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Scotland adds Portugal to its COVID-19 quarantine list

LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland will require travellers returning from Portugal and French Polynesia from 0300 GMT on Saturday to quarantine for 14 days, Scotland’s Justice Minister Humza Yousaf said on Twitter on Thursday.

Wales earlier on Thursday also added Portugal to its quarantine ...

2020-09-03 22:05 open_in_new
England makes no changes to COVID-19 quarantine countries

LONDON (Reuters) - No changes were made to the list of countries on England’s quarantine list on Thursday, British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.

English holiday makers in Portugal were awaiting the decision after the number of cases in the country rose above the threshold ...

2020-09-03 19:59 open_in_new
Wales adds Portugal and more Greek islands to quarantine list

LONDON (Reuters) - Wales said it had added mainland Portugal, Gibraltar, French Polynesia and the Greek islands of Mykonos, Zakynthos, Lesbos, Paros, Antiparos and Crete to the destinations that require travellers to quarantine on return from 0300 GMT on Friday.

The country imposed a ...

2020-09-03 19:59 open_in_new
New BBC boss says staff should not air their views on social media

LONDON (Reuters) - The new boss of the BBC told staff they should not air their own political views on social media because they risked damaging the British broadcaster’s reputation for impartiality.

Tim Davie, 53, who became the corporation’s 17th director general on Tuesday, ...

2020-09-03 18:56 open_in_new
UK records 1,735 confirmed cases of COVID-19, highest since June 4

LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom recorded 1,735 daily confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to government data published on Thursday, up from 1,508 a day earlier and the highest since June 4.

The daily number of deaths within 28 days of testing positive for the virus was 13, the ...

2020-09-03 18:56 open_in_new
With hand-wash and emotional support, pupils return to London school

LONDON (Reuters) - Primary school children returning to the Harris Academy in London on Thursday will find themselves sitting in rows, regularly washing their hands and supported by teachers who have been trained to provide emotional support after lockdown.

Children started to return to ...

2020-09-03 16:50 open_in_new
Exclusive: UK trade minister reverses decision to remove think tank meetings from public register

LONDON (Reuters) - British trade minister Liz Truss has reversed a decision to remove meetings she held with an influential free-market think tank from the public record, a move the opposition Labour Party said raised questions about lobbying in government.

Two meetings and a dinner with ...

2020-09-03 15:47 open_in_new
Exclusive: UK trade minister reverses decision to remove think tank meetings from public register - letter

LONDON (Reuters) - British trade minister Liz Truss has reversed an earlier decision to remove meetings she held with an influential free-market think tank from the public record, a letter written to the opposition Labour Party showed on Thursday.

Two meetings and a dinner with the ...

2020-09-03 14:44 open_in_new
Johnson met Trump advisor Kushner, discussed Middle East, PM's office says

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior advisor Jared Kushner in London on Thursday and discussed the Middle East peace process after dropping in on Kushner’s meeting with foreign minister Dominic Raab.

“The Prime ...

2020-09-03 14:44 open_in_new
Britain ramps up trials of 20 minute COVID-19 tests

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain on Thursday said it was investing in trials of a 20 minute COVID-19 test, with a view to rolling out widespread, systematic testing to pick up outbreaks early, amid criticism over backlogs in its current testing system.

Health minister Matt Hancock has said he ...

2020-09-03 13:41 open_in_new
Britain says Australia's Abbott would bring huge expertise to trade job

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Thursday former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott would bring huge expertise to a role as a trade adviser, despite socially conservative views about women and gay people that opponents say make him unfit for the job.

Abbott, who led Australia from ...

2020-09-03 13:41 open_in_new
English tracing scheme shows weekly COVID-19 cases highest since May

LONDON (Reuters) - The weekly number of positive COVID-19 cases in England in late August was the highest since the end of May, the latest data from the test and trace scheme showed on Thursday.

NHS Test and Trace said 6,732 new people tested positive for COVID-19 in England between 20 ...

2020-09-03 13:41 open_in_new
Climate activists glue themselves to street outside British parliament

LONDON (Reuters) - Climate activists from the Extinction Rebellion group glued themselves to street entrances at the British parliament on Thursday, a Reuters reporter at the scene said.

The activists said the government had done little to reach its own “inadequate targets” so ...

2020-09-03 12:38 open_in_new
British minister defends trade role for ex-Australian PM Abbott

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s health minister on Thursday said Australian former Prime Minister Tony Abbott would bring huge expertise to a role advising the British government on trade despite his suggestion that men might be better suited to authority than women.

Abbott, who led ...

2020-09-03 10:32 open_in_new
UK launches review into terrorism reinsurance fund

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s finance ministry has launched a review of terrorism reinsurer Pool Re, which helps insurers pay out claims on property damage caused by terror or militant attacks.

The Treasury said its latest five-yearly review was designed to ensure the UK’s ...

2020-09-03 10:32 open_in_new
Britain to fund expansion of rapid COVID-19 test trials

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is putting 500 million pounds into trials of rapid COVID-19 tests and into population-testing for the disease, the health ministry said on Thursday.

Health minister Matt Hancock has said he hopes mass testing using faster COVID-19 tests can be rolled out towards ...

2020-09-03 03:11 open_in_new
More than 10% of British shops vacant, survey shows

LONDON (Reuters) - More than one-in-ten British shops now stand empty, reflecting recent widespread closures which are partly the result of the coronavirus crisis, a report on Thursday showed.

Researcher Springboard said the vacancy rate rose to 10.8% in July, from 9.8% in January 2020, ...

2020-09-03 02:08 open_in_new
Harry and Meghan team up with Netflix in major Hollywood move

LONDON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Britain’s Prince Harry and his American-born wife Meghan have signed an exclusive multiyear production deal with Netflix Inc (NFLX.O ), a major step in their plan to make a living for themselves outside the royal family.

Under the deal, whose value was ...

2020-09-02 20:53 open_in_new
Heathrow Airport consults unions over redundancies

LONDON (Reuters) - London’s Heathrow Airport said it is consulting with unions about redundancies as a result of a downturn in the industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which could see over 1,000 frontline roles go.

The airport has informed union officials that it was triggering a ...

2020-09-02 19:50 open_in_new
Prince Harry and Meghan sign production deal with Netflix

LONDON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Britain’s Prince Harry and his American-born wife Meghan have signed a multiyear contract with Netflix (NFLX.O ) to produce programming ranging from children’s shows to scripted series, the streaming platform said on Wednesday.

The couple, who ...

2020-09-02 19:50 open_in_new
Briton hit by speedboat on Corfu died of injuries from propeller, coroner says

ATHENS (Reuters) - A 60-year old British woman struck by a speedboat off the Ionian island of Corfu this week died of multiple injuries from the propeller, the island’s coroner, Ioannis Aivatidis, said.

The Greek coast guard was alerted to the incident near Avlaki Beach in the ...

2020-09-02 19:50 open_in_new