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UK records highest daily Covid deaths since MARCH as fears of autumn lockdown grow
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UK records highest daily Covid deaths since MARCH as fears of autumn lockdown grow

The Department for Health and Social Care has confirmed a further 174 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19 as of 9am on Tuesday. The figure represents the biggest daily spike in coronavirus deaths since March 12. There had also been a further 30,838 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK. The increase...

New Covid assistance package for Sydney businesses and residents
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New Covid assistance package for Sydney businesses and residents

A new commonwealth financial support package for locked-down greater Sydney is to be announced after the federal government signed off on a cash boost for affected businesses and households. The new Covid assistance package, which was approved by the federal government’s expenditure review committee on Monday, was finalised by the federal and New South Wales Treasuries before...

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Ministers plan to end social distancing in England on 19 July

Ministers are planning to remove all mandatory mask and social distancing restrictions in England on 19 July, but national guidance may still encourage caution in high-risk areas such as public transport. A number of key scientific advisers including England’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, and the government’s chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, are said to be behind ministers’...

Australian unions reject ‘unacceptable’ proposal allowing employers access to staff vaccination data
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Australian unions reject ‘unacceptable’ proposal allowing employers access to staff vaccination data

An industry proposal to allow employers to access vaccination data on their staff has been rejected as “unacceptable” by the Australian Council of Trade Unions. Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox proposed on Friday a raft of changes to help speed up Australia’s lagging vaccine rollout, including allowing large employers to act as vaccine...

Tory MPs worried party conference could be cancelled due to Covid restrictions
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Tory MPs worried party conference could be cancelled due to Covid restrictions

Conservative MPs are growing concerned that their party conference will be cancelled this year due to Covid, with tickets for the get-together still yet to become available. Raising a point of order in the Commons William Wragg said it was “a little strange” that Tory head office was unable to say with “certainty” that the event...

UK pharmaceutical firm Ventura agrees to £958m takeover deal
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UK pharmaceutical firm Ventura agrees to £958m takeover deal

The British pharmaceutical company Vectura Group, which is developing a pioneering inhaled treatment for Covid-19, has agreed a £958m takeover by Carlyle Group as it looks set to become the latest in a long line of UK businesses snapped up by private equity during the pandemic. The board is unanimously recommending that shareholders in the London-listed company...

Government urged to fund extra year of study for college leavers to tackle impact of Covid
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Government urged to fund extra year of study for college leavers to tackle impact of Covid

The government has been urged to fund an extra year of study for college students who need it in light of the coronavirus pandemic. A cross-party group of MPs and peers have put forward suggestions to the education secretary on how to support colleges and its pupils affected by Covid-19. In a letter to Gavin Williamson, the group — which includes Tory...

Royal Mail posts £726m profit amid pandemic demand for parcels
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Royal Mail posts £726m profit amid pandemic demand for parcels

Royal Mail’s annual profits quadrupled in its latest financial year as the pandemic-fuelled online shopping boom provided a surge in demand for parcel deliveries and triggered a turnaround in the company’s fortunes. Pre-tax profit jumped to £726m in the year to 28 March, compared with a profit of £180m a year earlier. “This time last...

Customers flock to UK pubs and restaurants as indoor dining resumes
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Customers flock to UK pubs and restaurants as indoor dining resumes

A rush to drink and eat out at British pubs and restaurants has led to a surge in spending since coronavirus rules were relaxed further on Monday, allowing indoor dining for the first time in months. According to data from Barclaycard, revenues across the hospitality sector jumped 43% this week from the week before, after restrictions...