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60 million U.S. households have ordered free Covid tests, White House says

People can order the free tests at covidtests.gov.

The latest Covid variant is 1.5 times more contagious than omicron and already circulating in almost half of U.S. states

There are already 127 confirmed cases across almost half of the U.S. of a new Covid subvariant that's even more contagious than omicron.

How the U.S. is trying to fix its at-home Covid testing problem

Back to reality at last? Covid rules are being dropped in Europe despite high omicron spread

From the reopening of bars and restaurants to the dropping of legal requirements for masks, many of Europe's biggest economies are now relaxing Covid rules.

Cramer's Investing Club: Danaher once again delivers reliable earnings, and that's why we own the stock

All in, this was a solid quarter from Danaher and exemplary of the type of company we believe investors must focus on in this volatile market.

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Europe News

EXPLAINED: the German gas pipeline at centre of Russia dispute

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, set to double natural gas supplies from Russia to Germany, has become a key bargaining chip for the West in its bid to stop Moscow from invading Ukraine.

Macron and Putin agree on 'need for a de-escalation' in Ukraine crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed on the need for a "de-escalation" in the Ukraine crisis during a call on Friday, with the Russian leader saying he had "no offensive plans", an aide to Macron said.

OPINION: 12 things that surprised me about moving to Zurich

Australian writer Claire Doble tells The Local why living in Zurich has been full of surprises...

Why getting Swiss citizenship can be worth up to 10,000 francs per year

Immigrants to Switzerland who became naturalized citizens saw their earnings rise significantly compared to those who did not obtain the passport, a study showed Wednesday.

Repair bonus: How to get money back when electrical items break in Austria

There's never a good time for your fridge, washing machine or other device to break, but Austria's 'repair bonus' scheme does at least bring a silver lining by covering some of your costs, and it will soon be extended to the whole country.

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BBC World News

US East Coast hunkers down as 'bombogenesis' snowstorm hits

Packing hurricane-force winds, the storm has triggered the region's first blizzard warnings since 2018.

Ukraine crisis: Russian attack would be 'horrific', US warns

Top US General Mark Milley says the build-up of Russian troops is the largest since the Cold War.

Peru oil spill after Tonga eruption bigger than previously thought

The ecological disaster, linked to Tonga's tsunami, is said to be double the size first reported.

Kyle Rittenhouse: Gun used in Kenosha shootings to be destroyed

Mr Rittenhouse wants the assault rifle destroyed to stop it becoming a political symbol.

Joni Mitchell wants songs off Spotify in Covid row

The singer asks that her songs are removed from the platform in protest against Covid misinformation.

Mike Lynch: Priti Patel approves extradition of Autonomy founder

Mike Lynch lost a multibillion-dollar fraud action on Friday over the sale of Autonomy in 2011.

Uganda's huge rolex sets Guinness world record

Guinness World Records has officially recognised the world's biggest rolex - but it's not a watch.

Ros Atkins on... the rising cost of UK living

Ros Atkins explains why households are being hit by rising prices and why it is likely to get worse.

Peter Tatchell on his life-long fight for gay rights

Peter Tatchell's high-profile activism has seen him take on archbishops, presidents and boxers.

Beating Retreat: British hymn 'Abide with Me' causing a stir in India

India has dropped a colonial-era tune from Beating Retreat celebrations to "decolonise" the event.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Case Tracker

Provided by Johns Hopkins University this COVID-19 Global Case Tracker Dashboard shows you the most up-to-date information about the global spread of the new corona virus.

About the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern regarding COVID-19 on 30 January 2020, and later declared a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of 2 June 2021, more than 171 million cases have been confirmed, with more than 3.56 million confirmed deaths attributed to COVID-19, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in history.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are highly variable, ranging from none to life-threateningly severe. COVID-19 transmits when people breathe in air contaminated by droplets and small airborne particles. The risk of breathing these in is highest when people are in close proximity, but they can be inhaled over longer distances, particularly indoors. Transmission can also occur if splashed or sprayed with contaminated fluids, in the eyes nose or mouth, and rarely via contaminated surfaces. People remain contagious for up to 20 days, and can spread the virus even if they do not develop any symptoms.

Recommended preventive measures include social distancing, wearing face masks in public, ventilation and air-filtering, hand washing, covering one's mouth when sneezing or coughing, disinfecting surfaces, and monitoring and self-isolation for people exposed or symptomatic. Several vaccines have been developed and widely distributed since December 2020. Current treatments focus on addressing symptoms, but work is underway to develop medications that inhibit the virus. Authorities worldwide have responded by implementing travel restrictions, lockdowns and quarantines, workplace hazard controls, and business closures. Numerous jurisdictions have also worked to increase testing capacity and trace contacts of the infected.

The pandemic has resulted in significant global social and economic disruption, including the largest global recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It has led to widespread supply shortages exacerbated by panic buying, agricultural disruption, and food shortages. However, there have also been decreased emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. Numerous educational institutions and public areas have been partially or fully closed, and many events have been cancelled or postponed. Misinformation has circulated through social media and mass media, and political tensions have been exacerbated. The pandemic has raised issues of racial and geographic discrimination, health equity, and the balance between public health imperatives and individual rights.

Source: Wikipedia (June 2, 2021)

Please find below further updates from The World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO issues its first emergency use validation for a COVID-19 vaccine and emphasizes need for equitable global access

The World Health Organization (WHO) today listed the Comirnaty, COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for emergency use, making the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine the first to receive emergency validation from WHO since the outbreak began a year ago.

COVID-19: One year later – WHO Director-General’s new year message

In his end of year message for 2020, WHO Director-General says there is light at the end of the tunnel in the fight against COVID-19. But going into 2021, he urges countries and communities to work together, in solidarity, to overcome this and future health challenges.