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EasyJet to resume flying on June 15

May 21, 2020 - 4:00 PM

EasyJet's initial schedule will involve mainly domestic flights in Britain and France, with more routes to be announced

EASYJET. An Airbus A321 of low-cost passenger carrier EasyJet is pictured in France on November 24, 2016. File photo by Pascal Pavani/AFP

UK sells negative bond yields for first time

May 20, 2020 - 11:40 PM

Investors park their cash in bonds, which are in keen demand as the coronavirus pandemic sends the global economy into a dizzying downturn

LOCKDOWN. A man walks the near-deserted streets of London on April 16, 2020. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

UK jobless claims surge by almost 70% on coronavirus

May 19, 2020 - 9:30 PM

British unemployment claims surge by a record 856,000 to a total of 2.1 million people in April 2020

A deserted Westminster Bridge is pictured looking north around Monday lunch time, in central London, March 23, 2020, as governments scramble to defend their own economies against the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in order to ward off a long-term global recession and future waves of infections. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Man wanted in Britain over 39 deaths 'organized' trafficking

May 16, 2020 - 11:46 AM

Ronan Hughes faces extradition to Britain over a human smuggling case that saw 39 Vietnamese migrants discovered dead in a truck

UK economy shrinks on coronavirus

May 13, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Britain's gross domestic product contracts 2% in the 1st quarter of 2020, with the economy 'in freefall'

LOCKDOWN. A man walks the near-deserted streets of London on April 16, 2020. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

UK extends virus furlough scheme until October 2020

May 13, 2020 - 12:30 AM

A British government scheme which allows employees to receive 80% of their monthly pay during the coronavirus crisis is extended for 4 months

LONDON. A pedestrian walks along the bank of the Thames with the towers of London in the background on March 11, 2020. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Virus-ravaged UK aviation sector faces quarantine woe

May 12, 2020 - 8:20 AM

Operators of United Kingdom airlines and airports express alarm over the British government's plan to impose a 14-day quarantine on inbound travelers

Travellers who had been aboard the Braemar cruise ship, operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, and wearing face masks as a precautionary measure against covid-19, react as they arrive at Heathrow Airport in London on March 19, 2020, after being flown back from Cuba. - The MS Braemar had more than 1,000 people aboard including five confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 50 people in isolation due to showing flu-like symptoms. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

Heathrow Airport urges roadmap for quarantine exit

May 11, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye calls on the British government to 'urgently lay out a roadmap for how they will reopen borders once the disease has been beaten'

Passengers wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, walk through the arrivals hall after landing at at Terminal Two of London Heathrow Airport in west London, on May 9, 2020. - Britain could introduce a 14-day mandatory quarantine for international arrivals to stem the spread of coronavirus as part of its plan to ease the lockdown, an airline association said Saturday, sparking alarm in an industry already badly hit by the global pandemic. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)

EU, Britain restart push on post-Brexit ties amid virus gloom

May 11, 2020 - 7:54 PM

The EU side accuses Britain of focusing only on issues dear to them and ignoring those essential for EU members, such as fishing, or on agreeing on minimum standards for health and the environment

TRADE TALKS. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (R) and the British Prime Minister's Europe adviser David Frost speak at start of the first round of post-Brexit trade deal talks between the EU and the United Kingdom, in Brussels on March 2, 2020. File photo by Olivier Hoslet/Pool/AFP

Filipino dance duo Ezekiel and Carl stun 'Britain’s Got Talent' judges

May 08, 2020 - 2:16 PM

The pair receives a standing ovation at the end of their high-energy performance

FILIPINOS GOT TALENT. Pinoy dance duo Ezekiel and Carl perform in the audition rounds for 'Britain's Got Talent.' Screenshot from YouTube.com/BritainsGotTalent09

O2, Virgin Media to merge into $46.6-billion UK telco giant

May 07, 2020 - 11:20 PM

Telefonica chief executive Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete says the merger would create 'the leading operator in the United Kingdom' that would be 'a game-changer' in the British telecoms sector

