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Covid-19: Boris Johnson locks down UK again, says ‘variant spreading at an alarming rate’

UK PM Boris Johnson said in an address to the nation that the variant has been spreading at an “alarming rate”, which makes another lockdown imperative.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to view the vaccination programme at the Chase Farm Hospital in north London, Monday.(AP)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to view the vaccination programme at the Chase Farm Hospital in north London, Monday.(AP)
Updated on Jan 05, 2021 06:57 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

UK can avert new catastrophe, needs tighter rules, epidemiologist warns

More than 71,000 people in Britain have died within 28 days of a positive test for the disease.
People walk through Oxford Circus as shops remain closed under Tier 4 restrictions, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in London, Britain.(REUTERS)
People walk through Oxford Circus as shops remain closed under Tier 4 restrictions, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in London, Britain.(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 29, 2020 07:54 PM IST
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London | ByReuters | Posted by Arpan Rai

UK cuts quarantine time to 10 days for foreign arrivals

Chief medical officers of England, Wales, Scotland the Northern Ireland said in a statement that after reviewing evidence, they were now confident that the number of days can be reduced to 10 days.
A plane is seen shortly after take-off at sunset, from Heathrow Airport, London, Britain.(REUTERS)
A plane is seen shortly after take-off at sunset, from Heathrow Airport, London, Britain.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 11, 2020 11:40 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar , edited by Vinod Janardhanan

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Britain’s Prince William tours country by train

William, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and second-in-line to the throne, and Kate will ride the Royal Train, travelling 1,250 miles across England, Scotland and Wales.
Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate the Duchess of Cambridge(AP File Photo)
Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate the Duchess of Cambridge(AP File Photo)
Published on Dec 06, 2020 06:39 AM IST
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Reuters | ByReuters | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

Wales manager Giggs arrested on suspicion of assault: Reports

“Police were called at 10.05pm on Sunday to reports of a disturbance. A woman in her 30s sustained minor injuries but did not require any treatment,” a newspaper quoted a statement from Greater Manchester Police as saying.
Wales manager Ryan Giggs(REUTERS)
Wales manager Ryan Giggs(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 03, 2020 08:25 AM IST
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Manchester | ByReuters

No escaping from Wales: UK police to enforce travel ban

Under the UK’s system of devolved authority, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have established their own public health rules.
A matrix sign on the A48(M) heading towards Cardiff informing motorists to Wales entering a
A matrix sign on the A48(M) heading towards Cardiff informing motorists to Wales entering a "firebreak" lockdown, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.(AP)
Published on Oct 24, 2020 05:58 PM IST
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London | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai

Two-week lockdown in Wales from Friday as UK cases surge

Calling it a ‘firebreak’, first minister of the Labour-led Welsh government, Mark Drakeford, announced on Monday that for the two weeks, everyone will need to stay at home.
A person wears a face mask as they walk through the city centre as the coronavirus disease outbreak continues in Cardiff, Wales, on October 19.(Reuters)
A person wears a face mask as they walk through the city centre as the coronavirus disease outbreak continues in Cardiff, Wales, on October 19.(Reuters)
Published on Oct 19, 2020 05:41 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

Trio of first goals as England ease to 3-0 win over Wales

Three England players scored their first international goals to give Gareth Southgate’s experimental team a comfortable 3-0 win over Wales in a friendly at Wembley Stadium on Thursday.
England defender Conor Coady (R) celebrates with Dominic Calvert-Lewin.(AP Photo)
England defender Conor Coady (R) celebrates with Dominic Calvert-Lewin.(AP Photo)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 12:36 PM IST
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London | ByReuters

UK raises Covid-19 alert to second highest level

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to make a statement in parliament on Tuesday to announce new measures to deal with the virus, seeking to strike a balance between ensuring public health and preventing further blows to Britain’s battered economy.
The alert level was reduced from level four to three on June 19, when new cases on successive days and weeks were recorded in the hundreds.(REUTERS)
The alert level was reduced from level four to three on June 19, when new cases on successive days and weeks were recorded in the hundreds.(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 22, 2020 05:08 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

