A pedestrian walks past a sign displaying a message to wear a face covering in central London on Wednesday. AFP
Tighter COVID-19 lockdowns could be imposed on more parts of northern England by the British government on Thursday and Health Secretary Matt Hancock will address parliament, a minister said.
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Asked on Sky if Manchester and parts of Lancashire would be placed into tier three, the highest level of local lockdown, junior business minister Nadhim Zahawi said:
"Well, as I say, I'm not going to speculate. Matt Hancock is going to make a statement to parliament as to where we are at but you can clearly see the numbers."
Pedestrians walk past a NHS sign displaying guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic in London. AFP
On the other side, British home furnishing retailer Dunelm posted a 37 per cent jump in first-quarter sales on Thursday as it benefited from higher online demand for its homewares, as well as in-store recovery following the initial round of lockdowns.
Shares in the company were seen up 3 per cent to 5 per cent ahead of market open, according to premarket indicators.
The company, which was founded in 1979 as a market stall business, said it expected gross margin to be slightly positive for the year, barring any impacts from coronavirus-related disruption or restrictions.Reuters
Each casualty of the virus lost an average of 10 years of life when they died, according to an analysis by respected think tank the Health Foundation.
In a sign of growing anxiety, Indian Railways, one of the world's biggest networks, cancelled all services except suburban and goods trains until March 31. The move will affect more than 20 million passengers a day and comes after several people tested positive for the virus after trips.
"This is not a bubble story. Real people are furious, because they have been doing the right thing and isolating," the minister said. A second unnamed minister cited by the newspaper said that retaining the adviser was "increasingly" looking as a "sign of weakness".
The property features a 360-degree infinity-edge pool and view of Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and Ain Dubai.It has an indoor garden of 200 square metres on four floors and roof terrace with a 360-degree view.
Sultan Al Neyadi, the Emirati astronaut who is currently on the station, will be as close as possible to his family, loved ones and his homeland today, and he will salute them with pride in this achievement that the country is ruling in space day after day.
Dubai saw the completion of the first successful trial of medical delivery via drones at the Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), in yet another unique public-private sector partnership.
The food control report stated that the administrative closure decision followed the restaurant’s repeated highly dangerous violations and its failure to meet the health and food safety requirements, the ADAFSA added, noting that insects were detected on the meat and vegetable washing sink and in the clean utensil storage area.