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Global coronavirus cases hit 100 million on same day UK reaches 100,000 deaths

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Global coronavirus cases hit 100 million on same day UK reaches 100,000 deaths

India has recorded more than 10 million cases and Brazil’s tally is over 8.8 million.

The number was reached on the same day the UK Government’s figure for Covid-19 deaths passed 100,000.

Coronavirus briefing: January 26 round-up as UK death toll exceeds 100,000

Britain is the fifth country in the world to record 100,000 virus-related deaths, after the US, Brazil, India and Mexico.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered his “deepest condolences” to the families of coronavirus victims as Government figures showed the UK death toll reached the 100,000 figure.

He said: “We did everything we could”.

Mr Johnson told a Downing Street briefing that it was “hard to compute the sorrow contained in that grim statistic: the years of life lost, the family gatherings not attended and for so many relatives the missed chance to even say goodbye”.

He vowed that as the country came out of the crisis “we will come together as a nation to remember everyone we lost and to honour the selfless heroism of all those on the front line who gave their lives to save others”.

A further 1,631 deaths of people who had tested positive for coronavirus within 28 days were recorded on Tuesday, bringing the UK total to 100,162.

Some 25,000 of those deaths have taken place since the start of the year, in a stark illustration of how the more infectious variant of the virus, first identified in Kent, has ripped across the country.

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Royal family focus on pandemic in Commonwealth show ahead of Oprah interview

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Royal family focus on pandemic in Commonwealth show ahead of Oprah interview

It comes after CBS revealed that Harry and Meghan’s intimate interview with Oprah Winfrey is set to be released at 8pm in the US on Sunday, which will be in the early hours of Monday UK time.

ITV also announced it secured the exclusive UK television rights to the 90-minute interview and will air it on the Monday at 9pm.

The Palace said in a statement: “In Her Majesty’s annual Commonwealth Day message, the Queen will pay tribute to the way in which communities across the family of nations have come together in response to the pandemic.”

A Celebration for Commonwealth Day will be broadcast on BBC One at 5pm on Sunday, March 7.

<p>A Celebration for Commonwealth Day will be broadcast on BBC One at 5pm on Sunday, March 7.</p>

A Celebration for Commonwealth Day will be broadcast on BBC One at 5pm on Sunday, March 7.

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The Prince of Wales has recorded a message for the programme addressing “the universal devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic”.

Charles will also celebrate the “critical work” being carried out by nations across the Commonwealth to combat climate change and protect its unique landscapes, marine environments and biodiversity.

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London Mayoral campaign: Sadiq Khan forced to hole-up inside coffee shop after protesters turn up at launch

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London Mayoral campaign: Sadiq Khan forced to hole-up inside coffee shop after protesters turn up at launch
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adiq Khan’s re-election campaign hit trouble today when he was forced to hole-up inside a coffee shop for an hour to avoid a small group of residents protesting about a transport scheme. 

The Mayor had chosen the Hot Milk cafe in Bounds Green for the media launch of his bid to win a second term at City Hall. 

But as news of his visit began to spread, six residents gathered outside, asking to speak with Mr Khan about a low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) introduced by Enfield council. 

They said it had made their lives a misery by forcing them to divert via the North Circular Road. 

Mr Khan, on the advice of his police protection officers, remained in the cafe for an hour in the hope the protesters would leave. When they refused to go, he made a dash for his car and ignored their requests.

Mr Khan launched his campaign for a second term with nine weeks until polling day on May 6 and after last year’s election was postponed due to Covid.

Mr Khan called for a 1945-style programme to rebuild the economy and promised to focus on “jobs, jobs, jobs” and encouraging domestic tourists back to central London.

He criticised Chancellor Rishi Sunak for failing to provide a “long-term vision” for after the lifting of lockdown, or to guarantee jobs or training and said that a £367million hole in City Hall’s finances due to Covid meant “inevitable” cuts to public services.

At the campaign launch at Hot Milk Cafe in Bounds Green, which has received £5,000 from City Hall to keep trading and £12,500 from the Mayor’s “pay it forward” advance payment scheme, Mr Khan vowed to “relentlessly bang the drum for London — both at home and around the world” to attract jobs and investment.

More than 18,000 Londoners have died with Covid. Mr Khan said he was determined to “build an even better London” in their memory.

<p>Mr Khan had chosen the Hot Milk cafe in Bounds Green for the media launch of his bid to win a second term at City Hall</p>

Mr Khan had chosen the Hot Milk cafe in Bounds Green for the media launch of his bid to win a second term at City Hall

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He said: “In 1945, a Labour government rebuilt Britain from the ashes of war. Like so many, I benefited from their work decades later as I grew up on a council estate and was given the opportunities to fulfil my potential.

“That’s why jobs, jobs, jobs are a top priority for my second term. I am hopeful that with the right support from the Government we can help get the 300,000 Londoners who have lost jobs during the pandemic back into work.”

At least 16 candidates, including several independents, are expected to run for mayor but Mr Khan said it was a “two-horse race” between himself and Tory rival Shaun Bailey.

“We’re the only two candidates who can win and the choice couldn’t be starker,” he said. Mr Bailey said the Budget was “supporting London’s recovery, because Sadiq Khan won’t”.

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Mr Bailey said: “In the middle of a pandemic Londoners need support, not higher taxes. So as mayor, I’ll reverse these harmful decisions.”

