Mar 14, 2017

Britain one step closer to Brexit

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The UK Parliament gave Prime Minister Theresa May the go-ahead to leave the European Union in a long-awaited approval, per the AP. Both the amendments that were pending approval were rejected, one of which would have allowed EU residents to remain in Britain. The proposal now awaits royal approval, and then May can trigger Article 50 to exit the union.

Compare that to... Scotland, which is calling for a referendum to leave the UK since it doesn't want to leave the EU and says it has been "taken down a path that we do not want to go down without a choice." That could take place between the fall of 2018 and the spring of 2019.

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Trump weighs quarantine of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

President Trump said on Saturday he is considering a "short term" quarantine of New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut — states that have already taken steps to quarantine residents and promote social distancing.

The big picture: With 112,000 people infected, the U.S. has the most COVID-19 cases in the world, exceeding China and Italy, per data from Johns Hopkins. A second wave of American cities, including Boston, Detroit, New Orleans and Philadelphia, are reporting influxes of cases.

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Q&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk

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As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the U.S., Axios is answering readers' questions about the pandemic — how it spreads, who's at risk, and what you can do to stay safe.

What's new: This week, we answer five questions on smokers' vulnerability, food safety, visiting older parents, hair cut needs, and rural vs. urban impact.

The other coronavirus test we need

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Researchers are racing to develop tests that detect whether someone may have developed immunity to the coronavirus, which could help society return to normal faster.

Why it matters: These tests could help people know if they are able to go back to work, as well as aid researchers in tracking the scale and death rate of the disease — key data for current and future pandemic policies.

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