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UK lifts Covid-19 restrictions, says Omicron wave 'has peaked'

  • The government is no longer advising people to work from home, and compulsory face masks will be scrapped in secondary school classrooms starting Thursday.
Johnson told lawmakers that the restrictions were being eased because government scientists think it is likely that the surge of infections prompted by the highly contagious omicron variant “has now peaked nationally.”(AFP)
Johnson told lawmakers that the restrictions were being eased because government scientists think it is likely that the surge of infections prompted by the highly contagious omicron variant “has now peaked nationally.”(AFP)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 12:22 AM IST
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Boris Johnson’s ex-aide accuses him of lying to UK Parliament

Dominic Cummings wrote on his blog that Johnson not only knew about the party but agreed with Reynolds it should go ahead after “at least two” people raised concerns.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends the weekly Prime Minister's Questions at the parliament in London.(via Reuters)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends the weekly Prime Minister's Questions at the parliament in London.(via Reuters)
Published on Jan 18, 2022 05:12 AM IST
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Boris Johnson-led UK govt plans to scrap Covid-19 self-isolation law: Report

Other changes too are being planned, including removing the requirement of mandatory Covid-19 tests for international travellers. These steps are being planned as the UK government prepares to live with the coronavirus.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) in the House of Commons in London.(AFP File Photo)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) in the House of Commons in London.(AFP File Photo)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 05:24 AM IST
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Rishi Sunak: British Prime Minister in waiting?

The UK-born son of a pharmacist mother and a National Health Service (NHS) general practitioner (GP) father is an Oxford University and Stanford graduate. 
Rishi Sunak made history in February 2020 when he was appointed to the most important UK Cabinet post. (REUTERS)
Rishi Sunak made history in February 2020 when he was appointed to the most important UK Cabinet post. (REUTERS)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 09:45 PM IST
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PTI | , London

Who is Christine Lee, woman at the centre of UK spy service MI5 warning?

  • Speaker of the British House of Commons told the lawmakers that Christine Lee "has facilitated financial donations to serving and aspiring parliamentarians on behalf of foreign nationals based in Hong Kong and China".
British security services have warned MPs that a suspected Chinese agent
British security services have warned MPs that a suspected Chinese agent "knowingly engaged in political interference activities" inside parliament.(AFP)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 11:53 AM IST
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By | Written by Kunal Gaurav

Whisky for visas: India, UK start post-Brexit trade talks

New Delhi, which is notoriously reticent about lowering trade barriers and was dubbed the "tariff king" by former US president Donald Trump, wants in return to make it easier and cheaper for Indians to obtain British visas.
New Delhi's push to ease the granting of UK visas for Indian nationals may also fall foul with Brexit supporters who were keen to cut immigration.(Photo for Representation)
New Delhi's push to ease the granting of UK visas for Indian nationals may also fall foul with Brexit supporters who were keen to cut immigration.(Photo for Representation)
Published on Jan 13, 2022 05:35 PM IST
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AFP | , New Delhi

France eases UK border restrictions for vaccinated travellers amid Omicron scare

In a huge relief to those with trips planned over the coming weeks – in addition to airlines and tour operators with a big presence in the ski market, France ends almost a month of travel restrictions for UK, stating that the Omicron variant is now widespread in both countries
France eases UK border restrictions for vaccinated travellers amid Omicron scare  (REUTERS)
France eases UK border restrictions for vaccinated travellers amid Omicron scare  (REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 13, 2022 04:30 PM IST
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US, UK reporting similar average daily Covid cases per million

  • According to Our World in Data, the US has been reporting a seven-day rolling average of 2,240 Covid cases while the average daily infections in the United Kingdom currently stands at 22,90.
People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing site in New York' Times Square.(AP / File)
People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing site in New York' Times Square.(AP / File)
Published on Jan 13, 2022 12:28 PM IST
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By | Written by Kunal Gaurav

UK PM's staff invited to 'bring your own booze' party during Covid lockdown

Boris Johnson, who won a landslide victory in a 2019 election, has faced a barrage of criticism over allegations that there were parties in breach of Covid-19 rules in government offices, including his own.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street 10.(Reuters)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street 10.(Reuters)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 06:42 AM IST
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Treat Covid like flu, end mass vaccination after boosters: UK vaccine expert

  • Dr Clive Dix called for a new targeted strategy to manage Covid-19 and scrap population-based jabs as the UK witnesses fall in daily Covid-19 cases after registering record numbers.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks with corporal Lorna MacDonald during a visit to a vaccination centre in Northampton.(AFP)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks with corporal Lorna MacDonald during a visit to a vaccination centre in Northampton.(AFP)
Published on Jan 09, 2022 06:58 PM IST
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By | Written by Kunal Gaurav

‘Absolutely wrong, counterproductive, mumbo jumbo’: UK's Johnson on anti-vaxxers

British PM Boris Johnson said the UK will maintain a “voluntary approach” to its vaccination programme as opposed to "coercion".
“They (anti-vaxxers) are totally wrong and I think it is time that I, the government, call them out on what they are doing,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.(Reuters)
“They (anti-vaxxers) are totally wrong and I think it is time that I, the government, call them out on what they are doing,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.(Reuters)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 08:45 AM IST
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PTI | , London

