The number of weekly registered deaths involving coronavirus has risen by more than half in seven days, new figures have shown. There were 670 deaths registered in England and Wales which mentioned “novel coronavirus” in the week ending October 16, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said..
The Scottish Conservatives are backing footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign for free school meals in England, the party’s leader has said. Moray MP Douglas Ross described the Manchester United player’s campaign as “nothing short of extraordinary”..
Revolution Bars plans to close six of its sites, putting 130 jobs at risk, as it turns to creditors for help after the Government’s 10pm curfew cut its sales by more than a third. The company said its subsidiary, Revolution Bars Limited, is to set up a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) as it tries to slash costs..
Boris Johnson is planning on giving local councils extra money to fund holiday clubs to solve the free school meals row, according to reports. The Holiday Activity and Food programme is the brainchild of Henry Dimbleby, the Government’s food tsar and co-founder of the Leon restaurant chain, and was piloted across 17 local authorities over the summer..
Boris Johnson is under pressure from scores of Conservative MPs to detail a “road-map out of lockdown” as more people in England come under the toughest coronavirus restrictions. The Prime Minister has been warned by a group of 50 Tory backbenchers representing northern constituencies that the pandemic is threatening his election pledge to “level-up” the country..
Scientists have found that coronavirus immunity could only last a few months after a study revealed a decline in protective antibodies. Research by Imperial College London estimated just 4.4% of adults had some form of immunity against Covid-19 in September, when cases began to increase again..
Skelmersdale United, the lowest-ranked team left in this season’s FA Cup, will travel to Football League new boys Harrogate Town in the first round next month..
There is water on the sunlit surface of the Moon, Nasa has announced..
More than eight million people in England will be under the most stringent coronavirus restrictions when Nottingham and Warrington move into Tier 3 this week..
Thousands of free meals will be provided to children by businesses, local authorities and community groups on the first day of half term as ministers faced a damaging grassroots Tory revolt over the issue..
Seven people have been detained after British armed forces stormed an oil tanker off the Isle of Wight following a suspected hijacking by stowaways. The raid, likely to have been carried out by members of the Special Boat Service (SBS), was authorised by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel on Sunday night after a tense 10-hour stand-off..
Boots is set to unveil a new coronavirus testing service it says can return results from swab tests in just 12 minutes. The pharmacy chain said the LumiraDx devices, which are able to quickly process swab tests to give customers same-day results, will be rolled out in selected stores over the next few weeks..