Boris Johnson has announced that friends and family will be able to meet outdoors in groups of six for socially distanced picnics and barbecues from Monday. People from different households will be able to gather outside as long as they stay two metres apart, wash their hands and avoid going inside. The prime minister said it meant that grandparents aged above 70 would be able to have “joyful” reunions with their children and grandchildren. Children will begin to return to school from next week, and outdoor markets and car showrooms will be allowed to reopen. However, Mr Johnson confirmed that more than two million people with underlying health conditions who were “shielded” would have to remain in
May 28, 2020 17:08 UTC
Elsewhere, contact tracers have spoken of difficulties accessing the government system, describing it as a “complete shambles”. I previously worked as director of public health in Hammersmith and Fulham, and I’ve seen the efforts of public health teams in north-east London during this epidemic. Indeed, the UK has one of the best specialised public health training programmes in the world. The government’s coronavirus response should have had local authorities and local health expertise at its core all along. • David McCoy is a professor of global public health and director of the Centre for Public Health at Queen Mary University of London
May 28, 2020 16:30 UTC
Liverpool are set to be the only club who will be playing their Premier League fixtures away from home when the matches get back underway next month, according to reports. That means Liverpool, who are on course for their first top-flight title in 30 years, may have to play home fixtures at neutral venues. Premier League clubs have agreed on a restart date of Wednesday, June 17 and those teams with games in hand will restart first. Liverpool are set to play their remaining Premier League matches away from Anfield“It felt like the first day at school; for me, it was 46 years ago, but it must have been similar. Jurgen Klopp is on the verge of winning the Premier League title
May 28, 2020 16:09 UTC
Whatever emerges from the inevitable public inquiry into Britain’s response to the coronavirus crisis, it is already clear that the government went into this thing a month behind the curve in terms of understanding the risks and measures needed to combat the spread. Those of us who were reassured in early March that ministers were “following the science” have been retaught a lesson about the dangers of putting too much faith in the notion of a scientific consensus and modelling. Having been slow on Covid-19 on the way in, the traumatised British government risks being too slow on the way out in a way that inhibits the nation’s chances of economic recovery. The principal threat to our wellbeing now is economic. And the best available
May 28, 2020 16:09 UTC
Not only do you save on fuel bills, but you could also boost your house price by up to 20 per cent. The study shows how a rise in property value could fund the gargantuan upgrade that Britain’s draughty homes need. Every property must have an energy performance certificate (EPC) to be marketed for rent or sale. The EPC rates the home’s energy efficiency from A to G and recommends cost-effective measures to improve it. The closer to A, the lower energy bills and
It is a little-known concept that for decades was the preserve of professors in elbow-patched blazers and public health officials at obscure non-departmental government bodies. Today, however, this esoteric epidemiological metric will be familiar to almost everyone in Britain. That’s because the R rate — the number of new infections that result from each existing case of a disease — will determine when the coronavirus crisis in Britain comes to an end. How the R rate compares across the countryThanks to interventions such as social distancing, the closure of pubs and cinemas, and the cancelling of sporting events, the R number has been reduced in every part of Britain. The latest estimates for Britain put the R number at about 0.7.
West Midlands police has been referred to the watchdog over six incidents in BirminghamThe police watchdog has promised to investigate allegations of racially motivated brutality by England’s second biggest force. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said that it was carrying out nine “full, fair and thorough” inquiries into officers at West Midlands police over use of force on black men. The investigations are connected to six incidents in Birmingham, including claims black men were wrongly tasered by a rogue officer, the watchdog said. The investigation began last month after video emerged of an officer beating a 15-year-old boy in Newtown on April 21. The officer was suspended after he appeared to knock the boy down with a punch before kicking him.
It appears that the Fiver’s surprisingly successful STOP FOOTBALL campaign has been overturned on appeal and FOOTBALL WILL START AGAIN on 17 June when Aston Villa entertain Sheffield United and Manchester City host Arsenal, with a full Premier League fixture list to follow behind closed doors on the weekend of 19-21 June. FIVER LETTERS“Kevin McKee’s niche request for Fifa 20 albums [Wednesday’s Fiver], I have also been thinking about the game in far too much depth recently. “We may only have a few weeks to save professional football in this country as we know it,” Collins said. Saudi Arabia’s proxy war with Qatar has hit Newcastle United and left the Premier League in a pickle, writes Louise Taylor. From their house to Aarhus: fans will cheer AGF on pitchside screens as Danish football returns to action in groundbreaking style.