UK authorities ease Covid testing requirements amid surge in infections

The UK Health Security Agency said that from Jan. 11 people in England who test positive using a rapid lateral flow test will no longer need to confirm the result with a PCR test if they are asymptomatic.
Confirmed new infections over the last seven days jumped 40% from a week earlier, according to the latest government statistics.(AP)
Confirmed new infections over the last seven days jumped 40% from a week earlier, according to the latest government statistics.(AP)
Published on Jan 05, 2022 11:38 PM IST
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UK reports record Covid prevalence, 1 in 15 infected in England

In England, the estimated Covid-19 prevalence was one in 15 for the week ending Dec. 31 -- over 6% of the population and up from an estimate of one in 25 for the previous week, the Office for National Statistics said.
Britain's state-run National Health Service (NHS) is struggling with staff forced to stay at home after testing positive.(AFP)
Britain's state-run National Health Service (NHS) is struggling with staff forced to stay at home after testing positive.(AFP)
Published on Jan 05, 2022 09:38 PM IST
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Wild parakeets being fed some nuts at a UK park will make your day. Watch

This video shows how several wild parakeets and some pigeons made their way to a bowl of nuts that was being extended by a human for them to eat at a UK park.
The wild parakeets swooping in to have some nuts from the human at a UK park. (Jukin Media)
The wild parakeets swooping in to have some nuts from the human at a UK park. (Jukin Media)
Published on Jan 04, 2022 11:36 AM IST
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No new Covid measures in UK even as Johnson says health services under strain

The highly transmissible omicron variant has sent Britain’s daily new caseload soaring over Christmas and the New Year, with 157,758 infections and 42 deaths reported for England and Scotland on Monday.
Boris Johnson’s government removed almost all Covid-19 restrictions in July, but last month reversed course and triggered its “Plan B” for England. In picture - Johnson(right) watches a Londoner receives his Covid-19 booster shot.(AFP)
Boris Johnson’s government removed almost all Covid-19 restrictions in July, but last month reversed course and triggered its “Plan B” for England. In picture - Johnson(right) watches a Londoner receives his Covid-19 booster shot.(AFP)
Published on Jan 03, 2022 11:26 PM IST
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UK may offer cheaper, easier visas to clinch trade deal with India: Report

one option being looked at is a scheme similar to that agreed as part of the UK’s FTA with Australia, which would allow young Indians the chance to come and work in the UK for up to three years.
Another option would be to cut visa fees for students, thereby allowing them to stay in the UK for a period after they graduate.(AFP)
Another option would be to cut visa fees for students, thereby allowing them to stay in the UK for a period after they graduate.(AFP)
Published on Jan 01, 2022 10:22 PM IST
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Bengal suspends direct flights from UK from January 3

The suspension is temporary in nature, and comes amid a surge in Covid-19 infections in both West Bengal and the UK.
The West Bengal government on Thursday announced a temporary suspension on all direct flights from UK to Kolkata from January 3.
The West Bengal government on Thursday announced a temporary suspension on all direct flights from UK to Kolkata from January 3.
Published on Dec 30, 2021 11:38 PM IST
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Update 1- UK house expenses cap strong year with another Nationwide jump

Britain's house prices are seeing a marked rise, as Robert Gardner, chief economist commented “The market still has significant momentum and shifts in housing preferences as a result of the pandemic could continue to support activity and price growth.” 
Britain's housing market rebounded strongly after the first coronavirus lockdown in 2020 and has powered ahead since then, helped by a now-lapsed tax break for buyers and by ongoing demand for bigger properties as more people work from home.(AP)
Britain's housing market rebounded strongly after the first coronavirus lockdown in 2020 and has powered ahead since then, helped by a now-lapsed tax break for buyers and by ongoing demand for bigger properties as more people work from home.(AP)
Published on Dec 30, 2021 01:13 PM IST
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UK, US see record surge in daily Covid cases as Omicron spreads at alarming rate

Both countries have seen a surge in Covid-19 hospitalisations in recent weeks owing to the variant. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is still too early to be reassured by initial data suggesting that Omicron leads to milder disease.
Healthcare workers prepare to leave following a shift change as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus continues to spread through the country in Houston, Texas.(REUTERS)
Healthcare workers prepare to leave following a shift change as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus continues to spread through the country in Houston, Texas.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 30, 2021 09:21 AM IST
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Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

Scotland Yard probes video showing Sikh man declaring to assassinate Queen

The video is of a fully masked man who identifies himself as Indian Sikh Jaswant Singh Chail and declares that he wants to "assassinate" the monarch in revenge for the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.(AFP)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.(AFP)
Published on Dec 27, 2021 10:25 PM IST
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UK relaxes visa rules for care workers, assistants

