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COVID-19: UK records 158 deaths and 6,040 cases in latest 24-hour

People headed out for a walk in Greenwich Park, South East London today, as cold weather hit the capital The UK has recorded 158 coronavirus-related deaths and 6,040 cases in last 24-hour period, according to government figures. The figures represent a drop from last Saturday (27 February), when 290 deaths and 7,434 coronavirus cases were reported. It brings the UK ...

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UK to receive 10m AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses from India’s Serum Institute

The UK will receive 10 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses made by the Serum Institute of India (SII), the UK government said in a statement on Tuesday. SII, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by volume, is mass producing the AstraZeneca vaccine, developed with Oxford University, for dozens of poor and middle-income countries. “The UK has ordered 100 million doses of ...

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Pfizer and AZ Covid jabs ‘highly effective’ in elderly: UK study

The Pfizer and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines have been “highly effective” in reducing coronavirus infections and severe illness among elderly people in Britain, with a more than 80 percent reduction in hospitalisation, official data showed Monday. In the over 80s, a single dose of either vaccine is more than 80 percent effective at preventing hospitalisation around three to four weeks after the ...

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Shamima Begum: UK Supreme Court to rule on her fate

The Supreme Court is to rule later whether the runaway schoolgirl Shamima Begum should be allowed back into the UK from Syria. The ruling comes six years after the then 15-year-old left with friends to join the Islamic State group. The government stripped her of British nationality so she cannot return.   Five justices must decide whether the only fair ...

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Covid: Pubs able to serve takeaway drinks when beer gardens reopen from April 12

Pubs will be able to serve takeaway drinks from April 12, Downing Street has confirmed. Boris Johnson’s spokesman announced that once beer gardens reopen during step two of the road map out of lockdown, customers will be able to buy pints to take away. The serving of takeaway alcohol has not been permitted since the last national lockdown began. Under ...

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All UK adults to be offered vaccine by 31 July – PM Boris Johnson

All adults in the UK will be offered their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine by the end of July, the prime minister has pledged. More than 17 million people have been given a jab since the UK’s Covid vaccine rollout began in December 2020. But Boris Johnson said he now wants the programme to “go further and faster”. He ...

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Holidays: UK travel industry begs for ‘route out of crisis’

The travel industry has urged the UK prime minister to provide a “roadmap” to get people travelling again this summer. A number of travel organisations and businesses have written an open letter to Mr Johnson begging for tailored support to prevent more jobs being lost and businesses going bust. “We urge you to provide a route out of the crisis ...

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UK, Canada sanction Myanmar generals after coup

Britain and Canada on Thursday imposed sanctions on generals in Myanmar for human rights violations following the military takeover in the Southeast Asian country. The UK foreign ministry said it was imposing sanctions on three junta officials, including the ministers of defence and home affairs, and had begun a review to stop UK businesses working with the regime. “The UK ...

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UK’s Prince Philip taken to hospital as ‘precaution’

Britain’s Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was spending a second night in a London hospital, with sources saying it was not due to coronavirus symptoms. The 99-year-old was said to be “in good spirits” in the private King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone, where the palace said he was taken on Tuesday evening after feeling unwell. The ...

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UK to continue GSP for Bangladesh: Robert

The UK will continue to provide Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) facility for Bangladesh for three more years even after its graduation to a developing country from the least developed one. British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson on Wednesday said the UK will provide Bangladesh with the GSP facility up to 2027 so that it can prepare to ...

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