The number of people treated in French intensive care units (ICUs) for COVID-19 reached a 14-1/2-week-high on Monday, at 3,849, while total hospitalisations for the disease increased for the second day running, to 25,195. The number of people in ICUs is still almost two times lower than the 7,184 peak recorded in April 2020 but remains well above a government target level of 2,500-3,000 for easing coronavirus limits on the circulation of people. Illustrating the stress on the French health system, medical authorities of the greater Paris region - which accounts for roughly one-sixth of the French population - have ordered hospitals to cancel 40% of their planned normal activity to make space for COVID-19 patients in critical condition.
A minister in Boris Johnson’s government has accused Prince Harry of 'blowing up his family' following the revelations in Sunday’s Oprah Winfrey interview.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab praised Myanmar's ambassador to London who on Monday called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, both of whom were detained in a military coup last month. "I commend the courage and patriotism of Myanmar Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn in calling for Aung Sung Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint to be released and for the results of the 2020 election to be respected," Raab said in a statement.
New York City FC signed midfielder Gedion Zelalem to a new contract and loaned midfielder Juan Pablo Torres to USL Championship side Austin Bold FC, the club announced Monday. NYCFC declined Zelalem's option at the end of the 2020 season, but the new deal brings the 24-year-old German back to the Bronx for 2021. Zelalem played in only one match with the team in 2020 before suffering a torn ACL in his left knee.
The photos, which show filthy mattresses and cramped rooms, were taken during an independent inspection of Penally Camp in Pembrokeshire and Napier Barracks in Kent.
Finance minister Rishi Sunak aims to balance Britain's public finances by relying 60% on tax rises and 40% on spending cuts, a sharp reversal of the government's approach after the 2008-09 recession, the country's budget watchdog said on Monday. Sunak's budget plans last week showed Britain's budget deficit falling to 4% of gross domestic product in 2023/24 from a peacetime high of 19% of GDP in 2020/21, when borrowing paid for most of the financial cost of the COVID-19 pandemic. "If you look at the ratio of this budget's consolidation to what's been done in the past, it's about 60% being done by tax and about 40% being done through spending," Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) chairman Richard Hughes told parliament's Treasury Committee.
Daily COVID-19 testing will be administered for all players and staff and there will be no fans in attendance for semi-final action on March 26 and the following day's Isobel Cup Final, the NWHL said in a news release. Top-seeded Toronto will face Boston in the first semi-final followed by a clash between Minnesota and Connecticut. The six-team NWHL had originally planned to hold the entire two-week regular season and playoffs in Lake Placid, New York, but were forced to suspend play on the eve of the semi-finals because of positive tests for the novel coronavirus.
Phil Mickelson has fallen outside the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in 28 years. In the new rankings released Monday, Mickelson was ranked No. 101, ending his record streak at 1,425 weeks. Additionally, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, who was ranked No. 1 early in June 2020, fell out of the top 10, replaced by Bryson DeChambeau, winner of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday.
Despite multiple scientific studies saying the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca it is safe and effective, some residents in Europe are turning down that particular shot.They include 60-year-old Nadine Roger who lives in Paris. She’s recovering from breast cancer and is in the high risk category.She told Reuters “The AstraZeneca (shot) frightens me," and said she’s prepared to wait for an alternative dose, despite wanting to get vaccinated as soon as possible."The AstraZeneca vaccine requires two doses spaced three months apart. Three months is a very long time, especially after one year of being deprived from going out. So, the vaccine is not yet proven against variants, there's too little data on variants."According to the most recent data made available by the French health ministry, for the end of February, France was only using about a quarter of its AstraZeneca doses, compared with 82% for vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech and 37% for the Moderna shot. Partly due to logistical bottlenecks, but also because some French people don't trust the AstraZeneca shot because of concerns over side effects.European regulators have concluded the side-effects cause by the AstraZenaca vaccine are not a cause to doubt its safety. A study in Scotland covering 5.4 million people showed it, and the Pfizer vaccine, were highly effective in preventing severe infections.Student nurse, Anais Marmol Palacio views any reaction as minor and certainly not worse than getting the virus."I got COVID, and I don't want to get it a second time. I'm 18 and I had to go to the emergency room. If I got it a second time, we don't know what can happen. I prefer to have less effects and just have the fever (from AstraZeneca vaccine) than to be on oxygen."After initial concerns, France, Germany, and Italy have changed tack and are now giving the Astrazeneca vaccine to people over 65.
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Novak Djokovic surpassed Roger Federer for the most weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings on Monday. Djokovic is in his 311th week in the top spot, one more than Federer has spent there. “Big day today,” Djokovic tweeted Monday.
WWE is shutting down WWE Network as a standalone service in the U.S. next month, when it will move exclusively to NBCUniversal’s Peacock. The cutover date is April 4 — a week ahead of WrestleMania 37 — and prior to that, WWE Network customers will need to have signed up for a Peacock subscription in […]
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A metal barrier erected around Mexico’s National Palace ahead of planned International Women’s Day demonstrations was turned into a memorial by activists on March 7.This footage, posted to Twitter, shows the mural honoring women identified by activists as victims of femicide.According to local news reports, the mural also displayed several women’s rights messages, including a call for the legalization of abortion and criticism of Felix Salgado Macedonio – a candidate for governor of the state of Guerrero who has been accused of rape.El Universal reported that the barrier was erected to prevent damage to the National Palace, but dozens of families and women’s rights groups converted the metal fencing into a memorial. Credit: Liliana Sánchez via Storyful
A majority of matches from the opening weekend will be held the following day, the EFL announced on Monday. The governing body of the three divisions below the Premier League said in a statement that playoff final games will be held at Wembley Stadium in the last two weekends of May 2022. The League One playoff final will take place on May 21, 2022 before League Two and Championship (second-tier) playoff finals on May 28 and 29 next year respectively.
Outsider Cees Bol won a crash-strewn stage two of Paris-Nice on Monday as the industrious Australian Michael Matthews took the yellow jersey in his first major race for the Bike Exchange team.
Iran has started enriching uranium with a third cascade, or cluster, of advanced IR-2m centrifuges at its underground plant at Natanz, the U.N. nuclear watchdog told its member states on Monday, further breaching Iran's 2015 deal with major powers. "On 7 March 2021, the Agency verified ... that: Iran had begun feeding natural UF6 into the third cascade of 174 IR-2m centrifuges," the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a report obtained by Reuters, referring to uranium hexafluoride, the feedstock for centrifuges.