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Show typical British resolve, Queen to tell nation amid coronavirus outbreak

LONDON (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth will call on Britons to show the same resolve as their forebears and take on the challenge and disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak with good-humoured resolve when she makes an extremely rare address to rally the nation on Sunday.

In what will ...

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UK coronavirus death rate to stay high top medic says, as toll passes 4,300

LONDON (Reuters) - High fatalities from the coronavirus will continue in the United Kingdom for at least another week or two even if people comply with stringent isolation measures, health authorities said on Saturday as the country’s death toll jumped to 4,313.

The toll went up by ...

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PM Johnson's pregnant fiance had COVID-19 symptoms but on the mend

LONDON (Reuters) - Carrie Symonds, the pregnant fiance of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said she had spent the past week in bed with symptoms of the novel coronavirus but after seven days of rest felt stronger and was on the mend.

“I’ve spent the past week in bed with ...

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5G coronavirus conspiracy theory is dangerous fake nonsense, UK says

LONDON (Reuters) - A conspiracy theory that links 5G mobile telecommunications masts to the spread of the novel coronavirus is dangerous fake news and completely false, Britain said on Saturday after masts in several parts of the country were torched.

When asked by a reporter about the so ...

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Some plateauing of London coronavirus outbreak, UK says

LONDON (Reuters) - It will take a week or two before Britain’s social distancing measures start to translate into lower hospitalization rates but there has been a bit of a plateauing in London in recent days, NHS England Medical Director Stephen Powis said.

“There is reason ...

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UK says 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory is disgusting fake nonsense

LONDON (Reuters) - The conspiracy theory that 5G mobile telecommunications masts play a role in spreading the novel coronavirus is disgusting fake news and completely false, Britain said on Saturday.

“That is just nonsense, dangerous nonsense as well,” British Cabinet Officer ...

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Britain secures 300 new ventilators from China

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain took delivery of 300 ventilators from China on Saturday and more will start being produced soon by a consortium of aerospace, engineering and Formula One teams, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said.

“We’ve been buying invasive ventilators from ...

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UK extends condolences to family of five-year-old who died from coronavirus

LONDON (Reuters) - British Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said his thoughts went out to the family of a 5-year-old child who died in hospital after being infected with the novel coronavirus.

The United Kingdom’s hospital death toll from the coronavirus rose by 20% to 4,313 at ...

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UK coronavirus death toll rises to 4,313, up 20% on day earlier

LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 20% to 4,313 at 1600 GMT on April 3, the health ministry said.

As of 0800 GMT on April 4, a total of 183,190 people have been tested of which 41,903 tested positive, the health ministry said. ...

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Britain set for long lockdown as death toll rises to 4,313

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is unlikely to lift its stringent lockdown rules until the end of May, once the spread of the coronavirus has started to slow, a leading government adviser said on Saturday as the death toll rose to 4,313.

The government has put Britain into a widespread ...

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Britain's Labour turns page on socialism with Starmer as new leader

LONDON (Reuters) - Keir Starmer was elected as the leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party on Saturday, pledging to bring an end to years of bitter infighting and to work with the government to contain the raging coronavirus pandemic.

Starmer, a former director of public ...

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Britain's Labour Party names Keir Starmer as new leader

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s main opposition Labour Party named Keir Starmer, a former director of public prosecutions who opposed Brexit, as its leader on Saturday.

Starmer, who has tried to carry the socialist supporters of outgoing leader Jeremy Corbyn while also keeping more ...

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Britain's Johnson invites opposition leaders to work with him over coronavirus emergency

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson has invited the leaders of Britain’s opposition parties to work with him during this “moment of national emergency”, saying he wants to hear their views during the coronavirus pandemic.

Johnson said he would invite all ...

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Britain unlikely to lift coronavirus lockdown until end of May - government expert

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is unlikely to lift its stringent lockdown rules until the end of May, a leading government adviser said on Saturday, warning that the spread of coronavirus must first slow and intense testing be introduced.

The government has put Britain into a widespread ...

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UK unlikely to relax coronavirus lockdown until end of May - top epidemiologist

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will not be able to relax its stringent lockdown rules until the end of May, a leading government adviser said on Saturday, warning that first the spread of coronavirus must slow and intense testing must be introduced.

Neil Ferguson, a leading professor of ...

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Miracle cures? UK investigators go after fake coronavirus medicines

LONDON (Reuters) - British authorities said on Saturday they were clamping down on bogus cures for the coronavirus, which currently has no specific licensed treatment.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said it was investigating 14 fake or unlicensed products ...

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PM Johnson stays in isolation as Queen prepares to address the nation

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he was remaining in isolation with mild symptoms of COVID-19, including a raised temperature, seven days after he first tested positive for the new coronavirus which causes the respiratory disease.

With the country ...

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PM Johnson stays in isolation as Queen prepares to address the nation

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he was remaining in isolation with mild symptoms of COVID-19, including a raised temperature, seven days after he first tested positive for the new coronavirus which causes the respiratory disease.

With the country ...

2020-04-03 21:59 open_in_new
UK ramps up coronavirus trials but results 'a few months away'

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Friday it was launching the biggest clinical trial of possible treatments for coronavirus in the world but a leading health official cautioned that the results were likely a few months away.

Almost 1,000 patients from 132 hospitals had been recruited in ...

2020-04-03 21:59 open_in_new
Too early to talk of green shoots on coronavirus admissions - senior UK medic

LONDON (Reuters) - There are green shoots in terms of public behaviour in the response to the coronavirus outbreak but it is too early to say the same of hospital admissions, England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam said on Friday.

“I absolutely see green ...

2020-04-03 20:56 open_in_new
No evidence that masks worn by healthy people affect coronavirus spread - UK official

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain does not recommend that healthy citizens wear face masks, a senior health official said on Friday, saying that they are not proven to affect the spread of the coronavirus.

“There is no evidence that general wearing of face masks by the public who are ...

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