Travel leaders demand 14-day quarantine scheme is scrapped

As Boris Johnson appeared to concede that travel quarantine would be a “three-week wonder” travel businesses have demanded that the scheme should be scrapped before it even begins. Leaders of high-profile companies call the plan for 14 days of self-isolation “poorly thought-out, wholly detrimental to industry recovery and more or less unworkable”. The home secretary,…

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Maitlis explains absence from BBC’s Newsnight

Image caption On Tuesday’s Newsnight, Emily Maitlis said the row had caused “a deep national disquiet” Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis has said she did not present the BBC Two programme on Wednesday because “I asked for the night off”.She responded to suggestions that the BBC had replaced her after it said her introduction about Dominic…

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Virus test and trace system kicks off

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of contact tracers are making their first phone calls to track down people who will be told to self-isolate under new test and trace schemes being launched in England and Scotland.Tracers will text, email or call people who test positive with coronavirus and ask who they have had contact with.Any…

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China’s parliament approves Hong Kong security law

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hong Kong police confronted pro-democracy protesters on Wednesday China’s parliament has backed a new security law for Hong Kong which would make it a crime to undermine Beijing’s authority in the territory.The bill – which now passes to China’s senior leadership – has caused deep concern among those who say…

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The blind teenager who’s a BGT favourite

A blind 15-year-old girl has become one of the bookies’ favourites to win this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, which starts this weekend. Sirine Jahangir, who lost her sight at the age of 10, impressed judges with her singing and piano-playing during audition rounds for the reality show.The preliminary episodes of the series were recorded before…

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