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March 12, 2020

Hundreds of thousands on furlough scheme weeks before support ends

Nearly one in every 13 workers in the UK may have been on furlough as of mid-October, just weeks before the Government support scheme comes to an end this weekend. Figures from the Office of National Statistics showed 7.5% of the workforce was receiving support from the Government between October...

Labour warned of split after Corbyn suspension following anti Semitism verdict

Labour splits have begun to emerge as left-wing supporters rallied to Jeremy Corbyn’s defence following his suspension from the party after a damning investigation into its handling of anti-Semitism. A report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found the party was responsible for...

Fifth of England to be under strictest Covid rules with more areas to follow

Nearly a fifth of England will soon be under the toughest coronavirus restrictions as the number of patients in hospital continues to rise. Nottinghamshire entered Tier 3 this morning, while West Yorkshire will move up to the highest alert level from Monday..

Former Wales winger JJ Williams dies aged 72

Former Wales and British and Irish Lions winger JJ Williams has died at the age of 72. Williams, who was christened John James but known throughout the world of rugby by his initials, was one of the finest finishers the game has seen..

Two killed in knife attack near church in French city of Nice

Two people have been killed and several injured in a knife attack near a church in the French city of Nice..

Second wave of Covid 19 at critical stage and change is needed experts

The second wave of coronavirus in England has reached a “critical stage”, with infections doubling approximately every nine days, experts have said. Researchers say they are detecting early signs areas that previously had low rates of infection are following trends observed in the country’s...

Government to take first step in Moonshot plan to combat second wave

The Government is considering the rapid unrolling of saliva-based coronavirus kits in a bid to test up to 10% of England’s population every week, according to reports. According to the Guardian, NHS Test and Trace is stepping up its efforts to meet the targets set out in the Government’s...

New Covid toes skin symptom discovered by scientists

People infected with coronavirus may end up developing a skin symptom known as Covid toes, scientists have said. Research by the International League of Dermatological Societies and the American Academy of Dermatology found some patients had chilblain-like inflammation on their feet, sometimes...

Hospitals could be treating 25000 Covid 19 patients within weeks

The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 could more than double within weeks, the former chief scientific adviser to the Government has said. Professor Sir Mark Walport said that it is “not unrealistic” to think that there could be 25,000 people in hospitals by the end of November..

Harry Styles endorses candidate in US election race

Harry Styles has become the latest celebrity to endorse Joe Biden for US president. The former One Direction star, 26, shared a campaign video from the Democratic contender on Twitter and added the message: “If I could vote in America, I’d vote with kindness.”.

Migrant boat deaths should be a wake up call for those in power charity

The deaths of two children and two adults in the migrant boat tragedy should serve as a “wake-up call” for UK and French leaders, charity bosses said. A five-year-old, an eight-year-old and two adults died after the vessel sunk off the coast of Dunkirk on Tuesday, French authorities said..

Fresh pressure to increase Covid restrictions with highest death toll since May

Boris Johnson is under growing pressure to impose heightened coronavirus restrictions as the UK recorded its highest daily Covid-19 death toll since May. It comes as fears were raised of the second wave being more deadly than the first..

Covid 19 registered deaths rise by half in a week ONS

The number of weekly registered deaths involving coronavirus has risen by more than half in seven days, new figures have shown. There were 670 deaths registered in England and Wales which mentioned “novel coronavirus” in the week ending October 16, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said..

Scottish Tories break ranks to back Rashford school meals campaign

The Scottish Conservatives are backing footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign for free school meals in England, the party’s leader has said. Moray MP Douglas Ross described the Manchester United player’s campaign as “nothing short of extraordinary”..

Revolution Bars to close six sites after curfew eats up a third of sales

Revolution Bars plans to close six of its sites, putting 130 jobs at risk, as it turns to creditors for help after the Government’s 10pm curfew cut its sales by more than a third. The company said its subsidiary, Revolution Bars Limited, is to set up a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) as it...

Government set to consider plan by Leon co founder to end free school meals row

Boris Johnson is planning on giving local councils extra money to fund holiday clubs to solve the free school meals row, according to reports. The Holiday Activity and Food programme is the brainchild of Henry Dimbleby, the Government’s food tsar and co-founder of the Leon restaurant chain, and...

