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Despite China death, hantavirus is less of a threat than coronavirus - expert explains why

The couple were found to have been afflicted with a hantavirus, the first known cases of the disease in the US. On March 24 of this year, Chinese state media confirmed a man from Yunnan Province travelling to Shandong Province for work had died of hantavirus. Speaking to express.co.uk, Professor Jon Cohen, an infectious disease expert of Brighton and Sussex Medical School explained: “There are two families of hantaviruses, one of which causes a pneumonia type illness, another which involves kidn

Human Infection: Expert gives chilling warning - ‘We can only predict more epidemics’

Professor Rick Douglass is a hantavirus expert, based at Montana State University and Montana Tech. Hantaviruses are a group of diseases that come from rodents and can affect humans, in the Americas they attack the lungs, whilst in Eurasia, they attack the kidneys. In North America, studies have shown the mortality rate is as high as 40 percent, but this figure is much lower elsewhere, speaking to express.co.uk, Professor Douglass explains: “Fortunately it is not very communicable [contagious].

Simple ways you can start reducing your plastic waste

In recent years, individuals have been looking to reduce their plastic waste to become more environmentally friendly. With many of us under quarantine due to the coronavirus crisis, why not focus on the way we can reduce our own waste to make a difference when life returns to normal? Plastic Free Hackney’s Daisy Hutchison told me: “It’s really easy to start and then it’s a question of commitment.” One of the tips Hutchison recommended is to always carry refillable bottles for water, which not o

Science’s battle to tackle plastic waste

Plastic waste is one of the major environmental challenges that activists have faced in recent years. I spoke to two specialists from Imperial College London about their research into tackling these issues. Plastic waste can take centuries to biodegrade. It can be washed into oceans, and be ingested by maritime species who mistake it for prey. They can also suffocate on plastic packaging. The world’s waterways are not the only place where the impact of plastic is dangerous. Plastic can also re

Campaigners urge Attorney General to tackle Airbus-Saudi deal

The deal was done through GPT Special Project Management, a subsidiary of Airbus UK. Then in 2012, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) began an investigation into allegations GPT used fourteen million pounds worth of illicit payments and gifts in order to finalise the deal, suspicious payments are alleged to have been made in 2007 and 2010. Reports say a formal request for prosecution by the Government’s Attorney General’s Office (AGO) was made by the SFO 21 months ago but a decision on whether these

Plastic Waste back under the spotlight as London Marathon approaches

Plastic Waste back under the spotlight as London Marathon approaches 26 April marks the return of the London Marathon, which has gained a reputation over the years for the amount of plastic waste generated. In 2018, an estimated 760,000 plastic bottles were thrown away by competitors and spectators. As a result, last year from the 23 mile mark, runners were given seaweed pouches which can biodegrade in four-six weeks. Plastic bottles can take up to 450 years to decompose and release harmful c

Why has there been a rise in the European far right?

Why has there been a rise in the European far right? The data analysed looks at far-right and far-left parties that have won seats since 2000. It is the far-right that have risen rapidly since the turn of the millennium. Spanish populists Vox formed in 2013 yet got 15 per cent of the vote last year. Their Polish Law and Justice counterparts formed only in 2001 and by 2015 it was in government. The German equivalent, AfD, got 12 per cent of the vote within four years of its formation in 2013.

Is the left collapsing?

In a time of extremist politics, the far-right has surged in Europe while the left has been repeatedly deflated at the polls. And it appears to be long-term – despite the 1997 landslide, Labour went on to lose seats in every general election until 2017. Barry Richards, a political psychology expert from Bournemouth University, said the left may have struggled because of: “A failure to really acknowledge the importance to people of cultural identity, a feeling they do belong to a collective whi

The former Labour Party Chair and his fight against antisemitism

The former Labour Party Chair and his fight against antisemitism Euan Philipps re-joined the Labour Party in 2013 after his membership lapsed. At the time he was in renewable energy and was growing concerned at the austerity pushed by the Conservative-Liberal Democratic coalition. He became Tonbridge and Malling constituency Labour Party (CLP) chair in 2017. A year later, he resigned from the CLP position. Philipps left because he could not stand to be associated with the antisemitism within t

'Think again!' - Campaigner warns against potential Saudi takeover of Newcastle United

The fund is reported to be closing in on a takeover of English Premier League football club Newcastle United. This is despite Mr bin Salman and the Saudi government facing scrutiny over the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the war in Yemen. Speaking to express.co.uk, Andrew Smith of the Campaign Against Arms Trade said: “There should always be strict regulations regarding state bodies and individuals who are using institutions in the UK for personal enrichment or self-promotion, especia

Luanda Leaks: Angolan corruption hangs over Commonwealth application

The documents called the ‘Luanda Leaks’, mostly obtained by the Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, showed Ms Dos Santos and her husband were given access to lucrative deals involving state assets. As reported by the BBC, Ms dos Santos is under investigation by Angolan authorities and has had her assets in the country frozen. Her father, Jose Eduardo dos Santos was Angolan President from 1979 to 2017. Dr Justin

Campaign group slams House of Lords amid relocation proposal - ‘Unreformed travesty!’

