Call to arms
Is hugging important to health? A study by Carnegie Mellon University and published in the journal Psychological Science in 2015 claimed so. Psychologists interviewed 404 adults about their social lives, including how often they got into personal conflicts and how often they shared hugs with people they knew and trusted. The volunteers were then exposed to the common cold virus and quarantined to see whether or not they fell ill. The scientists concluded that social contact had a protective effect against the virus — and that hugging accounted for a third of that effect.
In which sector are you most likely to land a new job over the next three months? Net balance between the percentage of employers looking to expand their staff and those looking to shrink it:
Admin/support services 32
Voluntary (charity) sector 28
Gas safety check
A gas explosion in Heysham, Lancashire, demolished a row of houses and killed a two-year-old boy. How many people are hurt in gas explosions in Britain?
— Between 2010 and 2016 there were 141 gas explosions, an average of 23 a year.
— They caused 9 deaths and 178 injuries.
— However, this was dwarfed by the number killed and injured by carbon monoxide poisoning from gas appliances: over the same period, 42 people were killed and 1,645 injured in this way.
Source: CO-Gas Safety
There were 93 million overseas visits by UK citizens in 2019. How many of them were to countries now on the ‘green list’?
UK visitor numbers by destination
Portugal 3.31 million
Australia (on green list but won’t currently allow entry to UK visitors) 550,000
New Zealand (ditto) 128,000
The other countries on the green list are not listed among the ONS’s top 50 countries visited by UK citizens in 2019. They are: Singapore; Brunei; Iceland; Gibraltar; Falkland Islands; Faroe Islands; South Georgia and Sandwich Islands; St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha.
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