UK will need social distancing measures for ‘most of a year’, say scientific advisers

THE UK will have to maintain social distancing measures for “at least most of a year”, say the government’s scientific advisers. “It was agreed that a policy of alternating between periods of more and less strict social distancing measures could plausibly be effective at keeping the number of critical care cases within capacity,” noted a […]

Sadiq Khan blasts Donald Trump’s ‘Chinese virus’ usage

SADIQ KHAN has slammed Donald Trump’s “Chinese virus” terminology for Covid-19, and urged Londoners to not fall in any divisive “trap”. The London mayor on Thursday (19) said the US president’s nomenclature was “disgraceful”, adding that the Wuhan coronavirus was a “global virus”. “Covid-19 is Covid-19,” Khan told the London Assembly, where fellow Labour member […]

Kanika Kapoor tests positive for coronavirus; Indian politicians ‘in trouble’

WHEN Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor was tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday (20), it sent panic waves among Indian parliamentarians. At the latest count, four Indian politicians are already under self-isolation. Reports state that the number may go up and even the president of India likely to be quarantined. The reason is simple, parliamentarian Dushyant […]

Retired Indian doctors set to bolster over-burdened NHS

HUNDREDS of Indian doctors on Friday (20) started responding to the UK government’s call for recently retired medics to return to work, and assist the over-burdened NHS. The UK’s Department for Health had written to over 65,000 retired doctors and nurses in England and Wales, asking them to help the NHS tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, […]

Rishi Sunak readies extreme measures to support economy

BRITAIN will take further desperate measures to stem the collapse of its economy on Friday (20) when Chancellor Rishi Sunak will outline plans to prop up companies and workers who face hardship from the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Sunak has been meeting trade unions and industry associations, who have warned that mass lay-offs are imminent unless […]

Birmingham pharmacy charges £19.99 for bottle of Calpol, sparks outrage on Twitter for alleged ‘profiteering’

A West Midlands-based pharmacy chain has been lambasted on social media for allegedly charging three times more than the normal price for a bottle of Calpol. Councillor for Bromford and Hodge Hill in Birmingham Majid Mahmood on Wednesday night posted on Twitter a photo that showed bottles of the liquid paracetamol as advertised in a branch […]

Novel coronavirus a product of natural evolution, not lab made: Study

The novel coronavirus that has caused the COVID-19 pandemic is not artificially made, but the product of natural evolution, a new study says, ending widespread speculation and rumours that the virus may have been engineered in a lab. In the study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, researchers analysed the publicly available genome sequence data […]

Digestive symptoms prominent among COVID-19 patients: Study

The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus, may reveal digestive symptoms, including diarrhea, according to a new study that may lead to better diagnosis of the deadly disease in patients who do not show respiratory symptoms to the viral infection. The research, published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, noted that nearly half of […]

Coronavirus: High commission offers help in arranging accommodation for stranded Indians in UK

The Indian High Commission in London is offering assistance with organising accommodation for Indian nationals stranded in the UK in light of India”s ban on travellers from the UK and Europe over coronavirus pandemic. The organisation had already set up an email system for Indian passport holders to get in touch with details of their […]

Elderly Sikh man gets shoved out of Iceland store

AN elderly Sikh man was shoved out of an Iceland store in east London after an altercation with the employees, amid mounting chaos due panic buying cross the country. Videos posted on Wednesday (18) show the unidentified man being pushed out of the store in Ilford, after he was repeatedly told to “get out”. “You […]