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Local authorities in Essex have declared a “major incident” as the number of coronavirus cases threatens to overwhelm health services in the county. The announcement has been made in response to a “significant growing demand” on hospitals across the county and will enable local leaders to seek further support from the Government, the Essex Resilience […]

President Donald Trump signed a 900 billion dollar (£664 billion) pandemic relief package on Sunday, ending days of drama over his refusal to accept the bipartisan deal that will deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and avert a federal government shutdown. The massive bill includes 1.4 trillion dollars (£1.03 trillion) to fund government agencies […]

Measures come into effect on Monday The US will require airline passengers from the UK to produce a negative Covid-19 test before their flight, in response to a new variant of coronavirus. It is the latest country to announce new travel restrictions because of the variant spreading in the UK and elsewhere. Airline passengers from […]

They were born at 29 weeks, weighting between 2 and 3.5 pounds Miracle triplets born prematurely during the Covid-19 pandemic are about to celebrate their first Christmas. Willoughby, Rafferty and Emmeline were born at 29 weeks, on May 28, weighing between 2lb and 3.5lb. They were whisked into intensive care as soon as they were […]

It comes after Coronavirus restrictions have left theatres and cinemas empty this Christmas James Bond stars Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench have joined the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in recording a much-loved festive poem in aid of charity. Charles and Camilla have been filmed narrating ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas with […]

The rollout of rapid testing is being supported by a £149 million grant. Care home staff in England will receive two rapid-result tests a week in addition to regular testing to help keep the new coronavirus variant at bay. Health officials have brought forward plans for care home staff to receive bi-weekly lateral flow device […]

Tier 4 restrictions include a warning to stay at home and a limit on household mixing to two people outdoors More than 40% of England’s population will be in lockdown from Boxing Day after a further six million people were placed under Tier 4 restrictions. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the variant coronavirus was spreading […]

A mass testing programme for lorry drivers will get under way on Wednesday to alleviate congestion at ports after an agreement was reached to reopen the border between France and the UK. French authorities announced that journeys from the UK will be allowed to resume after the coronavirus ban was lifted, but those seeking to […]

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has apologised after she breached Covid rules by taking off her face mask at a funeral wake. A photograph published in the Scottish Sun showed the First Minister chatting to three women in a bar while standing at a distance but without wearing a mask. Under Scottish Government coronavirus rules, […]

Government borrowing surged to a record £31.6 billion in November as efforts ramped up to support the economy through the second wave of the pandemic, official figures have shown. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said last month’s borrowing – excluding state-owned banks – soared by £26 billion year on year and marked the highest […]


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