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Britain to detail post-lockdown restrictions in England
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.95   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) - The British government on Thursday will set out which COVID-19 restrictions each local authority in England will face when a national lockdown ends next week allowing businesses to reopen in areas where infection rates are lower. A woman walks near the Houses of Parliament through Victoria Tower Gardens amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain, November 25, 2020. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has lobbied for London to be in tier 2, warning tier 3 would be “catastrophic” for the capital’s hospitality industry. Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said it was more likely than not that Greater Manchester would be returned to tier 3. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are under varying levels of restrictions, set by their devolved administrations.
Persons: Henry Nicholls, Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock, ” Hancock, Sadiq Khan, Andy Burnham Organizations: British, REUTERS, National Health Service, London, Manchester Locations: England, Victoria, London, Britain, Manchester, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
UK will not phase out RPI inflation measure before 2030
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves Downing Street, in London, Britain, November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON (Reuters) - Britain will not bring the Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure of inflation in line with the typically lower Consumer Prices Index before 2030. British government statisticians recommended last year that the government immediately bring RPI in line with the CPIH measure of inflation - a version of CPI which includes extra estimates of housing costs. The finance ministry rejected a sudden change last year, but said it would consult on whether to phase in a change at some point between 2025 and 2030. British statisticians have discouraged the use of RPI since 2013, saying it typically overstates inflation, but it remains widely used to calculate interest payments on index-linked bonds and student loans, as well as annual increases in some pensions, rail fares and other commercial contracts.
Persons: Rishi Sunak, Henry Nicholls LONDON Organizations: REUTERS, RPI, Statistics Authority Locations: Downing, London, Britain
UK cuts foreign aid spending commitment, causing outcry
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Estelle Shirbon | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain reduced its foreign aid spending commitment on Wednesday to 0.5% of gross domestic product from 0.7%, causing an immediate outcry from international development organisations and the spiritual head of the Church of England. Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak carries the "Spending Review 2020" document as he leaves Downing Street, in London, Britain, November 25, 2020. “Cutting the aid budget during a global pandemic is like closing fire stations during a heatwave,” said Patrick Watt, Director of Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns at Christian Aid. The 0.7% target, originally introduced by Tony Blair when he was prime minister, was a commitment made by the ruling Conservative Party in the run-up to last year’s election and repeated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Prior to Sunak’s announcement, former prime ministers Blair and David Cameron had urged the government to retain the target.
Persons: Britain's, Rishi Sunak, Downing, Henry Nicholls, ” Sunak, , of Canterbury Justin Welby, , Patrick Watt, Danny Sriskandarajah, Tony Blair, Boris Johnson, Blair, David Cameron Organizations: of England, REUTERS, Twitter, Public Affairs, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Oxfam GB, Conservative Party Locations: Britain, London
Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves Downing Street, in London, Britain, November 25, 2020. In the 2019/20 year, which ended as the country began to be hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, borrowing was just over 56 billion pounds, or 2.5% of GDP. Britain’s economy has been hit harder by the coronavirus pandemic than those of many other rich nations. Sunak has rushed out emergency spending and tax cuts to offset the crisis, including a recent extension of the government’s centrepiece jobs protection scheme. Sunak said the cost of the fight against coronavirus was now 280 billion pounds this year, up from a previous estimate of about 200 billion pounds.
Persons: Rishi Sunak, Henry Nicholls, Sunak, , OBR, coronavirus, ” Sunak Organizations: Britain's, REUTERS, European Union Locations: Britain, Downing, London, COVID, Europe
LONDON (Reuters) - Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, has revealed that she had a miscarriage, an extraordinarily personal disclosure coming from a high-profile British royal. FILE PHOTO: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in London, Britain March 9, 2020. Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, has never discussed her private life in any media article or interview in her 68-year reign. “MOTHER, FEMINIST, ADVOCATE”A source close to Harry said the Duke had discussed the article with the royal family beforehand. Meghan wrote that 2020 had brought many people to breaking points, and called on people to put aside political differences and other divisions and show some care for each other.
