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New era for UK as it completes separation from EU

A new era has begun for the United Kingdom after it completed its formal separation from the European Union. The UK stopped following EU rules at 23:00 GMT, as replacement arrangements for travel, trade, immigration and security co-operation came into force. Boris Johnson said the UK had “freedom in our hands” and the ability to do things “differently and better” ...

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World ringing in 2021 with muted celebrations amid Covid-19 restrictions

Billions of people will be looking forward to saying farewell to 2020, but unlike usual year-end celebrations, it will be a subdued affair in most countries. The chaotic year saw the world roiled by a deadly pandemic, so it’s only fitting that New Year’s celebrations worldwide will be muted or canceled altogether as authorities try to stop crowds from gathering ...

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Covid: Cases increase by 55,892 in another UK daily record as death toll rises by 964

Professor Hugh Montgomery, pictured, an A&E consultant at University College Hospital in London, said he is ‘angry’ with the public for failing to follow the rules and have ‘blood on their hands’ for not wearing masks The UK has passed another daily record in the Covid-19 pandemic, with 55,892 new cases recorded – the highest daily increase yet. It brings ...

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UK coronavirus deaths increase by 981, with another 50,023 cases

ALMOST 1,000 more Brits have lost their lives to coronavirus in the highest toll since April as the entire country prepares to head into Tier 3 and 4 measures tonight. A further 981 have died and 50,023 more have been diagnosed with coronavirus overnight – the second highest increase ever – amid rocketing infection rates. The death toll is likely ...

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Covid: 44 million in England under toughest Tier 4 rules from Thursday

A total of 44 million people will be under Tier 4 Covid restrictions on Thursday as the government extends the toughest rules to cover more areas in England. More of the Midlands, the North East, parts of the North West and South West of England will enter the highest coronavirus measures on New Year’s Eve, Matt Hancock has announced. This ...

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European chiefs formally sign post-Brexit UK trade deal

With a call for both sides to look forward to a new chapter in their relationship, EU chiefs signed the Brexit trade deal agreed with Britain and sent the text off to London on Wednesday for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to add his signature, reports Reuters. Against a backdrop of EU flags, top EU officials signed the treaties struck on ...

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AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid vaccine approved for use in UK

A coronavirus vaccine developed by drug firm AstraZeneca and Oxford University has been approved for use in Britain, the government said Wednesday, adding the mass rollout will start on January 4. The vaccine can be stored, transported and handled at normal refrigerated conditions, and is therefore cheaper and easier to administer than the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna jabs that require freezing. ...

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UK records over 50,000 COVID-19 cases overnight

Britain recorded more than 50,000 coronavirus cases overnight for the first time since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world, according to official figures released Tuesday. Another 53,135 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, marking a new record daily increase in coronavirus cases in the country, according to the official figures. The total number of coronavirus ...

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UK Covid cases rise by record 53,000 and 414 die

The UK has recorded its highest daily increase in Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began with 53,135 positive tests. The Department of Health also confirmed a further 414 people have died within 28 days of developing Covid-19, bringing the UK coronavirus death toll to 71,567. Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show that more than 87,000 deaths involving ...

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14-day quarantine mandatory for UK returnees

14-day quarantine mandatory for UK returnees All the UK returnees must stay in a 14-day institutional quarantine as the Cabinet on Monday made it mandatory in the wake of the spread of a new variant of Covid-19 in the United Kingdom. The decision came at the Cabinet meeting held at the Bangladesh Secretariat. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting  ...

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