Politics

The introduction of “COVID hotels” and other curbs on international travel are to be discussed by senior ministers on Monday. It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson hinted that further border restrictions were needed to stop dangerous new coronavirus variants entering the country. Government sources say while completely closing the border is not the likely
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The UK will need to look “very carefully” at the protection provided by the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the government’s chief scientific adviser has told Sky News, amid concerns its effectiveness is significantly lower than had been found in trials. Sir Patrick Vallance said the government would “just need to keep measuring the numbers” as the vaccine
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Theresa May has launched an unusually fierce attack on Boris Johnson, accusing him of “abandoning” Britain’s “moral leadership”. The former prime minister used Donald Trump’s departure from the White House on Wednesday to warn that her successor has not “raised our credibility in the eyes of the world” with some policy decisions. Targeting his threat
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The health secretary has said there are “brighter times ahead” as the coronavirus vaccine rollout continues, but warned the public: “Don’t blow it now.” “We are on the route out. We are protecting the most vulnerable. We are getting the virus under control,” Matt Hancock told a Downing Street news conference. Live COVID news from
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More than 400,000 police records have accidentally been deleted from a national database, prompting warnings that criminal investigations could be compromised, Sky News understands. The fingerprint, DNA and arrest history records were wiped due to “human error” and “defective code”, policing minister Kit Malthouse said yesterday. It was initially reported by The Times that 150,000
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