Britain

Johnson Remains In Isolation With High Temperature

Bloomberg News reports: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in isolation with a high temperature, more than a week after testing positive for coronavirus. Johnson made the announcement in a video posted on Twitter on Friday, as the latest official figures showed 3,605 people had died from the disease in the U.K. by April 2. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said …

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British Health Minister Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The Week reports: The United Kingdom’s prime minister and health secretary have now both tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. British Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock announced Friday morning he has tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing “mild symptoms.” He said he will self-isolate, though he’s already been working from home recently. “Fortunately for me, …

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UK Recruits Firefighters To Deliver Food, Collect Bodies

Reuters reports: The United Kingdom will use firefighters to help deliver food, retrieve dead bodies and drive ambulances as it braces for the looming peak of the coronavirus outbreak that has already claimed the lives of more than 22,000 people across the world. Britain initially took a strikingly modest approach to the worst health crisis since the 1918 influenza epidemic …

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British PM Boris Johnson Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Britain’s Metro reports: Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and will self-isolate in Downing Street. He has mild symptoms and will will still be in charge of the government’s handling of the crisis, a government spokesperson confirmed. Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am now self-isolating, but I will …

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BRITAIN: Prince Charles Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The BBC reports: The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus, Clarence House has confirmed. Prince Charles, 71, is displaying mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health”, a spokesman said. The Duchess of Cornwall, 72, has also been tested but does not have the virus. Clarence House said Charles and Camilla were now self-isolating at Balmoral, adding the …

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Johnson Orders Strict Lockdown Across UK [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: U.K. police will be given the power to enforce strict new government rules about when people can leave their homes, Boris Johnson said Monday night as the government tries to halt the spread of coronavirus. British people will only be allowed to leave their homes to shop for basic goods, to exercise once a day, to receive …

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Johnson Warns NHS May Soon Be “Overwhelmed”

Reuters reports: Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) could be “overwhelmed” by the coronavirus like the Italian health system in just two weeks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned in the face of rising numbers of deaths. In comments carried in the Sunday Telegraph and other Sunday newspapers, Johnson again urged Britons to stay at home to stop the spread of …

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BRITAIN: All Schools Nationwide To Close On Friday

The Guardian reports: Schools, colleges and nurseries in England are to join those in the rest of the UK in closing on Friday “until further notice” to try to curb the spread of coronavirus, the government has announced, with the only exception being made for children of key workers and for vulnerable children. The announcement came simultaneously from Gavin Williamson, …

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Boris Johnson Warns UK: Many Will Lose Loved Ones

The Guardian reports: As many as 10,000 people in the UK are probably already infected with coronavirus, and many people should expect to lose loved ones, the government has said as it announced measures less stringent than those taken by other countries. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, said: “We have all got to be clear, this is the worst public …

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Prince Andrew Won’t Cooperate In Epstein Probe

The Guardian reports: Prince Andrew has “completely shut the door” on cooperating with US investigators in the Jeffrey Epstein case and they are now “considering” further options, a New York prosecutor said on Monday. Andrew was a friend of Epstein, the wealthy financier and convicted sex offender whose death in custody while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges in New …

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Queen Elizabeth Dons Gloves Per Advice On Virus

The Independent reports: Queen Elizabeth donned a pair of gloves during an investiture ceremony Tuesday — the first time she has done so in more than 60 years — amid snowballing coronavirus fears in the UK and around the world, according to new reports. The 93-year-old monarch was pictured wearing a pair of long white gloves — which also covered …

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Nigel Farage To CPAC Crowd: Donate To Bernie Sanders

The Telegraph reports: Nigel Farage urged Republicans to donate to Bernie Sanders’ campaign to boost Donald Trump’s re-election chance as he addressed America’s largest gathering of grassroots conservatives on Friday. “You should be backing Bernie Sanders, you should be campaigning for Bernie Sanders, you should be donating money to Bernie Sanders,” he told the audience at the Conservative Political Action …

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Graham Sues Glasgow Venue Over Cancellation

The Glasgow Times reports: The group behind an event run by controversial US evangelical preacher Franklin Graham has begun legal proceedings against the SEC Hydro. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has asked Glasgow Sheriff Court to grant an interim order requiring the venue to hold the event – after it axed the plans last month. The group, headed by …

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Post-Brexit UK To Close Door On “Unskilled” Migrants

Politico Europe reports: The U.K. government will not create a visa route for low-skilled migrants and temporary workers in its post-Brexit immigration system, which will give “top priority” to those with the highest skills, including scientists, engineers and academics. A policy paper published Tuesday evening outlines plans for a new points-based system after EU freedom of movement ends in December. …

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Johnson Advisor Quits After Racist Comments Surface

The Guardian reports: A controversial new adviser to Boris Johnson resigned on Monday night after MPs and experts accused No 10 of condoning his controversial claims that intelligence is linked to race. Andrew Sabisky, who was brought into Downing Street by Johnson’s senior aide Dominic Cummings as part of his appeal for “misfits and weirdos”, became the subject of intense …

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Johnson Cancel US Trip After Bitchy Call From Trump

The Independent reports: Boris Johnson is understood to have cancelled plans for a spring visit to the US amid tensions with Donald Trump about the decision to allow Chinese firm Huawei to play a role in the UK’s 5G network. Downing Street denied that the prime minister had been forced to delay the trip because of the Huawei decision, which …

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Johnson Steps Up Plan For Bridge To Northern Ireland

The Independent reports: Boris Johnson is stepping up work on his plan to build a £20 billion bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland, despite experts dismissing it as “clueless” and “bonkers”. A “proper piece of work” is under way in Whitehall, his spokesman said, arguing it proved the prime minister is “ambitious in terms of infrastructure projects”. “This is an …

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Every Booked UK Venue Has Now Canceled On Graham

Pink News reports: Every single UK venue booked by anti-LGBT preacher Franklin Graham has now ditched his events, after an outcry from activists. The Utilita Arena in Newcastle was the final venue to announce it had axed the preacher, following the lead of venues in Birmingham, Newport, Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Sheffield and Liverpool. A London date, also planned, never secured …

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UK Plan: Only Fully Electric Cars To Be Sold After 2035

The BBC reports: A ban on selling new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars in the UK will be brought forward from 2040 to 2035 at the latest, under government plans. The change comes after experts said 2040 would be too late if the UK wants to achieve its target of emitting virtually zero carbon by 2050. Boris Johnson unveiled the …

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Leaked DMs Show Brexit Backchannel To Wikileaks

The Daily Beast reports: The man who bankrolled the campaign for Britain to quit the European Union boasted about a backchannel to WikiLeaks after Brexit leader Nigel Farage’s secret meeting with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, according to private Twitter messages that have been leaked online. The messages hacked from Farage’s biggest financial backer, Arron Banks, also …

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