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Philip Morris International mentions it will stop selling Marlboro cigarettes in Britain within a decade after being called on by the UK government to ban the sale of its tobacco products. The remarks come amid dropping smoker numbers in the United Kingdom. The country has seen cigarettes been in plain packaging since 2016 — and a broader push by the UK government to diminish the prevalence of smoking. Many investors have already taken off tobacco from their portfolios, and many financial institutions have committed to implementing tobacco-free policies. Philip Morris International (PM) CEO Jacek Olczak shared with the Sunday Telegraph…

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Two men have been accused of animal cruelty for allegedly striking a police horse during anti-lockdown protests in Sydney, Australia on Saturday, police mentioned, as daily Covid-19 cases in New South Wales state continue to increase. Thousands of people broke coronavirus measures and paraded through the center of Australia’s biggest city on Saturday; many unmasked and carrying banners with anti-vaccination messages, conflicting with police. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison narrated the protests as “reckless” and “selfish.” Clashes also took place in other major cities, including Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. More than half of Australia’s population of 25 million people, comprising…

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More than a year on, Australians remain closed inside their gilded cage, depending on a series of short, sharp lockdowns to halt an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant. For most of 2020, Australia’s success in containing the virus was the desire of the world. When Italian hospitals sunk in cases during March of that year and the UK dithered about restrictions, Australia decisively shut its borders, and the tactic initially worked too. A country of 25 million people has established just over 900 coronavirus-liked deaths since the pandemic began. Its total case numbers are close to 32,000 –…

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Six people were admitted to a hospital after a car bumped into a group of people outside a pub in South Wales. One pedestrian underwent life-changing injuries after the crash occurred outside The Windsor Hotel in Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taf, on Thursday evening. South Wales Police mentioned a 79-year-old man was believed to have suffered a “medical episode” before his silver Ford Puma smashed into people and the pub. Officers mentioned that the driver of the car was in critical condition in the hospital. Four other people with minor injuries were also taken to the University Hospital of Wales in…

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Experts from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have said that Covid infections have continued to rise around much of the UK. Swab tests in the community indicate 1.3% of the population – or one in 80 people – have the virus. Last week the proportion was one in 100. What is shared amongst the new cases is that the more infectious Delta variant accounts for almost every case. The country is yet to witness the impact of the most recent unlocking, which covers the week up to 17 July. As per the ONS: one in 75 people have the…

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China has overruled terms suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO) to further examine the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic.  WHO head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has asked China to be more cooperative about the initial stages of the outbreak, comprising with audits of laboratories. Zeng Yixin, the deputy health minister, stated that it showed “disrespect for common sense and arrogance towards science”. He mentioned that the plan was politicized and that China could not take it. The WHO could only send a team of experts to Wuhan, where the virus was first identified in December 2019. Their investigators resolved…

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Between 8 – 15th July, more than 600,000 people using the NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales have been sent self-isolation alerts.  Data represents 618,903 alerts were sent – a 17% increase from the last week. However, it will still exempt some fully-vaccinated key workers from self-isolating if the app alerts them as close contact of a positive case. Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng shared with the BBC that a “very narrow” list of jobs would be shared today. He added self-isolation for all fully-vaccinated people alerted by the app as close contacts are due to be brawled by 16…

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Thousands of children in the country with a higher risk of coronavirus infection will be given the Covid vaccine. The evidence on the damages and benefits of vaccination has been reviewed by the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI). It has suggested inoculating children aged 12-15 if they are at greater risk of Covid due to: Acute neurodisability (which could comprise conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism or epilepsy) Down’s syndrome A badly weakened immune system, including some children with cancer Intense and multiple learning difficulties Those at higher risk who are already aged 16 or 17 can…

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The number of fatal farming accidents in Wales has more than doubled than last year, as per the official figures.  The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report showed seven deaths in 2020-21, as compared to three deaths in 2019-20. Farmer Alun Hopkins, 80, mentioned he would take more care after breaking his ankle and was in hospital after being charged by a cow in February. The HSE referred to it as “disappointing” and insisted farmers call out bad practices. The rise in Wales replicated a similar increase across the UK, where there were 41 fatal incidents in 2020-21, compared with…

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted on caution as most legal constraints on social contact are lifted in England.  Restrictions on how many people can meet or attend events have been uplifted, nightclubs reopened at midnight, and table service will not be essential in pubs and restaurants. Face coverings will be suggested in some spaces but not mandated by law. Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi stated government experts had recommended that only a few under-18s be vaccinated. The PM, chancellor and the health secretary are self-isolating, and there are cautions cases of Covid will surge. Mr Zahawi, in a BBC Radio…

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