UK economy to plunge 14% in 2020 on virus, warns Bank of England

May 07, 2020 - 7:15 PM

Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey says the government's soon-to-be-announced decision on lockdown restrictions 'will shape the path by which the economy is brought back into action'

A man walks the near-deserted streets of the City of london on April 16, 2020, during the novel coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. - The British government on Thursday was expected to extend a nationwide lockdown for another three weeks, while the country's coronavirus death toll spiked by 861 -- a greater increase than in recent days. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

Updated UK virus toll becomes world's second highest

May 06, 2020 - 3:00 PM

The updated statistics, showing 32,313 total deaths by around April 24, means Britain has probably had the highest official death numbers in Europe for days

A member of the clinical staff wears personal protective equipment (PPE) as she cares for a patient at the Intensive Care unit at Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, on May 5, 2020. NHS staff wear an enhanced level of PPE in higher risk areas such as critical care to minimise the spread of infection between staff and patients. Britain's death toll from the coronavirus has topped 32,000, according to an updated official count released Tuesday, pushing the country past Italy to become the second-most impacted after the United States. Neil HALL / POOL / AFP

UK car sales crash to 1946 low as virus slams economy

May 05, 2020 - 8:55 PM

New registrations for cars sold in Britain collapse to 4,321 in April 2020, the worst performance since February 1946 or just after World War II

LONDON. A pedestrian walks along the bank of the Thames with the towers of London in the background on March 11, 2020. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

UK plans mass sing-along for locked-down VE Day

Apr 29, 2020 - 5:20 PM

The coronavirus forces Britain to change plans in celebrating VE Day on May 8 to mark the day the Nazis surrendered, bringing an end to World War II in Europe

REMINDERS. A man walks his dog past coronavirus COVID-19 themed graffiti in Glasgow on April 28, 2020. Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

UK launches loans for virus-hit small businesses

Apr 28, 2020 - 12:30 AM

This new plan is the latest in a series of multibillion-pound packages to help those affected by the coronavirus outbreak in Britain

NEARLY DESERTED. A man wearing a protective face mask walks through the near-deserted streets in Lincoln, Eastern England on April 20, 2020, as life in Britain continues during the nationwide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Bank of England warns of worst recession in centuries

Apr 24, 2020 - 1:00 AM

'It seems that we are experiencing an economic contraction that is faster and deeper than anything we have seen in the past century, or possibly several centuries,' says economist Gertjan Vlieghe

INTEREST RATE CUT. The Bank of England in London. Photo from Shutterstock

Queen Elizabeth II marks 94th birthday with no fanfare

Apr 21, 2020 - 7:50 PM

The monarch is said to be marking the occasion with her 98-year-old husband, Prince Philip, at Windsor Castle, west of London

QUEEN ELIZABETH. A still image of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II with a message of hope from her special address to the nation is seen on the giant billboard in Piccadilly Square, central London on April 18, 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. File photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Britain turns to Europe to save its crops

Apr 17, 2020 - 11:55 AM

A charter plane carrying 180 Romanian agricultural workers arrives in Britain at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has forced a lockdown and boosted demand for food

A seasonal worker from Romania picks strawberries at BR Brooks & Son farm in Faversham, south east England on June 29, 2018. - After weeks of uninterrupted sunshine the strawberry season is in full swing in the so-called Garden of England. But with a shortage of seasonal labourers to pick the fruits, a trend exacerbated by Brexit, there are growing fears many may be left to rot on their stems. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

G7 to coordinate economic reopening plans amid outbreak

Apr 17, 2020 - 9:25 AM

The leaders of the world's most advanced economies are looking for a way to end the economic paralysis

