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Covid-19: UK records 13,864 new coronavirus cases and 87 deaths

There has been a further 13,864 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, the government has said. This brings the total number of cases in the UK to 575,679. The government also said a further 87 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Friday. This brings the UK total to 42,679. Separate figures published ...

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Covid-19: UK government prepares jobs support if firms forced to close

With the government expected to tighten restrictions over the coming days to deal with a sharp spike in new coronavirus infections, there are growing concerns that the economy will suffer during the winter and that hundreds of thousands of jobs may be lost. Treasury chief Rishi Sunak said he understood how “people are worried about the coming winter months.”(File photo) ...

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Prince William launches global environment prize

Britain’s Prince William will on Thursday launch a multi-million-pound global prize aimed at solving some of the world’s greatest environmental problems. The Earthshot Prize will award five one-million-pound ($1.29-million) prizes each year for the next 10 years under the categories of protecting and restoring nature, cleaner air, reviving oceans, waste-reduction and climate change, agencies reported. Nominations open on November 1 ...

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Priti Patel pledges to fix ‘broken’ asylum system in UK

  Home Secretary Priti Patel has pledged to fix the “fundamentally broken” asylum system in the UK to make it “firm and fair”. Speaking at the Conservative Party conference, she promised to introduce legislation next year for the “biggest overhaul” of the system in “decades”. And she said those against her plans were “defending the indefensible”. It comes after it ...

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Boris Johnson warns of ‘bumpy’ months ahead in fight against Covid-19

Boris Johnson said he is working flat-out to make Christmas as normal as possible, but he warned of a “tough winter” in the battle against coronavirus. The prime minister said there will be “bumpy” months ahead, though he hopes the situation will be “radically different” by spring. He said people should behave “fearlessly” but with common sense as the UK ...

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Biman’s Sylhet-London-Sylhet flight inaugurated

Biman Bangladesh Airlines’ flight on the Sylhet-London-Sylhet route was inaugurated on Sunday morning by State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali. Biman is set to start operating direct flights from Sylhet to London from Sunday. The Biman flight carrying 232 passengers took off from Sylhet Osmani International Airport at 11:15am, said a handout of Civil Aviation and ...

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Brexit: PM and EU chief agree importance of finding trade deal

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen have “agreed the importance” of finding a post-Brexit trade deal, Downing Street has said. They agreed progress has been made in talks between the EU and UK but “significant gaps” remain, No 10 said. Both have instructed their chief negotiators to “work intensively” in order to try to ...

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Sir Keir Starmer condemns ‘inhuman’ asylum ferries idea

Proposals to process asylum seekers in disused ferries are “inhuman”, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said. He accused the government of “lurching from one ridiculous proposition to the next”. According to Refugee Action, 35,566 asylum applications were made in 2019 down from a peak of 84,000 in 2002. Top Home Office civil servant Matthew Rycroft said “everything is on ...

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Covid: 7,108 daily cases confirmed – UK’s second highest number on record

The UK has recorded 7,108 daily cases of coronavirus – the second highest number of positive cases since the pandemic began. Wednesday’s figure falls just 35 cases short of Tuesday’s record high of 7,143 cases. It means more than 7,000 cases have been recorded for two consecutive days, which takes the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 453,264. Experts ...

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