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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: 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: Covid testing shortage will take weeks to resolve, says Matt Hancock

News updates: health secretary signals access to 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 2.18pm BST Almost nine in 10 pupils have attended schools in England s...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Wales, UK News, House Of Lords, NHS, Office For National Statistics, William Hague, Keir Starmer, Brexit, Department for Education, Priti Patel, Public Health Wales, Matt Hancock


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


Coronavirus cases are now doubling in England every week as the 'R' rate reaches 1.7

A coronavirus testing centre in England. Getty Coronavirus infections in England are doubling every seven days according to a study commissioned by the UK government. Scientists from Imperial College London estimated that the so-called 'R' rate of infection is now 1.7. Any figure over one risks triggering an exponential rise in infections. They said the spike in infections may have been caused by people returning to work and increasing social interactions. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson t...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, Trends, Healthcare, Nicola Sturgeon, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Ons, Johnson, Imperial College London, Office for National Statistics ONS, Adam Bienkov, Coronavirus, Brexit Insider


The UK and Japan have signed a Brexit trade deal that could boost trade between the countries by £12.5 billion

Getty The UK has agreed its first major post-Brexit trade deal after securing an agreement with Japan which both sides hope will significantly boost trade between the two countries. Liz Truss, the UK trade secretary, hailed a 'historic moment' on Friday after speaking with Toshimitsu Motegi, Japan's foreign minister. The total value of trade between the UK and Japan last year was £31.6 billion, according to British government figures. Critics say that such deals are unlikely to replace th...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Politics, UK, England, News, Wales, International, Trends, Eu, Turkey, Canada, Britain, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Boris Johnson


UK coronavirus live: close to 2,000 new Covid cases recorded - highest daily total since May

Daily case numbers have been rising for two months now, with 1,940 more todayStaffordshire school closes after Covid caseManchester Airports Group calls for urgent Covid testing of arrivalsUK flip-flopping over quarantine devastates Portuguese tourist industryPupils with special needs ‘forgotten’ as English schools reopenGlobal coronavirus updates – live 5.15pm BST In his interview with Sky News in Solihull Boris Johnson was also asked about the concerns raised about the haulage industry abo...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Scotland, Eu, Conservatives, UK News, Glasgow, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Solihull, Brexit, Geoff Ellis, Coronavirus outbreak, SubClub


Covid-19: UK economy plunges into deepest recession since records began

GDP falls 20.4% as coronavirus fuels biggest quarterly decline in growth since 1955UK falls into recession – live business updatesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritain’s economy has been officially confirmed in recession for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis as the coronavirus pandemic plunges the country into the deepest slump on record.The Office for National Statistics said gross domestic product (GDP), the broadest measure of economic prosperity, fe...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Recession, Economics, Society, UK News, Unemployment, Economic policy, Economic recovery, Job losses, Office For National Statistics, Economic growth (GDP, Coronavirus outbreak


UK to plunge into deepest slump on record with worst GDP drop of G7

Official measure to be declared this week as coronavirus lockdown shrinks GDP by 21% in second quarterBritain’s economy will be officially declared in recession this week for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, as the coronavirus outbreak plunges the country into the deepest slump on record.Figures from the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday are expected to show that gross domestic product (GDP), the broadest measure of economic prosperity, fell in the three months to June b...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Recession, Economics, UK News, Consumer Spending, Global Economy, Global recession, Economic policy, Economic recovery, Office For National Statistics, Brexit, Economic growth (GDP, Coronavirus outbreak


UK to plunge into deepest slump on record with worst fall in GDP among G7

Official measure to be declared this week as coronavirus lockdown shrinks GDP by 21% in second quarterBritain’s economy will be officially declared in recession this week for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, as the coronavirus outbreak plunges the country into the deepest slump on record.Figures from the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday are expected to show gross domestic product (GDP), the broadest measure of economic prosperity, fell in the three months to June by 21%...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Recession, Economics, UK News, Consumer Spending, Global Economy, Global recession, Economic policy, Economic recovery, Office For National Statistics, Brexit, Economic growth (GDP, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: England had highest levels of excess deaths in Europe in first half of 2020, ONS says

