Wuhan, the Chinese city where Covid-19 first emerged in late 2019, began the world’s first coronavirus lockdown two years ago Sunday, shutting down public transportation and restricting departures for what proved to be 76 days. Since that move — stunning at the time — lockdowns of varying sizes and strictness have been carried out around the world. Now China, which has largely kept the virus at bay since quashing that first wave in Wuhan and other cities, is battling the far more contagious Omicron variant, shortly before the Winter Olympics are set to begin in Beijing. Earlier this month, at least 20 million people in three Chinese cities were under full lockdown . No deaths have been reported from the current wave, but Omicron threatens to challenge China’s goal of eliminating the coronavirus within its borders. So far, Wuhan has been spared. Hubei Province, which includes the city of 11 million, reported no new cases on Saturday; three imported cases were undergoing … [Read more...] about In Wuhan, China, the anniversary of the world’s first lockdown passes quietly.
FRANCESCA is certainly one fluffy bunny as she currently holds the world record for the longest fur on a rabbit. The English Angora rabbit, owned by Dr Betty Chu, from Morgan Hill, California, has fur measuring 36.5cm (14.37inches). Due to Francesca’s incredibly long fur, which is more than double the length of a Subway sandwich, she is often mistaken for a Pekingese dog, and needs lots of grooming to keep her fur in top shape. Not only is Francesca a record breaker she has also picked up numerous ‘Best in Show’ awards with the rabbit getting plenty of attention. Dr Chu, who is an expert on the English Angora breed and part of the Northern California Angora Guild, said she usually gets asked questions like “’Is there really a rabbit inside?’ and ‘How do you make it so fluffy?’” Francesca claimed the title in the Guinness World Records in 2014 and picked up 5,000 likes on a Facebook post at the time. Most read in The Sun MAJOR SHOCK … [Read more...] about Rabbit breaks world record for the longest fur – that measures more than double length of a Subway sandwich
The UK will support Ukraine said Deputy Prime Minster Dominic Raab, as Russian troops mount near the Ukrainian boarder and the escalating tensions between the two nations look set to kick-off into a full-blown invasion. The Deputy PM's comments come after the Foreign Office accused Russia of plotting to install a pro-Kremlin government in Kyiv, and Ukraine's ambassador to the UK declared the former Soviet state will "fight to the death" prompting World War Three fears . The Deputy PM told Sky News : "We will support them [Ukraine] in defending themselves." If Russia attacks Ukraine, Raab said it is "extremely unlikely" that the UK will send in troops. However the Deputy Prime Minster made the UK's allegiances clear, saying Britain is "standing shoulder to shoulder" with Ukraine. He also said there will be "very serious consequences" such as the enforcement of economic and financial sanctions if Russia invades and installs a puppet regime. The UK … [Read more...] about WW3 fears stoked as UK says it’s ‘extremely unlikely’ to send troops to Ukraine
A three-year-old girl was found dead in her bed after allegedly being kicked by her uncle for being too loud during the night. The uncle and the youngster's mum, named in reports as Kader K, have been arrested following the horrific incident in the Turkish province of Burdur. The mother could not wake up her daughter, who has been identified as Aysenur K, when she went into her bedroom in the morning. The mum rang the emergency services and paramedics rushed to the home, however the child was pronounced dead at the scene. Police then took the tot's mother and her uncle, Hizir Tunc C, into custody as officers believed the three-year-old's death was suspicious. The uncle reportedly admitted he had kicked the child during the night to silence her as she was making noise. Three-year-old Aysenur (right) pictured with her family ( Image: Newsflash) The girl's grandmother Kader Tugla claimed her granddaughter was subjected to constant violence in the home, the Turkish … [Read more...] about Girl, 3, found dead in bed after ‘uncle kicked her for being too noisy during the night’
QE2: Catering staff discuss pressure of feeding guests Discover the best city breaks, beach holidays, cruises and UK travel spots by signing up SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info The QE2’s first voyage was to New York in 1969, when she quickly became known as “the most luxurious hotel in the world”, featuring 11 boutiques and even a branch of Harrods. The ship retired in 2008, having transported 2.5 million passengers. Related articles British expats: Spain’s cheapest regions to buy a house 'Beautiful' city in the US named cheapest for healthy lifestyle However, the Dubai Government bought the QE2 for a whopping £50million and, in 2015, renovations on her began. Now, a new three-part Channel Five … [Read more...] about ‘It’s scary!’ Chef shares what it’s like to work in ‘world’s most luxurious hotel’
Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas said on Tuesday that he was ending his statewide mask mandate , effective March 10, and that all businesses in the state could then operate with no capacity limits. “I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%” he tweeted on Tuesday afternoon. “EVERYTHING.” Mr. Abbott took the action after federal health officials warned governors not to ease restrictions yet because progress across the country in reducing coronavirus cases appears to have stalled in the last week. “To be clear, Covid has not, like, suddenly disappeared,” Mr. Abbott said. “Covid still exists in Texas and the United States and across the globe.” Even so, he said, “state mandates are no longer needed” because advanced treatments are now available for people with Covid-19, the state is able to test large numbers of people for the virus each day and 5.7 million vaccine shots have already been given to Texans. Speaking to reporters at a Chamber of Commerce event in Lubbock on … [Read more...] about Texas is ending its mask mandate and will allow all businesses to fully reopen.
