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British PM halts COVID lockdown unwind – Australian Associated Press

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has postponed a planned easing of the coronavirus lockdown in England after a rise in infections amplified fears of a second deadly COVID-19 surge.

Just hours after Britain imposed tougher measures on swathes of northern England, Johnson announced that casinos, bowling alleys and skating rinks would remain shut while wedding receptions would have to be cancelled.

“We’re now seeing a warning light on the dashboard,”…



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Office work is not dead despite a mass shift to working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, toll giant Transurban says.

But more people are expected to stick to driving and avoid public transport because of health concerns even after COVID-19, according to a Transurban report.

The company surveyed 4500 across Australia and North America over six days in July, finding 25 per cent did not expect to return to their previous public transport…



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How close is SARS‐CoV‐2 to canine and feline coronaviruses? – Wiley

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Coronaviruses (CoVs) are enveloped positivesense RNA viruses that can infect a wide variety of species, including human beings and companion animals. The superior genetic plasticity of this virus family is responsible for an extensive host range and results from the accumulation of point mutations and recombination events (Buonavoglia etal . 2006, Brownlie & Sibley 2020). During the last two decades, three zoonotic CoVs have emerged that cross species barriers: severe acute re…

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Researchers outline how Zika virus suppresses the host immune system – News-Medical.net

A research team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside, has outlined how the Zika virus, which constituted an epidemic threat in 2016, suppresses the immune system of its host.

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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Aug 12 2020
A research team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside, has outlined how the Zika virus, which constituted an epidemic threat in 2016, suppresses the immune system of its host.
The Zika virus, or ZIKV, spreads through mosquito bites and sexual intercourse. Currently, no approved vaccine or antivirals against ZIKV exist.
Suppressing host immunity is a common strategy employed by viruses to achieve successful infection. Our wor…

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