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Covid-19: UK leaders reach deal on easing of Christmas rules
24/11/2020 | news | uk | 2,338
Three households will be allowed to meet indoors over a five-day period between 23-27 December.
Covid-19: England arrivals to be able to cut quarantine with private test
24/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,065
People arriving in England can end their self-isolation with a negative test taken after five days.
Most Black Friday products 'were same price or cheaper' beforehand
24/11/2020 | news | business | 513
Nine in 10 products are the same price or cheaper before the sale, finds consumer group.
Deaths in UK 'a fifth higher than normal levels'
24/11/2020 | news | health | 1,711
Nearly 14,000 deaths occurred in the week ending 13 November - with 3,000 linked to Covid.
Doctor Who, Call the Midwife and Mrs Brown on BBC Christmas TV line-up
24/11/2020 | news | entertainment | 1,503
Doctor Who, Call the Midwife and Mrs Brown's Boys are among the shows in the festive schedule.
Covid-19: Flu jab push as Covid vaccine roll-out planned
20/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,061
Matt Hancock said the NHS was preparing to roll out a Covid-19 vaccine if one is approved for use.
UK borrowing hits highest October level on record
20/11/2020 | news | business | 2,085
The government borrowed £22.3bn in October - its highest for the month since records began.
Royal Mail parcels overtake letters for first time
19/11/2020 | news | business | 448
Online shopping during the pandemic means revenues from parcels surpasses letters for the first time.
Covid vaccine: Pfizer says '94% effective in over-65s'
18/11/2020 | news | health | 2,714
The jab works equally well in people of all ages and ethnicities, further data suggests.
More than 70,000 excess deaths during the pandemic
17/11/2020 | news | health | 1,640
Rising Covid-19 deaths push the total number of UK deaths further above expected levels
Scots Tory leader says Boris Johnson 'believes in devolution'
17/11/2020 | news | uk | 3,144
No 10 has not denied reports that Boris Johnson described devolution as a "disaster" in a meeting with Tory MPs.
Boris Johnson 'called Scottish devolution disaster'
17/11/2020 | news | politics | 5,979
No 10 does not deny reports the PM made the comment in a meeting with Tory MPs.
Covid-19: Boris Johnson and six Tory MPs self-isolating after No 10 meeting
16/11/2020 | news | uk | 5,202
Boris Johnson, six Tory MPs and two aides have been told to self-isolate after a breakfast meeting in No 10.
Brexit: PM confident UK 'will prosper' without EU trade deal
16/11/2020 | news | politics | 7,165
Boris Johnson's comments come ahead of another week of negotiations for a post-Brexit trade deal.
Covid-19: Normal life back next winter, says vaccine creator
15/11/2020 | news | health | 1,546
Prof Ugur Sahin also raises hopes the vaccine, developed with Pfizer. could halve Covid transmission.
Covid: Caffè Nero seeks help after pandemic 'decimates' trading
13/11/2020 | news | business | 770
The coffee chain, which employs 6,000, people, is seeking financial breathing space from its landlords.
University offers could be based on real exam results
13/11/2020 | news | education | 146
A review by university bosses calls for offers to be made on the basis of actual grades, from 2023.
Covid: UK daily cases reach new high of 33,470
12/11/2020 | news | uk | 2,800
The jump in cases comes a day after the UK became the first European country to pass 50,000 deaths.
Xbox and Call of Duty cause record broadband data use in UK
12/11/2020 | news | technology | 240
BT, Virgin Media and TalkTalk are among broadband providers that saw record demand on Tuesday.
UK out of recession but growth slows in September
12/11/2020 | news | business | 1,869
The economy grows by a record 15.5% in July to September, but is still smaller than before the pandemic.
£3.6bn struggling English towns fund 'not impartial', say MPs
11/11/2020 | news | politics | 531
The way towns in England were selected for a cash boost was "not impartial", a spending watchdog says.
Brexit: Government's bill suffers heavy House of Lords defeat
10/11/2020 | news | politics | 3,269
Peers vote overwhelmingly to remove a section that would allow ministers to break international law.
Aldi extends click and collect to 200 more shops
09/11/2020 | news | business | 463
The discount supermarket chain is expanding its trial as it faces growing competition from rivals.
'Real living wage' rises to £9.50 an hour
09/11/2020 | news | business | 520
More than 800 employers have accredited with the Living Wage Foundation since the start of the pandemic.
Brexit: 'Significant differences remain' over trade deal
07/11/2020 | news | politics | 10,796
The PM and EU Commission president agree to "work hard" to reach a deal when talks resume on Monday.
Indyref2: Scottish Secretary rejects new vote 'for a generation'
06/11/2020 | news | uk | 3,730
Alister Jack suggests there should not be a referendum on Scottish independence for "25 or 40 years".
Coronavirus: Boris Johnson stresses 'stay at home' message for England
05/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,706
Boris Johnson says four weeks of the new measures will be enough to make "a real impact".
Bank of England boss pledges to do 'everything we can'
05/11/2020 | news | business | 1,813
Policymakers vote to pump an extra £150bn into the economy as a second lockdown in England begins.
