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Ultra-Orthodox Londoners roll up sleeves to fight COVID

Ultra-Orthodox Londoners roll up sleeves to fight COVID

Health
LONDON -- As people across England huddled indoors amid freezing temperatures and a national lockdown, nearly 300 elderly men and women lined up outside a health center in northeast London to be vaccinated against COVID-19.But the wide-brimmed hats and long black coats that shielded them against the cold were more about religion than the weather. These ultra-Orthodox Jews are members of a community that has been especially hard hit by the virus, which has killed almost 117,000 people in Britain.In hopes of breaking down barriers that sometimes isolate the Orthodox from wider society, community leaders organized the pop-up vaccination event for Saturday night to coincide with the end of Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest. They believed this was the best time to attract the faithful because it ...
Russia says it will roll out a coronavirus vaccine to citizens in October

Russia says it will roll out a coronavirus vaccine to citizens in October

World
Russia says it will roll out a coronavirus vaccine in October - but no details have been given about what would be the first such programme anywhere in the world.Foreign news agencies quoted Mikhail Murashko, the health minister for Russia, saying that research facility the Gamaleya Institute had completed clinical trials of the vaccine and paperwork is being prepared to register it. Doctors and teachers would be vaccinated first before wider injections are rolled out to other Russians in October, Mr Murashko added. Image: Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to minister of health Mikhail Murashko during a meeting on preventing the spread of coronavirus Reuters, citing anonymous sources, said Russia's first potential vaccine...
Coronavirus: Health minister says app should roll out by winter

Coronavirus: Health minister says app should roll out by winter

Technology
A government minister has said the NHS coronavirus contact-tracing app is "not a priority" and he was not sure it would be out by winter.The app, which has been trialled on the Isle of Wight, was initially expected to launch nationally weeks ago.The BBC can also reveal that the project's two lead managers - NHSX's Matthew Gould and Geraint Lewis - are stepping back.And Simon Thompson - a former Apple executive - is joining to manage it.Mr Thompson is currently chief product officer at the online grocer Ocado. He has been appointed to Baroness Dido Harding's Test and Trace team, where he will have other duties in addition to the app.Mr Gould and Mr Lewis had always expected to move back to their other duties this month, however they had intended for the ap...
Alarming rise in virus cases as states roll back lockdowns

Alarming rise in virus cases as states roll back lockdowns

Technology
NEW YORK -- States are rolling back lockdowns, but the coronavirus isn't done with the U.S. Cases are rising in nearly half the states, according to an Associated Press analysis, a worrying trend that could intensify as people return to work and venture out during the summer. In Arizona, hospitals have been told to prepare for the worst. Texas has more hospitalized COVID-19 patients than at any time before. And the governor of North Carolina said recent jumps caused him to rethink plans to reopen schools or businesses. There is no single reason for the surges. In some cases, more testing has revealed more cases. In others, local outbreaks are big enough to push statewide tallies higher. But experts think at least some are due to lifting stay-at-home orders, school and business closures,...
The Latest: New Orleans to let good times roll – with limits

The Latest: New Orleans to let good times roll – with limits

Health
NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans is getting ready to let the good times roll in casinos and bars again — with restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. The city was once a major hot spot for the disease caused by the new coronavirus. But the city began easing restrictions restaurants and other businesses in May. And on Tuesday, Mayor LaToya Cantrel, outlined plans to lift more restrictions this coming Saturday. That means bars and casinos can open — although at only 25 percent capacity. Another New Orleans cultural touchstone — live indoor music — will remain off limits. ——— HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — World Health Organization expert clarifies remarks on transmission by people with virus but no symptoms — The sudden easing of lockdown...