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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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Two years jail granted to the man who caused an explosion in his kitchen while his family was inside the house   Clinton Parren purchased a camping stove and four gas canisters to cook meals in the garden on 29th December.     On 30th December, around 00:30 GMT, the family woke up by the explosion, which caused substantial damage to the whole property.   Investigators established that the blast in the house was caused by a canister being kept on the cooker hob, which had then been switched on. Parren, 43, pleaded guilty to triggering an explosion likely to endanger…

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The White House has protected its role in negotiating a deal that will cover art deals by President Joe Biden’s son in secrecy. Paintings by Hunter Biden are anticipated to fetch up to $500,000 (£360,000) apiece at auction this autumn. Any buyers will be kept unidentified to stop them from seeking political influence with the Bidens, the White House states. But a former White House ethics chief mentioned the arrangement was “very disappointing”. Republican critics have often stated the younger Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine, China and elsewhere as a conflict of interest for his father, which both Bidens refute.…

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Ministers consider excluding fully vaccinated NHS staff in England from having to quarantine if they are marked out as a Covid contact.   Health bosses have been insisting the government change the rules amid worries of staff shortages. Sources said no verdict had been taken, and ministers wanted to see evidence the move would be safe. If it goes ahead, self-isolation would be substituted with daily tests from 19 July, when wider curbs are reduced. The idea echoes a comparable policy applicable to all fully vaccinated people and children in England from 16 August. It comes amid the warning by…

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Two of the world’s biggest airlines will experiment with fast-track lanes at Heathrow airport for fully-vaccinated arrivals.  Under the system, passengers on four routes will upload their vaccination status prior to boarding. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic trial come as the aviation industry urges quarantine-free travel to the UK from lower-risk amber list countries. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is due to announce such a scheme this week. The trial, scheduled to start this weekend, will permit passengers who are fully vaccinated and travel on shortlisted flights to Heathrow from Athens, Los Angeles, Montego Bay and New York to demonstrate proof…

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