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Coronavirus: Racism ‘could play a part in BAME Covid deaths’

Coronavirus: Racism ‘could play a part in BAME Covid deaths’

Health
Factors such as racism and social inequality may have contributed to increased risks of black, Asian and minority communities catching and dying from Covid-19, a leaked report says.Historic racism may mean that people are less likely to seek care or to demand better personal protective equipment, it says.The Public Health England draft, seen by the BBC, contains recommendations.Other possible factors include risks linked to occupation, it said.And inequalities in conditions such as diabetes may increase disease severity.The report, the second by PHE on the subject, pointed to racism and discrimination as a root cause affecting health and the risk of both exposure to the virus and becoming seriously ill.It said stakeholders expres...
Helping China cut carbon emissions isn’t a financial game every business can play

Helping China cut carbon emissions isn’t a financial game every business can play

Finance
A worker examines a sewage recycling pool in the coal liquefaction factory of CHN Energy in Ordos, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, April 11, 2019.Xinhua | via Getty ImagesBEIJING — China has a lot more to worry about at home than its foreign policy. Some energy-related companies in the country have found themselves caught in a business cycle that shows how difficult it can be for stimulus to help the economy in the form of bank loans.The world's second-largest economy contracted 6.8% in the first quarter at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Among many measures to support growth, authorities have repeatedly emphasized how banks need to lend more to smaller, privately run businesses versus state-owned giants.At the same time, Beijing has increased efforts to d

Sports news LIVE: PSG could play Champions League ‘home’ fixtures abroad, WWE honours Captain Tom Moore, don’t play football until September, FIFA doctor warns

Sports
[unable to retrieve full-text content]We will bring you all the latest sports news, views and updates on how the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the sporting calendar. Headlines: Simon Jordan calls for Premier League season to be SCRAPPED as he issues ‘corporate manslaughter’ warning Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons cannot resume as French government announces ‘big sporting affairs […] talkSPORT
Spain lets children play as US states move at various speeds

Spain lets children play as US states move at various speeds

Health
MINNEAPOLIS -- Spain let children go outside and play Sunday for the first time in six weeks as European countries methodically worked to ease their lockdowns and reopen their economies, while governors in the United States moved at differing speeds, some more aggressive, others more cautious. Elsewhere around the world, China's state-run media said that hospitals in Wuhan, the original epicenter of the disaster, no longer have any COVID-19 patients, after a crisis in which the city recorded nearly 3,900 deaths. And British Prime Minister Boris Johnson planned to be back at his desk Monday at 10 Downing St. after a bout with the coronavirus that put him in intensive care. While governors in states like hard-hit New York and Michigan are keeping stay-at-home restrictions in place until at ...
Glucose metabolism may play key role in illness with flu, COVID-19

Glucose metabolism may play key role in illness with flu, COVID-19

Health
April 15 (UPI) -- Some influenza strains may trigger the same over-active immune system responses as COVID-19, and it may be determined by how the body metabolizes sugar, a new analysis, published Wednesday by the journal Science Advances, suggests. If true, the findings add to the similarities between the two viruses, which are both highly contagious and share many of the same basic symptoms, including cough, fever and, in some cases, shortness of breath. However, COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, has posed a unique challenge, given that there is no effective vaccine or treatment against it. It has been well-documented that those with underlying health conditions, including diabetes, are at higher risk for serious illness and death from the infection. "We believe that...