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Coronavirus: Sense of smell and taste ‘improve for most’

Coronavirus: Sense of smell and taste ‘improve for most’

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Almost 90% of people who lost their sense of smell or taste while infected with Covid-19 improved or recovered within a month, a study has found.The study, in Italy, found 49% of patients had fully regained their sense of smell or taste and 40% reported improvements. But 10% said their symptoms remained the same or had worsened.Given the scale of the pandemic, experts warn hundreds of thousands of people could face longer-term problems.A change in - or loss of - someone's sense of smell or taste are now recognised as core symptoms of coronavirus. 'Mild illness' According to NHS advice, anyone who experiences them should isolate, together with their household, and be tested.The international team of researchers surveyed 187 Italians who had the virus but w...
The Latest: Hungary still closed for most non-EU citizens

The Latest: Hungary still closed for most non-EU citizens

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BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary’s prime minister says that, except for Serbia, his country will not open its borders to citizens from several countries outside the European Union, as recommended earlier this week by the Council of the European Union. Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Thursday in a video posted on his Facebook page that Hungary is also reinstating the “humanitarian corridors,” designated routes which foreigners in transit can use to drive through Hungary. The Council on Tuesday recommended that from July 1, member states should start lifting the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents from 14 non-EU countries, including Canada, Japan, Uruguay, Montenegro, New Zealand and South Korea. Orban said that “for now, except for Serbia, we can’t comply with the EU requ
Coronavirus: Local testing data to be shared with councils

Coronavirus: Local testing data to be shared with councils

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Local authorities are to be given access to postcode-level data about the number of people testing positive for coronavirus in their areas after it was agreed with the Department of Health. It comes after Leicester became the first city to have a local lockdown imposed following a rise in cases.Labour leader Keir Starmer said there had been a "lost week" due to city officials not having full testing data.The prime minister said the figures had been shared with all local authorities.But, at Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons, Sir Keir said officials in Leicester had only received full figures on Thursday. Until now local authorities have not routinely had full access to the data on people who are tested for the virus in the community.But the agreeme...
The Latest: Egypt reopens airports, museums, Giza Pyramids

The Latest: Egypt reopens airports, museums, Giza Pyramids

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CAIRO - Egypt has reopened its airports, the Egyptian museum and the famed Giza Pyramids in Cairo, for the first time in more than three months since the coronavirus closure. The national carrier, EgyptAir, said around 2,000 passengers left Cairo's international airport on 14 international flights on Wednesday. Two flights carrying over 350 Ukrainian tourists landed in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada and the major resort and beach destination of Sharm el Sheikh in the southern part of Sinai Peninsula. Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said around two dozen museums and tourist sites also received visitors with preventive measures in place against the coronavirus. They include the Egyptian museum, the Giza Pyramids and the Citadel of Saladin in Cairo,...
Republicans, with exception of Trump, now push mask-wearing

Republicans, with exception of Trump, now push mask-wearing

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WASHINGTON -- In Republican circles -- with the notable exception of the man who leads the party -- the debate about masks is over: It’s time to put one on. As a surge of infections hammers the South and West, GOP officials are pushing back against the notion that masks are about politics, as President Donald Trump suggests, and telling Americans they can help save lives. Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, on Tuesday bluntly called on Trump to start wearing a mask, at least some of the time, to set a good example. "Unfortunately, this simple, lifesaving practice has become part of a political debate that says: If you’re for Trump, you don’t wear a mask. If you’re against Trump, you do,” Alexander said. It’s a rare break for Republicans from Trump, who earlier this month told