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Rishi Sunak unveils emergency jobs scheme

The government and firms will continue to top up wages of workers who have not been able to return to the workplace full time due to the coronavirus. The Job Support Scheme, which will replace the furlough scheme, will see workers get three quarters of their normal salaries for six months. It aims to stop mass job cuts after the ...

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Indyref2: Starmer refuses to rule out backing Scotland referendum

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has refused to rule out the possibility of supporting a second referendum on Scottish independence in the long term. But he told the BBC a vote like the one held in 2014 was “not needed” soon and the focus should be on “rebuilding” the economy and services after coronavirus. His party would not campaign for ...

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UK daily coronavirus cases surpasses 6,000 and Covid death toll rises by 37

The number of UK coronavirus cases has risen by 6,178 and death toll has increased by 37 in the past 24 hours, according to the latest figures from the government. The latest reported deaths from hospitals, care homes and the wider community, brings the total number of UK coronavirus fatalities to 41,862. Overall, 409,729 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in ...

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Covid: Boris Johnson warns of tougher measures if new rules are flouted

The government has warned of “tougher measures” if people do not follow the latest coronavirus restrictions. In a television broadcast on Tuesday night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said “we must reserve the right to go further” if cases continue to rise. Tighter restrictions were announced in all four UK nations. Mr Johnson warned they could last up to six months. ...

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Covid: Pubs and restaurants in England to have 10pm closing times

All pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues in England must have a 22:00 closing time from Thursday, to help curb the spread of coronavirus. The sector will also be restricted by law to table service only. The measures will be set out by the prime minister in Parliament before an address to the nation to be broadcast live at ...

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Covid-19: UK could face 50,000 cases a day by October without action – Vallance

  The UK could see 50,000 new coronavirus cases a day by mid-October without further action, the government’s chief scientific adviser has warned. Sir Patrick Vallance said that would be expected to lead to about “200-plus deaths per day” a month after that. It comes as the PM prepares to chair a Cobra emergency committee meeting on Tuesday morning, then ...

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UK facing coronavirus “tipping point”, says its Health Secretary

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday that Britain is facing a “tipping point” regarding the coronavirus pandemic, reports Xinhua. “We face a choice. If everybody follows the rules — and we’ll be increasingly stringent on the people who are not following the rules — then we can avoid further national lockdowns,” said the health secretary. “I don’t want ...

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UK coronavirus cases jump by 3,899 as deaths rise by 18

The number of coronavirus cases in the UK continues to rise, as 3,899 cases were recorded in the past 24 hours and the death toll rose by 18. The latest reported deaths from hospitals, care homes and the wider community, brings the total number of fatalities in the UK to 41,759. Overall, 394,257 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in the ...

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Rising virus rates threaten economy, warns Bank of England

The Bank of England has warned that the rising rate of coronavirus infections and a lack of clarity over the UK’s future trade relationship with the EU could threaten the economic recovery. It said much of output lost during lockdown had been recovered but the outlook remained “unusually uncertain”. The UK is still in a deep recession, while Covid-19 infections ...

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