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Coronavirus: Europe is ‘epicentre of pandemic once again’, WHO chief warns after deaths rise by 35%

Europe has become the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic again after a sharp spike in deaths and hospital admissions, the World Health Organisation has warned. The region accounted for nearly half of the 2.8 million new COVID-19 cases reported worldwide last week, WHO said. Virus-related fatalities are also up 35% on the previous week, European […]

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Prankster ‘beats Rule of Six’ by setting up firm and hiring family as staff

A prankster claims he has beaten the Rule of Six by setting up a company for just £6 and naming his relatives as staff. Fenn Settle thinks it will enable him to have a full family Christmas if the current coronavirus lockdown restrictions are not relaxed by the festive season. He registered his own financial […]

Politics

Coronavirus: New rules over ‘essential’ items in Welsh shops – but are they more confusing?

Fresh guidance has been given about what “essential items” people can buy from supermarkets in Wales. It comes after days of anger over which items count. But the Welsh government’s statement was in danger of sparking further confusion by saying that a “sensible system should be introduced whereby customers can ask to buy non-essential items […]

Economy

South Korea economy returns to growth amid global coronavirus struggle

SEOUL (REUTERS) – South Korea’s economy returned to growth in the third quarter, climbing out of the slump brought about by the coronavirus as its major trading partners began lifting pandemic restrictions. Asia’s fourth-largest economy grew a seasonally adjusted 1.9 per cent in the September quarter from three months earlier, the Bank of Korea said […]

Politics

Covid 19 coronavirus: Health chief Ashley Bloomfield with today’s new cases

Director general of health Ashley Bloomfield will front a 1pm press conference for an update on the latest Covid-19 cases and whether they’re all contained to managed isolation. There have been no new community cases for five days in a row and the cluster connected to the Sofrana Surville ship and a marine engineer who […]

Politics

Coronavirus: Scotland’s new five-level system revealed – here’s how it works

Nicola Sturgeon has revealed the Scottish alternative to Boris Johnson’s tiered system of coronavirus restrictions. While England has three levels of measures, Scotland’s first minister has gone for five. She said individual regions could be placed under different ones, so “we don’t have to take a one-size-fits-all approach if that is not warranted”. They will […]

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Puerto Rico closes 911 call centres after employees test positive for coronavirus

Both of Puerto Rico’s 911 call centres were shut down Wednesday night after several employees tested positive for the coronavirus, officials announced. Public Safety Secretary Pedro Janer said people should call the island’s emergency management agency at 787-724-0124 or police at 787-343-2020 in an emergency. He said both agencies are operating 24 hours a day. […]

Economy

ExxonMobil ‘very close’ to unveiling job cuts in Canada and U.S., CEO email says

ExxonMobil is “very close” to completing its workforce appraisals in the United States and Canada and expects to unveil job cuts, its chief executive told employees in an email on Wednesday. The second-largest U.S. oil company by market value lost nearly $1.7 billion in the first six months and analysts forecast a third-quarter $1.17 billion loss, according to […]

Politics

Boris Johnson sacks Tory MP Andrew Rosindell for voting against new COVID restrictions

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Romford MP Andrew Rosindell said he felt “sad” to be leaving his role as trade envoy to Tanzania. He called his sacking “counterproductive and bizarre” as he hit out at Mr Johnson […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Auckland bar patrons told to get tested after confirmed case

Patrons of an Auckland pub have been asked to self-isolate and get swabbed for Covid-19 after being exposed to someone infectious with the virus. A person who visited The Malt pub in Greenhithe on Friday October 16, between 7.30pm and 10pm, later tested positive for the virus, the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) says. […]