‘Air bridges’ could be in place by end of June

Boris Johnson has revived hopes that an overseas summer holiday could still be on the cards in 2020, after suggesting that the UK could have ‘air bridge’ agreements in place by June 29. Air bridges would allow British holidaymakers to travel to certain countries without the need to quarantine on arrival, or when they return […]

One in six nurses worldwide at risk of coronavirus from lack of clean water 

One nurse and midwife in Ntchisi, Malawi, considers herself lucky to be working in a centre which has two hand basins with soap. One of the basins is in a maternity ward which treats more than 300 patients each day. Ntchisi worries about Covid-19 spreading to her area: “Once we have even one case of Covid-19, it […]

Coronavirus latest news: Furloughed workers should help get the harvest in, says Environment Secretary in ‘Pick for Britain’ push

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin insisted Sunday the US economy will come roaring back even amid warnings from another White House adviser of longer-term impacts of the coronavirus pandemic’s unprecedented shock to the economy. Mnuchin’s upbeat assessment came amid skyrocketing unemployment figures and forecasts predicting a deep contraction in economic activity this year. In an interview with […]

UK hospital death toll jumps to 980 in 24 hours in biggest rise yet – deadlier than Spain’s worst day of crisis

The Philippines has banned doctors, nurses and other health workers from leaving the country to work overseas in a bid to throw more resources at its own coronavirus outbreak, reports Patrick Sawer. With the pandemic threatening to overwhelm Phillipine’s fragile healthcare system the Government says it requires all available medics and support staff to remain […]

Can I go to work? The list of key workers and essential roles, explained

As part of an unprecedented lockdown of British life, the Government has announced that schools will close except for the children of “key workers”. On Monday evening it was also announced that people should only leave their homes to go to work where it is absolutely necessary. But who is classed a key worker? The Department […]

Coronavirus latest news: Italy orders complete lockdown

Dr David Nabarro, the World Health Organisation special envoy for coronavirus has been on Radio 4 this morning. He says: “It’s in our hands, whether we’re going to be pushed under by this outbreak or actually be able to say that we managed to ride through it and we came through it well.” “As we […]

Oxford college rows back on transgender discussion rules following outcry over free speech

“We and the University are committed to fostering an inclusive, diverse environment and to ensuring that all our staff and students, including LGBTQ+ members of the community, are able to thrive and realise their potential.”   The statement went on to say that the College wants to foster an “inclusive culture and a workplace” as […]

live score and latest updates

What’s that unfamiliar feeling you have on this chilly Monday morning? Difficult to recognise in its rarity, but it is in fact the sense of England moving serenely to an away Test victory. Surely they can’t mess it up from here. Surely. Courtesy of a fine unbeaten 85 from Dom Sibley – who looks poised to […]

General election 2019 voter turnout down on 2017 figure

It reached 61.4 per cent in 2005 for Tony Blair’s re-election, 65.1 percent for the Tory-Lib Dem coalition in 2010 and then up again to 66.1 percent in 2015 which resulted in the Lib Dem destruction.  There were, however, huge turnouts at some constituencies.  In East Dunbartonshire, where Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson is fighting to hold […]

Tory lead cut as race enters final hours

While the Tory lead has narrowed slightly in the last week, from 13 points to 9.6, it is now still at the same level it was when the election was called. MRP model suggests hung parliament a real possibility Boris Johnson is heading for a 28 seat majority but a hung parliament is possible, according to a […]