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Coronavirus – Sun Jun 20, 2021
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Covid-19 jab bookings top one million in two days

The full figure is likely to be higher as it does not include appointments at local GP-led vaccination services.
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Britons asked to respect nature as UK enjoys a ‘sensory’ summer

The National Trust wants the public to enjoy life’s little pleasures in the great outdoors, but pleads with visitor to take their litter home.
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Offer young people a business education to tackle inequality, says entrepreneur

William Adoasi says issues like Black Lives Matter will ‘never be alleviated without capital’ and education can help to tackle this.
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More than four million parking tickets issued despite car use plummeting

Private companies handed drivers an average of 12,000 tickets every day during the 2020/21 financial year, according to new analysis.
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Johnson under pressure over planning reforms after by-election defeat

The HS2 rail line being built through the constituency was a major issue in the campaign.
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Double-jab Brits ‘could have amber list holidays without quarantine’

Boris Johnson’s spokesman said a decision has yet to be made on the quarantine exemption

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Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald to meet Brandon Lewis to avoid Stormont crisis

The Secretary of State has said he is exploring ‘all options’ in his efforts to keep powersharing on track.
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Don’t forget people may be struggling as society reopens – loneliness minister

Baroness Diana Barran said the UK is at a ‘critical stage’ in tackling loneliness.
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NI Secretary of State in talks with Sinn Fein and DUP to avert Stormont crisis

Brandon Lewis flew into Belfast on Wednesday for talks, saying he is exploring ‘all options’ in his efforts to keep powersharing on track.
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Labour to launch new policy-building project for post-Covid era

Labour’s “road map” will cover six areas, including better jobs, a green and digital future and improved public services.
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DUP warns of threat to devolution from Irish language laws intervention

Paul Frew’s comments came as Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis faced calls from Sinn Fein to end the impasse.
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Ruling awaited over whether PSNI is suitable to investigate Troubles cases

Seven Supreme Court judges, who oversaw a remote hearing which lasted three days, said they would deliver a ruling on a date to be fixed.
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Cat food recalled over potential link to rare and fatal disease

As a precaution authorities are advising cat owners not to give their pets food made by manufacturer Fold Hill.
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Alison Watt’s new artwork to feature in exhibition

Alison Watt: A Portrait Without Likeness explores her continuing fascination with portraits by 18th-century painter Allan Ramsay.
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PM seeks post-Brexit path through ‘thicket of burdensome regulation’

A group of senior Tory MPs has set out proposals for taking advantage of life outside EU regulations.
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Brandon Lewis to explore ‘all options available’ on Irish language laws

The NI Secretary said it was ‘vital’ that cross-community commitments to culture and language made in the New Decade New Approach deal are honoured.
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Hospitality and pub leaders demand support following delay to reopening

Sector leaders including the BBPA and Camra say they are “bitterly disappointed” by the delay, which will cost pubs £400 million alone.
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Met Commissioner should consider her position after Morgan findings – family

An inquiry into the unsolved 1987 murder of Daniel Morgan accused the Metropolitan Police of a form of ‘institutional corruption’.
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Inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee puts original World Wide Web files up for auction

British computer scientist sells digitally-signed source code of the Web as a non-fungible token (NFT), with money going to initiatives he supports.
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Details of UK-Australia trade agreement to be revealed

Industry leaders have raised concerns over possible compromises on UK food standards, while farmers fear they could be undercut by cut-price imports.
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Foster resignation sets clock ticking on future of Stormont institutions

An ongoing stand-off between Sinn Fein and the DUP over Irish language legislation could topple the institutions unless resolution is found
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Children eating ‘exceptionally high’ proportions of ultra-processed food – study

The research also suggests that eating patterns established in childhood extend into adulthood.
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Michelle Mone and Doug Barrowman invest £18m in ‘post-Covid workplace concept’

Neospace will offer 78 tech-led private offices, 20 co-working flexi-pods and nine meeting rooms for companies tackling hybrid working post-Covid.
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Ceiling-mounted Covid infection detector developed by British scientists

The sensor is being hailed as a potential boon for screening in aircraft cabins, classrooms, care homes and offices.
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Johnson poised to delay Covid lockdown lifting to July

Ministers are considering putting back the final easing of controls in England for four weeks as cases of the Delta variant surge.
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England footballer Henderson: NHS staff are the true heroes

The Liverpool captain has been made an MBE for services to football and charity in the Queen’s Birthday honours.
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Virus research chief dedicates royal honour to centre’s work

Professor Massimo Palmarini leads the Medical Research Council-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research.
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In Pictures: Protests and protocol at G7 summit

The group of seven leading industrialised nations are meeting in Cornwall.
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MPs urge Joe Biden to drop Julian Assange extradition bid

An open letter to the US president said dropping the prosecution would be a ‘clarion call for freedom’.
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That’s Life: Foster serenades political leaders at final gig as First Minister

Arlene Foster was prompted to give a rendition of the Frank Sinatra song following a request from a journalist.
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Joan Eardley paintings fetch more than £220,000 in centenary year

In the same auction, Sir Henry Raeburn’s portrait of Lady Carnegie sold for £100,000.
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One in eight adults planning trip abroad this summer – ONS

Younger age groups were more likely to be planning a trip, according to the Office for National Statistics.
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Harry condemns ‘brutal’ attack which killed ten people in Afghanistan

The attack in the nation’s northern Baghlan province on the workers for the Halo Trust wounded 16 others.
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Oxford vice-chancellor condemns academics for ‘punishing students’ in statue row

More than 100 academics at the university are refusing requests from Oriel College to give tutorials to its undergraduates.
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Students could be compensated for academic boycott over Rhodes statue – No 10

More than 100 academics at the University of Oxford are refusing requests from Oriel College to give tutorials to its undergraduates.
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Charles gets on his bike to launch charity cycle ride

The event is in aid of the British Asian Trust, which was founded in 2001 by the Prince of Wales with a group of prominent Asian business leaders.
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Camilla pays tribute to Duke of Edinburgh

The Duchess of Cornwall wore a tropical print dress by Fiona Clare for her visit to the Garden Museum on London’s South Bank.
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New space mission to explore Venus

EnVision will look at the geology and atmosphere of our neighbouring planet to help determine why Earth became the only known planet to sustain life.
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‘Third of black adults’ aged 40 and over have not had first vaccine dose

The vaccination rate for people identifying as white British is 93%.