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Life expectancy lower for white and mixed ethnic people than Black and Asian groups – study

Findings of Office for National Statistics analysis consistent with previous research say experts People from white and mixed ethnic groups had lower life expectancy compared with Black and Asian groups in England and Wales between 2011 and 2014, according to analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).The study linked 2011 census and death...

Notting Hill carnival launches fund for bands and artists hit by cancelled event

Financial hardship due to Covid pandemic put some performers’ futures in peril, say organisersThe Notting Hill carnival has launched a fund to ensure that it can go ahead next year, after the Covid-19 pandemic forced organisers to cancel the live event in west London for the second year in a row.Organisers said the Carnival Trust Fund would be used...

What is behind the latest fall in cases of Covid across the UK?

Confirmed infections have dropped 21.5% week on week – though recorded deaths are still on the riseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIs this how it ends? After an 18-month rollercoaster of soaring and falling cases, and more than 100,000 UK deaths, is the epidemic fizzling out? Has immunity finally got the upper hand, or will...

UK monitoring sale of military supplier Ultra to firm backed by US equity

Kwasi Kwarteng has instructed Whitehall officials to keep close tabs on the takeover bid by CobhamThe UK government has signalled that it is monitoring the sale of a key military supplier to a firm backed by US private equity amid concerns over the potential impact on national security. The business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, is understood to have instructed...

UK Covid: 24,950 new cases, lowest daily total for more than three weeks – as it happened

This live blog is now closed. For the latest coronavirus updates from around the world, you can read our global Covid blogUK cases fall sixth day in a row but hospitalisations on riseCovid patients in ICU tell of regrets of refusing to get vaccinatedAdditional emergency workplace testing to be introduced in EnglandCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee...

UK Covid cases fall for sixth day as hospital numbers exceed 5,000

Daily number of lab-confirmed infections reported as 24,950, the lowest in more than three weeksCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCoronavirus infections in the UK have fallen for the sixth consecutive day, with 24,950 lab-confirmed cases reported. It is the lowest daily figure in more than three weeks.Hospital admission and...

Three golds and two silvers for Team GB on ‘Magic Monday’ at Tokyo Olympics

Swimmer Adam Peaty, divers Tom Daley and Matty Lee and mountain biker Tom Pidcock all won goldLive updates from Tokyo 2020Britain’s Olympians soared and awed on a Magic Monday in Tokyo, winning three golds in just five hours.Adam Peaty, Team GB’s banker in these Olympics, retained his 100m breaststroke title in the small hours of the UK morning, becoming...

UK Covid cases fall for sixth day in a row, but hospital numbers rise

Daily number of lab-confirmed infections reported as 24,950, the lowest in more than three weeksCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCoronavirus infections in the UK have fallen for the sixth consecutive day, with 24,950 lab-confirmed cases reported. It is the lowest daily figure in more than three weeks.However, despite Monday’s...

Second dispersal order in place after mass brawl in Liverpool

Two teenagers released from hospital after being stabbed during incident on city’s waterfrontPolice in Liverpool have increased patrols and imposed a second dispersal order on the city’s waterfront after a mass brawl involving up to 100 youths over the weekend.Two teenage boys were stabbed in the buttocks in the fight, which broke out in Liverpool’s...

Selfridges to be auctioned off with £4bn starting price

Assets up for grabs include Selfridges’ four UK stores, Brown Thomas and Arnotts in Ireland and De Bijenkorf in the NetherlandsThe family owners of Selfridges are kicking off an auction for the luxury department store, and have put a £4bn price tag on the business.The Weston family, one of Canada’s richest families, first admitted that it might consider...

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