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Efforts resume to free megaship blocking Suez Canal as shipping jams force boats to consider turning around

Efforts resume to free megaship blocking Suez Canal as shipping jams force boats to consider turning around

World
Efforts have resumed to free the container ship blocking the Suez Canal, as fears it could take "weeks" force trapped boats to consider turning around.Eight tug boats are currently working to drag the 400m (1,312ft) Ever Given to deeper water after it ran aground and blocked one of the world's busiest shipping lanes on Tuesday morning. Dredgers are also trying to clear mud and sand from underneath it in the hope it will eventually dislodge. Image: The Ever Given is stuck for a third day. Pic: STR/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock At least 150 vessels, including other container ships carrying oil, gas and grains, are backed up either side of the blockage in Egypt, resulting in one of the worst marine jams the world has seen in decades.The company ...
The Latest: Fauci to resume virus updates in White House

The Latest: Fauci to resume virus updates in White House

Health
WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci is back in the White House briefing room.Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, was tasked by President Joe Biden to give an update on the coronavirus pandemic after largely being sidelined in recent months by former president Donald Trump.Fauci said the new administration would “be completely open and honest” in dealing with the pandemic and, in an implicit rebuke to the Trump administration, said everything now would be “based on science and evidence.”He also said in the Biden administration, the rule would be “if you don’t know the answer, don’t guess.”Fauci, who repeatedly attacked by Trump for breaking with his rosy view of the pandemic, provided an update on the new, more contagious strains of the virus, which has now claimed the lives o...
Positive COVID-19 tests reported on first Caribbean cruise to resume operations amid pandemic

Positive COVID-19 tests reported on first Caribbean cruise to resume operations amid pandemic

World
Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The first cruise ship to set sail in the Caribbean since the cruise industry ground to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic has confirmed cases of the virus among its passengers. In a press release on Thursday, the SeaDream Yacht Club said guests aboard the SeaDream I vessel have tested positive for COVID-19. Advertisement The release did not say how many passengers tested positive for the deadly and infectious coronavirus but said all crew have been tested and their results came back negative. Due to the positive cases, the SeaDream I has "paused" its current Caribbean voyage and has returned to Barbados, the company said. "We are working closely with local health and government authorities to resolve this situation in the best possible way," SeaDream's Andreas Brynes...
Coronavirus: Oxford University to resume vaccine trial after pause

Coronavirus: Oxford University to resume vaccine trial after pause

Health
Trials of a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University will resume after being paused due to a reported side effect in a patient in the UK.On Tuesday, AstraZeneca said the studies were being paused while it investigated whether the adverse reaction was linked with the vaccine.But on Saturday, the university said it had been deemed safe to continue.Health Secretary Matt Hancock welcomed the news that the trials would resume."This pause shows we will always put safety first. We will back our scientists to deliver an effective vaccine as soon as safely possible," he added.The university said in a statement that it was "expected" that "some participants will become unwell" in large trials such as this one.It added that the studies c...
Driving test website crashes as bookings resume in England and Wales

Driving test website crashes as bookings resume in England and Wales

Technology
The website for booking new driving tests in England and Wales has crashed, after it relaunched on Friday morning following the coronavirus lockdown.The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) said it was aware some people could not complete their bookings amid "unprecedented demand", adding that it was working to fix the issue.Driving test slots were open for booking from 08:00 BST.Many people complained on social media about being unable to access the site."Coronavirus has severely impacted our business as usual operations, including by stopping driving tests for many months as part of social distancing," a spokesman for DVSA said."Following unprecedented demand for the driving test booking system after its reopening, we are aware that some users hav...