Covid: MPs to vote on England's four-week lockdown
04/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,359
It comes as the head of NHS England says nearly 11,000 patients with Covid are now in hospital.
Rishi Sunak 'must come up with six-month economy plan'
03/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,893
Labour accuses the chancellor of "panicked" decision-making after he extended furlough.
Coronavirus lockdown: PM warns UK faces 'medical disaster' without action
02/11/2020 | news | uk | 5,160
Boris Johnson says lockdown rules will expire on 2 December - with MPs to vote on what happens next.
Self-employed to get more financial help
02/11/2020 | news | business | 829
The government has announced self-employed workers can claim up to 80% of profits, from 40% before.
Nigel Farage: Brexit Party to focus on fighting lockdown
02/11/2020 | news | politics | 5,227
The party leader applies to change its name to Reform UK, calling the PM's Covid response "woeful".
Credit card freeze extended for six months ahead of new lockdown
02/11/2020 | news | business | 666
Customers will be able to defer payments for up to six months if they have not already done so.
Mortgage holidays extended for up to six months
01/11/2020 | news | business | 1,399
The scheme to help borrowers facing financial difficulty had been due to end on 31 October.
Covid spreading faster in England than 'worst-case scenario', documents show
30/10/2020 | news | health | 4,062
Infection levels in England are about four times higher than the government's worst-case winter plan.
Covid-19: Ministers striving to avoid blanket rules - Raab
30/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,563
It comes amid calls from some scientists to introduce a strict national lockdown in England.
Covid-19: Nearly 100,000 catching virus every day - study
29/10/2020 | news | health | 3,475
England is at a "critical stage" with infections doubling every nine days, a major analysis estimates.
Covid: Antibodies 'fall rapidly after infection'
27/10/2020 | news | health | 2,287
This is likely to mean immunity levels decline and raises the risk of reinfection, researchers say.
Covid: Don't let north get 'left behind' Tory MPs warn PM
27/10/2020 | news | uk | 3,025
More than 50 Tory MPs call for a "clear road map" out of lockdown restrictions for northern England.
Mobile networks banned from selling locked phones
27/10/2020 | news | technology | 416
The watchdog Ofcom says the move should encourage more people to switch and save money.
Boots to offer 12-minute turnaround on Covid nasal swab test
26/10/2020 | news | health | 1,297
The £120 nasal swab test will be available to people not showing any symptoms.
Marcus Rashford: Communities back school meals campaign
23/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,277
It comes after MPs rejected calls to extend free school meals over holidays amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Gap considers closing all its UK stores
23/10/2020 | news | business | 946
Thousands of jobs could be at risk as the US clothing chain mulls closing its company-owned shops.
Covid: Scotland to enter new five-level alert system
23/10/2020 | news | uk | 4,785
The new system for setting Covid restrictions in Scotland adds two levels to the three tiers used in England.
Covid: NHS Test and Trace needs to improve, PM concedes
22/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,024
Boris Johnson says he shares people's frustrations at the turnaround times for results in England.
New government Covid scheme to pay up to half of wages
22/10/2020 | news | business | 2,558
Chancellor Rishi Sunak increases support for firms and workers as lockdown restrictions spread.
Brexit: UK 'ready to welcome EU' to continue trade talks
21/10/2020 | news | politics | 2,369
The two chief negotiators for a post-Brexit trade deal spoke on the phone earlier on Wednesday.
Royal Mail launches 72p parcel pick-up service
21/10/2020 | news | business | 747
The firm claims it is "one of the biggest changes to the delivery since the launch of the post box".
UK inflation rises after Eat Out to Help Out ends
21/10/2020 | news | business | 669
The inflation rate increased to 0.5% in September after the discount meals scheme ended, figures show.
Covid: Greater Manchester facing 'winter of hardship' without support - Burnham
20/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,781
Greater Manchester's mayor says more financial help is needed as the region is set to enter tier three rules.
Visa and Mastercard accused of charging 'excessive' fees
20/10/2020 | news | business | 503
Retail groups say the fees charged by credit card firms have almost doubled in two years.
Pupils sent home in half of England's secondary schools
20/10/2020 | news | education | 940
Attendance figures show 46% of secondary schools had pupils isolating because of Covid outbreaks.
Covid: Burn-out fears of 'exhausted' unpaid carers
20/10/2020 | news | health | 371
Many of those looking after vulnerable relatives or friends wonder how they will cope this winter.
Heriot wind farm development appeal rejected
20/10/2020 | news | uk | 120
A reporter concludes a proposed wind farm "fails to respect" the character of the Borders landscape.
NHS Lothian staff 'worried' as Covid ward already full
20/10/2020 | news | uk | 568
As admissions rise dramatically at one Scottish hospital, staff are dreading the potential toll of the second wave.
Brexit: UK calls for change as EU makes trade talks pledge
19/10/2020 | news | politics | 3,653
No 10 says there is "no basis to resume talks" without changes, after the EU offers to "intensify" talks.
Covid in Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon plays down row over testing delays
19/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,913
The Scottish government says there have been capacity issues, but the UK government says this is "categorically untrue".
