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Covid: UK vaccine rollout ‘breaking link’ between infections and death

Covid: UK vaccine rollout ‘breaking link’ between infections and death

Health
Getty ImagesIncreasingly strong evidence shows that the UK's vaccination programme is breaking the link between Covid-19 cases and deaths, scientists tracking the epidemic have said. A study found infections had fallen by roughly two-thirds since February, before beginning to level off.This is probably because people are beginning to mix more - but deaths have not followed the same pattern.This was not the case before January, when the vaccine rollout began. The research, commissioned by the government and run by Imperial College London, is based on swabs taken from 140,000 people selected to represent England's population.Of that group, who were tested for the virus between 11 and 30 March, 227 had a positive result, giving a rate of 0.2%, or one in 500 people.But in people over the age o...
Leeds United announce death of all-time top scorer and club legend Peter Lorimer at the age of 74

Leeds United announce death of all-time top scorer and club legend Peter Lorimer at the age of 74

Sports
Leeds United legend Peter Lorimer has died at the age of 74. The Premier League club announced on Saturday morning that their former player had passed away following a long-term illness. GETTY Lorimer is regarded as one of the greatest players ever to play for Leeds An attacking midfielder, Lorimer was the youngest player to represent Leeds at the age of 15 years and 289 days and went on to make 705 appearances for the Whites over two spells. He is the club’s all-time top goalscorer, having netted 238 times in all competitions, and was part of a legendary team under Don Revie. During his brilliant Elland Road career, he won two league titles, the FA Cup and League Cup. “Peter’s contribution to Leeds United will never be forgotten and his passing...
Study: COVID-19 death risk higher for people with severe MS disability

Study: COVID-19 death risk higher for people with severe MS disability

Health
March 19 (UPI) -- Older adults with severe disability due to multiple sclerosis are 25 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those with more mild forms of the neurological disorder, a study published Friday by JAMA Neurology found. These same patients with multiple sclerosis are up to four times as likely to develop severe COVID-19 symptoms and require hospital care after getting infected with the virus, the data showed. Advertisement In addition, MS patients treated with corticosteroids like prednisone -- a common class of drugs used in people with the condition -- are three times as likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and four times as likely to die from the disease compared to those who do not use these medications. Similarly, those treated with rituximab -- a man-made antibo...
Covid: UK death rate ‘no longer Europe’s worst’ by winter

Covid: UK death rate ‘no longer Europe’s worst’ by winter

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Getty ImagesThe UK death rate during the second wave of the pandemic was not the worst in Europe - but it remained one of the 10 worst-affected countries.By the end of June 2020, the UK had the highest excess mortality in Europe, according to figures from the ONS. But by December it had been overtaken by Poland, Spain, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Slovenia.Nevertheless, the UK had one of the highest excess death rates among people under the age of 65 in 2020 at 7.7%. Excess mortality is the number of deaths by any cause that happen over and above the average for that time of year.Meanwhile, the government's separate daily UK coronavirus figures show the number of deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test are continuing to fall. On Friday, the UK reported a further 1...
Drag Race UK: Sister Sister reveals ‘graphic’ death threats

Drag Race UK: Sister Sister reveals ‘graphic’ death threats

Entertainment
BBC ThreeDrag Race UK contestant Sister Sister has spoken out against the online abuse she has received since appearing on the BBC Three show. In an essay for The Guardian, the Liverpool-based entertainer said this included "graphic" death threats."The toxic fandom have made themselves clear and my mental health has reached rock bottom," she wrote.Last week she became the seventh contestant to be eliminated from the UK version of the hit reality series.Her departure came two weeks after an explosive argument with fellow drag queen A'Whora that sparked a wave on controversy on social media.But the 32-year-old urged fans of the show to keep their comments in perspective. "You don't know the person behind the make-up, only what you are being sold," she said. "So, given the option of a fleetin...