In this handout photograph received by Jiji Press and released by Japan's Cabinet Public Relations Office, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) speaks from Tokyo with other G7 leaders during a video conference late on April 16, 2020. (Photo by Handout / JIJI PRESS,JAPAN'S CABINET PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE / AFP) / Japan OUT - XGTY / --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / JAPAN'S CABINET PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ---

EasyJet set to vacate middle seats on resuming flights

Apr 17, 2020 - 1:00 AM

British airline EasyJet says it is also looking at various disinfection programs to protect passengers from the coronavirus

PLANE SCARE. In this file photo, an Airbus A321 of English low-cost passenger carrier easyJet is pictured on November 24, 2016 at Toulouse-Blagnac airport. File photo by Pascal Pavani/AFP

UK puts virus-hit construction sector back on track

Apr 16, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, work will begin on a high-speed railway that will link London with major cities in central and northern England

A digger is driven on the HS2 construction site near South Cubbington Wood, Leamington Spa, on February 25, 2020 where ancient woodland is set to be felled to make way for Britain's HS2 high-speed railway project. - The British government confirmed that UK's high-speed railway HS2 will be built despite soaring costs, bringing faster and greener transport connections between London and northern England. Critics like the protesters at South Cubbington Wood point out that construction of the HS2 line is set to destroy ancient woodlands and wildlife. (Photo by Justin TALLIS / AFP)

UK GDP could 'fall 13%' in 2020 as virus death toll climbs

Apr 15, 2020 - 2:30 AM

(UPDATED) The Office for Budget Responsibility warns that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic would be a bigger shock to the United Kingdom economy than the 2008 financial crisis

SOCIAL DISTANCING. A single customer sits at the bar in a near-empty pub in central London on March 17, 2020. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Fears of silent coronavirus deaths in UK's care homes

Apr 14, 2020 - 6:47 PM

One charity chief warns that older people are being 'abandoned,' with the official UK health ministry toll, which currently stands at 11,329, only including deaths in hospital

EMPTY. The near-deserted streets of Rye are pictured in southern England on April 13, 2020, as life in Britain continues over the Easter weekend, during the nationwide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

UK's Johnson recuperates as virus lockdown decision looms

Apr 13, 2020 - 10:48 PM

Confinement measures have been in place since March 20 in Britain, where 11,329 people hospitalized with coronavirus have now died

LOCKDOWN. The near-deserted streets around St Paul's Cathedral are pictured as tourists stay away on the bank holiday Monday in London on April 13, 2020, as life in Britain continues over the Easter weekend, during the nationwide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Boris Johnson continues virus recovery as UK death toll nears 10,000

Apr 11, 2020 - 11:14 PM

Britain continues to be hit hard, recording more than 900 daily COVID-19 deaths on Saturday for the second consecutive day

CORONAVIRUS. An 'I love NHS' sign is draped with flowering plants at St Thomas' Hospital in central London on April 11, 2020, where Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears to be on the road to recovery from the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Photo by Niklas Halle'n / AFP

UK driver pleads guilty to manslaughter of 39 found dead in truck

Apr 08, 2020 - 11:29 PM

Northern Ireland man Maurice Robinson, 25, has already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and acquiring criminal property

GUILTY. In this file photo, a police officer secures the cordon at the scene where a truck, believed to have originated from Bulgaria, and found to be containing 39 dead bodies, was discovered at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Virus-hit Tesco recruits 45,000 UK supermarket staff

Apr 08, 2020 - 6:10 PM

The newly hired Tesco workers include drivers helping to meet soaring demand for home deliveries

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Deprived of customers, UK farmers throw away milk

Apr 08, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers calls for financial aid 'to avert a larger crisis in the industry'

With Johnson out of action, who is running Britain?

Apr 07, 2020 - 6:58 PM

Here are some of the key questions about who is now running Britain during this crisis

WHO'S IN CHARGE? Larry, the 10 Downing Street cat, waits to be let inside at 10 Downing street in central London on April 7, 2020. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Prince Harry and Meghan to start nonprofit in U.S.

