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British PM Boris Johnson said the government would hold a review into vaccine certificates.(AFP)

UK PM Boris Johnson optimistic of June 21 lockdown end

Reuters, London
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 06:01 PM IST
"I'm hopeful but obviously, nothing can be guaranteed ... I'm very optimistic that we'll be able to get there," Johnson said when asked about the June 21 date earmarked to end restrictions.
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"The end is in sight and a wretched year will give way to a spring and summer that is very different and incomparably better to the picture we see today," Boris Johnson said.(AFP)
"The end is in sight and a wretched year will give way to a spring and summer that is very different and incomparably better to the picture we see today," Boris Johnson said.(AFP)

Prime minister Boris Johnson sets out plan for fully reopening UK in June

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 10:06 PM IST
The relaxation of England’s third national lockdown will begin with schools returning for all pupils on March 8, followed by outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households outdoors from March 29.
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he walks with police officers (not pictured) during his visit to South Wales Police Headquarters in Bridgend, South Wales, Britain February 17, 2021. Alastair Grant/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he walks with police officers (not pictured) during his visit to South Wales Police Headquarters in Bridgend, South Wales, Britain February 17, 2021. Alastair Grant/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)

PM Boris Johnson to lay out ‘cautious’ roadmap for easing UK Covid-19 lockdown

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 04:38 PM IST
Based on the latest Covid-19 statistics, Johnson is expected to confirm that all schools will reopen across England from March 8 and that families and friends can begin to be reunited outdoors under a return of the “rule of six” for gatherings later in March.
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UK PM Boris Johnson was positive for coronavirus.(AP)
UK PM Boris Johnson was positive for coronavirus.(AP)

U.K.’s Johnson to say all schools in England to open from March 8

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 02:49 PM IST
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce that all schools in England will reopen from March 8, as he sets out how the national coronavirus lockdown will be lifted gradually over the coming months.
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives for a virtual meeting of G7 leaders in the Cabinet Room at Downing Street in London on February 19, 2021. - (AFP)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives for a virtual meeting of G7 leaders in the Cabinet Room at Downing Street in London on February 19, 2021. - (AFP)

UK accelerates vaccine rollout as end of lockdown in sight

AFP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 06:44 PM IST
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who will outline the lockdown review in parliament on Monday, said the faster inoculation campaign would seek to offer a first dose to everyone aged over 50 by mid-April.
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Boris Johnson will promise to give “the majority of any future surplus vaccines” to the UN-backed COVAX effort to vaccinate the world's most vulnerable people, the British government said.(Reuters)
Boris Johnson will promise to give “the majority of any future surplus vaccines” to the UN-backed COVAX effort to vaccinate the world's most vulnerable people, the British government said.(Reuters)

UK vows to share Covid-19 vaccines ahead of G7 meeting

PTI, London
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 06:32 PM IST
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is meeting virtually with the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan and the United States to discuss international challenges.
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Signs that a national lockdown are curbing the pandemic are welcome news for PM Boris Johnson, who is under pressure to ease restrictions.(REUTERS)
Signs that a national lockdown are curbing the pandemic are welcome news for PM Boris Johnson, who is under pressure to ease restrictions.(REUTERS)

Coronavirus spread in England falls sharply ahead of Johnson review

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 06:16 AM IST
National prevalence of the virus was down by two-thirds in the first half of February compared to January.
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he walks with police officers (not pictured) during his visit to South Wales Police Headquarters in Bridgend, South Wales, Britain February 17, 2021. Alastair Grant/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he walks with police officers (not pictured) during his visit to South Wales Police Headquarters in Bridgend, South Wales, Britain February 17, 2021. Alastair Grant/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)

UK’s Boris Johnson hints hospitality faces long wait to reopen

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 06:53 PM IST
  • Boris Johnson is preparing to publish on Monday a “road map” to ending the national lockdown that has been in place since early January, shuttering non-essential shops and closing restaurants except for take-away service.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a coronavirus pandemic media briefing at Downing Street, London, Britain(Reuters Photo)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a coronavirus pandemic media briefing at Downing Street, London, Britain(Reuters Photo)

UK may need $84 billion of tax increases to balance the books

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 06:14 AM IST
Britain has suffered both one of the world’s worst health crises per capita, with more than 4 million Covid-19 infections and almost 122,000 people dead, and also one of the poorest economic outcomes.
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London: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing on coronavirus (COVID-19) in Downing Street, London, Wednesday Feb. 10, 2021. AP/PTI(AP02_11_2021_000018A)(AP)
London: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing on coronavirus (COVID-19) in Downing Street, London, Wednesday Feb. 10, 2021. AP/PTI(AP02_11_2021_000018A)(AP)

