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Australian Open tuneups paused, players isolate after worker gets COVID-19

Australian Open tuneups paused, players isolate after worker gets COVID-19

Sports
Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Hundreds of Australian Open players, staff and officials are in isolation in Melbourne after a hotel worker tested positive for COVID-19, officials from the Grand Slam tennis tournament said Wednesday. Competition at six tuneup events has been canceled for Thursday because of the positive test and quarantines. Between 500 and 600 people affiliated with the tournament are expected to be forced into isolation. Advertisement "Those associated with the Australian Open who quarantined at the hotel now need to be tested and isolate until they receive a negative test result," the tournament said in a statement on social media. "We will work with everyone involved to facilitate testing as quickly as possible. There will be no matches at Melbourne Park on Thursday. An update on the...
Young people told to isolate ‘should be offered free mobile data and gaming’

Young people told to isolate ‘should be offered free mobile data and gaming’

Technology
Young people told to isolate due to coronavirus should be offered free mobile data, streaming services and gaming, the government's scientific advisers have suggested.The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) said compliance with COVID-19 restrictions was "substantially lower and declining" among people aged 18 to 29 compared to older age groups due to a "lack of trust in government". The experts have recommended that young people asked to isolate or stay at home should be provided with "good financial and other support, e.g. free mobile phone data, streaming and gaming". Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player ...
Researchers isolate ancient parvovirus from human remains

Researchers isolate ancient parvovirus from human remains

Science
July 13 (UPI) -- Scientists have isolated an ancient sample of the parvovirus from human remains, which could provide researchers with detailed knowledge of extinct genetic diversity and viral phylodynamics. An international collaborative of researchers recently reported their analysis of ancient human parvovirus samples taken from the dental and skeletal remains of 1,578 people who lived between 500 and 6,900 years ago. They published the findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Airborne and bloodborne human parvovirus B19 is responsible for multiple illnesses, including the childhood rash known as fifth disease, chronic anemia in AIDS patients, arthritis in the elderly, aplastic crisis in people with bone marrow-related illness and hydrops fetalis in pregnant wo...
Iran sends food after neighbours isolate Qatar

Iran sends food after neighbours isolate Qatar

World
Iran has started sending fruit and vegetables to Qatar after Gulf nations cut trade links with the emirate.Iran's national carrier has already delivered 90 tons of food and flights will continue "based on demand".Three boats, carrying around 350 tonnes of food, will also be leaving an Iranian port for Qatar, according to Tasnim news agency, quoting local officials.It was not clear whether the shipments were made as aid deliveries or as exports.The deliveries came nearly a week after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates began a blockade against Qatar, sparking an unprecedented diplomatic crisis.Video:Foreign Minister: Qatar provides stability in the regionThe Gulf states expelled Qatari nationals from their territory, cut trade links to the emirate and banned Qatar's national ...