Day: October 6, 2020

Three of UK's biggest universities move to online learning due to coronavirus outbreaks

October 6, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Three of the country’s largest universities have shifted to online classes due to coronavirus outbreaks, dealing a blow to the restart of the education sector. More than 50 universities in the UK have confirmed cases of Covid-19 after thousands […]

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Local lockdowns 'not working,' northern leaders warn as rate of Covid cases nearly doubles in a week

October 6, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Local lockdown restrictions are “not working” and “counter-productive”, leaders of northern cities have warned as the rate of coronavirus cases almost doubled in a week. Leaders in Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Leeds warned Health Secretary Matt Hancock that they […]

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No water in east London: Thousands left unable to wash hands

October 6, 2020

Thousands of people in east London and many in Reading, Berkshire, were left without water or suffering low water pressure in their homes. Customers in nine postcodes of London and two in Reading said not being able to wash their hands was a coronavirus risk. Thames Water said engineers were investigating and would do everything […]

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NHS Covid tests under threat following Roche supply chain problem

October 6, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates NHS coronavirus tests such as swabs are under threat following a supply chain problem with pharmaceutical giant Roche. Concerns have been raised over the supply of vital testing materials for a range of conditions, including Covid-19. On Tuesday, Roche […]

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UK coronavirus LIVE: Boris Johnson says 'no alternatives' to lockdown restrictions amid Tory revolt as London hit by Covid case surge

October 6, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Boris Johnson has spoken of the “frustration and hardship” brought about by the pandemic, but vowed that the Government will “build back better” to solve the UK’s “chronic underlying problems”. Addressing the Tory Party conference, Mr Johnson, who faces […]

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Donald Trump halts coronavirus relief talks until after election

October 6, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Donald Trump has said he is halting negotiations on Covid-19 relief in the US until after the election. The president tweeted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was “not negotiating in good faith”. He said he has asked Senate Majority […]

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Grenfell: inquiry hears council at heart of cost-cutting decisions

October 6, 2020

RBKC used ‘decisive influence’ to remove original contractor over budget concerns Simon Cash, Artelia’s project director on Grenfell, giving evidence to the public inquiry in London. Photograph: Grenfell Tower Inquiry/PA The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) used “decisive influence” to remove the original contractor on Grenfell Tower despite its claims to have delegated […]

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Tory rebels fail to defeat government over the ‘rule of six’

October 6, 2020

More than a dozen Tory rebels flexed their muscles on new coronavirus rules, but failed to defeat the government over its “rule of six”. Fourteen Conservative backbenchers were joined by five DUP MPs in trying to curb the restrictions on social gatherings. They were easily outnumbered, but Labour and 62 Conservatives abstained, meaning the total […]

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Duchess of Cambridge visits university students to see how they’re coping with COVID-19 pandemic

October 6, 2020

The Duchess of Cambridge visited first-year university students to hear how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the start of their undergraduate life. Kate travelled to the University of Derby to find out how the students’ mental health is being cared for on campus. A surge in coronavirus cases in recent weeks has led to thousands […]

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London buses ‘overcrowded’ as drivers ‘forced to stop even when full’

October 6, 2020

London bus drivers claim bosses are ‘forcing’ them to break coronavirus capacity limits by allowing passengers to cram on. Trade Union Unite claim ‘overcrowding’ is happening across the capital because operators are instructing drivers to let people on at every stop, even when buses are full. Double deckers are supposed to cap passengers at 30 […]

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