His Majesty King Charles III to feature on Royal Mail Definitive ‘everyday’ stamps

Royal Mail today announced that the current image of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth used on the Machin Definitive ‘everyday’ stamps will be updated to feature an image of His Majesty King Charles III. His Majesty will appear on new 1st and 2nd Class Definitive stamps, as well as all those of other values.

Special Stamps will also feature a silhouette of the King.

Royal Mail will reveal the image and timings of the new Definitive stamps and the new silhouette in due course.

In line with guidance from the Royal Household, to minimise the environmental and financial impact of the change of monarch, existing stocks of Definitive stamps that feature The Late Queen and the Special Stamps which use her silhouette, will be distributed and issued as planned. The launch dates of some of the Special Stamps may change. Details will be made available at the appropriate time.

New stamps featuring King Charles will enter circulation once current stocks of stamps are exhausted.

Royal Mail is also advising that stamps bearing the image of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II remain valid for use.

As previously announced, following the introduction of barcodes to the Definitive ‘everyday’ stamps, non-barcoded Definitive stamps remain valid until the end of January 2023. Full details of how customers can swap their non-barcoded stamps for the new barcoded versions, can be found here.

Postboxes:
In line with past practice, following the death of a monarch all existing post boxes will remain unchanged. Post boxes already in production or being prepared for installation, will also retain the insignia of Queen Elizabeth II. Once these have been installed, new postboxes will feature the cypher of King Charles III.

Source: His Majesty King Charles III to feature on Royal Mail Definitive ‘everyday’ stamps

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China blames mail from Canada for COVID outbreak: Canada calls claim “ludicrous”, “comical”

Dr. Eric Feigel Ding, an epidemiologist formerly on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health recently posted on twitter a document from the Chinese Center for Disease Control, published in January, which suggests that the most recent outbreak of a new Omicron sub-variant may have been introduced in the Beijing area via postal mail from Canada.

Here’s Dr. Ding’s tweet:

The South China Morning Post reported on the incident on January 17, while also pointing out that:

China has repeatedly touted the idea that it is possible to be infected with the coronavirus by touching contaminated objects, particularly via the cold chain.

Its health officials have also suggested repeatedly that the cold chain may have brought the coronavirus to Wuhan in late 2019 in the first place, and have urged studies to be carried out internationally.

However, the theory has been dismissed by most scientists in other countries as highly unlikely. Although samples taken from the surface of an object can test positive, they may not be infectious, because they may be dead traces of the coronavirus. Even if a sample can infect living cells in a laboratory, it takes a certain viral load to infect a person.

In Canada, the Globe and Mail reported that:

A claim by Chinese health authorities that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was introduced to a resident of Beijing through a piece of regular mail from Canada was dismissed Monday as being ludicrous and comical.

Margaret McCuaig-Johnston, a China expert at the University of Ottawa who spent more than three decades in the federal public service working on China issues, said Chinese officials need to familiarize themselves with the latest scientific material on the spread of COVID-19.

“Unlike the early days, scientists have clarified that it does not stay on surfaces. To suggest that it would be on mail that came over days from Canada is ludicrous,” she said.