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Africa declared Polio free by WHO.

The World Health Organisation has declared Nigeria and Africa polio free. Nigeria has received the polio free certificate from WHO thus eradicating polio from Africa. This is a great achievement in the fight on global diseases and epidemics.

Blood plasma and covid-19.

The US Food and Drug Administration gives authorisation for the use of plasma to treat coronavirus patients.

The use of blood plasma involves using antibody rich plasma from those who have already recovered from the virus to treat patients. People who have recovered from the Covid – 19 have been urged to donate blood.

The UK government debt hits the £2 trillion mark for the first time.

The UK government debt has gone above the £2 trillion mark for the first. This is according to the Office for National Statistics. This comes as the government spends heavily to support the economy because of the covid -19 pandemic. The furlough scheme is among the areas in which the government has spent a lot of money this period of the coronavirus pandemic.

Covid – 19 pandemic: so many people could end up loosing their home as eviction ban comes to an end.

Ministers in England are considering to add some extension to the ban placed on landlords to stop them evicting their tenants who have missed their rent payment. Tenants are getting a minimum of three months notice of eviction in England until at least 30 September. This is in contrast to the two months notice normally given to tenants before the pandemic.

Hands free driving could be on the UK roads by next year.

Hands free driving could be seen on the UK roads by next year the government said. The Department for Transport has announced a call for evidence into automated lane keeping systems (ALKS).

This type of technology takes control of a car’s movement and keeps it in lane for long periods. Though drivers need to be ever ready to take back control when needed.

CORONAVIRUS AND WUHAN MOVING ON.

Thousands have gathered for a pool party in Wuhan, the city at the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic. The party goers had no face masks on and rubbing shoulders with each other. This is a rare sight in 2020 since the pandemic began started. This shows how life is returning to normal in Wuhan China where this outbreak began.

The multiple symptoms of covid -19.

As the pandemic continues to linger, it has been established that the symptoms of covid -19 are so many and very unpredictable. A loss of sense of smell and upset stomach could all be symptoms of coronavirus. Major known symptoms are dry cough and headache, but there are more unusual symptoms which could include leg pains, rash and even dizziness. In some of these cases both patient and doctor would hardly suspect coronavirus in the first instance. So testing is the key in order to eliminate covid -19 as soon as possible.

UK REPORTS HIGHEST NUMBER OF QUARTERLY JOB LOSSES SINCE THE 2009 RECESSION

Figures out show that the UK has the highest number of quarterly job losses since the recession of 2009 that was caused by the the financial crisis. Number of people in employment fell in April to June quarter by 220,000.

This represent the biggest three month decrease since the 2009 recession according to the Office for National Statistics.

UK ECONOMY SET TO PLUNGE INTO THE BIGGEST RECESSION ON RECORD.

The UK economy is set to enter the biggest recession on record due to lockdown. Official figures set to show that the UK’s economy has gone into the largest recession on record. This is because of a 20.4% drop in gross domestic product (GDP) during the coronavirus lockdown according to the office for National Statistics.

EMPLOYMENT SEE THE BIGGEST FALL IN OVER TEN YEARS.

Employment in the United Kingdom has fallen by the biggest amount in over ten years between April and June official figures show.

The number of people in work fell by 220,000 in the quarter according to the Office of the National Statistics. This was the biggest quarterly decrease since May to July 2009.

Nice weather for barbeque

The weather has been great with temperatures soaring to up to 30 degrees centigrade. This is the perfect time to have a nice barbeque. There are different foods you can grill along with the traditional foods.

Yam, plantain and corn

Try roasting yam, unripe and ripe plantain, corn, aubergine, mixed peppers, fish with your burgers and sausages.

Tilapia fish

Enjoy the fresh outdoors and soak in the sunshine.

HOUSE PRICE BOOMED POST LOCKDOWN

House prices in the UK increased to an all time high in July. The property prices showed the unexpected boom as the property market gradually reopened after the lockdown.

According to the latest Halifax price index, the average price of a home was £241,604 last month, 1.7% higher than June’s £237,834.

LONDON MARATHON TO BE HELD VIRTUALLY.

London marathon will be holding virtually this year because of the covid -19 pandemic. Only expert runners will be permitted to participate and there will be no spectators. Other runners are expected to participate a virtual way.

Laughter can relieve stress

Laughter can help when you are stressed. Experts believe that smiling a lot in everyday life can help can also help relieve stress as well laughing regularly. So find the activity you enjoy and spend time with people you love. Constant laughter can help relive the stresses of life.

FACE MASKS VS FACE SHIELDS

People are now required to wear a form of face covering as they board public transport or enter a shop or other public places. Face masks can be made of cloth or some other materials. Scientists have encouraged the use of face masks made from cloth for the prevention of covid-19. Surgical masks are also good but are scarce for the healthcare personnel that need them as part of the personal protective equipment (PPE).

It is still unknown if face shields prevent the spread of the novel corona virus. Scientists have indicated that they are not acceptable substitute for the face mask or surgical mask.

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