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How do we track and measure new variants of coronavirus?

Behind the numbers: The UK’s gene sequencing labs are at the forefront of global efforts to trace and identify every single caseCoronavirus latest updatesCoronavirus - see all our coverageAll viruses change through random mutations. Through genomic sequencing we now know that the UK epidemic was seeded by more than 1,000 distinct variants from people returning from Italy, Spain and France in February and March 2020, explaining why we got off to such a bad start.These tiny changes are mostly inco...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, France, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Kent, Italy Spain, Coronavirus


Daughter calls for Kent man to be recognised as UK's first Covid victim

Peter Attwood died in hospital on 30 January last year, weeks before first UK Covid death was declaredThe daughter of a man who died of Covid in Kent before the virus had been detected in the UK has called for her father to be officially acknowledged as Britain’s first victim of the pandemic.Peter Attwood, 84, a retired company secretary from Chatham, died on 30 January last year at Medway hospital. A postmortem report completed last August based on retained samples from his lungs found that “th...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, Britain, Kent, Medway, Chatham, Coronavirus, Peter Attwood


New camera system detects litterbug drivers, automatically issues a fine

The BBC has a report (watch the video here) about a new AI system that's being deployed in Maidstone in Kent to penalize motorists tossing crisps bags, ice lolly wrappers, and used johnnies out the window. Cameras installed in areas where littering is a problem take a photo of the offender's license plate and automatically issue a fine of £90.
Tags: Video, UK, News, Bbc, Kent, Maidstone, Littering, Algorithmic Bureaucracy


Superman & Lois Renewed for a Second Season at The CW

Superman & Lois Renewed for a Second Season at The CW The CW has officially renewed its hit new series Superman & Lois for a second season (via TVLine). The quick renewal comes after the show, starring Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch, premiered its pilot episode on February 23. Superman & Lois debuted to 1.75 million total viewers and gave the network its largest audience in the Tuesday timeslot in two years. The premiere was also The CW’s “second-largest season or series premiere audien...
Tags: TV, Movies, Superman, TV News, The Cw, Jordan, Kent, Man Of Steel, Cw, Mark Pedowitz, Smallville, Sarah, Jonathan, Clark, Kyle, Walker


Paul O'Grady appeals for help for Kent owner's stolen pug

Ann Cowlard, 72, says the stress of losing her 11-year-old dog caused her to have a mini stroke.
Tags: News, Kent, Paul O Grady, Ann Cowlard


Covid cases among asylum seekers at Napier barracks higher than thought

Home affairs committee chair Yvette Cooper ‘astonished’ by Priti Patel’s responses to questionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA former military barracks being used to house asylum seekers has had at least 197 positive cases of Covid-19 this year alone, far higher than previously thought, the most senior civil servant at the Home Office has revealed.The total number of cases at Napier barracks near Folkestone, Kent, is equal to more than 50% of its resident population...
Tags: Politics, England, Science, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Public services policy, Migration, Yvette Cooper, Home Office, Refugees, Kent, Napier, Priti Patel, Folkestone Kent, Coronavirus


New Superman & Lois Promo Reveals Footage From Upcoming Episodes

BEGIN SLIDESHOW New Superman & Lois promo reveals footage from upcoming episodes Following Superman & Lois‘ series debut last night, The CW has released a brand new promo for their newest Arrowverse series, featuring new footage from upcoming episodes as Clark tries to balance his superhero duties with his family responsibilities. Superman & Lois is scheduled to return on March 2, 2021 with the second episode titled “There’s No Place Like Home.” Check out the video in the player below! D...
Tags: Video, TV, Movies, Superman, TV News, The Cw, Jordan, Kent, Man Of Steel, Cw, Smallville, Sarah, Jonathan, Clark, Kyle, Lois


Covid-19: Outbreak 'shows Napier Barracks not Covid-safe'

Nearly 200 people test positive at Kent barracks, where up to 28 asylum seekers shared a dormitory.
Tags: News, Kent, Napier Barracks


