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Britain Tightens Restrictions in London Amidst Virulent New Strain of Covid-19

Britain Tightens Restrictions in London Amidst Virulent New Strain of Covid-19

Amidst the news of a new, more insidious strain of the novel coronavirus in Britain, the government there introduced an additional level of restriction, the Tier 4 level.
Health officials in the United Kingdom said that the new strain is 70% more contagious and spreads far more quickly than other strains. The new strain is believed to be linked to a rise in cases areas covered by the new restrictions.  It …

Coronavirus News Update – Dec. 16: Snow Could Snarl Vaccine Deliveries, Moderna Vaccine Close to FDA Approval

Coronavirus News Update – Dec. 16: Snow Could Snarl Vaccine Deliveries, Moderna Vaccine Close to FDA Approval

Just as vaccinations against the coronavirus are getting underway in the United States, a major winter storm threatens to snarl carefully planned deliveries of the vaccine. The storm is forecast to bring high winds, over 6” (15 cm) of snow, and blizzard-like conditions along the I-95 corridor from Virginia to New England.
In New York City, the storm will close coronavirus testing sites run by the city’s Health and Hospitals system …

As London Moves into ‘Tier 3’ Lockdown, West End Theaters Close Once Again

As London Moves into ‘Tier 3’ Lockdown, West End Theaters Close Once Again

U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that London would move into the United Kingdom’s highest level of coronavirus restrictions, Level 3 as it’s known, effective Wednesday.
The action shutters restaurants except for delivery and takeout, pubs, and entertainment venues.
“The London weekly case rate at 225 per 100,000 people is already the highest regional rate in the country,” the government said in a statement.
The move also means that theaters in London’s West …

Studies Show Mouthwash Could Slow Coronavirus Spread

Studies Show Mouthwash Could Slow Coronavirus Spread

Gargling with mouthwash might not only prevent tooth and gum decay, but could also slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Certain types of mouthwash appear to deactivate the coronavirus in the mouth, some studies have shown, but some researchers question whether the findings will impact real-life transmission.
Scientists at Cardiff University announced several weeks ago that there were “promising signs” that the use of a mouthwash may help destroy the coronavirus, …

U.K. Reduces Self-Quarantine Period for Arriving Travelers

U.K. Reduces Self-Quarantine Period for Arriving Travelers

Health officials in the United Kingdom announced that the period for which travelers arriving from overseas from a country not on the safe corridor list must self-quarantine will be reduced from 14 to ten days.
The news came in a joint statement from the chief medical officers of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, who said that self-isolation period for someone who has come into contact with someone who has the …

Coronavirus News – Dec. 9: U.K. Kicks off Vaccinations, Biden Sets Ambitious Goals, Merkel Pleads

Coronavirus News – Dec. 9: U.K. Kicks off Vaccinations, Biden Sets Ambitious Goals, Merkel Pleads

At 6:31 a.m. local time on Tuesday, a 90-year-old named Margaret Keenan received the first shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Britain.  The second person to receive it was 82-year-old William Shakespeare, a mere 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the Bard’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.
After her country saw a record number of deaths, Bundeskanzler Angela Merkel pleased with Germans to meet fewer people and to stay at home over the …

Some European Countries to Relax Lockdown Rules for Holiday Season

Some European Countries to Relax Lockdown Rules for Holiday Season

Officials in multiple European countries said they are planning to loosen coronavirus restrictions over the holidays to allow families and friends to gather.
Britain will allow up to three households to form a Christmas bubble and spend time together in private homes over a four-day period that starts on December 23.
While officials in Germany extended a partial lockdown through at least January 10, 2021 (except in Bavaria, which is now under …