Alexander Bridge-Wilkinson

Alexander Bridge-Wilkinson

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ONS: England had highest rate of excess deaths in Europe from February to June

The Office for National Statistics has said that England had the second highest peak death rate in Europe and the highest level of excess deaths of any European country between the end of February and the middle of June.

Public sector recruitment drive successfully “delivering” more police officers, PM says

Prime minister Boris Johnson has said that his government’s initiatives are successfully “delivering” more police officers, after a recent recruitment drive has yielded the greatest annual increase in officers since 2003-04.

Health secretary calls for non-urgent GP consultations to be conducted remotely

Health secretary Matt Hancock has said that patients should have phone or video consultations with their GP unless there is a clinical requirement for a face-to-face appointment.

Government extends virus self-isolation period to ten days

The government has changed its Covid-19 self-isolation guidance, telling individuals displaying symptoms to self-isolate for ten days as opposed to seven.

Johnson under fire for inaccurate use of statistics

The Office for Statistics Regulation [OSR] has said that prime minister Boris Johnson has inaccurately used statistics to support his claim that child poverty has been reduced during his stint in Number Ten.

Airport testing no “silver bullet” says Dowden

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has warned that Covid-19 testing at UK airports will not work as a “silver bullet” preventing the need for quarantine on arrival.

Government to fund studies into increased Covid-19 risk factor in ethnic minorities

The government will invest millions into a number of projects to determine why individuals of ethnic minority backgrounds are at a heightened risk of becoming seriously ill with Covid-19.

Committee criticises decision to discharge hospital patients to care homes without tests

The Public Accounts Committee has criticised the government’s move of discharging hospital patients to care homes without taking Covid-19 tests in the early stages of the pandemic, calling it a “reckless” decision.

PM defends decision to reintroduce quarantine for travellers from Spain

Prime minister Boris Johnson has defended the government’s decision to remove Spain from its list of quarantine exempt nations, saying that there are indications that a “second wave” of Covid-19 cases is occurring in Europe.

Committee calls for closer consultation with local communities over infrastructure projects

The Public Administration Select Committee of MPs has said that more effective consultation with local communities is required to enable large infrastructure projects to bring tangible socio-economic benefits.

Foreign Affairs Committee criticises Covid-19 repatriation efforts

In a new report, the cross-party Foreign Affairs Committee has said that the Foreign Office’s repatriation initiative to bring UK citizens home at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic was not swift enough.

EY analysis warns of potential for long-winded economic recovery

New analysis from the EY Item Club has hinted that the UK economy may not return to pre-pandemic levels until the year 2024.

Ban on junk food adverts included in anti-obesity plans

It has been confirmed that a ban on junk food adverts before 21:00 will be included in the government’s new measures to crack down on obesity, which will be announced in full later.

Mixed response to Spain’s removal from quarantine-free list

Health minister Helen Whately has said the government made the “right” choice and acted “rapidly and decisively” by removing Spain from the UK’s quarantine free list over the weekend, despite criticism from the travel industry and Labour.

FlyResearch poll: week 17 update

London based online market research agency FlyResearch has been issuing weekly polls to its research panel of over 3000 people throughout the coronavirus lockdown in the UK, in order to project how the outbreak and the implementing of social distancing has been impacting the daily life of UK citizens.