Coronavirus

Friday, August 14, 2020

Friday, August 14, 2020

Grant Shapps: France ‘likely’ to impose reciprocal quarantine rules

Grant Shapps: France ‘likely’ to impose reciprocal quarantine rules

French authorities could impose reciprocal quarantine measures in response to UK restrictions on arrivals, the Transport Secretary has said.

Lockdown easing: Face mask refusal fines could soar to £3,200

Lockdown easing: Face mask refusal fines could soar to £3,200

The penalty for repeatedly refusing to wear a face mask where required could reach thousands in a crackdown amid easing lockdown rules.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Thursday, August 13, 2020

A-Level results: ‘No substitute for exams’ says Education Secretary

A-Level results: ‘No substitute for exams’ says Education Secretary

Gavin Williamson admitted no replacement grading system can match the fairness of exams, as thousands receive A-Level results this morning.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

UK plunges into largest recession on record

UK plunges into largest recession on record

The UK entered recession for the first time in 11 years after the economy shrank by a record 20.4 per cent between April and June.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Boris Johnson announces £300m for NHS winter preparations

Boris Johnson announces £300m for NHS winter preparations

The PM said the boost would enable hospitals to maintain essential services and reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection in the coming months.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Monday, August 10, 2020

Minister: Scientists not advising routine testing in schools

Minister: Scientists not advising routine testing in schools

Health and care minister Helen Whately defended the government over testing pupils and teachers as schools prepare to reopen in September.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Jonathan Ashworth: Boris Johnson cannot put his feet up this August

Jonathan Ashworth: Boris Johnson cannot put his feet up this August

The shadow health secretary has called for improved coronavirus testing and tracing this August in time for schools to reopen in September.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Minister insists schools will return in September despite warnings

Minister insists schools will return in September despite warnings

Simon Clarke said bringing all pupils back on a full time basis when term starts was a “total priority”, despite new second wave warnings.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Monday, August 3, 2020

‘Game changer’: New 90-minute coronavirus tests to be rolled out

‘Game changer’: New 90-minute coronavirus tests to be rolled out

Minister Nadhim Zahawi has praised British innovators in the development of two new Covid-19 tests that can produce results within hours.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Friday, July 31, 2020

Boris Johnson postpones August lockdown easing for two weeks

Boris Johnson postpones August lockdown easing for two weeks

The Prime Minister said the UK must “squeeze the brake pedal” on coronavirus lockdown easing, delaying some plans for at least two weeks.

Republicans dismiss Donald Trump’s idea to delay US 2020 election

Republicans dismiss Donald Trump’s idea to delay US 2020 election

In a tweet the US president suggested delaying the 2020 presidential election until Americans are able to turn out to the ballot box.

Tighter lockdown restrictions for millions in northern England

Tighter lockdown restrictions for millions in northern England

Different households in Greater Manchester, parts of east Lancashire and West Yorkshire can no longer mix in each other's homes and gardens.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Matt Hancock: NHS bureaucracy ‘won’t be coming back’

Matt Hancock: NHS bureaucracy ‘won’t be coming back’

The Health Secretary said embracing flexibility would help “bottle the best bits” of the NHS coronavirus response going forward.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Donald Trump Jr suspended from Twitter over Covid cure claim

Donald Trump Jr suspended from Twitter over Covid cure claim

Twitter has temporarily banned Donald Trump’s eldest after he posted a video discussing Hydroxchloroquine as a possible coronavirus cure.

Miriam Margolyes: People who prefer Tories to Labour are nuts

Miriam Margolyes: People who prefer Tories to Labour are nuts

Asked what her ideal British Prime Minister would look like, think like and act like, the actress responded: “Keir Starmer”.

Government care home approach ‘negligent’, says Commons report

Government care home approach ‘negligent’, says Commons report

The Public Accounts Committee said discharging 25,000 patients to care homes showed a “slow, inconsistent and at times negligent” approach.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Travel quarantine ‘simply a reality’ of global pandemic - Minister

Travel quarantine ‘simply a reality’ of global pandemic - Minister

Local Government minister Simon Clarke has defended the government’s blanket quarantine policy on travellers returning to the UK from Spain.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Friday, July 24, 2020

Face mask law comes into force for shoppers in England

Face mask law comes into force for shoppers in England

People in England will be required by law to wear a face masks in shops, supermarkets and other enclosed public spaces from today.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Nicola Sturgeon: Boris Johnson shouldn’t use Covid to promote Union

