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UK coronavirus live: new restrictions in Warrington, Halton, Merseyside and Lancashire

The government has announced new regional restrictions Warrington, Halton, Merseyside and Lancashire (excluding Blackpool and Greater Manchester); Matt Hancock refuses to rule out second national lockdownStricter restrictions imposed in Lancashire, Merseyside and Warrington‘Circuit break’ plans for England to prevent new lockdownTest and trace: how does UK compare with other countries?UK test and trace ‘barely functional’ as 11 million face lockdownDon’t stop your grousing … and other rule-of-si...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Greater Manchester, Blackpool, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Lancashire, Wolverhampton, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: new restrictions placed on nearly 2 million people in north-east England

News updates: residents in Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, County Durham and Sunderland banned from mixing with other familiesFull story: restrictions announced for swathe of north-east EnglandProportion of people getting in-person test results in 24 hours halvesBoris Johnson appears to criticise Priti Patel for rule of six snoopingMiddlesbrough manager Neil Warnock tests positive for CovidGlobal coronavirus live blog 12.24pm BST Here is the Department f...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Sunderland, Johnson, Neil Warnock, Warrington, north east England, Hancock, Ashworth, Priti Patel, Matt Hancock


Hancock says Covid testing crisis may last weeks as UK hospitals plug gaps

Admission comes as more people with Covid symptoms turn up at A&E and call 111Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritain’s testing crisis could take weeks to resolve, the health secretary has admitted as it emerged that Covid tests from hospitals are being deployed for use in the community to plug holes in the system.People with Covid symptoms in Rochdale, one of the worst-hit parts of the country, have been turning up at A&E hospital departments and calling 111 desperat...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, UK News, Hospitals, NHS, Health policy, Rochdale, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: 3,105 new cases amid rise in hospital admissions and patients on ventilators

News updates: UK records rise in cases in 24 hours; more people need hospital treatment; Hancock says testing shortage will take weeks to fix Private labs unable to process all Covid tests, NHS email revealsHancock is losing control of Covid-19 in UK, says LabourTwo families of four chatting in street ‘would break English Covid laws’Coronation street actor diagnosed with Covid-19 Coronavirus – latest updates 5.10pm BST And, on Brexit, this is from Sky’s Europe correspondent Adam Parsons.Spok...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Wales, Eu, UK News, House Of Lords, NHS, Office For National Statistics, William Hague, Keir Starmer, Brexit, Hancock, Priti Patel, Matt Hancock


UK coronavirus live: 3,105 new cases as Hancock says testing shortage will take weeks to resolve

News updates: UK records another rise in cases in 24 hours; health secretary signals access to testing could be prioritised for those most in needPrivate labs unable to process all Covid tests, NHS email revealsHancock is losing control of Covid-19 in UK, says LabourTwo families of four chatting in street ‘would break English Covid laws’Coronation street actor diagnosed with Covid-19 Coronavirus – latest updates 4.25pm BST And the UK government has just updated the daily figures on its coron...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, UK News, House Of Lords, NHS, Northern Ireland, Office For National Statistics, William Hague, Keir Starmer, Brexit, Department Of Health, Hancock, Priti Patel, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: testing shortage will take weeks to resolve, says Matt Hancock

News updates: health secretary signals access to Covid testing could be prioritised for those most in need; just 1% of deaths in England and Wales linked to Covid, ONS saysPrivate labs unable to process all Covid tests, NHS email revealsTwo families of four chatting in street ‘would break English Covid laws’PM was warned over Covid ‘moonshot’ testing planUK map: confirmed Covid cases and deaths todayCoronavirus – latest updates 1.38pm BST Hancock says the problems are caused by processing ca...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Wales, UK News, NHS, Office For National Statistics, William Hague, Keir Starmer, Jonathan Ashworth, Imperial College, Hancock, Priti Patel, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


