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Test and trace system begins in England, Scotland

London: Thousands of contact tracers were making their first phone calls to track down people who will be told to self-isolate under new test and trace schemes which began in England and Scotland on Thursday. Tracers will text, email or call people who test positive with coronavirus and ask who they have had contact with, reports the BBC. Any of …

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UK PM dismisses calls to inquire aide’s lockdown violation

London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has dismissed calls to launch an inquiry against his chief aide, Dominic Cummings who has been accused of breaking lockdown rules, news of which prompted widespread anger in country. Cummings is accused of breaching the lockdown rules after he drove 418 km from London to a family property in Durham during the stay-at-home order. …

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Coronavirus deaths in US top 1 lakh

Washington: The US has surpassed the grim milestone of over one lakh coronavirus-linked deaths, the highest in the world, as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc across the globe by upending life and disrupting economic activity. The wave of deaths, one-third of which has come from the world’s financial capital of New York and neighbouring New Jersey and Connecticut, has had …

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2 Indian-origin men jailed in largest drugs bust in UK

London: Two Indian-origin men have been sentenced to a total of 34 years in what Scotland Yard described as one of its biggest drugs busts in the UK, worth more than 20 million pounds. Shakti Gupta, 34, from Birmingham and Baldev Singh Sahota, 54, from Oldbury in West Midlands were jailed for 18 years and 16 years respectively following a …

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Death of US black man in custody sparks clashes

Washington: Clashes erupted between protesters and police in the US city of Minneapolis over the death of an unarmed black man in police custody, the media reported. Video footage emerged showing, George Floyd, 46, groaning “please, I can’t breathe” and “don’t kill me” as a white policeman kneels on his neck after officers on Monday responded to reports of the …

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Trump offers to mediate between India and China

PTI Washington In a surprise move, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday offered to “mediate or arbitrate” the raging border dispute between India and China, saying he was “ready, willing and able” to ease the tensions, amid the continuing standoff between the armies of the two Asian giants. Trump previously offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir …

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Poll shows only half of Americans could access coronavirus vaccine

PTI Washington Only about half of Americans say they would get a Covid-19 vaccine if the scientists working furiously to create one succeed, according to a new poll. That’s surprisingly low considering the effort going into the global race for a vaccine against the coronavirus that has sparked a pandemic since first emerging from China late last year. But more …

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Protesters mass in Hong Kong as anthem law is debated

AP Hong Kong Thousands of protesters shouted pro-democracy slogans and insults at police in Hong Kong on Wednesday as lawmakers debated a bill criminalising abuse of the Chinese national anthem in the semi-autonomous city. Police massed outside the legislative building ahead of the session and warned protesters that if they did not disperse, they could be prosecuted. In the Central …

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Remdesivir improves time to recovery in Covid-19 patients: Study

PTI New Delhi Remdesivir, the antiviral under clinical trials for treatment against novel coronavirus infection, is superior to the standard of care given to COVID-19 patients, according to a new study. The analysis, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is based on data from the Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial (ACTT), sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and …

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Tony Blair questions Trump’s leadership over COVID-19 crisis

London: Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair questioned US President Donald Trump’s leadership over the “terrifying” novel coronavirus pandemic and expressed concerns about the lack of global coordination in tackling the health crisis. “The worry I have that an absence of global coordination and global leadership that’s necessary for it is a huge problem,” the Daily Mail on Monday quoted …

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