‘This is a big moment:’ UK government cautions on coronavirus

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Friday that the country has to “come together” over the coming weeks to get on top of the spike, which he noted is leading to a doubling in the number of people being hospitalized with the virus every seven to eight days.
Critics say it has lost control of the virus and that’s why new measures are being introduced.(REUTERS)
Critics say it has lost control of the virus and that’s why new measures are being introduced.(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 18, 2020 03:34 PM IST
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London | ByAssociated Press| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

UK’s Covid-19 strategy hit by lack of advice translation

Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi are among major languages the UK government translates official communication, but translation services have not been able to keep up with frequent virus-related updates. Some key advice is only available in English.
The group said that so far it had translated UK-wide guidance into over 60 languages, which have been accessed by people nearly 60,000 times.(Doctors of the World UK)
The group said that so far it had translated UK-wide guidance into over 60 languages, which have been accessed by people nearly 60,000 times.(Doctors of the World UK)
Updated on Jul 28, 2020 04:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Covid-19: Lockdown like N-option, won’t need again, says PM Boris Johnson

Lockdown imposed in the UK on March 23 has been differentially relaxed in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, with more areas of public activity to be reopened in the near future. New Covid-19 cases have dwindled in recent days and weeks.
IBritain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a media briefing on coronavirus in Downing Street, London.(AP Photo)
IBritain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a media briefing on coronavirus in Downing Street, London.(AP Photo)
Updated on Jul 19, 2020 04:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

England vs West Indies: Jofra Archer dropped from 2nd Test for breaking bio-secure protocols

Archer will now commence five days of isolation and will undergo two Covid-19 tests in this period, which have to test negative before his self-isolation period is lifted.
Cricket - First Test - England v West Indies - Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium, Southampton, Britain - July 12, 2020 England's Jofra Archer celebrates taking the wicket of West Indies' Shamarh Brooks(REUTERS)
Cricket - First Test - England v West Indies - Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium, Southampton, Britain - July 12, 2020 England's Jofra Archer celebrates taking the wicket of West Indies' Shamarh Brooks(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 16, 2020 01:56 PM IST
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UK to relax England’s quarantine rules for summer travellers

The government said it expected countries included on the quarantine-free list for England would reciprocate by relaxing their own travel restrictions.
Britain’s foreign ministry would set out exemptions from its global advisory against “all but essential” international travel from July 4.(AP)
Britain’s foreign ministry would set out exemptions from its global advisory against “all but essential” international travel from July 4.(AP)
Published on Jul 03, 2020 07:33 AM IST
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After dwindling infections, UK PM Boris eases coronavirus lockdown from July 4

Boris Johnson told the House of Commons that there is now little risk of a second peak, and set out figures that encouraged his government to ease the lockdown.
The reduction of 2-metre distancing rule to 1-metre enables the hospitality industry and other sectors to re-open with some curbs but it is uncertain if the people will immediately flock to pubs, cinemas, restaurants and other venues.(via REUTERS)
The reduction of 2-metre distancing rule to 1-metre enables the hospitality industry and other sectors to re-open with some curbs but it is uncertain if the people will immediately flock to pubs, cinemas, restaurants and other venues.(via REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 23, 2020 05:54 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

UK PM to set July 4 date to end Covid-19 lockdown with bars reopening

Boris Johnson is then due to set out some details in the House of Commons on how pubs and other social venues can safely reopen, following a review of the 2-metre mandatory social distancing rule by the UK’s Covid-19 strategy group on Monday.
On Monday, the UK saw its lowest daily death toll from the deadly virus at 15 deaths to hit a total figure of 42, 647, prompting UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock to declare that the virus was “in retreat” in the country.(REUTERS)
On Monday, the UK saw its lowest daily death toll from the deadly virus at 15 deaths to hit a total figure of 42, 647, prompting UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock to declare that the virus was “in retreat” in the country.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 23, 2020 02:28 PM IST
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London | ByPress Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Covid-19 big moment: After dwindling cases, UK lowers alert level to 3

