The UK has reported 11,007 new COVID cases and a further 19 deaths in the latest 24-hour period - but in four weeks infections could be lower than they are now, according to an expert. Today's number of new infections is the highest reported since 19 February when 12,027 cases were recorded. It comes as a leading COVID researcher says he believes the current wave "should be peaking around 10 to 14 days' time" and in a month's time cases could be lower than they are now and "more manageable".
Almost 16,000 people could have been reinfected with Covid-19 in England, according to new research. Reinfections are defined as people who have tested positive for a second time at least 90 days after first testing positive for the virus. Of the 15,893 possible reinfections up to May 30, 53 have so far been confirmed by identifying genetically distinct specimens from each episode of illness, Public Health England (PHE) said.
Israel said Friday it will transfer around 1 million doses of soon-to-expire coronavirus vaccines to the Palestinian Authority in exchange for a similar number of doses the Palestinians expect to receive later this year. Israel, which has reopened after vaccinating some 85% of its adult population, has faced criticism for not sharing its vaccines with the 4.5 million Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.The agreement was announced by the new Israeli government that was sworn in on Sun
This magic show audience came prepared for disappointment judging by footage posted online by a pair of Shenzhen-based magicians.The duo, aptly named Pokerface Man and Embarrassing Man, post videos to Kuaishou, a Chinese video-sharing app, where the Pokerface Man account has over 720,000 followers.The account focuses on humorous revelations of the secrets behind Embarrassing Man’s tricks. In this instance, the reveal prompted the audience to throw some (thankfully empty) plastic bottles at a suitably embarrassed Embarrassing Man.Pokerface Man, real name Hao Yakun, developed an interest in magic in 2009, and alongside developing a large online following in the years since, he also teaches courses on magic for budding illusionists, according to a Chinese media report. Credit: Pokerface Man via Storyful
The government has promised to overhaul the way sexual crime investigations are conducted after victims, mostly women, complained of being digitally "strip searched", made to hand over phones, had their personal lives trawled over and their credibility questioned. The report details how the case is often damaged during the police investigation, ensuring the victim never sees justice. "Prosecutions and convictions for adult rape have also fallen, by 62% and 47% respectively since 2015/16."