Data comparing 29 European countries shows England had longest continuous period of excess mortality; second wave ‘rolling across Europe’, says HancockGP consultations ‘should be online by default’Isolation period may rise to 10 daysCountry quarantine list could be added to in daysGlobal coronavirus live: latest updates 3.24pm BST 3.12pm BST The Royal College of General Practitioners has expressed concern about Matt Hancock’s call in his speech earlier for all GP consultations to be by ...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, England, Scotland, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Nicola Sturgeon, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Ons, Rcgp, Hancock, Royal College of General Practitioners


Are official figures overstating England's Covid-19 death toll?

PHE figures include deaths of anyone who tested positive, even if it was months agoCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMatt Hancock has announced an urgent review into how Public Health England (PHE) counts Covid-19 deaths after discovering what appeared to be a serious issue in how rates are calculated.Following the health secretary’s move on Friday, Yoon K Loke and Carl Heneghan, of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University, wrote in a blogpost: “It se...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Office For National Statistics, Hancock, Public Health England PHE, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID, Carl Heneghan, Yoon K Loke


UK coronavirus live: No 10 fails to apologise for Boris Johnson's care home remarks; death toll rises by 155

Charity boss says blaming care sector for repeated government mistakes is unacceptableJohnson condemned over ‘cowardly’ care home claimsSeveral pubs in England close after positive coronavirus testsNearly one in six Britons would refuse Covid-19 vaccine, says surveyGlobal coronavirus updates – live 4.18pm BST The Department of Health and Social Care has recorded a further 155 deaths in the UK in its latest daily update on coronavirus. That takes the official UK death total to 44,391.As we tr...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Scotland, UK News, NHS, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Care workers, Department of Health and Social Care, Vaughan Gething, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: No 10 fails to apologise for Boris Johnson's care home remarks amid criticism

Charity boss says blaming care sector for repeated government mistakes is unacceptableJohnson condemned over ‘cowardly’ care home claimsSeveral pubs in England close after positive coronavirus testsNearly one in six Britons would refuse Covid-19 vaccine, says surveyGlobal coronavirus updates – live 3.21pm BST The Downing Street attempt to draw a line under the row about Boris Johnson’s care homes criticism by trying to redefine what he actually said (see 12.23pm) does not seem to be working ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Scotland, UK News, BBC News, Britain, NHS, Yorkshire, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Care workers, Phillip Inman, David Crabtree, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: death toll rises by 155; employers in Leicester lockdown can re-furlough staff

PM speech on post-Covid recovery comes as Leicester faces local lockdown and ONS reports excess deaths have stoppedBoris Johnson vows to act fast to fix economy in wake of coronavirusNo 10 accused of sowing confusion over Leicester lockdownTheresa May: new national security adviser has ‘no proven expertise’Global coronavirus updates – live 5.09pm BST According to Nottinghamshire Live, the chief constable of Nottinghamshire police, Craig Guildford, has said that if his force finds people trav...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, UK News, Tax and spending, Theresa May, Economic policy, Nicola Sturgeon, Nottinghamshire, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Leicester, Ons, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Matt Hancock


UK coronavirus live: employers in Leicester lockdown can re-furlough staff, says No 10

PM speech on post-Covid recovery comes as Leicester faces local lockdown and ONS reports excess deaths have stoppedBoris Johnson vows to act fast to fix economy in wake of coronavirusLeicester lockdown extension will mean change in law, Hancock saysMay criticises appointment of David Frost as national security adviserGlobal coronavirus updates – live 3.10pm BST There have been no new coronavirus deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the latest update from the Department of Health. 2.57pm...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, UK News, Tax and spending, Theresa May, Economic policy, Northern Ireland, Nicola Sturgeon, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Leicester, Ons, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Department Of Health


UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson refuses to rule out tax rises to pay for post-Covid recovery