8 Quick Ways To Get Your Home Ready for Summer

Once the frost of winter has passed, it’s time to spruce up your home for warm summer days. A bit of spring cleaning goes a long way, but dusting isn’t the only way to create a summer-friendly home. Here are eight ways to get your home summer-ready.  1. Install Air Conditioning While the heating may have been on all through winter, once the temperature soars, you’ll crave a cold burst of fresh air. Before it gets too hot, make sure your house is equipped for cooling down so you don...
Tags: Fashion, Air Conditioning, Kent, JP Air Conditioning


Experience: I almost died in a blizzard

The car was buried. We tried the doors but they would not budge; the weight of the snow was too greatThe sun was shining in Utrecht when my friend Rini and I set off for England in a white Ford Capri, in March 1979. We loved classic cars and were going on a tour of used car dealerships in search of a vintage Jaguar. Aged 19 and 20, we were full of the spirit of adventure.It was so mild when we arrived in Kent that occasionally we would stop to sunbathe on the car bonnet. We had no luck finding a...
Tags: England, Life and style, Jaguar, Kent, Utrecht, UK Weather, Ford Capri, Cumbria Continue, Rini


Music promoter Adrian Skirrow joins Radio Caroline

Broadcaster and concert promoter Adrian Skirrow has joined Radio Caroline’s team of presenters. Adrian has spent most of his career working for and running multi-national music labels, as well as having his own independent label and concert promotions business. He also presented a weekly rock show on LM Radio from Johannesburg between 2018 and 2019. Adrian has worked closely with numerous acts, from OMD to The Cult, A&Ring, promoting and touring their new albums. A former Yorkshire native, A...
Tags: UK, People, Radio, South Africa, Yorkshire, Johannesburg, Kent, Radio Caroline, Adrian, Omd, Caroline, LM Radio, Adrian Skirrow


UK Covid live: Matt Hancock tells MPs pandemic has made NHS reform 'more, not less, urgent'

Health secretary lays out sweeping proposals for restructure; professor says Kent variant will ‘sweep the world’Health secretary goes cool on prospect of summer holidays for BritonsHancock announces shake-up giving ministers more power over NHSAstraZeneca says vaccine against new variants may take six months40% of staff at biggest UK care home firm have not had vaccineCoronavirus – latest global updates 1.20pm GMT On a visit to Heathrow airport this morning Sir Keir Starmer restated his call...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Wales, UK News, Disability, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Heathrow, Health policy, Learning disability, Kent, Keir Starmer, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, UK Covid


"Cautious optimism" for fans at The Open

Shane Lowry wins The Open Travel abroad might be in doubt right now but The R&A yesterday expressed “cautious optimism” about welcoming spectators to The Open in July.Ireland’s Shane Lowry will defend the Claret Jug at Royal St George’s in Sandwich and Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, hopes that there will be galleries at the Kent venue to...
Tags: Sport, Ireland, PGA of America, Golf, Shane Lowry, Kent, Taylor, Majors, Martin, USGA, Kiawah Island, Royal St George, Southern Hills, Nick Taylor, Claret Jug, AT T Pebble Beach Pro Am


Britain's Kent Covid Variant Will Sweep the World, Battle to Last at Least a Decade, Warns Top Scientist

The coronavirus variant first found in the British region of Kent is a concern because it could undermine the protection given by...
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UK Covid live: Kent strain likely to 'sweep the world', says leading British scientist

Health secretary to lay out sweeping proposals for restructure; professor says tweaking vaccines and rolling out booster jabs will be keyHancock goes cool on prospect of summer holidays for BritonsAstraZeneca says vaccine against new variants may take six monthsThe UK residents trapped abroad by hotel quarantine policyCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.35am GMT And the ONS has also published its latest survey of the impact of the pandemic on business. Not ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, UK News, Disability, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Office For National Statistics, Ons, Learning disability, Kent, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, COVID


Dover council backs Brexit lorry park plan despite residents' anger

Locals enraged after Tory-led district council backs plan for 1,200 lorries to be parked near houses in GustonResidents of a village near Dover are enraged after the district council backed controversial government plans to turn fields behind their houses into a Brexit customs clearance park for 1,200 lorries.Local people in Guston have complained over the lack of notice, detail and consultation on the proposals after the government purchased the White Cliffs site with plans to turn it into an i...
Tags: UK News, Road transport, Kent, Dover, Brexit, District Council, Guston, Tory led district council


