Categories
California Coronavirus Europe France News UK news US news World news

Coronavirus live news: another new variant found in South Africa travellers; Canada approves Moderna vaccine

More areas of England moved up into tiers 4 and 3; UK has highest recorded daily rise in cases; new variant discovered in travellers from South Africa

  • Millions more under tier 4 restrictions in England from Boxing Day
  • Trump demands changes to sign $900bn stimulus bill
  • Australian officials scramble after Qantas crew member tests positive
  • Covid fatalities soar in Mexico as president condemned for inaction

New York has started requiring international visitors to quarantine on Wednesday to safeguard against the new variant of Covid-19 coming from the UK.

As the city’s next group of essential workers, paramedics and first responders, lined up to get the vaccine, Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters that travellers would receive a city order via certified mail.

#BREAKING: Mayor Bill de Blasio announces new “tough rules” for UK travelers: “We’re going to have sheriff’s deputies go to the home or the hotel of every single traveler coming in from the UK.” pic.twitter.com/DDo7RfpkFZ

Peru is set to receive a “significant batch” of vaccines from the Covax alliance during the first quarter in 2021, the interim president, Francisco Sagasti, said on Wednesday.

The Covax global alliance was designed to help secure Covid-19 vaccines to poor and middle-income countries. It hopes to deliver at least 2bn doses by the end of 2021.

Continue reading…

Categories
California Coronavirus Europe France News UK news US news World news

Coronavirus live news: UK records 744 more Covid deaths; ‘second new variant’ found in South Africa travellers

More areas of England moved up into tiers 4 and 3; UK has highest recorded daily rise in cases; new variant discovered in travellers from South Africa

  • Millions more under tier 4 restrictions in England from Boxing Day
  • Trump demands changes to sign $900bn stimulus bill
  • Australian officials scramble after Qantas crew member tests positive
  • Covid fatalities soar in Mexico as president condemned for inaction

Israel has detected four cases of the new, highly infectious variant of the coronavirus that emerged in the UK, the Israeli health ministry said.

A summary of the increased restrictions for England:

Continue reading…

Categories
California Coronavirus Europe France News UK news US news World news

Coronavirus live news: Matt Hancock expected to announce new tier 4 areas in England in Downing Street press conference

New variant already in ‘great majority if not all’ European countries, says Professor Neil Ferguson; UK R number rises to between 1.1 and 1.3

  • UK ferry passengers disembark in Calais after France eases travel ban
  • More of England could move into tier 4 from Boxing Day, says minister
  • Trump demands changes to sign $900bn stimulus bill
  • Australian officials scramble after Qantas crew member tests positive
  • Covid fatalities soar in Mexico as president condemned for inaction

Africa needs about $9bn to fund enough Covid-19 vaccines to halt the pandemic on the continent, but a bigger problem is accessing that supply amid the global race for doses, an African Export Import Bank official said on Wednesday.

African nations cannot compete with wealthier governments that have secured huge supplies of inoculations, Hippolyte Fofack, Afreximbank chief economist, told Reuters.

Continue reading…

Categories
Air pollution Barcelona Cities Environment Europe News Spain World news

Two-way street: how Barcelona is democratising public space

Citizens are finally getting the urban patios and parks promised when the cramped medieval city was extended in the 1900s

At the turn of the 20th century, the Catalan engineer Ildefons Cerdà had a revolutionary idea for extending Barcelona beyond the cramped confines of its medieval walls. In the grid system of the extension he planned, each city block would be built around a large open space or patio, designed to be a park for residents.

When he began his work, the old city was hemmed in physically and psychologically, desperately overcrowded and disease-ridden, with frequent outbreaks of cholera and a lower life expectancy than London or Paris.

Continue reading…

Categories
California Coronavirus Europe France News UK news US news World news

Coronavirus live news: new variant already in ‘great majority if not all’ European countries, says expert

Preliminary data suggest viral loads higher in new variant, says Nervtag professor; UK entrants to France must have negative test

  • UK ferry passengers disembark in Calais after France eases travel ban
  • More of England could move into tier 4 from Boxing Day, says minister
  • Trump demands changes to sign $900bn stimulus bill
  • Australian officials scramble after Qantas crew member tests positive
  • Covid fatalities soar in Mexico as president condemned for inaction

The Irish Government has said a member of the Cabinet has tested positive for Covid-19.

All other ministers will now restrict their movements pending coronavirus tests and results.

A member of Cabinet has tested positive for Covid-19,” said a Government statement.

“In line with public health advice, all ministers are restricting their movements while awaiting a Covid test and result.”

French President Emmanuel Macron is showing signs of improvement after testing positive for Covid-19 last week, his office said.

Macron, 43, is in quarantine at the presidential retreat of La Lanterne, close to the Palace of Versailles.

