Footage shared around by residents on social media showed a column of smoke rising from the port district followed by an enormous blast.Cause of blast unknown »
Coronavirus vaccine tracker: how close are we to a vaccine?More than 140 teams of researchers are racing to develop a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine
Women who take the pill are less likely to develop serious coronavirus, a major new study has found, helping explain why men have suffered worse from the disease. Analysis of more than half a million women by King's College London during May and June has identified the crucial role of oestrogen in protecting against Covid-19. Scientists established that those taking the combined oral contraceptive pill were on average 13 per cent less likely to develop serious symptoms. Meanwhile, post-menopausal women appeared to have a 22 per cent higher risk compared to pre-menopausal women. Previous studies of other dangerous respiratory viruses, such as Sars and Mers, had suggested the importance of oestrogen. However, the new King's research, conducted using data from their symptom tracking app, is the first of its kind to establish the link with Covid-19. Oestrogen is thought to influence how many immune cells a person produces and how well these respond to infection. Known as the "female hormone", it is present in higher proportions in women than in men. There have been more Covid-19 deaths among men across most age groups in England and Wales, with 55 per cent of the overall toll accounted for by males since the start of the pandemic.
Will Donald Trump’s children take up his banner if he’s felled by voters this November?According to his niece, Mary Trump, the question her cousins’ potential dynastic ambitions is a relevant one, albeit one that “makes [her] head hurt”.
The team of WHO experts visited Wuhan, the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, to probe the origins of the virus and how it spread.
Tuesday briefing: Britons flee Brexit by the thousandsRecord numbers emigrating to regain EU citizenship rights … tarnished ex-king to leave Spain … and the future of Extinction Rebellion
The UK government was not prepared to pay as high a price to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic as many other developed nations, a study has found.Analysis by academics at the University of Exeter found the UK was willing to pay far less than other developed countries, such as Germany, New Zealand and South Korea, to protect citizens by introducing lockdown restrictions.
Donald Trump has lashed out at Dr Deborah Birx, the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, for the first time, calling her response to criticism "pathetic" after she admitted that the coronavirus was widespread throughout the US.The president said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had criticised Dr Birx because she was "too positive" about the US coronavirus response.
The coronavirus death toll in the UK has risen by 89, according to official figures.Public Health England reported the fatalities for Tuesday, which take the UK's total coronavirus deaths to 46,299.
Gatherings of two or more people in a private dwelling who are not from the same household have been banned under new coronavirus lockdown rules imposed in the north of England, meaning couples who do not live together can no longer have sex indoors and stay overnight.The government published the regulations, which cover Manchester, parts of east Lancashire, and West Yorkshire, on Tuesday, nearly five days after restrictions were introduced.
Coronavirus near me: are UK Covid cases rising in your local area?Latest updates: how has Covid-19 progressed where you live? Check the week-on-week changes across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
The tensions continue.From Digital Spy
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have left Windsor Castle and are en route to Scotland for their summer break at Balmoral.The monarch and Philip are going ahead with their annual stay in the Highlands after spending the last four months at their Berkshire residence during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
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This is the extraordinary moment an ITV reporter is passed by a small migrant boat making a Channel crossing. The boat had been shadowed by French border forces before being left to cross into English waters. Credit: ITV / Good Morning Britain
Yorkshire and the Humber and the East Midlands both saw an increase in deaths involving COVID-19.
