UK warns of local lockdowns as pubs reopen – Australian Associated Press
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that the government could impose local lockdowns if people fail to follow social distancing rules as pubs, cafes and restaurants re-open this weekend.
Pubs in England and Northern Ireland are allowed to open their doors to customers from 6am on Saturday after a three-month closure during the coronavirus pandemic.
Similar venues in Scotland and Wales are expected to follow suit next week, while some pubs and…
First virus drug trial results in 2 weeks – Australian Associated Press
The World Health Organisation should soon get results from clinical trials it is conducting of drugs that might be effective in treating COVID-19 patients, its Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says.
“Nearly 5500 patients in 39 countries have so far been recruited into the Solidarity trial,” he told a news briefing, referring to clinical studies the UN agency is conducting.
“We expect interim results within the next two weeks.”
Mutation in third of COVID-19 samples: WHO
Almost 30 per cent of genome sequencing data from samples of the COVID-19 virus collected by the World Health Organisation have shown signs of mutation but there is no evidence this has led to more severe disease, a top WHO official says.
“I think it’s quite widespread,” WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan told Reuters on the sidelines of a briefing held by the UN journalists’ association ACANU in Geneva.
The UN agency has so far collected 60,000 samples of the disease, she…
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