Britain turns to AI to tackle chronic disease

admin   •   May 22, 2018   •   2655



Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Monday (May 21) that the UK will be using AI (Artificial Intelligence) as a new weapon to diagnose, prevent and treat chronic diseases in the medical industry.

May was speaking at a news conference in Macclesfield where she announced Britain’s objectives for the Industrial Strategy, highlighting how the development of “smart technologies” will open a “whole new field of medical research” to fight disease.

She also said this mission would not only benefit people’s health but also Britain’s economy as it will create new high skilled level jobs and innovation centers across the country.

When asked about Britain’s position in the Galileo Program post-Brexit, a 10 billion euro (8.8 billion pounds) satellite programme being developed by the EU as a rival to the U.S. Global Positioning System, May responded that if restrictions are placed, the UK is ready to create its own programme. — Reuters

British PM Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

UNTV News   •   March 27, 2020

British prime minister Boris Johnson making his first statement as prime minister in parliament. | Courtesy: Reuters

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday (March 27) he had tested positive for coronavirus and was self-isolating at Downing Street but would still lead the government’s response to the accelerating outbreak.

Johnson, 55, experienced mild symptoms on Thursday (March 26) – a day after he answered at the prime minister’s weekly question-and-answer session in parliament’s House of Commons chamber.

“I’ve taken a test. That has come out positive,” Johnson said in a video statement broadcast on Twitter. “I’ve developed mild symptoms of the coronavirus. That’s to say – a temperature and a persistent cough.”

“So I am working from home. I’m self-isolating,” Johnson said. “Be in no doubt that I can continue, thanks to the wizardry of modern technology, to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fightback against coronavirus.”

It was not immediately clear how many Downing Street staff and senior ministers would now need to isolate given that many have had contact with Johnson over recent days and weeks.

His finance minister, Rishi Sunak, was not self-isolating, a Treasury source said.

When Britain clapped health workers on Thursday evening, Johnson and Sunak came out of separate entrances on Downing Street and did not come into close contact, according to a Reuters photographer at the scene.

Nor was it immediately clear whether Johnson’s 32-year-old partner, Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant, had been tested. (Reuters)

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases rise fast in Britain

UNTV News   •   March 15, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

The number of confirmed novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Britain reached 798 Friday, and the British government took many measures to prevent and control the epidemic.

A total of 208 cases were newly confirmed over 24 hours, according to the British Department of Health and Social Care.

It is by far the highest rise in a single day, as 32,771 people tested, 31,973 reported negative.

The British government announced Thursday that the country switched from the “containment” phase to “delay” in response to the spread — a move to encourage more “social distancing”.

Starting from Friday, all schools and universities were banned from organizing overseas travel. The senior citizens and people with poor health were encouraged to stay at home and the authorities said epidemic prevention measures may be upgraded at any time in the future.

The Chinese Embassy in the UK suggested to the over 100,000 Chinese students in the country to stay calm and go out less.

A Chinese student at the University of London surnamed Sun said the topic of the epidemic went viral among her schoolmates, but some of them still thought it no matter to care.

“Everyone discusses this epidemic, which is a very important matter that must be discussed every day. Some foreign students have realized the seriousness of the problem. For example, our group work this afternoon was canceled. But people’s attitudes towards the epidemic are still polarized seriously. Some people think this very serious, while others still think it doesn’t matter,” said Sun.

In the past month, with the increasing number of cases of the disease, the British government reminded the public to wash their hands frequently and not to panic while assuring that food and daily necessities will be supplied.

However, at a supermarket in London, reporter of China Central Television (CCTV) was surprised to see many rushed to buy toilet tissue and sanitizer.

And some local residents said the epidemic brought some difficulties to their daily life.

“I am working from home and doing a lot of things. You know, I canceled my travel to the U.S. today. I was supposed to be in the U.S. for a month and I canceled that this morning. I think that China did the right thing to quarantine and I think that is probably what’s going to happen in the European countries, I think they have done that in Denmark and Ireland, and I think they will soon do that in the UK,” said Denny, a local resident.

At a local railway station, there were no temperature testing measures though the crowds were big. Few people wore masks. Only two or three security warning boards set at entrances to remind passengers to protect themselves. (Reuters)

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Britain’s Prince Harry and wife Meghan begin final royal events

UNTV News   •   March 6, 2020

Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan appeared together at an official engagement on Thursday (March 5) for the first time since January’s announcement that they would step away from their royal duties.

The appearance by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and Meghan are officially known, at a London awards ceremony for wounded service personnel is one of their last before they quit as working members of the royal family.

The couple will stop their royal duties at the end of the month as they seek to carve out “a progressive new role”, mainly based in North America, which they aim to finance themselves.

While Harry remains a prince, they have agreed not to use the HRH titles – His or Her Royal Highness – and will not use “royal” in their branding, even though they said there was no jurisdiction by the monarchy or the government to stop them using the word overseas.

The couple have spent most of their time in Canada since January’s shock announcement.

On Thursday, they attended the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House which acknowledges the achievements of wounded or sick servicemen and women who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges.

Next week, Harry, 35 and Meghan, 38, will carry out what is expected to be their last official appearance alongside other senior royals including the 93-year-old queen, Harry’s father and heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, and his brother Prince William at the annual Commonwealth Service at London’s Westminster Abbey. (Reuters)

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