Category: UK

Minister Admits Just 25 Percent of Department’s Civil Servants Are Back in Office

Only about 25 percent of staff in one government department are currently in the office on any one day, a minister has said, despite the Chancellor advocating the benefits of young people returning to the workplace. Gillian Keegan, minister for apprenticeships and skills, gave the estimate for the Department for Education when asked on Times […]

Minister Admits Just 25 Percent of Department’s Civil Servants Are Back in Office

Only about 25 percent of staff in one government department are currently in the office on any one day, a minister has said, despite the Chancellor advocating the benefits of young people returning to the workplace. Gillian Keegan, minister for apprenticeships and skills, gave the estimate for the Department for Education when asked on Times […]

UK’s Johnson Meets With Belarusian Opposition Leader

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday met with Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in Downing Street, promising support to the exiled leader. Tsikhanouskaya fled Belarus for Lithuania last year after losing a presidential election which Western governments say was rigged. “We are very much on your side, very much in support of what you are […]

Scotland to Ditch Most Pandemic Restrictions, Keep Mask Mandate

Scotland will ditch most remaining pandemic restrictions on Aug. 9, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced. Sturgeon told a special session of the Scottish parliament on Aug. 3 that all nightclubs will be allowed to re-open and full capacity crowds allowed to return to sports and concert venues. Social distancing rules will end, but mask […]

Government Abandons ‘Amber Watchlist’ Plans for Travellers

Ministers have abandoned plans for an “amber watchlist” as Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to keep travel rules as simple as possible. The government had been considering the new category for nations at risk of being moved into the red group under the traffic light system. But following a backlash by Tory MPs, ministerial concerns, […]

COVID-19 Hospital Admissions in England May Have Peaked, Figures Suggest

The third wave of COVID-19 hospital admissions in England may have peaked, new figures suggest. A total of 593 admissions of patients with coronavirus were recorded on July 31, NHS England said. This is down 19 percent on the previous week, and is the lowest daily number since July 16. The seven-day average for admissions […]

Germany, UK to Offer COVID-19 Booster Shots to Certain Groups From September

Germany and the UK have both announced plans to offer a COVID-19 booster shot as soon as next month. The booster shot in Germany will be prioritized for those deemed to be more at risk, such as people who don’t have strong immune systems or the immunocompromised, from next month, while in the UK, some […]

Germany, UK to Offer COVID-19 Booster Shots to Certain Groups From September

Germany and the UK have both announced plans to offer a COVID-19 booster shot as soon as next month. The booster shot in Germany will be prioritized for those deemed to be more at risk, such as people who don’t have strong immune systems or the immunocompromised, from next month, while in the UK, some […]

Germany, UK to Offer COVID-19 Booster Shots to Certain Groups From September

Germany and the UK have both announced plans to offer a COVID-19 booster shot as soon as next month. The booster shot in Germany will be prioritized for those deemed to be more at risk, such as people who don’t have strong immune systems or the immunocompromised, from next month, while in the UK, some […]

UK Dials Down COVID-19 App to Ease Self-Isolation Chaos

Under pressure from businesses and unions, the UK government has dialled down its COVID-19 app in order to ease the labour shortage that has resulted from large numbers of workers having to self-isolate. As a result of a government review, the app will now instruct fewer people to self-isolate following contact with a person who […]