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Brief. Me - April 17, 2021 12:53 am
Covid: England’s virus levels ‘may have risen’ in January
BBC News says scientists tracking the spread of coronavirus in England say infection levels in the community may have risen at the start of lockdown 3.
Swab tests indicate 1.58% had the virus during the period 6-15 January, with the highest level, 2.8%, in London.
The Imperial College London researchers say there was “no strong evidence” of these high infection levels.
The past few days have seen a clear slowdown in the number of lab-confirmed cases reported daily by the government.
Rishi Sunak set to extend furlough scheme past April
CityAM says Rishi Sunak is reportedly set to extend the government’s furlough scheme beyond the end of April in his 3 March Budget.
The chancellor is drawing up plans to extend the £82bn scheme into the summer as the UK looks set to have strict Covid restrictions in place for several months.
The scheme, which sees the government pay up to 80 per cent of wages up to £2,500 a month, was originally supposed to end last October.
‘No repentance nor apologies’ for colonial abuses in Algeria, says Macron
France24 says President Macron has ruled out issuing an official apology for abuses in Algeria, his office said, ahead of a major report on how France is facing up to its colonial past in the country.
There will be “no repentance nor apologies” for the occupation of Algeria or the bloody eight-year war that ended French rule, Macron’s office said, adding that the French leader would instead take part in “symbolic acts” aimed at promoting reconciliation.
Europe-bound migrants drown in shipwreck off Libya
Arab News says a boat carrying migrants bound for Europe capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, drowning at least 43 people, the U.N. migration agency said.
The “tragic” shipwreck that took place a day earlier was the first maritime disaster in 2021 involving migrants seeking better lives in Europe.
The EU has partnered with Libya’s coast guard and other local groups to stem such dangerous sea crossings. Rights groups say those policies leave migrants at the mercy of armed groups or confined in squalid detention centres rife with abuses.
Tunisians rally to demand release of detained protesters
Aljazeera says Tunisians are protesting the detention of hundreds of young demonstrators arrested over several nights of disturbances, demanding their release and venting their anger against the government’s handling of a deepening social crisis.
Approximately 100 people rallied in the capital, Tunis, and the city of Sousse in defiance of gatherings banned following a recent surge in coronavirus cases.
Biden issues executive orders to undo several Trump policies
TRT World says President Joe Biden has signed a series of executive orders to launch his administration, including a decision to rejoin the Paris climate accord and a mask mandate for all federal buildings.
The orders included keeping the United States in the WHO, ending the ban on entries from mostly Muslim-majority countries, bolstering environmental protections and strengthening the fight against Covid-19.
Also among the directives was a halt to construction of the wall on the US-Mexico border, and efforts to expand diversity and equality for minority groups in the federal government.
Brazil Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Program for Hard Hit Indigenous People
VOA says Indigenous people in Brazil’s rainforest are getting their long-awaited first doses of a vaccine, which has infected thousands in their community and killed hundreds of others.
The Brazilian military flew medical workers and 1,000 doses of the CoronaVac vaccine into the Amazon rainforest and began vaccinating the indigenous people, who celebrated the arrival of the vaccine.
UK WEATHER FORECAST
Today will see areas of rain, sleet and snow initially persisting in Scotland, easing into the afternoon. Elsewhere will be brighter with a few scattered showers, particularly in western areas.
Areas of residual rain, sleet and snow will clear from the UK tonight. Scotland will see scattered showers through the night, wintry at higher ground. Elsewhere will be drier with clear spells.
Feel bad for people who got fit in quarantine but now have to STAY fit for like 7 more months before anyone sees. Shoulda paced yourselves
Feel bad for people who got fit in quarantine but now have to STAY fit for like 7 more months before anyone sees. Shoulda paced yourselves— Jeff Kasanoff (@JeffKasanoff) January 11, 2021
FROM WTX NEWS
“Go ahead, make my day.”
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Asian stocks at record highs as Biden inauguration lifts stimulus hopes – Reuters
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YOUR QUESTIONS answered
what happened at the capitol?
On January 6, 2021, a mob of rioters supporting United States President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election stormed the U.S. Capitol, breaching security and occupying parts of the building for several hours.
After attending a rally organized by Trump, thousands of his supporters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue before many stormed the United States Capitol in an effort to disrupt the electoral college vote count during a joint session of Congress and prevent the formalization of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.
After breaching police perimeters, they occupied, vandalized, and ransacked parts of the building for several hours. The insurrection led to the evacuation and lockdown of the Capitol building and five deaths. – Read on
what does brexit mean?
Brexit was the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) and the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC or Euratom) at the end of 31 January 2020 CET.
To date, the UK is the first and only country formally to leave the EU, after 47 years of membership within the bloc, after having first joined its predecessor, the European Communities (EC), on 1 January 1973.
It continued to participate in the European Union Customs Union and European Single Market during a transition period that ended on 31 December 2020 at 23:00 GMT. – Read on
It was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in January 2020 and a pandemic in March 2020.
Meaning of “coronavirus” and related terminology “coronavirus” means severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)