Sky's Rowland Manthorpe has been looking at how COVID-19 affects the body and what happens if you end up in hospital.
The new coronavirus is losing its potency and has become much less lethal, a senior Italian doctor said on Sunday. "In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy," said Alberto Zangrillo, the head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan in the northern region of Lombardy, which has borne the brunt of Italy's coronavirus contagion. Italy has the third highest death toll in the world from COVID-19, with 33,415 people dying since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21.
A recall vote for a high-profile mayor is stirring political acrimony in Taiwan, with accusations of voter intimidation and official interference, and could bring new problems for the main opposition party, already reeling from losing January elections. The Kuomintang (KMT) soundly lost the presidential and parliamentary polls. Since then, under a youthful new leader, Johnny Chiang, it has tried to rethink its unpopular policy of seeking closer ties with China.
Archaeologists have unearthed a shipwreck from the Roman Empire dating back to the third century AD.The ship was found in what's now the site of a massive open pit coal mine . It's on the site of what was once the Roman city Viminacium.The settlement was home to some 45,000 people and sat near the Danube River.An excavator accidentally found the ship's timbers earlier this spring, but the work had to hold temporarily because of coronavirus restrictions.As you can see in the video, the front portion of the boat was remarkably intact. Researchers say the boat measured 19 meters in length. It had a flat bottom, a sail and six pairs of oars.The 1,700 year old boat will one day go on display at a museum outside Belgrade, and experts say there's more to find at the site . Only 4% of the area has been uncovered so far.【ギャラリー】Pictures of the week: May 24 - 3030
A row of police cars was engulfed in flames during protests in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on May 31 following the police-involved death of George Floyd.Cody A Sharpe captured this video showing the five cars ablaze while alarms and sirens sound in the background.Grand Rapids Fire Department posted to Facebook an image of a burned car with the caption, “Sad evening in Grand Rapids. Our crews are being escorted by law enforcement, several rubbish and vehicle fires downtown. Destruction is widespread. Stay safe.”The department also called for the community to hand over any evidence of “criminal activity” during the protests.Protests were held across the globe on Sunday as demonstrators continued taking to the streets in response to Floyd’s death in custody in Minneapolis the previous Monday. Credit: Cody A Sharpe via Storyful
Lockdown rules are now “unenforceable” and the public will “do what they want to do”, policing leaders have warned. They said the sunny weekend had been marked by widespread breaches of the lockdown which one senior police figure suggested was “to all intents and purposes ended.” With meetings of six people outdoors, private barbecues and garden parties and unlimited travel to exercise allowed from today (Mon), it is understood police chiefs have told the Government that lockdown is unenforceable unless it is a large gathering. New official guidance, issued to police forces, is expected to tell officers to continue to engage, explain and encourage but the “last resort” of enforcement will be largely limited to big gatherings such as parties. The number of fines have already plummeted since the lockdown was eased on Wednesday May 13 with just 841 handed out by forces in England compared with nearly 15,000 previously. Ken Marsh, chair of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said: “I don’t think the public are taking much notice of what is laid down in front of them. They are doing it how they want to do it. In terms of it being enforceable, I don’t think it is.” He said there had been widespread abuse of the rules in London over the weekend: “It’s been very, very busy. We have had a lot of gatherings of people not adhering to the rules.” He said the new rules - which included allowing people attending a garden party to use the indoor toilet - were unclear and “unpoliceable.” “What are the rules? This is what I keep saying. I don’t think they are very clear. I think they are ambiguous. Any interpretation can be used on them. People will do what they want to do. The youth are not bothered because they think coronavirus won’t affect them,” he said. He said there were also contradictory messages from Government and regional leaders, citing London where ministers wanted people to use their cars to avoid public transport but mayor Sadiq Khan was requiring police officers to pay the congestion charge but not other emergency services. He added: “I am worried that we are doing this too quickly. I am worried that another peak is still possible. We are only just below one for the R rate, and have been for three weeks. I understand why because of the economy and the need to socialise but it concerns me.”
Second senior medical adviser weighs in over Dominic Cummings. Jenny Harries says obeying lockdown rules is ‘matter of personal and professional integrity’
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Two images of the monarch riding Balmoral Fern, a 14-year-old fell pony, have been released.
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The weekend's hot weather, which saw crowds of people flock to beaches and beauty spots across the UK ahead of lockdown restrictions being eased in England, will come to an end this week, forecasters have said. The Met Office says the west of England could enjoy highs of around 27C (80.6F) on Monday, while the South could see the hottest temperatures of the year so far on Tuesday, at up to 29C (84.2F). "But from Tuesday, we are starting to see some more unsettled weather across Scotland and the gradual trend will be turning cooler across the UK from Wednesday onwards."
