United Kingdom

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-04-09T21:39:00+00:00
Boris Johnson leaves intensive care, remains under observation

Prime Minister Boris Johnson left intensive care on Thursday evening as he continues to recover from COVID-19, but he remains under close observation in hospital, his office said on Thursday. "The prime minister has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery," a spokesman from his office said in an emailed statement. "He is in extremely good spirits."

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-04-09T04:08:07+00:00
Johnson 'improving' as he fights COVID-19 in intensive care

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's condition is improving and he is able to sit up in bed and engage with clinical staff, finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Wednesday as Johnson remained in intensive care battling COVID-19. "The latest from the hospital is that the prime minister remains in intensive care where his condition is improving," Sunak said at a daily government coronavirus news conference.

Business • Economy
2020-04-08T08:15:56+00:00
Britain eases rules to speed up company capital raising

The British Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) set out temporary measures on Wednesday to help companies raise cash quickly to get through the epidemic that has shuttered much of the economy. The FCA said one of the measures is that companies with a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange can ask the FCA for permission not to hold a general meeting to approve a capital raising.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-04-08T07:41:15+00:00
Boris Johnson stable after second night in intensive care battling COVID-19

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent a second night in intensive care and was in a stable condition after receiving oxygen support for COVID-19 complications while his foreign minister directs the country's battle against the outbreak. "He is comfortable, he's stable, he's in good spirits," Edward Argar, a junior health minister, said on Wednesday. "While he's had oxygen, he hasn't been on a ventilator."

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-04-07T23:38:22+00:00
Boris Johnson, battling coronavirus, set for second night in intensive care

The prime minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson is receiving oxygen support but is stable, in good spirits and breathing without assistance, said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is standing in Johnson, adding that he had not needed mechanical ventilation.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-04-06T19:27:16+00:00
Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care

After being admitted to a London hospital the prime minister of the United Kingdom has been moved to an intensive care unit as his condition worsens following his infection with the coronavirus.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-04-05T21:14:08+00:00
Boris Johnson admitted to hospital over virus symptoms

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests with "persistent symptoms" - including a temperature. Johnson tested positive for Coronavirus 10 days ago and has been in self isolation ever since. For the moment, the prime minister will remain in charge of the government, but the foreign secretary is expected to chair a coronavirus meeting on Monday morning.

Science • Nature
2020-04-04T15:49:17+00:00
Scientists discover fossil trace evidence for rain forest in Antarctica

A team of researchers from the United Kingdom and Germany has discovered fossil traces of a rain forest 90 million years old near the South Pole. The analysis of the findings such as preserved roots, pollen and spores have shown that the world was warmer during that time than previously expected. Professor Ulrich Salzman, a co-author and palaeoecologist at Northumbria University said that “The numerous plant remains indicate that the coast of West Antarctica was, back then, a dense temperate, swampy forest, similar to the forests found in New Zealand today".

Business • Real Estate & Housing
2020-04-03T09:08:35+00:00
UK surgeon builds website to find NHS workers vacant rooms

The orthopaedic surgeon, Joseph Alsousou, was forced to leave his apartment after the landlady cancelled the contract in fear of getting the coronavirus. In order to help other NHS workers facing the same problem, he set up a website to match them with citizens or companies that are willing to provide accommodation for NHS workers for free or at drastically reduced rates. The website is

Sports
2020-04-01T19:15:10+00:00
Wimbledon cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

The 2020 edition of the Wimbledon tennis tournament is canceled. The tournament was due to be played between 29 June and 12 July and this is the first time, since World War II, the English competition will not take place.

Science • Animals
2020-03-31T20:40:48+00:00
Zookeepers move into Paradise Park zoo to care for animals during pandemic

In order to continue the care for the zoo animals, four zookeepers have moved into a house on the zoo grounds for the next three months, while the zoo itself is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Health
2020-03-30T18:34:07+00:00
Engineers develop develop breathing aid that delivers oxygen without ventilator

The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device has been developed together by engineers from Mercedes Formula One and the University College London as well as clinicians from the college. The approval for using it has already given by the respective authority the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and the first devices have been delivered to the college and three other hospitals inside London. If the trials are successful Mercedes-AMG-HPP is prepared to produce up to 1,000 devices per day from next week on.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-03-27T11:47:39+00:00
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for Coronavirus

Boris Johnson has tested positive for the Coronavirus. The British Prime Minister revealed the news in a self-filmed video posted on his Twitter account. Johnson said, "I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus."

Health
2020-03-26T19:01:46+00:00
Dyson designed new ventilator and aims to produce 15,000 until end of April

The billionaire company founder James Dyson has announced that the company managed to design a new ventilator system in 10 days, after receiving an order from the government of the United Kingdom. The company aims to produce 10,000 of the new ventilators for the UK and is planning on donating an additional 5,000 ventilators towards the international fight against the coronavirus by the end of April.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-03-25T22:58:12+00:00
London's ExCeL conference centre to house 'Nightingale' field hospital

The ExCeL Conference Centre in London's East End is being transformed into a temporary hospital with the capacity for up to 4,000 beds as part of the UK's efforts to fight the Coronavirus outbreak. Named the 'Nightingale Hospital', the halls of the 100,000m² facility — which normally house large exhibitions and trade shows — will initially hold around 500 beds with oxygen and ventilators, with capacity for more spaces and equipment as they become available.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
2020-03-25T16:03:23+00:00
London City Airport suspends flights until end of April

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, London City Airport is suspending all commercial and private flights from Wednesday on. In an official statement, the airport states that all staff would continue to be employed during this period.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-03-25T11:06:34+00:00
Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, tests positive for Coronavirus

Prince Charles, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, has tested positive for the Coronavirus. A spokesperson said that the prince is showing mild symptoms but is otherwise in good health. His wife, Camilla, tested negative.

Health
2020-03-25T09:05:49+00:00
More than 170,000 volunteer for UK's National Health Service overnight

The wave of responses came within hours of the government's plea for an 'army' of 250,000 volunteers to support paid staff. They will help to deliver important supplies, transport patients and make phone calls to check on those isolated alone.

Sports
2020-03-25T08:58:02+00:00
Manchester City Pro Guardiola donates €1m to help in Coronavirus fight

Pep Guardiola, manager of the English Premier League soccer team Manchester City, has donated €1 million ($1.08m) of his own money to aid medical efforts in the fight against Covid-19. From his home in Barcelona, Guardiola and his lawyers committed the money to the Medical College of Barcelona and the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-03-24T07:28:25+00:00
United Kingdom goes into lockdown

In a televised address to the nation on monday evening, prime minister Boris Johnson informed the public of a lockdown starting monday night. Public spaces will be closed and people will only be allowed to leave their homes for grocery shopping, one form of exercise per day and if travel to work can´t be avoided. The lockdown will last for at least three weeks, after which the government will reexamine the situation.

Health
2020-03-12T17:37:15+00:00
Donald Trump suspends non US citizens from traveling from Europe to the US

People wanting to come from Europe will be banned from traveling to the United States for the next 30 days. The ban applies to countries inside the Schengen economic and travel zone. The two exceptions are the United Kingdom and Ireland.