Day: June 1, 2020

Shopper numbers jump 31% as lockdown in England relaxed

June 1, 2020

Shoppers rushed back to high streets and retail parks on Monday as the reopening of car showrooms, markets and some Ikea stores marked the easing of lockdown restrictions in England. The number of shoppers out and about jumped by 31% across all retail destinations by 5pm in England compared with last week’s bank holiday Monday, […]

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No figures yet but Hancock claims test and trace system ‘successful’

June 1, 2020

The government’s coronavirus test and trace scheme is “up and running” and “successful”, the health secretary has declared.  Matt Hancock told the daily COVID-19 briefing that the “vast majority” of new cases of the coronavirus have been contacted since the system was launched last week – but he could not give a specific figure. “I’m […]

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Landmark 20th Century Fox building in London facing new threat

June 1, 2020

The distinctive building in Soho Square will be almost entirely demolished if developers’ proposals succeed in gaining planning consent Part of Soho history … the 20th Century Fox Film building, Soho Square, London, pictured in 2011. Photograph: Plamen Peev/Alamy Stock Photo Twentieth Century Fox’s former HQ faces the threat of imminent demolition after developers submitted […]

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Call to ban people travelling more than five miles after crowds swamp beaches

June 1, 2020

People should be banned from travelling further than five miles after “awful scenes” on beaches in Dorset over the weekend, a council leader has said. Three people were seriously injured after jumping into the sea from the limestone arch of Durdle Door on Saturday, with thousands having descended on coastal areas to enjoy the hot […]

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Wheels for Heroes scheme that loans free Brompton bikes to NHS staff hailed a success

June 1, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates A crowdfunded scheme that loans free bikes to NHS staff was today hailed a success after enabling hundreds to avoid public transport. The Wheels for Heroes scheme was launched by Brompton Bike Hire, the sister company of Brompton Bicycle, […]

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UK coronavirus LIVE: Lockdown eases with schools reopening as experts warn restrictions being lifted too quickly

June 1, 2020

The Scottish First Minister said there had been “real progress” in stopping the spread of coronavirus shown by the statistics. However, she said the figures also showed how “fragile” the situation in Scotland. Nicola Sturgeon said: “The virus has been suppressed, but it has not gone away and it is still extremely dangerous.” The First […]

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UK coronavirus death toll rises by 115

June 1, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates The number of people in the UK who have died after testing positive for Covid-19 has risen by 115. NHS England announced 108 new deaths of patients on Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals […]

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IKEA stores reopen for first time since March as shoppers join miles-long queues

June 1, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Thousands of eager shoppers braved miles-long queues from the early hours to access IKEA stores as they opened for the first time since March. Lines snaked around car parks across the country as the Swedish retail giant opened 19 […]

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Have schools reopened in the UK? Latest Government guidelines revealed

June 1, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates As many as a million pupils went back to school today, as primary schools partially reopened for Reception, Year 1, and Year 6. The Government‘s plan for primary school pupils in England to go back to school from June […]

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Nearly 70 hospital trusts report no coronavirus deaths in 48 hours

June 1, 2020

Almost 70 hospital trusts in England recorded no coronavirus-related deaths over the weekend, new data has revealed. According to NHS England data analysed by Oxford University researchers, 69 trusts – 57.7 per cent – reported no deaths in the last 48 hours. As the data relates to trust, the number of hospitals that have not […]

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