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Coronavirus: All primary pupils no longer going back to school

Plans for all England’s primary children to return for a month before the summer break have been dropped by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. Confirming the move, he told MPs he wanted all children back to school in September and that “exams will take place next year”. Labour’s Rebecca Long-Bailey expressed “dismay” at how the plans for bringing back pupils had ...

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Coronavirus lockdown: All shops can open on Monday in England

All non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen in England on Monday, the business secretary has confirmed. Alok Sharma said “we continue to meet” the government’s five tests to lifting coronavirus lockdown restrictions. He said retailers can open as long as they follow safety guidelines, or they could face enforcement notices. But asked about the possibility of reducing the 2m ...

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UK’s Covid-19 death toll surpasses 50,000

More than 50,000 people in the UK have now died after contracting coronavirus, according to the respective national statistics offices of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. At least 50,413 people had died, as of late May, with Covid-19 listed on their death certificate, according to England and Wales’ Office for National Statistics (ONS), the National Records of Scotland, ...

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UK to start post-Brexit trade talks with Japan

The UK and Japan are set to begin talks on Tuesday aimed at reaching agreement on a post-Brexit trade deal. The negotiations come as London and Tokyo work towards replacing the agreement Britain currently has with Japan through the European Union. Without a new deal by 1 January 2021 the two countries will default to World Trade Organization trading terms, ...

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Coronavirus Update: Only 55 UK deaths in last 24 hours

A further 55 people have died of Covid-19 in the UK, the lowest increase since lockdown began. In all settings including hospitals, care homes and the community 40,597 people have now lost their lives having caught the coronavirus. The daily increase is less than 100 for the second day running, although a weekend reporting lag means numbers are typically lower ...

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Coronavirus: UK daily deaths drop to pre-lockdown level

The UK has recorded its lowest daily rise in the number of coronavirus deaths since before lockdown on 23 March, latest government figures show. A further 55 people died after testing positive with the virus as of 17:00 BST on Sunday, taking the total to 40,597. This included no new deaths announced in both Scotland and Northern Ireland for the ...

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Britain starts mandatory self-quarantine for arrivals

Britain introduced a two-week quarantine on Monday for most people arriving from abroad to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus, sparking condemnation from the ailing aviation sector, which claims it could cost tens of thousands of jobs. British residents and overseas visitors will have to comply with the 14-day self-isolation rules or face a £1,000 ($1,250, 1,125-euro) fine ...

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UK second country to cross 40,000 COVID-19 deaths

Another 357 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Thursday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 40,261, the British Department of Health and Social Care said on Friday. The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community. As of Friday morning, 283,311 people have tested positive for the ...

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Coronavirus: Face coverings to be mandatory on public transport

Wearing face coverings will be compulsory on public transport in England from 15 June, the transport secretary has said. Grant Shapps said “every precaution” must be taken as passenger numbers are expected to increase when lockdown measures are further eased. People will be have to wear coverings on buses, trains, aircraft and ferries. Very young children, disabled people and those ...

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London City Airport to reopen at end of month

London City Airport, located close to the British capital’s financial district, on Wednesday announced it was to reopen at the end of June having suspended all flights in March due to the coronavirus outbreak. Domestic services are set to be the first to return, with international flights expected to follow in early July, the airport said in a statement. Operations ...

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