RANKED: Every Upcoming 2021 Live-Action Superhero TV Show and Movie

RANKED: Every Upcoming 2021 Live-Action Superhero TV Show and Movie ComingSoon.net has ranked (from least anticipated to most) every live-action superhero show and movie coming in 2021. Check out our list below! RELATED: WandaVision Showrunner Talks SPOILER’s Introduction to the MCU if ( ! ezoic_test() ) { PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone...
Tags: Amazon, Hong Kong, Comics, Hbo, TV, Movies, Benedict Cumberbatch, Marvel, Neil Gaiman, Superman, Los Angeles, Earth, Fox, David, Netflix, Iron Man


UK Covid live: compulsory tests set to be announced for arrivals during quarantine

Latest updates: health secretary expected to make a statement to MPs saying passengers arriving in UK must have two tests during isolation Covid vaccine: tens of thousands of nurses yet to receive first doseMutation of Kent Covid variant discovered in ManchesterReturn to Covid tiers ‘could plunge millions in England into crisis’A third of Covid patients put on ventilator report PTSD symptomsCoronavirus – latest global updates 11.26am GMT Nick Gibb, the school standards minister, told the Com...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Kent, Collins, University College London, Nick Gibb, Gibb, Az, Commons Education Committee, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, COVID, Christina Pagel


UK weather: Storm Darcy to bring more snowfall and gale-force winds

Met Office warnings suggest there could be widespread disruption and power cuts in south-east EnglandHeavy snow and gale-force winds that hit south-east England and East Anglia on Sunday are forecast to continue into Monday as Storm Darcy brings icy conditions to much of the country.Amber and yellow weather warnings for snow issued by the Met Office were expected to cause widespread travel problems and possible power cuts to parts of London, the east and south-east of England. Continue reading.....
Tags: Health, UK, England, London, UK News, Transport, Met Office, East Anglia, Essex, Norfolk, Kent, UK Weather, Suffolk, Darcy


Judge Won't Toss Lawsuit by Family of Man Killed by Police

A federal judge refused to dismiss a civil rights lawsuit filed against the Washington state city of Kent and a police officer involved in a 2017 fatal shooting of an unarmed Giovonn Joseph-McDade.
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Coronavirus live: UK records a further 828 deaths and 18,262 cases; Netherlands cases surpass 1m

Worcestershire begins surge testing for South African Covid variantUK on target to give all over-50s Covid jabs by May – taskforce chiefWhen Britain might start reopeningSurgeon joins fight against vaccine hesitancy among BAME communitiesFourth Covid case linked to New Zealand hotelSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.09pm GMT In the UK, 828 more people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the total to 112,092, according to government data.This daily number is do...
Tags: Health, UK, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Netherlands, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Kent, University of Kent, Bonnie, Tyler, Tess, Danielle, Faversham, Coronavirus, COVID


Family's lockdown adaptation of Total Eclipse of the Heart goes viral – video

A family from Kent who shared a video of their living room performance of a third lockdown-themed Totally Fixed Where We Are has gone viral. Ben and Danielle Marsh and their four children first found fame with their version of a Les Misérables song, when they changed the lyrics of One Day More to reflect common complaints during the Covid-19 lockdown. The full rendition is available on the family’s YouTube channel Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Youtube, UK News, Kent, Ben, Coronavirus, Danielle Marsh


Judge Won’t Dismiss Lawsuit Over Man Killed by Kent Police

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a civil-rights lawsuit filed against the city of Kent and a police officer involved in the shooting of Giovanni Joseph-McDade.
Tags: Kent, Kent Police


New Superman & Lois Photos Feature the Kent Family

BEGIN SLIDESHOW New Superman & Lois Photos Feature the Kent Family The CW has released new Superman & Lois photos from the upcoming two-hour premiere of their newest Arrowverse series, providing us a preview of the moment the Kent brothers will find out about their father’s superhero identity. The series is set to debut on February 23 with a 90-minute long premiere which will be followed by a half-hour special Superman & Lois: Legacy of Hope. Check out the full photos in the gallery belo...
Tags: TV, Movies, Superman, TV News, The Cw, Jordan, Kent, Man Of Steel, Cw, Smallville, Sarah, Jonathan, Clark, Kyle, Lois, Clark Kent