It was reported by The Sunday Times, a constitutional review in the spring may decide to move the upper chamber and could even replace it with an at least partially elected house. The Lords is not democratically elected, instead possessing 26 high ranking Church of England bishops and Lords selected for peerages by political leaders. Speaking to express.co.uk, Willie Sullivan, senior director of the Electoral Reform Society, argued simply relocating the Lords would not be enough. He said: “Brita

What does Tsai Ing-wen's landslide Taiwan election win mean for tense China relations?

Dr Jonathan Sullivan, the Director of China Programs at the University of Nottingham’s Asia Research Institute spoke to express.co.uk about how China could react to the result, he said the “PRC (People’s Republic of China) will continue to try to contain and stymie the Tsai government as much as possible, by maintaining the block on formal communications, poaching diplomatic allies, opposing Taiwan’s participation international society and trying to hold their ‘one China’ narrative in global dis

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong makes defiant call for fair and free elections

Speaking to express.co.uk, activist Joshua Wong, made this call, which he admitted might look unlikely. Mr Wong, did, however, warn not to underestimate the people power behind the protests. He said: “Free elections is our ultimate goal and it’s a must of ours to elect our own government, instead of [it being] handpicked by Beijing. “During this summer, from June to August, no-one could imagine the Hong Kong government would completely withdraw the bill but finally the government compromised an

Thousands of tourists visit the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site every year on holiday

The Ukrainian town of Pripyat was evacuated by Soviet authorities and remains a ghost town with no permanent population. However, there exist several tour companies offering trips and tours to Pripyat, now administered by Kiev’s State Emergency Service. Speaking to express.co.uk, Yaroslav Yemilianeko, head of Chernobyl tour said: “The vast majority of people consider Chernobyl to be a dark, polluted and abandoned place. “Thus, a project was born to show that Chernobyl is really the story of man

'Angola should not join Commonwealth' expert warns amidst Prince Harry's country visit

Reports have claimed that Harry’s visit to Angola may be motivated by a desire for the country to join the Commonwealth. Speaking to Express.co.uk, Attorney Ed Patricoff, a partner at Schutts & Bowen has warned against the nation’s entry into the organisation. Mr Patricoff explained: “It would be very troubling to see Angola join a distinguished association like the Commonwealth based on its history of corruption and trade abuse. “Just in the past three years, I have litigated two cases where U

Labour outrage: Corbyn accused of damaging education following leaked tax raid documents

A shadow treasury document seen by The Daily Telegraph suggests Labour could scrap discounted business rates and impose Value Added Tax (VAT) on fees. The leaked document says £1.64 billion a year could be raised annually under the plans. John O’ Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: "Politicians pushing short-sighted policies like this belong at the bottom of the class. “Reclassifying rates on certain items makes VAT even more complicated, and chasing charities for business

‘Emotionally out of control!’: Hong Kong protestor tears into police force amid chaos

The protestor, who did not wish to be named, is a member of Demosisto, a pro-democracy party formerly led by Nathan Law that posseses activist Joshua Wong as its secretary-general. Mr Law became the youngest ever member of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council aged 23 in 2016 when he was elected to represent Hong Kong Island but disqualified after using the oath taking ceremony to spread his political message, which the Chinese National People’s Congress viewed as in violation of the Basic Law in Hong

Is THIS Russia’s daring secret plan to completely destroy China?

The book has a section that deals with a plan to take over neighbouring China. Mr Dugin’s book says the plan must start off with less sparsely populated Chinese Provinces such as Xinjiang and Tibet before moving on to Manchuria, having earlier said Mongolia should be taken over, this would create a buffer zone between the two powers. The book has not been translated from the original Russian yet, but one unofficial translation says it says China “must, to the maximum degree possible, be dismantl

Interview: Margaret Cho

Cho notes she can be "very, very self-destructive" before adding: "I really wanted to make an effort to show how this is like so scary and this is real and this can happen. And so, that’s a big part of the show too." She cites the late Richard Pryor as an inspiration for helping her to develop this style of comedy: "what is really vital and exciting about comedy is that you can ride that edge of 'this is too much, like, this is wrong' and I learnt all about this from Richard Pryor, who was a gr
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