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Quarantine hotels for people returning from ‘red list’ countries

Quarantine hotels for people returning from ‘red list’ countries

Travellers returning to the UK from “red list” countries will be sent to quarantine hotels for 10 days, Boris Johnson has announced. People will also be required to fill in a form explaining why their trip is necessary, with enforcement stepped up at airports to prevent leisure travel.   The Prime Minister told the Commons …

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Prime Minister’s visit to Scotland not essential – Sturgeon

Prime Minister’s visit to Scotland not essential – Sturgeon

Scotland’s First Minister has said Boris Johnson’s proposed visit to Scotland on Thursday is “not essential”. Nicola Sturgeon said there should not be one rule for the public and another for politicians, as the Prime Minister prepares to head north.     But the First Minister stressed she does not want her comments to be …

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Johnson targets March 8 as earliest date for reopening England’s schools

Johnson targets March 8 as earliest date for reopening England’s schools

Lockdown measures will remain in place until at least March 8, Boris Johnson indicated as he earmarked that date for the reopening of England’s schools. The Prime Minister confirmed that hopes of pupils returning to class after the February half-term have been abandoned.     The March date is based on progress in vaccinating the …

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People with UK Covid-19 variant ‘less likely to report loss of taste and smell’

People with UK Covid-19 variant ‘less likely to report loss of taste and smell’

People infected with the new UK coronavirus variant are less likely to report a loss of taste and smell, figures suggest. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the symptoms were “significantly less common” in patients who tested positive for the new variant compared to those with other variants of Covid-19.     They are …

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Number of long-term disadvantaged children rising before pandemic – report

Number of long-term disadvantaged children rising before pandemic – report

The disadvantage gap among secondary school pupils had become wider even before the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report. The Northern Powerhouse Partnership compared numbers of secondary schools with a high level of long-term disadvantaged high impact pupils between 2017 and 2019, as well as analysing attainment at GCSE level. The coalition of business and …

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Prime Minister ‘deeply sorry’ but expert warns UK could see 50,000 more deaths

Prime Minister ‘deeply sorry’ but expert warns UK could see 50,000 more deaths

The UK could see another 50,000 deaths from coronavirus, a scientist advising the Government has warned, as the Prime Minister said he was “deeply sorry” for every life lost. Boris Johnson insisted he takes “full responsibility” for the response to the pandemic and said “we did everything we could” to minimise suffering as the Government’s …

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EU threatens export controls on coronavirus vaccines amid AstraZeneca row

EU threatens export controls on coronavirus vaccines amid AstraZeneca row

The European Union has threatened to impose tight controls on the export of coronavirus vaccines made in the bloc, potentially impacting the UK’s supply of Pfizer jabs. The Government said it was in “close contact” with suppliers after the European Commission issued the warning amid a row with AstraZeneca over a shortfall of doses for …

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