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Boris Johnson “optimistic” he can set out plan to ease lockdown in England – BBC News

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is optimistic he will be able to set out plans for a cautious easing of restrictions in England. Mr Johnson also said that people will have to learn to live with coronavirus, echoing a suggestion by his Health Secretary Matt Hancock that the virus could be managed …

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New mutated coronavirus from South Africa is “highly concerning” – BBC News

The UK government has said it is “highly concerned” about two cases of a new mutation of the coronavirus which have been identified in people who have arrived from South Africa. The Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the new strain of the virus is even more infectious than the recent new variant — which is …

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Millions more in England in toughest Tier 4 as Covid cases rise at “dangerous rate”- BBC News

Six million more people in England are to live under Tier 4 coronavirus restrictions after the UK government said case numbers were rising at a “dangerous rate”. Hospital Covid admissions have reached the highest level since April, at the height of the first wave of the pandemic. The Tier 4 restrictions from 26 December will …

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UK facing even tougher restrictions to curb new coronavirus variant – BBC News

The UK government is considering even tougher restrictions to contain the new mutated variant of coronavirus. Its scientific advisers have warned that tougher rules will probably be needed. In England at present more than 17 million people are under Tier 4 rules – the highest level – with people being told to stay at home …

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Lorry gridlock in Kent to continue for days – after France and UK agree tests for drivers – BBC News

An agreement has been reached between the UK and France to restart the flow of freight between the two countries. The armed forces will be part of an operation to give rapid Covid tests to lorry drivers with a result in around 20 minutes. It will take several days for the system to clear the …

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Pressure on UK as new coronavirus spreads and dozens of countries impose travel bans – BBC News

Boris Johnson’s government is under intense pressure, with the new variant coronavirus spreading rapidly and dozens of countries banning travel from the UK. The UK’s scientific advisers are warning that even tougher restrictions will be needed to contain the new strain of the virus. The prime minister has sought to reassure the public that food …

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UK new coronavirus variant “out of control” as countries announce travel bans – BBC News

The UK government has said a new mutation of the coronavirus is “out of control” in parts of England and spreading rapidly. The latest figures show more than 35,000 new infections, many in London and the south-east. Several countries have announced that they are banning travel from the UK — with France suspending passenger and …

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UK’s Christmas plans in tatters with harsh new lockdown for 18 million people – BBC News

In a dramatic change of policy, millions of people across England have been placed under a new tougher tier of coronavirus restrictions, meaning families will not be able to mix at all this Christmas. Boris Johnson made the announcement after scientists said a mutation of Covid-19 was spreading rapidly in London, the south east and …

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Plan to test millions of school pupils in England is “undeliverable” – BBC News

The UK government’s plans to test millions of school pupils in England for Covid when they return to their classrooms in January is undeliverable – according to teaching unions, school governors, the Church of England and colleges. Ministers announced the plans yesterday along with a staggered return to the classroom. But schools says it will …

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