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UK records zero daily COVID-19 deaths for first time in nearly 2 years




The UK hit a bittersweet milestone with zero daily COVID deaths for the first time since March last year.

The latest figures also reported another 3000 new cases. It comes amid concern over a recent small rise in cases linked to the variant first identified in India.

Public Health England says the death figure is “encouraging”, but echoes the health secretary’s call for people to get a vaccine due to rising cases.

UK leads the way with COVID vaccinations

Some experts have linked the UK’s successful vaccination roll-out to the zero-day milestone. Israel, another country leading the world’s vaccination efforts, also recently hit their zero-day milestone.

Eric Topol from Scripps Research Translational Institute said it’s “likely not a coincidence that the 2 countries leading the world in vaccination have both achieved zero death days now.”

Other countries fall behind on vaccination

BBC head of statistics Robert Cuffe noted the deaths reflected case numbers roughly a month ago, the daily count wasn’t a perfect picture and that some people who died over Monday public holiday could be reported on Wednesday.

“In fact, according to the UK’s current definition, deaths within four weeks of a positive test, there was a day with no reportable deaths last summer – on 30 July,” he wrote.

“But the government did announce some deaths on that day as they were using a different definition at the time.”The pandemic is far from over, but this is a unique day in its history to date.”


Four dead in Russian military plane crash



Four people have been killed after a Russian military plane suffered an engine malfunction

The plane reportedly crashed in the city of Ryazan, which is located southeast of Moscow.

It’s believed five others are also injured. However, it is unclear how many were on board.

The Ilyushin IL-76 military cargo plane is a long-range aircraft, which can reportedly carry over 100 troops.

An Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft, which is similar to the one involved in the incident.

Local authorities say the plane suffered a malfunction while on a training flight.

Russia’s Defence Minister is yet to give any further details on the crash, or about the victims.

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Double election defeat for UK Conservatives



British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have suffered defeat in two parliamentary by-elections

UK Conservatives have lost two crucial seats in England, which could spark concerns about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s future.

The centrist Liberal Democrat party won the seats of Tiverton and Honiton.

The seats are in a Conservative part of south-west England, where a majority of 24,000 has been overturned.

The Liberal Democrats say it is their biggest ever majority turn around at a parliamentary by election.

“Tonight, the people of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken for Britain. They’ve sent a loud and clear message: It’s time for Boris Johnson to go, and go now.”

winning candidate Richard Foord

The losses have renewed calls for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign after a police investigation into gatherings at his Downing Street offices.

Johnson recently survived a vote of no-confidence, which secured his term as Prime Minister for another 12 months.

It also follows the Conservatives winning a landslide majority in three decades during the last national election.

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Protestors disrupt Chinese ambassador’s speech in Sydney



Protesters are causing disruptions during an address by China’s Ambassador to Australia

Xiao Qian is in Sydney, where is he speaking about how to improve ties between the two countries.

One protester described Mr Xiao as a “representative of a dictatorship” and accused the Chinese Government of committing genocide against Uyghur Muslims.

Others were heard shouting “Free Tibet”, and another was asked to leave the venue prior to the event because he was dressed in a military costume.

The speech was widely seen as an attempt to ease relations between the two countries.

China has put trade sanctions on Australia, while a recent encounter took place between a Chinese fighter jet and an Australian maritime aircraft over the South China Sea.

Security guards reportedly ushered the protesters.

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