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Another 742,000 Americans filed for unemployment claims last week, the first increase in a month

742,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits on a seasonally adjusted basis last week, the Labor Department reported on Thursday.That was a up from the week before and the first increase in unemployment claims since the week of October 10.Meanwhile, 320,237 workers filed claims under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which is designed to help those who aren't usually eligible for jobless benefits, such as the self-employed.Added together, first-time claims stood at 1.1 million, not adjusted for seasonal changes.Continued jobless claims, which count people who have applied for benefits for at least two weeks in a row, came in at 6.4 million. read more...

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Another 598 people die from coronavirus with 20,051 new cases announced

There have been another 598 deathsThe Government said a further 598 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday, bringing the UK total to 52,745.The Government said that, as of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 20,051 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 1,410,732.The number of cases is also risingHowever, ministers have work to do to allay fears over a Covid-19 vaccine, a poll has suggested.Overall three-quarters (75%) indicated they would be likely to get a Covid-19 vaccine a dip from 78% in the summer. read more...

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Another 462 people die with coronavirus as 26,860 new cases recorded

The Department of Health and Social Care released new figures on SaturdayA further 462 people have died with coronavirus in the UK, while 26,860 new cases have been recorded in the past 24 hours.New figures released by The Department of Health and Social Care on Saturday show 51,766 people have now died within 28 days of a positive test.NHS England has registered 306 deaths in its hospitals over the past day, while Scottish hospitals have recorded 36 fatalities.Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveWales reported 20 hospital deaths, while ten patients died in hospitals in Northern Ireland.It is hoped the scheme will be rolled out to other regions before Christmas, according to the Department of Health and Social Care. read more...

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Another 213 people die from coronavirus with 21,363 new cases announced

There have been another 21,363 cases confirmedAnother 213 people have died with coronavirus in the UK in the last 24 hours while 21,363 more cases have been confirmed.Todays figures compare to the 24,962 cases and 168 deaths seen yesterday and the 21,350 cases and 194 deaths seen last Monday.Some 205 new cases were recorded in the seven days to November 12 the equivalent of 339.8 cases per 100,000 people.She spoke about the issue as she revealed Scotland has recorded six deaths from coronavirus and 717 positive cases in the past 24 hours.The First Minister said this number of positive cases is lower than expected and is being examined. read more...

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Anne-Marie 'worried' about future of concerts amid coronavirus

Anne-Marie is missing touring in a big way (Picture: REX, YouTube/AnneMarie)Anne-Marie has admitted shes worried about the future of concerts amid the coronavirus pandemic, with it being thought that gigs and tours will be one of the final things to be reinstated.Speaking ahead of the release of her YouTube documentary How To Be Anne-Marie, the 2002 hitmaker revealed going to shows is like therapy for her.It looks, to me, a very virtual experience, which is obviously cool but the whole point [of] why people love live shows is to feel that energy and Im worried to be honest, she told Metro.co.uk.Going to shows is almost like a therapy for some people to get away from what theyre going through, especially for me, that happens with me as well.How To Be Anne-Marie is available on YouTube now. read more...

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Amazon praised for emotional Christmas advert starring ballet dancer whose performance is cancelled due to Covid-19

Amazon has unveiled its Christmas 2020 advert, which follows the story of a young ballet dancer whose dreams of dancing in a lead role are ruined by the coronavirus pandemic.(Amazon/YouTube)The Amazon Christmas advert made me cry and was unutterably beautiful, one person wrote on Twitter.Beautiful, chilling and moving.Others couldnt help but share how emotional the advert made them feel, with one person writing: The #amazon Christmas advert has reduced me to a crying lump.Am I okay hun?Another added: Oh cool just crying my eyes out of the Amazon Christmas advert then am I?Brilliant.While one more person commented: The Amazon Christmas advert has arrived just in the nick of time, because my heart was about to freeze over. read more...

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Alex Dowsett postpones hour-record attempt after contracting coronavirus

Alex Dowsett has been forced to postpone his attempt to regain the UCI Hour Record next month after testing positive for coronavirus."I am really disappointed the attempt can't go ahead as planned but my health is first and foremost the priority," the 32-year-old said.He said the attempt was postponed, not cancelled, though no new date has yet been set as he must first focus on recovery."We've been lucky that all involved parties are still very much in support of the event and we're looking to announce a 2021 date as soon as possible," Dowsett added.Dowsett previously held the prestigious Hour Record in 2015, but for only 36 days before his distance of 52.937km was bettered by Sir Bradley Wiggins. read more...

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Alan Browne: Ireland player tests positive for coronavirus after playing against England

Republic of Ireland midfielder Alan Browne has tested positive for coronavirus, just hours after playing against England in Thursday nights international friendly at Wembley.The positive test result puts Gareth Southgates squad at an increased risk of a Covid-19 outbreak within the squad, with players set to be processed through the return-to-play protocols following news of Brownes confirmation.A statement from the Football Association of Ireland read: The Football Association of Ireland can confirm Ireland midfielder Alan Browne has tested positive for Covid-19.However, Wolves captain Connor Coady has been ruled out of their remaining fixtures during the current international window after inadvertently coming into contact with someone before joining the England squad who has since tested positive for Covid-19.England are due to play Belgium on Sunday in a crucial Nations League encounter, before wrapping up the group stage next Wednesday. read more...

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After a Covid Semester, the University of Michigan Gets Tougher on the Virus

Ann Arbor had a relatively low infection rate, he told university employees, and a lot of risk could be mitigated with masks and social distance.In an online town hall, Dr. Schlissel tried to explain that testing had limits, even at places like the University of Illinois, which had invested heavily in testing and tracing.And universal testing at an institution Michigans size was, he said, science fiction. Without evidence, he added that the H.I.V.remark and apologized, saying he only meant to question the effectiveness of universal testing.Dr. Schlissel said outbreaks have been traced almost entirely to undergraduate gatherings. read more...

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A war on systemic poverty would be a war worth fighting

Anyone who cannot work, for whatever reason, should be entitled to the equivalent of the national minimum wage.Do not say we cannot afford it: we found the money for Brexit when we wanted to and if a war started tomorrow the money would be found.What we need is a war on systemic poverty, now that would be a war worth fighting.However, within 12 months he, along with all the apparatus of his government, was calling for the UK to remain part of the EU.Most recently the devolution power grab that is highlighted in the Internal Market Bill simply reinforces this stance. read more...

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