Month: September 2020

The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus has passed one million, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, and forced many to change the way they live, learn and work. The toll, compiled by Johns Hopkins University, passed over into seven figures in the early hours of Tuesday. Dr Howard Markel, […]

Eighteen workers at a Bernard Matthews turkey plant have tested positive for coronavirus and are self-isolating. Eighteen workers at a Bernard Matthews turkey plant have tested positive for coronavirus and are self-isolating. Food production at the processing facility in Holton, near Halesworth in Suffolk, has not been affected by the outbreak. Around 100 staff have […]

New local lockdowns, further restrictions and tough new fines for failing to self-isolate come into force across parts of the UK. People across England will be legally required to self-isolate from this week if they test positive for coronavirus or are contacted by the test and trace service. If they do not they risk being […]

Donald Trump paid just 750 US dollars (£578) in federal income taxes the year he ran for president and in his first year in the White House, according to a report in The New York Times. Mr Trump, who has fiercely guarded his tax filings and is the only president in modern times not to […]

Up to 6,000 jobs are being axed at Premier Inn owner Whitbread as the group warned the coronavirus crisis will continue to hammer demand. The group said the cuts would impact 18% of the total workforce across its hotel and restaurant brands, which also includes the Beefeater pubs and Brewers Fayre chains. It is hoping […]

Investigations are continuing into the death of Metropolitan Police Sergeant Matiu Ratana who was shot dead by a handcuffed suspect at a south London custody suite. Known as Matt to his family and friends, 54-year-old Sgt Ratana, who was originally from New Zealand, joined the force in 1991. He died in hospital after the 23-year-old […]

More than a quarter of the UK population will be living under extra coronavirus restrictions when new measures on socialising come into force in parts of the country. A ban on households mixing in each other’s homes came into effect at midnight in Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds. Residents in those areas are also advised […]

Rishi Sunak will outline his plans to protect jobs on Thursday as the opposition insisted more needed to be done to bolster the economy in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. The Chancellor will address the Commons after cancelling this year’s Budget. With the furlough work scheme due to finish at the end of October, […]

A coronavirus contact tracing app is launching across England and Wales on Thursday in what the Health Secretary has called “an important step forward” in our fight against the “invisible killer”. The rollout follows months of delay and questions about its effectiveness in the face of mixed results from other countries which have already deployed […]


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