Apr 20, 2021
This Day in History: April 20
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- 1898: The United States moves closer to war with Spain as President William McKinley signs a congressional resolution passed the day before recognizing Cuban independence and authorizing U. S. military intervention to achieve that goal.
- 1914: The Ludlow Massacre takes place when the Colorado National Guard opens fire on a tent colony of striking miners.
- 1938: “Olympia,” Leni Riefenstahl’s documentary about the 1936 Berlin Olympic games, is first shown in Nazi Germany.
- 1971: The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upholds the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.
- 1971: National Public Radio makes its on-air debut with live coverage of a U.S. Senate hearing on the Vietnam War.
- 1972: Apollo 16’s lunar module, carrying astronauts John W. Young and Charles M. Duke Jr., lands on the moon.
- 1977: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Wooley v. Maynard, rules 6-3 that car owners could refuse to display state mottoes on license plates, such as New Hampshire’s “Live Free or Die.”
- 1986: Following an absence of six decades, Russian-born pianist Vladimir Horowitz performs in the Soviet Union to a packed audience at the Grand Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.
- 1992: The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness takes place at London’s Wembley Stadium.
- 1992: Comedian Benny Hill dies in his Greater London flat at age 68.
- 2003: U.S. Army forces take control of Baghdad from the Marines in a changing of the guard that thins the military presence in the capital.
- 2010: An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, leased by BP, kills 11 workers and causes a blow-out that begins spewing an estimated 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. (The well would be finally capped nearly three months later.)
- 2014: Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction in New Jersey became an international symbol of racial injustice, dies in Toronto at age 76.
- 2018: U.S. health officials tell consumers to throw away any store-bought romaine lettuce and warn restaurants not to serve it amid an E. coli outbreak that sickened more than 50 people in several states.
- 2018: Wells Fargo agrees to pay $1 billion to federal regulators to settle charges stemming from misconduct at its mortgage and auto lending businesses; it is the latest punishment levied against the banking giant for widespread customer abuses.
- 2018: The Democratic Party files a lawsuit accusing the Donald Trump presidential campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks and Trump’s son and son-in-law of conspiring to undercut Democrats in the 2016 election by stealing tens of thousands of emails and documents.
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Where is the Indian variant in the UK? From London to Bolton – map reveals surge testing hotspots
More than 800,000 PCR kits have been distributed after more than 4,000 cases have been detected.
???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest updates3The map above shows where surge testing is taking place across the country
There are several areas in the North West of England where testing has now been deployed after cases were found.
One expert today said the Indian variant "clearly has been out-competing" the Kent variant in a number of areas around the UK.
The Kent variant, known as the B.1.1.7 variant was one of the main contributing factors to the third national coronavirus lockdown.
The B1.617.2 variant of concern is beginning to spread increasingly rapidly in certain areas across the country and decisive action is being taken to further control its spread.
Cases have more than doubled in the space of seven days from 520 last week to 1,313 this, sparking alarm in Whitehall.
Professor in medicine at the University of East Anglia, Prof Paul Hunter today said: "It's now in most regions of the UK, with the possible exception of Yorkshire and Humber in the North East, which seem to have very few cases so far."
When it comes to testing for the Indian variant, surge testing has been rolled out in Bolton in Greater Manchester, Sefton in Merseyside and Blackburn and Darwen in Lancashire.3Residents in Bolton have been urged to take a test after cases of the South African variant were detectedCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
It was previously reported that cases of the virus had also been detected in London, particularly in Tower Hamlets.
And while surge testing is currently taking place in several areas across the capital, these have been specifically rolled out to catch cases of the South African variant.
But the Department of Health said this didn't rule out the surge testing also catching cases of the Indian variant if they were detected.
Over 200 existing test sites and 130 schools have distributed test kits, with Mobile Testing Units deployed to provide PCR testing for people without symptoms.
The Surge Rapid Response Team in Bolton will include 100 nurses, public health advisers and environmental health officers, and will provide support to the local authority through door to door testing and encouraging residents to take a PCR test.
PHE said there is currently "insufficient evidence" to indicate that any of the Indian variants cause more severe disease.JABS AWAY
However it is not yet clear as to whether or not the virus can evade vaccines.
Public health officials in Blackburn said it would bolster its vaccine roll out to help protect people amid the spread of the variant.
Vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi today said that one option is "flexing" the vaccine rollout to deliver extra jabs to the worst affected parts of the country.
Ministers are looking at the possibility of vaccinating whole intergenerational households in those areas regardless of age.
Another possibility is speeding up the delivery of second doses to give more people a greater level of protection.
Boris Johnson has said No 10 is "anxious" about the spread of the variant and that there "may be things we have to do locally" to stop it.
He added the Government "will not hesitate" to act as "we want to make sure we take all the cautious steps now that we could take."
Prof Hunter added: "It seems to be a little bit more resistant from the early indications, from what people are saying who are doing this sort of work.
"Not as resistant as the South African variant, but a little bit more resistant than the Kent variant.
"And when you look at the numbers of cases that we're seeing, it is predominantly increasing in those people who are of an age that won't really have had much access to vaccines so far."
In the Formby area, Merseyside, NHS Test and Trace is urging everyone over the age of 16 to take a PCR Covid test.
A Department of Health spokesman said people in Formby with confirmed cases of the B.1.617 variant, which originated in India, have self-isolated.3
Their contacts are currently being identified.
Formby, which has a population of around 22,000 people in the Sefton area, is about 13 miles from Liverpool.
While there are areas in the North West where surge testing is in place to catch the Indian variant, the majority of sites are looking out for the South African strain.
In London, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Kensington all have surge testing.
In the West Midlands, Birmingham and Redditch have also deployed testing units.
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Bolton in Greater Manchester has the highest rate, with 553 new cases in the seven days to May 9 - the equivalent of 192.3 cases per 100,000 people.
This is up from 84.9 in the seven days to May 2.
Erewash in Derbyshire has the second highest rate, up from 65.0 to 181.2, with 209 new cases.
Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire has the third highest, up from 54.1 to 107.6, with 161 new cases.Boris Johnson hints roadmap could be delayed saying he's 'ruling NOTHING out' amid Indian variant fears