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The Welsh Government is demanding more support from Westminster to protect jobs and businesses ahead of a possible two-week circuit-break lockdown, the country’s health minister has said. Vaughan Gething said the furlough scheme ends on October 31 and will be replaced by the UK Government with a “less generous” Job Support Scheme. He told the […]

A Royal Navy officer has been sent home from a submarine after he arrived at work to take charge of nuclear missiles while unfit for duty. Lieutenant Commander Len Louw is facing an investigation after being sent back to Faslane in Scotland following the incident in the US. Colleagues raised concerns when the weapons engineering […]

After entire nations were shut down during the first surge of the coronavirus earlier this year, some countries and US states are trying more targeted measures as cases rise again, especially in Europe and the Americas. New York’s latest round of virus shutdowns zeroes in on individual neighbourhoods, closing schools and businesses in hotspots measuring […]

More than half of England is living with heightened coronavirus restrictions after the severest measures came into force in Lancashire and Londoners were banned from meeting indoors. The measures came into force as Greater Manchester continued to resist the highest controls as the region’s political leaders fight to secure more financial support for workers and […]

British Airways has been fined £20 million over a 2018 data hack, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has announced. Investigators found the airline should have identified the security weaknesses which enabled the attack to take place. The carrier failed to protect the personal and financial details of more than 400,000 customers, the ICO said. It […]

Lancashire has become the second area of England to be placed under the toughest coronavirus restrictions. From Saturday, people in the north west county will be banned from socialising with anybody they do not live with in any indoor setting or private garden, as well as in most outdoor hospitality venues. All pubs and bars […]

A Chinese Covid-19 vaccine candidate based on inactivated coronavirus is safe and elicits an antibody response, preliminary results have shown. The research, published in the journal Lancet Infectious Disease, is based on small early phase randomised clinical trials involving 640 participants. Scientists said those aged 60 and over were slower to respond, with antibodies taking […]

The head of a leading pub chain has condemned the extension of lockdowns announced on Thursday as “a catastrophe from which the pub trade will never fully recover”. Patrick Dardis, the chief executive of Young’s Pubs, said Britain’s drinking establishments had complied with Government guidelines throughout the Covid pandemic, resulting in pubs being safer than […]

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham is to hold talks with No 10 amid mounting expectation the region will be the next to face the toughest coronavirus controls. Mr Burnham has been resisting pressure to follow the Liverpool City Region into the Tier 3 restrictions – which would see bars, gyms and betting shops forced to […]

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden raised $383 million (£294 million) for his election effort in September, a record-breaking sum that eclipses the unprecedented fundraising from the previous month. The haul leaves him with $432 million (£333 million) in the bank just weeks before the November 3 election. He raised the money in conjunction with the […]


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