Covid UK: Boris Johnson pledges ‘absolutely ruthless’ tracking of India’s coronavirus variant

Boris Johnson has pledged ‘absolutely ruthless’ tracking of India’s mutant Covid strain after health chief today officially declared it a ‘variant of concern’. Public Health England now say the variant — linked to an explosion of cases in India — is ‘at least’ as infectious as the current dominant Kent strain. Cases of the variant, scientifically called B.1.617.2, have more than doubled in a week. It has now been spotted 520 times, with hotspots in Bolton and London. Health officials are confident vaccines currently being used should still work against…

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Hartlepool voters praise Boris Johnson for visiting town during campaign trail

Residents of Hartlepool were quick to give their views after hearing of Jill Mortimer’s historic by-election win on Friday. The Conservative candidate stormed to victory with a majority of 6,940 votes, ending Labour’s 57-year hold on the County Durham town. Mrs Mortimer was declared the winner just after 7am after receiving 15,529 votes, with Labour’s Paul Williams finishing second on 8,589 votes and independent challenger Samantha Lee coming third with 2,904 votes.  Reacting to the news, one local said Labour would have to ‘climb to the moon and back’ to…

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Emmanuel Macron accuses ‘Anglo-Saxons’ of hoarding vaccines in new swipe at the UK in patent row

Emmanuel Macron accused ‘Anglo-Saxons’ of blocking vaccine exports today and hinted he could back plans to strip manufacturers of their patents to speed up delivery. The French president, who has previously supported efforts by the EU to block exports to third-party nations, lashed out at the United States and the United Kingdom as he arrive at a summit in Portugal. Britain is among a host of countries resisting calls led by US President Joe Biden and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines to be…

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Attorney for Capitol rioter who stole gas mask from police officer says his client had ‘Foxitis’

An attorney for a capitol rioter who allegedly stole an officers gas mask and stormed the Capitol building through a broken window says that his client participation in the deadly January 6 riots was a result of watching too much Fox News, a condition he dubbed ‘Foxitis.’   Anthony Antonio’s attorney, Joseph Hurley, says that the 27-year-old spent all his free time watching the Conservative news network after the was laid off due to COVID.   ‘He became hooked with what I call ‘Foxitus’ or ‘Foxmania’ and became interested in the political…

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Coronavirus: Large events have ‘a small impact’ on Covid spread, SAGE report claims

Big events of 50 people or more could be more Covid safe than modest parties of 10 to 20 people, according to SAGE scientists. People don’t actually mix with a lot of people at large gatherings and only rarely go to them so experts say they may not pose much risk of transmission. But smaller events happen more often and people have more close contact with the other people there, they said. The evidence could bode well for concerts, sporting events and theatres reopening in the summer. They are expected…

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Poplar fire: 100 firefighters battle blaze at London tower block flat ‘with Grenfell-style cladding’

Residents trapped in a tower block this morning screamed for help from balconies as a blaze ripped through their building – with many only becoming aware of the fire via WhatsApp messages. More than 125 firefighters in 20 vehicles spent hours battling the inferno and rescuing a host of people – including a small toddler – at New Providence Wharf, near Canary Wharf, in east London today. Two men were taken to hospital after being exposed to toxic fumes, while a further 38 adults and four children were treated at…

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‘Grandma gossip’ leads to Capitol rioter arrest

Two old ladies gossiping led to the arrest of a New Jersey man in connection with the siege of the U.S. Capitol. Robert Lee Petrosh, 51, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, turned himself in to authorities earlier this week.  He is charged with entering or remaining in any restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building, according to court records sources in an article on Yahoo.  Robert Lee Petrosh, 51, is seen sitting on…

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Golfer arrested in underage sex sting got probation for masturbating while watching kids in pool

Professional golfer Dan Bowling, 26, was handed probation for masturbating while watching kids play in a pool, and has now been arrested again over an underage sex sting A golfer arrested for allegedly trying to meet a 15 year-old girl for sex was handed probation in 2018 for masturbating in front of a hotel window while watching children play in a pool.  Daniel Bowling, 26, was taken into custody in Orlando on Thursday after he tried to meet up with the ‘teen’ in person.  He was placed in handcuffs when…

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Woman dubbed ‘New Central Park Karen’ after calling 911 to claim black women threatening her

A woman has been dubbed the ‘new Central Park Karen’ after she was filmed claiming two black women had beaten her for refusing to return their phone charger. The unidentified woman was filmed smirking while on the phone to cops in New York’s Central Park earlier this week after being confronted by vlogger Alana Lambert and her friend, both of whom are black.  Lambert said her portable charger fell from her friend’s CitiBike as they vlogged in the famed beauty spot, but that the mystery woman then picked it up…

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Stormy Daniels’ $130k hush money probe DROPPED: Donald Trump praises FEC decision

Former President Donald Trump praised the Federal Election Commission on Friday for dropping its inquiry into whether he violated campaign finance laws over hush money payments worth $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels, and blasted the case as ‘phony’.  Four of the six bipartisan FEC commissioners were split in their votes on Thursday, meaning that, without a majority backing the inquiry, the case was dropped. Trump, however, is still on the hook with the state of New York, who is investigating the Trump Organization over tax issues. The payment to Daniels…

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