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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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Coronavirus lockdown: ‘No dramatic overnight change’ to restrictions

The public has to be “realistic” about loosening of lockdown restrictions, the environment secretary has said. George Eustice also urged the public to abide by the current measures over the weekend, with Boris Johnson due to deliver an update on Sunday. It comes after Wales announced “modest” changes from Monday – allowing people to exercise outside more often. Mr Eustice ...

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UK’s COVID-19 Death Toll Rises 626 to 31,241: Minister

The UK’s coronavirus death toll has risen by a further 626 to 31,241, the government has confirmed. The heartbreaking figure was announced at today’s Downing Street press press briefing by Environment Secretary George Eustice. It is an increase of 87 from yesterday’s 539. These numbers include those who died outside of hospitals, including fatalities in care homes. It comes after ...

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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson urges ‘caution’ amid reports on lockdown easing

Boris Johnson has said the UK government will “advance with maximum caution” in considering any lifting of coronavirus restrictions, as Scotland formally extended its lockdown. It comes as the Welsh government said media reports speculating how the PM might ease restrictions risked sending “mixed messaging” to the public. Some newspapers suggested the rules on exercise could be relaxed and more ...

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Coronavirus: UK becomes first country in Europe to pass 30,000 deaths

The UK has become the first country in Europe to pass 30,000 coronavirus deaths, according to the latest government figures. A total of 30,076 people have now died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for the virus, up by 649 from Tuesday. Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said they were “heartbreaking losses”. On Tuesday, the number ...

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