Boris Johnson under pressure to detail road map out of lockdown

Boris Johnson is under pressure from scores of Conservative MPs to detail a “road-map out of lockdown” as more people in England come under the toughest coronavirus restrictions. The Prime Minister has been warned by a group of 50 Tory backbenchers representing northern constituencies that the...

Covid 19 immunity could only last a few months study

Scientists have found that coronavirus immunity could only last a few months after a study revealed a decline in protective antibodies. Research by Imperial College London estimated just 4.4% of adults had some form of immunity against Covid-19 in September, when cases began to increase again..

Skelmersdale United face trip to Harrogate in FA Cup first round

Skelmersdale United, the lowest-ranked team left in this season’s FA Cup, will travel to Football League new boys Harrogate Town in the first round next month..

Water present on sunlit surface of the Moon Nasa confirms

There is water on the sunlit surface of the Moon, Nasa has announced..

Eight million people in England to face toughest coronavirus restrictions

More than eight million people in England will be under the most stringent coronavirus restrictions when Nottingham and Warrington move into Tier 3 this week..

Communities rally round to feed hungry children as ministers defend funding

Thousands of free meals will be provided to children by businesses, local authorities and community groups on the first day of half term as ministers faced a damaging grassroots Tory revolt over the issue..

Armed forces storm oil tanker and detain stowaways after hijacking

Seven people have been detained after British armed forces stormed an oil tanker off the Isle of Wight following a suspected hijacking by stowaways. The raid, likely to have been carried out by members of the Special Boat Service (SBS), was authorised by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Home...

Boots to unveil in store rapid Covid 19 testing service

Boots is set to unveil a new coronavirus testing service it says can return results from swab tests in just 12 minutes. The pharmacy chain said the LumiraDx devices, which are able to quickly process swab tests to give customers same-day results, will be rolled out in selected stores over the next...

Local lockdowns and home working take toll on jobs market report

Deserted high streets and city centres are hampering Britain’s jobs recovery, new research suggests. Urban areas in Scotland and south England are bearing the steepest declines in vacancies, the Centre for Cities found..

Paediatricians Childhood hunger is an issue that should transcend politics

More than 2,000 paediatricians have signed a letter urging Boris Johnson to extend free school meals to vulnerable children during the holidays – saying childhood hunger should “transcend politics”..

Welsh Government to review how non essential item ban is going in supermarkets

The Welsh Government will review how the ban on supermarkets selling non-essential items during Wales’ firebreak lockdown is working, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said..

Self isolation for Covid 19 contacts may be cut to seven days

Contacts of people infected with coronavirus may have to self-isolate for as little as seven days amid concerns in Whitehall about the levels of public compliance with the Test and Trace system..

Tougher coronavirus restrictions affecting millions more come into force

Millions more people will be under tougher coronavirus restrictions in the next 24 hours as the Government increased financial support for businesses and employees affected by the measures. Greater Manchester moved into the highest alert level, Tier 3, on Friday morning, and Wales will introduce...

Nearly half of people do not fully understand lockdown rules study finds

Nearly half of the public in England do not “fully understand” the current coronavirus lockdown rules, a study suggests. Researchers found that around half of adults (51%) in the country said they understand the current Covid-19 restrictions. Only 13% of the respondents said they “fully...

Wales prepares to enter two week firebreak lockdown

Wales will enter a two-week “firebreak” lockdown at 6pm on Friday in an attempt to protect the country’s NHS from being overwhelmed by the resurgence of coronavirus. The Welsh Government has said the “sharp and deep” lockdown, brought in to coincide with half-term holidays, could be...

Trump and Biden clash on coronavirus and race in final debate

The second and final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden was a much more civil affair than last month’s widely-panned first debate. With a mute button in place this time around, the candidates interrupted each other far less frequently, even as...

Liverpool hospitals treating more coronavirus patients than at peak of pandemic

Hospitals in Liverpool are treating more coronavirus patients than they were during the peak of the first wave of the pandemic, the medical director has said..

Russia and Iran obtain voter information ahead of US election officials say

Russia and Iran have obtained US voting registration information and are aiming to interfere in the presidential election, the government’s national intelligence director said. John Ratcliffe, the intelligence director, and FBI Director Chris Wray told a news conference the US will impose costs...

