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UK death toll from confirmed COVID-19 rises by 184 to 42,153

The UK death toll from confirmed cases of the new coronavirus has risen to 42,153, an increase of 184, the latest daily figures from the government showed on Wednesday.

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Red, white and blue; UK PM Johnson’s plane gets a patriotic makeover

A plane used by the Royal Family and Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be painted red, white and blue to “better represent the UK around the world,” a patriotic makeover after Britain’s departure from the European Union.

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Takeaway coffee and fitness classes return to UK inflation data as lockdown eases

Haircuts, holidays and a pint at the pub remain off limits but prices for takeaway coffees, muffins and fitness classes have returned to Britain’s inflation data, giving a picture of how the coronavirus lockdown is easing.

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UK minister apologises for misnaming soccer star Rashford, citing Harry Potter confusion

Health minister Matt Hancock apologised on Wednesday to England soccer player Marcus Rashford for getting his name wrong, suggesting that confusion with the star of the Harry Potter films was behind the slip-up.

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UK now has 240,000 doses of dexamethasone in stock or on order – health minister

Britain has increased the amount of dexamethasone it has in stock and on order to 240,000 doses, health minister Matt Hancock said on Wednesday, after a preliminary trial result showed it reduced mortality in the most severe COVID-19 cases.

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Lets swap places; UK opposition leader taunts PM Johnson

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader taunted Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday for batting back questions, quipping that if he wanted to change places then he would be happy to so right now.

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‘Best news so far’: UK hails steroid treatment for coronavirus

Britain’s health minister on Wednesday hailed the use of a steroid called dexamethasone for treating coronavirus patients as the best news so far of the outbreak.

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World’s poor ‘will pay price’, charities say as UK scraps aid department

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Charities and former British prime ministers condemned the government’s decision on Tuesday to merge its diplomatic and aid departments, warning it could not come at a worse time and that “the world’s poorest will pay the price”.

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UK continuing drug trials to improve on COVID-19 steroid treatment

Britain is continuing medical trials to see if it can combine other drugs with a steroid treatment shown to reduce deaths among some COVID-19 patients, Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance said on Tuesday.

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UK death toll from confirmed coronavirus cases rises by 233 to 41,969

The United Kingdom death toll from confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose by 233 to 41,969 as of 1600 GMT on June 15, according to government data released on Tuesday.

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UK will be flexible after the end of Brexit transition – minister Gove

Britain will be flexible in agreeing a deal with the European Union after the Brexit transition phase in order to minimise any difficulties for business, Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday.

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UK to merge international development ministry and Foreign Office

Britain will merge its diplomatic and aid departments, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday, promising that a combined department would better promote British interests without cutting spending on overseas projects.

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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.

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UK funds human trials of potential COVID-19 vaccine from Imperial

Scientists at Imperial College London will start the first clinical trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine this week with more than 45 million pounds in backing from the UK government and philanthropic donors.

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UK coastguards locate wreckage of U.S. fighter plane, pilot missing

British coastguards have located the wreckage of a U.S. fighter plane that crashed off the coast of northeast England on Monday but the pilot is still missing, the U.S. Air Force said in a statement.

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UK death toll from confirmed coronavirus cases rises by 38 to 41,736

The United Kingdom’s death toll from confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose by 38 to 41,736 as of 1600 GMT on June 14, according to government data released on Monday.

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Calls for action, not words, as Johnson launches UK racism commission

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson came under pressure on Monday to deliver action on racism after he launched a commission on racial inequalities following Black Lives Matter protests.

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UK racism commission should report by the end of this year, says PM’s spokesman

Britain’s government expects to receive a report on the findings and recommendations from a new cross-government commission on racism by the end of this year, a spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.

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Man jailed after urinating near UK memorial to slain policeman during protests

A 28-year-old man pleaded guilty on Monday to a charge of outraging public decency and was sentenced to 14 days in jail after he urinated next to a memorial to a murdered policeman during far-right protests in central London.

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UK statistics office says April RPI inflation data wrong

Britain’s statistics office said on Monday that April’s Retail Prices Index measure of inflation used inaccurate mortgage interest rate data, overstating the real rate.

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UK might be able to change quarantine rules for travellers, says Sunak

Britain’s government is looking at options for its two-week quarantine for people entering the country and might be able to make changes to the rules, finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Sunday.

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UK death toll from confirmed COVID-19 cases rises by 181 to 41,662

The United Kingdom’s death toll from confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose by 181 to 41,662 as of 1600 GMT on June 12, according to government data released on Saturday.

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Churchill statue boarded up ahead of expected UK protests on Saturday

Statues of historical figures including Winston Churchill have been boarded up ahead of more expected protests on Saturday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was “shameful” that the monument to Britain’s wartime leader was at risk of attack.

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COVID-19 “R” number for England is 0.8-1.0, slightly above UK range

The reproduction rate of the coronavirus in England is between 0.8 and 1.0, the government said on Friday, a range slightly higher than for the UK as a whole, where it remains between 0.7 and 0.9.

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UK death toll from confirmed COVID-19 cases rises by 202 to 41,481

The United Kingdom’s death toll from confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose by 202 to 41,481 as of 1600 on June 11, according to government data released on Friday.

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UK to introduce EU border controls in stages from 2021

Britain said on Friday it would introduce border controls in stages on European Union goods after the end of the Brexit transition period, to try to soften the blow for companies already battling the coronavirus pandemic.

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EU says UK looking for fresh momentum in troubled Brexit trade talks

The EU’s executive said on Friday it was reassured that London was keen to step up the momentum of talks to implement the Withdrawal Agreement divorce deal agreed with Britain last year, but it warned that the window of opportunity was closing fast.

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UK taking flexible approach for firms after EU transition period, says PM’s spokesman

Britain’s government are adopting a “pragmatic and flexible” approach to help businesses adjust to the changes when the status quo transition period ends with the European Union, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday.

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Time for any Brexit extension has passed, UK minister Gove says

Britain will not extend the transition period with the European Union beyond its year-end deadline, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said on Friday, adding the moment has now passed.

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UK courts prepare fast-track prosecutions for Black Lives Matter protests – The Times

British courts are preparing to fast-track prosecutions for the Black Lives Matter protests, as justice secretary Robert Buckland has told magistrates to model the process along the lines of the response to rioting in London in 2011, The Times newspaper reported.