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Oceans can be restored to former glory within 30 years, say scientists

Major review reports recovery of marine life but a redoubling of efforts is still needed The glory of the world’s oceans could be restored within a generation, according to a major new scientific review. It reports rebounding sea life, from humpback whales off Australia to elephant seals in the US and green turtles in Japan.Through rampant overfishing, pollution and coastal destruction, humanity...

The lockdown only buys us time: to really defeat the virus we need mass testing now | Devi Sridhar

Instead of endless mass isolation or just waiting for a cure, the UK needs a data-driven, targeted approach to coronavirus testing Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAfter squandering valuable time to prepare for the spread of Covid-19 in February and the first half of March, the government made a dramatic U-turn and put the country into lockdown two weeks ago. But amid...

Coronavirus: just 2,000 NHS frontline workers tested so far

No 10 urges hospitals to test as many staff as possible as data shows many in isolation may not be infectedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOnly 2,000 NHS frontline workers out of about half a million have been tested for coronavirus so far, despite up to one in four being off work with suspected symptoms in some areas of the country.Amid criticism of the UK’s low...

British American Tobacco working on plant-based coronavirus vaccine

Cigarette maker says tobacco plants offer potential for faster and safer drug developmentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritish American Tobacco, the maker of brands including Lucky Strike, Dunhill, Rothmans and Benson & Hedges, has said it has a potential coronavirus vaccine in development using tobacco plants.BAT has turned the vast resources usually focused on...

Hop to it: Researchers pinpoint why Belgian beers don't keep

Study finds fashionable hoppy brews lose their characteristic taste while sitting on the shelfIt will be music to the ears of Belgian beer enthusiasts: drink up.Scientists studying how well the fashionable hoppy-tasting beers of today keep in the cupboard have highlighted the particular propensity for them to lose their flavour over time. Continue...

No TV, no sat nav, no internet: how to fix space's junk problem – video

As Elon Musk's Starlink and Jeff Bezos's Project Kuiper race to create high-speed internet using satellites orbiting Earth, there's a small problem that could get in the way: debris. From dead spacecraft that have been around since the dawn of the space age to flecks of paint smashing windows on the International Space Station, rubbish is clogging up our orbits. And with objects moving as fast as...

Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should I call the doctor?

What are the symptoms caused by the Covid-19 virus, how does it spread, and should you call a doctor?Find all our coronavirus coverage hereCoronavirus – latest updatesHow to protect yourself and others from infectionIt is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has transferred to humans from animals. The World Health...

Coronavirus UK: how many confirmed cases are in your area?

Latest figures from public health authorities on the spread of Covid-19 in the United Kingdom. Find out how many cases have been reported near youCoronavirus - live news updatesFind all our coronavirus coverage hereHow to protect yourself from infectionPlease note: these are government figures on numbers of confirmed cases - some people who report symptoms are not being tested, and are not...

Why the UK failed to get coronavirus testing up to speed | Paul Hunter

Pursuing a controversial herd immunity strategy put the government on the back foot. Now it’s struggling to catch upCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTo stop a virus, you need to test for it. So why is it taking so long for the UK to increase its testing capacity? Although Public Health England is now aiming to conduct 10,000 tests per day, the UK’s response still...

What happens to people's lungs when they get coronavirus?

Respiratory physician John Wilson explains the range of Covid-19 impacts, from no symptoms to severe illness featuring pneumoniaCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhat became known as Covid-19, or the coronavirus, started in late 2019 as a cluster of pneumonia cases with an unknown cause. The cause of the pneumonia was found to be a new virus – severe acute...


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Boy, 13, dies in London after testing positive for coronavirus

Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, thought to be youngest victim in England, died in the capital on MondayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA 13-year-old boy with no apparent underlying health conditions has died after testing positive for coronavirus, his family has said.Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab from Brixton, south London, died in hospital in the early hours of Monday. He had...

England: more than third of hospital Covid-19 deaths in London

Seven out of 10 trusts with highest death tolls are in the capital, with 590 deaths in totalMore than a third of coronavirus deaths in hospitals in England have occurred in London, with 590 deaths across the capital, according to the latest figures from NHS England.Seven out of ten trusts with the highest death tolls in England are in London and the deaths are concentrated in a handful of...

