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Fears are growing of a second global coronavirus wave after four new cases of Covid-19 were identified in New Zealand after 102 days without a transmission.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed the news as the UK Government came under fire for its NHS Test and Trace, with Labour saying it is “not fit for purpose”, despite health minister Edward Argar calling a “successful system” .

Meanwhile, pupils returned to the classroom today in Scotland as the first in the UK to begin reopening schools, despite some concerns about how well-prepared teachers are to deal with mitigating the spread of the virus, as well as anxiety among staff who are returning. Second wave

New Zealand’s health authorities are scrambling to find the source of a new coronavirus outbreak, which has sent the country’s largest city into lockdown.

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Tuesday that four Covid-19 cases had been found in one Auckland household – the origins of which remain unknown.

The new infections were the first confirmed cases of local transmission in the country for 102 days.

Facebook has blamed the coronavirus pandemic after failing to remove a number of suicide posts from its platforms.

The social network admitted it had removed far less harmful content between April and June owing to staff shortages caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

Facebook sent its moderators home in March to prevent the spread of the virus, reducing its ability to monitor content.

Londoners and people from Stockholm have been infected with coronavirus at similar rates, a new study suggests.

Antibody tests – which determine whether a person has previously been infected – showed that 17 per cent of people in both London and Stockholm had previously been infected with Covid-19, according to a new paper published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

The main focus of the research was Sweden – where health officials opted for a “herd immunity” approach to tackling the pandemic.Read more

 

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