The chief medical officers of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the deputy chief medical officer of Wales said the Joint Biosecurity Centre has made the recommendation after reviewing the evidence and data.
As of June 18, the cumulative figure for deaths in the UK was 42,288 and 300,469 cases.(AFP)
As of June 18, the cumulative figure for deaths in the UK was 42,288 and 300,469 cases.(AFP)
Updated on Jun 19, 2020 06:55 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

Covid-19 in UK: Number of Indian-origin victims rises to 665

The ‘Indian’ category has registered the highest death toll of 665, followed by ‘Caribbean’ with 601 deaths and ‘Pakistani’ with 448 deaths.
The Boris Johnson government has instituted an inquiry into the disproportionate number of deaths in the Indian and non-white communities in the UK, described in official discourse as BAME (black and Asian minority ethnic) communities.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)
The Boris Johnson government has instituted an inquiry into the disproportionate number of deaths in the Indian and non-white communities in the UK, described in official discourse as BAME (black and Asian minority ethnic) communities.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on May 14, 2020 07:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

At over 30,000 Covid-19 deaths, UK now worst-hit in Europe

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), which collates data based on Covid-19 mentioned as a cause in death certificates, said up to May 2, there were 28,272 deaths in England and 1,376 in Wales; amounting to 29,648. Italy’s death toll is reported to be 29,029.
The realistic UK-wide figure is over 30,000, since the ONS figure does not include deaths in Scotland and Northern Ireland.(AP)
The realistic UK-wide figure is over 30,000, since the ONS figure does not include deaths in Scotland and Northern Ireland.(AP)
Updated on May 05, 2020 07:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

Indians at greater risk from Covid-19 in UK’s health sector: Report

The IFS analysis found that among the UK’s working age population, those working in health and social care may be at the greatest risk of infection, with Indians facing a high risk due to their sheer numbers.
While 37 per cent of the UK’s doctors are foreign-born, nearly one in 10 are from India – all currently on the frontline of the coronavirus fightback in hospitals and other care settings.(PTI)
While 37 per cent of the UK’s doctors are foreign-born, nearly one in 10 are from India – all currently on the frontline of the coronavirus fightback in hospitals and other care settings.(PTI)
Updated on May 02, 2020 05:07 AM IST
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London | ByPress Trust of India

Hit wicket by Covid-19: No county cricket at least until July 1

The England and Wales Cricket Board said attempts would be made to reschedule International fixtures from July until the end of September, including the West Indies Test tour of England.
James Anderson hands the ball to team-mate Stuart Broad.(Getty Images,)
James Anderson hands the ball to team-mate Stuart Broad.(Getty Images,)
Updated on Apr 24, 2020 04:46 PM IST
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London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

Fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya loses appeal against extradition in UK High Court

Vijay Mallya had appealed against his extradition ordered by a UK court in December 2018
Vijay Mallya‘s appeal against his extradition to India has been rejected by the UK High Court.(AFP)
Vijay Mallya‘s appeal against his extradition to India has been rejected by the UK High Court.(AFP)
Updated on Apr 21, 2020 06:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

PM Modi dials Prince of Wales, discusses Covid-19 and wishes him good health

The Prince expressed his appreciation for members of the Indian diaspora in the UK, including many members of the National Health Service, who were playing a vital role in fighting the pandemic.
The two leaders discussed the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in both countries-India and the United Kingdom. Prime Minister Modi expressed satisfaction that the Prince of Wales had recovered from his own indisposition and wished him lasting good health.(PTI PHOTO.)
The two leaders discussed the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in both countries-India and the United Kingdom. Prime Minister Modi expressed satisfaction that the Prince of Wales had recovered from his own indisposition and wished him lasting good health.(PTI PHOTO.)
Updated on Apr 03, 2020 12:04 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Paulo Dybala stunner sends Juventus top with closed-doors win over Inter