Apr 07, 2020 - 6:39 PM

They have delayed releasing full details about it because of the coronavirus pandemic and will make an announcement 'when the time is right'

HARRY AND MEGHAN In this file photo taken on March 05, 2020, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave after attending the Endeavor Fund Awards at Mansion House in London. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Debenhams bracing for collapse again amid virus turmoil

Apr 06, 2020 - 9:00 PM

British retailer Debenhams says it will file for bankruptcy and appoint administrators FRP to run the company

File photo of Debenhams by Sasa Wick/Shutterstock.com

Energy firm BP cuts spending by 25% as virus slashes oil demand

Apr 01, 2020 - 6:30 PM

'This may be the most brutal environment for oil and gas businesses in decades, but I am confident that we will come through it,' says BP CEO Bernard Looney

A handout picture taken on March 9, 2018, released by BP and received in London on November 22, 2018, shows an oil platform in the Clair Ridge oilfield in the North Sea, 45 miles off the coast of Scotland. - BP (formerly known as British Petroleum) announced Friday, the launch of a second phase of exploitation in the Clair field, British North Sea, with a targeted production of 120,000 barrels per day. (Photo by Stuart Conway / BP / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / BP / STUART CONWAY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

UK gov't promises more virus tests as death toll jumps

Apr 01, 2020 - 6:02 PM

(UPDATED) Britain has so far carried out a total of 153,000 tests compared to Germany which is testing 70,000 people a day

FIELD HOSPITAL. Work continues by members of the military and private contractors inside the ExCel center in London on March 31, 2020, which has been transformed into a field hospital comprising of two wards, each of 2,000 people, to be known as the NHS Nightingale Hospital, to help with the novel coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Stefan Rousseau/Pool/AFP

Virus crisis forces UK banks to axe billions in payouts

Apr 01, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, and Standard Chartered all say they will scrap dividends until the end of 2020

FINED. A logo is pictured above a branch of Barclays bank in central London on July 25, 2018. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK supermarkets see record sales on virus panic

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:00 PM

Total grocery sales in Britain rocket by a record 20.6% to a new high of £10.8 billion ($13.4 billion) in the 4 weeks to March 22

HIGH DEMAND. Shoppers peruse near-empty toilet roll shelves at a supermarket in the center of York, England, on March 19, 2020. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

'Heartbreak' as UK garden sector faces virus 'wipeout'

Mar 31, 2020 - 7:30 PM

The Horticultural Trades Association is asking the British government for financial aid of up to £250 million ($309 million) to avoid collapse

Botanical Horticulturalist Michael Antonetti poses with an orchid display during a photo call for the 'Orchid Festival' at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, west London on February 7, 2019. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

UK dining chain Carluccio's succumbs to virus turmoil

Mar 31, 2020 - 9:50 AM

Carluccio's, which has 71 restaurants around Britain, collapses into administration

COLLAPSE. A Carluccio's restaurant branch. Photo from Carluccio's Facebook page

British airline EasyJet grounds entire fleet over coronavirus

Mar 30, 2020 - 8:45 PM

But EasyJet 'will continue to work with government bodies to operate additional rescue flights as requested'

A picture taken on March 30, 2020 at Schiphol airport shows the easyJet check-in counters. - British airline easyJet on March 30, 2020 said it had grounded its entire fleet because of the coronavirus pandemic but would still be available for rescue flights to repatriate stranded customers. (Photo by Evert ELZINGA / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT

UK coronavirus deaths surge past 1,000

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:19 AM

'We know things will get worse before they get better,' says Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who himself tested positive for the coronavirus disease or COVID-19

SCHOOL'S OUT. A man in a mask sits on a bus on campus at Western University in London, Ontario on March 13, 2020. Photo by Geoff Robins/AFP