Brexit: Trade talks with the EU are over, says No 10
17/10/2020 | news | politics | 17,913
"No point" in further discussions with the EU unless it changes course, Downing Street says.
Covid: Andy Burnham holding the government 'over a barrel', says Raab
16/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,458
Do "the right thing" and accept tougher rules, the foreign secretary urges Greater Manchester's mayor.
Pub chain JD Wetherspoon reveals first loss since 1984
16/10/2020 | news | business | 1,075
Chairman Tim Martin criticises the government's "confusing" Covid restrictions as sales tumble.
Brexit: EU leaders call for UK trade talks to continue
15/10/2020 | news | politics | 3,391
The UK's negotiator accused the EU of expecting the UK to make "all future moves" towards a deal.
Brexit: PM 'disappointed' with progress ahead of EU summit
15/10/2020 | news | politics | 2,336
Boris Johnson has previously set Thursday's EU meeting as the deadline for a post-Brexit deal.
Coronavirus: 'Long Covid could be four different syndromes'
15/10/2020 | news | health | 820
People with long-lasting effects of coronavirus infection are not being believed or treated, a review says.
Covid: Wales to ban people coming from UK hotspots
14/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,844
People from areas with high coronavirus rates will be banned from travelling to Wales from Friday.
Unemployment rate hits highest level in three years
13/10/2020 | news | business | 1,453
Unemployment and redundancies hit high levels, official figures show.
Downing Street joins criticism of 'crass' job ad
12/10/2020 | news | business | 1,388
Downing Street and the culture secretary disown an ad suggesting a ballerina retrain in cyber security.
Bank of England questions banks over negative rates
12/10/2020 | news | business | 882
The UK would be following in the footsteps of countries like Japan if it cuts the cost of borrowing.
Theresa May attacks 'ill-conceived' planning reforms
08/10/2020 | news | politics | 1,077
The former PM says the government must "think again" about using a formula to assess housing need.
Health experts join global anti-lockdown movement
07/10/2020 | news | health | 1,622
Scientists warn of the "devastating" effect of Covid-19 policies, calling for a return to normal for healthy people.
Tesco profits surge as online orders double
07/10/2020 | news | business | 335
Profits jumped as people bought more food during lockdown, but clothing sales fell almost 20%.
September was world's 'hottest on record'
07/10/2020 | news | science | 1,300
Scientists say it is a clear indication of temperatures rising because of emissions from our society.
Johnson lays out vision of post-Covid UK
06/10/2020 | news | politics | 5,653
The prime minister says he wants to build a "new Jerusalem" but warns the UK cannot return to "normal".
State pension age hits 66 and set to rise further
06/10/2020 | news | business | 887
Men and women now receive their state pension at 66, as the chancellor vows the triple lock is safe.
Sunak vows to 'balance books' despite pandemic
05/10/2020 | news | politics | 2,505
The chancellor told party members the Conservatives had a "sacred duty" to spend responsibly.
Johnson: Post-Brexit trade deal 'up to EU'
02/10/2020 | news | uk | 4,251
The PM calls for Brussels to be "commonsensical" ahead of crucial talks with the EU Commission president.
01/10/2020 | news | politics | 5,669
Vaccine will 'not return life to normal in spring'
01/10/2020 | news | health | 1,550
Leading scientists call for realism about what a vaccine against Covid can achieve next year.
30/09/2020 | news | politics | 955
30/09/2020 | news | business | 340
30/09/2020 | news | business | 2,607
30/09/2020 | news | business | 224
Government's Brexit plan gets MPs' final backing
29/09/2020 | news | politics | 1,852
A bill giving the UK the power to override parts of the EU deal passes with a majority of 84.
I 'misspoke' over North East Covid rules, says PM
29/09/2020 | news | uk | 2,784
Boris Johnson apologises after failing to clarify the detail of new tighter coronavirus restrictions.
Covid: Parliament stops alcohol sales after 10pm
29/09/2020 | news | politics | 877
But food can still be served after it emerged Parliament's bars are exempt from early closing times.
Covid: Manchester mayor calls for 'urgent review' of 10pm closures
28/09/2020 | news | uk | 3,730
Greater Manchester mayor says the curfew is doing "more harm than good", but ministers defend it.
Lib Dems: Ed Davey promises 'to be the voice of carers'
28/09/2020 | news | politics | 845
Sir Ed Davey draws on his personal experiences in his first leader's speech at party conference.
How close are we to a coronavirus vaccine?
25/09/2020 | news | health | 352
About 200 groups of medical researchers around the world are working on a vaccine for Covid-19.
UK borrowing soars in August as Covid costs mount
25/09/2020 | news | business | 1,200
Public borrowing hit £35.9bn last month as the pandemic forces the government to borrow more money.
Christmas lockdown of students 'not ruled out'
24/09/2020 | news | education | 1,496
Matt Hancock refuses to rule out stopping students returning home, to limit spread of coronavirus.
Coronavirus: Test turnaround times getting longer in England
24/09/2020 | news | health | 594
Under a third of tests done in community testing centres in England are processed within 24 hours.
Sunak to announce new job protection plans
23/09/2020 | news | business | 2,874
The chancellor will give an update on Thursday about "protecting jobs" as the furlough scheme winds down.
