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Oxford virus vaccine has some success with monkeys

A coronavirus vaccine being developed by scientists at Oxford University has proved partially successful in the study of six monkeys, local media reported on Thursday. Some of the monkeys given a single-shot of the vaccine developed antibodies against COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, within 14 days, and all of them had done so within 28 days. They ...

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The British Government has announced three further charter flights from Bangladesh that will bring more than 900 British travellers home to the UK.

The British Government has announced three further charter flights from Bangladesh that will bring more than 900 British travellers home to the Details of the flights are as follows: 20 May – Dhaka to London 26 May – Dhaka to London 31 May – Dhaka to London People who are most vulnerable will be prioritised for seats on the flights, ...

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Coronavirus: Some return to work as lockdown eases slightly in England

Some people in England who cannot work from home are returning to their workplaces today, as the government begins easing some lockdown measures. The government urged people to avoid public transport if possible. But some commuters said trains and buses were still too busy to observe social distancing rules. Meanwhile, new guidance issued by the College of Policing said officers ...

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Coronavirus: Chancellor Rishi Sunak warns of ‘significant recession’

  The chancellor has said it is “very likely” the UK is in a “significant recession”, as figures show the economy contracting at the fastest pace since the financial crisis. The economy shrank by 2% in the first three months of 2020, as coronavirus forced the country into lockdown. Rishi Sunak told the BBC that just “a few days of ...

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UK furlough scheme extended by four months

The UK scheme to pay wages of workers on leave because of coronavirus will be extended to October, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said. Mr Sunak confirmed that employees will continue to receive 80% of their monthly wages up to £2,500. But he said the government will ask companies to “start sharing” the cost of the scheme from August. A quarter ...

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154 British citizens leave Bangladesh for UK

Around 154 people, mostly Bangladesh-origin British citizens left Dhaka for London on a chartered flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines on Sunday. The flight left Dhaka at 12:09 pm and is scheduled to bring back some stranded Bangladeshis from London on Monday morning.More than 130 Bangladeshi students, who were stranded in the UK since the suspension of international flights between Dhaka ...

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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson to launch Covid-19 alert system

A Covid-19 alert system is set to be launched by the government in England to track the virus, the prime minister is expected to announce on Sunday. The system will rank the threat level from coronavirus on a scale of one to five and be adjusted according to data. Boris Johnson is due to give a televised address updating the ...

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Queen Elizabeth II: “Never give up, never despair”

Queen Elizabeth II has likened the British public’s response to the coronavirus pandemic with the efforts of its soldiers during World War II, in a televised speech delivered exactly 75 years after her father marked the end of fighting in Europe. Speaking on the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the Queen remembered her own experiences at the end of fighting ...

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UK ‘to bring in 14-day quarantine for air passengers’

UK airlines say they have been told the government will bring in a 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving in the UK from any country apart from the Republic of Ireland in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The new restriction is expected to take effect at the end of this month. Industry body Airlines UK said the policy needed “a credible ...

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VE Day: UK marking 75th anniversary of end of WW2 in Europe

Extracts of Winston Churchill’s VE Day speech have been broadcast to the nation, as part of the commemorations for the 75th anniversary. Britain’s wartime leader spoke about a “brief period of rejoicing” amid “toils and efforts” in the replayed speech. Earlier, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall led a two-minute silence, and later the Queen will address ...

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