UK Covid LIVE: UK weekly Covid deaths lowest since September as WHO approves Sinovac vaccine for emergency use
The proportion of deaths involving Covid in England and Wales is at its lowest level for more than eight months, figures show.
There were 9,860 deaths from all causes registered in the week ending May 21, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Of these, 1.1 per cent (107 deaths) had "novel coronavirus" mentioned on the death certificate.
The last time the proportion was so low was in the week ending September 11, when the virus accounted for 1 per cent of deaths.
Former president Laurent Gbagbo was returning to Ivory Coast on Thursday for the first time in nearly a decade, after he was cleared of crimes against humanity and his once-bitter rival welcomed him back in the name of reconciliation.
French forces in Mali have captured a man they describe as a "high-ranking fighter of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara". Dadi Ould Chouaib, also known as Abou Dardar, was arrested on 11 June in the "tri-border" region between Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. Dadi Ould Chouaib was carrying "an automatic weapon, a night vision telescope, a combat vest, a telephone and a radio", but surrendered without resistance.He was located during a helicopter sweep as part of a joint mission between troops
MPs have approved the extension of coronavirus restrictions in England until July 19, after Boris Johnson faced pressure from members of his own party over the delay. The Prime Minister was spared a defeat as Labour backed plans for a four-week delay to the end of lockdown measures, aimed at buying more time for the vaccine programme.
World number three Rafael Nadal on Thursday pulled out of Wimbledon and the Olympic Games citing a need to protect his body in order to prolong his career. The 35-year-old last played at the French Open in Paris where he was beaten in four gruelling sets by the eventual champion Novak Djokovic.In the immediate of the defeat on 11 June, Nadal hinted he might reconsider his schedule.On social media, he explained there was not enough time for him to recover for the start of Wimbledon on 28 June fol
A home quarantine rule for travellers to the UK "just doesn't work", a top epidemiologist advising the government has warned. Professor Neil Ferguson, part of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), suggested that anything other than the tough border restrictions imposed by countries such as Australia and New Zealand was "window dressing". The government has been facing calls to scrap its "amber list" of countries, from which people returning to the UK have to quarantine for 10 days at home.
The UK has reported 11,007 new COVID cases and a further 19 deaths in the latest 24-hour period. The figures compare with 9,055 cases and nine deaths reported yesterday, and 7,393 and seven fatalities this time last week. Today's number of new infections is the highest reported since 19 February when 12,027 cases were recorded.
A grizzly bear was spotted chasing after a black bear in the woods near St. Mary Lake in Glacier National Park on June 13.Molly Meiches, who captured the video while visiting Glacier National Park with her fiancé, told Storyful that she decided to pull over when she saw a crowd of people looking towards the lake and was surprised by what she saw.Stunned by the sight of two bears in such close proximity to the other, Meiches and her fiancé waited around for about an hour and watched as the grizzly meandered up a small ridge and quickly sprinted toward the black bear, who rapidly ascended the tree while the grizzly tried to follow.“To experience – and capture – the moment of the chase was truly incredible, awe-inspiring, and a once in a lifetime moment,” said Meiches.After the chase, Meiches said that the grizzly rested in the shade of a nearby fallen tree and the black bear remained in the tree for several hours.A nearby park ranger told Meiches that he had never seen this type of interaction between a black and grizzly bear, but speculated the grizzly could have been protecting its food source and searching for ground squirrels or ants.Glacier National Park shared the video to their Facebook page and noted that the short, sharp claws of the black bear are ideal for tree climbing whereas the grizzly has longer, duller claws that are poor for climbing. Credit: Mollie Meiches via Storyful