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UK coronavirus live: R number increases to between 1.1 and 1.4 as 4,322 new cases recorded

New infections grow by up to 7% daily; UK cases surge; Welsh leader slams ‘vacancy at heart of UK’; Scotland given ‘advance notice of hard decisions’Stricter 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?London New Year’s Eve fireworks cancelled, says Sadiq KhanGlobal coronavirus updates – live 4.18pm BST Coronavirus cases in England almost doubled in the space of ...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, Scotland, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Boris Johnson, Ons, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, Lancashire Merseyside, Warrington ` Circuit, Sadiq KhanGlobal


UK coronavirus live: just 1% of deaths in England and Wales linked to Covid; testing capacity 'behind the curve'

News updates: lowest number of Covid deaths in last 25 weeks, ONS says; government adviser warns speed of second wave has been underestimatedTwo families of four chatting in street ‘would break English Covid laws’PM was warned over Covid ‘moonshot’ testing planUK redundancies rise at fastest rate since 2009 UK map: confirmed Covid cases and deaths todayCoronavirus – latest updates 11.29am BST “Sometimes I think the Welsh government cares more about the union than the UK government does” ... ...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Wales, Eu, UK News, Ons, Keir Starmer, Matt Hancock, Lindsay Hoyle, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID, Jeremy Miles the Welsh, Mike Russell Holyrood Brexit


UK coronavirus live: just 1% of deaths in England and Wales now Covid-linked; testing capacity 'behind the curve'

News updates: lowest number of Covid deaths in last 25 weeks, ONS says; government adviser warns speed of second wave has been underestimatedTwo families of four chatting in street ‘would break English Covid laws’PM was warned over Covid ‘moonshot’ testing planUK redundancies rise at fastest rate since 2009 UK map: confirmed Covid cases and deaths todayCoronavirus – latest updates 10.27am BST Two families of four stopping for a chat in the street would contravene England’s “rule of six” coro...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Wales, UK News, Birmingham, Ons, Keir Starmer, University of Birmingham, Patel, BBC Breakfast, Priti Patel, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, Alexandra Topping, Alan McNally


UK coronavirus live: Welsh first minister warns of 'gathering storm' as case rate hits 20 per 100,000

Mark Drakeford says ‘serious risk’ virus spreads more widely again; contact tracing app to launch in England and Wales; Merseyside added to watchlistNHS Covid app to launch in England and Wales this monthBoris Johnson facing rebellions on Covid rules and BrexitCovid lockdown rules more divisive than Brexit, survey finds‘Rule of six’: what are the new rules in England, Scotland and Wales?Global coronavirus updates – live 1.17pm BST Evidence suggests the rate of new infections in private house...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Wales, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Nicola Sturgeon, Boris Johnson, Ons, Johnson, Merseyside, Brexit, England Scotland, Mark Drakeford, 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


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: nearly 3,000 new cases for second day; seven Greek islands to join England quarantine list

New cases show continued rise in new infections; Grant Shapps says seven Greek islands will be added to list on WednesdaySeven Greek islands to be added to England quarantine listGlobal coronavirus updates – liveDozens of schools in England and Wales in Covid outbreakYoung people largely behind steep rise in cases, says HancockFatigue and headache ‘most common symptoms in children’ 5.07pm BST Gastrointestinal symptoms are common in children infected with coronavirus and should trigger tests ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Politics, UK, England, Greece, Wales, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Ons, British Medical Journal, Phe, Grant Shapps, Brexit


UK coronavirus live: government U-turn on Bolton and Trafford lockdown; Wirral records big rise in cases

News updates: government axes plan to relax Covid restrictions in two areas; Wirral reports 80 new cases; ONS says overall UK death toll is 57,310Lockdown reimposed in Greater Manchester areas in latest U-turnBoris Johnson reiterates refusal to meet Covid bereavedHydrocortisone found to save lives of some patients Williamson told of A-level flaws weeks before resultsGlobal coronavirus updates – live 4.30pm BST This week’s Guardian Politics Weekly podcast is out. Jessica Elgot chats to Peter ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Education, Scotland, Eu, UK News, Tax and spending, House Of Commons, Greater Manchester, Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish politics, Boris Johnson, Andy Burnham, Brussels, Westminster, Ons


UK coronavirus live: government U-turn on Bolton and Trafford lockdown; Starmer accuses PM of 'wasted summer'

News updates: government abandons plan to relax Covid restrictions in Bolton and Trafford; ONS updates overall UK death toll to 57,310Lockdown reimposed in Greater Manchester areas in latest U-turnWilliamson told of A-level flaws weeks before resultsJohnson backtracks on meeting group for Covid-19 bereavedHealth leaders warn Boris Johnson over PHE axingGlobal coronavirus updates – live 12.46pm BST The Mirror’s Oliver Milne has more evidence of Sir Keir Starmer calling for children to be back...
Tags: Politics, UK, Education, Scotland, UK News, Greater Manchester, Nicola Sturgeon, SNP, Scottish politics, Boris Johnson, Andy Burnham, Ons, Pmqs, Johnson, Bolton, Keir Starmer


