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Passengers have their temperature taken as they queue at a British Airways check-in desk at Heathrow Airport, west London. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/ Getty Images)

At least 30 Conservative MPs are to increase pressure on the British government to reconsider its approach to the 14-day quarantine rule for traveller(...)

Kevin De Bruyne scored in Manchester City’s win at the Bernabeu in February. File photograph: Getty Images

Manchester City’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Madrid will still be played at the Etihad Stadium despite the 14-day quarantine rul(...)

British  prime minister Boris Johnson: “I do want people to start to go to work now if you can, but remember to follow the guidance because that is the way to save lives”

Boris Johnson has urged people to go back to work if they can, contradicting his government’s advice that they should work from home if possible. Answ(...)

 Boots said it would close 48 of its opticians shops and restructure its headquarters, shedding 4,000 jobs. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Gyms, swimming pools, nail bars and tattooists will be allowed to reopen under the latest easing of the lockdown in England as the number of new coron(...)

 Minister for  Arts and Culture Catherine Martin: Government will need to be much more generous to the arts given the pandemic’s drastic impact on the sector.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

It is tempting to compare the £1.57 billion rescue package for the arts announced in Britain to Roosevelt’s Depression-era New Deal that benefited mor(...)

Sun bathers enjoy the warm weather at Ruislip Lido in  London on Saturday. Boris Johnson has set out a gradual easing of lockdown measures in England, with socially distanced groups of six friends and families allowed to meet in parks and gardens from Monday. Photograph: AFP

Britain is facing a “very dangerous moment” with the easing of lockdown restrictions, the deputy chief medical officer said last night after a growing(...)

Newcastle will stage the return of racing in the UK on Monday. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty

Racing will resume behind closed doors at Newcastle on Monday after the UK Government gave its permission for competitive sport in Britain to restart (...)

Epsom racecourse: racing was last staged in Britain on March 17th. Photograph:  Mark Trowbridge/Getty Images

Brant Dunshea, chief regulatory officer at the British Horseracing Authority, has expressed his confidence that racing will be able to resume in Brita(...)

Irish News editor Noel Doran said the  support for journalists “sends out a strong message that all the attempts at intimidation will have no effect on our coverage”. File photograph: Getty

A wide range of political and civic society has come out in condemning recent threats against journalists in Northern Ireland. In April, dissident r(...)

Harry Kane is looking forward to football’s return. Photograph: Getty Images

England captain Harry Kane says players are awaiting safety guidance from the Premier League before making their minds up about a possible return to c(...)

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