Day: May 20, 2020

Why hoarding power in London doesn’t work | Letters

May 20, 2020

T he tragedy that England has the highest excess death rate in Europe (How England found itself at the wrong end of the Covid-19 league table, 17 May) is not all down to austerity and the indolence of current ministers. England has been failed by a political culture that still clings to the imperial idea […]

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‘Foolish’ to rule out negative rates says BoE governor

May 20, 2020

Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey has refused to rule out cutting interest rates below zero in response to the coronavirus economic crisis. The Bank has already slashed rates to a record low of 0.1% as the pandemic drags Britain into what is expected to be the worst recession in living memory. Mr Bailey told […]

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London records no new coronavirus cases for 24 hours

May 20, 2020

London has recorded no new coronavirus cases for 24 hours, according to data from Public Health England (PHE). Just a few months ago, the capital – the hardest-hit region in the UK – had thousands of new cases of coronavirus each day. But on Monday, London recorded no new infections, compared to 19 the day […]

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Coronavirus could mean the final curtain for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

May 20, 2020

Since his death in 1616, William Shakespeare has continued his awesome run. But one of the world’s best known venues for staging his work, the in-the-round replica called Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, warned parliament this week that the coronavirus pandemic might bring down the curtain on the iconic forum – not just for now, but forever. […]

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PM rejects calls to exempt foreign health workers from NHS surcharge

May 20, 2020

The prime minister has rejected calls to scrap the health surcharge for overseas NHS and social care workers. Workers coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area have to pay a fee to use the health service. All adult migrants from outside of the EEA have to pay £400 a year – irrespective […]

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John Cumming obituary

May 20, 2020

While the economy of jazz has always been a fragile thing, the music’s inner resilience is founded on its practitioners’ shared belief in the human value of their work. As the co-founder and presiding spirit of the London jazz festival, John Cumming, who has died aged 71 after suffering from cancer, fully understood that and […]

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World Bee Day: Bees under lockdown in London as bacterial disease sweeps capital amid swarm season

May 20, 2020

“It’s like seeing SWAT squads getting tooled up going in to storm a hostile building,” says beekeeper Dale Gibson, describing the moment when bee inspectors prepare to enter an apiary suspected of infection. If the hives are found to be compromised, they will be placed on lockdown for a number of weeks, with their entrances […]

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Coronavirus: No new cases in London over 24-hour period

May 20, 2020

No new cases of coronavirus were recorded in London over a 24-hour period, data published by Public Health England (PHE) has shown. On Monday, the capital recorded no new infections, down from 19 cases reported the day before. Previously, London has been one of the regions hardest hit by the outbreak in the UK since […]

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