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Austria re-enters Covid lockdown as Europe battles virus surge

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People in Austria are not allowed to leave home except to go to work, shop for essentials and exercise, as the country returned to a Covid-19 lockdown on Monday morning. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets...

As Covid recedes in US a new worry emerges: wildlife passing on the virus

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As America’s pandemic – for now – seems to be moving into a new phase with national rates in decline from the September peak and vaccines rolling out to children, a new worry has appeared on the horizon: wildlife pass...

Covid-19 virus does not infect human brain cells, study suggests

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The virus that causes Covid-19 does not infect human brain cells, according to a study published in the journal Cell. The findings will raise hopes that the damage caused by Sars-CoV-2 might be more superficial and re...

Coronavirus live: WHO experts to revive virus origins inquiry; UK Covid situation ‘quite stable’, says health secretary

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Team of expert scientists is set to revive the stalled inquiry into Covid origins; Sajid Javid says UK Covid defences are working as cases hit 42,776

Rules and advice don’t slow the spread of the virus – human behaviour does

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Recent queues for fuel have shown the consequences of abrupt changes in behaviour. Almost as sudden were the changes around the first lockdown in March 2020, when close meetings between people plummeted by about three...

Mathematicians discover music really can be infectious – like a virus

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Pop music is often described as catchy, but it seems you really can infect friends with your music taste. The pattern of music downloads after their release appears to closely resemble epidemic curves for infectious d...

UK vaccine volunteers to help prepare for next virus at new Pandemic Institute

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A new scientific institute which aims to prevent future pandemics may have been able to save thousands of lives by accelerating vaccine development had it existed before December 2019, its researchers believe. Liverpo...

UK GDP: growth stalls as rising virus cases and shortages hit recovery – business live

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Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news

Give pupils Covid jab to prevent virus running through UK, expert says

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Schoolchildren should be given the Covid vaccine to avoid allowing the virus to “run through the population”, a leading scientific expert has said, after official vaccine advisers concluded the net health benefit in v...

Jabbed adults infected with Delta ‘can match virus levels of unvaccinated’

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Fully vaccinated adults can harbour virus levels as high as unvaccinated people if infected with the Delta variant, according to a sweeping analysis of UK data, which supports the idea that hitting the threshold for h...

‘Spreading like a virus’: inside the EU’s struggle to debunk Covid lies

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In April 2020, near the start of the global pandemic, Felix Kartte was working 14-hour shifts as an EU policy officer, struggling to monitor a barrage of coronavirus-linked disinformation. Articles claiming that the p...

Deadly Marburg virus discovered for first time in west Africa

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Health authorities in Guinea have confirmed one death from Marburg virus, a highly infectious haemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola, the World Health Organization says. It marks the first time that the deadly disease ha...

West nile virus: another alarming side effect of US drought

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​​For five days in the late summer of 2019, doctors battled to bring down John Hayden’s high fever. Hayden’s sudden onset of symptoms, including high fever, had everyone stumped, said his daughter Anne Hayden, and his...

UK Covid live news: BMA calls for ‘urgent rethink’ of unlocking policy, saying it is allowing virus to ‘let rip’

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‘The government’s current public infection control strategy is not working, it is leading to rocketing case numbers,’ says BMA chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul

‘If you don’t wear a mask, the virus spreads further. It’s as simple as that’

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Scientists have strongly endorsed the continued wearing of masks in enclosed public spaces over summer. As Covid-19 cases continue to spiral, face coverings offer people the most robust way of limiting the spread of t...

‘Living with the virus’ makes no sense. Only half of the UK is fully vaccinated

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After receiving my second vaccination in April, I contracted Covid a week ago. I’m now “living with the virus”, a phrase emblematic of the failure of UK public health. Just look at the relative death rates in China (p...

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