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Flight operations on Dhaka-London-Dhaka route resume

Flight operations on Dhaka-London-Dhaka route resumed on Sunday after over two months of suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. “A Biman flight carrying 187 passengers left Dhaka for London at 12:02pm,” said Tahera Khandaker, deputy general manager (PR) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines. A scheduled flight will leave Dhaka every week on Sunday and another will come from London on each ...

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Coronavirus: Review of 2m social distancing rule ‘to conclude within days’

A review into the 2m social distancing rule in England will conclude “within the coming days”, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has told the BBC. It comes amid warnings many businesses will not survive under the current guidance as the government prepares to ease more restrictions on 4 July. Pubs, restaurants and hotels are among those hoping to reopen. Pubs could ...

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UK debt now larger than size of whole economy

The UK’s debt is now worth more than its economy after the government borrowed a record amount in May. The £55.2bn figure was nine times higher than in May last year and the highest since records began in 1993. The borrowing splurge sent total government debt surging to £1.95trn, exceeding the size of the economy for the first time in ...

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Coronavirus Update : UK death toll rises by 173 to 42,461

The number of people in the UK who have died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive fo coronavirus has increased by 173 to 42,461. Governmental figures do not include all deaths involving Covid-19 across the UK, which is thought to have passed 53,000, according to data from the ONS, Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency ...

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Virus shuts UK meat and chicken plants

UK authorities have shut down a meat processing plant and a chicken factory following similar closures in Germany and France in response to new coronavirus outbreaks. Production at the chicken processing plant in Wales was halted on Thursday and the staff told to self-isolate for two weeks after testing detected 58 new cases. A meat processing plant voluntarily closed near ...

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Coronavirus: UK’s Covid-19 alert level reduced from four to three

The UK’s coronavirus alert level has been downgraded from four to three, its chief medical officers have said. Under level three, the virus is considered to be “in general circulation” and there could be a “gradual relaxation of restrictions”. Previously transmission was considered to be “high or rising exponentially”. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the change was “a big moment ...

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UK virus-tracing app switches to Apple-Google model

In a major U-turn, the UK is ditching the way its current coronavirus-tracing app works and shifting to a model based on technology provided by Apple and Google. The Apple-Google design has been promoted as being more privacy-focused. However, it means epidemiologists will have access to less data. The government now intends to launch an app in the autumn, however ...

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Coronavirus: Dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug

A cheap and widely available drug can help save the lives of patients seriously ill with coronavirus. The low-dose steroid treatment dexamethasone is a major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly virus, UK experts say. The drug is part of the world’s biggest trial testing existing treatments to see if they also work for coronavirus. It cut the risk ...

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Long queues as shops reopen in England after lockdown

Pent-up demand has prompted queues at some shops as rules are relaxed in England after a three month lockdown. Long queues were reported outside clothing stores across the country such as Primark, Zara and Sports Direct. There were also crowds outside the Nike store in Central London, although some complained there had been a lack of social distancing. All shops ...

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UK’s Johnson announces body to probe inequality amid race protests

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was setting up a commission to look at “all aspects of inequality” following race protests across Britain. Writing in the Telegraph newspaper on Monday, Johnson said there was “much more that we need to do” to tackle racism despite “huge progress”, and argued the “substance” of the problem needed to be addressed, rather than ...

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