Grant Shapps warns that UK borders could get busier as businesses adapt to post-EU rules | UK | News

The Transport Secretary said yesterday that there were no 11-mile traffic jams as predicted by critics, and less than one percent of vehicles had been arriving at crossings without the right paperwork. He said ports had seen a quieter-than-normal start to the year because companies had stockpiled products before the changes. But he pointed out he had been studying the hourly flow at Kent and “it’s been picking up every single day of this year”. Mr Shapps said: “We may well see busy times again, but actually at the moment the…

COVID: ‘Worse than first wave’ for major hospitals across England with London on brink | UK | News

Of 139 acute hospital trusts who reported figures for January 5, six in ten were treating more people than last spring. In two regions, eastern England and South East England, more than three-quarters of trusts were above their previous record. Others could pass the first-wave peak within days.  The news came as London Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a major incident and warned that hospitals in the capital could run out of beds within two weeks. Fire crews are already driving ambulances. Mr Khan said: “The stark reality is that we…

UK coronavirus cases exceed 3 million as deaths over 1,000 for fourth day in a row | UK | News

There were a further 59,937 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, down from 68,053 the day before, which was the highest figure reported in a single day since the start of mass testing last May. The number of daily infections has continued to surge over recent days – cases were as high as 100,000 per day at the peak of the first wave of the virus in April. A further 1,325 people had died from COVID-19 within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, increasing the UK total to…

Do I need a negative Covid test to fly into the UK? New rules | Travel News | Travel

The UK has finally, long behind most other countries in the world, made it mandatory to have proof of a negative coronavirus test before entering the country. The current lockdown means any unnecessary travel is completely banned, and the public is ordered to stay-at-home as much as possible. Boris Johnson said: “In protecting the UK from transmission from abroad, we will bring in measures to ensure that we test people coming into this country and prevent the virus from being readmitted.” Called Test and Release, passengers affected by the new…

SEISS grant: SEISS grant 5 ‘likely’ – Government urged to provide further support | Personal Finance | Finance

SEISS provides a lump sum of money up to a maximum of £7,500 to cover 80 percent of average trading profits, and was introduced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March last year. As it stands, eligible self employed workers will get two more grants as part of the Treasury’s Winter Economy Plan. The third grant opened for applications on November 30, and there will be a fourth grant covering the period from February to April 2021. But with another fresh lockdown implemented in…

Coronavirus warning: Smokers 50 percent more likely to have 10 or more symptoms of Covid

The not-for-profit initiative, launched by health science company ZOE in March 2020, is the world’s largest ongoing study of Covid-19. Adding to the list of health risks associated with smoking, now it’s officially been linked to more severe coronavirus outcomes. The 2021 research – published on Wednesday, January 6, in the peer-reviewed journal Thorax – is based on 2.4million participants. Current smokers were shown to have a “higher symptom burden than non-smokers” once infected by SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes the disease Covid-19. Smokers were 14 percent more likely…

Three Men Four Wheels stars say their show is ‘different’ but maybe ‘better’ than Top Gear

Described by host Andrew Pritchard as better than Top Gear, the show will give viewers an in-depth and exclusive look behind the scenes of some of the most luxurious vehicles on the market. Fast, fun and with bags of laughs, the new series is set to sample a range of motoring gems viewers are unlikely to find elsewhere. “This is one car the three of us together and no one has out the three of us together to do this. This is something we all built together.” Roaring into life…

Shark attack: Blind culling is ‘inefficient nonsense’ – Marine biologist | Science | News

When we think of sharks, many of us hear the faint ‘da-dum, da-dum’ of the iconic Jaws theme tune in our mind and we conjure up images of grossly, blood-thirsty creatures. But actually, munching on humans isn’t a natural behaviour of sharks and one marine biologist suggests it may just be a few ‘problem’ sharks giving the species a bad name. Professor Eric Clua, of Paris’ École Pratique des Hautes Études revealed there are three reasons for stopping the blind culling of these animals. Speaking from his home in French…

Google bans ‘free speech’ app Parler: What is Parler?

Social media has been awash with controversy in recent days, with Donald Trump permanently suspended from Twitter following the storming of the US Capitol by his supporters. Now a new app has come under fire, the so-called “free speech driven” app Parler. Parler has been popular with those banned from Twitter, including supporters of Mr Trump, but is now facing bans from the top app stores – Google Play and Apple. Google has banned a relatively new social media site Parler, which had become popular with those facing Twitter bans.…

‘After Brexit, what next?’ Sunak told to hike taxes – this must NOT happen, says economist | UK | News

Professor Patrick Minford, one of the most influential economists of the Thatcher era and a leading Brexiteer champion of free trade, has laid out proposals for a major overhaul of the tax system but fears Mr Sunak is being urged to hike taxes and slash spending. He said: [We] are already hearing very bad advice being given to the Chancellor, mostly from Remainers who have less interest in the economy’s success, as they will use its failure to say ‘I told you so’.” In his new book, “After Brexit, What…