Groups of British tourists have enjoyed a raucous night

Groups of British tourists have enjoyed a raucous night of drinking in Benidorm despite the the government’s new quarantine rules for Spain.  Crowds of merry holidaymakers were photographed in bars and restaurants drinking beers last night, while ignoring social distancing entirely.   Late on Monday, the Foreign Office said it would instead toughen up its advice and extend its recommendation against travel to mainland Spain to include the Spanish islands, based on an assessment of the risk. A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We have considered the overall situation for British nationals travelling to and from the Balearic and Canary islands, including … Continue reading Groups of British tourists have enjoyed a raucous night

The government is preparing to award coronavirus testing

The government is preparing to award coronavirus testing contracts worth an estimated £5bn to commercial bidders, in what critics fear is a “backdoor” subsidy to the private sector. The vast new budget, which works out at £2.5bn per year and will be managed by Public  Health England (PHE), is equal to the entire annual spend on English NHS laboratories. It came as the US Senate approved a bill imposing sanctions on Chinese officials and any Hong Kong police units clashing with protesters. China’s foreign ministry warned of “strong countermeasures” against the US if the bill becomes law. China has said … Continue reading The government is preparing to award coronavirus testing

An historic coalition has been agreed in Ireland tonight between old political rivals Fianna Fail and Fine Gael – along with the Greens

An historic coalition has been agreed in Ireland tonight between old political rivals Fianna Fail and Fine Gael – along with the Greens. The three parties will officially form a government tomorrow, almost five months after the country’s general election, with Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin set to be sworn in as the new Taoiseach. Yencer de los Santos Germosen, and his 16-year-old girlfriend, who has not been named, were being pulled out to sea by the currents and were heard screaming for help. Members of a nearby regatta heard the couple’s pleas and contacted the emergency services just before … Continue reading An historic coalition has been agreed in Ireland tonight between old political rivals Fianna Fail and Fine Gael – along with the Greens

Eight schoolchildren died in a horrific drowning incident

Eight schoolchildren died in a horrific drowning incident after seven of them jumped into a river to save their friend. The primary school-age pupils were swept to their deaths and the last of their bodies were pulled from the water at around 7am today. He had predicted there would be no empty seats and the campaign planned for a full arena and an outdoor overflow stage for 40,000 people, after boasting of a million ticket requests. There were warning signs that all was not going to plan when six of the advance team were diagnosed with Covid-19. The modest turnout, … Continue reading Eight schoolchildren died in a horrific drowning incident

Britain appears to be faring worse than its European counterparts

Britain appears to be faring worse than its European counterparts as coronavirus lockdowns crush their economies. The UK reported a record-breaking 20.4 per cent fall in GDP in April on Friday, the first full month after people were ordered into their homes. According to the British government 41,481 lives have been lost in the UK since late January although the number rises to more than 50,000 when suspected cases are included. Brazil’s death toll is also considered an underestimate. Only in the US, where the official death toll stands at more than 116,000, have more died. The health ministry said … Continue reading Britain appears to be faring worse than its European counterparts

Friends and family including the over-70s will be able to hold socially-distanced gatherings in their gardens from next week

Friends and family including the over-70s will be able to hold socially-distanced gatherings in their gardens from next week, Boris Johnson has said. The prime minister told the daily Downing Street briefing that from Monday up to six people would be able to meet outdoors, including in their gardens, as long as they stayed two metres apart. Chinese president Xi Jinping cast one of the 2,878 votes for the bill – with only one against – in a move which has triggered a fresh wave of protests in the city despite Beijing’s promise to ‘smash’ any resistance.  Lawmakers in the … Continue reading Friends and family including the over-70s will be able to hold socially-distanced gatherings in their gardens from next week

Hong Kong democracy activists yesterday made frantic plans to cover their tracks amid fears

Hong Kong democracy activists yesterday made frantic plans to cover their tracks amid fears of a brutal crackdown by the world’s most powerful surveillance state. Many deleted politically sensitive online postings, wiped social media accounts and turned to proxy servers that mask their identities after China announced sweeping national security laws for the territory. Some confided in friends that they intended to destroy their electronic devices. A medic who treated protesters injured in police clashes at underground clinics said colleagues involved in the opposition planned to move overseas. At least two people aboard survived, according to the country’s health department, … Continue reading Hong Kong democracy activists yesterday made frantic plans to cover their tracks amid fears

Chilling CCTV footage has emerged of a British man picking up a Thai prostitute

Chilling CCTV footage has emerged of a British man picking up a Thai prostitute hours before they engaged in a drug-fuelled sex session which ended with him allegedly killing her with a snooker cue and machete.  Police took Neil Henry Elliott, 46, from Northern Ireland, on a public parade in handcuffs today, to point at the spot where he collected the woman, named Onn, and drove her away on his motorbike on Wednesday night. Whitehall sources told the newspaper that pupils from Year’s 10 and 12 would form the first wave of secondary school children returning to school at a … Continue reading Chilling CCTV footage has emerged of a British man picking up a Thai prostitute

China has dispatched a team of senior doctors to treat Kim Jong-un

China has dispatched a team of senior doctors to treat Kim Jong-un, it was reported yesterday, amid conflicting accounts about the health of the North Korean dictator since he vanished from public view two weeks ago. The delegation was led by a senior official from the Communist Party international liaison department, which handles relations with its neighbour, according to Reuters, citing three sources “familiar with the situation”. The city has the highest death rate of any state capital in Brazil and the mayor fears there are more hidden deaths because people are dying at home without medical care.   The pandemic … Continue reading China has dispatched a team of senior doctors to treat Kim Jong-un

Indonesia has reported 407 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of cases to 5,923

Indonesia has reported 407 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of cases to 5,923 and surpassing the Philippines as the country with the highest number of infections in south-east Asia. The health ministry official Achmad Yurianto also reported 24 new deaths attributed to the disease, taking the total to 420, and said Indonesia had performed 42,000 tests for the virus. The World Health Organisation has declared the outbreak a pandemic and countries have told their citizens to stay at home to reduce the spread of the infection. In the UK, more than 104,000 cases and 13,729 deaths have been … Continue reading Indonesia has reported 407 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of cases to 5,923