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Number of empty shops continues to rise across UK after Covid hit

Number of empty shops continues to rise across UK after Covid hit

Number of empty shops continues to rise across UK after Covid hit

The British Retail Consortium and Local Data Company found that fashion retailers had been hardest hit.

Covid-19 cases not reached through Test and Trace at nine-month high

Covid-19 cases not reached through Test and Trace at nine-month high

Covid-19 cases not reached through Test and Trace at nine-month high

One in seven people testing positive are not being asked to share details of their contacts.

Demand for US-UK flights soars after quarantine-free travel announced

Demand for US-UK flights soars after quarantine-free travel announced

Demand for US-UK flights soars after quarantine-free travel announced

Confirmation that rules will be relaxed for fully vaccinated travellers from the US arriving in Britain led to a spike in bookings.

Virgin Media O2 plans to make its entire broadband network full fibre by 2028

Virgin Media O2 plans to make its entire broadband network full fibre by 2028

Virgin Media O2 plans to make its entire broadband network full fibre by 2028

More than 14 million homes and businesses will be upgraded over the next seven years in a major push to make the UK ‘fibre fit for the future’.

Calls for ‘radical new approach’ to reduce disability employment gap

Calls for ‘radical new approach’ to reduce disability employment gap

Calls for ‘radical new approach’ to reduce disability employment gap

MPs said disabled people were considerably less likely to be in employment than non-disabled people and still faced ‘unacceptable barriers’.

99% of pregnant women admitted to hospital with Covid-19 unvaccinated – research

99% of pregnant women admitted to hospital with Covid-19 unvaccinated – research

99% of pregnant women admitted to hospital with Covid-19 unvaccinated – research

Researchers at Oxford University described their findings as ‘concerning’.

More body fat leads to increased risk of digestive system cancers, says study

More body fat leads to increased risk of digestive system cancers, says study

More body fat leads to increased risk of digestive system cancers, says study

Fat mass is the main obesity-related risk factor for some cancers including those of the liver, stomach, oesophagus and pancreas, the study found.

Invasive species cost UK economy ‘more than £5bn over past 50 years’

Invasive species cost UK economy ‘more than £5bn over past 50 years’

Invasive species cost UK economy ‘more than £5bn over past 50 years’

Scientists said ‘invasion costs were increasing rapidly over time’.

Kilted Charles meets beach-cleaning group in north of Scotland

Kilted Charles meets beach-cleaning group in north of Scotland

Kilted Charles meets beach-cleaning group in north of Scotland

The Prince of Wales was shown the work of the environmental group by locals Dorcas and Allan Sinclair.

Northern Ireland ‘faces more severe Covid wave due to flagging vaccination rate’

Northern Ireland ‘faces more severe Covid wave due to flagging vaccination rate’

Northern Ireland ‘faces more severe Covid wave due to flagging vaccination rate’

The Assembly’s Health Committee was told of ‘enormous concern’ at the slow uptake of vaccines among the 18 to 29 age group.

Cornwall braces for 75mph wind gusts as Storm Evert approaches UK

Cornwall braces for 75mph wind gusts as Storm Evert approaches UK

Cornwall braces for 75mph wind gusts as Storm Evert approaches UK

The Met Office said the newly named storm will bring ‘unseasonably strong winds and heavy rain’.

Stormzy scholarships to pay for 30 more black students at Cambridge

Stormzy scholarships to pay for 30 more black students at Cambridge

Stormzy scholarships to pay for 30 more black students at Cambridge

The rapper called the expansion of the university programme ‘an incredible milestone’.

New record for Covid app self-isolation alerts as ‘pingdemic’ continues

New record for Covid app self-isolation alerts as ‘pingdemic’ continues

New record for Covid app self-isolation alerts as ‘pingdemic’ continues

This week the Government said it was expanding its daily contact testing for front line sectors as an alternative to isolation.

Tory PCC tells Home Secretary police pay freeze is a ‘huge blow’

Tory PCC tells Home Secretary police pay freeze is a ‘huge blow’

Tory PCC tells Home Secretary police pay freeze is a ‘huge blow’

Donna Jones said in a letter to Priti Patel that the decision was deeply disappointing.

Library book returned more than 50 years late

Library book returned more than 50 years late

Library book returned more than 50 years late

The Indian cookery book was accompanied by a £20 note and a letter of apology.

1,800 healthcare staff off work in Northern Ireland for Covid reasons, MLAs told

1,800 healthcare staff off work in Northern Ireland for Covid reasons, MLAs told

1,800 healthcare staff off work in Northern Ireland for Covid reasons, MLAs told

The vast majority of absent staff are self-isolating after being identified as close contacts of someone else who has contracted the virus.

Quarantine relaxation ends ‘sad and scary’ time for separated families

Quarantine relaxation ends ‘sad and scary’ time for separated families

Quarantine relaxation ends ‘sad and scary’ time for separated families

Dr Alix Dietzel said her sister, who lives in Switzerland, has only met her young daughter once.

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