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UK exceeds 100,000 daily Covid-19 cases amid Pfizer’s breakthrough

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The first oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19 has been approved amid new research that shows the new Omicron strain appears to be milder, with fewer people requiring hospitalisation

Is this a break-through?

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorised the first oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19

This is the first oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19… so an alternative to vaccines in fact

it’s the first treatment of its kind

Made by Pfizer, its designed for ill people to take at home before they get sick enough to be hospitalised.

Dubbed PAX-LOVID it combines a new antiviral drug named and an older one.

Pfizer has recently released results that show the pill cuts the risk of hospitalisation or death by 89 percent when given to high-risk individuals within a few days of their first symptoms.

US President Joe Biden has previously labeled the treatment a “potentially powerful tool in the fight against the virus… including the Omicron variant”.

Will this be key for the omicron variant?

The new Omicron strain appears to be milder… with fewer people requiring hospitalisation

Early evidence suggests it may be a 30 to 70 percent reduction when compared to other variants, like Delta.

But despite this, experts remain concerned the sheer number of Omicron cases may overwhelm hospitals.

The study in Scotland has been tracking coronavirus, as well as the number of people ending up in hospital.

It says that if Omicron was as deadly as Delta, there would be around 47 people in hospital… but they currently have 15 patients.

More than 100-thousand cases have been reported in the UK in a 24 hour period for the first time

UK PM Boris Johnson used a video message to reassure Britts that they can go ahead with their Christmas plans

He has confirmed there will be no further restrictions imposed over the holiday period… His message was loud and clear.

Wednesday’s daily reported cases figure is the highest since mass testing began in May and June last year.

The PM did not rule out the possibility of enforcing new measures once the holiday season is over. 

So although Brits can go ahead with their Christmas plans, he is also urging everyone to exercise caution 

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Tonga welcomes more foreign aid as recovery continues

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Aid is trickling into Tonga from around the world, as more governments deploy ships and flights to the island nation following the massive tsunami on Saturday

The underwater volcano explosion triggered tsunami waves across the Pacific, claiming the lives of at least three people in Tonga.

The wild weather event caused significant damage and crippled communications – the true extent of the damage is still unknown.

A New Zealand vessel which is expected to arrive on Friday is the first major supply ship to pending to dock.

The captain of the HMNZS Aotearoa had earlier told ticker NEWS partner Reuters that the ship was carrying 250,000 litres of water, along with other supplies. The UN says clean water supplies are the top priority for the Pacific nation.

Australia has also deployed its largest ship, the HMAS Adelaide.

The vessel set sail bound for Tonga on Friday. The ship can carry helicopters which can be deployed from the ship to bring supplies to Tonga’s smaller outer islands.

That vessel is due to arrive mid-next week.

The UK also announced on Friday it was also redeploying its HMS Spey to the Tongan response and had sent aid supplies ahead with the Australian ship.

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17 dead after immense explosion rocks western Ghana

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17 people have died in Western Ghana after a truck carrying mining explosives collided with a motorcycle sparking an explosion

The explosion has left hundreds of buildings destroyed, many feared to be trapped among the rubble.

The accident happened around midday, near the mining city of Bogoso, 300km west of the West African country’s capital of Accra.

The exact number of casualties so far stands at 17, with authorities on the ground confirming another 59 are in hospital.

However, the head of the Prestea Huni-Valley municipal government where the explosion took place, Isaac Dsamani, told local media that officials had counted “about 17 dead bodies” so far.

According to reports, at least 57 who were injured had been taken to local hospitals.

More than 500 buildings have been destroyed.

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Ivanka Trump to be investigated

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The US House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots is now requesting to speak with Ivanka Trump

Ivanka is Donald Trump’s daughter and was a senior White House advisor during the insurrection.

The request marks a major step forward in the investigation, as the panel closes in on the former president and his inner circle.

The committee publicly released a letter addressed to Ivanka… seeking “voluntary cooperation”.

The letter also includes testimony regarding Trump’s efforts to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence on the morning of the attack.

A spokesperson for Ivanka Trump has refused to respond as to whether the former president’s daughter will cooperate.

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