Persons: Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, Duchess of, Henry Nicholls, Prince Harry, Archie, , ” Meghan, , Harry’s, Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, Kate, Harry, Duke, Duchess, Sussex, Organizations: REUTERS, New York Times, cramp, Sussex ” Locations: Duchess of Sussex, London, Britain, United States
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out new measures on Monday that will come into effect when England’s national COVID lockdown ends on Dec. 2, returning to a toughened tiered regional approach to reflect differences in infection rates. Following are the main measures that will be put in place in England from Dec. 2. OPENING BACK UPThe stay at home requirement will end, with travel being permitted again subject to guidance in each tier. The three tiers will be toughened after they were first put in place before the national lockdown. REVIEWSThe measures will run until the end of March and will be reviewed every 14 days.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Henry Nicholls Johnson, Organizations: British, Burlington, REUTERS, Hospitality, Spectator Locations: London, Britain, England
More English regions to face tougher COVID rules after lockdown ends
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
People walk through Waterloo station, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON (Reuters) - England’s tiered system of regional COVID restrictions will be toughened up when a national lockdown ends on Dec. 2 and some areas will move into a higher alert level than the one they were in before, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday. “I’m sorry to say we expect that more regions will fall, at least temporarily, into higher levels than before,” Johnson said in a statement to parliament.
Persons: Henry Nicholls LONDON, Boris Johnson, , ” Johnson Organizations: REUTERS Locations: Waterloo, London, Britain
PM Johnson sets out new measures to replace COVID lockdown
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: 1 min
People walk through the Burlington Arcade adorned with Christmas decorations, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out new measures on Monday to replace a national lockdown to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in England on Dec. 2, strengthening a tiered regional approach to reflect differences in infection rates. “We’re not going to replace national measures with a free for all ... We’re going to go back instead to a regional, tiered approach, applying the toughest measures where COVID is most prevalent,” Johnson told parliament. “The scientific advice is ... that our tiers need to be made tougher.”
Persons: Henry Nicholls LONDON, Boris Johnson, “ We’re, ” Johnson Organizations: Burlington, REUTERS, British Locations: London, Britain, England
FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past Christmas trees on Oxford Street, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, November 21, 2020. REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON (Reuters) - The British government said on Sunday it was working with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to ease COVID-19 restrictions over Christmas to allow families to get together. Finance Minster Rishi Sunak earlier said on Sunday that Britons would not be able to enjoy a normal Christmas this year, but the government was looking at ways to enable families to get together. “Frustrating as it is for all of us, Christmas is not going to be normal this year,” he told Sky’s Sophie Ridge on Sunday. “But that said, the prime minister is, for example, looking at ways to see how families can spend time with each other.”
Persons: Henry Nicholls LONDON, Michael Gove, Rishi Sunak, , Sky’s Sophie Ridge Organizations: REUTERS, Finance Locations: Oxford, London, Britain, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
UK's Johnson sought to tone down bullying report on minister, reports say
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.83   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to tone down an independent report that found one of his most senior ministers had bullied staff, two media reports said on Saturday. The author of the report, the government’s ethics adviser Alex Allan, resigned. On Saturday, the Times newspaper and the BBC said Johnson had tried and failed to convince Allan to tone down his findings, particularly the assertion that Patel’s behaviour amounted to bullying. “He spoke to Alex and asked him if he’d change the tone of it. “As you would expect, the prime minister spoke to Sir Alex Allan to further his understanding of the issues.
Persons: Priti Patel, Henry Nicholls, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Alex Allan, Allan, , Alex, Sir Alex Allan, ” Patel, Dominic Cummings, Downing Organizations: REUTERS, British, Times, BBC
Bullying inquiry finds UK interior minister Patel broke rules: BBC
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) - An inquiry looking into allegations of bullying by Britain’s Home Secretary Priti Patel has concluded that she “unintentionally” broke the rules on ministers’ behaviour, the BBC and other media reported on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel speaks, October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Henry NichollsPrime Minister Boris Johnson asked officials to carry out an inquiry to “establish the facts” in March after allegations were raised against the interior minister. The Sun newspaper said the inquiry had concluded that Patel unintentionally broke the code, but no formal complaints were made against her, while ITV said Johnson would not reprimand her. “This has all the hallmarks of a cover-up from the prime minister and raises fundamental questions about his judgement,” he said in a statement.
Persons: Priti Patel, , , Henry Nicholls, Boris Johnson, Philip Rutnam, Patel, Johnson, Nick Thomas, Symonds Organizations: Britain’s, BBC, REUTERS, Sun, ITV, Labour Party
Britain launches review to keep London listings competitive
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Huw Jones | ) www.reuters.com + 0.98   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak attends a news conference amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Downing Street in London, Britain, October 22, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/PoolLONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s finance ministry said on Thursday a former financial services commissioner for the European Union will review listing rules to make London more attractive for tech companies. Dual class share structures, common in the United States but restricted for top listed UK companies, allow some shares more voting rights than others. Shareholder groups oppose dual class shares, saying that “one share, one vote” ensures better standards of corporate governance and protects minority shareholders. He will also look at requirements on companies drawing up a prospectus for investors, review existing rules for secondary listings, and rules that require companies to provide a “track record” of their financial performance.
