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    • England to lift quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers from France

      England to lift quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers from France

      The UK government said late Wednesday it will ease English entry rules requiring arrivals from France to quarantine even if they are fully vaccinated, following its latest review of travel curbs, AFP reported. The change, which will come into effect at 4:00 am (0300 GMT) on Sunday, puts France back on England's so-called "amber" list of countries under its traffic light system for arriving travellers.

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    • Military will help testing in England as Indian Covid variant threatens reopening

      Military will help testing in England as Indian Covid variant threatens reopening

      Britain deployed public health officials, supported by the army, to distribute coronavirus tests door-to-door in two northern England towns on Saturday in an effort to contain a fast-spreading variant that threatens plans to lift all lockdown restrictions next month, AP reported. Cases of a strain first identified in India have more than doubled in a week, defying a sharp nationwide downward trend in infections won by months of restrictions and a rapid vaccination campaign.

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    • Coronavirus in England in retreat

      Coronavirus in England in retreat

      The coronavirus infections in England have halved since March helped by the swift rollout of vaccines, but new variants remain a threat, according to the findings of a closely watched survey released on Thursday. The REACT study, run by scientists at Imperial College London, found that the number of infections has fallen with an average of only one in 1,000 people infected.

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    • England, Wales vote on local elections

      England, Wales vote on local elections

      England and Wales are due to vote on local elections on Thursday, DPA reported. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and recent scandals may be key factors that may be game changers on the election day where votes will be cast for 143 local councils, 39 police and crime commissioners, and 15 mayoral races. A British parliamentary by-election is also being held in the constituency of Hartlepool. Separately, elections for the devolved parliaments in Scotland and Wales are also taking place.

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    • Britain starts going out of lockdown

      Britain starts going out of lockdown

      England starts today to slowly go out of lockdown with people allowed to meet up outside in groups of six for the first time in nearly three months, news wires reported. At the same time PM Boris Johnson urged caution due to rising coronavirus cases in Europe. Britain entered its third national lockdown on 4 January.

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    • Banksy admits he's behind prison artwork

      Banksy admits he's behind prison artwork

      Street artist Banksy confirmed on Thursday that he was behind an artwork that appeared on the red brick wall of a former prison in the English town of Reading, AP reported. The elusive artist posted a video of him creating the artwork on his Instagram account.

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    • Boris Johnson orders new virus lockdown for England

      Boris Johnson orders new virus lockdown for England

      UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday a new national lockdown for England until at least mid-February to combat a fast-spreading new variant of the coronavirus, news wires reported. Johnson said people must stay at home again, as they were ordered to do so in the first wave of the pandemic in March, this time because the new virus variant was spreading in a “frustrating and alarming” way.

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