Northern Ireland will reopen
outdoor dining, self-catering accommodation, gyms, swimming pools and its retail sector from April 30, the region's government said. Stormont was slower to roll back measures than other parts of the UK, with most of its retail and leisure sector still shuttered and a curfew for takeaways and off licences still in place this week as England enjoyed a return to outdoor dining and beer gardens this week.
US health authorities have been informed of about 5,800 people who
contracted Covid-19 after being fully inoculated, suggesting the shots are working at least as well as trial data suggested. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday it was aware of around 5,800 cases out of a total of 75m people who have been fully vaccinated.
Denmark’s Social Democrat government on Thursday said it would look into allowing Danes the
possibility to choose to have the AstraZeneca jab, a day after it dropped the vaccine from its programme. The government asked health authorities to look into the pros and cons of letting people choose for themselves if they wanted the jab after some opposition parties said the AstraZeneca vaccine was less risky than birth control pills.
Norway’s government has resisted advice from its public health authority to drop the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, instead
appointing an expert committee to examine the risks of using both it and the Johnson & Johnson jab after a number of blood clot deaths. Norway’s health minister Bent Hoie said he was worried that cutting out the AstraZeneca jab could have implications for the J&J vaccine — which the US drugmaker has suspended in Europe after similar side effects were seen in America.
Mario Draghi’s Italian national unity government has signed off on plans to
increase its recovery spending by an additional €40bn. The extra spending will inflate Italy’s budget deficit to 11.8 per cent of gross domestic product this year and push the debt to GDP ratio to just under 160 per cent, an Italian official said.
Activist hedge fund Elliott Management has built a
multibillion-pound stake in UK drugmaker GSK, setting up a potential battle over the company’s future after it lagged in the race to develop a Covid-19 vaccine. The stake taken by Elliott was confirmed by people with knowledge of the investment and is a “significant” position, according to one of them.
Delta stopped burning cash in March, leaving chief executive Ed Bastian
“optimistic” about a return to profitability this summer. The Atlanta airline generated $4m in cash per day in March despite losing an average of $11m per day over the first quarter. Delta doubled its bookings in March compared with January.
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