As the global total of confirmed coronavirus cases passes 250,000, the effects of the pandemic on day-to-day life is dominating headlines worldwide.
UK schools are closing their doors from today for an indefinite period in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. Boris Johnson says he believes Britain can “turn the tide” within the next 12 weeks and “send coronavirus packing”.
But when quizzed further by journalists at his daily coronavirus briefing, the prime minister admitted that he couldn’t guarantee the country would be over the worst of the outbreak by June.
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Meanwhile, scientists are struggling to explain Germany’s low coronavirus death rate. Despite being among the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, Germany’s reported fatality rate is currently about 0.27% - 16 times lower than that in UK.
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An independent inquiry has found that the Home Office showed “institutional ignorance and thoughtlessness towards the issue of race” during the Windrush scandal.
And a jury at Edinburgh’s High Court has been told that former first minister of Scotland Alex Salmond was a “sexual predator” who “abused his power to satisfy his sexual desires with impunity” while in office. Salmond denies 14 charges, including attempted rape, relating to alleged sexual offences against ten women. The case continues.
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