Moonshot: five key points from No 10’s leaked coronavirus testing plan

From the £100bn cost to the plan for getting football crowds back: what the official documents revealCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOperation Moonshot – the government’s bid to accelerate testing from around 200,000 a day to 10m a day by early 2021 – was met with derision by Labour MPs in the House of Commons on Thursday when the health and care secretary Matt Hancock set out the scale of the ambition. They were “naysayers”, Hancock responded. “They would do far bett...
Tags: Health, Politics, Labour, House Of Commons, British Medical Journal, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: Hancock considers test 'eligibility' restrictions; Scotland limits gatherings to six from Monday

News updates: Scotland to limit gathering to six from two households; Matt Hancock considering ‘eligibility’ conditions for tests; experts sceptical over ‘moonshot’ planUK looks to Belgium for Covid inspiration despite infections riseExpert says rush back to the office should be pausedNew Covid plan for England could confine university students to hallsJohnson pinning hopes on £100bn ‘moonshot’ to avoid second lockdownGlobal coronavirus updates - live 1.33pm BST Belgium has been cited by the...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, Scotland, UK News, Nicola Sturgeon, Belgium, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Daniel Boffey, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: Hancock considering 'eligibility' restriction to limit who can have a test

News updates: health secretary speaks in Commons; experts sceptical PM’s £100bn plan to do up to 10m tests a day can be deliveredUK expert says rush back to the office should be pausedJohnson pinning hopes on £100bn ‘moonshot’ to avoid second lockdownWhat is No 10’s ‘moonshot’ plan and is it feasible?AstraZeneca chief claims vaccine still possible this yearGlobal coronavirus updates - live 12.13pm BST Greg Clark, the Conservative chair of the science committee, urges Hancock to “get a grip” ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, UK News, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Greg Clark, Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


Boris Johnson's government is blaming the public for its coronavirus test shortage as a surge of infections triggers new lockdown restrictions

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock attends a Cabinet meeting of senior government ministers at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, Britain, September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool/File Photo REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool/File Photo The UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has blamed the public for delays to the government's mass coronavirus testing programme, saying many people seeking the tests were 'ineligible.' Sarah Jane Marsh, who is r...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, News, Trends, Britain, NHS, Labour, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Cabinet, Fco, BBC Radio, Hancock, Commonwealth Office FCO, Bolton England


Boris Johnson's government is blaming the public for its coronavirus test shortage as a 2nd wave of infections triggers new lockdown restrictions

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock attends a Cabinet meeting of senior government ministers at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, Britain, September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool/File Photo REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool/File Photo The UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has blamed the public for delays to the government's mass coronavirus testing programme, saying many people seeking the tests were 'ineligible.' Sarah Jane Marsh, who is r...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, News, Trends, Britain, NHS, Labour, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Cabinet, Fco, BBC Radio, Hancock, Commonwealth Office FCO, Bolton England


UK coronavirus live: Hancock says test-processing issues will take two weeks to resolve; ONS says 57,417 have died

Sarah-Jane Marsh apologises to people in England who have been unable to get a test; Jonathan Van-Tam issues warning over ‘continuing threat’UK’s top legal civil servant quits ‘over Brexit deal changes’ONS update show UK has had 57,417 coronavirus deathsAll of UK facing ‘big burden’ to prevent second wave, warns ministerGlobal coronavirus updates – live 12.09pm BST 12.08pm BST Council leaders in the north east of England have warned young adults to follow coronavirus restrictions after ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Boris Johnson, Ons, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Jonathan Van Tam, Coronavirus outbreak, Sarah Jane Marsh, Health Protection


UK coronavirus live: English test and trace failed to reach third of contacts; Scotland R number 'probably above 1'

News updates: just 69.4% of close contacts of people testing positive for Covid-19 reached; Nicola Sturgeon says Scottish R number could be as high as 1.4UK may reimpose quarantine on travellers from PortugalMass weekly testing of population to be trialled in EnglandChildcare crisis risks pushing women out of workforce, says TUCGlobal coronavirus updates – live 4.26pm BST This morning Matt Hancock, the health secretary for England, did a round of media interviews partly to promote the announ...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Scotland, UK News, Labour, Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish politics, Salford, Hancock, Midlothian, Southampton Southampton, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID, Jason Leitch