Persons: Rishi Sunak, Henry Nicholls, Jonathan Hill Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, New, EU, London Stock Exchange, Financial, Authority Locations: London, Britain, New York, Asia, United States
Britain is not pinning all hopes on U.S. trade deal, says minister
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State of International Trade and Minister for Women and Equalities Liz Truss is seen outside Downing Street, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London, Britain March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON (Reuters) - Britain is by no means pinning all of its hopes on a trade deal with the United States to the detriment of securing agreements with other countries, trade minister Liz Truss said on Thursday. Asked if she believed that Britain had overly focused on getting a deal with U.S. President Donald Trump and by doing so had put other countries too far down the queue, Truss said: “By no means are we entirely focused on the U.S. but it is our largest single-country trading partner.”
Persons: Liz Truss, Henry Nicholls LONDON, Donald Trump, Organizations: State of International Trade, Women, REUTERS, U.S Locations: Downing, London, Britain, United States
UK Labour's ex-leader kept out of parliamentary ranks over anti-Semitism row
  + stars: | 2020-11-18 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives for the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - The former leader of Britain’s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, will not be restored as a Labour Member of Parliament (MP) after he undermined efforts to tackle anti-Semitism, the current Labour leader Keir Starmer said on Wednesday. Corbyn was re-admitted to the party on Tuesday after being suspended for comments seen to be downplaying a report critical of Labour’s handling of anti-Semitism complaints under his leadership. However, Starmer refused to re-admit him to the Parliamentary Labour Party, meaning he would not officially represent Labour in parliament and would continue to be classed as an “independent” MP. “In those circumstances, I have taken the decision not to restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn,” he said, using a term of parliamentary procedure.
Persons: Jeremy Corbyn, Henry Nicholls, Keir Starmer, Corbyn, energised, Starmer, “ Jeremy Corbyn’s, ” Starmer, , Organizations: Britain's Labour Party, Commonwealth Service, Westminster Abbey, REUTERS, Britain’s Labour Party, Labour, of, Parliamentary Labour Party, , Human Rights, Labour Party Locations: London, Britain
Richemont shareholders back share warrant plan
  + stars: | 2020-11-18 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Festive lights decorate the Cartier store on New Bond Street as shoppers do Christmas shopping in central London, Britain, December 16, 2018. REUTERS/Henry NichollsZURICH (Reuters) - Owners of Swiss luxury group Richemont CFR.S have approved plans to issue warrants as part of a shareholder loyalty scheme, the company said on Wednesday, setting out terms for the issue that follows a COVID-19 related cut to the dividend. Warrants will be distributed to shareholders on Nov. 27, when the “A” warrants related to A shares will be listed on SIXSwiss Exchange. Sixty-seven warrants can be exercised to buy oneA share in three years for 67.00 Swiss francs, thevolume-weighted average price between Oct. 19 and Nov. 13. Richemont had proposed the scheme to preserve cash during the COVID-19 pandemic after halving its dividend to 1 Swiss franc per share.
Persons: Henry Nicholls ZURICH, Richemont Organizations: Cartier, New, REUTERS, SIXSwiss Exchange Locations: London, Britain
Through one of the products, it has taken on the investment risk of part of Allied Irish Bank’s pension scheme. GOLD STANDARDThe traditional bulk annuity market remains the gold standard in terms of providing security for DB pension scheme members, said Adam Davis, managing director of consultants K3 Advisory. Unlike other products currently on offer, the insurer takes over and the employer is no longer linked to the pension scheme. Superfunds pool pension schemes together and are considered to be a cheaper option, although offer fewer benefit-payment guarantees than a bulk annuity. The Pension Superfund’s pipeline was “fuller than ever” due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, a spokesperson said by email.
Persons: Henry Nicholls, , Sean Gilfeather, Michael O’Connor, O’Connor, Southall, LGEN.L, Adam Davis, Aspinall, David Fairs, Adam Saron Organizations: REUTERS, DB, ITV, “ Employers, ” Investment, Capital Partners, Reuters, Consultancy Mercer, Allied Irish, Mercer, Legal, General, K3 Advisory, Companies, Pension Insurance Corporation, Bank of England, Pensions, Clara Locations: London, Britain, TPT, Clara
Global uncertainty could risk World War Three - UK military chief
  + stars: | 2020-11-08 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.92   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: British Army General Sir Nick Carter arrives for a meeting to address the government's response to the coronavirus outbreak, at Downing Street in London, Britain March 12, 2020. REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON (Reuters) - Current global uncertainty and anxiety amid the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic could risk another world war, the head of Britain’s armed forces has warned. Asked if that meant there was a genuine threat of another world war, Carter replied: “I’m saying it’s a risk and we need to be conscious of those risks.”Carter, who became the British military chief in 2018, said it was important to remember those who had died in previous wars as a warning to those who might repeat past mistakes. “If you forget about the horror of war, then the great risk I think is that people might think that going to war is a reasonable thing to do,” he said. “We have to remember that history might not repeat itself but it has a rhythm, and if you look back at the last century, before both world wars, I think it was unarguable that there was escalation which led to the miscalculation which ultimately led to war at a scale we would hopefully never see again.”