UK coronavirus live: Johnson faces Starmer at PMQs as ONS updates overall death toll to 57,310

News updates: First PMQs after summer recess; Ofqual suggests Williamson must accept share of blame for exam debacleWilliamson told of A-level flaws weeks before resultsJohnson backtracks on meeting group for Covid-19 bereavedHealth leaders warn Boris Johnson over PHE axingLockdown eased in two of England’s worst-hit areas despite cases surgeGlobal coronavirus updates – live 12.27pm BST There has been another coronavirus government U-turn, my colleague Helen Pidd reports.Another government u...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Education, Scotland, UK News, Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish politics, Boris Johnson, Andy Burnham, Ons, Pmqs, Johnson, Bolton, Keir Starmer, Williamson


UK coronavirus live: R value climbs to as high as 1 in England, government says

Sage experts not confident number is below 1 in England; ONS figures suggest new cases levelling off in England; Scotland brings in law to force pubs to take customer detailsSunak says UK will not hesitate to add countries to quarantine list NHS must never again be a Covid-only service, doctors warnThe Cummings effect: study finds public faith was lost after aide’s tripWhich countries can holidaymakers visit without restrictions on arrival?Global coronavirus updates – live 3.30pm BST Public ...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Wales, Scotland, UK News, NHS, Ons, Mark Brown, Coronavirus outbreak, BST Public Health Wales


UK coronavirus live: 89 further deaths recorded as seven-day average nudges up

Total of 8,891 deaths in England and Wales in week to 24 July, reports ONS; researchers warn more testing needed ahead of schools reopeningBAME workers ‘disproportionately hit by coronavirus downturn’Local authority sets up own test-and-tracing schemeUp to 2,000 jobs to go at Pizza Express and Dixons CarphoneGlobal coronavirus live: latest updates 7.03pm BST We will shortly be wrapping up the UK coronavirus liveblog. As ever, thank you for joining us. 6.56pm BST The Labour leader, Keir S...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Wales, UK News, Labour, Boris Johnson, Ons, Keir Starmer, Dixons, Pizza Express, Coronavirus outbreak, Guardian Starmer


UK coronavirus live: deaths in England and Wales below five-year average for sixth week in a row, says ONS

Total of 8,891 deaths in England and Wales in week to 24 July, reports ONS; Researchers warn more testing is needed ahead of schools reopeningLocal authority sets up test-and-tracing to plug gaps in English schemeBoost test and trace before English schools reopen ‘or risk second wave’Concerns persist over plan to reopen schools in EnglandUK virologists criticise handling of Covid testing contractsGlobal coronavirus live: latest updates 10.23am BST The local authority with the highest infecti...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, London, Wales, UK News, Yorkshire, Boris Johnson, East Midlands, Ons, West Midlands, Blackburn, Lancashire, DARWEN, 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


UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson admits government could have handled crisis differently in early months

PM says government did not understand Covid-19 in early weeks; UK death toll rises by 138 to 45,677; ONS figures suggest cases in England stable or possibly risingSainsbury’s and Asda say they won’t enforce English face mask lawsIn which shops do I have to wear face masks in England?Boris Johnson says ‘anti-vaxxers are nuts’ Global coronavirus updates – live 5.26pm BST Labour’s shadow health and social care secretary Jonathan Ashworth has said the prime minister “has finally admitted the gov...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, UK News, Bbc, Asda, Boris Johnson, Ons, Johnson, Jonathan Ashworth, BST Labour, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: ONS says cases in England potentially rising as face masks rules change

ONS figures suggest cases in England stable or possibly rising; police will have power to enforce mask rules, which come into effect todaySainsbury’s and Asda say they won’t enforce English face mask lawsIn which shops do I have to wear face masks in England?Boris Johnson says ‘anti-vaxxers are nuts’ Global coronavirus updates – live 3.17pm BST Approximately a third of England’s public leisure centres will remain closed on Saturday as a widespread picture of financial distress among communit...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, UK News, Asda, Ons, Johnson, Coronavirus outbreak, Zoe Wood, PureGym David Lloyd


UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson accused of cowardice over care home comments

Charity boss says blaming care sector for repeated government mistakes is unacceptableFury as PM accuses care homes over high death tollGlobal coronavirus updates - live 10.14am BST New research shows that half of British workers do not want to go back to pre-Covid working environments.As workplaces reopen, a quarter of Britons say their employer hasn’t explored any flexible working options to help them return to work.• Two-thirds of working Britons – 65% – do not feel comfortable commuting ...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Wales, UK News, Boris Johnson, Ons, 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: groups of six people can meet outside in England from Monday; No 10 backs Cummings

Boris Johnson unveils lockdown relaxation measures; Durham police say there will be no further action against No 10 adviser over breach of lockdown rules; UK death toll rises by 377 to 37,837Full story: Cummings potentially broke lockdown rules, say policeJacob Rees-Mogg accused of bungling Commons return NHS will keep data of people with coronavirus for 20 yearsGlobal coronavirus updates - liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 5.30pm BST Vallance says the most recent ONS figures suggest:The ...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, UK News, NHS, Boris Johnson, Ons, Durham, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, Patrick Vallance, Rees Mogg, Vallance, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: PM urges caution on lockdown easing; Welsh schools won't reopen on 1 June

