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BBC News 28 Aug 2020

Local coronavirus lockdowns to end in some English regions


Local coronavirus restrictions for around a million people in England, will come to an next week, as Bolton, Stockport, Trafford, Burnley among other places, fall back into line with the rest of the country. But there are fourteen areas, including parts of Greater Manchester, where restrictions will remain in place. Our Health Correspondent, Dominic Hughes, reports.

Could minks be the next disease spreaders? Officials in Denmark are going to cull its captive population of the animal after they say a mutation of the coronavirus that was found in minks was also found in people. Five cases of a new virus have been found in minks and 12 in humans. Health officials are concerned because they say the new virus strains showed decreased sensitivity against antibodies. Inside Edition Digital's Mara Montalbano has more.
In the past twelve years more than 1,000 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public. In nine out of ten cases the killers go unpunished. Impunity leads to more killings and is often a symptom of worsening conflict and the breakdown of law and judicial systems. UNESCO is concerned that impunity damages whole societies by covering up serious human rights abuses, corruption, and crime.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2 November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists' in General Assembly Resolution A/RES/68/163. The Resolution urged Member States to implement definite measures countering the present culture of impunity. The date was chosen in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November 2013.

This landmark resolution condemns all attacks and violence against journalists and media workers. It also urges Member States to do their utmost to prevent violence against journalists and media workers, to ensure accountability, bring to justice perpetrators of crimes against journalists and media workers, and ensure that victims have access to appropriate remedies. It further calls upon States to promote a safe and enabling environment for journalists to perform their work independently and without undue interference.

Journalists play an incredibly important role in our lives, sometimes at great personal risk.

They bring us invaluable information, from around the world to right here at home. They are the embodiment of free speech, a fundamental pillar of any free and democratic society. During the pandemic, journalists have been on the frontline in the fight to get the truth out.

It is a critical time for fact-based reporting. With COVID-19, incorrect information can be deadly.

Today, as we mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, we must do our utmost to prevent violence against media workers and create a safe and enabling environment for journalists to perform their work independently and without undue interference.

We must support those brave individuals who put themselves in often difficult or dangerous situations to get us the information we need, to challenge us, to be the voice of the unheard and to hold those in power accountable.

It is our job to protect journalists. So they can keep doing their job.

Thank you.
Volunteers are set to be deliberately infected with Covid-19 after the UK government said it will set up human challenge trials funding of over £33m to speed up the development of a vaccine.

Human challenge trials are regarded by some as a faster way to develop vaccines as younger adults take part in a study of the infectious disease.

The initial aim will be to find out the smallest amount of virus it takes for someone to become infected.

Researchers would then study how vaccines work in the body to stop COVID-19.

Specially designed facilities at the Royal Free Hospital in England would be used to conduct the study, with volunteers monitored under strict conditions and medics on hand.
Covid-19 patient Idella Becks is not able to vote because she is in the hospital being treated for the virus. Becks explained how getting coronavirus opened her eyes to the dangers of the virus and expresses her sadness in not being able to vote in the 2020 election.

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