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Thailand and Singapore have been added to the list of travel corridors after a decrease in the rate of coronavirus cases, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced. Travellers arriving in England from either south-east Asian country after 4am on Saturday will no longer need to self-isolate for 14 days. But quarantine restrictions are being imposed […]

Captain Eoin Morgan refused to be downcast after England ended their international summer with a rare one-day series defeat at the hands of rivals Australia, insisting the intensity of the battle will stand his side in good stead.   With the series level at 1-1 after two close finishes, England were primed to close out […]

The North East looks set to become the latest area in England to come under local restrictions as coronavirus cases rise.   Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes said “additional, temporary” measures are being planned to prevent another full lockdown. He said he expected Health Secretary Matt Hancock to make an announcement on Thursday morning. […]

US presidential election frontrunner Joe Biden has insisted the Good Friday peace deal in Northern Ireland cannot become a “casualty” of Brexit. The intervention by the Democratic Party nominee for the White House came as Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces concerted opposition to Government moves that would override the divorce deal with Brussels regarding trade […]

Harry Styles has postponed all of his planned shows for the rest of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic.   The chart-topping singer said “everyone’s health and safety remains our top priority” as he pushed back tour dates in South America, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand “until further notice”. He added: “I really hope […]

Last month’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme and the Government’s VAT cut helped push UK inflation to its lowest level for nearly five years in August, according to official figures.   The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the Consumer Prices Index tumbled from 1% in July to 0.2% in August – the lowest […]

Coronavirus tests in England will be rationed as the Government struggles to get to grips with soaring demand amid warnings that the country faces a tough six months in the battle with Covid-19. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there would be “prioritisation” of tests for people with acute clinical need and those in social care […]

Unemployment in Scotland rose between May and July amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to latest figures.   Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the unemployment rate for people aged 16 and over increased to 4.6% (128,000) over that period, a 0.1% increase on the previous quarter. This was higher than the […]

A lack of testing is contributing to staff absences across the NHS, putting services at risk, health leaders have warned. NHS Providers, which represents NHS trust leaders, said hospitals in Bristol, Leeds and London had raised concerns over the weekend about the lack of tests available for NHS staff. It warned that the recovery of […]

Around 695,000 UK workers have been removed from the payrolls of British companies since March when the coronavirus lockdown began, according to official figures.   The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the rate of unemployment increased as another 36,000 jobs fell off payrolls across the country. Meanwhile, unemployment increased by 104,000 to 1.4 million […]

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