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2020-06-30T18:30:39.640Z

Dr Anthony Fauci told senators on Tuesday that he was very concerned to see people gathering in crowds and not wearing masks.

2020-06-30T17:59:07.423Z

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Labour’s new clause 13, which aimed to delay the application of no recourse to public funds during the Covid-19 pandemic, was defeated by 248 votes to 337, majority 89.

2020-06-30T17:58:39.333Z

Around 15,000 jobs will be cut worldwide by summer 2021, Airbus said. 

Airbus announces 1,700 job cuts in the UK

Airbus is to cut 1,700 jobs in the UK as part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced.

The aerospace giant announced plans on Monday to reduce its global workforce and commercial aircraft activity.

These include 1,700 in the UK, 5,000 in France, 5,100 in Germany, 900 in Spain and 1,300 in other Airbus sites around the world. 

2020-06-30T17:40:03.626Z

BREAKING: 

Aerospace giant Airbus is to cut 1,700 jobs in the UK, the company announced.

2020-06-30T17:39:12.026Z

A newly-built Nightingale Hospital is to be converted into a cancer testing centre, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed.

Nightingale hospitals to be converted into cancer testing centres

The site, based at a former Homebase store in Exeter, will open 12 hours per day seven days per week and offer non-Covid CT scanning.

Seven Nightingale Hospitals were built in locations in England including London, Manchester and Bristol to create surge capacity as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.

2020-06-30T17:37:42.736Z

Gareth Malone makes stars of key workers from his garden studio 

Gareth Malone conducts a moving search for a lockdown anthem

It’s odd, watching Gareth Malone’s efforts to bring the nation together through the magic of song.

Not because of Malone himself. He’s a stalwart, a presenter who embodies public service, a man in a boy’s frame who has the enviable ability to talk to anyone in a manner that is both encouraging and motivational.

As a choirmaster, he’s halfway between a teacher and a spiritual leader. In the hierarchy of television, this means he is almost a chef.

2020-06-30T17:28:55.706Z

Here’s today’s figures added to our graphs. The broken blue line is the rolling seven-day average to illustrate the current trend

2020-06-30T17:18:25.280Z

Oxford University will carry out virtual interviews with candidates in December amid “ongoing concerns” about the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thousands of applicants would normally attend the prestigious institution for face-to-face interviews over a two-week period ahead of Christmas – with many staying overnight.

But this year Oxford University has decided to move all the admissions interviews for places for 2021-22 online.

The announcement comes ahead of Oxford’s virtual open day on Wednesday.

Online interviews are already used with applicants who have difficulties travelling to Oxford, but most candidates would normally have at least two interviews, depending on their chosen subject of study, and they would stay in Oxford’s colleges for the duration of their subject interviews.

Interviews are “a key part of forming a nuanced understanding of a student’s potential to flourish at Oxford”, the institution said.

A University of Oxford spokesman said: “Oxford interviews usually bring around 10,000 applicants from around the world to Oxford during a two-week period in December.

“It is in light of the ongoing concerns with the global Covid-19 pandemic and our priority to protect the wellbeing of our applicants, students, staff and the wider community, that we have taken the decision to move to online admissions interviews in December 2020.”

2020-06-30T16:10:28.110Z

The Bishop of Leicester has said no weddings or funerals can take place in church buildings now the city has returned to lockdown.

The Rt Rev Martyn Snow said:

We are still trying to work out the full implications of this for our churches and awaiting further advice but we have to assume that for churches within the designated area we must return to the earlier stage of lockdown, where our church buildings are closed.

This includes all public worship, funerals, weddings, private prayer (including clergy on their own) and live-streaming of services – none of these activities should take place within a church building.

The Government has asked all of us living in this area to ‘stay at home’ and, however frustrating this is, we have a responsibility to others (in particular those who are most vulnerable).

We realise how hard this will be for many people, particularly wedding couples (who will need to postpone) and those who had planned funerals in church, which will now have to take place in a crematorium or at the graveside with minimal numbers.

This is very hard for the families concerned as well as our church leaders and volunteers who, like the cathedral which was due to open tomorrow, were in the midst of preparations for reopening.

2020-06-30T15:48:37.430Z

London has 27,651 confirmed cases, according to Public Health England

Coronavirus cases in London: Latest figures for each borough

With more than 27,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the capital, Londoners have been warned that the city is “definitely” at risk from a second wave of infections.

