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EU to UK on Brexit talks: 'You can't have cake, eat it too'

October 21, 2020 4:55 pm

European Council President Charles Michel said instead that if Britain wants vast access to the 27-member bloc's markets, it will equally have to keep its waters open to EU fishermen, something the UK government has said it doesn't want to do.

Rishi Sunak unveils new 50-pence Diversity Coin for UK circulation

October 17, 2020 5:28 pm

The new 50p follows a campaign led by the 'We Too Built Britain' group and marks the start of a series which will cover a wider range of Britain's ethnic minority contributions on coins and notes in the future, with British Indian spy Noor Inayat Khan among those in the running.

UK plans new 3-tier system of COVID-19 lockdown measures

October 10, 2020 6:16 pm

The new so-called "traffic light" system will see the most severe measures imposed for areas of England fall within the third tier and people being ordered not to have any social contact with anyone outside their household together with the expected closures of pubs, bars and restaurants where some of the highest numbers of cases are occurring.

Symptoms poor marker for COVID-19 infections, UK study finds

October 08, 2020 4:19 pm

According to the study which used data from the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey pilot study, 16 (13.9 per cent) of the 115 people who tested positive reported symptoms and in contrast, 99 (86.1 per cent) did not report any specific symptoms on the day of the test.

Problem at Roche warehouse raises fears over UK COVID tests

October 07, 2020 5:31 pm

Roche said that it was prioritizing the dispatch of COVID-19 PCR and antibody tests and doing everything it can to ensure there is no impact on the supply of these to the National Health Service.

UK economy slump not as bad as feared but still a record

September 30, 2020 4:36 pm

The Office for National Statistics said Wednesday that the British economy contracted by 19.8% in the April to June quarter from the previous three-month period, slightly less than its previous estimate of 20.4%.

Queen Elizabeth II to trim costs as COVID-19 hits income

September 25, 2020 6:09 pm

Keeper of the Privy Purse Michael Stevens said the impact of the pandemic is also likely to cause a 20 million-pound (USD 25.4 million) shortfall in a 10-year, 369-million-pound program to replace antiquated heating, plumbing and wiring at Buckingham Palace, the queen's London home.

UK study finds effective new COVID-19 rapid test in a box

September 18, 2020 5:21 pm

The study, led by Imperial College London scientists and published in 'The Lancet Microbe' this week, involved high-speed tests on 386 National Health Service (NHS) staff and patients and were found to have over 94 per cent sensitivity and 100 per cent specificity.

Hopes muted as EU and UK talk again about post-Brexit ties

September 08, 2020 4:22 pm

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said Britain could walk away from the talks within weeks and insists that a no-deal exit would be a "good outcome for the UK." He said in a statement that any agreement must be sealed by an EU summit scheduled for October 15.

Insect repellent ingredient may protect against novel coronavirus, UK study finds

August 27, 2020 1:45 pm

Scientists at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) said in a statement that Citriodiol, the active ingredient in repellents such as Mosi-guard, had anti-viral properties if mixed with the virus in the liquid phase and on a test surface.