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Russia reports 8,164 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours

That figure includes 1,996 infections in Moscow, taking the official number since the epidemic started at 4,718,854.

The state coronavirus Task Force said 379 people had died in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 106,307.

Cases have dropped slightly since yesterday when 8,589 were reported, but the death toll is higher than the 346 who were arrested on Monday.

The federal Statistics agency has kept a separate number and reported a peak of more than 225,000 from April 2020 to February.
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Is India’s diversity easily transferable and will policies still work against it?

Dr Gurdasani, who trained to be a doctor and worked in India for ten years, said it was “very likely to be easily transmitted”.

He said: “There are two changes here. The first is similar to the Manaus variation and we know that that affects the effectiveness of the drug.

“The second is similar to that of California, which has been integrated into labs and immune systems – both antibodies and T-cells – and increases the availability of easy access.”

He continued: “This is very worrying, it creates a picture of that as it worries all the cases cases that go up and defeat the vaccine.

“We don’t have clear details but we see in some species there is a lot to worry about.”

Dr Gurdasani added that the Indian variants share similar mutations with both the South African and Manaus variants, which have been linked to a decrease in Oxford-AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson and Novavax vaccines.

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India reports 1,761 deaths from COVID deaths and 259,170 new diseases in one day

India has reported 1 761 deaths of COVID-19 overnight, the highest daily number since the epidemic began.

Large parts of the country are now closed in the midst of the coronavirus that has left people fighting for hospital beds, oxygen and medicine.

The country also recorded 259,170 new diseases, the world’s highest daily rate.

Reported daily infections of more than 200,000 marks in six days.

The total number of coronavirus cases in India now stands at 15.32 million, followed only by the US.

New Delhi, the capital facing an increase in cases, began a six-day closure on Monday with officials hoping to reduce the spread of the virus and reduce pressure on health infrastructure.
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Putting India on the red list may be too late, but we are on the verge of reducing many of the restrictions

Professor Sir Mark Walport, a former senior science adviser to the government, said the decision to put India on the UK red flag list was likely to be too late.

“These decisions are almost too late in fact, but what is clear is that these differences are passing through India,” he told BBC Breakfast.

He said: “You can see that it has become a different thing and another concern is that it has a second mutation in the spike protein which does not mean it can work better in avoiding the immune response, be it natural or one caused by the vaccine, so there are good reasons to keep it out of the country.

“What we need to do is find out if people have been vaccinated and if they have developed antiretroviral drugs that will help them cope with these new strains – so time to buy … against these new strains is very important.”

He also added that the NHS Test and Trace also becomes “really important” as time goes on, especially when case numbers fall short enough “so that there is a better chance of being stamped out of cases as they come out, separating them”.

Asked if he was confident that the next release would continue on May 17, Sir Mark said: “So far, that’s fine. The number of cases is low, but still, new cases are still emerging, which is why details and not dates are important.

“It takes time, we were under a recent break for a few days so we need to see in the next few weeks how the numbers come together, but so far they are very good and the weather is good, so we can hope that as long as people are careful, we should be ready for the next phase. . ”

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‘Alcohol and social isolation do not mix well’

John Apter, national chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, speaks to Sky media about forcing social separation.

He says it is “almost impossible” to force social segregation in most cases.

This is because the two-meter law is not legally enforced, it says, “it is a guide” – at least in England.

So while the government encourages people to stay away from others, it is not legally enforced unlike wearing a mask.

He adds: “But when you combine social involvement with alcohol, it’s very easy to say that it doesn’t go well at all … I’ve been working with the police at the time to simplify the first or second lock and people who had a lot of drinking really don’t want to be away from society.

“So it’s almost impossible – especially with large crowds.”

He said in many cases the police should stand up and stop when people do not follow the rules of public bodies.

“Our colleagues were videotaped and criticized by the media for standing idly by, but often trying to educate and support the community to do the right thing,” he added.
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Next …

The National Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, John Apter, will join us in a few minutes to discuss the struggle to enforce laws on the abolition of society.

Watch at Sky News or live stream above.
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‘You never know when the COVID explosion will come’

WHO special envoy Dr. David Nabarro speaks to Sky News about the new diversity including issues identified in India and Brazil.

“You never know when you’re going to have surgery,” she says

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