Five month undercover county lines drug sting leads to 53 arrests

Fifty-three people have been arrested after a five-month undercover investigation into a drug dealing network thought to be responsible for 33 county lines. Metropolitan Police officers held 47 men and six women, aged 16 to 48, during raids carried out over six weeks, including warrants in...

Chancellor expected to announce more business support for Tier 2

The Chancellor is set to announce a new support package for businesses affected by Tier 2 restrictions, according to reports. Rishi Sunak will unveil a new plan to help firms, particularly pubs and restaurants, who have seen their trade drop as a result of the social restrictions in the “high”...

More areas of England are to be placed under Tier 3 restrictions

As from Saturday, Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster will move to the highest tier.

End of Eat Out to Help Out scheme pushes UK inflation higher

UK inflation was pushed higher last month as the end of the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out saw restaurant and cafe prices bounce back, according to official figures. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation rose to 0.5% in September from 0.2% in August..

What are the Tier 3 rules as Greater Manchester moves to highest alert category

Greater Manchester is set to join Lancashire and the Liverpool City Region in the Tier 3 coronavirus category, with millions more people to be subject to the toughest restrictions. New measures will be imposed in the region from Friday after talks aimed at reaching an agreement on the restrictions...

Netflix shares trailer for Chadwick Bosemans final film Ma Raineys Black Bottom

Chadwick Boseman stars as an ambitious trumpeter in the trailer for his final film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Boseman, who died in August aged 43 following a four-year battle with colon cancer, stars in the drama alongside Oscar-winner Viola Davis..

Co op Bank appoints finance chief as sixth boss in a decade

The Co-operative Bank has named chief financial officer Nick Slape as its new boss after chief executive Andrew Bester announced plans to quit just two years after taking on the role. Mr Slape will become the bank’s chief executive on October 31 – and its sixth boss in a decade..

Manchester United tackle PSG without Maguire Greenwood and Cavani

Manchester United will have to cope with the absence of several star names when they return to Champions League action against Paris St Germain. Harry Maguire, Mason Greenwood and new signing Edinson Cavani, who will not make his United bow against his former club, are all absent along with Eric...

Labour to trigger vote on free school meals

The Labour Party says it will force a parliamentary vote on the extension of free school meals to eligible children after the Government refused to prolong the scheme through the October half-term break. Labour on Saturday gave the Government 72 hours to extend the initiative – the subject of a...

Vaccine race Test subjects could be exposed to Covid in January

Test subjects could be exposed to the new coronavirus in controlled settings from January in a bid to speed up vaccine development, officials have confirmed. The Government is backing so-called human challenge studies, whereby a small number of participants who have received a vaccine will be...

Greater Manchester faces coronavirus ultimatum

The Government has given local leaders in Greater Manchester until midday on Tuesday to agree stringent new coronavirus controls. Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said the deteriorating public health situation in the region meant action to curb the spread of the disease was needed..

PM warns business to plan for end of Brexit transition amid EU talks stalemate

Boris Johnson will tell business to step up preparations for the end of the Brexit transition after Downing Street refused to resume talks with the EU. With just 10 weeks until the transition finishes, Mr Johnson and the senior Cabinet minister Michael Gove will use a conference call on Tuesday to...

Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi in hospital with Covid 19

A Labour MP has been admitted to hospital with pneumonia after testing positive for Covid-19. Yasmin Qureshi said that, after 10 days of feeling unwell, she became “much worse” and was admitted to the Royal Bolton Hospital on Saturday..

Nuclear submarine officer who arrived at work unfit for duty sent home from US

A Royal Navy officer has been sent home from a submarine after he arrived at work to take charge of nuclear missiles while unfit for duty. Lieutenant Commander Len Louw is facing an investigation after being sent back to Faslane in Scotland following the incident in the US..

UEFA could return to final eight format for Champions League from 2024

UEFA says a ‘final eight’ will be considered as a way to round off the Champions League and Europa League from 2024. The single-country, one-leg format was adopted for practical purposes as an effective way to conclude the competitions last season in a campaign badly disrupted by the...

Welsh minister hits out at less generous job support as lockdown considered

The Welsh Government is demanding more support from Westminster to protect jobs and businesses ahead of a possible two-week circuit-break lockdown, the country’s health minister has said. Vaughan Gething said the furlough scheme ends on October 31 and will be replaced by the UK Government with a...


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