UK hits target: Giving at least 1 vaccine shot to 15 million

AP, London
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 08:26 PM IST
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to unveil his roadmap for easing restrictions on Feb. 22 amid signs that infection rates, hospitalizations and deaths have fallen sharply since England’s third national lockdown began on Jan. 4.
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson(Reuters)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson(Reuters)

UK PM Boris Johnson to host virtual meeting of G7 leaders

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 06:19 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the G7 Summit in Cornwall in June after India was invited as a guest country by the UK, alongside South Korea and Australia.
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Reuters)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Reuters)

Confident our vaccines prevent deaths: UK PM Boris Johnson

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2021 06:23 PM IST
"We think that both the vaccines that we're currently using are effective in, as I say, in stopping serious disease and death," Johnson told reporters.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets troops as they set up a vaccination centre in the Castlemilk district of Glasgow, Scotland, Britain on January 28, 2021. (REUTERS)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets troops as they set up a vaccination centre in the Castlemilk district of Glasgow, Scotland, Britain on January 28, 2021. (REUTERS)

Covid-19: When lawmakers turned lawbreakers

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2021 08:06 PM IST
From appalling to hilarious, here’s a rogue sheet of top politicians and prominent officials around the world who were caught breaching pandemic-related travel restrictions
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson.(REUTERS file)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson.(REUTERS file)

UK's PM hopes schools in England can reopen on March 8

AP, London
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 12:28 PM IST
  • In a statement to lawmakers, Johnson also confirmed new restrictions for travelers arriving in England from countries where the government thinks there is a risk of known variants of the coronavirus.
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A lone bus passenger sits on the top deck, wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in Oxford Street London(AP)
A lone bus passenger sits on the top deck, wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in Oxford Street London(AP)

Britain readies for painful lessons as Covid-19 death toll crosses 100,000

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 04:35 AM IST
Now in the midst of its third national lockdown, the UK has hit the devastating milestone of 100,000 deaths from Covid-19.
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, January 20, 2021.(REUTERS)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, January 20, 2021.(REUTERS)

Scottish leader says Boris Johnson fears democracy over independence issue

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 06:01 PM IST
Scotland voted against independence by 55% to 45% in a 2014 referendum. But a majority of Scots also backed staying in the European Union in the subsequent 2016 Brexit vote, stoking demands by Scottish nationalists for a new independence vote after the UK as a whole voted to leave.
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People queue at terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continues, London, Britain on January 22, 2021. (PIA JOSEPHSON via REUTERS)
People queue at terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continues, London, Britain on January 22, 2021. (PIA JOSEPHSON via REUTERS)

UK to quarantine visitors from nations with high Covid-19 risk: Report

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 05:46 AM IST
Britain has recorded more than 3.5 million Covid-19 infections - the fifth-highest in the world - and nearly 96,000 deaths.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to US President Joe Biden from London, Britain. (DOWNING ST via REUTERS)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to US President Joe Biden from London, Britain. (DOWNING ST via REUTERS)

Boris Johnson says he looks forward to working with Joe Biden on shared goals

Reuters, London
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 05:41 AM IST
Johnson used his first phone call with the US president to welcome Biden's announcements that the United States would rejoin the 2015 Paris climate accord and the World Health Organization.
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Johnson added that all the current evidence showed both vaccines remain effective against old and new variants.(REUTERS)
Johnson added that all the current evidence showed both vaccines remain effective against old and new variants.(REUTERS)

Covid-19 new variant causes higher mortality, says UK PM Boris Johnson

PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 06:01 AM IST
“We’ve been informed today that in addition to spreading more quickly, it also now appears that there is some evidence that the new variant - the variant that was first discovered in London and the southeast (of England) - may be associated with a higher degree of mortality,” he told a news briefing.
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Boris Johnson also signalled the lockdown could last until summer.(AP)
Boris Johnson also signalled the lockdown could last until summer.(AP)

UK considers paying people to stay home amid lockdown breaches

Bloomberg, London
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 11:18 PM IST
The policy, which would cost about 2 billion pounds a month, would be designed to overcome people’s fear of losing income if forced to self-isolate by a positive test, according to a document dated January 19 obtained by the Guardian and confirmed by a person familiar with the matter.
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"Our prime ministers speak regularly and Prime Minister Johnson has said he will visit India ahead of the G7”, said a statement by the British high commission.(MINT_PRINT)
"Our prime ministers speak regularly and Prime Minister Johnson has said he will visit India ahead of the G7”, said a statement by the British high commission.(MINT_PRINT)

Boris Johnson invites PM Modi to UK for June G7 summit

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 01:05 AM IST
The summit will be held in Cornwall during June 11-13. The UK invited the leaders of India, Australia and South Korea to attend as guest countries to “deepen the expertise and experience around the table”, the statement said.
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a virtual press conference at 10 Downing Street in central London. (AP)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a virtual press conference at 10 Downing Street in central London. (AP)

