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UK’s Most Borrowed e-books Announced By Annual Library Amid Lockdown

Here are some of the most lent books by Annual library in UK

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Annual library lending figures reveal UK's most borrowed e-books. Pixabay

BY SIDDHI JAIN 

‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman has been revealed as the UKs most borrowed e-book of 2018-19, with Sally Rooneys ‘Normal People’, ‘Circe’ by Madeleine Miller and Adam Kays ‘This is Going to Hurt’ among the Top 10, according to the latest figures on public library borrowing released by Public Lending Right (PLR).

The Top 10 most borrowed e-books also include ‘Origin’ by Dan Brown, ‘Still Me’ by Jojo Moyes, and ‘Into the Water’ by Paula Hawkins.

For the first time, the PLR annual public library loans data – released on Wednesday for the period covering July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 includes figures on e-book borrowing as well as print books, audiobooks and regional borrowing.

The release coincides with a remarkable surge in e-book borrowing from public libraries as physical spaces remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last month, Libraries Connected had estimated a 358 percent increase in the number of people borrowing e-books during the first three weeks of lockdown in England.

Continuing the trend of previous years, the list of most borrowed print titles is dominated by thrillers, with James Patterson taking the title of most borrowed author for the thirteenth year running, a statement from British Library said.

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Here are some of the online books which were most read in the UK. Pixabay

Children’s literature continues to feature heavily across UK print borrowing, with Roald Dahl, Julia Donaldson, Daisy Meadows, Francesca Simon and David Walliams appearing among the top ten most borrowed authors. This reflects the crucial and enduring role libraries play in supporting children’s literacy and sparking a lifelong love of reading.

“It is brilliant that, thanks to digital services, so many people can still engage with their local library and enjoy the nation’s most popular titles. E-books are a fantastic way to entertain and educate, especially as we spend more time at home,” UK Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage said in a statement.

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Administered from the British Library, the Public Lending Right scheme gives authors and other contributors the legal right to payment from the Government each time their books are borrowed from a UK public library. (IANS)

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McDonald’s Reveals Plan to Open More Drive-Thru Restaurants in UK

McDonald's reopened 39 restaurants in England and Ireland last week

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McDonald's plans to open more number of UK branches. Pixabay

Fast-food giant McDonald’s revealed a plan to open all of its drive-thru restaurants in the UK in the coming weeks and has”not forgotten” about people in the north of England, it was reported on Monday to World and International News.

The company reopened 39 restaurants in England and Ireland last week as it prepared to get back up and running with new safety measures in place, but all of the English locations were in the south east, reports the Metro nwespaper.

In a message to customers, McDonald’s Chief Executive Paul Pomroy said: “To help us test the new procedures and to slowly restart our supply chain, the pilot restaurants in the UK are all located close to our head office and to one of our distribution centres in the south east.

“I promise I have not forgotten about any part of the UK or Ireland. We are taking our time to test the new ways of working in our restaurants, ensuring that we can continue to help our teams to work safely, and to get back to the communities we have proudly served for so many years.”

Pomroy further said that McDonald’s will make a further announcement this week about reopening more restaurants and expanding its delivery service.

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The workers on each site will be reduced to ensure safety, McDonald’s has said. Pixabay

Last week, Police were called to a drive-thru McDonald’s in Peterborough on the first day it reopened after easing of the COVID-19 lockdown because the queue at the outlet went out of hand.

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Six of the 30 new drive-thrus that have opened across the country were in Peterborough.

The fast-food giant has brought in social distancing measures to keep workers safe, with staff receiving temperature checks before each shift.

The number of workers on each site will be reduced to ensure safety, the company has said. (IANS)

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Doctors Warn UK to Cut Meat Intake to Avoid Future Global Health Crisis

A majority of infectious diseases that have appeared in humans have been caused by tampering with animals

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Doctors have urged UK to cut meat intake to avoid a future pandemic. Pixabay

The UK needs to drastically cut back its meat intake to avoid a future global health crisis, a group of doctors have warned.