ONS says black people at higher risk of dying from Covid-19; Sturgeon will consider allowing more outdoor exercise; Notting Hill Carnival cancelledBlack people more likely to die from Covid-19, ONS findsRevealed: secret report gave ministers warning of care home Covid-19 crisisCoronavirus latest: at a glanceCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.14pm BST EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan has claimed the British team negotiating with Brussels on the future trade ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Race, Eu, UK News, Infectious Diseases, United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Brussels, Ons, Sturgeon, Brexit, Will Johnson, Hogan


UK coronavirus live: Johnson says 'maximum caution' needed as part of lockdown easing; Notting Hill carnival cancelled

ONS says black people at higher risk of dying from Covid-19; Sturgeon will consider allowing more outdoor exercise; Johnson to give speech on lockdown plans at 7pm on SundayBlack people more likely to die from Covid-19, ONS findsRevealed: secret report gave ministers warning of care home Covid-19 crisisCoronavirus latest: at a glanceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 2.31pm BST NHS England has announced another 383 deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Politics, UK, England, Science, Race, UK News, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Ons, Johnson, Sturgeon, Notting Hill


UK coronavirus live: black people four times more likely to die, says ONS; Scotland lockdown set to be extended

ONS says risk of death significantly higher among some ethnic groups than others; Sturgeon will consider allowing more outdoor exercise; Johnson to give speech on lockdown plans at 7pm on SundayFull report: black people more likely to die from Covid-19, ONS findsRevealed: secret report gave ministers warning of care home Covid-19 crisisCoronavirus latest: at a glanceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.30pm BST This is from Heidi Alexander, the deputy mayor of Londo...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, London, Scotland, Race, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Labour, Office For National Statistics, Ons, Gordon Brown, Johnson, Sturgeon, Sadiq Khan


UK coronavirus live: black people four times more likely to die from coronavirus than whites - ONS

ONS says risk of death significantly higher among some ethnic groups than others; Johnson to chair cabinet meeting on lockdown measuresFull report: black people more likely to die from Covid-19, ONS findsPPE: all 400,000 gowns flown in from Turkey for NHS fail UK standardsCoronavirus latest: at a glanceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.26am BST The UK economy could shrink by 14% and unemployment could more than double as the pandemic causes the deepest recession...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Race, Bank Of England, UK News, Turkey, Infectious Diseases, NHS, David Lammy, Office For National Statistics, Ons, Johnson, Coronavirus outbreak, Bank of England Related : Bank of England


UK coronavirus live: ONS to investigate why 8,000 weekly 'excess' death toll even higher than Covid-19 figures imply

MPs expected to approve plans for ‘virtual’ sittings of the Commons as questions continue over PPE provision Global Covid-19 updates - live blogBoy with Covid-19 did not transmit disease to more than 170 contactsWHO warns few people have developed coronavirus antibodiesSupport grows to cancel student nurses’ debt See all our coronavirus coverage 10.59am BST Here is our news story on the ONS figures from Robert Booth and Pamela Duncan. Related: Coronavirus deaths in care homes in England an...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Wales, UK News, House Of Commons, Office For National Statistics, Ons, Pamela Duncan, Robert Booth, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: More than 15% of coronavirus deaths taking place outside hospital, says ONS

MPs expected to approve plans for ‘virtual’ sittings of the Commons as questions continue over PPE provision Global Covid-19 updates - live blogBoy with Covid-19 did not transmit disease to more than 170 contactsWHO warns few people have developed coronavirus antibodiesSupport grows to cancel student nurses’ debt See all our coronavirus coverage 10.16am BST The ONS has also published a paper looking at how its death figures compare with the ones published by the government for coronavirus de...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Wales, UK News, House Of Commons, Ons, Jonathan Portes, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Brexit: No 10 signals willingness to compromise over date as MPs prepare to debate early election bill - live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including MPs debating the government bill for an early election 10.06am GMT The gender pay gap for full-time workers in the UK has increased slightly to 8.9%, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. As the Press Association reports, the new figure compares with 8.6% last year, which was the lowest since records began in 1997, when it stood at 17.4%. The difference in pay of all men and women workers, including those...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Labour, Liberal Democrats, House Of Commons, SNP, Philip Hammond, Boris Johnson, Ons, Johnson, Brexit, Western Isles


Brexit: Public support for EU nationals being able to work in UK up sharply since 2016, ONS says - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQsNo sign of progress after ‘robust’ Brexit talks in BrusselsFood fight: doubts grow over post-Brexit standardsPMQs - Snap verdictPMQs - Verdict from Twitter commentariat 5.11pm GMT Karen Bradley, the Northern Ireland secretary, had to issue a clarification in the Commons earlier, after appearing to say that none of the killings committed by members of the armed forces in Norther...
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