Asda to crack down on shoppers without face masks
23/09/2020 | news | business | 2,574
Its staff will soon offer customers disposable face masks to be paid for at the end of their trip.
Ban on meeting in houses extended across Scotland
22/09/2020 | news | uk | 3,379
Nicola Sturgeon says visiting other people's homes will no longer be allowed as part of efforts to slow the virus.
Bank of England calls for furlough 'rethink'
22/09/2020 | news | business | 922
Governor Andrew Bailey suggests that some sectors may benefit from further targeted help.
Fears of second lockdown wipe £50bn off UK stocks
21/09/2020 | news | business | 1,161
Shares in the US and Europe fall sharply with travel, hotel and pub firms worst hit.
No 10 'ruling by decree' on virus, says senior MP
21/09/2020 | news | politics | 1,725
Sir Graham Brady suggests the public are being "treated like children" and MPs must have more say.
18/09/2020 | news | health | 4,729
Coronavirus: Test demand 'significantly outstripping' capacity
17/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,393
The number of under-17s seeking Covid-19 tests has doubled, the head of NHS Test and Trace tells MPs.
PM's Brexit compromise is 'not enough', says Lord Howard
17/09/2020 | news | politics | 3,471
The ex-Tory leader said government plans to amend a controversial legislation do not go far enough.
Biden says US trade deal hinges on UK 'respect' for Good Friday Agreement
17/09/2020 | news | politics | 4,211
The presidential candidate says peace in Northern Ireland cannot become a "casualty of Brexit".
Rising virus rates threaten economy, warns Bank
17/09/2020 | news | business | 372
Bank of England says a no-deal Brexit is another risk as it keeps interest rates at historic low.
People waiting longer for virus test results
17/09/2020 | news | health | 985
Only one in three tests carried out in community testing centres in England are processed within 24 hours.
John Lewis scraps bonus for first time since 1953
17/09/2020 | news | business | 508
The partnership posted a huge £635m loss in the six months to July as costs soared during the pandemic.
PM in compromise with Tory critics over Brexit bill
17/09/2020 | news | politics | 4,577
No 10 agrees MPs will get a vote before the government can use powers that would break international law.
'Redundancy floodgates' will open, warns union
16/09/2020 | news | business | 645
Many workers can expect a "miserable Christmas" without targeted support for employers, Unite says.
Coronavirus: Testing problems to be solved in weeks, says Hancock
15/09/2020 | news | uk | 2,226
The health secretary says testing policy will be updated to prioritise the most urgent cases.
Coronavirus: Families 'mingling' would be breaking rule of six - home secretary
15/09/2020 | news | uk | 3,855
Even stopping to talk in the street could breach the rules, the home secretary says.
Johnson says bill protects UK's economic borders
14/09/2020 | news | politics | 2,724
But Labour accuses PM of "trashing" the UK's international reputation as MPs debate post-Brexit bill.
Fifth ex-PM speaks out against post-Brexit bill
14/09/2020 | news | politics | 6,113
David Cameron says he has "misgivings" about the proposed law to override the withdrawal agreement.
Wetherspoon: 66 staff test positive across 50 pubs
14/09/2020 | news | business | 2,097
The firm dismisses claims pubs are "dangerous" after some workers contract the virus after reopening.
Antibody treatment to be given to Covid patients
14/09/2020 | news | health | 492
Laboratory-made antibodies are to be trialled on 2,000 people with coronavirus in UK hospitals.
Back me over Brexit bill, Johnson tells Tory MPs
11/09/2020 | news | politics | 5,738
The PM calls for no return to "squabbling", but the EU ramps up opposition to UK government plans.
Lockdown restrictions extended to Lanarkshire
11/09/2020 | news | uk | 683
More than 1.75 million people in the west of Scotland are now covered by the curbs on home visits.
UK economy continues recovery in July
11/09/2020 | news | business | 752
The economy expanded by 6.6%, but the country's growth remains far below pre-pandemic levels.
UK and Japan in first major post-Brexit trade deal
11/09/2020 | news | business | 2,672
Symbolic trade deal will cover 99% of UK exports to Japan but boost economy by just 0.07%.
EU ultimatum to UK over Brexit talks
10/09/2020 | news | politics | 11,728
Drop plans to rewrite withdrawal agreement by end of month or risk scuppering trade deal, UK is told.
New rules 'no longer than we have to' - Hancock
10/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,292
The health secretary says England's new rule limiting social gatherings to six people is "vital".
Virus disruption causes long NHS waits to soar
10/09/2020 | news | health | 552
More than two million people on the waiting list in England have been waiting more than 18 weeks.
'We must act' to prevent second lockdown - PM
09/09/2020 | news | uk | 2,901
Boris Johnson outlines a new "rule of six" on gatherings and details a "moonshot" testing plan.
PM defends planned Brexit deal changes
09/09/2020 | news | politics | 4,888
The government publishes a bill which overwrites key parts of the Withdrawal Agreement with the EU.
People without Covid symptoms 'misusing testing'
09/09/2020 | news | health | 2,151
The health secretary says 'inappropriate' use was making it harder for people to get tested.
