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The surge in ‘buy now pay later’ – and why we should be worried

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Shoppers tempted by Boohoo’s bestselling satin skater dress are bombarded by options to pay for it using today’s hottest form of consumer credit – “buy now, pay later”.The fast-fashion website gives shoppers four ways...

West Virginia battles Covid surge after failing to build on early vaccine success

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West Virginia was once one of the leading US states in rolling out Covid-19 vaccinations. Now it is one of the least vaccinated, with the fastest-growing rate of infections in the country. Health systems are overwhelm...

Wednesday briefing: ‘Plan B’ to protect NHS from winter surge

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Greetings from me, Warren Murray, on this first Wednesday of the week. Between 2,000 and 7,000 people a day could be hospitalised with Covid in England next month unless the government urgently implements a “basket o...

Inside an Oregon hospital amid an ‘absolutely stunning’ Covid surge

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There was a time earlier this summer when April Rivera and the staff at the drive-through Covid testing site in southern Oregon where she worked had considered closing their doors because demand was so low. Now, hundr...

Military doctors shore up exhausted health teams in US south amid Covid surge

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Military doctors and other federal emergency personnel are shoring up exhausted health teams in some parts of the US south where low vaccination rates are fueling the latest Covid-19 crisis. As many hospitals struggle...

Australia Covid live update: NSW hospitals brace for cases surge, Scott Morrison faces questions over Father’s Day travel exemption

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Gladys Berejiklian under pressure over modelling showing state’s health system to be ‘overwhelmed’ by Covid cases; rapid antigen tests approved for use at home. Follow the latest updates live

‘Concerned’ intensive care doctors warn Australia faces surge demand in coming months

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Intensive care doctors have warned that Australia’s health system could face months of surge demand that will strain the workforce as a result of the Delta outbreak, as they stress the need for an increase in Covid va...

Barclaycard buoyed by August bank holiday spending surge

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A surge in spending on leisure, entertainment and eating out in the UK made the August bank holiday the busiest for consumer activity since the pre-pandemic Christmas of 2019, Barclaycard has said. Figures from the ca...

Morrisons and Meggitt tipped for FTSE 100 return as shares surge

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The takeover targets Morrisons and Meggitt look set for a brief return to the FTSE 100 index of blue-chip UK companies, after their share prices were boosted by bidding wars between rival US suitors. The index’s manag...

‘We can never go back’: Taliban surge spreads fear in Delhi’s ‘Little Kabul’

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They call it little Kabul and it’s not hard to see why. In this lively corner of south Delhi, the streets of Lajpat Nagar are lined with Afghan pharmacies, supermarkets, travel agents and beauty parlours, with Dari Pe...

‘I’m lost’: poorer pupils lose university places after A-level grade surge

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Despite being a carer for his mother since he started senior school, 18-year-old Keir Adeleke, from Newham, east London, was predicted A*AA in his A-levels this summer, and had an offer to study law at the prestigious...

Cornwall tourist board urges people not to visit after Covid surge

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Tourist chiefs have urged people not to visit Cornwall unless they have pre-booked and to test themselves for Covid-19 before, during and after their stay as the county records a rise in cases. Visitors have flocked t...

California Caldor fire burns thousands of hectares in weekend surge – video

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The owner of a cabin which became surrounded by flames near Kyburz, California, managed to escape the Caldor fire after shooting the first part of this footage. The fire has burned more than 40,500 hectares (100,000 a...

Cuba’s health system buckles under strain of overwhelming Covid surge

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Julia, a community doctor in Havana, was drafted to the intensive care unit soon after Covid-19 first reached Cuba. Last week, her cousin died from the virus. This week, she also tested positive amid a surge in cases ...

Trump to stage Alabama rally as state struggles with Covid surge

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Donald Trump was due to stage a rally in Alabama on Saturday night, in a city that has declared a Covid emergency and in support of a congressman who both backed Trump’s attempt to overturn the election and this week ...

‘Racist and flat out wrong’: Texas Republican blames Black Americans for Covid surge

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Dan Patrick, the Republican lieutenant governor of Texas, has refused to apologise for blaming rising Covid-19 hospitalisations and deaths on unvaccinated African Americans, comments one Black Houston official called ...

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