Fitch downgrades UK debt to AA-, outlook negative

Mar 28, 2020 - 10:10 AM

Fitch Ratings estimates the British economy could contract by 4% in 2020

LOCKDOWN. A deserted Mall leading to Buckingham Palace is pictured in London on the morning on March 24, 2020 after Britain ordered a lockdown to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

British PM Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020 - 7:28 PM

(UPDATED) The government says a total of 14,579 cases have so far been confirmed in Britain, while the number of deaths has risen by almost 200 to 759

POSITIVE. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses a news conference to give a daily update on the government's response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, inside 10 Downing Street in London on March 20, 2020. File photo by Julian Simmonds/Pool/AFP

Britain, eurozone face 2% recession in 2020 – S&P

Mar 26, 2020 - 8:30 PM

S&P says a 2% recession for Britain and the eurozone would amount to a loss in real GDP of about 420 billion euros ($460 billion) in 2020

A man wearing a mask walks past the Regional Science Centre in Oldham, Lancashire on March 26, 2020, during a country-wide lockdown to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

Britain asks public to respect coronavirus lockdown

Mar 24, 2020 - 7:57 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says people must stay inside except to buy essentials and take daily exercise, but there are questions about how the new rules will be enforced

LOCKDOWN. A deserted Mall leading to Buckingham Palace is pictured in London on the morning on March 24, 2020 after Britain ordered a lockdown to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Stay home for three months, UK tells 1.5 million most at risk

Mar 22, 2020 - 9:10 AM

'People should stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives,' says United Kingdom communities secretary Robert Jenrick

QUARANTINE. The Palace of Westminster housing the Houses of Parliament is seen from Westminster Bridge with a Union Flag in the foreground in central London on August 28, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK hygiene sector shines amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 21, 2020 - 9:00 PM

British companies making cleaning and hygiene products are having to work round the clock to meet enormous increases in demand

Shoppers peruse near-empty toilet roll shelves at a supermarket in the centre of York, northern England, on March 19, 2020. - Britain's supermarkets on Wednesday stepped up efforts to safeguard supplies, especially for vulnerable and elderly customers, as the sector battles stockpiling caused by coronavirus panic. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP)

Bank of England cuts interest rate to record low 0.1%

Mar 20, 2020 - 12:45 AM

'The spread of COVID-19 and the measures being taken to contain the virus will result in an economic shock that could be sharp and large, but should be temporary,' says the Bank of England

UK hospitality sector calls for help to combat virus woes

Mar 18, 2020 - 8:15 AM

As Britons are asked to stay at home to stop the spread of the coronavirus, pubs and restaurants appeal for government aid

A single customer sits at the bar in a near-empty pub in central London on March 17, 2020 after the UK government announced stringent social distancing advice including avoiding pubs and restaurants as a measure to kerb the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19. - "Sacrificed', in danger of 'death', 'existential crisis': British pub and restaurant chains called on the government on March 17 for help with coronavirus damage in an already faltering sector, after the Prime Minister announced stringent social distancing advice to combat the virus. The UK government recommended on Monday that "non-essential" travel should be avoided, calling in particular for pubs and restaurants to be avoided. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)

G7 pledge to 'do whatever it takes' to safeguard economy

Mar 17, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States 'resolve to coordinate measures...to achieve strong growth in the G7 economies'

In this handout photograph received by Jiji Press and released by Japan's Cabinet Public Relations Office, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) speaks from Tokyo with other G7 leaders during a video conference late on March 16, 2020. - Leaders of the G7 industrial powerhouses pledged on march 16 to join forces to halt economic freefall in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which they called "a human tragedy." (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP) / Japan OUT / --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / JAPAN'S CABINET PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ---

UK airline Flybe dealt final blow by coronavirus

Mar 05, 2020 - 6:35 PM

(UPDATED) Flybe, the biggest operator of United Kingdom domestic flights, collapses amid the novel coronavirus outbreak

BRITISH AIRLINE. A Flybe plane taking off in the Netherlands. Photo from Shutterstock