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Portuguese hospitals under pressure as Covid-19 cases reach record

LISBON (REUTERS) – Portugal’s fragile health system is under growing pressure due to a worrying rise in coronavirus infections, with the country reporting 10,947 new cases and 166 deaths on Saturday, the worst surge since the pandemic started last year. The cases, which come a day after a new lockdown was put in place, bring […]

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Police foil illegal rave in disused railway tunnel as DJ equipment and bar found

Rave equipment has been seized by police from a disused railway tunnel. A temporary bar, barriers and a DJ table set had also been set up in the hideaway. The discovery was made in London, which has been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Officers and council officials raided the scene in Dulwich Wood, south […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus: New UK strain would need longer level 4 lockdown if outbreak here – scientist

A level 4 lockdown longer than that back in March would be needed to stamp out new strains of Covid-19 which had potential for “explosive exponential growth” if they entered the community, scientists say. The warning comes as iwi leaders join calls for New Zealand to tighten up the numbers of people arriving into the […]

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Brazil researchers report disappointing 50.4% efficacy for China's CoronaVac vaccine

RIO DE JANEIRO (REUTERS) – A coronavirus vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac showed “general efficacy” of 50.4 per cent in a late-stage trial in Brazil, researchers said on Tuesday (Jan 12), barely enough for regulatory approval and far short of earlier indications. The latest results are a major disappointment for Brazil, as the Chinese vaccine […]

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Nurse blasts Covid deniers as he shares pictures of queuing ambulances

A fed-up nurse has shared a photo of queuing ambulances asking Covid conspiracy theorists: "Who do you think these are for?" Leslie Young tweeted the photo outside a hospital after anti-lockdown activists shared fake footage to claim hospitals are deserted. The West Midlands pre-hospital nurse said: "So for those who believe the false social media […]

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Pub landlord ‘visited by police after giving free pint to delivery man’

A pub landlord says he was visited by police for breaching coronavirus laws after he handed out a free pint to a delivery man. Colin Robinson claims officers popped by after he gave the booze away to a man who had dropped off beer. It came as part of the ongoing tough crackdown on Covid-19 […]

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Lorry driver confronted by ‘rats as big as cats’ while self-isolating in cab

A lorry driver who had to self-isolate in his cab after testing positive for Covid-19 says he saw "rats as big as cats”. John Hanna, known as "Sticks", stayed in his truck for three days as he frantically tried to find accommodation to spend the 10-day quarantine period in. He had to park up in […]

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Judge reads doctor’s heartbreaking note about patients dying to Covid protester

The Daily Star’s FREE newsletter is spectacular! Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox An anti-lockdown protester had a junior doctor’s harrowing account of treating coronavirus patients read to him in court. Robin Campbell, 53, then launched into a series of false statements downplaying the severity of the pandemic. He took […]

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UK records second deadliest day of pandemic ever as 1,162 more deaths confirmed

The Daily Star’s FREE newsletter is spectacular! Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox Another 1,162 coronavirus related deaths, and a further 52,618 new cases, have been reported in the UK today. It is the second highest daily increase reported in government figures and brings the total to a grim 77,346. […]

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Killer granny who ‘made snacks out of the flesh of her victims’ dies of Covid-19

A serial killer granny who baked her victims into snacks has died of Covid-19 while awaiting trial. Sofya Zhukova was awaiting trial after being accused of three murders, and Russian police suspected her of at least four more killings. One of the 81-year-old’s alleged victims was eight-year-old Anastasia Alexeenko, who had thrown ice cream at […]