Fossil upends theory of how shark skeletons evolved, say scientists | Sharks

The partial skull of an armoured fish that swam in the oceans over 400m years ago could turn the evolutionary history of sharks on its head, researchers have said. Bony fish, such as salmon and tuna, as well as almost all terrestrial vertebrates, from birds to humans, have skeletons that end up made of bone. […]

Coronavirus live news: cases rising in 22 US states as France declares more Covid-19 ‘red zones’ | World news

1.04am BST01:04 Coronavirus patients have lung damage ‘weeks after leaving hospital’ Nicola Davis Patients hospitalised with Covid-19 still have lung damage, breathlessness and coughs weeks after being discharged, researchers have found. The long and lingering effects of coronavirus on physical health is a growing topic of concern; even those who have experienced “mild” Covid, have […]

Coronavirus live news: France says UK quarantine will lead to reciprocal measures as global deaths pass 750,000 | World news

Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. My name is Helen Sullivan and I’ll be bringing you the latest from around the world for the next few hours. Get in touch on Twitter @helenrsullivan or via email: [email protected] The UK government has confirmed that six countries, including France, will be removed […]

Coronavirus live news: Australia suffers deadliest day as Japan lifts ban on foreign re-entry | World news

8.08am BST08:08 Hong Kong authorities opened community centres for residents to eat inside after a virus-induced ban on indoor dining at restaurants forced many workers to have their meals outside on pavements under sweltering heat and rain. The restaurant ban, which took effect on Wednesday, barred any outlet from allowing dine-in patrons to curb the […]

Coronavirus live news: global deaths near 500,000 as Australian state of Victoria steps up efforts to fight outbreak | World news

1.39am BST01:39 Morrison government denies reports it will permanently lift unemployment benefit payments The Morrison government has denied it about to permanently lift unemployment benefit payments when the treasurer makes a long-awaited economic statement next month. News Corp newspapers, citing senior ministers, had reported the jobseeker payment would rise to $75 per day from $40 […]

Coronavirus live news: pandemic accelerating across Africa; over 2 million cases in US | World news

Reuters has more from the coronavirus briefing earlier today by the World Health Organization’s regional office from Africa. According to the Canadian-owned news agency, Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s Africa regional director, said that the Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating in Africa, spreading to the hinterland from capital cities where it arrived with travellers. Ten countries are driving […]

Coronavirus live news: WHO drops hydroxychloroquine trial and warns of ‘second peak’ in pandemic | World news

6.56am BST06:56 Global report: ‘disaster’ looms for millions of children as WHO warns of second peak The coronavirus pandemic will have a “disastrous” impact on children’s rights worldwide, making them more vulnerable to forced labour and underage marriage, a rights group has said, as the World Health Organization warned of an “immediate second peak” in […]

Coronavirus deaths in Spain exceed China – Channel 4 News

25 Mar 2020 Coronavirus has now claimed 16,000 lives across 195 countries – and the United Nations says individual countries can’t respond alone – calling for the world’s richest nations should provide $2 billion to help the world’s poorest survive. Coronavirus has now claimed 16,000 lives across 195 countries – and the United Nations says […]

Coronavirus live news: UK wakes up to lockdown as Trump insists US will ‘reopen’ in weeks | World news

8.16am GMT08:16 UK mobile firms asked to alert Britons to heed coronavirus lockdown The UK government has taken the unprecedented step of asking mobile companies to send an alert to everyone in the UK telling them to heed the new nationwide lockdown rules. It is the first time ministers have called upon all the UK’s […]

Artificial intelligence helps to discover powerful new antibiotic – Channel 4 News

We’ve all heard of superbugs – nasty bacteria which can’t be wiped out by antibiotics – well a powerful new drug that can kill some of the world’s most dangerous strains of drug resistant bacteria has been discovered using artificial intelligence. Researchers on the project, based at the Massachusetts of Technology, called it “absolutely a […]