Tests for coronavirus are being increased to include people displaying flu-like symptoms at 11 hospitals and 100 GP surgeries across the UK. The tests will provide an “early warning” if the virus is spreading, Public Health England medical director Prof Paul Cosford said. It comes as more schools closed or sent staff and pupils home
The Democratic presidential candidate debate in Charleston, South Carolina, reprised a piece of political theatre similar to a performance six days earlier in Las Vegas. On stage in Nevada last week, the debate played out like a dinner-theatre murder mystery. Michael Bloomberg was the victim, while everyone else on the stage had a motive and
Hong Kong will hand out cash to adult permanent residents, to help boost spending and ease financial burden. As part of the annual budget, $10,000 Hong Kong dollars ($1,280; £985) was announced for about seven million people over the age of 18. The territory’s economy has been battered by months of violent political unrest, and
A man in Miami went to Jackson Memorial Hospital last month to receive a test for coronavirus after developing flu-like symptoms. He didn’t have the virus, but he was hit with a $3,270 medical bill, according to the Miami Herald. Osmel Martinez Azcue said he normally would have used over-the-counter medicine to fight his flu-like symptoms.
The end of Mardi Gras season means the end of king cakes for many local bakeries in town. Atwood’s Bakery in Alexandria was selling the remaining pastries on Tuesday, as people tried to bring one last one home. The staff at Atwood’s Bakery tells us that they’ve sold roughly 2,500 king cakes in store alone
Billionaire and presidential candidate Tom Steyer thinks the problem with Congress is that its members have too much experience. At Tuesday’s debate, Steyer pressed his proposal to impose term limits on lawmakers. “I am for term limits of 12 years for every congressperson and senator,” Steyer said, pointing out that term limits would “get rid of
Two second-half goals in less than three minutes from Serge Gnabry and another from Robert Lewandowski earned Bayern Munich a thumping 3-0 victory at Chelsea in their Champions League round-of-16, first-leg at Stamford Bridge. All eyes were on Bayern striker Lewandowski prematch, but rather than score the vital goals he set them up for teammate
On Ash Wednesday, you may encounter Christians, especially Catholics, wearing a smudge of ashes on their foreheads. That could be a bit startling, unless you know the meaning behind this religious practice. Here is what you should know about Ash Wednesday and the celebration of Lent. What is Ash Wednesday? Ash Wednesday – officially known as the
Barcelona came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday as Antoine Griezmann netted a vital away goal in the round-of-16 first leg. On a difficult evening for Barca, Napoli took the lead on the half-hour mark when Dries Mertens curled a superb effort past Marc-Andre ter Stegen from outside the box. The
Robert A. Iger, who delayed his retirement four times in recent years, abruptly stepped down as Disney’s chief executive on Tuesday. But he will not be going far. The Walt Disney Company said that Mr. Iger, who has run Disney for nearly 15 years, would be replaced as chief executive by Bob Chapek, a 27-year veteran of
Clusters of infection are likely in American communities, health officials said. Some lawmakers questioned whether the nation is prepared. Federal health officials starkly warned on Tuesday that the new coronavirus will almost certainly spread in the United “It’s not so much of a question of if this will happen anymore but rather more of a
Tomato prices in Kenya have skyrocketed in recent weeks, with some parts of the country paying up to seven times more. The price rises follow months of heavy rains across East Africa. But could climate change be contributing to the problem?
A campaign is underway in Paris to ban heaters due to concerns about their electricity use. Since the smoking ban, there has been a mass move to outdoor heating of these terraces with gas and electricity-fired radiators, which pollute the atmosphere and expend huge amounts of energy. Previous attempts to ban heaters in the French
Three baboons have stunned onlookers in Sydney, Australia, after escaping from their cage inside a hospital. The primates, bred for medical research, had been transferred to the Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital so one could have a vasectomy. After making their way outside, the baboons were later captured in a nearby building.