Juventus, who opened the scoring through Aaron Ramsey, lead on 63 points, one ahead of Lazio and nine clear of Inter in third, although Antonio Conte’s side have a game in hand.
Juventus' Paulo Dybala celebrates scoring their second goal.(REUTERS)
Juventus' Paulo Dybala celebrates scoring their second goal.(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 09, 2020 11:37 AM IST
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Turin | ByReuters

Indian-origin MP sworn in UK’s attorney-general

Goa-origin Braverman (nee Fernandes), 39, was first elected to the House of Commons in 2015 from Fareham; re-elected in 2017 and 2019.
Braverman studied Law at Cambridge and gained a Masters in Law from the University of Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne and qualified as a New York attorney.(Suella Braverman/Twitter)
Braverman studied Law at Cambridge and gained a Masters in Law from the University of Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne and qualified as a New York attorney.(Suella Braverman/Twitter)
Updated on Feb 25, 2020 04:00 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

Rare praise for Delhi Police in UK’s Sanjeev Chawla judgment

After his case went through the Westminster Magistrates Court, the high court of England and Wales and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, Chawla was finally extradited and escorted to India by a team of the Delhi Police.
Bookie Sanjeev Chawla seen in police custody after he was extradited from London and brought to New Delhi for his involvement in a match-fixing scam.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO.)
Bookie Sanjeev Chawla seen in police custody after he was extradited from London and brought to New Delhi for his involvement in a match-fixing scam.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Feb 15, 2020 06:10 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

No prima facie case to justify extradition, insists Mallya

Mallya’s lawyer, Claire Montgomery, challenged several aspects of the magistrates court’s ruling by judge Emma Arbuthnot, arguing that there are “multiple errors” of fact and understanding of documents in her judgement.
Vijay Mallya has been on bail since his arrest in London in April 2017.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
Vijay Mallya has been on bail since his arrest in London in April 2017.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
Updated on Feb 11, 2020 07:52 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

Bombay then and now: From ancient sketches to present-day photographs

Marshland where the Mahalaxmi racecourse now sprawls, green hills under what is now the Eastern Freeway, the Sion fort standing at the edge of a rolling green expanse — when the Scottish artist James Wales sketched Bombay as he encountered it, in 1791, he couldn’t have imagined the changes his works would help us trace.
This seaside idyll is now — you wouldn’t guess it in a hundred years — the site of the Eastern Freeway at Mazgaon. An exhibition at a Fort heritage space places paintings like the one above, all by the 18th-century artist James Wales, alongside recent photographs of the same areas.(Image courtesy the SP Lohia Collection)
This seaside idyll is now — you wouldn’t guess it in a hundred years — the site of the Eastern Freeway at Mazgaon. An exhibition at a Fort heritage space places paintings like the one above, all by the 18th-century artist James Wales, alongside recent photographs of the same areas.(Image courtesy the SP Lohia Collection)
Updated on Jan 23, 2020 07:28 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByMadhusree Ghosh, Mumbai

UK court exonerates Indian-origin doctor jailed for sexual assault

Birmingham-based Rajeshkumar Lalji Mehta, 65, was jailed in April 2018 and served his full sentence. He was also struck off the General Medical Council’s register, but his conviction was quashed after new evidence came to light showing the patient lied on oath.
The Indian-origin doctor who worked for nearly 40 years in the National Health Service, was jailed for 15 months after a patient complained of sexual assault.(GETTY IMAGES.)
The Indian-origin doctor who worked for nearly 40 years in the National Health Service, was jailed for 15 months after a patient complained of sexual assault.(GETTY IMAGES.)
Updated on Dec 20, 2019 06:13 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

‘Joke in a bad taste’: Real Madrid not happy with Gareth Bale’s ‘flag celebrations’

After the video of Bale’s celebrations went viral, ESPN reported that the Spanish club Real Madrid is not happy with the Wales captain.
Fans display a Wales flag in reference to Gareth Bale.(Reuters)
Fans display a Wales flag in reference to Gareth Bale.(Reuters)
Updated on Nov 20, 2019 06:43 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent
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