Covid Infection Rates in England Fall for First Time in a Month
The number of people in England infected with Covid-19 fell slightly in the week to Jan. 16, providing relief to the government as fears mount that hospitals face being overwhelmed.
Office for National Statistics figures show an estimated one in 55 had the disease compared with one in 50 at the start of the month, providing further evidence that cases may be flattening off. There was also an improvement in London, the worst-affected region, where an estimated one in 35 people tested positive.
Spiraling infection rates have put hospitals across the country under unprecedented pressure, forcing the government to impose a third lockdown this month in an effort to contain the disease. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has signaled, however, that the country remains a long from getting back to normal.
The percentage of the population that had the disease in the latest week fell to 1.88%, the first decline since early December.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk weighed in Monday on Big Tech’s recent move to censor President Trump in response to the Capitol riot by pro-Trump supporters last week.
“A lot of people are going to be super unhappy with West Coast high tech as the de facto arbiter of free speech,” Musk replied to a tweet of a satirical article entitled “Evil Fascist Dictator Censored and Voted Out Of Office.”
Musk previously railed against Big Tech censorship in June after he called out Amazon for reportedly censoring the publication of a book about the coronavirus.
- Facebook’s announced that it would indefinitely block Trump’s account on the platform and on Instagram.
- Twitter immediately followed suit, announcing its own permanent ban against Trump on Friday.
His latest comment comes just days after Musk slammed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for the violence that ensued at the U.S. Capitol.
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Indonesian Volcano Spews Ash as Officials Grapple With Disasters
Mount Semeru volcano on Indonesia’s main Java island spewed hot ash as high as 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) on Saturday, prompting authorities to warn people to keep a distance.
People shouldn’t carry out any activities within a radius of 1 kilometer from the crater, the country’s national disaster mitigation management in a statement on Saturday. The volcano alert level was at “watch,” two notches below the highest “warning” rating.
Indonesia’s 18,000 islands sit along the Pacific Ocean’s “ring of fire” zone of active volcanoes and tectonic faults, making it prone to natural disasters such as eruptions and earthquakes.
Indonesian authorities have had to deal with several natural and man-made disasters this month.
A 6.2 magnitudeearthquake rocked West Sulawesi on Friday, killing dozens. Hundreds of people were injured and about 15,000 people were evacuated.
At least five people in Manado, North Sulawesi, died from floods and landslides due to adverse weather on Saturday. Last week, at least 11 people, including rescuers, were killed and 18 hurt in West Java, after torrential rain caused mudslides.
On Jan. 9, Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 carrying 62 people plunged into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta. No survivors have been found.
Seychelles Sees National Carrier as ‘Great Problem,’ Nation Says
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Air Seychelles, straddled with more than 800 million rupees ($38 million) of debt, is a “great problem” for its home country, the Nation newspaper reported Saturday on its website, citing President Wavel Ramkalawan.
In his state-of-the-nation address, Ramkalawan said the airline’s international routes had contributed to the debt load, and queried whether the company could boost profitability by focusing on domestic services, according to the Victoria-based newspaper.
An Indian Ocean archipelago of 115 islands and 98,462 people, the Seychelles is grappling with alack of revenue because of the Covid-19 pandemic. To salvage its economy, the popular tourist destination has begun a vaccination campaign and plans to reopen borders from March.
Bruce Springsteen, Lin-Manuel Miranda To Participate In Biden’s Inaugural Gala
Actor-playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda and rockers Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen are among the stars who will highlight a prime-time virtual celebration televised Wednesday night after Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th president.
Biden’s inaugural committee announced the lineup Sunday for “Celebrating America,” a multinetwork broadcast that the committee bills as a mix of stars and everyday citizens.
Miranda, who wrote and starred in Broadway’s “Hamilton,” will appear for a classical recitation. Musicians John Legend, Demi Lovato and Justin Timberlake, among others, will join Springsteen and Bon Jovi. Actresses Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria will act as hostesses, with former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also scheduled to appear.
The segments will include tributes to a UPS driver, a kindergarten teacher and Sandra Lindsey, the first American to receive the COVID-19 vaccine outside a clinical trial.
The broadcast is in lieu of traditional inaugural balls. Biden plans still to be sworn in on the Capitol’s West Front, but with a scaled-down ceremony because of the coronavirus and tight security after the Jan. 6 violent insurrection on the Capitol as Congress convened to certify his victory.