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Covid-19 lockdown rules: ‘I don’t expect to see any friends until 2021’ – BBC News

People and businesses react as areas move into tougher coronavirus restrictions this weekend.

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By Francesca GillettBBC News
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image captionJosh says the first lockdown was different as, like the oft-used phrase, “we were all in it together”
“I don’t expect to see any of my friends until 2021 now, which is upsetting,” says Josh Whipps, 24.
The first-year university student is one of millions of people in England who
woke up to tougher Covid rules on Saturday morning, as areas moved to a higher tier because of rising coronavirus cases.
It is not known how…

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Here’s What Happens When Lab-Grown Mini-Lungs Are Exposed to SARS-CoV-2 – ScienceAlert

Scientists working on a lab-grown mini-lung are now using their living model to better understand the current pandemic and potential new treatments.

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Scientists working on a lab-grown mini-lung are now using their living model to better understand the current pandemic and potential new treatments.
The most recent version of this unique organoid is based entirely on human stem cells, known to repair the deepest parts of our lungs. When the researchers exposed it to SARS-CoV-2, the results were illuminating.
Dropping just one of these self-renewing units into a dish containing a tailored growth solution can produce millions of cells in a clump…

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Add vitamin D to bread and milk to help fight Covid, urge scientists – The Guardian

Widespread deficiency shows current guidance on supplements is failing

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Scientists are calling for ministers to add vitamin D to common foods such as bread and milk to help the fight against Covid-19.
Up to half the UK population has a vitamin D deficiency, and government guidance that people should take supplements is not working, according to a group convened by Dr Gareth Davies, a medical physics researcher at Imperial College London.
Low levels of vitamin D, which our bodies produce in response to strong sunlight, may lead to a greater risk of catching the coronavirus…

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Austria orders curfew, shutting restaurants to fight COVID … – Thomson Reuters Foundation

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/AUSTRIA (URGENT):Austria orders curfew, shutting restaurants to fight COVID surge

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VIENNA, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Austria on Saturday announced a nighttime curfew and the closure of restaurants to all but take-away service as coronavirus infections approach what the government says is an unsustainable level for its hospital system.
The restrictions including a curfew from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. will apply as of Tuesday, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a news conference, adding that shops would remain open. (Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Angus MacSwan)
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