UK coronavirus live: 20-minute Covid test could be widely available 'over coming months', says Hancock

News updates: health secretary says ‘quarantine policy has absolutely proved its worth’ ahead of expected restrictions on Portugal travelUK may reimpose quarantine on travellers from PortugalMass weekly testing of population to be trialled in EnglandChildcare crisis risks pushing women out of workforce, says TUCGlobal coronavirus updates – live 10.28am BST At international trade questions in the Commons this morning the Labour MP Jeff Smith asked about the plan to appoint Tony Abbott as a UK...
Tags: Politics, UK, Australia, UK News, Labour, Tony Abbott, Portugal, Smith, Abbott, Hancock, Jeff Smith, Greg Hands, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


Matt Hancock shows unease at Tony Abbott as UK trade envoy

Health secretary would not endorse ex-Australian PM’s views on gender equality and equal marriageMatt Hancock has expressed apparent discomfort at the appointment of Tony Abbott as a UK trade envoy, declining to endorse the former Australian prime minister’s views in areas such as gender equality and equal marriage.While the health secretary defended the government’s decision, saying Abbott had “a huge amount of expertise” in international trade, he repeatedly stressed his own contrasting opinio...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Australia news, Tony Abbott, Brexit, Abbott, Hancock, Trade Policy, Matt Hancock


UK coronavirus live: Hancock defends quarantine policy ahead of possible Portugal restrictions

News updates: health secretary says ‘quarantine policy has absolutely proved its worth’UK may reimpose quarantine on travellers from PortugalMass weekly testing of population to be trialled in EnglandChildcare crisis risks pushing women out of workforce, says TUCGlobal coronavirus updates – live 7.18am BST Good morning and welcome to the UK live blog. This is Archie Bland, on duty until Andrew Sparrow takes over later this morning.On this morning’s agenda is the news that the UK may reimpose...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Portugal, Home Affairs select committee, Hancock, Andrew Sparrow, Archie Bland, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: Labour attacks Gavin Williamson over 'summer of chaos, incompetence and confusion'

Education secretary apologises to students once again; Hancock claims England’s test and trace system in global ‘top tranche’Councils in north-west England want lockdown to remain as cases riseJoy, tears and controls: children return to school in EnglandNo mass return of London commuters amid Covid concernsDecision due soon on GCSE and A-level delaysLatest global coronavirus updates 5.19pm BST In the Commons Bob Blackman, a Conservative, asks if the government is considering extending the sc...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, London, Education, European Union, UK News, Labour, Schools, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Williamson, Hancock, Commons Education Committee, north west England


UK coronavirus live: Hancock claims England's test and trace system in global 'top tranche'

Health secretary made claim as he faced MPs; Johnson says UK prepared for more ‘wretched Covid’; Gavin Williamson to face MPs after exams fiasco Councils in north-west England want lockdown to remain as cases riseJoy, tears and controls: children return to school in EnglandNo mass return of London commuters amid Covid concernsDecision due soon on GCSE and A-level delaysLatest global coronavirus updates 4.01pm BST According to the Financial Times’ Jim Pickard, figures from Transport for Londo...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, London, Education, European Union, UK News, NHS, Schools, Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Financial Times, Brexit, Hancock, north west England


UK coronavirus live: Johnson says country prepared for more 'wretched Covid' as some pupils return to school

