Daily News Briefing
Brief. Me - June 24, 2021 5:17 pm
Covid-19: UK ‘not learning lessons of Australia quarantine’
BBC News says the UK’s rules on quarantine hotels for travellers arriving from Covid “red list” countries are less stringent than those enforced in Australia.
Australia’s system, introduced early last year, is seen as a gold standard internationally.
But as a result of repeated outbreaks among staff and guests, and the arrival of new variants, the rules in Australia have been tightened and are under review again.
Pfizer vaccine found to give strong immune response to new Covid variants
The Guardian says people who have received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been found to have strong T-cell responses against the Kent and South African variants of Covid, suggesting that the vaccine will continue to protect against serious disease in the coming months.
In the first study to test immune responses against the variants circulating in populations, researchers found that although antibody responses against the new variants were blunted, they may still be high enough to protect most people from becoming infected, after a second dose of vaccine has been given.
Myanmar junta says 23,000 inmates freed as protests continue
France24 says Myanmar’s military regime braced for a seventh straight day of street protests on Friday.
A torrent of anger and defiance has brought tens of thousands of people out in nationwide rallies demanding the country’s generals relinquish power.
With another day of mass rallies underway, state media announced the release of more than 23,000 inmates as part of a prison amnesty.
Instagram’s crackdown on ‘hateful’ DMs speeds up the spiral of Anglocentric censorship on social media
RT News says the app founded to share cute photos is now using AI to censor “hate speech” in direct messages, enforcing an Anglo-American notion of banning the ever-increasing expanse of unapproved thoughts to the rest of the planet.
Anyone who sends direct messages containing “hate speech” or abuse shall henceforth be banned, Instagram announced on Wednesday. Previously, they only suspended such users for a period of time. While that sounds great on the surface – nobody wants hate or abuse – it leaves open the very real question of who gets to define that, and how.
Jordan reports high adherence to COVID-19 protocols in schools as students return
Arab News says Jordan’s education ministry has reported high compliance to COVID-19 health protocols as more than 773,000 students went back to their classrooms this week, almost a year after all educational institutions were shut down.
Adherence to health and safety regulations related to the infectious coronavirus disease in schools was at 97.7 per cent during the first week of students’ gradual return to physical learning, education officials said, according to a report from state news agency Petra.
The attendance rate of in-class education at public schools reached 84.4 percent, compared with about 17 per cent of those who opted for distance learning.
Brazil says Amazon COVID-19 variant three times more contagious
Aljazeera says a coronavirus variant identified in the Amazon might be three times more contagious but early analysis suggests vaccines are still effective against it, the country’s health minister said on Thursday, without providing evidence for the claims.
Under pressure as the variant hammers the jungle city of Manaus with a devastating second wave of infections, the Health Minister sought to reassure legislators that the surge of recent months was unexpected but coming under control.
He also told a Senate hearing that Brazil would vaccinate half its eligible population by June and the rest by the end of the year – an ambitious target as the country has barely guaranteed doses for half the population.
US piles sanctions on Myanmar junta leaders, threatens with more action
TRT World says the US has slapped sanctions on the leaders of Myanmar’s junta, warning that more punishment could come even as the generals in Yangon ordered demonstrators to get back to work or face “effective actions.”
As Myanmar was preparing for a seventh consecutive day of anti-coup rallies, the US announced on Thursday it was blocking any US assets and transactions with 10 current or former military officials held responsible for the February 1 coup.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said, “we are also prepared to take additional action should Burma’s military not change course,” as anti-coup rallies continued in the country following the ouster of the government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Prosecutors: There’s ‘Clear, Overwhelming’ Evidence Trump Incited Insurrection
VOA says Impeachment prosecutors contended Thursday that there was “clear and overwhelming” evidence that former President Donald Trump incited insurrection by sending a mob of his supporters to the U.S. Capitol last month to confront lawmakers as they were certifying that he had lost the November election to Joe Biden.
In closing arguments, the lead impeachment manager, Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland, told the 100 senators acting as jurors at Trump’s impeachment trial that they should use “common sense on what happened here.”
“It is a bedrock principle that no one can incite a riot” in the American democracy, Raskin said.
UK WEATHER FORECAST
Today will be cold and breezy although cloud will tend to break, leaving some bright or sunny spells. A chance of a few snow showers over north-eastern parts of the UK.
Any lingering snow showers should ease in the north-east overnight, and it will be dry for most with clear spells. Northern Ireland will see more in the way of cloud, with snow arriving later on.
Covid cases continue to fall in England
+ Number of people testing positive falls by a quarter
+ Hospital and death rates also dropping
Read more: https://t.co/dvn0ycIY70
Covid cases continue to fall in England
FROM WTX NEWS
Nobody puts baby in a corner
KPMG UK appoints first female leaders in 150 years – BBC Business
Expats stranded by pandemic face heavy tax toll – FT News
Disney+ signs up 95 million subscribers in just over a year – Sky Business
U.S. House committee approves another $14 billion for pandemic-hit airlines – Reuters
UK economy suffered record annual slump in 2020 – BBC News
Chelsea lacked ‘courage’ in FA Cup win over Barnsley, says Tuchel – Read on
Australian Open: Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Aryna Sabalenka advance – Read on
India v England: Injured Jofra Archer to miss second Test – Read on
FA Cup draw: Everton host Man City, Leicester face Man Utd in quarter-finals – Read on
Shia LaBeouf denies abuse accusations – Read on
Britney Spears’ father loses bid to retain some rights over $60m estate – Read on
Kate Winslet climbed into car boot to help guide a young actress through sex scene – Read on
Taylor Swift’s fans go wild as they spot ‘secret code’ in Fearless announcement – Read on
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)