08/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,533
Minister: New bill will 'break international law'
08/09/2020 | news | politics | 5,919
Brandon Lewis says a new post-Brexit law will go against agreements in a "specific and limited way".
Ministers' concern over 'sharp rise' in Covid cases
08/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,961
The health secretary is among those warning the virus is on the increase, especially amongst the young.
UK Brexit negotiator calls for 'realism' from EU
08/09/2020 | news | politics | 2,263
Lord Frost says there is "still time" to do a trade deal with the bloc as the latest talks begin.
07/09/2020 | news | politics | 3,856
Should I start taking vitamin D?
07/09/2020 | news | health | 294
Some people might want to consider it during the pandemic. Here's why.
07/09/2020 | news | politics | 3,766
07/09/2020 | news | business | 365
Brexit: UK 'sleepwalking into disaster' over border plans, hauliers warn
04/09/2020 | news | uk | 6,575
Haulage companies warn supply chains could be "severely disrupted" when the Brexit transition period ends.
HS2 project work begins with pledge of 22,000 jobs
04/09/2020 | news | business | 1,280
Work on the controversial rail line formally starts on Friday, with Boris Johnson saying it will "fire up growth".
Amazon to create 7,000 UK jobs
03/09/2020 | news | business | 1,141
The online retail giant is recruiting at more than 50 sites in response to growing customer demand.
Government 'overseeing the demise of UK aviation'
03/09/2020 | news | business | 1,123
Leading UK aviation figures say the government must show "leadership" on airport coronavirus testing.
Coronavirus cure: What progress are we making on treatments?
02/09/2020 | news | health | 931
Teams around the world are looking into medicines for Covid-19 and scientists are starting to discover what works.
School return 'massive milestone', says Williamson
01/09/2020 | news | education | 1,517
But Labour attacks a summer of "chaos, incompetence and confusion" for England's schools.
Furlough wind down: 'We prepared for the worst'
01/09/2020 | news | business | 1,582
With the furlough support scheme now starting to unwind, many firms are poised for job cuts.
Which English team might suit Messi best?
31/08/2020 | sport | football | 777
Manchester City is the obvious choice, but where else might Lionel Messi feel at home if he moves to England?
Campaign to encourage workers back to offices
28/08/2020 | news | uk | 5,083
It follows warnings that city centres could become "ghost towns" if more staff do not return.
26/08/2020 | news | uk | 572
26/08/2020 | news | education | 4,795
24/08/2020 | news | business | 674
New 'no socialising' rules for parts of North West
21/08/2020 | news | uk | 2,779
Residents of Oldham and parts of Pendle and Blackburn face stricter Covid-19 restrictions.
Brexit: UK-EU trade deal 'seems unlikely' says Michel Barnier
21/08/2020 | news | politics | 8,923
The bloc's negotiator says talks are "going backwards" as the UK says "little progress" has been made.
Virus spending pushes UK government debt to £2 trillion
21/08/2020 | news | business | 2,120
Public debt levels soar as spending on coronavirus measures forces the government to borrow more money.
Some TV bulletins may disappear, BBC boss says
20/08/2020 | news | entertainment | 645
There may be just one daily national bulletin on regular TV in 10 years' time, Fran Unsworth says.
UK 'not considering' compulsory workplace masks
19/08/2020 | news | uk | 1,550
The government is not looking at following France in enforcing office coverings, Matt Hancock says.
PM's call to move Lords to York rejected
19/08/2020 | news | politics | 2,354
The government will continue making the case for a temporary move outside London during repairs.
U-turn on A-levels and GCSEs as teacher grades used
17/08/2020 | news | uk | 1,944
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson apologises to students and parents for the "distress" caused.
NI GCSE results to be based on teacher predictions
17/08/2020 | news | uk | 714
Education Minister Peter Weir says the move is being made due to "exceptional circumstances".
Thousands in final rush to beat France quarantine
15/08/2020 | news | uk | 3,728
Holidaymakers had just hours to return to the UK to avoid the 14-day self-isolation requirement.
Labour call for urgent U-turn over 'exams fiasco'
14/08/2020 | news | education | 4,060
Give pupils their teacher grades, says Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.
UK signs deals for 90 million virus vaccine doses
14/08/2020 | news | health | 696
The vaccines are being developed by the pharmaceutical company Janssen and US biotech firm Novavax.
Thunderstorms and flash floods after hot weather
14/08/2020 | news | uk | 1,606
Flash floods spark travel disruption, after yellow storm warnings are issued for swathes of the UK.
Scotland's virus infection rate 'may be increasing'
13/08/2020 | news | uk | 668
The first minister says the reproduction rate of the virus - the R number - could now be above one.
Figures reveal long waits for routine ops in England
13/08/2020 | news | health | 394
The coronavirus pandemic has caused backlogs in many areas of the NHS, including cancer and A&E.
Students warn mock grades 'make mockery' of exams
12/08/2020 | news | education | 1,023
Last-minute changes have been made to the way A-level and GCSE results in England are to be decided.