PM also claims workers heading back to offices ‘in huge numbers’; Gavin Williamson to face MPs after exams fiasco Decision due ‘very soon on delaying GCSEs and A-levelsGap between rich and poor pupils in England ‘grows by 46% in a year’Hancock favoured Tory areas with lockdown changesLittle room for manoeuvre as UK Covid cases increaseLatest global coronavirus updates 1.15pm BST Exams in Wales could be delayed next summer, the country’s education minister, Kirsty Williams, has said.Speaking ...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Education, Wales, UK News, Williams, Schools, Boris Johnson, Tory, Johnson, Hancock, Josh Halliday, Kirsty Williams, Matt Hancock, Bolton Council


UK coronavirus live: Johnson says UK prepared for more 'wretched Covid' as some pupils return to school

PM also claims workers heading back to offices ‘in huge numbers’; Gavin Williamson to face MPs after exams fiasco Decision due ‘very soon on delaying GCSEs and A-levelsGap between rich and poor pupils in England ‘grows by 46% in a year’Hancock favoured Tory areas with lockdown changesLittle room for manoeuvre as UK Covid cases increaseLatest global coronavirus updates 12.19pm BST Ben Wallace, the defence secretary, has admitted he made a “mistake” when he broke social distancing guidelines b...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Sweden, Education, Australia, UK News, Tony Abbott, Schools, Boris Johnson, Defence, Tory, Johnson, Patrick Wintour, Abbott, State


UK coronavirus live: daily cases tally jumps by nearly 500 to reach 1,522

UK’s daily cases tally reaches 1,522 as of 9am on Thursday; government falls short of contact-tracing target for ninth week in row; Covid isolation payments could go beyond lockdown areas, says Hancock£13 a day to self-isolate ‘a slap in the face’ for low-paid in EnglandPaul Pogba tests positive for coronavirus, says Didier DeschampsHundreds self-isolate after Norfolk poultry plant outbreakEd Davey elected Liberal Democrat leaderGlobal coronavirus latest - live 4.29pm BST The daily figure of...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Boris Johnson, Norfolk, Hancock, Davey, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, Didier DeschampsHundreds


UK coronavirus live: government falls short of contact-tracing target for ninth week in row

Dido Harding says service will continue to be built; Ed Davey declared leader of Lib Dems; Covid isolation payments could go beyond lockdown areas, says Hancock£13 a day to self-isolate ‘a slap in the face’ for low-paid in EnglandEd Davey elected Liberal Democrat leaderScotland and Wales to buy 12-minute testing machinesUnclear UK advice on PPE cited in care home deathGlobal coronavirus latest - live 1.32pm BST That’s all from me, Caroline Davies. Handing back to Archie Bland now. 1.25pm ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Wales, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Ed Davey, Boris Johnson, Dido Harding, Hancock, Davey, ZSL London Zoo, Archie Bland, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, Caroline Davies Handing


UK coronavirus: Matt Hancock defends scrapping PHE – live news

Follow the latest on the pandemic in the UK as the health secretary is set to defend the decision to scrap Public Health England as he increases testingHealth chiefs attack ‘risky and unjust’ decision to scrap PHE230,000 could lose homes as eviction ban ends in England and WalesParents and teachers have lost faith in Gavin WilliamsonGlobal coronavirus live: latest updates 8.23am BST Hancock has denied that scrapping PHE will be a distraction from the fight against the pandemic. Speaking to R...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, UK News, Britain, Public Health England, Dido Harding, Williamson, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Gavin Williamson, Coronavirus outbreak, Gavin WilliamsonGlobal, Omnishambles Britain GavinWilliamson, Millbank Studios Westminster, Ben Cawthra


Hancock defends appointment of Dido Harding to lead new health body – as it happened

Health secretary defends Tory peer’s appointment after speech about axing PHE; Williamson plans to keep role and tries to blame Ofqual for exams messOldham could be on brink of ‘catastrophic’ lockdown Depression in British adults doubles during coronavirus crisisMatt Hancock unveils National Institute for Health ProtectionGavin Williamson refuses to back Ofqual head after exams rowCoronavirus global updates – live 6.57pm BST Here’s a roundup of this afternoon’s key UK coronavirus development...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Exams, Dido Harding, Phe, Williamson, Hancock, Ofqual, Pizza Express, Gavin Williamson, BST Pizza Express, CVA Today


