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Covid-19: Shielding coming to an end for millions

Covid-19: Shielding coming to an end for millions

Health
Getty ImagesWednesday marks the last day that about four million of the most clinically vulnerable people in England and Wales are advised to shield at home.Letters have been sent out to the group in the last few weeks. They are still being advised to keep social contacts at low levels, work from home where possible and stay at a distance from other people.The change comes amid falling Covid cases and hospital admissions.According to NHS Digital, there are 3.8 million shielded patients in England and 130,000 in Wales.Scotland and Northern Ireland are expected to lift their restrictions later in April.'I've only left my home five times this year'What can I do now... and what comes next?Who has been shielding?People identified as being clinically extremely vulnerable were advised to take ext...
Covid: UK vaccination surge expected in coming days

Covid: UK vaccination surge expected in coming days

Health
Getty ImagesUK experts say there will be a big increase in the number of people being offered Covid vaccinations in the coming days. The number of shots given is expected to top 4 million this week, nearly double what has been achieved per week recently, NHS sources say.It should mean all over 50s will have been given at least one dose by the end of the month.That would put the NHS rollout two weeks ahead of schedule.The increase has been made possible by a large shipment of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute in India, which has arrived and passed safety checks.So far more than 24 million people have already received a first dose of Covid vaccine in the UK.Vaccination teams are now working their way through the priority list of people in their 50s and younger adults wi...
Coming 2 America: ‘The first black fairytale’ revisited

Coming 2 America: ‘The first black fairytale’ revisited

Entertainment
Amazon StudiosThe 2020s should be the decade of success for African women, according to a South African actress starring in the sequel to one of the most successful films ever with a black cast.Nomzamo Mbatha appears alongside Eddie Murphy in Coming 2 America, the follow-up to 1988's Coming to America, which made $ 288m (£207m) at the box office.Murphy played the African prince Akeem from the mythical land of Zamunda, who finds an ordinary American bride in New York City. The actor called it "the first black fairytale", adding: "It was also the very first time you had a movie with black people where you had kings and queens."Quantrell D ColbertThe sequel reunites Murphy with many of the original actors, including James Earl Jones and Arsenio Hall, as well a new cast that includes Blade's W...
Data revealing the UK’s lockdown habits is coming from an unexpected place – and we’re sleeping more

Data revealing the UK’s lockdown habits is coming from an unexpected place – and we’re sleeping more

Technology
If the pandemic has been good for one thing, it's time in bed."People are taking a chance to get some extra sleep," says Daniel McNamara, a data scientist at energy supplier Bulb. "It's cool." The insight comes from an unexpected source: smart meters.These devices measure electricity usage and send the information straight to energy suppliers.At Bulb, which has about 1.5 million customers, the change in morning behaviour (shown in the chart below) was very clear. Advertisement ...
JoJo Siwa: YouTube star ‘never been this happy’ after coming out

JoJo Siwa: YouTube star ‘never been this happy’ after coming out

Entertainment
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