Widespread defiance of newly-relaxed lockdown rules over the weekend could lead to a new surge in Covid-19 infections in Scotland, health officials have warned. Ministers and senior NHS figures have expressed alarm at images of large groups gathering in parks and beaches, as the partial lifting of restrictions coincided with the hottest temperatures of the year. Many also flocked to beauty spots, with Loch Lomond and East Lothian among the areas that saw an large influx of visitors, despite rules stating people should not travel more than five miles from home for outdoor activities.
On his return to GMB, Piers Morgan has laid into Dominic Cummings saying the government adviser 'single-handedly destroyed' the coronavirus lockdown
Boris Johnson has blocked Jeremy Corbyn’s recommendation for John Bercow to receive a peerage over allegations of bullying by the former Speaker. Downing Street said it would not approve Labour’s nomination of Mr Bercow for elevation to the upper chamber because there are outstanding concerns about his “propriety”. Karie Murphy, Mr Corbyn’s former chief of staff, was also blocked for appointment to the Lords over an Equalities and Human Rights Commission investigation into alleged institutional anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. The Jewish Labour Movement said her nomination was “deeply inappropriate”. Ms Murphy denies all allegations of anti-Semitism. Officials at Downing Street informed Mr Corbyn his nominations would be rejected before he stepped down as leader, The Sunday Times reported. The House of Lords Appointments Commission had concerns about both Mr Bercow and Ms Murphy’s “propriety”. Mr Bercow, who stood down as Speaker at the end of October, was referred to the parliamentary commissioner of standards in January over allegations of bullying, which he denies. Commons officials accused him of creating a climate of “fear and intimidation” during his time in office, and a former clerk of the Commons said he used “sexually and racially inappropriate” language. Mr Bercow said the claim was “unadulterated rubbish”. His nomination by Labour, which was greeted with surprise when it was leaked in January, cannot proceed to formal approval from the Queen without the backing of the Government. The rejection comes after Boris Johnson broke with tradition by refusing to nominate Mr Bercow for a peerage himself, which is customary of a Government after a Speaker’s retirement. Dawn Butler, a Labour MP who ran for the deputy leadership of her party, said Mr Johnson’s refusal to nominate Mr Bercow was in itself a “form of bullying”. After the commission advised against Labour’s nomination, Downing Street offered Mr Corbyn the option of replacing his nominees last month, allowing him to choose “antiwar” activists instead, the Sunday Times reported. Mr Corbyn is thought to have declined that offer after some consideration. The House of Lords Appointment commission, which does not comment on individual cases, said: “Our guidelines make clear that an individual must be in good standing in general and with the public regulatory authorities in particular.”
Police arrested 23 people during protests in London over the death of African-American man George Floyd in Minneapolis.Scotland Yard said late on Sunday night the arrests were for a range of offences but did not give further details.
Kensington Palace has sent a legal complaint to Tatler magazine over claims the Duchess of Cambridge feels “overworked”, it is understood. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are understood to have asked that the society magazine remove its ‘Catherine the Great’ profile from the website. The Royal couple are reportedly upset about what they say is unfounded criticism of the Duchess’s family, her children and her weight. The Tatler article described the Duchess as “perilously thin” and referred to Princess Diana’s eating disorders. The society magazine claimed to have spoken to various friends of the Duchess of Cambridge for the profile with a source reportedly claiming the princess feels “exhausted and trapped” after taking on more royal duties following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back. Kensington Palace has denied this account. "Meghan and Harry have been so selfish,” one source told Tatler. “William and Catherine really wanted to be hands-on parents and the Sussexes have effectively thrown their three children under a bus. “There goes their morning school runs as the responsibilities on them now are enormous." Another source allegedly added: “Kate is furious about the larger workload. Of course she's smiling and dressing appropriately but she doesn't want this. She feels exhausted and trapped. “She's working as hard as a top CEO, who has to be wheeled out all the time, without the benefits of boundaries and plenty of holidays.” Earlier this week a source familiar with the Duchess's work emphatically denied to the Telegraph that she feels "exhausted and trapped" by her duties, saying the description was inaccurate and offensive. They added: “Like many people across the country, the Duchess is juggling home schooling and work. But she's not also having to juggle being a front line worker. She is of course cognisant of that. "That's who she would much prefer the attention to be on." A Royal source told The Mail on Sunday the description of the Duchess as “perilously thin” is “such an extremely cruel and wounding barb. It's disgusting. It's sexist and woman-shaming at its very worst. “The [Tatler] piece is full of lies. There is no truth to their claim that the Duchess feels overwhelmed with work, nor that the Duke is obsessed with Carole Middleton. It's preposterous and downright wrong.” Tatler's article also claims that the Duchess had an argument with the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018. It claimed the row took place at a rehearsal two days before the wedding and was over whether the young bridesmaids should wear tights. Quoting an unnamed friend, the article said: “There was an incident at the wedding rehearsal. It was a hot day and apparently there was a row over whether the bridesmaids should wear tights or not. “Kate, following protocol, felt