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Chancellor Rishi Sunak cuts VAT in emergency plan to save jobs

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is to cut VAT on hospitality as part of a £30bn plan to prevent mass unemployment as the economy is hit by coronavirus. The government will also pay firms a £1,000 bonus for every staff member kept on for three months when the furlough scheme ends in October. And Mr Sunak announced a scheme to give 50% ...

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Coronavirus Update : UK death toll increase by 155 to 44,391

The UK coronavirus death toll has increased by 155 in a large rise from yesterday’s low of just 16, the latest official figures released today show. The official death toll across all settings is now at 44,391 in the latest figures from the Department of Health today. This includes hospitals, care homes and the community. There has been a further ...

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UK imposes sanctions against human rights abusers

The UK is imposing sanctions on 49 people and organisations behind the most “notorious” human rights abuses of recent years. Individuals implicated in the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009 will have their UK assets frozen and banned from entering the country. And Saudi Arabian officials involved in the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi are also being ...

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Post-Brexit UK’s first sanctions to target top-ranking Myanmar generals

Two high-ranking Myanmar military generals involved in the systematic and brutal violence against the Rohingya people and other ethnic minorities have been designated for sanctions under a powerful new regime established by the UK. Forty-nine individuals and organisations including two Myanmar military generals involved in some of the most notorious human rights violations and abuses in recent years have been ...

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Hong Kong: Chinese ambassador warns UK over ‘interference’

  China has warned the UK not to interfere with Hong Kong following the imposition of a new national security law, as one pro-democracy campaigner begged for international support. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming said the UK’s offer of a path to citizenship for up to three million Hong Kongers amounted to “gross interference”. The offer came after Beijing brought in the ...

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Debt is the ‘sleeping giant’ of problems caused by COVID-19, charity warns

A food bank and financial advice service in north Derbyshire has seen a “harrowing” increase in demand during lockdown. A charity has warned that debt is the “sleeping giant” of problems created by the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. The fallout from the health crisis has already seen a surge in the numbers of people asking for help – whether ...

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Another 22 die from coronavirus bringing UK death toll to 44,220

The latest figures include deaths in all settings across Britain and today’s rise is one of the lowest on a Sunday since the lockdown began in March. June 28 saw the lowest figure on a Sunday with 21 fatalities, compared to 27 the week before. Earlier today, another 19 coronavirus deaths were announced across UK hospitals. England reported 18 new ...

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Coronavirus: ‘Crystal clear’ drunk people will not socially distance

Some streets in Soho, London, were closed to traffic   It is “crystal clear” that drunk people are unable to socially distance, the chair of the Police Federation said as pubs reopened on Saturday. Ministers had urged caution ahead of hospitality venues reopening in England after three months of lockdown. John Apter dealt with “naked men, happy drunks, angry drunks, ...

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British-Bangladeshi physician doctor of the year in UK

London Office : Dr Farzana Hussain, a general physician (GP) partner at the Project Surgery in Newham, is one of 12 National Health Service (NHS) workers photographed by Rankin, who has previously taken portraits of the Rolling Stones and the Queen. It is a proud moment for Bangladesh as a Bangladesh-origin doctor has received this great honour by virtue of ...

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Coronavirus: England lockdown easing ‘biggest step yet’, says PM

The easing of lockdown rules in England is the “biggest step yet on the road to recovery”, the prime minister has said. Many businesses – including pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas – can reopen from Saturday, BBC reported. Boris Johnson said the public “must not let them down” by being complacent about social distancing, and he would “not hesitate” to ...

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