Last month, an antibody surveillance study suggested 17 per cent of people in London had coronavirus antibodies.

2020-06-30T15:47:49.563Z

Experts hope to have a less invasive coronavirus test that does not require a swab of the throat by the time schools in England fully reopen in September.

2020-06-30T15:46:03.826Z

Nottinghamshire Police ‘do not anticipate rise of people from Leicester travelling to his area’

Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Craig Guilford said he did not anticipate a rise in people from Leicester travelling to his area after the city was put in a second lockdown.

He said in a statement:

Our approach will remain unchanged. We will be offering education and fines as a last resort.

There will be the odd person who does not want to be locked down and fancies a day out in Nottingham. We are not anticipating a rise of people from Leicester.

I think if it goes on there will be that potential but it is a short-term lockdown for Leicester but I do not anticipate that being an initial problem.

I think most people in Leicester will respect that and it has been put in place for a reason. If we get any intelligence from Leicester such as a minibus or coach travelling to Nottingham then we will act accordingly.

British Transport Police will be doing the same. You are still allowed to travel to get to work, but they will be looking for a breach of the guidance, such as going shopping or going on a night out.

2020-06-30T15:45:15.943Z

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The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said 43,730 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Monday, up by 155 from 43,575 the day before.

The Government figures do not include all deaths involving Covid-19 across the UK, which are thought to have passed 54,000.

The DHSC also said in the 24-hour period up to 9am on Tuesday, 133,467 tests were carried out or dispatched, with 689 positive results. Overall, a total of 9,426,631 tests have been carried out and 312,654 cases have been confirmed positive.

The figure for the number of people tested has been “temporarily paused to ensure consistent reporting” across all methods of testing.

2020-06-30T15:45:03.263Z

Here’s the latest from Leicester:

Eerie footage shows empty Leicester streets as city put under lockdown

This eerie footage shows Leicester’s deserted streets after people retreated indoors when the city was put under a localised location.

Matt Hancock announced on Monday that the current social-distancing measures would be extended in Leicester for at least two weeks while rules are relaxed in the rest of the UK. The Heath Secretary said that the Covid-19 transmission rate was three times higher in Leicester than the next in a UK city.

2020-06-30T15:05:42.783Z

Hundreds of jobs are likely to be cut at shirtmaker TM Lewin as it announced it will close all of its stores and switch sales online.

The menswear brand, famous for its office clothes, runs 66 shops.

Investor SCP Private Equity bought TM Lewin in May from private equity owner Bain Capital.

In a statement, Resolve, which has been hired to restructure the business, said: “This acquisition secured the future of the brand at a time of unprecedented uncertainty within the retail sector. After considerable review, and due to the many issues currently being experienced by high street retailers, it has been determined that the future of the TM Lewin brand will be online-only.”

2020-06-30T14:52:42.100Z

On the proposed scrapping of the NHS surcharge for migrant health and care workers, Holly Lynch said “no progress as to how this will be delivered has been forthcoming” following the commitment made by Government over a month ago.

She said Labour’s amendment (NC14) would “make a start on enshrining this commitment in law”. Referring to her own conversations with affected doctors, the shadow immigration minister told the Commons: “Upon hearing their stories of what we make them go through in order to stay in this country and work in our NHS, I was genuinely embarrassed.”

She added: “If medical professionals had simply the NHS as a sponsor rather than individual trusts even this simple step would transform the visa system and fees for those working on the front line of healthcare provision.

“But on the health surcharge specifically we are seeking to put NC14 to a vote unless we are given a clear steer and assurances about how and when the changes will come into effect and how those who have had to pay this fee since the announcement was made will be reimbursed.”

2020-06-30T14:33:45.573Z

Shadow immigration minister Holly Lynch said in the immediate term Labour had already called for no recourse to public funds (NRPF) to be suspended for the duration of the coronavirus crisis.

Labour’s amendment she said would “start to deliver on the spirit of the PM’s commitment”, adding: “The truth is that local authorities have already had instructions from the central Government to this effect… however, people are still facing destitution and a postcode lottery at the discretion of their local authority without a clear steer from the Home Office on this.”

She said the NC13 amendment “would prevent any extension of this condition to those who would lose their free movement rights for the course of the pandemic and would ensure that NRPF could not be reimposed without a proper parliamentary debate and a vote in both houses”.

2020-06-30T14:14:40.323Z

The Nightingale hospitals will be turned into cancer testing centres, Matt Hancock confirms: