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Covid-19: More than 6,000 ‘lives saved by vaccine programme’

Covid-19: More than 6,000 ‘lives saved by vaccine programme’

Health
EPAThe Covid-19 vaccination programme has saved more than 6,000 lives, an analysis by Public Health England says.Most would have been among the over-80s and some among people in their 70s, estimates up to the end of February suggest.It comes as people in England aged over 50 and in at-risk categories are being urged to book their Covid jabs before Monday, when slots are set to dry up.The NHS said appointments should be arranged by 29 March.Clinically vulnerableOfficials expect a slowdown in vaccine supplies in April - and medics will be focusing on providing second doses. Ministers say the plan to offer a first dose to all adults by July is on track.But NHS England said no first appointments should be booked next month for the under-50s unless they fall into a higher-priority group, such a...
Shriram City Union Finance aims over Rs 6,000 crore disbursement in Q4

Shriram City Union Finance aims over Rs 6,000 crore disbursement in Q4

Finance
Mumbai: , a part of Shriram Group, is aiming a disbursement of over Rs 6,000 crore in the fourth quarter, a top company official said. In December quarter, its disbursements grew 6.4 per cent year-on-year to Rs 6,197 crore from Rs 5,822 crore in the year-ago quarter. Close to 75 per cent of the company's total lending is to small and medium enterprises (SME) and two-wheeler segments. "In January, we have done well both in the two-wheeler and SME segments. Looks like the fourth quarter is going to be on par or on the same trajectory of Q3. Disbursements will be over Rs 6,000 crore," company' managing director and CEO Y S Chakravarti said. Its collection efficiency reached the pre-COVID-19 level of 97-98 per cent in the quarter ended December 31, he said. The deposit-taking non banking fin...
Premier Inn owner cuts 6,000 jobs as Wetherspoon calls time on airport roles

Premier Inn owner cuts 6,000 jobs as Wetherspoon calls time on airport roles

Business
Two major employers in the UK's hospitality sector have announced thousands of proposed job losses between them, hours before the government is to outline new restrictions to tackle rising COVID-19 infection rates.The owner of the Premier Inn chain of hotels and Brewers Fayre restaurants, Whitbread, said it planned to shed up to 6,000 staff but hoped the majority of the planned losses could be made voluntarily. Just hours later, JD Wetherspoon said 450 pub jobs were at risk to account for a "downturn in trade" at six airports - Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Image: JD Wetherspoon says weak travel demand means its airport outlets are suffering That was on top of up to 130 head office cuts previously dis...
Coronavirus: 6,000 jobs at risk at Cafe Rouge and Bella Italia owner

Coronavirus: 6,000 jobs at risk at Cafe Rouge and Bella Italia owner

Business
The owner of High Street restaurant chains Cafe Rouge and Bella Italia has filed intent to appoint administrators at the High Court.Owner Casual Dining Group, whose brands also include the Las Iguanas chain, employs about 6,000 people.The company said the move would give it ten days breathing space to consider "all options" for restructuring.Restaurants have been hit hard after shutting their doors in March as part of Britain's virus lockdown.Earlier on Monday, Casual Dining Group said that it is working with advisers from corporate finance firm AlixPartners over a potential restructuring programme.A Casual Dining Group spokeswoman said: "As is widely acknowledged, this is an unprecedented situation for our industry and, like many other companies across t...
DNA from Stone Age woman obtained 6,000 years on

DNA from Stone Age woman obtained 6,000 years on

Science
This is the face of a woman who lived 6,000 years ago in Scandinavia.Thanks to the tooth marks she left in ancient "chewing gum", scientists were able to obtain DNA, which they used to decipher her genetic code.This is the first time an entire ancient human genome has been extracted from anything other than human bone, said the researchers. She likely had dark skin, dark brown hair and blue eyes.Dr Hannes Schroeder from the University of Copenhagen said the "chewing gum" - actually tar from a tree - is a very valuable source of ancient DNA, especially for time periods where we have no human remains."It is amazing to have gotten a complete ancient human genome from anything other than bone,'' he said.What do we know about her?The ...