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Russia is Europe’s new virus hotspot
Featured, Russia

Russia is Europe’s new virus hotspot

    Another record rise in coronavirus infections has propelled Russia past Germany and France to the fifth highest tally in the world, as the French government confirmed the country would start gradually lifting its strict eight-week lockdown from Monday. With much of Europe now easing itself out of confinement, Russia has become the continent’s new Covid-19 hotspot. More than half of the country’s 177,160 cases are in Moscow and the capital’s mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, said research suggested the actual number was nearer 300,000, more than triple the official figure. Sobyanin, a leading ally of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, said the tally was rising so steeply because of increased testing. “The fact that we have identified so many sick people is a huge plus, not...
UK Lockdown review in every 2 weeks
Featured, United Kingdom

UK Lockdown review in every 2 weeks

    Boris Johnson could lift parts of the lockdown every two weeks under plans being discussed by ministers, The Daily Telegraph has learnt. The Cabinet will meet on Sunday to agree a roadmap for lifting the lockdown which will be revealed by the Prime Minister in a televised address to the nation later that evening. He will also set out a rough timetable for when key measures will be lifted, such as schools and shops reopening, but will describe tough “milestones” that must be reached before he can give them the green light. It means it is likely to be several months before the lockdown is lifted in full, with bars, restaurants and indoor events among the last things on the list. He told Cabinet ministers on Thursday he wants to be able to show the nation “the light ...