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Coronavirus: UK reports largest number of second jabs in one day

Coronavirus: UK reports largest number of second jabs in one day

Health
Reuters The UK has reported the largest number of second coronavirus vaccine doses given in a single day, according to the latest government data.A total of 450,136 second doses were received on Friday - with 106,878 first doses also administered.The previous record was set on Thursday when 449,269 second doses were reported - in addition to 96,242 first doses.There were 2,589 new infections in the past 24 hours, and another 40 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.The latest figures show that of the 39,001,554 vaccinations administered in the UK so far, 32,010,244 were first doses - a rise of 106,878 on Friday.Meanwhile, 6,991,310 were second doses, a rise of 450,136.After the latest figures, the UK's death toll stands at 127,080 and the total number of infections is 4,368,045.It comes...
‘Horrifying bloodshed’: At least 114 protesters shot dead in Myanmar – reports

‘Horrifying bloodshed’: At least 114 protesters shot dead in Myanmar – reports

World
At least 114 people have been killed across Myanmar after security forces opened fire on protesters, according to local media reports.The deadly tally is said to include 13 in the country's second-biggest city, Mandalay, nine in the nearby region of Sagaing and seven in the commercial capital Yangon. A five-year-old is reported to be among those killed.The shootings came as people took to the streets again to protest against the 1 February coup, in defiance of a warning that they could be shot "in the head and back", as the junta celebrated Armed Forces Day. Image: The latest killings came as the junta celebrated Armed Forces Day Demonstrators had referred to the public holiday by its original name, Resistance Day, to mark the beginni...
Reports: IRS to extend deadline for tax returns

Reports: IRS to extend deadline for tax returns

Business
March 17 (UPI) -- The Internal Revenue Service plans to push back the date by which Americans must file their federal tax returns to give people more time to pay what they owe during the pandemic-related economic downturn, unnamed sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday. Sources confirmed the plans to Bloomberg, CNN and CNBC. Advertisement While the IRS hasn't solidified plans, the agency is expected to set May 15 or 17 as the new filing deadline, a month later than the traditional April 15 date. The Treasury Department made a similar move last year, pushing back the deadline to July 15. In April 2020, many states were still under stay-at-home orders implemented a month earlier, and millions of people had lost their jobs in the weeks prior. The economy has seen a bit of a rebound ...
TSA reports highest daily travel numbers in year despite COVID-19 variant worries

TSA reports highest daily travel numbers in year despite COVID-19 variant worries

Business
March 14 (UPI) -- The Transportation Security Administration screened the most passengers in a single day since last year at the end of last week as spring break travel continues despite warnings from health officials. On Friday the TSA screened 1,357,111 travelers, the most since March 15, 2020, less than a week after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Advertisement The TSA reported its lowest travel volume of just 87,500 passengers on April 14, 2020, and air travel in 2020 fell 60% overall from the previous year to 324 million. The record in air travel came just a day before the United States administered 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, fulfilling President Joe Biden's pledge to reach the milestone before the end of his first 100 days in office. However, th...
The Latest: New Zealand reports 1st community case in months

The Latest: New Zealand reports 1st community case in months

Health
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported its first coronavirus case outside of a quarantine facility in more than two months, although there was no immediate evidence the virus was spreading in the community.Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said Sunday the case was a 56-year-old woman who recently returned from Europe.Like other returning travelers, she spent 14 days in quarantine and twice tested negative before being returning home on Jan. 13. She later developed symptoms and tested positive.He said health officials will conduct genome testing but are working under the assumption that the case is a more transmissible variant of the virus.He said they are investigating to see whether its possible she caught the disease from another returning traveler who was staying ...