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Compass Group profits slump as Covid keeps office canteens closed
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Compass Group profits slump as Covid keeps office canteens closed

Sales and profits have slumped at the catering firm Compass Group as the pandemic kept canteens closed at factories, offices and schools. Operating profit fell to £290m in the six months to the end of March, down 65% from £817m a year earlier, while revenue was down almost a third to £8.6bn. However, the figures were an...

Sweden’s lockdown delay cost 2,000 lives, study suggests
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Sweden’s lockdown delay cost 2,000 lives, study suggests

Potentially thousands of lives could have been saved in Sweden had authorities imposed a nine-week lockdown during the early months of the pandemic, a study has suggested. Sweden, notably, chose not to close businesses and restrict movement early on in the pandemic despite pressure from health experts, while other European nations followed that path. Researchers in Germany studying the likely...

Brazil begins parliamentary inquiry into Bolsonaro’s Covid response
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Brazil begins parliamentary inquiry into Bolsonaro’s Covid response

Brazil’s congress has launched a parliamentary inquiry into what critics call Jair Bolsonaro’s disastrous and potentially criminal response to a Covid pandemic that has killed nearly 400,000 Brazilians. The politically charged investigation, which rivals of Brazil’s far-right president hope will torpedo his chances of re-election, will be conducted by 11 of the country’s 81 senators,...

‘Possible corruption’ in 20% of Covid contracts awarded, campaigners warn
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‘Possible corruption’ in 20% of Covid contracts awarded, campaigners warn

Around 20 per cent of the value of Covid-19 contracts awarded – a total of £3.7bn – raises “red flags for possible corruption”, anti-sleaze investigators are warning. The detailed study of nearly 1,000 deals struck when the pandemic struck concludes they were “systemically biased” in favour of firms with political connections. Ministers are accused of undermining public confidence...

Covid to cost airlines £7bn more than predicted
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Covid to cost airlines £7bn more than predicted

A slower than anticipated global vaccine rollout and wider failure to get Covid under control will cost airlines $10bn (£7.2bn) more than previously predicted, according to the organisation that represents global airlines. The warning from the International Air Transport Association came as Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary warned on Wednesday there would be “seismic” cut in capacity...

Spreading faster, hitting harder – why young Brazilians are dying of Covid
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Spreading faster, hitting harder – why young Brazilians are dying of Covid

One month after Michel Castro’s premature brush with death, the coronavirus infection has receded but the nightmares persist. In them the 31-year-old father relives the spine-chilling scenes he witnessed as his Covid-hit body battled for survival in a Rio ICU. The six-month-old baby who appeared to be suffocating right next to him. The man urinating...

Boris Johnson announcement: PM to address nation from No10 with four major Covid changes
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Boris Johnson announcement: PM to address nation from No10 with four major Covid changes

The Prime Minister is expected to update the British public on rules surrounding lockdown, social distancing, holidays and vaccine passports. Speaking on Monday, Mr Johnson will outline whether England can move onto the next phase of the roadmap. The UK Government has already dropped the strict “stay at home” message and allowed groups of six...

Mexico Covid death toll leaps 60% to reach 321,000
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Mexico Covid death toll leaps 60% to reach 321,000

Mexico’s government has acknowledged that the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now stands above 321,000, almost 60% more than the official test-confirmed number of 201,429. Mexico does little testing, and, because hospitals were overwhelmed, many Mexicans died at home without getting a test. The only way to get a clear picture is...