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23rd November, 10:44

Ice bucket challenge co founder dies aged 37

The co-founder of the viral “ice bucket challenge”, which has raised more than 200 million dollars (£150 million) worldwide for research into motor neurone disease, has died at the age of 37. Pat Quinn was diagnosed with motor neurone disease – known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in the US – in 2013, a month after his 30th birthday..
23rd November, 10:12

People should do their own Christmas risk assessment expert

People should decide for themselves whether it is safe to meet relatives at Christmas even if governments allow it, a public health expert has said. Professor Linda Bauld said that, with infection levels higher than we would wish across the UK, meeting indoors offers an opportunity for Covid-19 to spread and people could be particularly concerned for older relatives..
23rd November, 09:52

PM to outline post lockdown plan for strengthened tiers and a limited Christmas

Boris Johnson will set out plans for a strengthened three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions to replace the national lockdown in England and to pave the way for a limited relaxation at Christmas. The Prime Minister is to detail his winter strategy on Monday afternoon, with a proposal to deploy a major testing scheme in an attempt to win over rebels on the Conservative backbenches..
23rd November, 07:26

British vaccine is 704 effective against Covid 19 data shows

A coronavirus vaccine developed in the UK can prevent 70.4% of people from getting Covid-19, according to new data. AstraZeneca and Oxford University announced their jab is effective in preventing many people getting ill and it has been shown to work in different age groups, including the elderly..
22nd November, 14:40

Christmas will not be normal despite lockdown ending next month

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has warned that “Christmas is not going to be normal” despite England preparing to move out of lockdown and into a strengthened three-tier system of local coronavirus restrictions next mont.
22nd November, 06:00

Millions to be spent in Scotland on a new world beating planning system

The Scottish Government will invest £35 million in the creation of a new tool for the planning system which will make it easier for the public to be involved in the process..
21st November, 14:59

Government urged not to let everything loose over Christmas

The Government has been urged not to let “everything loose” in the lead-up to Christmas after it emerged that families could be allowed to meet for up to a week as part of a UK-wide relaxation of coronavirus rules..
21st November, 06:51

Big spending plans to be unveiled by the Government

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will unveil the much-delayed National Infrastructure Strategy for £100 billion of long-term investment next week..
21st November, 06:43

Easing of Covid restrictions for Christmas Key questions answered

Families could be allowed to join a temporary bubble to meet up over Christmas, it has been reported..
21st November, 06:29

Shooting at a shopping centre in Wisconsin leaves eight injured

Police are searching for the suspect in a shooting at a suburban Milwaukee mall that left seven adults and a teenager injured..
20th November, 13:43

Jeremy Kyle may have played a part in the death of a guest on his TV show according to a coroner

TV presenter Jeremy Kyle “may have caused or contributed” to the death of programme guest Steve Dymond, who is suspected to have taken his own life after failing a lie detector test on the show, a pre-inquest review has heard..
20th November, 13:37

Substantial regional differences in Covid 19 infections across England ONS

There are “substantial differences” in Covid-19 infection rates across England, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), although the national picture suggests there may be some impact of lockdown..
20th November, 12:58

Ministerial standards adviser quits as PM contradicts his Patel bullying advice

Boris Johnson’s adviser on ministerial standards has resigned after the Prime Minister contradicted his advice by judging that Priti Patel did not breach the rules despite being found to have bullied staff..
20th November, 09:40

Northern Ireland shuts retail and hospitality for two weeks to curb virus spread

Northern Ireland will shut non-essential retail, pubs and restaurants for two weeks from November 27 to save the health service from becoming swamped. The country was poised to emerge from a limited circuit-breaker lockdown until the number of infections rose to worrying levels..
19th November, 22:00

queen duke 73 anniversary

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have marked their 73rd wedding anniversary by releasing a photograph showing them opening a card from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children..
19th November, 09:19

Each days Christmas mixing could see five days of tighter restrictions follow

Household mixing could be allowed over Christmas, but scientists have warned that each day’s freedom might require five days of tougher measures to make up for it. The Government is considering ways to allow people to spend time with family over the festive period, although a senior health official said any socialising would likely have to be followed by “very responsible” behaviour and a reduction in contacts again..