Nicola Sturgeon: Boris Johnson shouldn’t use Covid to promote Union

The Scottish First Minister criticised the PM for saying coronavirus had highlighted the benefits of the United Kingdom staying together.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Above-inflation pay rises for 9,000 public sector workers

Above-inflation pay rises for 9,000 public sector workers

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the pay boost recognises the “vital contribution” of doctors. teachers and police during the coronavirus crisis.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Monday, July 20, 2020

Police officer hospitalised in Leeds Championship celebrations

Police officer hospitalised in Leeds Championship celebrations

A police officer suffered serious injuries after an estimated 7,000 football fans gathered to celebrate Leeds' Championship victory.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Friday, July 17, 2020

UK could return to near-normal ‘possibly in time for Christmas’

UK could return to near-normal ‘possibly in time for Christmas’

Boris Johnson has said he hoped for a “more significant” return to normality in November as he laid out the updated lockdown exit timetable.

Security minister: UK ‘vigilant’ to suspected Russian cyber attacks

Security minister: UK ‘vigilant’ to suspected Russian cyber attacks

James Brokenshire has condemned Russia’s suspected attempt to hack data from scientists seeking to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

PM: We are taking every reasonable step to prepare for second wave

PM: We are taking every reasonable step to prepare for second wave

Sir Keir Starmer has challenged Boris Johnson over whether he has read the report that warns of 120,000 deaths in a second coronavirus wave.

Matt Hancock: I can’t guarantee there won’t be a second lockdown

Matt Hancock: I can’t guarantee there won’t be a second lockdown

The Health Secretary has kept the option open for a winter coronavirus lockdown in the case of a new spike in infections.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Face masks to be mandatory in shops in England

Face masks to be mandatory in shops in England

People in England will be required to wear face coverings in shops as of next Friday in the latest move to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020

Announcement on mandatory face masks due in coming days

Announcement on mandatory face masks due in coming days

Boris Johnson has urged the public to wear face masks in shops with an announcement due soon over whether it will be made compulsory.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Friday, July 10, 2020

Boris Johnson thanks school leavers for celebration sacrifice

Boris Johnson thanks school leavers for celebration sacrifice

The PM said that by missing out on parties, festivals and presentations, young Brits had helped save hundreds of thousands of lives.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Boots and John Lewis to close stores putting 5,300 jobs at risk

Boots and John Lewis to close stores putting 5,300 jobs at risk

The high street pharmacy chain expects to cut more than 4,000 roles while the homeware giant is set to permanently shut eight stores.

Rishi Sunak hopes discount will help Brits ‘rediscover’ eating out

Rishi Sunak hopes discount will help Brits ‘rediscover’ eating out

The Chancellor said he hopes offering a 50 per cent discount to diners in restaurants will remind Brits that "we used to love going out".

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Rishi Sunak’s £30 billion plan: Bonuses, stamp duty and dining

Rishi Sunak’s £30 billion plan: Bonuses, stamp duty and dining

“We will not be defined by this crisis but by our response to it,” the Chancellor said as he set out his plan for economic recovery.

PMQs: Boris Johnson resists care home comment apology

PMQs: Boris Johnson resists care home comment apology

The Prime Minister did not apologise but said he takes full responsibility for decisions made in care homes in response to coronavirus.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Monday, July 6, 2020

Arts to receive £1.5bn as full reopening remains ‘some way off’

Arts to receive £1.5bn as full reopening remains ‘some way off’

The government has announced £1.5 billion of support to help the struggling arts industry “weather the storm” of coronavirus closures.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

PMQs: ‘The PM can’t just bat away challenge’, says Keir Starmer

PMQs: ‘The PM can’t just bat away challenge’, says Keir Starmer

Sir Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson of failing to address criticism of coronavirus policy when lives and livelihoods are at stake.

Labour’s Jim McMahon: Boris Johnson’s plan ‘absolutely pathetic’

Labour’s Jim McMahon: Boris Johnson’s plan ‘absolutely pathetic’

The shadow transport secretary strongly criticised the PM’s new infrastructure plan and called for more support for the travel industry.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Boris Johnson vows to ‘build, build, build’ with £5 billion plan

Boris Johnson vows to ‘build, build, build’ with £5 billion plan

The Prime Minister said the Covi-19 crisis has provided the moment to address problems that governments have “failed to tackle for decades”.

