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Coronavirus: Spain to stop quarantining arrivals from 1 July

Coronavirus: Spain to stop quarantining arrivals from 1 July

World
Foreign visitors to Spain will no longer have to undergo a two-week quarantine from 1 July, the government has announced.It said the measure had been finalised in a cabinet meeting on Monday.Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya had previously said the requirement would be lifted in July, without giving a date.The news comes as the UK government prepares to bring in its own 14-day quarantine policy from 8 June.Travel firms and other industry bodies say the UK should relax the measure for visitors arriving from countries where people are at a lower risk of contracting the coronavirus.Spain normally attracts 80 million tourists a year, with the sector providing more than 12% of the country's GDP.Opening up the holiday market again before the summer season ...
How Coronavirus lockdown made a ‘Zoom boom’ generation

How Coronavirus lockdown made a ‘Zoom boom’ generation

Technology
I first realised just how quickly attitudes towards technology were changing when my mum told me, two days after lockdown began, that she had downloaded Skype.She's not exactly an early adopter - in fact, she has resolutely refused to video call anybody, ever, until now.Lockdown has removed the luxury of choice for many of us. If you want to see your relatives, it has to be on screen.As we get over the social awkwardness of the "Zoom boom" - when to mute that mic, when to stop talking - we're realising that, for the most part, video chat works. Whether it's family reunions, pub quizzes, office meetings or even pet appointments with the vet, we can get together quickly without being in the same room - and there's a good chance that is going to stick. ...
Coronavirus: ‘Baffling’ observations from the front line

Coronavirus: ‘Baffling’ observations from the front line

Health
When you talk to intensive care doctors across the UK, exhausted after weeks of dealing with the ravages of Covid-19, the phrase that emerges time after time is, "We've never seen anything like this before."They knew a new disease was coming, and they were expecting resources to be stretched by an unknown respiratory infection which had first appeared in China at the end of last year.And as the number of cases increased, doctors up and down the UK were reading first-hand accounts from colleagues in China, and then in Italy - in scientific journals and on social media - about the intensity of infection."It felt in some ways like we were trying to prepare for the D-Day landings," says Barbara Miles, clinical director of intensive care at Glasgow Royal Infir...
Coronavirus: Brazil now has third highest number of cases globally

Coronavirus: Brazil now has third highest number of cases globally

World
May 23 (UPI) -- With a spike of more than 20,000 new infections of COVID-19 within 24 hours, Brazil on Saturday reported the third-highest number of cases in the world behind Russia and the United States. Brazil's Health Ministry reported 330,890 cases Friday, up 20,803 from Thursday. "In a sense, South America has become a new epicenter for the disease," the World Health Organization's top emergencies expert, Dr. Mike Ryan, said with Brazil being the "most affected" South American country. Ryan added that authorities in Brazil have broadly approved anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 treatment even though clinical evidence does not support its widespread use given potential side effects. Policy experts said one of the biggest challenges in curbing the spread is Brazilian...
Premier League: Two positive at two clubs in latest coronavirus tests

Premier League: Two positive at two clubs in latest coronavirus tests

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Two new cases of coronavirus, at two separate clubs, have been found after the latest round of Premier League tests.Tests were carried out on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of last week, with 996 players and club staff tested overall.Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days. This time the tests available to each club was increased from 40 to 50.On 19 May the Premier League announced that in the first round, six tested positive from three clubs. That included Watford's Ad...