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Second European country to lockdown the unvaccinated
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Second European country to lockdown the unvaccinated

A second European country is to impose lockdown rules on unvaccinated citizens following a spike in cases. Slovakian prime minister Eduard Heger has announced that services will be limited in the country for anyone who has not had a COVID vaccine. It comes after neighbouring Austria on Monday reintroduced lockdown for unjabbed people in the run-up to Christmas. Germany is also understood to be considering similar measures, which could be announced within days. Europe has seen itself become the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic once again, with the situation in Slovakia taking a particularly worrying downturn. A man receives a dose of the Sputnik V COVID vaccine at a vaccination centre in Zilina, Slovakia. A second European country is to impose lockdown rules on unvaccinated citize...
Senior Tories call on Home Office to stop unfairly excluding young Hong Kong nationals
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Senior Tories call on Home Office to stop unfairly excluding young Hong Kong nationals

Senior Tory MPs are calling on the Home Office to extend the UK’s settlement route for Hong Kong nationals to include swathes of young people who are currently unfairly excluded. An amendment to the Nationality and Borders Bill, tabled this week by Conservative MP Damian Green and supported by Tom Tugendhat and 11 other Tory MPs, would enable Hong Kongers with at least one parent who is a BNO citizen to apply for a UK visa. It comes after The Independent revealed last month that Young Hong Kongers who fled police brutality are languishing in the UK asylum system because they are not able to benefit from the British National Overseas (BNO) scheme due to their age. The scheme, which is projected to receive around 422,000 applications from Hong Kong nationals in its first four years, req...
Hundreds care home face closure across England
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Hundreds care home face closure across England

Around 500 homes could be forced into shutting their doors as workers may be forced to quit or lose their jobs due to not being fully vaccinated. With the implantation of the need for full vaccination, the Government warns that 40,000 staff could be lost. But NHS data suggests that this number may be far more, as their calculations estimate that 60,000 workers would not have the second vaccine by the end of October. Mike Padgham, chairman of the Independent Care Group, who has worked in the sector for 30 years, said: The deadline for care staff to be double-vaccinated could see up to 500 homes across England having to close their doors because they don't have enough staff to operate safely. If that happens, it begs the question of where thousands of residents would go, as they can't go...
Boosters available without appointment in England
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Boosters available without appointment in England

Boosters are now being given at walk-in vaccination sites with no appointment needed as the NHS aims to ramp up jabs uptake ahead of a challenging winter. From Monday, anyone eligible who had their second dose of a coronavirus vaccine at least six months ago can turn up at one of hundreds of jabs sites across England to get their top-up. People are advised to use the NHS online walk-in finder to check where their nearest centre is. NHS England said almost every person registered with a GP practice lives within 10 miles of a fixed vaccination site. The walk-in finder website will show who can get jabs at different sites, whether it is offering boosters, vaccines for 12-15 year-olds, or anyone aged 16 and over. Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and deputy lead for the NHS covid-19 vaccination program...
Chancellor vows budget will deliver strong economy
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Chancellor vows budget will deliver strong economy

Rishi Sunak has claimed his budget will deliver a stronger economy fit for a new age of optimism. In comments released by the Treasury ahead of the chancellor's address to MPs in the Commons on Wednesday, Mr Sunak said the budget will commence the work of preparing for a new economy post-COVID. An economy of higher wages, higher skills, and rising productivity. Of strong public services, vibrant communities and safer streets, he said. An economy fit for a new age of optimism. That is the stronger economy of the future. Much of the contents of the chancellor's economic set piece are already known, following a raft of announcements in recent days. Extra funding for the NHS, more money for local transport, an end to the public sector pay freeze and rises in the national living wage and m...
Enforce ‘Plan B’ immediately or risk winter crisis
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Enforce ‘Plan B’ immediately or risk winter crisis

Amid rising Covid-19 cases, Matthew Taylor chief executive of the NHS Confederation, has urged the Government to implement the back-up strategy which involves measures including bringing back mandatory face coverings in public places. The NHS Confederation’s warning comes as coronavirus deaths in the UK rose to their highest daily level since early March, while cases are at their highest for almost three months. Downing Street said it was keeping a very close eye on rising case rates, but added the Prime Minister has absolutely no plan to introduce Plan B, which could also involve introducing vaccine passports for nightclub entry. The NHS Confederation is the membership organisation that brings together, supports and speaks for the whole healthcare system in England, Wales and Northern...
UK risks stumbling into winter crisis, PM warned
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UK risks stumbling into winter crisis, PM warned

'Plan B' coronavirus restrictions must be enforced immediately to prevent the UK stumbling to a winter crisis, an NHS leader has warned. NHS Confederation chief executive Matthew Taylor has urged the government to bring back certain measures, including mandatory face coverings in public places. His remarks came as the UK recorded 223 COVID-related deaths on Tuesday - the highest number of daily fatalities since 9 March. A further 43,738 coronavirus cases were also reported in the latest 24-hour period, and on Monday, the UK saw the highest number of new infections since mid-July. Although Downing Street has said it is keeping a very close eye on rising case rates, a spokesperson warned the prime minister has absolutely no plan to introduce Plan B. If this strategy was enforced, people...
Met Police officer cleared over moped rider’s death during chase
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Met Police officer cleared over moped rider’s death during chase

A Metropolitan Police officer has been cleared of causing the death by dangerous driving of an 18-year-old man during a high-speed chase. Pc Paul Summerson, 44, was prosecuted over the pursuit of moped rider Lewis Johnson 18, and his pillion passenger Louis Kyriacou, 19, through Stoke Newington north London earlier this year. He was found not guilty at Kingston Crown Court on Tuesday of one count of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. The police believed Mr Johnson and his passenger were involved in a smash and grab theft on February 9, 2016 before the chase. The court heard that Pc Summerson chased Mr Johnson and his passenger in a marked police BMW, reaching speeds of more than 50mph, along Stoke Newington High Street and ...
Muslim group to issue hate crime support after killing of David Amess MP
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Muslim group to issue hate crime support after killing of David Amess MP

Zara Mohammed, the secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said that mosques in and around Southend were devastated by the killing of the local MP and they had regarded him as a member of their family. Britain’s leading Muslim organisation is to issue new guidance to help British Somalis and other individuals and mosques deal with any incidents of hatred emerging in the aftermath of Sir David Amess’s death. This is a heinous crime and we utterly condemn it, Mohammed said. Nobody in the local Muslim community could believe how anybody could brutally murder anyone, never mind Sir David, who was so engaged with them. But she added there was definitely an apprehension for Muslim communities at this time after it emerged that Ali Harbi Ali, the 25-year-old man arrested on suspici...
UK could suspend Northern Ireland Protocol to safeguard peace
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UK could suspend Northern Ireland Protocol to safeguard peace

Britain is ready if necessary to suspend the Northern Ireland Protocol in order to safeguard the peace process, Brexit Minister Lord Frost has warned. In a keynote speech in Lisbon, Lord Frost said the protocol, agreed with the EU as part of the UK’s divorce settlement, was not working and that fundamental change was necessary if it was to survive. He said the UK was prepared to trigger Article 16 of the protocol which allows either side to override large parts of the agreement if that could not be achieved. It is this Government, the UK Government that governs Northern Ireland as it does the rest of the UK, he said. Northern Ireland is not EU territory. It is our responsibility to safeguard peace and prosperity and that may include using Article 16 if necessary. Northern Ireland is n...