Ghana Receives £27M Green Loan From UK For Clean Drinking Water

On Saturday, the UK government announced it would provide a £27M (around US$35.5M) green loan to fund the use of solar energy to sterilize drinking water for rural communities in Ghana, Africa. It will accomplish this using technology developed by a UK-based firm called Aqua Africa. The UK Export Finance (UKEF) green loan to the Ghanaian government comes after an agreement between the country’s sanitation & water resources ministry and Aqua Africa in support of a project that has goals to alleviate roughly 225,000 people in Ghana from day-to-day water…

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Coronavirus: Does being overweight or obese affect how ill people get?

Being obese is known to increase the risk of a number of diseases, including heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes. Earlyresearch suggests it may also make people more ill with Covid-19, but why is this the case? This question has been the subject of many studies as experts try to work out the answer. In a study of nearly 17,000 hospital patients with Covid-19 in the UK, those who were obese – with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30 had a 33% greater risk of dying…

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Argentina includes Falkland Islands’ coronavirus figures in their own

Argentina is including cases of coronavirus in the Falkland Islands’ as its own. The South American nation’s claim to sovereignty over the British Overseas Territory has extended to listing the confirmed island figures as part of the overall statistics from its southernmost region of Tierra del Fuego. Argentinian health chiefs have already included the five cases from RAF base Mount Pleasant in the national caseload. The Falkland Islands Government confirmed on Thursday there were five confirmed Covid-19 cases on the complex. It is due to update the figures on Monday. The…

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Coronavirus crisis is ‘exposing critical gaps in the UK’s welfare safety net’

Up to 5.6 million workers are at high risk of losing their jobs or hours and being unable to access the support they need, according to new analysis published by the New Economics Foundation today. Within this number, 1.6 million workers are at especially higher risk as they work in industries that have been directly affected by the government shutdown, such as restaurants and non-food retail shops. The analysis looked at the number of people who are at especially high risk of missing out on the government’s ​‘job retention’ and…

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The Queen tells the nation ‘coronavirus will not overcome us’ in first Easter address

The Queen has delivered what is believed to be her first Easter address as she stressed the importance of maintaining the coronavirus lockdown during the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.   With the Covid-19 outbreak making church services impossible, the Queen has said in a pre-recorded speech: “We know that coronavirus will not overcome us.” The speech offered support to those marking Easter privately and the wider country, and she said: “But Easter isn’t cancelled; indeed, we need Easter as much as ever.” It ended on a positive note: “May the…

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