Death toll continues to rise from floods in Europe

dea-th toll continues to rise from floods in Europe

Flash floods at the beginning of the week caused travel chaos in London as a number of train and tube stations were forced to close, while many people’s homes were flooded, including that of Queen guitarist Brian May. 

Forecasters say Germany should be braced for extreme showers over the coming days which will likely lead to rivers overflowing and damage to nearby properties. 

Read analysis on what is causing the extreme weather and flooding in Europe and click through a gallery of the unusually severe climate conditions around the world right now. 

With Britain set to sizzle this weekend, here is a guide to keeping cool.

PM’s Freedom Day plan is ‘unethical’, scientists warn

Boris Johnson’s plan to lift all of England’s Covid-19 restrictions on July 19 is “unscientific and unethical” and could result in vaccine-evasive variants, international experts have warned. More than 1,200 scientists from around the world have criticised the Prime Minister’s decision in a letter to The Lancet. Meanwhile, a pilot that would allow people to avoid self-isolation through daily testing is still months away, despite the prospect of millions of people having to stay at home, The Telegraph understands. Emma Revell says the Covid-19 app has become the boy who cried wolf but a new survey has suggests that a third of close contacts told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace are developing symptoms. Two-thirds of the public plan to wear face masks in shops and on public transport after the legal requirement ends on Monday, a survey reveals.

‘Pregnant man’ emoji coming after trans activists’ plea

A pregnant man emoji is set to be introduced after transgender rights activists criticised the lack of representative symbols. The icon has been proposed alongside a host of other more inclusive symbols to be released by the Unicode Consortium, the organisation that oversees the world’s official emoji index. As well as the pregnant man, the updated list will include mixed racial handshakes for the first time as well as new hand gestures with different skin tones. Click here to see the designs.

At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing

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Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

‘Not racist’ | The defacing of a mural of England striker Marcus Rashford is not being considered as racist, according to Greater Manchester Police. Just hours after England lost the Euro 2020 final, the wall depicting the footballer’s face was damaged with offensive graffiti, which was reported as racially-aggravated damage. Read the police’s statement.

Around the world: Emperor Claudius’ stone found

A border stone planted by Emperor Claudius almost 2,000 years ago to mark the newly-enlarged confines of ancient Rome has been uncovered in the Italian capital, the first discovery of its kind in more than 100 years. The 6.2-feet-high travertine marble stone dates to 49 AD, when Claudius expanded the official confines of the “pomerium”, the sacred part of the city in which only Roman gods could be worshipped and no weapons could be carried. The Senate bitterly resented the decision as they did not want to let in more “foreigners”. See the stone here.

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