Britain invites G7 leaders to Cornish resort for June summit

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 05:22 AM IST
The summit will take place in the tiny resort of Carbis Bay in Cornwall, southwest England - an area now most famous for its beaches and surfing but also home to fishing fleets and once an important mining area.
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, Britain. (Reuters)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, Britain. (Reuters)

Boris Johnson warns hospitals on the brink as UK deaths hit record

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 11:09 AM IST
England is currently in the second week of its third national lockdown amid a sharp rise in infections and hospitalizations in recent weeks. Schools are closed to most pupils, restaurants and non-essential shops shuttered, and people ordered to stay at home.
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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 3, 2020 file photo Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts during a press conference at Downing Street on the government's coronavirus action plan in London. Many countries are enduring new waves of the virus, but Britain's is among the worst, and it comes after a horrendous 2020. More than 3 million people in the U.K. have tested positive for the coronavirus and over 80,000 have died — 30,000 in just the last 30 days. The economy has shrunk by 8%, more than 800,000 jobs have been lost and hundreds of thousands more furloughed workers are in limbo. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)(AP)
FILE - In this Tuesday, March 3, 2020 file photo Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts during a press conference at Downing Street on the government's coronavirus action plan in London. Many countries are enduring new waves of the virus, but Britain's is among the worst, and it comes after a horrendous 2020. More than 3 million people in the U.K. have tested positive for the coronavirus and over 80,000 have died — 30,000 in just the last 30 days. The economy has shrunk by 8%, more than 800,000 jobs have been lost and hundreds of thousands more furloughed workers are in limbo. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)(AP)

Boris Johnson under fire as UK again faces onslaught of Covid-19

AP, London
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 02:47 PM IST
Critics say Boris Johnson government’s slow response as the new respiratory virus emerged from China was the first in a string of lethal mistakes.
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a virtual news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic, at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain January 7, 2021. Tolga Akmen/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a virtual news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic, at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain January 7, 2021. Tolga Akmen/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)

UK rolls out 'Act like you’ve got it' drive amid 'alarming' Covid-19 spike

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 06:28 PM IST
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson took to social media to urge people to strictly follow the stay-at-home lockdown as the disease continues to spread at an “alarming rate”.
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A handout photograph released by the UK Parliament shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he attends the weekly Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) during a hybrid, socially distanced session at the House of Commons in London on December 2, 2020.(AFP)
A handout photograph released by the UK Parliament shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he attends the weekly Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) during a hybrid, socially distanced session at the House of Commons in London on December 2, 2020.(AFP)

Covid-19: Don’t get carried away, it’s not over, warns UK PM Boris Johnson

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
PUBLISHED ON DEC 03, 2020 07:05 PM IST
Johnson hailed the achievement of scientists as the UK regulator approved the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday
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As of Monday night, seven new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the overall figure to 45,759 and the number of cases to 300,111. Scotland did not report any death for several days.(REUTERS)
As of Monday night, seven new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the overall figure to 45,759 and the number of cases to 300,111. Scotland did not report any death for several days.(REUTERS)

Signs of second wave of Covid-19 in Europe, says UK PM Boris Johnson

By Prasun Sonwalkar| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2020 05:07 PM IST
Spain has seen a spike in the number of cases in recent days, prompting UK officials to impose the 14-day quarantine on Britons and travellers arriving from that country. The decision has thrown holidays of millions of Britons into disarray.
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Boris Johnson dismissed criticism of his government’s plans to implement local lockdowns(via REUTERS)
Boris Johnson dismissed criticism of his government’s plans to implement local lockdowns(via REUTERS)

UK PM Boris Johnson dismisses criticism on local lockdowns, coronavirus app

By Reuters | London
PUBLISHED ON JUN 24, 2020 05:13 PM IST
At prime minister’s questions, the opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer suggested both systems were not yet ready before England eases its coronavirus lockdown from July 4.
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Labour dismissed the announcement of the new commission to look into inequalities in employment, health and other aspects of life.(via REUTERS)
Labour dismissed the announcement of the new commission to look into inequalities in employment, health and other aspects of life.(via REUTERS)

UK PM Boris Johnson’s new anti-racism commission triggers row

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
PUBLISHED ON JUN 15, 2020 11:07 PM IST
Boris Johnson announced the “cross-departmental commission” in an article in The Daily Telegraph, in which he wrote that though much has changed in the UK on issues of race, there is much more that needs to be done.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson with his partner Carrie Symonds in a sari in a London temple.(THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH.)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson with his partner Carrie Symonds in a sari in a London temple.(THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH.)

UK PM Boris Johnson in London temple to consolidate British Indian vote

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2019 08:14 PM IST
Wooed by David Cameron since 2005 when he became party leader and later as prime minister after 2010, the 1.5 million-strong community has increasingly gravitated towards the Conservative party.
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