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Government to ramp up Covid-19 testing

The Government is to ramp up testing for Covid-19 after Boris Johnson said it was the key to “unlock the coronavirus puzzle”.

Downing Street said Health Secretary Matt Hancock would be setting out plans for a “significant increase” amid criticism the UK has been ...

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McDonald's rumours: Fast-food chain addresses 're-opening posts' on social media

McDonald's have addressed online rumours that the fast-food chain are set to reopen 'within days'.

The company closed its doors to customers across the UK and Ireland at 7pm on Monday, March 23 - moments before an initial three-week lockdown was announced by Prime Minister ...

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Putin orders most Russians to stay off work until end of April

President Vladimir Putin has ordered most Russians to stay off work until the end of the month to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Speaking in a televised address to the nation on Thursday, Mr Putin said he was extending the non-working policy he previously ordered for this week to ...

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Covid-19: Boris Johnson ‘still showing symptoms’ as UK death toll nears 3,000

Boris Johnson is still showing signs of coronavirus, Downing Street has said, as it confirmed the Government is working with nine potential suppliers over a new Covid-19 antibody test.

The Prime Minister’s seven days of self-isolation end on Friday but it is unclear whether he plans ...

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Personal respirator prototype created to protect frontline NHS staff

Engineers working with Formula 1 team McLaren have developed a hood connected to an air filter to be worn to protect frontline healthcare staff from Covid-19.

The University of Southampton hopes the mask, which consists of a fabric hood which covers the head with an integrated plastic ...

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Lineker criticises Tottenham for furloughing club’s non-playing staff

Gary Lineker has criticised his former club Tottenham after the Premier League club’s announcement that they will furlough 550 members of their non-playing staff.

Lineker, who announced he will donate two months’ wages to the British Red Cross, also said he expected top-flight ...

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Decision day for English football amid calls for player wage cuts
English football faces another defining day as the professional game prepares to consider an indefinite suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, while pressure builds for players to accept wage cuts or deferrals. ...
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Atletico Madrid players take pay cut to help support club’s staff

Atletico Madrid players will help supplement the salary of 430 club employees after agreeing a wage deal.

Boss Diego Simeone and members of the club’s management committee will also contribute after the club presented a Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE).

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Record viewing figures for women’s World T20

This year’s women’s T20 World Cup proved a hit with the public, with the International Cricket Council registering a record 1.1 billion digital views for the tournament.

That represents a rise of more than 20 times in comparison to the 2018 edition and goes down as the ...

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Oxfordshire engineers support the production of ventilators for the NHS

Technicians and engineers are working as part of a UK team producing simple ventilators for the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), group is leading training for others to carry out testing of the new ventilators.

Once ...

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Bicester's streets left eerily empty as lockdown continues

As the nation shuts down, Bicester town centre has become deserted as people start to limit the number of times they venture out.

Photographer Bridget Catterall, from Bicester, took to the streets with her camera on Monday and managed to snap these photos of the town centre looking ...

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Owen Mumford supplying 10 million devices to NHS

AN OXFORDSHIRE medical company is supporting the NHS by supplying more than 10 million finger-pricking devices.

Owen Mumford manufactures the devices, known as Unistick safety lancets, in Woodstock.

They are used for rapid blood testing for conditions such as diabetes and ...

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Police investigate Volkswagen burglary in Wood Farm, Oxford

POLICE is searching for a stolen SUV that disappeared from a residential neighbourhood in Oxford.

A blue Volkswagen Tiguan was spotted on the Kennington roundabout in the slip road for the Redbridge Park and Ride on Saturday at about 10.40pm with people stood near it.


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Coronavirus: UK deaths rise by 569

A TOTAL of 2,921 patients have died in hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm yesterday. 

This represents a rapid increase by 569.

The latest figures released today show that the number of infections in the UK has also ...

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Entertainer Eddie Large dies aged 78 after contracting coronavirus in hospital

The family of Eddie Large have spoken of their sadness at not being able to visit the comedy giant in the days before his death after he contracted coronavirus in hospital.

The Little And Large star, whose partnership with Syd Little was watched by millions in the duo’s heyday, died ...

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Royal Navy’s newest and greenest warship arrives at home port for first time

The Royal Navy’s newest and greenest warship has arrived in its home port for the first time.

HMS Tamar, the fourth of five new offshore patrol vessels built in Glasgow shipyards, sailed into Portsmouth Naval Base.

The ship and its crew will undergo sea training exercises ...

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National Lottery sets up £50m Covid-19 emergency fund for heritage sites

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The National Lottery has set up a £50 million emergency fund for British heritage sites after almost 50% said they will not survive beyond six months if the coronavirus shutdown continues.

Grants of between £3,000 and ...

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Pen pal friendship between London boy and Yemeni girl ‘humbling’, says charity

A pen pal friendship between a six-year-old boy from London and an eight-year-old girl from Yemen has been described as “humbling” by a charity.

Apollo, from London, was put in contact with Razan, from Yemen, by Save The Children after he asked for donations to the charity ...

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MP backs calls for university accommodation rents to be cancelled

An MP has backed calls by students to have their third-term university accommodation fees cancelled as many return to their family homes to lockdown during the Covid-19 crisis.

Student groups have set up an online petition and rent strikes as some private accommodation providers refuse to ...

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Face masks: The current guidance and why the WHO is reviewing it

The outbreak of coronavirus has seen a surge in demand for surgical masks to cover the mouth and nose, and they are a common sight on UK streets.

But up until now, the World Health Organisation has said only those with Covid-19 symptoms and those caring for them need masks, but this ...

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National Trust for Scotland names V&A Dundee director as new chief executive

The founding director of V&A Dundee is moving on to become chief executive of the National Trust for Scotland (NTS).

Philip Long will start his new role once Simon Skinner retires from the conservation charity in July.

V&A Dundee said it will begin its search for a new ...

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