Take a trip on public transport now, and what's the first thing that you notice? It's not the sweaty armpit of a fellow commuter, or the hoards of shoppers jostling for space on the train platform. Rather, it's face masks. The simple face covering is set to become the abiding symbol of the Covid pandemic in Britain, thanks in large part to the Government's shifting 'should we shouldn't we?' prevarication on the topic. While other countries embraced masks from the off, here in Blighty we remained free of any legal requirement to wear coverings until July 15, when they became compulsory on public transport. Since then, the goal posts have only widened: masks became mandatory in shops on July 24, and from August 8 they'll be required in cinemas, galleries, and places of worship. Such drip-drip messaging means that we've been talking about face masks for months. And that perhaps helps explain why they're now the target of considerable anger. The medical community may be coming around to the idea that face masks work in slowing the spread of coronavirus, but to a legion of so-called anti-maskers, the coverings are a symbol of heavy-handed Government control, even oppression. Thankfully, in among all this noise, there are some cold, hard statistics that tell the story of Britain's evolving relationship with face masks... 1. A slow start... In comparison to our European neighbours, British people are renowned for having a laissez-faire approach to face masks. Despite the wearing of facial coverings being recommended advice from the British Government as of 11 May, a YouGov tracker survey undertaken in mid May revealed that a mere 21 per cent of Britons were donning a protective mask when they went out in public. By comparison, face mask wearing in France skyrocketed during this month from 56 per cent to 79 per cent. As the New York Times reported, it seems that “Brits would rather be sick than embarrassed.” However, the same survey did reveal some insight into our desired look. The utilitarian medical mask claimed the top spot, with 30 per cent of wearers opting to wear that style of mask. Home-made cloth masks were the choice of 27 per cent of people, while 17 per cent improvised using a scarf, or a similar item. 2. Causing conflict... Have you been confronted about not wearing a face mask? If so, you’re not alone. According to a study carried out by King's College London and Ipsos Mori, one in eight people has been confronted or reported for not wearing a mask, the equivalent of around six million Britons. Writing in the Telegraph, one woman - who is face mask exempt due to an invisible disability - shared her experience of being verbally abused three times for not wearing a face covering when she was out. “I felt small and humiliated. With an anxiety disorder, any form of confrontation is a challenge, so this felt like the end of the world,” she said. It perhaps doesn't help that conspiracy theories are rife. The same study found that 10 per cent of people said they believe face masks are bad for you, and 13 per cent think they are just a way for the Government to control people. 3. Yet most people support them... It may not seem like it, but the British population is generally in agreement over the potential benefits of wearing a face covering. According to a YouGov survey undertaken in July, seven in ten Britons think that wearing a face mask helps public health. The same study found that 91 per cent of people polled supported the move to make face masks become compulsory on public transport. Many have taken to social media to show their support. On Instagram, the hashtag maskselfie has 33k posts, while the hashtag facemask has 5.1 million.
Donald Trump suggested that Jeffrey Epstein may have been murdered before again sending his best wishes to Ghislaine Maxwell, who is in jail awaiting trial on child sex trafficking charges.President Trump, who has admitted meeting Ms Maxwell, 58, in Palm Beach, Florida – where some of her alleged crimes took place – attempted to bat away questions on why he voiced support for the British socialite in a press conference last month.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's dog's name has finally been revealed along with its sweet meaning - after two long years of guessing the wrong names.Meghan famously had to leave behind her beloved dog Bogart when she left Canada for England.
Among the many confusions people have about the current rules about Covid-19 (more complicated and inconsistent than anything the European Commission ever came up with about straight bananas, by the way), nobody seems to understand why sitting near someone in a pub is any less lethal than sitting near them in your kitchen.Surely the coronavirus can’t tell the difference as it considers the next set of lungs to invade? And yet we’re told that English pubs are likely to be exempted from any new restrictions on social contact to stem coronavirus outbreaks; as in the local restrictions now in force in Bradford, Leicester and Manchester, say, the ban will be on stopping different households meeting up at someone’s home, including the garden. (Excluding households in a “bubble”). But anyone can meet anyone in a public house. At least that is how I understand it.
Harrowing new footage has emerged of a tearful George Floyd pleading with officers to "please don't shoot me" in the moments before his fatal arrest in Minneapolis.The new police bodycam footage, leaked to the Mail Online, shows Mr Floyd begging officers not to harm him while passengers in his car insist he is "a good guy".
Stars of the Channel 4 documentary The Talk Ashley and Jordan Banjo, and Gillian Joseph speak about their experiences of racism and how it has stayed with them throughout their lives.
Scotland's Deputy First Minister John Swinney defends the high grades awarded to pupils after this year's exams were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.