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Covid: NHS plans booster jab for those 50 and over before winter

The NHS has been given the green light to start planning a Covid vaccine booster programme in the UK ahead of this winter.

Lord Bethell ‘failed to declare meetings’ with firms that got £1bn contracts

Labour renews calls for health minister, already under pressure over use of private emails, to be sacked

Top judges and justice minister among recipients of Hong Kong honours

City leader awards a record 746 honours, with dozens going to members of the police force.

Hong Kong Disneyland debuts new live outdoor musical show

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will be debuting today a live outdoor musical party - “Follow Your Dreams”, celebrating its 15th anniversary.

Hong Kong needs to get more Covid shots into elderly arms

90 per cent of the city’s most vulnerable population is unprotected. How do we get to a new normal without them?

I tested positive for Covid-19 twice in two cities. The responses were vastly different

As someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 in both Britain and Hong Kong, I've experienced the worst of both worlds.

Britain Faces Travel Bans Amid Soaring Delta Variant Infections    

Several countries have imposed restrictions on travelers from Britain amid rising cases of the delta variant of the coronavirus which was first detected in India.

UK Mandates Companies To Disclose Their Impact On Climate

The requirements will mandate companies to report risks posed by climate change to their assets and investments, as well as their own impact on the environment.

Minister's affair caught on camera prompts questions about surveillance among Britain's political elite

Westminster, the beating heart of British politics, is very worried about how safe the UK government's most important secrets are.

‘Ridiculous’: Starmer criticises PM for seeking credit for Hancock’s exit

Labour leader also hits out at Boris Johnson for dismissing story as only of interest to ‘Westminster bubble’

Hong Kong retail sales up 10.5 per cent in May as growth appears to taper off

While sales in May were higher than they were in April, year-on-year growth slowed down from 12.1 per cent uptick recorded that month.

Millions of jobs and a shortage of applicants. Welcome to the new economy

There's a problem at James Hook's chicken farms, and it has nothing to do with poultry.

Delta Variant "Greatest Threat" To US' Covid Efforts: Dr Anthony Fauci

The variant, which was first detected in India, is more contagious and causes more severe disease than other circulating variants, Dr Anthony Fauci said.

Hong Kong police to put 10,000 officers on streets for July 1, may shut down Victoria Park

While no intelligence currently points to signs of unrest, force has to ensure it can respond to ‘untoward incidents promptly’, police source says; water cannons, armoured vehicles to be kept on standby.

More pupils sent home as Covid disruption soars

There has been a sharp rise in pupils sent home from school in England because of Covid, according to the latest official figures.

One in 20 children missed school in England due to Covid as cases rise 66%

Nearly 400,000 pupils absent within a week as scientists raise concerns about plan to replace isolation with tests

Britons riled as foreign business leaders exempt from Covid quarantine if trip brings ‘significant economic benefit’ to UK

Some Britons have reacted with fury after the government announced that important foreign business visitors can come and go as they please, without quarantining, if their trips contribute to economic growth.

UK government set for leading role in insuring live entertainment

The British government is expected to announce an insurance scheme in the coming weeks for live events, including festivals, theatre and sports, to allow them to go ahead despite the pandemic, insurance industry sources said.

Public health minister Maree Todd tests positive for Covid

Scotland's minister for public health has tested positive for Covid-19.

Dominic Raab’s mobile number freely available online for last decade

Exclusive: Finding raises questions for security services weeks after similar revelations about PM’s number

Hong Kong ban on flights from Britain pushes travellers to plan other routes

Hongkongers seeking to return home are now looking at places such as Spain and Dubai to wait out the three weeks before they can enter.

UK charities warn of cliff edge as ministers stall on housing funds

Campaigners urge Robert Jenrick and Rishi Sunak to renew funding for Housing First pilots supported by Sajid Javid

Hong Kong’s housing land supply shrinks, setting stage for prices to rise

With the dismal supply, local authorities will have to turn to the subway operator MTR Corporation, the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) and private developers for new homes to meet demand in the city of 7.5 million people.

UK health minister used private emails for government business, No 10 admits

Downing Street’s defence of Lord Bethell saying he abided by rules contradicts earlier statement

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