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PA Media The UK is already undergoing disruptive climate change with increased rainfall, sunshine and temperatures, according to scientists. The year 2020 was the third warmest, fifth wettest and eight sunniest on record, scientists said in the latest UK State of the Climate report. No other year is in the top 10 on all three
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Getty Images Senior cabinet ministers are to discuss allowing fully vaccinated travellers from the EU and US to avoid quarantine when they arrive in England. A review of the rules is due by 31 July – the second date in the Department for Transport’s plan for a safe return to international travel. Sources said the
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PA Media The number of people testing positive for Covid-19 has continued to fall in the UK, the latest daily figures show. The UK recorded 29,173 new cases on Sunday – down from 48,161 logged a week earlier on 18 July. The number of new infections by date reported has fallen for five days in
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Hollie Adams / Getty images Taxpayers will bear the costs of Covid “for decades” – and an inquiry will not come soon enough to learn lessons from the pandemic, MPs have said. In two new reports, the Public Accounts Committee said No 10’s response to the crisis has exposed UK taxpayers to “significant financial risks”.
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Getty Images Covid infections have continued to rise around much of the UK, say experts from the Office for National Statistics. Swab tests in the community suggests 1.3% of the population – or one in 80 people – has the virus, up from one in 100 the week before. The more infectious Delta variant accounts
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Getty Images More than 600,000 people using the NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales were sent self-isolation alerts in the week between 8 and 15 July. Data shows 618,903 alerts were sent – a 17% rise from the previous week. There are complaints from businesses that the alerts are causing serious staff shortages and
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Getty Images Liverpool has been stripped of its World Heritage status after a UN committee found developments threatened the value of the city’s waterfront. The decision was made following a secret ballot by the Unesco committee at a meeting in China. Unesco had said that the developments, including the planned new Everton FC stadium, had
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Getty Images A top police officer will be put in charge of tackling violence against women and girls in England and Wales, the home secretary will announce. The creation of the role was recommended in a report after 33-year-old Sarah Everard was murdered in March. Her death sparked a public debate about women’s safety. The
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