May 28, 2020 15:56 UTC
Zara and Mike have signed a joint deal with VST Enterprises (VSTE) to become global sporting ambassadors of the British cyber security technology company. Zara and Mike Tindall have become global sporting ambassador of VST EnterprisesZara and Mike Tindall live in Gloucestershire"The potential applications of VCode across so many UK sports are immense. Zara and Mike Tindall married in 2011The health passport, however, could allow all professional athletes who test negative for COVID-19 to swiftly go through the borders without needing to quarantine. The technology and use of a V-Health Passport have been already backed by Richard Caborn, who has been sports minister between 2001 and 2007. He said: “We are honoured to have both Mike and Zara onboard to represent British cyber technology here at VST Enterprises to the sports world.
May 28, 2020 14:52 UTC
His supporters were never so much blind to his flaws – who didn’t know the score by then? – as curiously attracted to them, or at least willing to see their usefulness in the circumstances. But the party is united over this one dominating issue – and more in tune than Johnson with the public mood. Keir Starmer has been gifted an opportunity by an opponent who doesn’t even seem to realise what he is throwing away. Labour must now show that, not only does it hold the moral high ground, it is fit to govern.
May 28, 2020 14:26 UTC
Ministers have been accused of bungling plans for MPs to return to parliament in person, after the government said this would happen next week despite the lack of any way for voting to take place safely. Despite this, the Commons will sit physically on Tuesday after a week-long recess. Valerie Vaz, the shadow Commons leader, said it was the “latest example of the government in chaos”. A Commons debate on resuming physical sittings before the recess heard concerns from a series of MPs. The former Conservative minister Robert Halfon said the proposals would discriminate and threaten the lives of some MPs.
May 28, 2020 14:21 UTC
12:49We are now closing this live blog but you can find all the latest updates on this story here:George Floyd killing: protests spread across US as Twitter hides Trump tweet 'glorifying violence' – live Read morePlease see below a summary of the latest news:
May 28, 2020 13:06 UTC
Force says trip to Barnard Castle was possible breach but does not warrant further actionDominic Cummings’ family trip to Barnard Castle potentially broke lockdown rules and would have led to police telling him to turn around had he been stopped, Durham police have concluded. Had this advice been accepted by Mr Cummings, no enforcement action would have been taken.”Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow home secretary, said:“The police have confirmed what we all knew, that Dominic Cummings broke the rules he helped to write. But clearly he has flouted the government plea to stay at home.”On Monday, Cummings admitted he had driven with his family to Durham. He also admitted to the Barnard Castle trip and said he got out of the car near the River Tees for up to 15 minutes. As part of their inquiry Durham police visited and took a statement from Robin Lees, a retired chemistry teacher, who had seen Cummings at Barnard Castle.
May 28, 2020 12:27 UTC
The US government is funding a website in Armenia which is spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, including warnings that Armenians ought to “refuse” future vaccine programmes. The website, Medmedia.am, was launched with the help of a US State Department grant meant to promote democracy, but instead has been used to promote false information about Covid-19, according to an investigation by the British news website openDemocracy. A disclaimer on the Medmedia website said the site was US-funded but that its articles “do not necessarily reflect” the views of the US government. Grigoryan defended the articles in an interview with the Guardian, saying the website had been “created to make the voice of the public heard”. “The problem is that due to the government’s incorrect [information] policy these kinds of articles are becoming widespread,” he said.
May 28, 2020 12:00 UTC
President Trump acknowledged the world’s highest Covid toll the day after it was announcedPresident Trump said the milestone of 100,000 deaths in the US from coronavirus was “very sad” as the nation’s capital prepared to reopen. The US passed the 100,000 tally, far higher than any other country, on Wednesday but the president was reluctant to draw attention to it, instead using his Twitter account to rail against social media, Barack Obama and the judiciary. Yesterday morning, though, he acknowledged it for the first time. “To all of the families & friends of those who have passed, I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy & love for everything that these great people stood for & represent,” he tweeted. “God be with you!”Washington will begin a tentative reopening today after nearly two months in severe lockdown.
May 28, 2020 11:18 UTC