Matt Hancock: ‘My heart goes out to the people of Leicester’

Matt Hancock: ‘My heart goes out to the people of Leicester’

As Leicester prepares to lockdown once again, the Health Secretary said the government is prepared to take further action if necessary.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

PMQs: Keir Starmer berates Boris Johnson over contact tracing app

PMQs: Keir Starmer berates Boris Johnson over contact tracing app

The Prime Minister has claimed that no other country in the world has managed to develop a properly functioning coronavirus tracing app.

Andy Burnham: Lockdown easing should have been more staggered

Andy Burnham: Lockdown easing should have been more staggered

The Greater Manchester Mayor said Boris Johnson's plan to ease measures further on July 4 narrowly veered towards risk rather than caution.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Pubs, weddings and the two-metre rule: PM sets out lockdown changes

Pubs, weddings and the two-metre rule: PM sets out lockdown changes

Boris Johnson has announced a series of changes to England's lockdown restrictions, coming into force from July 4. Read the full list here.

Sajid Javid champions growth over austerity in coronavirus comeback

Sajid Javid champions growth over austerity in coronavirus comeback

The former Chancellor told talkRADIO the government should not rush to cut public spending in response to the economic hit of coronavirus.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Monday, June 22, 2020

MP says ‘large number’ of Tories would rebel over Sunday trading

MP says ‘large number’ of Tories would rebel over Sunday trading

Conservative MP Bob Blackman has said many in his party would vote against the government over proposals to extend Sunday trading hours.

Mark Francois: Soon there won’t be an economy left to rescue

Mark Francois: Soon there won’t be an economy left to rescue

Conservative MP Mark Francois has urged the government to speed up its easing of coronavirus lockdown, as Boris Johnson discusses proposed changes.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Friday, June 19, 2020

UK’s Covid-19 alert level lowered from four to three

UK’s Covid-19 alert level lowered from four to three

Level three of the alert scale means the virus is still in general circulation but transmission is no longer “high or rising exponentially”.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Grant Shapps denies ‘headless chicken’ coronavirus approach

Grant Shapps denies ‘headless chicken’ coronavirus approach

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has defended the government’s latest moves in dealing with the coronavirus crisis.

Lockdown: More than 600,000 workers lose jobs

Lockdown: More than 600,000 workers lose jobs

Labour's Jonathan Reynolds has warned that Britain is facing unemployment “on a scale we haven’t seen in this country for many decades”.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Monday, June 15, 2020

Shoppers queue as non-essential shops reopen their doors

Shoppers queue as non-essential shops reopen their doors

Non-essential shops in England are back in business as the hospitality sector calls for a reduction in the two-metre social distance rule.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

PMQs: Two-metre social distance rule to be kept ‘under review’

PMQs: Two-metre social distance rule to be kept ‘under review’

Boris Johnson was challenged over the science behind reducing the two-metre social distancing rule by the SNP's Ian Blackford.

Keir Starmer ‘needs to make up his mind’ on schools, says PM

Keir Starmer ‘needs to make up his mind’ on schools, says PM

The Labour leader said Boris Johnson must take responsibility "for his own failings" in a row over reopening the UK’s schools amid lockdown.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Lockdown: Not all primary school pupils will return before summer

Lockdown: Not all primary school pupils will return before summer

Gavin Williamson has confirmed that primary schools in England will not be able to welcome all pupils back before the summer holidays.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Monday, June 8, 2020

Two-week quarantine rules for UK arrivals come into force

Two-week quarantine rules for UK arrivals come into force

Those arriving in the UK from abroad must now self-isolate for 14 days, despite warnings from travel bosses over the rule's economic impact.

Iain Duncan Smith: Lockdown could do more damage than coronavirus

Iain Duncan Smith: Lockdown could do more damage than coronavirus

Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith has warned against the impacts of maintaining the UK’s coronavirus lockdown on the economy.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Friday, June 5, 2020

Jacob Rees-Mogg: ‘I’ve never had longer hair’

Jacob Rees-Mogg: ‘I’ve never had longer hair’

Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg suggested his family nanny may need to get the pudding bowl out to give him an “emergency” lockdown haircut.

Protesters stage ‘die-in’ outside Dominic Cummings’ house

Protesters stage ‘die-in’ outside Dominic Cummings’ house

Demonstrators lay on the street outside the Dominic Cummings' home to protest the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

Mike Graham rips up Guardian over test and trace claim

Mike Graham rips up Guardian over test and trace claim

Mike Graham has once again torn up his copy of the Guardian, accusing it of "twisting the facts" on the government's test and trace scheme.

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