Making Headlines: Covid deaths could rise by 50k; Prince Charles on holocaust; Trump impeachment
The UK could see another 50,000 deaths from coronavirus, a scientist advising the Government has warned after the grim milestone of 100,000 was reached.
Boris Johnson insisted he takes “full responsibility” for the response to the pandemic and said “we did everything we could” to minimise suffering.
Professor Calum Semple, who sits on the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), predicted there could be tens of thousands more deaths.
He warned that every Covid fatality “represents probably four or five people who survive but are damaged” by the disease.
The 100,000 deaths figure came on the same day the number of coronavirus cases recorded around the world has passed 100 million.
The country with the most cases is the US, with more than 25 million, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. India has recorded more than 10 million cases and Brazil’s tally is over 8.8 million.
A “caring and dedicated” newly qualified teacher has died from coronavirus on her 25th birthday.
Claudia Marsh died at the Royal University Hospital on her 25th birthday after contracting the virus.
Ms Marsh was also an active charity volunteer, working with Talking Eating Disorders (TEDS) and homelessness organisation The White chapel Centre in Merseyside.
On a fundraising page Claudia’s family asked mourners to donate to the two charities in lieu of sending flowers.
The Prince of Wales has urged people to bear witness to the Holocaust as its last living survivors come to the end of their lives.
In a message recorded for Wednesday’s Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) event, the prince spoke about the its theme of being the light in darkness.
He said: “As I speak, the last generation of living witnesses is tragically passing from this world, so the task of bearing witness falls to us.”
The US Senate has rejected a Republican attempt to dismiss Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, but the result indicates that there may not be enough votes to convict him.
The 55-45 procedural vote to set aside an objection to the case from Senator Rand Paul puts the Senate on record as declaring the proceedings constitutional.
It means the trial on Mr Trump’s impeachment, the first ever of a former president, will begin as scheduled in the week of February 8.
But last night’s vote shows it is unlikely there will be enough votes for conviction, which requires the support of all Democrats and 17 Republicans, or two-thirds of the Senate.
A blind guinea pig and her sister who helps guide her are looking for a new home.
Ami, a six-year-old black guinea pig, is given guidance by her grey sister, Yuki, because she is completely blind.
The pair were taken in by RSPCA Danaher Animal Home in Essex in early January after their owner could no longer care for them – and the charity is now seeking a new home for them.
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