COVID-19: Henry warns restrictions possible as case count soars

Article content continuedHenry said people should decline invitations to social events and keep important celebrations small.“We have to pull back on the social aspects of our lives,” she said. “Everyone needs to make their own judgement on this, but six is the number.”Henry warned that additional measures were available to her office to curtail the disease.“All the options are...

‘Santa is a key worker’: Nicola Sturgeon forced to make bizarre TV address to Scottish children

Nicola Sturgeon was forced to make a bizarre promise to Scottish children that Santa would still deliver their Christmas presents - after her top medical advisor said hopes of a traditional festive gathering were a 'fiction'. The First Minister joked that her national clinical director Professor Jason Leitch would be portrayed as the Grinch on newspaper front pages after he said...

Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll tops 155,000

Brazil on Wednesday said its COVID-19 death toll surpassed 155,000 after 566 more patients died of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, pushing the number of fatalities to 155,403, Trend reports citing Xinhua. According to the Ministry of Health, in the same period, tests detected 24,818 more cases of COVID-19 infection, raising the total caseload to 5,298,772 since the first case was...

South Yorkshire to move into Tier 3 restrictions from Saturday

A anonymous contact tracer, who works as a mental health professional, said he has had "alarming" conversations with people, particularly students, who are "distressed and upset". Although he can pass the details on to a team leader, he never hears the outcome of the patient. He said: "I've spoken to many students now, from many universities, often freshers, who are distressed and upset...

COVID deaths of Native Americans linked to underfunded health care

GALLUP, N.M. — Melvina Musket stared at her dying father through the cellphone screen. His mouth hung open, his eyes were clamped shut and a beard covered his chin. She heard nurses crying in the background. “Jesus is waiting for you,” she told him.Musket, 52, had never seen her father with facial hair. Benjamin Musket, 80, was a former Marine, a retired machinery mechanic, a...

London news: Harrow-on-the-Hill Underground station closed after stabbing | UK | News

The Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police attended the incident at Harrow-on-the-Hill Underground Station just before 11am.A man has been taken to hospital with what is thought to be a stab wound.His condition is not believed to be life threatening.The station has been cordoned off and remains closed.A BTP spokesperson said: “Officers were called to Harrow on the Hill Underground...

Senate to work through weekend to push Barrett onto court court Senate Donald Trump Senate Judiciary Committee Supreme Court

Wasting no time, the Senate is on track to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court by next Monday, charging toward a rare weekend session as Republicans push past procedural steps to install President Donald Trump s pick before Election Day.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will begin the process as soon as the Senate Judiciary Committee wraps up its work Thursday. With...

The hidden factors that could produce a surprise Trump victory

With Biden ahead in both the polls and fundraising and Trump's message all over the place, things aren't looking great for the president's reelection efforts. But that doesn't mean the campaign is over yet. “There are more known unknowns than we’ve ever had at any point,” said Tom Bonier, CEO of the Democratic data firm TargetSmart. “The instruments we have to gauge this race, the...

The meaning of African election symbols

Bobi Wine adjusting his red beretIn our series of letters from African journalists, media and communication trainer Joseph Warungu looks at why colours and symbols are so important in the pursuit of power in Africa as the continent gears up for an election season.Short presentational grey lineRemember red red wine? No, not the stuff in a bottle that allows you to unbottle your feelings.I'm...

Is Facebook really ready for the U.S. election?

Ever since Russian agents and other opportunists abused its platform in an attempt to manipulate the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook has insisted -- repeatedly -- that it's learned its lesson and is no longer a conduit for misinformation, voter suppression and election disruption. But it has been a long and halting journey for the social network. Critical outsiders, as well as some of...