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Coronavirus live news: WHO says Covid won't be over this year; China aims to vaccinate 40% of population by June

34 minutos 39 segundos ago

Unrealistic to think pandemic will be over this year, says WHO; China says it aims to vaccinate 40% of its population by June; number of new infections globally rose last week

6.20am GMT

The world has only a few months to prevent the energy industry’s carbon emissions from surpassing pre-pandemic levels this year as economies begin to rebound from Covid-19 restrictions, according to the International Energy Agency.

New figures from the global energy watchdog found that fossil fuel emissions climbed steadily over the second half of the year as major economies began to recover. By December 2020, carbon emissions were 2% higher than in the same month the year before:

Related: Fossil fuel emissions in danger of surpassing pre-Covid levels

6.08am GMT

Scientists have warned that emerging data on long Covid in children should not be ignored given the lack of a vaccine for this age group, but cautioned that the evidence describing these enduring symptoms in the young is so far uncertain.

Recently published data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has caused worry. The data suggest that 13% of under 11s and about 15% of 12- to 16-year-olds reported at least one symptom five weeks after a confirmed Covid-19 infection. ONS samples households randomly, therefore positive cases do not depend on having had symptoms and being tested:

Related: Data on long Covid in UK children is cause for concern, scientists say

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Helen Sullivan

Australia news live: NSW police won't proceed with investigation into rape allegation against cabinet minister

49 minutos 26 segundos ago

Police say there is ‘insufficient admissible evidence to proceed’ following the woman’s death. Follow all the latest news and updates, live
• ‘She was a very credible person,’ says friend of woman who claims minister raped her in 1988
Richard Ackland: Should we know the name of the alleged cabinet-level rapist in Canberra?
Australia’s Covid vaccine tracker: when will you get your jab?
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6.11am GMT

Victoria’s state of emergency looks set to continue for another nine months...

State of Emergency vote now expected tonight. Probably quite late, but it will go through. It can then remain in place until December 2021. #springst #auspol

6.07am GMT

Barnaby Joyce has just told the ABC he would have “no problems” if the government commissioned an independent person to investigate claims an historical rape allegations against a current member of cabinet.

Speaking on ABC TV, Joyce said that if “an independent person away from parliament looked into this, I’d have no problems with that”.

I would have liked to have had a proper process surrounding that, so I could have defended myself, because someone can make an allegation and you just can’t defend it. So what I would say is we create a dangerous precedent. It’s so hard because it’s such a horrible, horrible thing, and it’s a criminal act, and people’s lives have been destroyed, so it’s a really hard thing to engage in ... because when you show a contrarian view, people think that, inherently, you’re not sympathetic to the alleged crime. If this crime happened, people shouldn’t resign – they should go to jail. That’s where you belong.

I think there should be an inquiry. I just don’t think - the parliament is not a court, and politicians are not policemen. And we should not confuse them as such. They’re very good at being politicians.

If someone said an independent person away from parliament looked into this, I’d have no problems with that. I wish I had that opportunity.

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Michael McGowan (now) and Matilda Boseley (earlier)

'It has been difficult': classical musicians on their Covid delivery jobs

1 hora ago

Venue closures hit freelance performers hard. Here, three musicians tell us about the work they turned to in order to survive

The arts have been one of the industries hardest hit by the pandemic, with many livelihoods largely destroyed the moment the prime minister advised people to stay away from venues in mid-March last year. The scale of the problem was underlined when it emerged at the weekend that Richard Harrington, an actor known for roles in Poldark, Hinterland and the Crown, had got a job as a takeaway delivery driver after being left unemployed. He is far from alone. Here, several successful concert musicians describe how they have taken on similar work to make ends meet and take care of their mental health.

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Kevin Rawlinson and Rhi Storer

Data on long Covid in UK children is cause for concern, scientists say

1 hora ago

With lack of vaccinations and schools in England set to reopen cases must not be ignored, experts warn

Scientists have warned that emerging data on long Covid in children should not be ignored given the lack of a vaccine for this age group, but cautioned that the evidence describing these enduring symptoms in the young is so far uncertain.

