• FILE: While England removed virtually all coronavirus restrictions last month, most major festivals were forced to cancel or reduce crowd sizes well in advance because of the long lead times required for the large events.  Picture: 123rf.com

    UK launches $1 billion COVID insurance scheme for live events

    The scheme, worth £750 million ($1 billion, 880 million euros) and announced by the country's finance ministry late Thursday, follows pressure from organisers and venues for the government to provide a cushion from COVID uncertainty.

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    UK grocers warn of shortages amid virus 'pingdemic'

    With millions of workers and schoolkids currently forced to stay home under Covid-19 tracing rules -- in what has been dubbed a "pingdemic" after the phone app used to contact, or ping, people who need to self-isolate -- various industries are starting to suffer.

  • FILE: In this file photo taken on 23 December 2020, a pedestrian walks past a sign alerting people that "COVID-19 cases are very high in London - Stay at Home", in central London. Picture: AFP

    Scientists round on UK over plan to end COVID-19 curbs

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said this week it was "highly probable" the worst of the coronavirus pandemic was over as he pressed ahead with Monday's reopening, despite the Delta variant spreading out of control.

  • FILE: The British flag (L) stands next to the European Union flag at the European Union Commission headquarter in Brussels, 17 July 2017. Picture: AFP

    Brussels warns UK its Brexit bill is final

    Accounts published last month by the European Union give a figure of 47.5 billion euros (40.8 billion pounds, $56.5 billion) that Brussels says it is owed by the UK government, to be paid over several years.

  • FILE: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson with his partner Carrie Symonds leave after attending the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London on 9 March 2020. Picture: Tolga AKMEN/AFP

    UK lawmakers clear PM of conduct breach over luxury holiday

    After a months-long probe, the House of Commons Committee on Standards concluded Johnson had accurately declared how he paid for the controversial trip with his then fiancee - now wife - Carrie Symonds to the privately owned island of Mustique over Christmas 2019.

  • Members of the military and private contractors help to prepare the ExCel centre in London on 30 March 2020, which has been transformed into a field hospital to be known as the NHS Nightingale Hospital, to help with the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Picture: AFP

    UK says Delta variant 60% more transmissible

    The Delta variant, which first emerged in India, has caused a rise in cases in Britain, prompting questions about whether social distancing restrictions will be lifted as planned from June 21.