Persons: Sir Nick Carter, Henry Nicholls LONDON, Nick Carter, ” Carter, Carter, , Organizations: British, REUTERS, Defence Staff, Sky News Locations: London, Britain, Britain’s, British
REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/PoolAs England went into a new month-long coronavirus lockdown, Sunak announced the latest in a string of expansions of massive government support in an attempt to slow a surge in unemployment. “It’s clear the economic effects are much longer lasting for businesses than the duration of any restrictions, which is why we have decided to go further with our support,” Sunak told parliament. Earlier on Thursday, the Bank of England said it was increasing the size of its government bond purchases by a further 150 billion pounds ($196 billion), helping the government to fund the surge in public spending. As well as the furlough extension, Sunak increased support for self-employed people and raised guaranteed funding for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland by 2 billion pounds to 16 billion pounds. The scheme supported nearly 9 million jobs at one point and had been forecast to cost around 52 billion pounds over its eight-month lifespan, before the latest extensions.
Persons: Rishi Sunak ramped, Rishi Sunak, Henry Nicholls, Sunak, ” Sunak, Moody’s, who’s, ” Labour’s, Anneliese Dodds, , , Boris Johnson, BoE Organizations: Bank of England, REUTERS, England, Scotland, Labour Party, Conservative Party Locations: British, London, Britain, Wales, Northern Ireland, England
Mandy Yin poses inside Nasi Economy Rice, the takeaway shop she owns, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in North London, Britain, November 3, 2020. I’m just going to keep going and hope that there will be enough custom,” she said. “It’s the small businesses, the high street businesses, it’s the one-man bands that are most at risk from this second lockdown,” he said. One of the most devastating aspects of the pandemic has been the damage done to businesses that were not only viable but thriving. Whether or not she pulls through, Yin fears that many will not, draining life out of once vibrant neighbourhoods.
Persons: Mandy Yin, Rice, Henry Nicholls Yin, ” Yin, , Yin, “ I’m, I’m, , ” Michael Hewson, Nasi Organizations: Britain’s, REUTERS, Hospitality, CMC Markets Locations: Malaysian, London, Nasi, North London, Britain
Lockdown in England could be extended, UK minister warns
  + stars: | 2020-11-01 | by ( Andy Bruce | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
LONDON (Reuters) - The one-month lockdown for England announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson this weekend could be extended as Britain struggles to contain a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior cabinet member said on Sunday. The new lockdown announcement came 10 days after Johnson told parliament it would “make no sense at all” to “turn the lights out with a full national lockdown”. The other constituents of the United Kingdom - Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - have their own policies and enacted tougher COVID-19 health restrictions last month. EXTRA FINANCIAL SUPPORTGovernment scientific adviser Jeremy Farrar said on Sunday the lockdown would need to be extended beyond early December in absence of evidence of a shrinking pandemic. The survey showed the Bank of England is likely to announce a 100 billion-pound expansion of its bond buying stimulus on Thursday.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Henry Nicholls, Johnson, Michael Gove, ” Gove, Critics, dithering, Keir Starmer, that’s, ” Starmer, Jeremy Farrar, , Farrar, AstraZeneca, Gove, Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove Organizations: England, South, REUTERS, Sky News, Opposition Labour Party, BBC, Bank of England, London, Britain, REUTERS/Henry Nicholls After, The United Kingdom, Sky News, Yes, BBC Locations: South Bank, London, Britain, England, United Kingdom, Europe, COVID, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, British, Sunday, England, Reuters
Lockdown in England could be extended, UK minister warns
  + stars: | 2020-11-01 | by ( Andy Bruce | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
LONDON (Reuters) - The one-month lockdown for England announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson this weekend could be extended as Britain struggles to contain a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior cabinet member said on Sunday. The new lockdown announcement came 10 days after Johnson told parliament it would “make no sense at all” to “turn the lights out with a full national lockdown”. The other constituents of the United Kingdom - Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - have their own policies and enacted tougher COVID-19 health restrictions last month. EXTRA FINANCIAL SUPPORTGovernment scientific adviser Jeremy Farrar said on Sunday the lockdown would need to be extended beyond early December in absence of evidence of a shrinking pandemic. The survey showed the Bank of England is likely to announce a 100 billion-pound expansion of its bond buying stimulus on Thursday.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Henry Nicholls, Johnson, Michael Gove, ” Gove, Critics, dithering, Keir Starmer, that’s, ” Starmer, Jeremy Farrar, , Farrar, AstraZeneca, Gove, Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove Organizations: England, South, REUTERS, Sky News, Opposition Labour Party, BBC, Bank of England, London, Britain, REUTERS/Henry Nicholls After, The United Kingdom, Sky News, Yes, BBC Locations: South Bank, London, Britain, England, United Kingdom, Europe, COVID, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, British, Sunday, England, Reuters
