Brexit Day is almost upon us - here's an update. China confirms mysterious Wuhan virus can pass from person to person.
Brexit Update: In case you've forgotten, Brexit Day is on January 31st.
The referendum on whether or not to leave the European Union (EU) was held in June 2016, and Article 50 - the process to initiate the exit - was triggered in March 2017. However, an exit deal - negotiated by previous Prime Minister Theresa May - was rejected by MPs several times.
Then, last year, following a snap general election, the Conservatives led by Boris Johnson won an emphatic victory. His Brexit deal was approved by MPs a few weeks ago and, as things currently stand, it is all but certain that the UK will leave the EU at the end of January.
But Johnson's Brexit plans hit a hurdle yesterday when the House of Lords - Parliament's upper chamber where the Conservatives don't have a majority - made three amendments to the Brexit bill against the government's wishes. But the Conservatives' 80-seat-strong majority in the lower house means, despite recent hiccups, Brexit itself is not likely to get delayed again, which is Johnshon's pledge (in the 2019 election, he ran on a platform to "Get Brexit Done").
This is Vir-us: In late December, a mysterious coronavirus (a highly lethal kind of virus that is known to originate from animals) was identified in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. It was initially mistaken for pneumonia, but as reported cases rose and spread - both throughout the country and elsewhere in Japan, Thailand and South Korea - scientists realised it was more than just regular fever. As of January 21st, nearly 300 cases and four deaths have been reported.
What's more, late Monday, Chinese authorities confirmed that the virus can pass from person to person. An on Tuesday, the World Health Organisation warned that more cases of coronavirus “should be expected in other parts of China and possibly other countries in the coming days.”
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