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Amazon opens its first till-less grocery store outside the USA in west London

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Amazon opens its first till-less grocery store outside the USA in west London
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mazon opened its first till-less grocery store outside the USA in west London on Thursday.

Customers simply scan a QR code on the way in to the Amazon Fresh store then “just walk out” with groceries, with their accounts automatically billed as they leave.

A number of cameras and sensors in the store ceiling track customers and their purchases.

The store, in Ealing Broadway, stocks hundreds of own-brand products as well as well known brands and also serves as a collection and return point for goods bought online.

Amazon opens its first till-less grocery store outside the USA in west London
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The shop, which is open from 7am to 11am, is the first in the UK but Amazon is believed to be looking for other locations in Greater London.

Chiropractor Andrew Martin was one of the first customers this morning.

He said: “I just heard about it and had to come down. I use Amazon a lot and it’s really intriguing idea. It’s so strange just to be able to walk out with goods. I just hope it doesn’t lead me to accidentally shoplift in other shops because I get so used to the money coming out automatically.”

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Teacher Sara Right added: “I live locally so it’s definitely convenient. It’s quite terrifying that it just knows what you’ve bought but it’s very easy  so I think I’ll use it.”

The stores will be similar to the 20 Amazon Go stores the company runs in the US but will operate under the Fresh brand it uses for its UK online grocery operations.

Amazon said the store will be the first of a number of planned openings in London.

Teacher Sara Right said she thought it was “quite terrifying” that the store knew what people had bought.

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Matt Birch, the former Sainsbury’s executive who now leads Amazon Fresh Stores UK, told PA the company has strived to make grocery shopping “as convenient as possible”.

“The focus was just creating a really easy shopping experience for customers,” he said.

“We recognise that UK customers want to shop in a convenient way so we really think they will appreciate being able to walk in and walk out with the shopping they need.”

The company said it has also launched a By Amazon range of hundreds of own-brand products for the stores.

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Prince Philip has ‘successful procedure’ for pre-existing heart condition and will remain in hospital

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Prince Philip has ‘successful procedure’ for pre-existing heart condition and will remain in hospital

The Palace said the duke, who turns 100 in June, would remain in hospital for treatment, rest and recuperation for a number of days.

The news came hours after a second trailer for Harry and Meghan’s highly-anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey was released. In the clip, the Duchess of Sussex suggests “The Firm” – widely considered to be shorthand for the institution of the Royal Family – played a part in “perpetuating falsehoods” about her and Harry.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Thursday: “The Duke of Edinburgh yesterday underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

“His Royal Highness will remain in hospital for treatment, rest and recuperation for a number of days”.

Philip was was initially admitted to the private King Edward VII’s Hospital on February 16 as a precautionary measure after feeling unwell.

The Palace later said he was being treated for an infection.

He was shielded from public view with umbrellas as he was transferred. The Palace later released a statement saying that he was “comfortable”.

Meghan Markle Oprah interview: ‘a lot has been lost already’

Philip has been treated for heart problems in the past. In 2011, he was rushed to hospital by helicopter from Sandringham after suffering chest pains as the Royal Family were preparing for Christmas.

In the serious health scare, he was treated for a blocked coronary artery at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire and underwent a minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting.

The duke has spent most of lockdown residing at Windsor Castle with the Queen for their safety, alongside a reduced household of staff dubbed HMS Bubble. He and the Queen, who have been married for 73 years, have had their first Covid vaccine.

In the latest clip, Winfrey asks the duchess: “How do you feel about the Palace hearing you speak your truth today?”

She replies: “I don’t know how they could expect that, after all of this time, we would still just be silent if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us.

“And, if that comes with risk of losing things, I mean, I … there is a lot that has been lost already.”

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Myanmar sees deadliest day as 38 killed amid ongoing protests

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Myanmar sees deadliest day as 38 killed amid ongoing protests
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t least 38 people were killed in Myanmar on Wednesday in what UN officials are calling the “bloodiest day” since the force took over.

The death toll comes as mass protests, calling for the end of military rule and the release of the country’s elected government leaders, take place across the region.

UN special envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, said: “Today it was the bloodiest day since the coup happened on February 1.

“We have today – only today – 38 people died. We have now more than over 50 people who have died since the coup started and more have been wounded.”

This figure shared by the UN is consistent with other reports, however accounts are difficult to confirm inside the country.

<p>The military take over and the violent suppression of protests that soon followed have led to condemnation from the international community.</p>

The military take over and the violent suppression of protests that soon followed have led to condemnation from the international community.

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Security forces were seen firing slingshots at protesters, chasing them down and beating an ambulance crew in a video showing a dramatic escalation of violence against opponents of last month’s military coup, according to the Associated Press.

The military take over and the violent suppression of protests that soon followed have led to condemnation from the international community.

Reacting to Wednesday’s deaths, the UK called for a United Nations Security Council meeting on Friday, while the US said it was considering further action against Myanmar’s military.

The latest violence comes a day after Myanmar’s neighbours urged the military to exercise restraint.

Demonstrators have regularly flooded the streets of cities across the country since the military seized power and ousted the elected government of leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Their numbers have remained high even as security forces have repeatedly fired tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds to disperse the crowds, and arrested many protesters.

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