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Coronavirus latest: UK report finds age, gender and race are COVID-19 risk factors

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A summary of the latest developments

06.02.2020
21:38

Is hard-hit Sweden being snubbed by its Scandinavian neighbours?

In contrast to its neighbours in Scandinavia, Stockholm didn't impose a strict lockdown.

Larger gatherings were banned and universities closed, but schools remained open to younger children and restaurants and bars kept serving.

But, now that lockdown is gradually being lifted, are Sweden's neighbours snubbing the country over its coronavirus strategy?

Read more: https://www.euronews.com/2020/06/02/coronavirus-is-hard-hit-sweden-being-snubbed-by-its-scandinavian-neighbours

06.02.2020
21:36

France records another 107 deaths in 24 hours as bars and restaurants reopen

The coronavirus epidemic caused 84 new deaths in 24 hours in French hospitals and 23 in care homes, according to the report released on Tuesday by the Directorate General for Health.
 
A total of 28,940 people have died since the beginning of the epidemic but the patients hospitalised and in intensive care continues to decrease.
 
There are 1,253 patients in intensive care and 14,028 in hospital.

France entered the second phase of its lockdown easing, opening bars, restaurants, more schools and cultural sites.
06.02.2020
20:29

Russia tracking app sparks anger due to glitches causing mistaken fines


A tracking-app used in Russia to make sure coronavirus patients comply with self-isolation is sparking fury due to glitches and crashes that have resulted in hundreds of euros in fines per single users.

The app, called Social Monitoring, tracks users via GPS and sends them notifications at random times demanding a selfie to prove they're home.

If it detects they've left or if they fail to provide a photo to prove it, patients can be fined €50 each time.

Read the full story here: https://www.euronews.com/2020/06/02/coronavirus-russia-s-tracking-app-sparks-fury-after-mistakenly-fining-users

06.02.2020
20:26

COVID-19's 'deep impact' on the space industry

Politicians in Europe warn that the economic impact on the space industry could be up to €1 billion due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This is partly down to private sector investments falling away in the economic slump.

Olivier Lemaitre, secretary-general of Eurospace, says he expects private customers will be investing less in satellite operations this year.

He believes that the space industry will need 'huge institutional support' for research and development activities. It is something, Lemaitre says, the EU countries do not 'fully grasp'.

Read morehttps://www.euronews.com/2020/06/02/covid-19-s-deep-impact-on-the-space-industry

06.02.2020
19:02

More on COVID-19 risk factors from Public Health England

Public health England released a review of disparities in risks and outcomes or coronavirus.
It found that "The largest disparity found was by age. Among people already diagnosed with COVID19, people who were 80 or older were seventy times more likely to die than those under 40."
"Risk of dying among those diagnosed with COVID-19 was also higher in males than females; higher in those living in the more deprived areas than those living in the least deprived; and higher in those in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups than in White ethnic groups. These inequalities largely replicate existing inequalities in mortality rates in previous years, except for BAME groups, as mortality was previously higher in White ethnic groups," it added.
06.02.2020
18:52

'Caution has won the day' on UK quarantine plans: Expert

Professor Newton said that the government's decision that every person entering the UK from June 8 will be required to self-isolate for 14 days shows "caution has won the day".
He said people from abroad need "to be treated as an unknown" and that "if somebody is at risk of having the virus, we need them to be isolated". 
He stressed however that he is not a member fo the SAGE group which advises the government. 
06.02.2020
18:44

More information needed to determine why ethnic minorities are more at risk: Expert

Professor John Newton, testing coordinator for England, said on Tuesday in response to a question on why black, Asian, and other ethnic minorities are hit harder by the pandemic that "it is not necessarily because of their ethnicity, it may be related to their occupation or other reasons why they might be at higher levels of exposure".

06.02.2020
18:38

Antibody tests being used on NHS and social care staff: UK Minister

Matt Hancock has said that antibody tests to determine whether someone has had COVID-19 are currently being used on health and social care professionals.
He added that the government has "bought a huge number of them" and that they will be rolled out more broadly but did not provide a timetable.
He also stressed that the science is unclear yet as to whether having COVID-19 antibodies lowers the risk of a new infection of the risk of transmitting the disease. 
06.02.2020
18:29

55 more people die from COVID-19 in Italy

The Italian Health Ministry has announced that a further 55 people have died from the virus over the previous 24 hours, bringing the country's death toll to 33,530.
An additional 318 people have also tested positive since yesterday. Italy has now recorded 233,515 infections. 
06.02.2020
18:24

UK MPs vote to rescind remote voting and return to parliament

British lawmakers have backed a government's proposal to rescind a "hybrid" voting system put in place during the pandemic that allowed only 50 of them to sit in the Commons and for voting to take place remotely. 
The motion calling for MPs to be physically present in parliament was adopted with 261 votes and 163 against.
An amendment calling for virtual voting to continue was rejected with 185 votes in favour and  242 votes against.