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U.K. Gov’t Under Fire for Response to Disabled COVID Patients; New Zealand Locks Down Largest City

HeadlineFeb 15, 2021

A new British government study builds on earlier reports that a fast-spreading variant first found in the U.K. leads to an increased risk of hospitalization and could be up to 70% more deadly.

This comes as disability rights advocates in Britain are condemning the discriminatory response by the government and hospitals in treating COVID-19 patients with mental disabilities. A recent investigation found “do not resuscitate” orders were given to people because they had mental disabilities, causing potentially avoidable deaths.

CNN reports a World Health Organization team probing the origins of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, believes the outbreak was much more widespread in December of 2019 than officials have revealed.

Elsewhere, New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, is in a three-day lockdown after three coronavirus infections were identified. It’s New Zealand’s first lockdown in six months, after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government stamped out the virus.

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