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Coronavirus: Moral duty to get all children back in school – Boris Johnson

  There is a “moral duty” to get all children back into schools in England next month, Boris Johnson has said. Writing in the Mail on Sunday, he said it was the “national priority” after months without in-person education during the coronavirus pandemic. Government advisers have warned of risks in the plans to open up society. Geoff Barton, head of ...

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Coronavirus: UK made serious mistake over border policy, say MPs

The spread of coronavirus in the UK could have been slowed with earlier quarantine restrictions on arrivals, a group of MPs has said. The Home Affairs committee said a lack of border measures earlier in the pandemic was a “serious mistake”. It added ministers had underestimated the threat of importing the virus from Europe as opposed to Asia. But a ...

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New 90-minute coronavirus and flu test to be rolled out in UK

New 90-minute tests that can detect coronavirus and flu will be rolled out in hospitals and care homes from next week in UK. The “on-the-spot” swab and DNA tests will help distinguish between Covid-19 and other seasonal illnesses, the government said. The health secretary said this would be “hugely beneficial” over the winter. Currently, a third of tests take longer ...

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Coronavirus: Schools will be ready for September – minister

  Reopening schools in September is an “absolute priority” for the government and it will be safe, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has said. It comes after teaching unions called for clarity amid a rise in the number of coronavirus cases and the decision to pause lockdown easing in England. “We have to get children back to school in September,” said ...

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Coronavirus: Lockdown easing on hold as shielding ends

People shielding against coronavirus can now leave their home and return to work, as a further easing of lockdown restrictions in England is postponed. More than two million at high risk will no longer need to isolate in most of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It comes after the PM applied the brakes to easing restrictions further and as some ...

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Coronavirus infections rising in England

  Coronavirus infections are rising in England, Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures suggest. A sample of households in England, excluding care homes and hospitals, were swabbed to test for current infection. The ONS says daily cases have risen from an estimated 3,200 to 4,200 since last week. However there is not enough data to suggest a higher proportion of ...

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Coronavirus: England highest level of excess deaths

  The UK saw some of the biggest rises in deaths rates in Europe in the months until the middle of June, official analysis shows. England saw the largest increase in death rates in Europe, with Scotland seeing the third largest increase. The Office for National Statistics says that Spain saw the highest peak in rates of death in Europe. ...

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Boris Johnson rides made-in-India cycle at launch of health programme

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson rode a made-in-India Hero Cycles bike designed in the UK as he launched a new GBP 2-billion cycling and walking drive which is part of the government’s anti-obesity strategy to combat COVID-19. Johnson, 56, a known cycling enthusiast, was seen riding on a Hero Viking Pro bike to Canalside Heritage Centre at Beeston in Nottingham, ...

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