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Boris Johnson Halts Further Lockdown Easing
Boris Johnson Halts Further Lockdown Easing
Credit: U.K. Prime Minister / Wikimedia Commons (Open Government Licence v3.0)

PM Johnson halts lockdown easing in England for at least another two weeks to slow down rising coronavirus infections, saying it was time to "squeeze the brake pedal." This results in venues such as bowling allies, casinos and close-contact services having to remain closed until 15 August. Mandatory face masks will be extended to indoor venues, including cinemas, museums and places of worship.

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UK Government Secures 60m More Doses of COVID-19 vaccine
Glaxo Smith Kline Offices on the Great West Road at Brentford
Glaxo Smith Kline Offices on the Great West Road at Brentford Credit: Maxwell Hamilton / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

The UK government signed a deal with drug giants GSK and Sanofi for 60 million doses of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine. This is the country's fourth COVID-19 vaccination deal. The UK previously secured 100m doses from AstraZeneca and 90m doses from the alliance between Valneva, BioNtech and Pfizer.

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Boris Johnson hopes for 'significant return to normality' by christmas
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a statement outside 10 Downing Street
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a statement outside 10 Downing Street Credit: UK Prime Minister's Office (Open Government Licence v3.0)

PM Boris Johnson reveals plans for further easing of restrictions in England as he plans for a "significant return to normality" by Christmas, though he added was hoping for the best but "planning for the worst." Johnson encourages people to use public transport again and hands decisions on work-from-home-rules to employers starting August 1.

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Boris Johnson unveils £3 billion NHS funding plan in preparation for possible second Covid wave
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Credit: Number 10 (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

PM Boris Johnson unveiled £3 billion of funding for the NHS in England in preparation for a possible second Covid wave during winter. Further additional funds will also be directed towards Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Johnson pledged the increase of the daily Covid test capacity to at least half a million until late October.

The extra funding comes as the country is preparing for a winter that could possibly see a virus that's "more virulent" alongside "the usual annual winter pressures."

"We're making sure we're ready for winter and planning for the worst," Johnson said.

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Face Coverings Compulsory in England Starting 24 July
Woman wearing face mask inside a clothing store
Woman wearing face mask inside a clothing store Credit: unsplash.com/Arturo Rey

After PM Boris Johnson had urged the English population to wear face mask inside shops, face coverings will be compulsory in England from 24 July on, following Scotland and other European countries. Labour had previously demanded "urgent clarity" and called the ministers' response "slow and muddled", questioning the time until the regulation takes effect. 

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Bristol Pub Named After Edward Colston Renamed 'Ye Olde Pubby Mcdrunkface'
Former Colston Arms Pub asking for name suggestion on Facebook: "All suggestions welcome & encouraged. #theartistformallyknownas #blacklivesmatter #colstoninthdrink #pubbymcdrunkface"
Former Colston Arms Pub asking for name suggestion on Facebook: "All suggestions welcome & encouraged. #theartistformallyknownas #blacklivesmatter #colstoninthdrink #pubbymcdrunkface" Credit: Facebook: Colston Arms

A Colston Arms Pub in Bristol, named after slave trader Edward Colston with the Royal African Company, has temporarily rebranded as 'Ye Olde Pubby Mcdrunkface'. The pub had previously placed a sign outside its doors that read "We are listening. Black Lives Matter."

"There hasn't been a lot of chatter about our name since the statue came down, but I thought we'd be inundated with suggestions. We thought we'd give the pub a temporary name to kick off some discussion about it and get the ball rolling," Paul Frost, Colston Arms' landlord, told Bristol Live. "Myself and pub owners Admiral Taverns are going to listen carefully to people's suggestions before settling on a new name," he added.

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“Don’t be fooled, Rhodes was a racist” – Protestors Demand Removal of Oxford Statue

In 2015 students at Oxford University had first demanded the removal of the statue of Cecil Rhodes, a leading figure in British imperialism. Now, five years later, hundreds of students and residents have gathered at Oriel College at the University of Oxford, once again, to demand the removal of the statue.

Oxford student and one of the protest's organisers told the Independent that many of their demands had fallen on deaf ears but that students would continue to “object to the institutional practises that are symbolised by objectionable iconography such as that of Cecil Rhodes”.

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Scottish First Minister Sturgeon Says to Put Pressure on Donald Trump
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the #StopTrident rally at Trafalgar Square on Saturday 27th February 2016.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the #StopTrident rally at Trafalgar Square on Saturday 27th February 2016. Credit: Garry Knight from London, England / CC0

In an interview with Hits Radio Network on Friday morning, Nicola Sturgeon was asked to give her opinion on the current situation in the United States. Asked whether she believed, Trump was racist, Sturgeon responded that "sometimes it's hard not to conclude that," but added that she couldn't see inside his head. Though she deems it important to put pressure on Donald Trump and America, she urges to also "not forget that we have our own houses to put in order as well". Sturgeon is serving as the fifth First Minister of Scotland in and adds that "a parliament that is still in its 21 years of existence had too few people elected to it from our ethnic minority communities, it’s never had an ethnic minority woman elected to it."

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Former PM Theresa May Criticises Johnson's Brexit and Covid-19 Plans
Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street in 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street in 2018 Credit: Number 10 / Public Domain

Theresa May has taken a stab at Boris Johnson's government while speaking in The House of Commons on Wednesday. May, who had kept mostly quiet in the last months, said that Johnson's government had “rightly been focused on keeping people safe” but warns that “International air travel is necessary for trade. Without it, there is no global Britain. So instead of bringing in measures to close Britain off from the rest of the world, why is the government not taking a lead in developing an international aviation health screening standard, to save jobs and ensure that Britain is open for business?”

May also warned of security implications of a no-deal Brexit, demanding reassurance that the UK would have “access to the quantity and quality of data it currently has” such as air passenger name records as of 1 January 2021. 

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UK's Covid-19 Test & Trace System Faulty
Illustration of Covid-19 Testing
Illustration of Covid-19 Testing Credit: unsplash.com/ United Nations COVID-19 Response

According to reports of The Independent, UK's newly launched Test & Trace Computer System is experiencing access troubles. Several NHS nurses weren't able to log into the system, leaving them unable to work. Meanwhile, Matt Hancock has denied allegation suggesting the tracing system was a scapegoat to distract from the controversy surrounding Dominic Cumming.