More Sussex homes without water as heatwave continues
12/08/2020 | news | uk | 738
About 300 properties had been without water since Friday, with more now affected by a burst pipe.
Recession is unprecedented, says chancellor
12/08/2020 | news | business | 3,023
Rishi Sunak says it is a "difficult and uncertain time" as the UK suffers its biggest slump on record.
UK in recession for first time in 11 years
12/08/2020 | news | business | 3,789
The UK suffers its biggest slump on record, while the chancellor says conditions are "unprecedented".
11/08/2020 | news | business | 971
Stilton drives wedge between UK-Japan Brexit deal
11/08/2020 | news | business | 3,065
Stil-tons to do as talks over blue cheese become an unlikely obstacle to a post-Brexit trade agreement.
10/08/2020 | news | uk | 2,827
Contact tracers in England cut by 6,000
10/08/2020 | news | health | 1,372
The rest will focus on reaching positive cases and their contacts in local areas, alongside local teams.
Coronavirus: Australia records deadliest day but fewer new infections
10/08/2020 | news | world | 656
An outbreak in Victoria has seen over 100 deaths in the past week, but new infections may be slowing.
Aberdeen coronavirus outbreak: Number of cases rises to 79
07/08/2020 | news | uk | 1,358
The number of cases linked to a cluster in Aberdeen rises to 79 - with more expected in the coming days.
Bank of England boss backs end of furlough scheme
06/08/2020 | news | business | 3,735
UK economy is still set for worst performance in 100 years according to the UK's central bank.
Aberdeen lockdown begins as Covid cluster grows
05/08/2020 | news | uk | 2,664
Travel restrictions are in force, households cannot meet inside and bars and restaurants have been ordered to close.
Schools 'should be first to open, last to close'
05/08/2020 | news | education | 956
The right to an education should take priority over pubs, England's children's commissioner says.
UK 'made serious mistake' over virus border policy
05/08/2020 | news | politics | 3,836
A Commons committee says ministers were slow to recognise the risk of importing Covid-19 from Europe.
Pizza Express may close 67 sites and cut 1,100 jobs
04/08/2020 | news | business | 1,362
High Street chain the latest to look to restructure and refinance as virus deals extra blow to trade.
Coronavirus: Major incident declared in Greater Manchester
03/08/2020 | news | uk | 929
People "should not be alarmed" by the announcement as it is "standard practice", authorities say.
Ads for large polluting cars 'should be banned'
03/08/2020 | news | uk | 1,726
A new campaign says the government should ban adverts for large cars like sports utility vehicles.
Coronavirus infections rising in England
31/07/2020 | news | health | 4,288
A study that involves swabbing a randomly select group of households found positive tests were increasing.
Holiday firm Tui to shut 166 High Street shops
30/07/2020 | news | business | 434
The UK's largest tour operator says the move is partly down to more people booking online.
England highest level of excess deaths in Europe
30/07/2020 | news | health | 4,632
Office for National Statistics analysis shows how countries compared in the first six months of the year
Travel bosses demand end to blanket quarantine
29/07/2020 | news | business | 3,486
Regional travel corridors would allow quarantine-free visits to some areas of Spain, they tell the PM.
'Fix your bike' website crashes as scheme launches
29/07/2020 | news | uk | 641
A website offering £50 bike repair vouchers from the government did not work for several hours.
Fears over 'zombie companies' as UK exits lockdown
29/07/2020 | news | uk | 294
Insolvencies slow during lockdown, but experts say the worst is yet to come.
Ministers aim for UK-wide virus co-operation pledge
28/07/2020 | news | uk | 1,228
The UK and devolved governments are hoping to agree a joint approach to driving coronavirus down to the lowest possible level.
Selfridges job cuts 'toughest decision ever'
28/07/2020 | news | business | 333
Upmarket department store chain Selfridges is cutting 450 workers, 14% of its workforce.
Greggs on a roll as customers rush back
28/07/2020 | news | business | 905
The bakery chain saw losses in the first half of 2020 but says sales are now 72% of last year's level.
BA faces strike threat over job cut plan
28/07/2020 | news | business | 502
The head of the trade union Unite warns the airline that it plans to move towards industrial action.
Coronavirus: Spain races to save tourism as cases surge
27/07/2020 | news | world | 1,917
The UK imposed a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from Spain after a spike in infections.
UK economy 'might not recover until 2024'
27/07/2020 | news | business | 3,432
Analysts say it will take longer than expected for the economy to return to its pre-coronavirus size.
Virus response shows 'might of UK union' - PM
23/07/2020 | news | uk | 4,593
Boris Johnson visits Scotland as the SNP says he is worried about support for independence.
UK-EU trade deal some way off, both sides say
23/07/2020 | news | politics | 5,717
UK and EU negotiators say progress has not been made in difficult areas, such as fishing and competition rules.
Home-schooling: 'Most British children struggling'
22/07/2020 | news | education | 894
An official report reveals how children have struggled to continue learning at home during lockdown.
Scottish retail sector on 'slow path to recovery'
22/07/2020 | news | uk | 43
The trade association for retailers said sales were down by almost a fifth in June compared with last year.
