Month: September 2020

Tough new measures to control the spread of coronavirus have come into effect in the north-east of England, taking the total number of people across the UK in lockdown to more than 10 million. The new restrictions cover Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham and began at midnight. Residents are […]

Huge parts of England’s North West, West Yorkshire and the Midlands face tough new restrictions from Tuesday as Matt Hancock refused to rule out a national lockdown. Ministers announced a tightening of rules in response to “major increases” in Covid-19 cases in large areas of the North West and Yorkshire and parts of the Midlands. […]

The European Commission chief has said she is “convinced” a trade deal remains possible with the UK but called Boris Johnson’s attempt to override the Brexit treaty an “unpleasant surprise”. Ursula von der Leyen, in comments made to reporters, said Downing Street’s controversial UK Internal Market Bill had “distracted very strongly” from the two sides […]

Lockdown restrictions are to be imposed on parts of the North East following “concerning rates of infection”, the Health Secretary has confirmed. Matt Hancock told MPs in the Commons new measures are needed to tackle increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases in Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham. From Friday, residents […]

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 […]

The number of people that can attend social gatherings have been slashed across the UK following a rise in coronavirus cases. New rules were implemented in England, Wales and Scotland However, they are being applied slightly differently in each devolved administration. England From Monday, gatherings of more than six people are illegal. The rules apply […]

Tough new Covid-19 lockdown measures have been announced for parts of the UK as cases continued to rise and the R number climbed above one. New measures banning people from mixing in homes and gardens will be imposed on Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell from Tuesday in response to a rocketing infection rate in the area. […]

Boris Johnson has said his controversial legislation to override parts of his Brexit deal is needed to end EU threats to install a “blockade” in the Irish Sea. The Prime Minister said Brussels could “carve up our country” and “seriously endanger peace and stability” in Northern Ireland if Conservative MPs rebel to block his Bill. […]

The NHS Covid-19 app will be launched across England and Wales on September 24, the Department of Health and Social Care said. Ahead of the roll-out businesses including pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas are being urged to ensure they have NHS QR code posters visible on entry so customers who have downloaded the new app […]

The UK economy grew by 6.6% in July as the rate of the country’s financial recovery slowed down, according to official data. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said GDP increased for the third consecutive month in July after lockdown restrictions eased further, but remained 11.7% below pre-virus levels. A consensus of analysts predicted a […]


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