UK coronavirus live: Hancock defends appointment of Dido Harding to lead new health body

Health secretary defends Tory peer’s appointment after speech about axing PHE; Williamson plans to keep role and tries to blame Ofqual for exams messOldham could be on brink of ‘catastrophic’ lockdown Depression in British adults doubles during coronavirus crisisMatt Hancock unveils National Institute for Health ProtectionGavin Williamson refuses to back Ofqual head after exams rowCoronavirus global updates – live 6.57pm BST Here’s a roundup of this afternoon’s key UK coronavirus development...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Exams, Dido Harding, Phe, Williamson, Hancock, Ofqual, Pizza Express, Gavin Williamson, BST Pizza Express, CVA Today


UK coronavirus live: Matt Hancock defends appointment of Dido Harding to lead new health body

Health secretary defends Tory peer’s appointment after speech about axing PHE; Williamson plans to keep role and tries to blame Ofqual for exams messDepression in British adults doubles during coronavirus crisisMatt Hancock unveils National Institute for Health ProtectionGavin Williamson refuses to back Ofqual head after exams rowCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.24pm BST A further 12 people have died in the UK after testing positive for Covid-19 as of 5pm on Mon...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Exams, University of Oxford, Dido Harding, Leeds, Phe, Williamson, Hancock, Ofqual, Matt Hancock, Gavin Williamson, Leeds Live, Martha Storey


UK coronavirus live: Matt Hancock gives details on new National Institute for Health Protection

Health secretary gives speech about axing Public Health England; Williamson plans to keep role and tries to blame Ofqual for exams messDepression in British adults doubles during coronavirus crisisMatt Hancock unveils National Institute for Health ProtectionGavin Williamson refuses to back Ofqual head after exams rowCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.28pm BST Nicola Sturgeon has stressed the need to balance the harm of coronavirus with the importance of children r...
Tags: Politics, UK, Scotland, UK News, Exams, Public Health England, Williamson, Hancock, Ofqual, Matt Hancock, Gavin Williamson, Alex Norris, BST Nicola Sturgeon, National Institute for Health Protection


UK coronavirus live: Matt Hancock gives speech on axing Public Health England

Health secretary announces new National Institute for Health Protection; Williamson plans to keep role and tries to blame Ofqual for exams messCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 12.17pm BST That’s it, Matt Hancock has put his “protect the NHS” face mask back on, marking the end of his speech. 12.16pm BST Hancock is answering questions following his speech announcing the scrapping of Public Health England and creation of the National Institute for Health Protecti...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, NHS, Exams, Public Health England, Williamson, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Gavin Williamson, National Institute for Health Protection, National Institute for Health Protection Here


Hancock defends last-minute coronavirus lockdown in north of England

Health secretary’s late-night announcement provokes ire across political spectrumCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMatt Hancock has defended the imposition of new lockdown regulations on more than 4 million people in northern England with only two hours’ notice, amid criticism from Conservative MPs and confusion about the rules.The health secretary announced on Twitter on Thursday night that from midnight people from different households in Greater Manchester, parts of ...
Tags: Politics, England, Conservatives, UK News, Labour, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Leicester, Lancashire, North Of England, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Eid al-Adha, Coronavirus outbreak, East Lancashire West Yorkshire


Matt Hancock defends last-minute northern coronavirus lockdown

UK health secretary’s late-night announcement provokes ire across political spectrumCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMatt Hancock has defended imposing new lockdown regulations on more than 4 million people in northern England with only two hours’ notice amid criticism from Conservative MPs and confusion about the rules.The UK health secretary announced on Twitter on Thursday night that from midnight people from different households in Greater Manchester, parts of East...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Conservatives, UK News, Labour, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Leicester, Lancashire, North Of England, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Eid al-Adha, Coronavirus outbreak, East Lancashire West Yorkshire



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