Lockdown in England could be extended, UK minister warns
  + stars: | 2020-11-01 | by ( Andy Bruce | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
LONDON (Reuters) - The one-month lockdown for England announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson this weekend could be extended as Britain struggles to contain a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior cabinet member said on Sunday. The new lockdown announcement came 10 days after Johnson told parliament it would “make no sense at all” to “turn the lights out with a full national lockdown”. The other constituents of the United Kingdom - Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - have their own policies and enacted tougher COVID-19 health restrictions last month. EXTRA FINANCIAL SUPPORTGovernment scientific adviser Jeremy Farrar said on Sunday the lockdown would need to be extended beyond early December in absence of evidence of a shrinking pandemic. The survey showed the Bank of England is likely to announce a 100 billion-pound expansion of its bond buying stimulus on Thursday.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Henry Nicholls, Johnson, Michael Gove, ” Gove, Critics, dithering, Keir Starmer, that’s, ” Starmer, Jeremy Farrar, , Farrar, AstraZeneca, Gove, Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove Organizations: England, South, REUTERS, Sky News, Opposition Labour Party, BBC, Bank of England, London, Britain, REUTERS/Henry Nicholls After, The United Kingdom, Sky News, Yes, BBC Locations: South Bank, London, Britain, England, United Kingdom, Europe, COVID, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, British, Sunday, England, Reuters
Lockdown in England could be extended, UK minister warns
  + stars: | 2020-11-01 | by ( Andy Bruce | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
LONDON (Reuters) - The one-month lockdown for England announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson this weekend could be extended as Britain struggles to contain a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior cabinet member said on Sunday. The new lockdown announcement came 10 days after Johnson told parliament it would “make no sense at all” to “turn the lights out with a full national lockdown”. The other constituents of the United Kingdom - Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - have their own policies and enacted tougher COVID-19 health restrictions last month. EXTRA FINANCIAL SUPPORTGovernment scientific adviser Jeremy Farrar said on Sunday the lockdown would need to be extended beyond early December in absence of evidence of a shrinking pandemic. The survey showed the Bank of England is likely to announce a 100 billion-pound expansion of its bond buying stimulus on Thursday.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Henry Nicholls, Johnson, Michael Gove, ” Gove, Critics, dithering, Keir Starmer, that’s, ” Starmer, Jeremy Farrar, , Farrar, AstraZeneca, Gove, Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove Organizations: England, South, REUTERS, Sky News, Opposition Labour Party, BBC, Bank of England, London, Britain, REUTERS/Henry Nicholls After, The United Kingdom, Sky News, Yes, BBC Locations: South Bank, London, Britain, England, United Kingdom, Europe, COVID, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, British, Sunday, England, Reuters
Commuters use an escalator at an underground station, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London Britain, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom on Saturday passed one million confirmed COVID-19 cases, a new milestone as the government considers a new national lockdown in England. “Between 31 January and 31 October 2020, there have been 1,011,660 people who have had a confirmed positive test result,” the government said. Cases rose by 21,915 from the previous day. The death toll increased by 326.
Persons: Henry Nicholls LONDON Organizations: REUTERS, REUTERS/Henry Nicholls LONDON (Reuters) Locations: London Britain, United Kingdom, England, England
Commuters use an escalator at an underground station, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London Britain, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom on Saturday passed one million confirmed COVID-19 cases, a new milestone as the government considers a new national lockdown in England. “Between 31 January and 31 October 2020, there have been 1,011,660 people who have had a confirmed positive test result,” the government said. Cases rose by 21,915 from the previous day. The death toll increased by 326.
Persons: Henry Nicholls LONDON Organizations: REUTERS, REUTERS/Henry Nicholls LONDON (Reuters) Locations: London Britain, United Kingdom, England, England
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