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A record 689,313 alerts were sent to users of the NHS COVID-19 app in England and Wales in a week, NHS figures show. The alerts tell people they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Last week, 618,903 people were pinged by the app. Advertisement

The UK government’s decision to keep quarantine measures for travellers coming from France while removing them for all other European countries is “discriminatory” and “excessive”, a French minister has said. On Wednesday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed England would allow fully vaccinated visitors from both the EU and the United States to arrive without needing […]

Two women have been taken to hospital after they were struck by lightning at the top of Snowdon. Volunteers from Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team were called to the summit of Wales‘ highest mountain by North Wales Police around 1.30pm on Wednesday. When rescuers reached the women, who were part of a five-strong group by the […]

A cyclist who jumped a red light and killed a pedestrian has been jailed for two years. Office worker Peter McCombie, 72, was crossing the road when one bike narrowly missed him before a second hit him causing fatal injuries. He died eight days later from head injuries. Cyclist Ermir Loka, 23, was knocked off […]

Dominic Raab has said it is “unlikely” that he will attend the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022, amid growing calls for British dignitaries to boycott the event over alleged human rights abuses in China. The foreign secretary told Kay Burley on Sky News he doubts he will attend the sporting event, but that individuals should […]

Team GB canoeist Mallory Franklin has won the silver medal in the women’s single slalom in Tokyo – with Matt Coward-Holley collecting shooting bronze in the men’s trap final at the Olympics. Franklin, 27, recorded the fastest time in both heats on Wednesday. Her fiance Ciaran Lee Edwards said she was “really thrilled” to have […]

The decrease in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases released by the government each day “looks a bit fishy”, according to a leading symptoms researcher whose study has shown infections are on the rise. Professor Tim Spector, who co-founded the ZOE COVID Symptom Study app, said a “sudden drop” in people testing positive for the […]

The government is “increasingly confident” that more countries will soon be added to the amber and green travel lists, Dominic Raab has told Sky News. The foreign secretary said he believes opportunities for international travel can in the near future be opened up further as “the momentum forward is positive”. Mr Raab also did not […]

The competition watchdog has imposed fines totalling £100m in the latest case of so-called price gouging that saw patients lose access to a free drug on the NHS. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that pharmaceutical company Advanz charged “excessive and unfair prices” for supplying liothyronine tablets, which are used to treat thyroid hormone […]

Despite missing out on a medal, Helen Glover says she is “incredibly proud” to finish fourth in her Olympic final but is itching to get home to her kids. For British rower Glover, just qualifying for the final of the women’s pair with partner Polly Swann was an achievement considering she retired from the sport […]