Almost 90 of the 470 long-finned pilot whales beached near Tasmania have been rescued.
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Weekly use of a nasal spray could give 96 per cent protection from coronavirus, new research from Public Health England (PHE) shows. The new preventive treatment could move to human trials within months following successful results on ferrets. The spray was originally developed to boost natural human immunity to common colds and the flu, but has been retested to see if it would also work for coronavirus. It is produced by Australian biotech company Ena Respiratory and works by preventing the virus from replicating in the respiratory tract. "We've been amazed with just how effective our treatment has been," said Dr Christophe Demaison, managing director of Ena Respiratory. "By boosting the natural immune response of the ferrets with our treatment, we've seen a rapid eradication of the virus. If humans respond in a similar way, the benefits of treatment are two-fold. Individuals exposed to the virus would most likely rapidly eliminate it, with the treatment ensuring that the disease does not progress beyond mild symptoms. This is particularly relevant to vulnerable members of the community. "In addition, the rapidity of this response means that the infected individuals are unlikely to pass it on, meaning a swift halt to community transmission." The study was led by Prof Miles Carroll, PHE's deputy director, and is posted on the biomedical prepublication research site, medRxiv. The results show that by boosting the immune response, the spray dramatically decreased the chance of infection, even when the ferrets were deliberately infected with the virus. The company is seeking additional funding to accelerate the nasal spray's clinical development and global distribution. The drug's official name is INNA-051 and it is a synthetic small molecule which can be self-administered once or twice a week.
Northumbria Police said four people were arrested for breaching COVID-19 regulations after a protest in Newcastle, while two men were fined.
Walkers have flocked to climb up Mount Snowdon, the UK's second highest peak, despite government warnings to stay away from crowded tourist spots amid the recent spike in coronavirus infections.The Welsh mountain, which is in Snowdonia, one of the country's top tourist destinations, is popular in part because it can be walked on foot without specialist climbing gear.
Two beluga whales, Little Grey and Little White, have taken their first swim in their open water sanctuary home in Iceland. Carefully monitored by the whales’ expert care team, Little Grey and Little White were released for the first time to fully explore the natural surroundings of the wider sanctuary at Klettsvik Bay on Heimaey, one of the Westman Islands off the south coast of Iceland.
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The British Museum has said it will not remove controversial objects from display but will “contextualise” them instead, following a government funding threat. In a leaked letter, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said that Government-funded museums and galleries risk losing taxpayer support if they remove artefacts. The missive, sent to several institutions, said: "As publicly funded bodies, you should not be taking actions motivated by activism or politics. "The significant support that you receive from the taxpayer is an acknowledgement of the important cultural role you play for the entire country." Recipients included the British Museum, Tate galleries, Imperial War museums, National Portrait Gallery, National Museums Liverpool, the Royal Armouries, the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the British Library. The British Museum has responded in a statement in which it said it has “no intention of removing controversial objects from public display”. "Instead, it will seek where appropriate to contextualise or reinterpret them in a way that enables the public to learn about them in their entirety." The museum recently redisplayed its bust of Hans Sloane, its slave-owning founding father. The bust was juxtaposed with objects to reflect the fact that Sloane's collection was created in the context of the British Empire and the slave economy. The Museum said it "continues to acknowledge Sloane's radical vision of universal free public access to a national museum collection and the public benefit that is generated through the British Museum". The culture secretary’s letter, leaked to The Sunday Telegraph, said: "It is imperative that you continue to act impartially, in line with your publicly funded status, and not in a way that brings this into question. "This is especially important as we enter a challenging Comprehensive Spending Review, in which all government spending will rightly be scrutinised." The letter stated that "rather than erasing these objects, we should seek to contextualise or reinterpret them in a way that enables the public to learn about them in their entirety, however challenging this may be". The letter comes after well-known music venue, named after 17th century slave trader Edward Colston, was recently renamed Bristol Beacon. On Thursday, Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg criticised the National Trust for not realising "how wonderful" Winston Churchill was. The National Trust had revealed how 93 of the properties it looks after, including Winston Churchill's home Chartwell, have links to historic slavery and colonialism. Boris Johnson has expressed his dismay at the growing focus on removing statues in the wake of the toppling of the memorial to slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol.
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