Nieuws volgens datum: 2 Feb, 2021

UK variant has mutated again, scientists say


The Kent variant of coronavirus that has been spreading around the UK appears to be undergoing some worrying new genetic changes, say scientists. Tests on some samples show a mutation, called E484K, already seen in the South Africa and Brazil variants that are of concern. Although this change may reduce vaccine effectiveness, the current ones in use should still work, say experts. The UK has already stepped up measures to control the spread of new variants. Urgent testing for the South Africa variant is starting in parts of England and travel restrictions have been introduced to stop more cases entering from abroad. Experts working with Public Health England have only found a handful of cases of the UK variant with the E484K mutation – it was seen in 11 out of 214,159 samples that they tested.(BBC)…[+]

Silento arrested: Watch Me rapper charged with murdering his cousin


Rapper Silento has been arrested and charged with the murder of his cousin. DeKalb County Police Department confirmed that Silento, real name Ricky Hawk, was arrested on 1 February after his cousin, Frederick Rooks, was found shot dead on 21 January. The 23-year-old had a hit with his single Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) in 2015, which reached No.3 in America and No.19 in the UK. He’s currently being held in DeKalb County Jail and is charged with murder. According to XXL magazine, the 34-year-old victim was found bleeding heavily after suffering gunshot wounds to his face and leg in a suburb of Georgia, US. Newsbeat has contacted Silento’s management for a statement, but they are yet respond. Shortly before his arrest, he shared a request on his Instagram story inviting his 494,000 followers to send him money via CashApp for “selfies, videos and shoutouts”. The one-hit wonder shot to fame with Watch Me in 2015, but it was his only hit single. The video has been watched more than 1.7 billion times on YouTube.(BBC)…[+]