Coronavirus live news: Brazil planning to buy 30m vaccines from Russia and India

Canada to receive significant doses from Covax fund meant to ensure access for poor countries; Brazil aims to buy 30 mn Sputnik V, Covaxin shots UK passes 10m Covid vaccination milestoneGSK and CureVac sign deal to develop multi-variant vaccineCanada takes Covax vaccines despite side dealsSee all our coronavirus coverage 7.29am GMT There are around 4,000 variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 around the world now so all vaccine manufacturers including Pfizer Inc and AstraZeneca Plc are t...
Tags: UK, Russia, India, World news, Canada, Sky, Brazil, Kent, Pfizer Inc, AstraZeneca PLC, The Press Association, Nadhim Zahawi, Coronavirus, COVID, Covax, Sputnik V Covaxin


Asylum seeker cannot remain at Kent army barracks, court says

High court ruling opens door for more people to be transferred out of ‘wholly unsuitable’ Napier barracksAn asylum seeker and potential victim of trafficking housed at the controversial Napier army barracks in Kent must be urgently rehoused in alternative accommodation within 24 hours after a high court ruling.Clive Sheldon QC, sitting as a deputy high court judge, on Tuesday ruled that the asylum seeker had made a strong case that the accommodation was inadequate for him and that the “prison-li...
Tags: UK News, Immigration and asylum, Kent, Napier, Clive Sheldon QC, Coronavirus


Firm running asylum-seeker barracks in Kent stands to earn £1bn

Ten-year government contracts to Clearsprings Ready Homes come into focus after complaints over living conditionsA company that runs the army barracks at the centre of a row over living conditions faced by asylum seekers stands to earn up to £1bn over 10 years for its government work, delivering multimillion-pound benefits for its owner.Clearsprings Ready Homes, owned by Essex businessman Graham King, runs Napier barracks in Kent, where hundreds of asylum seekers have told of poor conditions and...
Tags: UK News, Immigration and asylum, Essex, Kent, Napier, Clearsprings Ready Homes, Graham King


Firm running asylum-seeker barracks in Kent stands to make £1bn

Ten-year government contracts to Clearsprings Ready Homes come into focus after complaints over living conditionsA company that runs the army barracks at the centre of a row over living conditions faced by asylum seekers stands to earn up to £1bn over 10 years for its government work, delivering multimillion-pound benefits for its owner.Clearsprings Ready Homes, owned by Essex businessman Graham King, runs Napier barracks in Kent, where hundreds of asylum seekers have told of poor conditions and...
Tags: UK News, Immigration and asylum, Essex, Kent, Napier, Clearsprings Ready Homes, Graham King


No limits to our cruelty towards asylum seekers | Letters

Felicity Laurence gives a stark warning with regard to the UK’s asylum policy, while Vivien and Charles Rowe urge everyone to sign a petition to close down places such as Napier barracksJack Shenker’s devastating article on the Napier barracks (Locked in a barracks with Covid running rampant. Is this any way to treat asylum seekers?, 27 January) lays out fundamental questions of who we really are as a people and our limits of cruelty towards the “other”, who so inconveniently and persistently ke...
Tags: Politics, UK, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Refugees, Kent, Laurence, Napier, Vivien, Charles Rowe, Napier barracksJack Shenker


Asylum seekers tell of dire conditions at Kent barracks after fire

Asylum seekers at Napier barracks say they have been left without electricity, heating or drinking waterAsylum seekers at a former Army barracks have said they have been left without electricity, heating and drinking water since a fire broke out on Friday, while volunteers have been blocked from providing donations.The fire started in one of the blocks at the Napier barracks site near Folkestone in Kent on Friday afternoon, prompting panic among the hundreds of asylum seekers housed inside. Fiv...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Army, Kent, Folkestone, Napier, Priti Patel