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UK ‘won’t hesitate’ to add more countries to #Coronavirus quarantine list

UK ‘won’t hesitate’ to add more countries to #Coronavirus quarantine list

| August 10, 2020

Britain will not hesitate to add more countries to its quarantine list, Finance Minister Rishi Sunak (pictured) said on Friday (7 August) when asked about whether France could join Spain on the list, writes Sarah Young. “If we need to take action as you’ve seen overnight we will of course not hesitate to do that,” […]

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UK says it’s confident of #Brexit trade deal as EU changing tone

UK says it’s confident of #Brexit trade deal as EU changing tone

| August 10, 2020

Britain’s top minister overseeing Brexit talks said on Friday (7 August) he was confident a free trade deal would be clinched with the European Union as there had been a distinct change of tone from the bloc in recent weeks allowing progress to be made, write Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton. The United Kingdom left […]

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Brussels court suspends extradition of ex-Catalan leader #Puigdemont

Brussels court suspends extradition of ex-Catalan leader #Puigdemont

| August 7, 2020

A Brussels court has suspended the extradition of former Catalan pro-independence leader Carles Puigdemont (pictured), his lawyer said on Thursday (6 August), write Jorrit Donner-Wittkopf in Brussels and Nathan Allen in Madrid.  Paul Beckaert told Reuters that the Belgian judge in charge of the case had ruled in favor of Puigdemont and Toni Comin, another […]

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Major £650 million investment for #NorthernIreland

Major £650 million investment for #NorthernIreland

| August 7, 2020

A new free-to-use Trader Support Service backed by funding of up to £200 million will complete digital processes on behalf of businesses importing goods into Northern Ireland. £155m to fund the development of new technology to ensure the new processes can be fully digital and streamlined. £300m confirmed funding for the PEACE Plus programme will […]

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After 400 years, #Beavers allowed back in the wild in England for good

After 400 years, #Beavers allowed back in the wild in England for good

| August 7, 2020

The first beavers to live naturally in the wild in England for over 400 years have been given the green light to stay after a five-year trial showed their dam-building activities were good for wildlife and people. Beavers, semi-aquatic vegetarian mammals, were hunted to extinction in Britain more than four centuries ago because people wanted […]

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Scotland’s #COVID-19 reproduction number rises to 0.6-1.0

Scotland’s #COVID-19 reproduction number rises to 0.6-1.0

| August 7, 2020

Scotland’s novel coronavirus reproduction number is 0.6 to 1.0, up from 0.6 to 0.9, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (pictured) said on Thursday (6 August), cautioning against any complacency as there had been an increase in cases over recent days, writes Guy Faulconbridge. “I do want to warn, and very strongly warn, against any shred of […]

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England’s #COVID-19 spread slows, Imperial College study shows

England’s #COVID-19 spread slows, Imperial College study shows

| August 7, 2020

The spread of the novel coronavirus in England slowed in June and early July, according to an Imperial College study of 150,000 volunteers, writes Guy Faulconbridge. “As the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in England transitioned out of its initial lockdown phase, prevalence of swab-positivity continued to decrease,” the so called Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission study found. […]

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