that they should. Meghan didn't want them to. The photographs suggest that Meghan won." But Kensington Palace insisted the story is wrong, the Mail on Sunday reported. In response to the Tatler claims a Kensington Palace spokesperson said at the time: “This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication”. Tatler issued its own statement: “Tatler's Editor-in-Chief Richard Dennen stands behind the reporting of Anna Pasternak and her sources. “Kensington Palace knew we were running the 'Catherine the Great' cover months ago and we asked them to work together on it. The fact they are denying they ever knew is categorically false.” During the pandemic the Cambridges are working from home at Anmer Hall, homeschooling Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis while holding royal engagements over Zoom. Along with the rest of the Royal Family, they have changed the focus of their work to helping the country through the coronavirus crisis, paying particular attention to mental health. The children have joined in the "clap for our carers" movement, and delivered homemade pasta to their isolated neighbours. Since the Covid-19 lockdown, the Duchess of Cambridge has launched photography exhibition Hold Still, and taken part in video calls to schools, hospitals and maternity services, as well as playing bingo with pensioners to highlight social care. Tatler did not respond to a request for comment on the legal complaint and Kensington Palace declined to comment.
Primary schools in England have been told to reopen to pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from this week.
Experts fear British taxpayers could inadvertently be contributing to funding the Chinese defence programme, after millions of pounds of public funds were poured into technology research undertaken in collaboration with controversial Chinese universities known for their military links. The UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council distributed more than £6.5 million to British universities including Manchester for technology studies that were undertaken with these controversial Chinese institutions, according to disclosures on academic papers. While the research programmes focused on technologies that could be used for civilian purposes, experts have warned that they also have the potential to be used for military applications, prompting fears that taxpayer-funded research by British universities could be exploited by Beijing. In two cases, researchers even stated on their grant application forms that the technologies they were looking at could have “both civilian and military applications” or be used for “military controlling”. The disclosure comes days after The Telegraph revealed that Huawei has also backed a string of research projects linking British universities with Chinese defence institutions, which focused on these so-called “dual use” technologies. Huawei denies any wrongdoing. Experts have now warned that the studies funded by the EPSRC may be part of a worrying pattern of partnerships between British universities and Chinese universities that are known for their strong military ties – and that they could be used to fuel both China’s controversial surveillance regime and its declared ambition to become the world’s most powerful military force by 2049. On Sunday night, Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith said the collaborations were “tantamount to transfer of technologies to the Chinese government” and accused the EPSRC and British universities of “living in a naïve world”. “You cannot say that there is any [Chinese] institution that is safe from the reach of that government… If they take technology as part of a market position, they can use it for other things.” His warning comes as Beijing faces growing international hostility over its handling of the coronavirus crisis and attempts to crush dissent in Hong Kong. The EPSRC defended the payments. Executive chairwoman Professor Dame Lynn Gladden said: “These grants were fully consistent with government policy. All UK funding was directed to fund research by UK universities.” A spokesman added that it allocates funding to research projects rather than individual papers “through the lens of the quality of academic research”, and that it is for individual universities to decide who they work with as long as there is no legal breach and the other universities cover their own costs. A Telegraph investigation identified seven papers that were undertaken by British institutions in partnership with Chinese universities, as part of research programmes that accessed EPSRC grants totalling £6,637,875. The funding body is one of nine organisations that make up UK Research and Innovation, which states on its website that it is “principally funded” by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Two of the papers were co-authored by researchers at China's so-called "Seven Sons of National Defence", universities tasked with developing China's defence programme, and six were undertaken with the in-house academy for the People's Liberation Army. Of the money dished out by the EPSRC, £305,891 went to the University of Manchester for research it undertook with Beihang University – an institution sanctioned by America for its work on rockets and drones. The grant application to EPSRC boasted that it would could be used for “environmental monitoring or military controlling". A spokesman for the University of Manchester said: “We carry out due diligence on all research collaborations and we have clear ethical and intellectual property polices and guidelines which all our researchers, overseas and domestic, must adhere to as part of their professional contracts.” Six of the papers were also funded by Huawei, and the remaining one was worked on by its researchers. The company has insisted that they all focused on “common areas of research for telecoms equipment suppliers”, and that it has strict rules to ensure the research it backs is not used for military purposes. “We do not conduct military research either directly, or indirectly, nor do we work on military or intelligence projects for the Chinese government or any other government,” a spokesman said.