The British government said that thousands of additional care workers could be recruited to boost the adult social care workforce following temporary changes to the scheme, which will make it quicker, cheaper and easier for social care employers to recruit eligible workers to fill vital gaps.
“The care sector is experiencing unprecedented challenges prompted by the pandemic and the changes we’ve made to the health and care visa will bolster the workforce and helping alleviate some of the pressures currently being experienced,” home secretary Priti Patel said.(AP)
“The care sector is experiencing unprecedented challenges prompted by the pandemic and the changes we’ve made to the health and care visa will bolster the workforce and helping alleviate some of the pressures currently being experienced,” home secretary Priti Patel said.(AP)
Published on Dec 26, 2021 03:09 AM IST
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‘One in 10 Londoners are likely infected with Covid’

Daily modelled estimates produced by the Office for National Statistics showed around 9.5% of Londoners had Covid-19 as of Sunday, within a 95% confidence interval of 8.43% to 10.69%.
Shoppers walk along Oxford Street, amid the Covid-19 outbreak in London.(Reuters)
Shoppers walk along Oxford Street, amid the Covid-19 outbreak in London.(Reuters)
Published on Dec 25, 2021 04:09 AM IST
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Johnson says no new restrictions before Christmas despite Omicron surge in UK

  • "We don't think today that there is enough evidence to justify any tougher measures before Christmas," Johnson said in a video address published on his Twitter page.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged citizens to follow health rules and get vaccinated given the
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged citizens to follow health rules and get vaccinated given the "uncertainty" of the situation.(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 22, 2021 04:17 AM IST
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ANI | , London

Dubai ruler must provide 554 million pounds to settle UK custody case

The bulk of the massive award to Princess Haya bint al-Hussein and the couple's two children is to ensure their lifetime security, not least to address the "grave risk" posed to them by the sheikh himself, the judge said.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum and his ex-wife Princess Haya bint al-Hussein.(AFP)
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum and his ex-wife Princess Haya bint al-Hussein.(AFP)
Published on Dec 21, 2021 04:51 PM IST
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Christmas lockdown after 12 Omicron deaths? Here's what UK deputy PM has to say

  • The rapid spread of the Omicron variant ahead of the festival has put the British government in a spot amid reports of a possible two-week circuit-breaker lockdown.
With record levels of Covid cases in Britain, officials have warned that the full effect of the latest wave is yet to be seen.(AFP)
With record levels of Covid cases in Britain, officials have warned that the full effect of the latest wave is yet to be seen.(AFP)
Published on Dec 20, 2021 06:02 PM IST
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UK health minister declines to commit stricter Covid rules amid lockdown reports

  • On Saturday, British media reported that the government was drawing up plans for a two-week circuit-breaker lockdown after Christmas.
A worker sanitises a sign at the International arrivals area of Terminal 5 in London's Heathrow Airport, Britain.(Reuters / File)
A worker sanitises a sign at the International arrivals area of Terminal 5 in London's Heathrow Airport, Britain.(Reuters / File)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 04:01 PM IST
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Omicron looms large in Britain: Cases surge in 24 hours, London rings the alarm

London mayor Sadiq Khan declared a “major incident” over Omicron to allow for closer coordination between public agencies and possibly more central government support, as Covid-19 hospital admissions in the city rose by nearly 30 per cent this week.
Shoppers, some wearing face coverings to combat the spread of Covid-19, walk past stalls and shops in the Apple Market in Covent Garden on the last Saturday for shopping before Christmas, in central London on December 18, 2021. (AFP)
Shoppers, some wearing face coverings to combat the spread of Covid-19, walk past stalls and shops in the Apple Market in Covent Garden on the last Saturday for shopping before Christmas, in central London on December 18, 2021. (AFP)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 08:44 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

UK Brexit supremo Frost resigns in blow to Johnson

"Frost has sensationally resigned from Boris Johnson's government," the newspaper said.
The departure of the British government's most senior Brexit negotiator is yet another blow to Johnson who has faced warnings from some of his own lawmakers that he must improve his leadership or face a challenge.(REUTERS)
The departure of the British government's most senior Brexit negotiator is yet another blow to Johnson who has faced warnings from some of his own lawmakers that he must improve his leadership or face a challenge.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 19, 2021 04:47 AM IST
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UK's confirmed Omicron tally jumps by 10,000 cases in 24 hours; now at 24,968

Confirmed Omicron-variant Covid-19 cases hit 24,968 as of 1800 GMT on Dec. 17, up by just over 10,000 cases from 24 hours earlier, the UK Health Security Agency said.
People receive a booster dose in a Covid-19 pop-up vaccination centre at Chelsea football ground, Stamford Bridge, in London.(Reuters)
People receive a booster dose in a Covid-19 pop-up vaccination centre at Chelsea football ground, Stamford Bridge, in London.(Reuters)
Updated on Dec 18, 2021 08:53 PM IST
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Circuit-breaker lockdown on cards as Omicron wreaks havoc in UK: Reports

  • The scientific advisory group has reportedly presented UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson with a number of options under Plan C, ranging from "mild guidance to nudge people, right through to lockdown".
Britain is witnessing around 700 to 800 hospital admissions every day for the last seven days.(AFP)
Britain is witnessing around 700 to 800 hospital admissions every day for the last seven days.(AFP)
Published on Dec 18, 2021 08:21 PM IST
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