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UK insurers pay 700 million pounds so far in business interruption claims

Insurers have paid out more than 700 million pounds ($988.89 million) so far in business interruption payments following a court ruling earlier this year, Britain’s markets watchdog said on Wednesday.

How small businesses can now advertise on Britain’s biggest news websites

The end of lockdown couldn't come soon enough for small businesses up and down the country - but many are managing to come back with a bang through clever advertising

WHO chief urges world to follow U.S. lead and support waiving Covid vaccine patent protections

WHO chief says he urges other countries to follow the example of the U.S. on supporting vaccine patent waivers.

Kids are taking governments to court over climate. And they are starting to win

It was early in the morning when Luisa Neubauer got the call from her lawyer. She was staying at her mother's house, frantically trying to finish a book she'd been working on, so she said it took her a moment to realize what had happened.

UK economy shrinks by only 1.5% in first quarter despite lockdown

According to official statistics, the economy even managed to grow by 2.1 per cent in March when the country began easing some restrictions

Italian woman mistakenly given six doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

A 23-year-old woman in Tuscany remains under observation after she was mistakenly given an entire vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine - equivalent to six doses.

Covid: Lessons to be learned from spring 2022 public inquiry - PM

The government is "fully committed to learning the lessons at every stage" of the pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.

Boris Johnson under fire for delaying Covid public inquiry until 2022

Bereaved families and experts say lessons should be learned quickly before a potential third wave

Looking At Solutions For Indian COVID-19 Variant: UK PM

"We must be vigilant because the threat of this virus remains real and new variants pose a potentially lethal danger, including the one first identified in India which is of increasing concern here in the UK," said Boris Johnson.

Royal Mail to trial drones to deliver items from mainland UK to Isles of Scilly

If the trial succeeds, the technology could be used to support postal workers in delivering to remote areas in the UK.

Work from home guidance to end in England on 21 June, Johnson indicates

Prime minister tells MPs government intends to take step when it moves to final stage of Covid reopening

"If Not Now, When?": Pandemic Investigator Urges Reforms

The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response found that bad decisions, dithering and poor coordination created a "toxic cocktail" which allowed Covid-19 go on to kill at least 3.3 million people so far and upend the global economy.

US move on vaccine intellectual property is a 'monumental moment' in COVID-19 fight

A waiver could boost production by lifting intellectual property protections and the EU is also now willing to discuss the move.

Norway Will Not Use AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine: Report

Prime Minister Erna Solberg is expected to announce at 1600 GMT whether Norway will resume the use of the AstraZeneca shot, as well as the government's decision on Johnson & Johnson's inoculation.

Spain aims to receive British tourists without Covid tests from 20 May

Tourism minister says Spain is opening up to holidaymakers ‘after worst year of our lives’

Covid Catastrophe "Could Have Been Prevented": Independent Global Panel

The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPPR) said a series of bad decisions meant Covid-19 went on to kill at least 3.3 million people so far and devastate the global economy.

Councils could have to issue up to 3.5m ID cards for voters under new bill

Plan has prompted warnings over the potential ‘huge challenge’ for already struggling local authorities

More than a third of Hong Kong’s semi-private schools plan to increase tuitions

However, most of the 80 schools will be freezing fees amid the economic downturn brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hong Kong to raise up to HK$20 billion in latest round of iBonds

Subscriptions for the eighth series of inflation-linked government debt known as iBonds to open on June 1, with the bonds paying a minimum interest rate of 2 per cent every six months.

China planning new crackdown on private tutoring sector

China is framing tough new rules to clamp down on a booming private tutoring industry, aiming both to ease pressure on school children and boost the country’s birth rate by lowering family living costs, sources told Reuters.

Computer Game Helps Health Workers Combat Covid Spread

Players of "Escape Covid-19" are guided through a series of scenarios that health workers at hospitals and long-term care facilities encounter on a daily basis.

French MPs Back Emmanuel Macron's Covid "Pass" After Changes

Opposition parties have criticised the bill for posing a discrimination risk, not least because millions of people have yet to be inoculated.

Hong Kong ready to hold its first international sports event of year

Birthday girl Sarah Lee and Jessica Lee set to lead way as youngsters Yeung Cho-yiu, Law Tsz-chun and To Cheuk-hei look to impress.

"Reason That India Is In Dire Straits...": What Dr Fauci Told US Senate

India has been severely affected by the unprecedented second wave of the coronavirus and hospitals in several states are reeling under the shortage of health workers, vaccines, oxygen, drugs and beds.

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