Tom Watson, the former deputy Labour leader, is one of three people nominated by Jeremy Corbyn to have had their peerages blocked by the independent watchdog, The Independent has learnt.John Bercow, the former speaker of the House of Commons, and Karie Murphy, the former director of Mr Corbyn’s office, are also understood to have had their nominations refused.
Coronavirus patients could suffer "extreme tiredness and shortness of breath for several months", government scientists have warned. Newly-released papers by the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies show concern that the virus may cause long-term health problems. Its meeting of May 7 discussed a number of complications that have now been linked to Covid-19, including strokes, kidney disease and dysfunctions of other organs. And scientists expressed concern that the novel virus may have long-term effects, which could last for several months. After discussing a number of rare complications and symptoms of the disease, the minutes state: “Sage also noted the existence of longer-term health sequelae (such as the persistence of extreme tiredness and shortness of breath for several months) and the importance of monitoring these impacts through longer-term cohort studies. One scientific advisor to the Government said that follow up clinics of patients who survived the acute illness found “a very high proportion who cannot get back to a normal life.” Research is continuing to investigate how long long-term effects may last, with concern that some patients could suffer significant damage, with many left exhausted. Last week the head of the NHS warned that thousands of people may need NHS help to recover from the damage caused by the virus. Sir Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, said: "While our country is now emerging from the initial peak of coronavirus, we're now seeing a substantial new need for rehab and aftercare." “Some may need care for tracheostomy wounds, ongoing therapy to recover heart, lung and muscle function, psychological treatment for post-intensive care syndrome and cognitive impairment, while others may need social care support for their everyday needs like washing and dressing,” he said. Last week the first NHS hospital dedicated to helping coronavirus patients recover from the long-term effects of the illness received its first patients. Surrey's NHS Seacole Centre opened at Headley Court, a former rehab centre for injured soldiers. The model will be rolled out across the country, with a focus particularly on helping those in need of neurorehabilitation, respiratory and cardiac complications. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists said it was “incredibly worried about what we think might be a tsunami in demand that we do not have services to respond to.”
Israeli forces shot and killed an unarmed autistic Palestinian man on his way to a special needs school in Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday, prompting comparisons to the police violence in the US and accusations of excessive force by Israeli forces. In a statement, Israeli police said they spotted a suspect “with a suspicious object that looked like a pistol” and opened fire on 32-year-old Iyad Halak, when he failed to stop. No weapon was found on him. Israel’s Channel 12 news station said members of the paramilitary border forces fired at Mr Halak’s legs and chased him into an alley. A senior officer was said to have called for a halt to fire as they entered the alley, but a second officer ignored the command and fired six or seven bullets from an M-16 rifle. Mr Halak’s father told AP that police later came and raided their home, but didn’t find anything. The shooting has caused widespread outcry on social media with many comparisons to the racially charged death of George Floyd in the US last week. Benny Gantz, Israel’s ‘alternate’ prime minister and defence minister apologised for the death of Mr Halak in a cabinet meeting on Sunday morning. Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, made no mention of the incident in his opening remarks. Both officers were taken into custody and interrogated for several hours and an investigation has been opened. “We must resist the expected cover-up and make sure that the police will sit in jail,” Ayman Odeh, the leader of the main Arab party in parliament, wrote on Twitter. “Justice will be done only when the Halak family, their friends and the rest of the Palestinian people know freedom and independence.” Mr Halak had been on his way to the school for students with special needs when he was shot and killed, a trip that he made every day. According to the Times of Israel, his father told public broadcaster, Kan, that he suspected Mr Halak had been carrying his phone when he was spotted by the police. “We tell him every morning to keep his phone in his hand so we can be in contact with him and make sure he has safely arrived at the educational institution,” his father reportedly said. In west Jerusalem, about 150 protesters, some pounding drums, gathered to demonstrate against police violence on Saturday. “A violent policeman must stay inside,” they chanted in Hebrew. At a smaller protest in Tel Aviv, one poster read “Palestinian lives matter.”
Tens of thousands of people have joined demonstrations the length and breadth of the country following the death of a black man in police custody.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets of London to protest after the killing of George Floyd in the US. Floyd died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes. Protests have flared up across the United States following the murder.