PM speech comes as Leicester faces local lockdown and ONS reports excess deaths have stoppedBoris Johnson vows to act fast to fix economy in wake of coronavirusLeicester lockdown extension will mean change in law, Hancock saysUK economy hit by sharpest fall in 41 yearsGlobal coronavirus updates – live 1.26pm BST In his speech Boris Johnson promised “the most radical reforms to our planning system” since the second world war. Here is the news release about the plans, which are intended to mak...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, England, UK News, Economic policy, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Leicester, Ons, Johnson, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson sets out 'new deal' plan

PM gives speech as Leicester faces local lockdown and ONS reports excess deaths have stopped 11.34am BST Johnson says the government will guarantee every young person an apprenticeship or in-work placement.We all know that is our biggest and most immediate economic challenge and so we will offer an opportunity guarantee so that every young person has the chance of apprenticeship or an in-work placement. 11.32am BST Johnson promises a major building programme.We will build fantastic new h...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Leicester, Ons, Johnson, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson leads final daily briefing as social distancing rules eased in England

No 10 scraps daily press conference after today; 2m rule stays in Scotland and Wales; UK death toll rises by 171Full story: households can host visitors at homeKey points: what’s reopening on 4 July in England?Publish action taken to support BAME people, says Doreen LawrenceWhitehall not sharing data on local outbreaks, say councilsGlobal coronavirus updates – live 5.32pm BST Q: Why is there a problem with meat processing factories?Vallance says the meat itself does not produce a risk. 5.30...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, UK, England, Law, Wales, Scotland, UK News, Economic policy, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Suzanne, Robert Buckland, Coronavirus outbreak, Doreen LawrenceWhitehall


UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson eases social distancing rule in England; death toll rises by 171

No 10 scraps daily press conference after today; 2m rule stays in Scotland and Wales; English pubs, restaurants, hairdressers to open from 4 JulyFull story: households can host visitors at homeKey points: what’s reopening on 4 July in England?Publish action taken to support BAME people, says Doreen LawrenceWhitehall not sharing data on local outbreaks, say councilsGlobal coronavirus updates – live 4.29pm BST From HuffPost’s Paul WaughAway from the PM's big unlockdown announcements today, her...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, UK, England, Law, Wales, Scotland, Cbi, UK News, Economic policy, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, HuffPost, Robert Buckland, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson ditches 2m social distancing rule for '1m-plus' in England

English pubs, restaurants and hairdressers to open from 4 July; gyms to stay closed. English schools to fully reopen in September Full story: households can host visitors at homeWhitehall not sharing data on local outbreaks, say councilsGlobal coronavirus news live - latest updates 1.29pm BST Sir Graham Brady, the Conservative chair of the 1922 Committee, asks for an assurance that air bridges will be in place by 4 July.Johnson confirms that this is being looked at. 1.29pm BST Johnson sa...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, UK, England, UK News, Economic policy, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Johnson, Committee, Graham Brady, Coronavirus outbreak, July Johnson


UK coronavirus live: Hancock says 'we backed both horses' as he defends contact tracing app

News updates: UK official death toll rises by 135; Sturgeon announces key measures in lockdown easing; Stormont ditches 2-metre rule for schools from AugustGovernment to abandon contact-tracing app for Google and Apple modelsRaab: taking the knee ‘feels like symbol of subjugation’Crisis risks UK ‘lost generation’ of people about to retireTreasury blocks plan for private hospitals to tackle NHS backlogCoronavirus global updatesAll our coronavirus coverage 6.06pm BST The number of prisoners wh...
Tags: Health, Google, Politics, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Sturgeon, Ministry Of Justice, Sadiq Khan, Department Of Health


UK coronavirus live: Hancock takes press conference as Stormont ditches 2-metre rule for schools from August

News updates: UK official death toll rises by 135; Sturgeon announces key measures in lockdown easingGovernment to abandon contact-tracing app for Google and Apple modelsRaab: taking the knee ‘feels like symbol of subjugation’Crisis risks UK ‘lost generation’ of people about to retireTreasury blocks plan for private hospitals to tackle NHS backlogCoronavirus global updatesAll our coronavirus coverage 5.32pm BST Hancock says last week there were slightly fewer people dying than in a normal we...
Tags: Health, Google, Politics, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Sturgeon, Sadiq Khan, Emmanuel Macron, Stormont


