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Covid: UK records highest daily rise in virus cases since pandemic began

Social distancing signs displayed at Coldfall Primary School in Muswell Hill, London, on January 2 as Covid cases across the capital city have been putting rising pressure on the NHS The UK has recorded its highest daily increase in Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began with 58,784 positive tests. A further 407 people have died within 28 days of developing ...

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Covid: Boris Johnson set to announce new England lockdown

Boris Johnson is expected to announce a set of new national restrictions for England, similar to the March lockdown, in a televised address at 20:00 GMT. The PM is likely to urge the public to follow the new rules from midnight. It is expected people will be told to work from home if possible and schools will close for most ...

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Brian Pinker, 82, first to get Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

Dialysis patient Brian Pinker, 82, has become the first person to receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. The retired maintenance manager got the jab at 7:30 GMT from nurse Sam Foster at Oxford’s Churchill Hospital. More than half a million doses of the vaccine are ready for use on Monday. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was a “pivotal moment” in ...

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UK begins Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine rollout with dialysis patient

The first doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus jab are to be given as the UK accelerates its vaccine programme to tackle a surge in cases. More than half a million doses of the vaccine are ready for use on Monday. The health secretary Matt Hancock described it as a “pivotal moment” in the UK’s fight against the virus, as vaccines ...

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COVID-19: Boris Johnson insists schools are safe and children should attend – but more restrictions may come

Another Scottish independence referendum should not take place for a generation, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday, as Scotland’s leader renewed calls for a fresh vote in the wake of Brexit. “Referendums in my experience, direct experience, in this country are not particularly jolly events,” the prime minister told BBC’s Andrew Marr Show. “They don’t have a notably unifying ...

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UK abolishes ‘sexist’ tax on women’s sanitary products

Britain on Friday became the latest country to abolish the so-called “tampon tax,” eliminating sales taxes on women’s sanitary products. The move was widely praised by women’s rights advocates as well as proponents of the country’s departure from the European Union. Treasury chief Rishi Sunak had committed to ending the widely unpopular tax on tampons and sanitary pads in his ...

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UK reactivates emergency COVID-19 hospitals, closes London primary schools

Britain reactivated emergency hospitals built at the start of the pandemic and shut primary schools in London on Friday to counter the rapid spread of a much more infectious variant of the coronavirus. With more than 50,000 new daily cases of COVID-19 for the last four days, the health service said it was preparing for an anticipated rush of patients ...

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New era for UK as it completes separation from EU

A new era has begun for the United Kingdom after it completed its formal separation from the European Union. The UK stopped following EU rules at 23:00 GMT, as replacement arrangements for travel, trade, immigration and security co-operation came into force. Boris Johnson said the UK had “freedom in our hands” and the ability to do things “differently and better” ...

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World ringing in 2021 with muted celebrations amid Covid-19 restrictions

Billions of people will be looking forward to saying farewell to 2020, but unlike usual year-end celebrations, it will be a subdued affair in most countries. The chaotic year saw the world roiled by a deadly pandemic, so it’s only fitting that New Year’s celebrations worldwide will be muted or canceled altogether as authorities try to stop crowds from gathering ...

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