UK vaccination drive expands as virus toll nears 100,000

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Britain is expanding a coronavirus vaccination program that has seen more than 6 million people get the first of two doses — even as the country’s death toll in the pandemic approaches 100,000. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Sunday that three-quarters of the U.K.’s over-80s have received a vaccine shot. He said three-quarters of nursing home residents have also had their first jab. More than 6.3 million doses of vaccine had been administered by Sunday. Health officials aim to give first shots to 15 million people, including everyone over 70, by Feb. 15. Britain’s vaccination campaign is a rare success in a country with Europe’s worst confirmed coronavirus outbreak. The U.K. has recorded 97,939 virus deaths, the fifth highest in the world.last_img

Year-round cleaning

first_imgControl moisture to fight moldAnd don’t forget to fight mold, too.”Mold is ubiquitous in the environment, and it is extremelydifficult to remove all molds from an indoor environment,”Atiles said. “But you can control moisture to aid in the eliminationof mold growth.”To fight mold, eliminate moisture sources such as drippingfaucets, puddles of water and wet bathmats. Use a squeegee afterbathing to remove water from shower walls and bathtubs. Make sure there is adequate ventilation while cooking andbathing to reduce moisture build-up. Remove mold and mildew fromsurfacesusing cleaners designed specifically for the job. Once surfaces covered with mold and mildew have been cleaned,Atiles recommends cleaning them once or twice per week. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaSpringtime has become synonymous with cleaning time, but ifyou’re an allergy sufferer, you shouldn’t wait until spring tothoroughly clean your home.”Cleaning on a regular basis in a thorough manner may reducethe numbers of allergens in the home,” said Jorge Atiles, a housingspecialist with the University of Georgia Cooperative ExtensionService. “You can keep allergens in your home to a minimum bymaintaining cleanliness year-round.”Set a weekly cleaning scheduleAtiles suggests creating a weekly cleaning plan and sticking toit. For example, on Mondays, clean the bedroom thoroughly and onTuesdays, wash all bedding, and on Wednesdays wet mop the floors.”For your allergies’ sakes, take time everyday to maintain aclean home,” Atiles said. “Even if just have five minutes tospare.”You can reduce allergens in your home by removing dust, dustmites and mold. To remove accumulated dust and dust mites, cutdown on clutter in your home and reduce relative humidity(moisture levels)indoors to under 50 percent. “Allergens can accumulate in clutter as well as on yourupholstery and carpeting,” he said.Vacuum all upholstery and carpeting with a HEPA filter vacuumweekly and consider having them professionally cleaned once ortwice a year, as well. “If your allergies are severe, you may want to consider replacingyour carpeting with wood, vinyl or linoleum flooring,” Atilessaid. Also clean window treatments, dust blinds, and remove and washcurtains, if possible. Regularly clean fan blades, lightfixtures, ceilings, walls and vents to remove dust. last_img read more

Liverpool pay respects at memorial

first_img Current manager Brendan Rodgers will give a reading, as will Everton boss Roberto Martinez. It is an emotional week for Liverpool, and a number of tributes were also held prior to Sunday’s game against Manchester City. Captain Steven Gerrard, whose 10-year-old cousin Jon-Paul Gilhooley was the youngest of the 96 victims, was in tears after his side’s 3-2 win over one of their main title rivals. Gerrard said: “The reason I was so emotional was because of when this game fell. “It wasn’t just because it was a big match in our season, it was because this week is always about more than football for everyone associated with Liverpool. It’s emotional for so many people. “I’m speaking on behalf of everyone when I say the win was dedicated to the victims and families of Hillsborough. “All the squad will be present at the service to pay our respects as we should.” During the service, the number ’96’ will be laid out on the pitch in large figures made up of scarves donated by fans of all clubs and from various sporting institutions. Liverpool’s players will be in attendance as Anfield hosts the annual memorial service for the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Press Association Kenny Dalglish, manager at the time of the disaster, assisted in this initiative by writing to all 92 League clubs as well as the English, Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh national teams for support. The inspiration for the idea came from the ‘mile of scarves’ formed between Anfield and Goodison Park a week after the disaster in commemoration in 1989. More than 4,000 scarves were tied together. The scarves will be donated to local good causes, including homeless charities, after the service by the Liverpool FC Foundation. Next week, a celebration of the lives of the 96 victims is planned with a charity match in support of the Hillsborough Family Support Group. A team of UK and Irish Liverpool legends, managed by Dalglish, will take on a side of international Reds greats, under the charge of Gerard Houllier. The commemorations come a fortnight after fresh inquests into the deaths of the 96 victims opened in Warrington. Tuesday marks the 25th anniversary of when 96 Liverpool supporters were killed at the Reds’ FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in Sheffield. The whole Liverpool squad will be present along with directors, other staff and a number of former players and managers. last_img read more