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Controversial British commentator Katie Hopkins will be expelled from Australia for being arrogant about flouting hotel quarantine rules states the government.  Ms Hopkins has often drawn anger for racist remarks. She entered the country to star in the TV show Big Brother Australia and on Friday, she posted a video from her Sydney hotel room where she kidded about putting frontline staff at risk. Her comments flickered widespread condemnation. In the video, Ms Hopkins said she planned to “lie in wait” for staff to deliver food to her room so she could open the door “naked with no face mask”.…

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The government will provide free flu vaccines this winter to children aged two to 16 in England and people aged 50 and over or in “at-risk” groups, amidst the double threat of Covid and influenza.   Experts are expecting a record-breaking rollout reaching beyond 35 million people, comprising more teenagers than ever before. Under-16s will be given the vaccine in a nasal spray rather than as a jab. An expanded secondary school program implies, for the first time, pupils up to Year 11 (aged 11 to 16) will be invited, not just those in their first academic year – Year…

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Fully jabbed travelers coming back to England and Wales from France will still have to isolate from Monday. From 19 July, adults who have been fully vaccinated in the UK arriving from amber list countries will not need to quarantine for ten days. However, the government mentioned that the easing would not apply to France due to “persistent” cases of the Beta variant, first spotted in South Africa. There are apprehensions that vaccines may not work as well against the Beta variant. There are approx. 10% Beta variant new infections in France, but that comprises the Indian Ocean territories of…

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A heat-health warning has been issued for people in England as temperatures are projected to increase at the weekend.  Issuing the alert, Public Health England (PHE) insisted people take steps to stay calm and aid those who may be at risk in the warmer weather. Temperatures are expected to surge as high as 31C (87.8F) on Sunday and Monday. The Met Office mentioned the level two heat-health alert encompassed the majority of England and remained in force until Tuesday. Will Lang, the Met Office’s head of civil contingencies, mentioned, “Across most parts of the UK we’re expecting to see temperatures…

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At least 93 people have lost their lives, and more than hundreds are unaccounted for in Germany after the area got hit by some of the worst flooding in decades. Record rainfall in north-western Europe made rivers burst to banks, shattering the region. German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed for an unwavering battle against climate change. Belgium has also recorded at least 12 dead, while the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland are also impacted. In Germany, the states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia were the most hit. Scientists have recurrently cautioned that human-induced climate change would lead to pulses of extreme rainfalls…

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Sainsbury’s customers will be asked to keep wearing masks from Monday, after the legal requirement to do so is relaxed.   The supermarket said there would be symbols and tannoy messages to prompt customers to wear a face covering. It joins the bookseller Waterstones, which mentioned customers should wear masks to shelter staff and other shoppers. The government has stated it “expects and recommends” shoppers to wear coverings from Monday. But the legal obligation to cover your face in enclosed spaces will end. The new guidance leaves firms to choose their safety policies after 19 July, when Covid rules are lifted.…

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The Australian second-largest city, Melbourne, is set to enter a snap lockdown late on Thursday after it established two more local cases of the virus. The latest outbreak takes the total number of virus cases there to 18. It is the fifth lockdown the Australian State of Victoria has witnessed since the pandemic started. It will last until Tuesday. The decision by Victoria implies that about 40% of Australia’s population is now under a stay-at-home order. “You only get one chance to go hard and go fast. If you wait, if you hesitate, if you doubt, then you will always…

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Certain areas of London receive a month of rain in one day  On Monday, 47.8mm of rain down poured in 24 hours in Kew, most of it in one hour. The average monthly rainfall in the location in July is 44.5mm. Residents were emptied from their homes, and train services cancelled while cars were inundated in water. London Fire Brigade stated it had received more than 1,000 calls related to flooding. A spokesperson for the service mentioned, “We’re asking people not to walk through or drive through the floodwater. Floodwater can be contaminated and vehicles can become unstable.” Queen guitarist…

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The government has mentioned that bus and train companies must select whether passengers have to wear face masks from Monday when Covid rules will be relaxed in England. Face masks have been compulsory on public transport for the past year to reduce the spread of the virus. But those rules will be changed with government guidance advising passengers to wear face coverings only on busy services. The decision to mandate face coverings and how to implement it will be left to the transport firms.  Health Secretary Sajid Javid mentioned masks would still be “recommended” on public transport, but people without…

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson will soon approve the plan to uplift almost all legal restrictions on social contact in England on 19 July. But before the news conference on Monday afternoon, Mr Johnson has asked people to be cautious. “We must all take responsibility so we don’t undo our progress, ensuring we continue to protect our NHS,” he said. He cautioned that Covid-19 cases, presently at about 30,000 a day, would continue to persist as society reopened. The PM’s news conference will declare the latest data. Downing Street is saying present modelling suggests hospital admissions, severe illness, and deaths from…

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