Wednesday, January 20, 2021



Social and economic costs from COVID-19 to persist long after the pandemic, says World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2021 has unveiled an alarming risk outlook of short-term healthcare battles and long-term environmental damage and social fragmentation. “The immediate human and economic cost of COVID-19 is severe. It threatens to scale back years of progress on reducing poverty and inequality and to further weaken social cohesion and global cooperation,” wrote the report. “The ramifications—in the form of social unrest, political fragmentation and geopolitical tensions—will shape the effectiveness of our responses to the other key threats of the next decade: cyberattacks, weapons of...

Coronavirus live news: China builds quarantine centre for 4,000 people; California passes 3m cases | World news

Taiwan has cancelled a major festival during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday as the country reported four locally transmitted cases of Covid-19, the biggest daily rise in local infections in nearly 11 months. Taiwan, which has kept the pandemic well under control thanks to early and effective prevention methods, has been unnerved by new domestic transmissions, first in December and now in a hospital in the northern city of Taoyuan. It has reported 868 cases, the majority of which were imported, including seven deaths, with 102 in hospital being...

NHS in most precarious position in its history, says chief executive | World news

Dealing with the deadly second wave of Covid has left the NHS in the most precarious position in its 72-year history, chief executive Sir Simon Stevens has warned, as ministers said they were aiming to get all adults in the UK vaccinated by September. The over-70s and clinically extremely vulnerable, who number more than 5.5 million nationwide, will be invited to receive the vaccine from Monday in areas where most of the first priority groups of care home residents and the over-80s have now had the jab. Stevens said on...

Thousands of churches in England opt to close over Covid fears | World news

Thousands of churches across England were closed for services on Sunday amid rising concern about the risks of Covid-19 spreading among worshippers. Although the current lockdown rules allow places of worship to remain open for communal services, the Church of England said that more than half of England’s 12,500 parishes had taken the decision to shut their doors. At least 22 cathedrals had also either closed or suspended public worship by the end of last week, and another 11 had decided to limit services. Many mosques, synagogues and other places...
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