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Global economy faces slow recovery. The global economy faces a “long, uneven and uncertain” road to recovery, the head of the International Monetary Fund said.  In June, the IMF forecast a 4.9% contraction in GDP for 2020, the sharpest fall since the Great Depression. Kristalina Georgieva said the global economy was “coming  back from the depths of this crisis,” as the IMF prepares to make a small upward revision to its world. But the  managing director warned policymakers against cutting off support too soon. Financial Times

Latest data shows vaccine reduces transmission. There is “early data” showing a reduction in transmission in people who have had a coronavirus vaccine, the health secretary has said. The Health Secretary said hospital admissions were falling “much more sharply” than they were in the pandemic’s first wave. The government aims  to offer a first jab to all adults in the UK by the end of July, with one in three adults already vaccinated. Boris Johnson will unveil his plan for ending England’s lockdown by close of business today. BBC

One dose ‘gives 90% protection’. A single vaccine shot reduces the risk of being hospitalised by Covid-19 by more than 90 per cent. Public health officials have told the government that the statistic applies for both the Pfizer and Oxford-AastraZeneca vaccine. The UK rollout has now achieved nearly 20 million first injections. Mail on  Sunday


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Death rates back to ‘normal’. Covid infections have fallen by one third in a week and death rates are back to normal. Data from the Office for National Statistics shows  that there were 248,000 infections in the week ending 27 February, compared to 373,700 the previous week. The latest report from Public Health England shows that  there is now no statistically significant excess mortality in Britain. Daily Telegraph

Liams are taking over the world. The short form of the Irish name Uilliam, which, in turn, is derived from the Germanic name William meaning resolute protector, is  already one of the most popular boys’ names in the US and Canada, and it is also gaining ground in Europe. Although only 334 Liams were born in the Republic of  Ireland last year, an estimated 3,800 were recorded in Germany, along with 962 in Spain, and 760 in Sweden. Metro

Oxford dictionary updates its definition of ‘woman’. The Oxford English Dictionary has updated the definition of “woman” amid claims it was sexist. Following a review,  the dictionary’s editors have acknowledged for the first time that a woman can be a “person’s” wife, girlfriend or lover as opposed to only a “man’s”. Oxford University  Press said that The Oxford Dictionary of English is “driven solely by evidence of how real people use English in their daily lives”. The Guardian



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