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Coronavirus: Immune clue sparks treatment hope

Coronavirus: Immune clue sparks treatment hope

Health
UK scientists are to begin testing a treatment that it is hoped could counter the effects of Covid-19 in the most seriously ill patients.It has been found those with the most severe form of the disease have extremely low numbers of an immune cell called a T-cell. T-cells clear infection from the body.The clinical trial will evaluate if a drug called interleukin 7, known to boost T-cell numbers, can aid patients' recovery.It involves scientists from the Francis Crick Institute, King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital.They have looked at immune cells in the blood of 60 Covid-19 patients and found an apparent crash in the numbers of T-cells. Prof Adrian Hayday from the Crick Institute said it was a "great surprise" to see what was happening w...
Coronavirus: West End shuts down as Boris Johnson’s advice sparks anger

Coronavirus: West End shuts down as Boris Johnson’s advice sparks anger

Entertainment
Theatres in London's West End and around the UK have shut after PM Boris Johnson advised people to avoid such venues as coronavirus spreads."You should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues," he said.However, he stopped short of forcing venues to close, leaving some in the affected industries in limbo.The Society of London Theatre, which represents the West End, said theatres would close from Monday night until further notice.Sister organisation UK Theatre said its 165 venues around the country would take the same step. Media playback is unsupported on your device Speaking during his first daily news briefing on Monday, Mr Johnson said the government advice was that...
Coronavirus quarantine sparks China download boom in games and apps

Coronavirus quarantine sparks China download boom in games and apps

Business
China's coronavirus outbreak has fuelled record downloads of apps and games by millions of quarantined households, fresh data reveals.Figures released by the analytics platform App Annie showed there had been more than 222 million downloads in China from Apple's online store in the week beginning 2 February. Amid the spiralling crisis, average weekly downloads of apps in the first two weeks of February leapt by 40% compared to the average for the whole of 2019, according to the data provided to the Financial Times. Image: With schools closed in China, there has been a spike in downloads of education apps App Annie told the paper: "Downloads continued to grow well into the weeks following the lunar new year holidays as millions of work...
Steven Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror challenge on Rangers defender Borna Barisic sparks chaos at Hibs

Steven Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror challenge on Rangers defender Borna Barisic sparks chaos at Hibs

Sports
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was left outraged on the touchline after his defender Borna Barisic was the victim of a horror tackle at Hibs. Gerrard’s men claimed a 3-0 victory at Easter Road but the main talking point will be the aftermath of Ryan Porteous’s shocking challenge on Barisic, which earned him a straight red card. BT Sport It was a feisty encounter at Easter Road Bt Sport There were unsavoury scenes on the touchline Gerrard immediately vented his fury at the opposite dugout, resulting in a clash between the two technical areas, while Barisic narrowly avoided a glass bottle which was thrown at him while he lay on the floor. Hibernian assistant John Potter and Gers’ coach Tom Culshaw were both
Xenophobia in South Africa sparks riots in Nigeria and Zambia

Xenophobia in South Africa sparks riots in Nigeria and Zambia

World
By David Chipakupaku, news reporter Violence and looting have taken place in Nigeria and Zambia against South African-owned businesses, after a continuing series of xenophobic attacks and riots in Johannesburg.The escalating dispute has seen Nigeria recall its ambassador to South Africa, as well as pull out of the World Economic Forum on Africa summit, currently being held in Cape Town. Witnesses in Nigeria said vandals smashed windows to break into the offices of MTN, a South African telecommunications company, and stole items including laptops. Image: Police officers removed flaming tyres after protesters blocked traffic in Abuja, Nigeria The Lagos state government also confirmed...