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Dow and S&P hit record highs behind tech rally, positive job data

Dow and S&P hit record highs behind tech rally, positive job data

Business
April 5 (UPI) -- U.S. markets hit record highs on Monday amid a continued tech rally and positive job growth data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 373.98 points, or 1.13%, to a record 33,527.19, while the S&P 500 gained 1.44% to close at a new high of 4,077.91. The Nasdaq Composite also increased 1.67%. Advertisement Google's parent company, Alphabet, helped lead the sustained rise in tech stocks gaining 4.19%, while Facebook increased 3.43%, Microsoft climbed 2.77% and Apple rose 2.36%. Tesla stock also increased 4.43% on Monday while chipmaker intel gained 3.08%. Markets also responded to the Labor Department reporting that the U.S. economy added 916,000 jobs in March, beating many analysts' expectations of about 850,000. Stocks that would benefit from the widespread liftin...
AstraZeneca: US data shows vaccine effective for all ages

AstraZeneca: US data shows vaccine effective for all ages

Health
LONDON -- AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine provided strong protection against disease and complete protection against hospitalization and death across all age groups in a late-stage U.S. study, the company announced Monday.AstraZeneca said its experts also identified no safety concerns related to the vaccine, including a rare blood clot that was identified in Europe. Scientists found no increased risk of clots among the more than 20,000 people who got at least one dose of the AstraZeneca shot.Although AstraZeneca's vaccine has been authorized in more than 50 countries, it has not yet been given the green light in the U.S. The U.S. study comprised more than 30,000 volunteers, of whom two-thirds were given the vaccine while the rest got dummy shots.In a statement, AstraZeneca said its COVID-19...
NHS facing legal challenge over data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm

NHS facing legal challenge over data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm

Technology
The NHS is facing a legal challenge over its data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm Palantir, Sky News can reveal.Palantir, which has become notorious for its close ties to security services and immigration agencies in the United States, secured its first ever deal to handle NHS data in March last year for the nominal sum of £1. The court case against the health service, which was announced today, could force it to reconsider the contract, which was extended in December 2020 and is now worth £23.5m.Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world The lawsuit is the latest challenge over procurement during the pandemic, which has become a highly contentious topic in recent months, with critics accusing the government of favouring its own contacts. ...
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 ...
WHO team investigating COVID in Wuhan sees data ‘no one has seen’ – and does not rule out virus escaped from a lab

WHO team investigating COVID in Wuhan sees data ‘no one has seen’ – and does not rule out virus escaped from a lab

World
The World Health Organisation team in Wuhan investigating the origins of COVID-19 say they are getting data "which no one has seen before" and are "really getting somewhere" - and have not ruled out the possibility that the virus had escaped from a lab.Dr Peter Daszak, part of the ongoing WHO mission, told Sky News: "We are seeing new information and it's good, it's very valuable stuff that is beginning to help us look at the right directions for this virus." In his first interview with a British broadcaster since arriving in China, Dr Daszak, who is the president of EcoHealth Alliance, an NGO, said that site visits were offering valuable information - especially the Huanan seafood market, where the first ever cases of COVID-19 were clustered.Live COVID updates from the UK and around the w...