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BUSINESS

U.K. Inflation Speeds Up At Fastest Rate In 40 Years

According to press reports, the U.K. is witnessing its fastest rise in prices in 40 years as higher energy bills take a stranglehold on millions of households. Inflation, the rate at which prices rise, leaped to nine percent in the 12 months to April, up from seven percent in March. Higher fuel and food prices, driven by the Ukraine war, […]

NEWS

UK Hits Record COVID-19 Levels; Nearly 5 Million Infected

LONDON — The prevalence of COVID-19 in the U.K. has reached record levels, with about 1 in 13 people estimated to be infected with the virus in the past week, according to the latest figures from Britain’s official statistics agency. Some 4.9 million people were estimated to have the coronavirus in the week ending March 26, up from 4.3 million recorded […]

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Germany Halts Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline

Following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recognition of the two breakaway regions of Ukraine and the ordering of troops into the region, Germany has halted the certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline designed to bring natural gas from Russia directly to Europe. Germany’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz, said his country would not accept the recognition of the two self-proclaimed pro-Russian […]

BUSINESS

UK Sees Rise In Interest Rates

The UK has witnessed an increase in interest rates for the second time in three months as the Bank of England tries to arrest a rapid rise in the cost of living. The hike to 0.5 percent from 0.25 percent came as the Bank warned prices would remain at a 30-year high for the rest of the year. Prices are […]

BUSINESS

U.K. Consumers Wrestle With Price Inflation

U.K. consumers have seen price inflation surge to the highest level in three decades, heaping pressure on households already facing a massive increase in energy costs. According to the Office for National Statistics, inflation increased to 5.4% in December, the highest rate since 1992. Consumers have seen the highest price rises in transportation, food and beverages, furniture, housing, and household […]

NEWS

COVID-19 Cases Weighed Down The UK

According to press reports, the United Kingdom’s coronavirus caseload has crossed 200,000 for the first time as hospitals come under increasing pressure due to staff shortages. The government said on Tuesday it had logged 218,724 infections in the previous 24 hours, the highest daily total since the pandemic began – although it is a figure also was skewed by reporting […]

HEALTH/FOOD

UK Data Shows Booster Shot 88% Effective

According to press reports, new data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has shown that a booster vaccine is 88% effective at preventing people from ending up in hospital with COVID-19. The study confirms that two doses of the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, or Moderna vaccines offer little protection against being infected with Omicron, but protection against severe disease appears to […]

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News Headline Around The World

Jamaica Records 11 Deaths Attributed To COVID-19 Jamaica has recorded an additional eleven deaths from COVID-19 – pushing the death toll to 2,461   In its latest update, the Ministry of Health reported that the deaths occurred during the period August 30 to December 20. The ages ranged from 51 to 103. Jamaica recorded 53 new COVID cases from 662 […]

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The UK Pulls Countries From Its COVID-19 Travel Red List

The U.K. is set to reduce the number of countries on its Covid-19 travel red list from 54 to seven, the government reportedly said. South Africa, Brazil, and Mexico come off the red list, which requires travelers to quarantine in an approved hotel at their cost for 10 full days. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the changes begin on Monday […]

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Low-Income Countries Set To Get Millions Of Doses Of COVID Vaccine

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced recently that his country would donate more than 100 million doses of the Covid vaccine to poorer countries in the new year. This announcement comes against the backdrop of U.S. President Joe Biden’s commitment to donate 500 million doses to low-income countries. The donation will be routed through COVAX – a worldwide initiative aimed […]