Recently published data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has caused worry. The data suggest that 13% of under 11s and about 15% of 12- to 16-year-olds reported at least one symptom five weeks after a confirmed Covid-19 infection. ONS samples households randomly, therefore positive cases do not depend on having had symptoms and being tested.

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Natalie Grover Science correspondent

Covid-19: why are we feeling burnt out?

2 horas ago

It’s getting towards a year since the UK first went into lockdown. That’s almost 12 months of home-schooling, staying in at the weekends, and not being able to see groups of friends and family in person. For many, the pandemic has also brought grief, loss of financial stability and isolation. So it should come as no surprise that lots of us are feeling emotionally exhausted, stressed and generally worn down. But why are we hitting the wall now? And what can we do about it? Ian Sample is joined again by Prof Carmine Pariante to discuss pandemic burnout and how to look after our mental health over the coming months

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Presented by Ian Sample and produced by Madeleine Finlay

Stop doing anal Covid tests on our citizens, Japan tells China

3 horas 44 minutos ago

Anal swabs cause ‘great psychological pain’, says Japan’s chief cabinet secretary

Tokyo has requested Beijing to stop taking anal swab tests for Covid-19 on Japanese citizens because the procedure causes psychological pain, a government spokesperson has said.

Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Katsunobu Kato, said the government had not received a response that Beijing would change the testing procedure, so Japan would continue to ask China to alter the way of testing.

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Donald and Melania Trump quietly got Covid vaccines last month, reports say

4 horas 24 minutos ago

Unlike other officials, the then president and first lady did not receive their shots on TV

Donald and Melania Trump received the coronavirus vaccine before leaving the White House, according to multiple news reports on Monday.

Citing unnamed advisers, the New York Times, CNN and other outlets reported that while other officials, including Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and the former vice-president Mike Pence, chose to get their shots publicly to encourage confidence in the vaccines, the Trumps opted to quietly get vaccinated in January. There was no detail on which shot they received or how many doses they had been given.

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Gabrielle Canon

New Zealand urged 'don't let virus divide you' as Covid frustration builds

5 horas 4 minutos ago

Jacinda Ardern said lockdown breaches would face ‘judgment of nation’ but director general of health calls for unity

Ashley Bloomfield, New Zealand’s director general of health, has called on the nation to “not let the virus divide you” amidst frustration with rule-breakers linked to recent coronavirus cases, as well as with the government’s response.

Auckland has been in lockdown since Sunday morning as a result of two cases of community transmission, which were found to have happened while level-three restrictions were in place – threatening the fracture the unity of the “team of five million”.

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Elle Hunt in Wellington

Coronavirus crisis unlikely to be over by the end of the year, WHO warns

5 horas 17 minutos ago

Dr Michael Ryan says Covid-19 is ‘very much in control’ as global infections rise for first time in almost two months

Despite the spread of Covid-19 being slowed in some countries due to lockdowns and vaccination programs, it is “premature” and “unrealistic” to the think the pandemic will be over by the end of the year, the World Health Organization’s executive director of emergency services has said.

Speaking at a press briefing Geneva, Dr Michael Ryan said while vaccinating the most vulnerable people, including healthcare workers, would help remove the “tragedy and fear” from the situation, and would help to ease pressure on hospitals, the “virus is very much in control”.

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Melissa Davey

White House will not overrule $15 minimum wage decision despite progressives' plea – as it happened

5 horas 23 minutos ago

1.30am GMT

Wrapping up here on the west coast. Here’s what happened this afternoon and evening:

1.28am GMT

A third woman has come forward to accuse the New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, of sexual harassment, amid calls for his resignation.

The New York Times reports that Anna Ruch joined two former aids and offered details of Cuomo’s behavior.

Mr. Cuomo put his hand on Ms. Ruch’s bare lower back, she said in an interview on Monday.

When she removed his hand with her own, Ms. Ruch recalled, the governor remarked that she seemed “aggressive” and placed his hands on her cheeks. He asked if he could kiss her, loudly enough for a friend standing nearby to hear. Ms. Ruch was bewildered by the entreaty, she said, and pulled away as the governor drew closer.

