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1. Keep taking the AstraZeneca vaccine, says the family of the first blood clot victim.
The family of a lawyer who died of a blood clot in his brain after taking the AstraZeneca vaccine has urged the public to “keep saving lives” by continuing to take the vaccine.
Neil Astles, 59, received his first dose on March 17 but died in hospital on Easter Sunday after suffering 10 days of worsening headaches and vision loss. Mr Astles, a married lawyer at Warrington Borough Council, is the first person named in the UK suspected of having died of side effects linked to the Oxford coup. Read the full story.
2. Great Britain will obtain collective immunity on Monday
Britain will pass the collective immunity threshold on Monday, according to dynamic modeling from University College London (UCL), which will put more pressure on the government to speed up the release of restrictions.
According to UCL results, released this week, the number of people who are protected against the virus, either through vaccination or a previous infection, will reach 73.4% on April 12 – enough to switch the country in collective immunity. Read the full story.
3. UK ready to take on Putin’s ‘private army’, Defense Secretary says
Britain should confront Russian “mercenary groups”, the defense secretary said, as seen in intelligence footage of Vladimir Putin providing tanks and planes to his “private army”.
The mercenary force of the Russian group Wagner, led by a man known as “the leader of Putin,” has shown “how rapidly modern warfare evolves,” Ben Wallace told The Telegraph. Read the full story.
4. Myanmar embassy in London “seized” by the army
Myanmar’s embassy in London was “stormed” and seized by the allies of the country’s new military regime, the ambassador said.
Kyaw Zwar Minn, the Asian nation’s ambassador to the UK since 2014, told The Telegraph he was “betrayed” by former colleagues he worked with in the building industry. Read the full story.
5. Tiger Woods Crash Report: Speeding at 87 mph – and did not apply the brakes
Tiger Woods was accelerating to 87 mph in a 45 mph zone when he accelerated uncontrollably to cause his death-defying car crash in February, US police confirmed.
The LA County Sheriff’s Department said the only reason for the crash was excessive speed, with Woods accidentally hitting the accelerator rather than braking before the vehicle rolled over. Read the full story.
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