Councils across England are to be given an extra £1.6bn in funding to deal with the coronavirus emergency after complaints from local authorities that services could suffer. Housing secretary secretary Robert Jenrick said the extra money will boost the backing councils have received to cope with the pandemic to £3.2bn. An...
Boris Johnson left hospital on Sunday to convalesce from COVID-19 at Chequers, the country estate of British prime ministers, officials said, a week after he was admitted and then spent three days in intensive care. The 55-year-old leader will not be immediately returning to work, on the advice of his...
The Queen has recorded her first ever Easter message, drawing on her own personal faith to reassure the nation: "We know that coronavirus will not overcome us." Describing how churches up and down the country are closed due to coronavirus, she insists that "Easter isn't cancelled" and that the message...
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was still in hospital on Monday suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms 10 days after testing positive for the virus, although Downing Street said he remained in charge of the government. “The PM is still at hospital,” a British government source said. “He spent the night in...
FULL ADDRESS BY QUEEN ELIZABETH II ON COVID-19 PANDEMIC "I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time. "A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily...
The British government on Sunday warned that outside exercise could be banned if people flout stringent guidelines to cut the spread of coronavirus infections. The UK government on March 23 ordered a three-week shutdown of non-essential shops and services to cut close-contact transmission of the virus. But warmer weekend weather has...
Queen Elizabeth II will make a rare special broadcast this weekend to Britain and the Commonwealth on the coronavirus pandemic, Buckingham Palace said on Friday. “The televised address will be broadcast at 8 pm (1900 GMT) on Sunday 5th April 2020. The address was recorded at Windsor Castle,” a statement...
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged Britons to stay home and outlined stricter measures yet to come in the fight against the coronavirus. “It’s important for me to level with you – we know things will get worse before they get better,” Mr Johnson wrote in a letter issued by...
Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus. The prime minister, 55, tweeted a video message confirming he has COVID-19, writing: "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. "I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response via video-conference as we...
Testing as many people as possible for the coronavirus is vitally important but a global shortage of the materials needed is causing a supply bottleneck, British medical authorities said on Wednesday, Reuters reports. Not all staff working within Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) are being tested, a major concern for...