Continue reading…

Categories
Brexit Business Coronavirus Economic growth (GDP) Economic policy Economic recovery Economics Europe European Union Foreign policy France Job losses News Politics Rishi Sunak Transport Transport policy UK job furlough scheme UK news

A perfect storm has pitched the UK economy into troubled waters

Analysis: A new Covid variant, tougher lockdowns, record redundancies and clogged ports have arrived as Brexit turmoil looms

  • Coronavirus – latest updates
  • See all our coronavirus coverage

Britain’s economy is suffering increasing damage from the rapid growth in Covid infections, renewed lockdown measures, and turmoil over Brexit at the end of the worst year for growth in three centuries, according to a Guardian analysis.

With negotiations going down to the wire amid vast tailbacks at Dover before the Brexit transition expires on New Year’s Eve, the latest figures from the UK economy show stalling growth, falling retail sales, and redundancies rising at the fastest rate since records began.

Continue reading…

Categories
California Coronavirus Europe France News UK news US news World news

Coronavirus live news: Norway extends UK flights suspension; first British passengers arrive in France after ban

Norwegian health minister says decision whether to further extend ban will be made on 26 December; UK entrants to France must have negative test; Europe had nearly half world’s weekly deaths

  • UK ferry passengers disembark in Calais after France eases travel ban
  • Trump demands changes to sign $900bn stimulus bill
  • See all our coronavirus coverage

China’s biggest airline has become the latest company to halt direct flights to and from London after the emergence of a highly infectious new coronavirus strain.

China Southern Airlines will suspend travel from 24 December to 7 January, state radio reported on Wednesday. The airline has been operating a weekly flight between its hub Guangzhou and London.

Bulgaria is set to resume flights from the UK from 10am on Wednesday, the government has announced.

The Balkan country is one of more than 40 nations that suspended travel from the UK amid a new coronavirus strain spreading across the country, closing its borders on Sunday.

Continue reading…

Categories
Belarus Chernobyl nuclear disaster Environment Europe News Poland Ukraine Water World news

Chernobyl fears resurface as river dredging begins in exclusion zone

Scientists warn of threat of nuclear contamination from work on giant E40 waterway linking Baltic to the Black Sea

  • The race to save Polesia, Europe’s secret Amazon
  • Read more in our series Biodiversity: what happened next?

The river running past the Chernobyl nuclear reactor is being dredged to create an inland shipping route, potentially resurfacing radioactive sludge from the 1986 disaster that could contaminate drinking water for 8 million people in Ukraine, scientists and conservationists have warned.

The dredging of the Pripyat began in July and is part of an international project to create the 2,000km (1,240-mile) long E40 waterway linking the Baltic and Black seas, passing through Poland, Belarus and Ukraine. The river – which snakes within 2.5km of the reactor responsible for the world’s worst nuclear disaster – has already been dredged in at least seven different places, five of which are within 10km of the reactor, according to the Save Polesia coalition.

Continue reading…

Categories
Coronavirus Europe Health News United Nations Vaccines and immunisation World news

Delayed Covid vaccines for poor countries ‘will leave Europe vulnerable for years’

Wealthier countries will be dealing with coronavirus in 2022 and beyond, says UN humanitarian agency chief

  • Coronavirus – latest updates
  • See all our coronavirus coverage

Poorer countries are unlikely to gain substantial access to Covid-19 vaccines until the latter half of next year, meaning wealthier European countries could still remain vulnerable to new waves of infection for years, the UN’s humanitarian chief has said.

“For poorer countries there will be small quantities of vaccine conceivably in the second quarter of next year, probably not much more than that for a while after that, and it’s 2022 and beyond when the major progress is made,” Mark Lowcock, the under-secretary-general of the UN’s humanitarian agency OCHA, said in an interview. “That is a best judgment, recognising large quantities depend on the number of vaccines authorised, the manufacturing and then the solution the world comes to on who accesses what when.”

Continue reading…

Categories
Coronavirus Europe Giuseppe Conte Italy News World news

Relatives of Italian Covid victims to file lawsuit against leading politicians

PM, health minister and Lombardy president named in action by 500 bereaved families

  • Coronavirus – latest updates
  • See all our coronavirus coverage

Relatives of coronavirus victims in Italy are taking legal action against the prime minister, health minister and the president of the Lombardy region for alleged criminal negligence over their handling of the pandemic.

The group of 500 families will file their civil lawsuit on Wednesday with prosecutors in the Lombardy province of Bergamo, which was badly hit during the first wave of the pandemic. They claim the three leaders – Giuseppe Conte, Roberto Speranza and Attilio Fontana respectively – have contributed to Italy’s almost 70,000 Covid-19 deaths.

Continue reading…