NHS developing app to trace close contacts of coronavirus carriers

Technology is nearly ready for use and would also tell people when they should self isolateCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe NHS is in talks to roll out a smartphone app that instantly traces close contacts of people carrying the coronavirus and advises them to self-isolate.The app, developed by NHSX – the health service’s digital transformation arm – with...

Germany charters 30 times more rescue flights for citizens than UK

Huge repatriation effort sees German government charter 42 flights as 300,000 Britons remain stranded worldwideCoronavirus – latest updatesLatest UK Covid-19 newsSee all our coronavirus coverageThe German government has taken the lead role in the biggest repatriation effort in peacetime, chartering 30 times more rescue flights than the UK and flying home more than 40,000 travellers from across...

China gets mixed results in its attempt to lift lockdown

Some venues that had reopened were told by the government to close yet againCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe celebrations have begun in cities across China as they mark the end of the country’s battle with coronavirus. Sinocare, a biotech company in Changsha last week gathered employees in a park, each standing a meter apart, and urged them to remove their face...

'I would like to live a bit longer, wouldn’t everybody?': how the vulnerable are coping with coronavirus

Elderly and vulnerable people talk about the stresses of self-isolationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUp to 1.5 million people with severe health conditions including some cancers, cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have been told to self-isolate by the government because they are at a much greater risk from coronavirus.Free food parcels...

More orders for NHS ventilators take number to 61,000

Cambridge company Sagentia says prototype can be produced at speed for Covid-19 patientsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Two more companies have secured a total of 20,000 provisional orders for medical ventilators, taking the number of devices in the pipeline for the NHS to more than 61,000.Sagentia, a subsidiary of the Cambridge-based Science Group, said it had...

Young people have paid enough – spare them from footing the coronavirus bill | Gaby Hinsliff

After the financial crash, Britain’s young shouldered the burden. The Conservatives must not let that happen againThe kids are boomeranging back again. Up and down the country, overgrown children are shuffling home to roost, refugees from a virus that has stalled their adult lives mid-launch. University lectures and supervisions have all been moved online, so there’s no point student children...

Coronavirus live news: World Bank warns of 'unprecedented shock' as global confirmed cases pass 800,000

Spain reports record single-day death toll; Vietnam enters lockdown; Russia records biggest daily rise in cases for seventh day runningUK coronavirus - latest updatesUS coronavirus - live updatesChina and Korea delay college exams to get lid on coronavirusNew study reveals increased risks from middle ageSee all our coronavirus coverage 3.44pm BST A nursing home in Canada has become one of the...

This way for brain tingles: ASMR gets a shiver-inducing exhibition

From cucumber-crunchers to cranial exams, YouTube is full of ASMRtists provoking the strangely pleasurable autonomous sensory meridian response. Now they’ve got their own euphoric museum showSome whisper gently into the microphone, while tapping their nails along the spine of a book. Others take a bar of soap and slice it methodically into tiny cubes, letting the pieces clatter into a plastic...

Oxford firm to screen 15,000 drugs in search for coronavirus cure

Exscientia to use AI to hunt through compounds which have passed human trialsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn Oxford-based firm that uses artificial intelligence to develop new medicines has teamed up with a UK national science facility to screen more than 15,000 drugs for their effectiveness as a treatment for Covid-19.Exscientia, a spinoff company from the...

Worst-hit German district to become coronavirus ‘laboratory’

Study will follow 1,000 people in Heinsberg to create plan for how to deal with virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGerman scientists have announced what they described as a first-of-its-kind study into how coronavirus spreads and how it can be contained, using the country’s worst-hit district as a real-life laboratory.The virus has spread more widely among the...

Egypt's disdain for transparency will backfire in this coronavirus crisis | Timothy Kaldas

President Sisi may have nothing to hide, but his crackdown on anyone who challenges the official line only fuels speculationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDuring a public health crisis, a government’s credibility is a vital asset. To slow the spread of a virus, the government must convincingly inform and instruct the public. And to do this, it must inspire trust...