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Coronavirus: England's quarantine scrapped for arrivals from 50 'low risk' countries


People arriving in England from more than 50 countries including France, Spain, Germany and Italy will no longer need to quarantine from 10 July, the Department for Transport has confirmed. A full list of exempt countries posing "a reduced risk"…

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Posted by: on: 03/07/2020 in: European, General News & Updates, UK, Europe & World News

Coronavirus: Dozens of countries not in UK quarantine


Dozens of countries will be exempt from a travel quarantine from Monday, UK government sources have indicated. Currently, most people arriving into the UK from anywhere apart from the Republic of Ireland have to self-isolate for two weeks. Ministers had…

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Posted by: on: 02/07/2020 in: European, General News & Updates, Overseas, UK, Europe & World News

Coronavirus: Kate Silverton on her fear for children's mental health


Home schooling is causing stress in millions of homes across the UK. BBC newsreader Kate Silverton, who is also a trainee child psychotherapist and a mother-of-two, has like most parents found lockdown a very challenging time. After speaking to other…

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Posted by: on: 02/07/2020 in: European, General News & Updates, UK, Europe & World News

BBC | Coronavirus: Face coverings to become mandatory in Scottish shops


The use of face coverings will become mandatory in shops in Scotland from 9 July as coronavirus restrictions are eased, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Non-essential shops have reopened in Scotland and bars and restaurants are due to open up again…

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Posted by: on: 02/07/2020 in: European, General News & Updates, UK, Europe & World News

International Joke Day: Tell us your favourite hilarious gag


Today is the day to enjoy a good laugh as the world celebrates International Joke Day! Held every 1 July, the day is designed to start the second half of the year with a smile and a chuckle, which is…

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Posted by: on: 01/07/2020 in: General News & Updates, UK, Europe & World News

England's museums and galleries to reopen after 4 July


The National Gallery will be the first major London gallery to reopen its doors, welcoming visitors from 8 July. The vast majority of English galleries and museums won't reopen on Saturday, 4 July, despite being given the go-ahead by the government…

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Posted by: on: 30/06/2020 in: European, General News & Updates, Overseas, UK, Europe & World News

Coronavirus: UK economy hit worse than first thought


The UK economy shrank more than first thought between January and March, contracting 2.2% in the joint largest fall since 1979, official figures show. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revised down its previous estimate of a 2% contraction, with…

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Posted by: on: 30/06/2020 in: European, General News & Updates, UK, Europe & World News

Leicester lockdown tightened as coronavirus cases rise


The UK's first full local lockdown has been announced in Leicester, with stricter measures imposed in the city. Non-essential shops have shut, and schools will close for most pupils on Thursday because of a rise in coronavirus cases. The loosening…

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Posted by: on: 30/06/2020 in: General News & Updates, UK, Europe & World News

Royal Mail set to cut 2,000 management jobs


Royal Mail is to cut 2,000 management jobs, about a fifth of its managers, as it struggles to deal with the effects of the coronavirus crisis. The postal service was already facing challenges before the pandemic. The company said the…

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Posted by: on: 25/06/2020 in: General News & Updates, UK, Europe & World News

Coronavirus: UK must prepare for second virus wave - health leaders


Health leaders are calling for an urgent review to determine whether the UK is properly prepared for the "real risk" of a second wave of coronavirus. In an open letter published in the British Medical Journal, ministers were warned that urgent…

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Posted by: on: 24/06/2020 in: General News & Updates, UK, Europe & World News
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