Coronavirus not over by Christmas, experts warn
21/07/2020 | news | uk | 2,472
Even progress in developing a vaccine is unlikely to mean the virus will be eliminated, MPs hear.
UK quarterly borrowing hits record high
21/07/2020 | news | business | 1,361
The government borrowed £127.9bn between April and June, the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Oxford coronavirus vaccine triggers immune response
20/07/2020 | news | uk | 1,521
Study shows the vaccine is safe, but it is still too soon to know if it can stop people from being infected.
UK signs deals for 90 million virus vaccine doses
20/07/2020 | news | health | 962
The vaccines are still being researched, but offer hope of getting life back to normal.
17/07/2020 | news | business | 1,522
Emergency loans for universities about to go bust
16/07/2020 | news | education | 910
Universities at financial risk will have to change subjects and bosses' pay to qualify for rescue package.
PM promises an independent coronavirus inquiry
15/07/2020 | news | politics | 4,588
But a bereaved families group says an inquiry is needed now to learn lessons if there is a second spike.
14/07/2020 | news | politics | 9,714
Winter wave of coronavirus 'could be much worse'
14/07/2020 | news | health | 2,552
Modelling suggests there could be a deadly second peak, killing more than 100,000 people in the UK.
13/07/2020 | news | politics | 5,470
Patel sets out post-Brexit immigration plans
13/07/2020 | news | politics | 3,968
The new points-based system has a visa for health staff but most care home workers will be excluded.
10/07/2020 | news | politics | 3,033
10/07/2020 | news | uk | 1,930
Plans to cut energy bills face backlash from firms
09/07/2020 | news | business | 475
Households could see their energy bills cut by £20 a year under proposals from the regulator.
Leicester lockdown: No plans for extra Covid cash, minister says
09/07/2020 | news | uk | 464
Local businesses and politicians say they were expecting more financial support from the government.
09/07/2020 | news | entertainment | 4,900
Nursing and midwife numbers jump by record amount
09/07/2020 | news | health | 55
There are 18,000 more registered than a year ago, but some fear the pandemic could hit recruitment.
08/07/2020 | news | business | 3,679
07/07/2020 | news | health | 2,541
07/07/2020 | news | uk | 2,961
07/07/2020 | news | uk | 629
07/07/2020 | news | entertainment | 1,697
07/07/2020 | news | business | 528
06/07/2020 | news | world | 99
Beer gardens reopen after 15 weeks in lockdown
06/07/2020 | news | other | 1,443
Business owners have warned their biggest hurdle could be persuading customers that it is safe to go out.
NI's hotels and bars reopen their doors
03/07/2020 | news | uk | 75
Economy Minister Diane Dodds hails Friday as a "great day for the hospitality sector".
Five-mile travel limit lifted in Scotland
03/07/2020 | news | uk | 733
Holiday cottages can reopen and the travel limit has been lifted as Scotland's virus lockdown is eased.
Wales' lockdown travel limits will end on 6 July
03/07/2020 | news | uk | 1,188
Scrapping of the "stay local" restrictions from Monday are confirmed by Mark Drakeford.
03/07/2020 | news | politics | 4,295
02/07/2020 | news | health | 185
02/07/2020 | news | uk | 3,391
UK businesses cut more than 12,000 jobs in two days
01/07/2020 | news | business | 3,147
Businesses including Topshop owner Arcadia, Harrods, John Lewis, Airbus and EasyJet are cutting back.
01/07/2020 | news | uk | 1,378
This is the moment to be ambitious – PM
30/06/2020 | news | politics | 5,830
Boris Johnson vows a "new deal" for UK after coronavirus - but Labour says saving jobs is top priority.
29/06/2020 | news | business | 2,453
Johnson warns over virus rules after beach crowds
26/06/2020 | news | uk | 6,388
The PM says other countries have had virus spikes after people took "liberties" with distancing rules.
26/06/2020 | news | politics | 3,324
UK to lift quarantine for many European countries
25/06/2020 | news | business | 1,613
Ministers look set to exempt France, Italy, Spain, Greece, and several other European countries.
Over 100,000 asked to stay at home to curb virus
25/06/2020 | news | health | 923
The close contacts of people who test positive are being traced by new NHS service in England.
25/06/2020 | news | uk | 1,388
Human trial of new coronavirus vaccine starts
24/06/2020 | news | health | 1,345
Over the coming weeks, 300 healthy people will each be given two doses of the jab.
UK must prepare for second wave - health leaders
24/06/2020 | news | uk | 2,016
The warning comes as the prime minister announced sweeping relaxations to lockdown rules in England.
Scottish pubs and restaurants to reopen in July
24/06/2020 | news | uk | 1,287
People will be allowed to meet indoors as part of major lockdown easing announced by Nicola Sturgeon.
Airports giant set to halve UK workforce
24/06/2020 | news | business | 655
More than 4,500 jobs could be lost at the ground handling firm due to coronavirus effects on air travel.
Lockdown to be relaxed in England as 2m rule eased
23/06/2020 | news | uk | 4,247
Two households will be able to meet, and pubs, restaurants and hairdressers can reopen from 4 July.