Plant Based Health Professionals (PBHP) said that the connection between major disease outbreaks and factory farming is being “swept under the carpet” amid the coronavirus pandemic, as they join a wave of experts urging people to go vegan, the Metro newspaper reported.

The vast majority of new infectious diseases that have appeared in humans over the past century have been caused by tampering with farmed animals and their habitats, including Swine Flu (pigs), Avian Flu (birds) and Spanish Flu (poultry).

Speaking to the Metro newspaper, PBHP founder and Consultant Haematologist at King’s College Hospital, Shireen Kassam, said that another disease outbreak was “inevitable if we do not move towards a plant-based diet”.

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Experts urging people to go vegan. Pixabay

In the UK, demand for cheap meat has fuelled a huge expansion of factory farming – a controversial process that often sees thousands of animals being packed into small, unsanitary cages.

This “provides the perfect conditions for the generation of novel infections with epidemic and pandemic potential” as well as necessitating the widespread use of antibiotics in animals, “contributing to a crisis in antibiotic resistance among humans”, Kassam said.

“The last 100 years has shown that pandemics will continue unless we change the way we eat and how our food is produced.

“Disease is spread predominantly through confinement, we don’t have the land capacity to feed the 8 billion people on this planet free range.

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Poor diets are the main cause of chronic health conditions in adults in the UK. Pixabay

“We are in this race to find an antiviral, but other than HIV, there are very few viruses where there are very effective drugs available. (A vaccine) isn’t just going to save our problems, there is a risk of a mutation that could come back in a few years.

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“We need to learn from our mistakes. We need to change our land use to grow beans and legumes, we need a system change,” she told the newspaper.

Poor diets are the main cause of chronic health conditions in adults in the UK, while pre-existing health conditions such as obesity and diabetes are seen as risk factors in catching COVID-19, which has infected 252,246 peopled and killed 36,124 in the country so far.

Research from the University of Oxford last year found foods with the largest negative environmental impacts such as unprocessed and processed red meat, were linked with the largest increases in disease risk, while foods associated with improved health (whole grain cereals, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and some vegetable oils high in unsaturated fats, such as olive oil) have among the lowest environmental impacts. (IANS)

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UK Arrivals Could Face Fines for Breaking Self-Isolation Norms

UK may fine 1,000 pounds from people arriving from abroad, if they're seen breaking 14 day long quarantine

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UK Government will charge fine from people arriving to UK and are seen breaking self-quarantine. Pixabay

Anyone arriving in the UK from abroad could be fined 1,000 pounds if they fail to self-isolate for 14 days, the government is expected to announce on Friday.

Under the plans, health officials would be able to carry out spot checks to check whether people were complying, the BBC reported.

The new rules, which will also apply to British people returning from abroad, are not expected to come into force until next month.

Home Secretary Priti Patel will give more details at the daily briefing later in the day.

As part of the plans, which are aimed at guarding against a second wave of coronavirus infections, any passengers arriving in the UK by plane, ferry or train would need to provide UK Border Force officials with an address where they will self-isolate, otherwise accommodation will be arranged by the government.

Road hauliers and medical officials would be exempt, as well as those arriving from the Republic of Ireland.

However, people travelling from France will not be exempt, the government has previously confirmed, after it was initially suggested otherwise.

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The UK government currently recommends international travel only when absolutely necessary. Pixabay

Airlines have already warned quarantine measures could make an already critical situation worse for them, as air travel has plummeted by as much as 99 per cent due to the pandemic, the BBC reported.

But Number 10 had previously said the measure would be reviewed every three weeks once it is introduced.

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The government currently recommends international travel only when absolutely necessary, and nobody should travel if they display any coronavirus symptoms.

On Thursday, easyJet said it will resume some flights on June 15, with all passengers and cabin crew told to wear face masks.

The initial schedule will include domestic routes across the UK and France. (IANS)