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Coronavirus hits the UK (potentially) and Cookies in Space

FROM just over a dozen people in the UK being tested for the deadly coronavirus, to cookies being baked for the first time in space, This Reporter brings you the news headlines on Friday 24th January 2020.

Fourteen people have been tested in the UK for coronavirus as it continues to spread across the globe from a livestock market in China. Five tests have come back negative so far but nine people still await their results. Do not fear, however, as Health Secretary Matt Hancock is here to reassure us.
He commented that whilst there was an "increased likelihood" of cases occurring in the UK, we were well-prepared as one of the few countries to have developed a test for the latest coronavirus.
When asked in Parliament whether UK residents should be wearing face masks like they do in China, Mr Hancock replied: "The wearing of face masks is not deemed clinically necessary now, but we will keep that under review and will be guided by the science".
This from the man whose health credentials appear to run to declaring on national television: "I just love waffles, I do" after being caught chowing down on a caramel one, forgive This Reporter for not being completely put at her ease.
Democratic prosecutors have given their third day of evidence against the President in Washington as Donald Trump's impeachment trial continues. Jerry Nadler told the Senate, Trump's conduct was "not America first but Donald Trump first. Impeachment", he continued is the "constitution's final answer to a president who mistakes himself for a king." Trump stands accused of committing an abuse of power by pressuring Ukraine for his personal political benefit.
But what has been clear from the outset is the Republicans of the Senate are completely unmoved by the evidence put before them, to the point there are reports they have been spending much of the trial playing with fidget spinners and napping.
Bingo, apparently, is joining the 21st Century as "woke millennials" ditch traditional calls such as "two fat ladies - 88" for fear of causing offence.
They are said to be opting for more modern calls such as "Wills and Kate". Whilst other amendments, voted for in the Foxy Bingo chatroom, include "gluten-free - 83", "74 recycle more" and "48 not another Brexit debate".
Blake Robson, a 12-time winner of Bingo Caller of the Year, is not impressed, saying: "It would be a real shame to see traditional calls disappear. Rather than new calls, we should teach the younger generation about the old calls.  Bingo is part of Britain's tradition".
And finally, astronauts on the international space station have baked chocolate-chip cookies for the first time. But it proved very much a case of trial and error. It took four attempts to get the cooking time right, with it turning out two hours was about the amount of baking time required, as opposed to the 20 minutes usually required on planet earth.
The slight technicality, as far as This Reporter is concerned, is no one as yet knows how the cookies taste, as they were dropped back down to earth in a spaceflight container and now reside in a lab in the Houston area.
What is undeniable however, is this space baking lark could have altered the face of history, had it been discovered sooner, with Neil Armstrong taking his first steps upon the moon clutching a slice of Victoria sponge cake.

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