Members of the Sexual Harassment Working Group also said they expected more allegations to follow – and accused Cuomo of “gaslighting” his accusers.

Letitia James, the state attorney general, meanwhile, announced the first step in mounting an external investigation of the governor’s behaviour.

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Gabrielle Canon (now), Joan E Greve and Martin Belam (earlier)

New Zealand's Covid baby boom: where familiarity didn't breed contempt | David Downs and Joe Davis

6 horas 39 minutos ago

Book extract: lockdowns may have had an anti-baby boom effect in some parts, but Kiwis appear to have made the most of close quarters

One of the early observations made by internet wags was the prediction that nine months after lockdown there would be a baby boom. The theory goes that suddenly being forced to spend weeks at home would ignite the passions of those interned in a way that a normal Saturday night on the couch watching reruns of Friends might not.

The “Covid baby boom” was predicted to be like the period after the second world war, where soldiers returning from the front were delighted to be back in the bosom of their home country, with all the comforts that brings.

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David Downs and Joe Davis

Brazilian states blast Bolsonaro – as it happened

7 horas 16 minutos ago

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11.45pm GMT

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Related: Coronavirus live news: WHO says Covid won't be over this year; France and Germany fight AstraZeneca concerns

11.44pm GMT

Here are some of the day’s main developments:

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Lucy Campbell (now); Jedidajah Otte, Alex Mistlin, Archie Bland and Helen Sullivan (earlier)

CDC chief warns of 'potential fourth surge' and urges US to keep Covid rules

8 horas 32 minutos ago

Rochelle Walensky, the director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), warned on Monday that a recent increase in coronavirus cases indicated a “fourth surge” could occur before a majority of the US is vaccinated.

Related: Trader Joe’s employee says he was fired for requesting better Covid protections

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Joan E Greve in Washington

Zoom sees revenues soar 326% year-over-year as office life remains on hold

8 horas 54 minutos ago

Company announces revenues of $2.6bn with little sign of slowing, but vaccines could change picture

A year of working from home may have driven many of us to the brink but it’s been great news for Zoom, the video conferencing business.

On Monday, the company announced its revenues had soared 326% year-over-year to $2.6bn and there was little sign of slowing at the end of the year. Sales soared 369% in the last quarter to $882.5m.

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Dominic Rushe

Hancock: vaccines 80% effective at preventing hospitalisations in over-80s – video

10 horas 38 minutos ago

The health secretary, Matt Hancock, has hailed real-world data from Public Health England, which found that a single shot of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine was more than 80% effective at preventing hospital admissions and severe disease in older people.

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Hancock seizes on new data to counter EU doubts on Oxford jab

10 horas 59 minutos ago

Study shows single dose of Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine cuts risk of serious illness by more than 80%

The Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is slightly more effective than that of Pfizer/BioNTech on some measures, the health secretary has said as he seized on new data and argued it should prompt other countries to re-evaluate their approach.

Pfizer/BioNTech

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Jessica Elgot Deputy political editor

Time to say goodbye? Calls rarely end when we want them to, study finds

11 horas 1 minuto ago

Whether talking to family, friends or strangers, calls hardly ever end when both parties are ready

So you just called to say “I love you” – but how long should you stay on the phone?

New research suggests no matter who we’re talking to, or what we’re talking about, conversations rarely conclude when the two individuals want them to end.

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Natalie Grover Science correspondent

Brazil Covid variant in at least 15 countries not on UK's travel red list

11 horas 3 minutos ago

Scientists concerned that existing border controls are not sufficient to restrict new coronavirus strains

The P1 coronavirus variant that originated in Brazil has been found in at least 15 countries that are not on the government’s red list – those from which travel is banned for all but UK residents, who must quarantine in a hotel on arrival for 10 days – it has emerged.

Six cases of P1, which originated in Manaus on the Amazon river in Brazil, have been identified in the UK – three in England and three in Scotland. The variant is worrying scientists and public health experts because it has mutations that could allow it to escape the vaccines currently available.

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Aubrey Allegretti and Sarah Boseley

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