UK local government declared “major incident” as thousands ignore social distancing to flock to beach

Story By: Helene Fung, Picture Courtesy: Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council Thousands of people have ignored social distancing requirements and flocked to the beach at the beachside town of Bournemouth, causing the local council to declare a “major incident”, and urged people to leave the town. This happened on Thursday (local time), on the second…

British scientists found hydroxychloroquine “useless” for treating COVID-19

By Helene Fung Oxford University’s Professor of medicine and epidemiology, Martin Landray, announced on Friday (local time) that they have decided to stop a large trial exploring the use of anti- malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in patients hospitalised with COVID-19, because they “concluded there is no evidence of a beneficial effect”. Professor Landray went as far…

Centenarian British veteran becomes oldest music chart topper

By Helene Fung, Photo Courtesy: Guinness World Record British Army veteran Captain Tom Moore already built up a fan following world-wide earlier this month, for his efforts fund-raising for the UK health service NHS by walking laps – supported by a walking frame – in his back yard. However, his latest achievements will ensure that…

UK government to pick up payroll tabs on closed pubs

By Helene Fung UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called on cafes, pubs, bars, restaurants, night clubs, theatres and gyms to shut their doors as soon as possible, to cut the risk of coronavirus transmission; but business could continue to provide takeaway services. He said the measures were intended to be temporary, and the length…

Brexit Is Finally Done After 43 Months Of Stuggle

By Helene Fung Britain officially ended almost half a century of European Union membership, as a clock projected on to 10 Downing Street counted down to zero at 11pm local time, which was midnight in Brussels. Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the country in a pre-recorded message an hour before the deadline, with a message…

UK police arrests one more man over 39 deaths in truck

By Helene Fung British Police arrested a 23 year old man from Northern Ireland, on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration. The arrest was in relation to the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people, aged between 15 and 44, whose bodies were found in a refrigerated container truck on the…

Ireland and Britain PMs see a pathway to Brexit deal

By Helene Fung British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar held a several hours long private lunch meeting this week and told the press that they found a “pathway” to a Brexit deal. It comes just three weeks ahead of the UK’s deadline to leave the European Union on the 31st…

UK Opposition Leader to use emergency debate to prevent no deal Brexit

By Helene Fung The leader of British opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn indicated that they would trigger an emergency parliamentary debate next week to try to stop Prime Minister Boris Johnson making UK leave the European Union without a Brexit deal by the 31st October deadline. Earlier in the week, Mr Johnson made the bold…