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EU must earmark $505 billion to sustain current nuclear output

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Prague, May 24, 2017: The European Union said it will need to invest between 350 and 450 billion euro ($393-$505 billion) through 2050 in order to maintain its current level of nuclear power output, officials said.

The European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete spoke during the 12th plenary meeting of the European Nuclear Energy Forum here, which is outlining what steps the EU and national governments must follow to ensure the safe operation of nuclear power plants in Europe and treatment of radioactive waste.

There are currently 129 nuclear power plants in 14 EU member countries with a combined output of 120 GWe although these facilities have been in operation for around 30 years, Efe news reported.

Due to their age and unless they are extensively upgraded, “90 per cent of these reactors will shut down by 2030,” said Arias Cañete.

Regardless of the criticism atomic energy may generate, Arias Cañete assured that nuclear energy in the EU “is not dead” as there are currently plans to build nuclear power plants in 10 countries.

There are four reactors currently under construction in Finland, France, and Slovakia, while a further three reactors are currently seeking their operational license in Finland, Hungary and Britain.

A further five are under development in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland and Rumania.

Article 194 of the EU treaty establishes the choice between different energy sources and the general structure of a country’s energy supply is purely a “sovereign decision” taken by each member state, Arias Cañete said.

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Coronavirus latest: Trump considering quarantine on New York

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New Delhi, March 29 : US President Donald Trump is considering a quarantine on New York and surrounding areas of New Jersey and Connecticut as coronavirus cases continue to jump, making these areas the worst affected in the US.

“I am giving consideration to a QUARANTINE of developing ‘hot spots’, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. A decision will be made, one way or another, shortly,” Trump tweeted on Saturday.

“We’d like to see [it] quarantined because it’s a hotspot. I’m thinking about that,” Trump said.

New York has the largest number of Covid-19 positive cases in the US with more than 52,000 cases and over 700 deaths.

“We might not have to do it, but there’s a possibility that sometime today we’ll do a quarantine, short-term, two weeks on New York. Probably New Jersey, certain parts of Connecticut,” Trump said.

The US President said that the possible quarantine would be “enforceable” and “restrict travel” from those parts of the tri-state area.

However, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that he has not discussed such a move with Trump. “I don’t even know what that means. I don’t know how that could be legally enforceable,” Cuomo said.

“I didn’t speak to him about any quarantine,” he told reporters.

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Coronavirus information – Spain suffers its deadliest day

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According to government figures, 832 people died in Spain in the past 24 hours after contracting coronavirus, taking the total to 5,690 — a 17 per cent daily increase. The country has the second highest number of deaths in the world after Italy.

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But confirmed cases of Covid-19 rose at a lower rate than in recent days, reaching 72,248, a 13 per cent increase on Friday’s totals.

This compares with daily increases of 25 per cent or more at previous high points in the outbreak. The total number of people who have needed intensive care rose 10 per cent to 4,575, while the number of people who have recovered surged more than 30 per cent to 12,285.

Spanish government officials expressed hope that coming days will mark the peak of the spread of coronavirus, while cautioning that the peak in the deaths is likely to come later.

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Adviser runs out after UK PM tests COVID-19 positive

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London, March 28 (IANS) Dominic Cummings, a senior adviser to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, was seen running out of Downing Street after the latter announced that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, it was reported.

In a clip widely shared on social media, Cummings was seen running out of the back gate of Downing Street carrying a bag, the London-based Metro newspaper said in a report on Friday.

The camera zooms in on Cummings’ face as he looks away from the press and then makes a swift exit clutching the bag.

Cummings, seen as the Prime Minister’s key aide, was reported to have been behind the government’s initial strategy of “herd immunity”, to deal with the pandemic, the report further said.

On Friday, Prime Minister Johnson announced that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus but would continue to discharge his duties from self-isolation.

He became the second high-profile British leader to test positive for coronavirus in recent days after Prince Charles, the heir to the the throne.

Some ministers in the Johnson government and MPs have also tested positive for COVID-19, including Health Secretary Matt Hancock whose announcement came shortly after the Prime Minister’s.The UK has so far reported 14,751 confirmed coronavirus cases with 761 deaths.

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