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Edition No. 93

Date:- 05 April 2003

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GRIP OF SARS SYNDROME FORCES WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION TO ACT

THE tightening grip of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome has forced the UK travel industry and the World Health Organisation to issue a severe warning about traveling to countries where the epidemic has been most acute.

Public awareness has heightened over the past few days as the death toll rises - in as many as eighty people worldwide. The Government has urged citizens of the UK not to travel to the regions of Hong Kong or China in the Guangdong province, where SARS has caused 39 deaths, and the risk of infection is growing rapidly. 

Information based on current sources available from WHO report that as many as 17 countries around the world are infected. Cases of SARS could cause millions of deaths if the syndrome is not contained or treated.

Steps taken by airlines and the authorities in China including the Hong Kong Health department are screening people leaving the region to detect those with symptoms. Those infected seem likely delayed in their departure in order for damage control of the spread of the deadly virus. Airlines are providing a restricted service to countries affected as they continue to resume normal flights for passengers.

Cases of likely infection have a history of close contact of someone diagnosed with SARS or coming into close contact with respiratory secretions and bodily fluids. Reports of the virus describe SARS to be similar to flu, taking 10 days to develop.

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BOUNDARY CHANGES FOR LIVERPOOL PUBLISHED 

THE final proposal published by the Boundary Committee sees a dramatic and radical change in the new ward map for Liverpool’s boundaries, which radically alters its current state. 

Under the plans forwarded to the Electoral Commission for approval, the abolishment of three wards and the number of councillors reduced by nine to ninety councillors sitting in chambers – a move not seen in over twenty years. 

The introduction of the existing ward system introduced in 1980 is recognised as being considerably out of date by councillors and in need of overhaul, due to serious electoral imbalance. It contains many serious electoral imbalances, with a wide variance in the number of voters in some wards. 
The Electoral Review of the city began in December 2001 and an all-party group on the city council, which was established to come up with proposals for a new ward map for the city. They submitted proposals to the Boundary Committee last year and hundreds of local residents from across the city inputted also into the consultation process. 

Changes to borough are likely to see the map redrawn for current places such as Grassendale and Aigburth, Vauxhall and Melrose, which are to be renamed Mosseley Hill and Kirkdale respectively. But the face of the map is not without further changes. The creation of new wards such as Central that amalgamates Abercromby, Everton, Kensington and Smithdown – Is observed as a more balanced approach to fairer local elections. In addition, the creation of the Wavertree ward that combines Childwall and Picton wards sees a great political change in the electoral process for the area. The new look wards are to be represented in time for the next local elections when all 90 seats will see a dramatic change in current city chambers for members of parliament.

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