UK coronavirus live: government confirms its contact-tracing app will be ditched

News updates: UK official death toll rises by 135; Sturgeon announces key measures in lockdown easingGovernment to abandon contact-tracing app for Google and Apple modelsRaab: taking the knee ‘feels like symbol of subjugation’Crisis risks UK ‘lost generation’ of people about to retireTreasury blocks plan for private hospitals to tackle NHS backlogCoronavirus global updatesAll our coronavirus coverage 4.31pm BST The Northern Ireland health minister Robin Swann has confirmed plans to “pause” s...
Tags: Health, Google, Politics, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Northern Ireland, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Sturgeon, Sadiq Khan, Emmanuel Macron


UK coronavirus live: government 'set to abandon contact-tracing app in favour of alternative model'

News updates: health bosses pushing for £5bn-a-year deal to treat NHS patients in private hospitals and tackle spiralling backlogRaab: taking the knee ‘feels like symbol of subjugation’Crisis risks UK ‘lost generation’ of people about to retireTreasury blocks plan for private hospitals to tackle NHS backlogCoronavirus global updatesAll our coronavirus coverage 3.29pm BST Here is our colleague Dan Sabbagh’s story about the government abandoning the contact tracing app it has been using. Rela...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Politics, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Sadiq Khan, Emmanuel Macron, Dan Sabbagh


UK coronavirus live: former Tory party chair says NHS surcharge 'immoral' and 'monstrous'

Row over making migrant care workers pay NHS surcharge deepensFewer young adults sticking to lockdown rules, study showsBoohoo and biotech firm develop saliva home testing kitCoronavirus global updates - liveCoronavirus latest: at a glanceSee all our coverage 12.16pm BST The London assembly has said it will resume its investigation into Boris Johnson after the IOPC ruled against undertaking a criminal investigation over his ties to US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri while he was London mayor. ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, London, US, Conservative, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Johnson, Chris Patten, Greater London Authority, Emma Barnett


UK coronavirus live: George Eustice urges furloughed workers to pick fruit; death toll rises by 545

Official total now at to 35,341; UK facing ‘severe recession the likes of which we haven’t seen’, says Rishi SunakExcess deaths in UK reached almost 55,000 in early May, says ONSChildren in England back to school before contact tracing app rolled outHome test kits run out as eligibility list is expandedExplained: how five-year-olds should be tested for coronavirusGlobal coronavirus updates - live 6.25pm BST Here are the main points from the press conference.Scientists have been very clear in...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, England, Scotland, UK News, Economic policy, House Of Commons, Nicola Sturgeon, Welfare, Social Care, Romania, Bulgaria, Office For National Statistics, Brexit


UK coronavirus live: George Eustice takes daily briefing as death toll rises by 545 to 35,341

UK facing ‘severe recession the likes of which we haven’t seen’, says chancellor Rishi SunakExcess deaths in UK reached almost 55,000 in early May, says ONSChildren in England back to school before contact tracing app rolled outHome test kits run out as eligibility list is expandedExplained: how five-year-olds should be tested for coronavirusGlobal coronavirus updates - live 5.31pm BST In his opening remarks Eustice urged people interested in fruit picking work to use a pickforbritain websit...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, England, Scotland, UK News, Britain, Economic policy, House Of Commons, Nicola Sturgeon, Welfare, Social Care, Office For National Statistics, Brexit, George Eustice, Eustice


UK coronavirus live: No 10 uses wrong quote to reject Starmer's claim PM misled MPs about care home advice

Labour leader questions prime minister on excess deaths; chancellor Rishi Sunak warns of ‘significant recession’; death toll now 33,186Exclusive: real care home death toll ‘double official figure’UK economy shrinks by 2% as Covid-19 slump begins – business liveMillions with health conditions at risk ‘if forced back to work’Exclusive: Old Vic theatre is in ‘seriously perilous’ positionDowning Street lobby briefing - SummaryCoronavirus global updates – live 5.32pm BST Northern Ireland’s Nighti...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Education, UK News, Tax and spending, Economic policy, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Schools, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Pmqs, Keir Starmer, Grant Shapps, Laura



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