Categories
Lyrics

Show me the data: U.S. doctors skeptical of reported COVID breakthrough

The report on Tuesday of a powerful treatment for the new coronavirus brought skepticism along with optimism among U.S. doctors, who said the recent withdrawal of an influential COVID-19 study left them wanting to see more data.

Categories
Lyrics

More than 600,000 lose work in UK as COVID hits jobs market

The number of people on British employers’ payrolls fell by more than 600,000 in April and May as the coronavirus lockdown hit the labour market, and vacancies plunged by the most on record, data showed on Tuesday.

Categories
Lyrics

UK must be able to raise Hong Kong, COVID issues with China, says Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that Britain must able to speak out about “serious concerns” about the origins of COVID-19, Hong Kong and the country’s critical national infrastructure with China.

Categories
Lyrics

Black, minority Britons hit hardest by COVID job losses, researchers say

Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in Britain have been hit harder by job losses during the coronavirus crisis than the population as a whole, researchers have found.

Categories
Lyrics

PM Johnson eyes relaxation of COVID lockdown, extra spending

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to relax rules on outdoor dining and weddings, as well as speeding up government investment plans in a bid to limit the economic damage from the coronavirus, newspapers reported on Saturday.

Categories
Lyrics

UK support for Johnson’s Conservatives falls as COVID deaths rise

Three opinion polls released in Britain on Saturday showed support falling for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party, as public confidence in the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic declines.

Categories
Lyrics

UK consumer confidence touches new decade low as COVID hits economy – GfK

British consumer confidence in late May fell to its lowest level since the global financial crisis over a decade ago as people worried about a rise in unemployment and falling house prices caused by the coronavirus crisis, a survey showed on Friday.

Categories
Lyrics

UK leads fall in global trust in government COVID responses – poll

People across almost all the world’s leading rich economies have turned more sceptical about their governments’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic with confidence slumping the most in Britain, a survey showed on Thursday.

Categories
Lyrics

UK house prices fall by most since 2009 as COVID hits – Nationwide

Britain’s house prices fell by the most in more than 11 years in May as the coronavirus crisis hammered the market, mortgage lender Nationwide said on Tuesday.

Categories
Lyrics

Britain needs to start tapering its COVID furlough scheme, minister says

Britain cannot run its COVID-19 jobs protection scheme indefinitely and needs to start tapering it down as people slowly return to work, environment minister George Eustice said on Friday.

Categories
Lyrics

Hospital in English tourist town stops taking patients due to COVID spike

A hospital in southwest England has temporarily stopped admitting new patients, including to its emergency department, because of a high number of coronavirus cases, it said on Monday.

Categories
Lyrics

UK borrows 62 billion pounds in April alone as it fights COVID crisis

Britain’s government borrowed more than it has done in any month on record in April, adding 62.1 billion pounds to its budget deficit, as it sought to tackle the coronavirus crisis through higher spending.

Categories
Lyrics

UK economy stuck in COVID slump, pace of slide eases in May – PMI

Britain’s economy shrank again in May as the government’s coronavirus lockdown remained largely in place, but at a slower pace than April’s crash.

Categories
Lyrics

PM Johnson vows ‘world-beating’ track and trace COVID system by June 1

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday a programme to test and trace those suspected of having been in contact with people who have tested positive for COVID-19 would be in place by June 1.

Categories
Lyrics

UK jobless claims jump to highest since 1996 as COVID hits

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Britain leapt in April to its highest level in nearly 24 years and the coronavirus hit to jobs is set to deepen in the coming months.

Categories
Lyrics

Over two million UK self-employed claim COVID grants – Sunak

British finance minister Rishi Sunak said more than 2 million claims for one-off grants, worth 6 billion pounds, had been made under a scheme to provide income support for self-employed people during the coronavirus crisis.

Categories
Lyrics

UK police quiz man over death of rail worker spat at by ‘COVID carrier’

British police said on Sunday officers had questioned a suspect over an incident where a rail worker died of COVID-19 after being spat at by a man who said he had the novel coronavirus.

Categories
Lyrics

UK survey shows 76% of firms apply for COVID job retention scheme

More than three-quarters of British have applied for the government’s emergency — and hugely expensive — job retention scheme to help them through the coronavirus lockdown, according to an official survey.

Categories
Lyrics

Johnson backs Chancellor on financing of COVID measures

Boris Johnson supports the approach of his Chancellor, agreeing it is too soon to look at how to fund the longer-term financing cost of measures to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus, a spokesman for the British prime minister said.

Categories
Lyrics

UK GDP shrinks by record 5.8% in March, harder COVID hit ahead

Britain’s economy shrank by a record 5.8% in March as the coronavirus crisis escalated and the government shut down much of the country, according to official data that point towards an even bigger hit to come.

Categories
Lyrics

UK rail worker died after being spat at by ‘COVID carrier’ – union

A woman who worked at one of London’s busiest rail stations has died after having previously been spat at by a man who said he had the new coronavirus, her union said on Tuesday.

Categories
Lyrics

Low-skilled men suffer highest COVID fatalities in England and Wales

Men in the lowest-skilled jobs had the highest rate of death involving COVID-19 among working-age people in England and Wales, according to data on Monday which also showed deaths among nurses and doctors was no higher than the average.

Categories
Lyrics

Johnson’s 200,000 daily COVID tests goal is ‘an operational target’ – spokesman

A new government goal of reaching reach 200,000 tests by the end of the month announced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is an operational target to increase capacity and widen its COVID-19 testing programme, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

Categories
Lyrics

UK faces bumpy ride on inflation as COVID hits price data

Britain will likely offer some volatile inflation readings in the months ahead because the coronavirus shutdown has prevented statisticians from getting any prices on a wide range of items including pints of draft beer, haircuts and holidays

Categories
Lyrics

UK ethnic minorities suffer extra COVID deaths – think tank

People from some ethnic minorities in Britain are dying in disproportionate numbers from COVID-19, possibly in part because they are more likely to work in healthcare and other sectors most exposed to the virus, a leading think tank said on Friday.

Categories
Lyrics

AstraZeneca CEO says now is the time for taking COVID vaccine risk

The head of British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said now was the time to take risks by betting on a COVID-19 vaccine and he should know by June or July whether one from its University of Oxford partner will be effective or not.

Categories
Lyrics

Britain releases 40 of 4,000 prisoners identified for early COVID release

Britain has released 40 of a possible 4,000 prisoners that were identified for early release, after the government got a better control on the spread of the coronavirus in prisons, Justice Minister Robert Buckland said on Thursday.

Categories
Lyrics

UK PM Johnson says it’s too soon to relax COVID lockdown

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday it was still too dangerous to relax a stringent lockdown hammering the economy as that may cause a deadly second outbreak.

Categories
Lyrics

UK minister downplays data on extent of COVID deaths away from hospitals

Britain’s health minister sought to downplay news on Tuesday that the true extent of the country’s COVID-19 death toll was more than 40% higher than the government’s daily figures indicated as of April 10.

Categories
Lyrics

COVID hospitalisations starting to decline in London but not rest of UK

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 has started to decline in London but not elsewhere in the United Kingdom, England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam said on Tuesday.