Boris Johnson’s press secretary Allegra Stratton self-isolating amid coronavirus fears | UK | News

Ms Stratton, who took on the role of Downing Street Press Secretary last November, is  now in quarantine, Express.co.uk understands.  It is not clear if Ms Stratton has tested positive or came into contact with someone who has. The former Newsnight journalist was employed by Number 10 to front White House-style briefings but her debut has been delayed several times due to the pandemic. Her briefings were due to begin in October with a former courtroom in Downing Street converted into a hi-tech studio setting. But that start date was pushed back…

Euromillions results January 22 LIVE: When are EuroMillions results tonight? | UK | News

Lottery fans could pick up millions of pounds tonight thanks to EuroMillions. The prize draw, which takes place for the second time this week tonight, comes with a hefty jackpot and several other tiers. People only have a few hours left to buy themselves a ticket before organisers announce the winner. What time is the lottery draw tonight? EuroMillions draws take place twice a week in the evening, and tonight’s is no different. Lottery ticket holders can find out whether they’ve one in just under three hours. Tonight’s lottery draw…

Boris Johnson speech in FULL as PM announces new Covid strain could be more deadly | UK | News

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been providing regular updates about the UK’s fight against coronavirus from Number 10 Downing Street throughout the pandemic. With England more than three weeks into its third lockdown, today the PM announced that the new Covid variant might be more deadly than the original strain.  On Thursday a further 1,290 further deaths were reported and there had been a further 37,892 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, bringing the total number to 3,543,646. Just less than five million people have now received their first dose of the coronavirus…

Robert Peston warns of SIX months of hell as new Covid strain may have higher mortality | UK | News

Britain’s chief health and science officials have confirmed the new strain is more contagious but have previously insisted there is no evidence it is more lethal or caused more serious illness. But Mr Peston said the Government’s New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) had now concluded it “may be a bit more lethal than the existing strain”. He tweeted: “Why the risk of Covid-19 mutations mean we face at least six gruelling months.” Mr Peston cited a statement from Imperial College’s Professor Neil Ferguson, a Nervtag member,…

R rate meaning: What does the R number mean? Has it come down? | UK | News

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK is still in a “pretty precarious” position. While everyone is undoubtedly looking forward to the easing of lockdown and a return to some kind of normality, that’s not likely to happen just yet. Mr Johnson said the lockdown ending depends entirely on the success of the vaccine rollout, which is currently underway. The Prime Minister said: “I understand completely that people want to get back to normal as fast as we possibly can, but it does depend on things going well. “It depends…

BBC spent MORE THAN £1m on legal fees fighting race discrimination and equal pay cases | UK | News

Since July 2017, the corporation hired external solicitors to spend 2,688 hours on equal pay and race discrimination employment tribunals claims. The BBC was billed £1,121,652 in fees for both solicitors and barristers. This figure does not cover costs of ongoing tribunal claims and the information was revealed in a letter from the BBC to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee. Julian Knight, MP and chair of the DCMS Committee, said: “It is unbelievable that the BBC has spent more than £1million of licence fee payers’ money fighting…

Nicola Sturgeon crushed as billions wiped from value of Scottish firms after Yes poll | UK | News

Nicola Sturgeon to be backed by EU on independence says Habib The Scottish First Minister‘s handling of the coronavirus crisis has won over swathes of Labour and Tory voters, according to a new poll. A survey conducted by Savanta ComRes showed Ms Sturgeon’s personal ratings are up, with 76 percent of voters believing her to be intelligent – an increase of three points. Around 74 percent of respondents said she is a strong leader, also up three points, and 57 percent believe she is genuine, up two points. More than…

Covid vaccine rollout: Areas with lowest vaccination rates MAPPED as cases soar | UK | News

The Covid vaccine first dose is close to being administered to all over 80s in several of England’s counties. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said successful vaccination by February 15 is a crucial milestone for the UK to hit before ministers can start reviewing lockdown rules. That would mean another 10 million vaccinations need to be administered over the next four weeks, or 2.5 million a week. But the UK is currently only giving out 2.1million doses in a seven day period, according to the latest Government data. The UK is…

Exhausted doctor’s despair as fewer COVID patients responding to treatment | UK | News

Wuhan medics admit coronavirus cover up in secret filming Medics said they are “throwing everything” at patients to help them recover from the horrific virus, but said “it just doesn’t seem to be working”. Staff at Milton Keynes University Hospital warned more people are dying from coronavirus as fewer of the sickest patients are responding to treatment. One in 10 major hospital trusts had no spare adult critical care beds last week, according to NHS England data. Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s chief scientific adviser, has warned hospitals are like…