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Captain Tom Moore’s NHS appeal tops £32m on 100th birthday

The appeal by NHS fundraiser Captain Tom Moore topped £32m as he celebrated his 100th birthday. The war veteran, who raised the money by walking laps of his garden, has also been made an honorary colonel. The occasion was also marked with an RAF flypast and birthday greetings from the Queen and prime minister. With celebrations under way, Capt Tom ...

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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson says UK is past the peak of outbreak

PM Boris Johnson has said he will set out a “comprehensive plan” next week on how to restart the economy, reopen schools and help people travel to work beyond the coronavirus lockdown. He said the UK was “past the peak” of the virus outbreak, but stressed the country must not “risk a second spike”. Mr Johnson said face masks will ...

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UK death toll jumps to 26,711 as another 674 die from coronavirus

The UK coronavirus death toll has jumped to 26,711 after another 674 people were confirmed dead. The Government’s official figures now include deaths in care homes and the wider community after the Department of Health began counting them yesterday. Previously, the Government only counted people who had died in hospitals after testing positive for coronavirus. Earlier today, it emerged that ...

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Govt to procure 19.5 lakh mts Boro paddy, rice

Boiled rice at Tk 36 per kg, non-boiled (atap) rice at Tk 35 The government will procure some 11.5 lakh metric tonnes of rice (boiled and non-boiled) and eight lakh metric tonnes of paddy during the current Boro season. Besides, some 75,000 metric tonnes of wheat will be procured from local markets in the season, said a handout of the ...

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German company begins human trials of coronavirus vaccine

The headquarters of biopharmaceutical company BioNTech in Mainz, Germany German pharmaceutical company BioNTech has begun testing a potential vaccine for the new coronavirus on volunteers. BioNTech, which is working with the US-based Pfizer, said on Wednesday that 12 participants of a clinical trial in Germany received doses of the vaccine candidate BNT162 since April 23. Numerous pharmaceutical companies are racing ...

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PM provides financial assistance to 6,959 Qawmi madrasas

File photo. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday provided financial assistance of over Tk 8.31 crore to 6,959 Qawmi madrasas across the country on the occasion of holy Ramadan. “The Prime Minister has given the financial assistance of Tk 8,31,25000 to the country’s 6,959 Qawmi Madrasas,” PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told UNB. The financial assistance has already sent to ...

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5 more die of coronavirus, 564 new cases detected in Bangladesh

Five more people died from coronavirus in Bangladesh in the last 24 hours till Thursday, taking the death toll in the country to 168. Besides, 564 more people tested positive for coronavirus during the period, raising the number of such cases in the country to 7,667. Additional Director General (Admin) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Nasima ...

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PPE ‘designed for women’ needed on frontline

There is growing concern that standard personal protective equipment (PPE), which often has a unisex design, doesn’t always fit women properly. PPE is essential for protecting frontline workers exposed to Covid-19. The Department of Health said the kit is designed to protect “both genders”. However, healthcare workers are saying that even the smallest sizes are too big for some women ...

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Remdesivir: Drug has ‘clear cut’ power to fight coronavirus

There is “clear-cut” evidence that a drug can help people recover from the coronavirus, say US officials. Remdesivir cut the duration of symptoms from 15 days down to 11 in clinical trial at hospitals around the world. The full details have not been published, but experts said it would be a “fantastic result” if confirmed, but not a “magic bullet” ...

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