23/06/2020 | news | health | 712
Groups of six can meet indoors in NI from Tuesday
23/06/2020 | news | uk | 227
People will still be required to maintain social distancing when meeting family and friends, and no overnight stays are allowed.
Ex-chancellor warns against return to austerity
23/06/2020 | news | business | 654
Sajid Javid calls for lower taxes on businesses to aid the UK's economic recovery.
PM to announce on Tuesday if pubs can reopen
22/06/2020 | news | politics | 4,470
Boris Johnson is also expected to announce a relaxation of the 2m distancing rule in England.
Energy firms permitted to chase unpaid bills again
22/06/2020 | news | business | 651
Bailiffs are still banned from knocking on doors to collect unpaid parking fines or council tax.
'Do it at home' coronavirus saliva test trialled
22/06/2020 | news | health | 135
More than 14,000 key workers in the UK will try out the 'no swab' test that can spot new infections.
UK's Covid-19 alert level reduced
19/06/2020 | news | uk | 4,466
The virus is now "in general circulation" with a "gradual relaxation of restrictions" possible.
19/06/2020 | news | business | 1,399
UK debt now larger than size of whole economy
19/06/2020 | news | business | 2,346
May's record borrowing as income drops and spending balloons sees country's debt outstrips its economy.
Hairdressers can reopen in NI from 6 July
18/06/2020 | news | uk | 155
It is among a series of measures agreed by Stormont ministers to further ease the lockdown.
Shops expected to reopen in Wales from Monday
18/06/2020 | news | uk | 625
But advice to stay within five miles of your home is likely to remain in place.
UK virus-tracing app switches to Apple-Google model
18/06/2020 | news | technology | 4,344
Government now intends to launch an app in the autumn but it may still lack contact-tracing tech.
Bank pumps £100bn into UK economy to aid recovery
18/06/2020 | news | uk | 1,937
Bank of England announces huge stimulus to aid recovery from the "unprecedented" coronavirus downturn.
Masks to be compulsory on public transport
18/06/2020 | news | uk | 189
Face coverings will be required in taxis, buses, trains, aircraft and enclosed areas on ferries.
17/06/2020 | news | uk | 602
Boohoo swoops again to snap up High Street rivals
17/06/2020 | news | business | 138
The online retailer also reveals results boosted by sales of "athleisure" items during lockdown.
Record fuel price slump pushes down UK inflation
17/06/2020 | news | business | 1,431
Fuel costs fell sharply in May, pushing the inflation rate down to a fresh four-year low of 0.5%.
Shetland plans for UK's biggest onshore wind farm to proceed
17/06/2020 | news | uk | 120
The 103-turbine Viking project in Shetland will cost £580m and create hundreds of jobs.
16/06/2020 | news | health | 2,471
Job cuts warning as 600,000 roles go in lockdown
16/06/2020 | news | business | 1,382
Economists say the full impact on employment will not be felt until wage support schemes end in October.
Greggs to reopen 800 shops for takeaway
16/06/2020 | news | business | 417
Greggs edges towards full reopening while Cineworld cinemas plan to restart screenings in July.
15/06/2020 | news | uk | 990
New momentum needed in trade talks, say UK and EU
15/06/2020 | news | politics | 2,081
The PM says the talks need "a bit of oomph" and sees no reason why a deal cannot be "done in July".
15/06/2020 | news | education | 681
I feel 100% safe on full planes, says EasyJet boss
15/06/2020 | news | business | 1,299
The comments come as the airline begins offering a limited numbers of flights on mainly domestic routes.
12/06/2020 | news | business | 4,160
12/06/2020 | news | health | 781
Under-30s worst hit by lockdown financial squeeze
11/06/2020 | news | business | 744
No savings and less chance to cut spending means an income fall hits the young hardest, the ONS says.
11/06/2020 | news | business | 901
England's back-to-school plans 'lie in tatters'
10/06/2020 | news | education | 877
Sir Keir Starmer launches a stinging attack on government plans for schooling during the pandemic.
Britain goes coal free as fossil fuels edged out
10/06/2020 | news | science | 1,006
On Wednesday, Britain will mark two months without burning any coal to generate power.
10/06/2020 | news | business | 3,672
10/06/2020 | news | politics | 358
10/06/2020 | news | politics | 835
Coronavirus came to UK 'at least 1,300 times'
10/06/2020 | news | health | 1,797
There was no one 'patient zero' that started the UK epidemic, research shows.
10/06/2020 | news | business | 1,362
09/06/2020 | news | education | 1,187
Plan dropped for all primary pupils back in school
09/06/2020 | news | education | 925
The reopening of primary school for all year groups in England is to be ditched by the government.
More than one in four UK workers now furloughed
09/06/2020 | news | business | 1,344
The scheme to pay wages of workers on leave because of coronavirus has now cost £19.6bn.
09/06/2020 | news | uk | 397
UK post-Brexit drug stockpiles at risk amid virus
08/06/2020 | news | business | 1,725
UK is warned by the pharmaceutical sector to build up and pay for a broader stockpile of medicines.
Is R number balanced on knife edge?
06/06/2020 | news | health | 4,458
There are concerns coronavirus might be starting to spread in parts of England again.