close Video Fox News Flash top headlines for January 23 Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. One national security expert said that President Biden gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a "green light" to enter Ukraine. Amid increasing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, the U.K. 's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office said on Saturday that it has information suggesting that the Russian government is plotting to install a pro-Kremlin leader in Kyiv. "We have information that indicates the Russian Government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine," a spokesperson for the British agency said. K.T. McFarland , deputy national security adviser to former President Donald Trump told Fox News Digital that President Biden has brought the current cirumstnaces upon himself, seemingly giving President Putin a "green light" during … [Read more...] about Biden’s ‘green light’ to Putin on Ukraine will have ‘ripple effect’ throughout the world, critic says
GENEVA - The Omicron-fuelled wave of Covid-19 infections has led wealthy countries to intensify their recruitment of nurses from poorer parts of the world, worsening dire staffing shortages in overstretched work forces there, the International Council of Nurses said. Sickness, burnout and staff departures amid surging Omicron cases have driven absentee rates to levels not yet seen during the two-year pandemic, said Howard Catton, CEO of the Geneva-based group that represents 27 million nurses and 130 national organisations. To plug the gap, Western countries have responded by hiring army personnel as well as volunteers and retirees but many have also stepped up international recruitment as part of a trend that is worsening health inequity, he continued. "We have absolutely seen an increase in international recruitment to places like the UK, Germany, Canada and the United States," Catton said in a Reuters interview based on a report he co-authored on Covid-19 and the global … [Read more...] about Rich countries’ access to foreign nurses during Omicron raises ethical concerns: Group
The World Health Organisation on Friday (Jan 21) recommended extending the use of a reduced dosage of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine to children aged five to 11 years old. The recommendation comes after the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunisation held a meeting on Wednesday to evaluate the vaccine. It is currently recommended for use in people aged 12 years and above. The recommended dosage for the younger population is 10 micrograms instead of 30 micrograms offered to those 12 years and older. "This age group (5-11) is in the lowest priority use group for vaccination except, for children who have co-morbidities," SAGE chairman Alejandro Cravioto said at a briefing. Pfizer/BioNTech shots have already been authorised for use in the age group in several countries including the United States, Canada, Israel, and the European Union. The WHO's vaccine director, Kate O'Brien, said no safety concerns were raised for application of Pfizer's vaccine in five to 11 years … [Read more...] about WHO recommends reduced dose Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for under 12s
Having welcomed their second child just four months earlier, it should have been a happy time for Christina Ann Thompson and her husband Jason Harris. But in September 2014, Christina confided in a friend that her 11-year marriage was in trouble. The 36-year-old loved domestic life and was creative, enjoying scrapbooking, crafting and family game nights. But Harris, who worked in a plastics factory, spent as much time away from his wife and children as he could. Behind closed doors at their home in Davison, Michigan, tensions had been rising. On 29 September, Harris called a neighbour at around 10am and asked them if they could check on Christina, as she wasn’t taking his calls or replying to his messages. It was an unusual request. Harris told them Christina hadn’t been feeling very well the night before, so he’d taken the children to work with him and left her in bed that morning. The neighbour went round and noticed the door was unlocked. … [Read more...] about Murderous husband who poisoned wife’s cereal was finally caught out by breast milk