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Brief. Me - April 16, 2021 12:01 am
Covid: Travellers to UK set to be tested after arrival
BBC News says travellers entering the UK are set to be tested for coronavirus a few days after they arrive.
The new, expanded testing regime will be announced shortly.
Enhancing the testing regime “to cover all arrivals while they isolate” would add another level of protection, the Department of Health said.
The move is designed to help to track any new cases which might be brought into the country and make it easier to detect new variants.
Return to Covid tiers ‘could plunge millions in England into crisis’
The Guardian says millions of people face emotional and financial crisis if England returns to a tiered system of restrictions after lockdown, the British Red Cross has warned.
The charity polled more than 2,000 people between October and December last year to look at the impact of the tiered system on their finances and mental wellbeing. It found that support for the most vulnerable, which had been available during lockdown, was lost once the tier system was introduced, sparking widespread problems.
Severe floods strike southwest France, Paris area on flood alert
France24 says Southwestern France was hit by heavy flooding following days of torrential rain, and several other regions including eastern Paris were on flood alert ahead of a cold snap expected later this week.
Hundreds of people were evacuated as water seeping into cellars knocked out power supplies. Local authorities laid beams on cinder blocks so residents could walk from flooded houses to dry land.
“We knew this was in a flood zone, but not that the area could flood up to this point, otherwise we would never have taken this flat,” said Saintes resident Cyril Cheransac.
Dubai rolls out COVID-19 vaccines to public transport workers
Arab News says Dubai has begun the mass vaccination of public transport workers, aiming to remain open to international tourism despite a surge in cases.
The UAE has a population of nearly 10 million and has administered 4.4 million doses — one of the best vaccination rates per capita in the world, and second to Israel.
The UAE has recorded 930 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began, after an additional nine deaths were reported in the previous 24 hours.
Kashmiri man demanding son’s body, charged under anti-terror law
Aljazeera says the family members of a teenage boy in Kashmir, killed in an alleged gunfight, have been charged under an anti-terror law for holding a demonstration in the village “demanding the return of his body”.
Ather Mushtaq, 16, from Bellow village in Pulwama, was among three men killed by Indian security forces on December 30 last year during what police described as a gunfight after the men refused to surrender on the outskirts of the main city of Srinagar.
Police said the men – 22-year-old Aijaz Ganai and Zubair Lone, 25, being the other two – were “hardcore associates of terrorists” opposed to Indian rule. But Ather’s father Mushtaq Ahmed Wani says his son’s killing was a cold-blooded “fake encounter”, a popular term used to explain extrajudicial killings by the security forces.
Myanmar anti-coup protesters defy junta warnings
TRT World says anti-coup protesters have defied warnings from Myanmar’s generals to rally for a fourth straight day after the military imposed a ban on gatherings at flashpoint sites.
The military banned gatherings of more than five people in parts of Yangon and other areas across the country where major rallies had erupted.
Those rallies had seen hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets.
Myanmar police arrested at least 27 anti-coup demonstrators in Mandalay on Tuesday, including a journalist, media organisations said, as protesters defied bans on gatherings amid nationwide dissent against the junta.
Trump’s Historic Second Impeachment Trial Starts Tuesday
VOA says the historic second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump starts Tuesday in the U.S. Senate, with Trump accused of inciting insurrection a month ago by urging his supporters to confront lawmakers at the U.S. Capitol as they were certifying Joe Biden had defeated Trump in the 2020 election.
The protest turned into mayhem, as about 800 supporters of Trump stormed past authorities into the Capitol, smashed doors and windows, ransacked some congressional offices and scuffled with police. Five people were left dead, including a Capitol Police officer whose death is under investigation as a homicide and a rioter shot by a police officer.
UK WEATHER FORECAST
Another cold day with the moderate easterly wind persisting. Eastern areas will see snow showers move in from the North Sea, which will be heavy in places. Further west will be drier with sunshine.
Another cold night with a widespread frost developing. Snow showers will continue to push into eastern areas. Southwest England and the Channel Isles may see some sleet and snow this evening.
I miss 2017 when the worst thing Armie Hammer ate was that peach.
I miss 2017 when the worst thing Armie Hammer ate was that peach.— Maddie (@maddiebuckley_) February 8, 2021
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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)