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HMRC sets up hotline to report companies abusing furlough scheme

HMRC has asked people to report their employers if they are still being asked to work after being placed on furlough.

Thousands of workers have already been placed on the Government’s newly introduced job retention scheme in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which covers 80 per cent ...

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Tesco pays £900,000,000 to investors after getting £585,000,000 tax break

Tesco has paid out £900 million in dividends to investors despite securing a £585 million tax break from the Government.

The supermarket’s ‘aggressive’ move to hand cash to shareholders was criticised by politicians and analysts as some major firms have suspended payouts during the ...

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Dog walker said she felt like a criminal after driving to beach for a walk

A woman has hit out at police after she was approached by an officer when she drove to a nearby beach with her dog.

Tanya Wood, 50, drove partner Caron and dog Poppy five minutes to Eirias Park in Old Colwyn, north Wales. But then an unmarked police car pulled up with its blue lights on ...

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Samaritans set up dedicated helpline to support frontline NHS staff

A dedicated phone number has been set up to offer confidential mental health support to the UK’s frontline health workers.

Samaritans helped set up the helpline after receiving an influx of calls from NHS staff struggling to cope while leading the fight against coronavirus.

Anyone ...

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NHS staff infected with coronavirus given wrong test results

A group of NHS staff were given the wrong coronavirus test results after a transcribing blunder.

Eight healthcare workers from the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area and two individuals from elsewhere in Wales were given incorrect results after a small number of samples from a ...

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‘We don’t know when lockdown will end’, minister admits

Government ministers have admitted they have no timeframe for ending the lockdown yet.

A review of the restrictions was meant to start on Monday, marking three weeks since they were brought in, but health Edward Argar has confirmed there are no plans to start lifting them.

He told ...

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Leading microbiologist dies after contracting coronavirus

A leading microbiologist has passed away after contracting coronavirus.

Dr Paul Matewele, a senior lecturer in microbiology immunology at London Metropolitan University, died at Barnet Hospital, it was announced on Tuesday.

The ‘exceptionally kind’ researcher had published ...

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Keith from Norfolk wants sunbathers to be shot by the Army

A man called Keith from Norfolk believes the Army should be shooting people on the streets if they flout the government’s coronavirus lockdown.

Keith announced his plan for the UK just before 2.30am during a BBC 5 Live radio call-in with presenter Jim Davis.

While Keith said he ...

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First Brit to catch coronavirus talks about life after lockdown in Wuhan

A Wuhan-based teacher who is believed to have been the first British person to catch coronavirus has spoken of the joy of taking a walk for the first time since lockdown measures were put in place in January.

Connor Reed, 25, became infected with Covid-19 in December while living and ...

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Mother of bus driver who died cries saying her son was not properly protected

The mother of a London bus driver who died after catching coronavirus broke down as she begged for transport workers to be given proper protective equipment.

Emeka Nyack Ihenacho, 36, is one of nine bus drivers who have lost their lives to coronavirus in the UK. He worked in Holloway, ...

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War hero celebrates 107th birthday alone because nobody’s allowed to visit care home

A war veteran who survived the Spanish flu epidemic has celebrated his 107th birthday with a party at his care home.

Reg Lewis saw action in Singapore and India during the Second World War and only stopped working at the age of 93. He turned 107 on Tuesday, but due to the current social ...

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Nurse who worked for NHS for 44 years dies after catching coronavirus

A ‘completely dedicated’ nurse who worked for the NHS for 44 years has died after contracting coronavirus.

Alice Kit Tak Ong, 70, is believed to have died on Tuesday morning, two weeks after she was admitted to the Royal Free hospital, in Hampstead, North West London. Her family said ...

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McDonald’s burglars desperate for Big Macs leave with nothing but charity sweets

A pair of burger burglars left with nothing but a box of sweets after raiding a McDonald’s that had been closed because of the lockdown.

They were caught on camera breaking through the drive-thru window into the restaurant, but all food and cash had been removed from the premises. ...

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Boy, 15, is making coronavirus visors for key workers with his 3D printer

A schoolboy has turned his home into a factory to produce protective equipment for key workers during the coronavirus crisis.

Harry Cooper, 15, is using his 3D printer to make face visors for frontline staff, and has already taken over 100 orders from key workers, including health care ...

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Sainsbury’s offers 150,000 extra priority delivery slots to vulnerable

Sainsbury’s is offering 150,000 extra priority delivery slots to help elderly and vulnerable customers who are unable to leave the house during the coronavirus pandemic.

The supermarket has already provided priority slots to 450,000 vulnerable people, but chief executive Mike Coupe ...

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Heartbreak as 12-week-old baby comes down with coronavirus

A mother has spoken of her devastation after her 12-week-old baby contracted coronavirus – one of the UK’s youngest cases to date.

Winter-Rose Watson was admitted to hospital on Friday morning suffering from a high temperature and struggling to breathe. Her mum Jade, 27, said doctors ...

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14 TfL workers have now died from coronavirus

A total of 14 transport workers have died in the capital, Sadiq Khan has announced.

The Mayor of London said the death toll includes nine bus workers, three Transport for London employees, a Tube worker and an employee for one of TfL’s suppliers.

Mr Khan said they have implemented ...

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Mother of quadruplets dies after contracting coronavirus

A mother of five who was a respected councillor has died after contracting Covid-19 during a trip to Pakistan.

Shabnum Sadiq, who served on Slough Borough Council, died on April 6 after suffering ‘complications’ from the virus. She leaves behind her husband and five children, including ...

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Bafta-winning refugee fights tears as he pays tribute to migrant NHS heroes

A Syrian refugee who took on a job as a hospital cleaner during the coronavirus pandemic broke down in tears speaking about the selfless work of migrants in the NHS.

Hassan Akkad, 32, a filmmaker who charted his perilous journey to the UK in a Bafta-winning documentary, applied to become a ...

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Man jailed for four months for coughing at police after saying he was a super-spreader

This is the moment a man was arrested after he told police he was a coronavirus ‘super spreader’ – before coughing at them.

Christopher McKendrick, 58, was stopped by police after witnesses saw him waving a two foot plank of wood above his head on a canal towpath in Swarkestone, ...

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Sainsbury’s lifts rationing measures on thousands of products

Sainsbury’s has lifted rationing measures on ‘thousands of products’ after customers were left unable to shop for people in coronavirus vulnerable groups.

Supermarket bosses had imposed product limits on every single item as they attempted to stamp out panic buying amid the ...

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