been told not to swim or surf in the waters of an idyllic island near the coast of Madagascar because it’s swarming with sharks. Ten people have been killed in recent years around Réunion Island – a paradise location which sits in the Indian Ocean in an area labelled a ‘shark highway’. The French territory now has the highest number of fatal shark attacks in the world and authorities have banned swimming or surfing outside its relatively safe coral lagoon amid fears of further attacks. Around 30 people have been killed and 56 have been attacked while swimming off Réunion since 1913 - with eleven fatalities since 2006, and ten since 2011. The death rate averages three deaths per one million people - more than three times that of South Africa and much higher than the rate in Australia and the USA. Experts believe its partly because the island sits on a shark ‘highway’ between Australia and South Africa and that its active volcano Piton de la Fournaise … [Read more...] about Island with shark infested seas has so many attacks swimming and surfing is banned
Boris Johnson has met the US Secretary of State in an attempt to build ties with the new Biden administration - as G7 foreign ministers met ahead of June's summit. The prime minister hosted Antony Blinken in Downing Street as the United States and the UK forge a fresh relationship following Donald Trump's term and as the UK tries to create new trade ties after Brexit. Ahead of the discussions, Mr Blinken, who is in charge of US foreign affairs, said the US has "no closer ally, no closer partner" than the UK. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 'Diplomacy is back', says foreign secretary A Downing Street statement said the pair discussed the "close alignment between UK and US foreign policy and agreed co-operation between the two will be "instrumental" in tackling the pandemic, protecting the environment and "other international priorities". "They also welcomed wider work the UK and US are doing together in areas such as trade … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson meets US Secretary of State in attempt to build ties with Biden administration – as G7 foreign ministers meet
When Joe Biden boasted to world leaders last month that the US would halve its greenhouse emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels — urging his counterparts from countries like China and India to commit to stronger action — the US president left environmentalists unconvinced. The cuts are more ambitious than previous targets to burn less fossil fuel. But they will not stop the US from overshooting its fair share of the emissions that can be released to meet the 2015 Paris Agreement pledge to keep warming well below 2 degrees Celsius, and ideally 1.5C, according to independent research project Climate Action Tracker. This is a question of justice: The US has polluted the atmosphere more than any other economy on the planet and also has more money to deal with it. Factoring in those inequalities, Biden's pledge is "very close to or just within" the range of cuts needed to reach 2C, said Andreas Geiges, a researcher at Climate Analytics, which jointly runs the project. But it falls … [Read more...] about Climate justice: Do pledges ignore unequal emissions?