Labour accused the British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak of consigning more than one million jobs to the “scrapheap”, after failing to protect workers in the hard-hit wedding, exhibition and festival industries in his emergency COVID plans.
The US is nearing the stark milestone of 200,000 deaths, nine months after the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, as cases in the UK rose to a four-month high and Europe continued to see rising infections.
New “circuit-breaker” restrictions designed to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 in England would have “astronomical” consequences for struggling businesses unless they receive further financial support, the government has been warned.
Pharma giant AstraZeneca and Oxford University said they had resumed a COVID-19 vaccine trial after getting the all-clear from British regulators, following a pause caused by a UK volunteer falling ill.
Booksellers up and down the UK are reporting a boom in sales since readers returned to bookshops after the lockdown, with the first avalanche of Christmas titles giving them their best first week of September since records began.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accused the European Union of threatening to impose a food "blockade" between Britain and Northern Ireland that could tear the UK apart, throwing new fuel on the fire of simmering Brexit talks.