Coronavirus outbreak

London care homes report possible fresh Covid-19 outbreaks

May 18, 2020

Doctors have reported possible fresh outbreaks of Covid-19 in care and nursing homes in west London, two months after the area was a hotspot in the first days of the coronavirus crisis. “Just when we thought there might be light at the end of the tunnel, two new or worsening care home outbreaks over the […]

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Arts funding plea as Globe warns it may not survive Covid-19 crisis

May 18, 2020

Shakespeare’s Globe theatre on the South Bank in London said ‘without public subsidy, we will not be able to survive this crisis’. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo A call for the government to step up with urgent funding “to shore up our cultural landscape” has been made as Shakespeare’s Globe warned it faces insolvency without extra […]

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MPs call for transport workers to get death-in-service payouts

May 17, 2020

MPs have urged Boris Johnson to extend the £60,000 NHS death-in-service payments to transport workers on the coronavirus frontline as people return to work in increasing numbers. Forty-two MPs have written to the prime minister also calling for greater personal protection for hundreds of thousands of transport workers who are instrumental to ministers’ desire to […]

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‘I’ve been going bananas without it’: tennis obsessives pick up their rackets again

May 17, 2020

There are some sounds you don’t know you’re nostalgic for until you hear them. The thwack of a well hit tennis ball has been missing from this British spring. It is surprisingly cheering, on a bright Saturday morning, to hear it return. By nine o’clock yesterday, the first weekend of play since lockdown began two […]

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Piers Corbyn among 19 held in coronavirus lockdown protests

May 16, 2020

The brother of the former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was one of 19 protesters arrested on Saturday, as small demonstrations against the coronavirus lockdown took place across the country. Protesters gathered on green spaces across the UK holding placards describing the lockdown rules as unlawful and claiming that the government measures were suppressing civil rights. […]

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London police accused of racial profiling in lockdown searches

May 16, 2020

Police in London have been accused of racial profiling by a school pastoral support worker whose account on Twitter of being handcuffed and questioned has prompted questions about the role of officers during the city’s lockdown. Dwayne Francis, who was detained while waiting in his car for a post office to open en route to […]

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London congestion charge rise down to good old power struggle

May 15, 2020

Forget health or economic concerns – this is a classic political fight between a Labour mayor and a Tory government The congestion charge restarts on Monday. Its cost will rise by 30% next month. Photograph: Dan Chung/The Guardian Good old-fashioned politics rather than economic, environmental or health considerations seem to explain the decision by Transport […]

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TfL to raise congestion charge by 30% as part of £1.6bn bailout deal

May 15, 2020

Transport for London is to raise the congestion charge by 30%, temporarily stop free travel for children and charge over-60s to travel at peak times after securing a £1.6bn bailout from the government. TfL was forced to turn to the government after reporting a 90% fall in income as journeys on public transport in London […]

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Large areas of London to be made car-free as lockdown eased

May 15, 2020

Large areas of London are to be closed to cars and vans to allow people to walk and cycle safely as the coronavirus lockdown is eased, Sadiq Khan has announced. In one of the biggest car-free initiatives of any city in the world, the capital’s mayor announced on Friday that main streets between between London […]

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Fears for homeless as leak suggests rough sleeper funding will end

May 15, 2020

Charities have expressed fears about the prospect of a surge in street homelessness after a leaked report suggested that the government will no longer fund an emergency programme to house rough sleepers in hotels. The report, leaked to the Manchester Evening News, suggested that the Ministry for Communities, Housing & Local Government has now “drawn […]

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