Boris Johnson suggests coronavirus lockdown will be loosened on Monday | World news

Boris Johnson has signalled that some lockdown measures will be eased on Monday, as he set a new target of 200,000 tests a day by the end of the month. In his first prime minister’s questions since recovering from coronavirus, Johnson said he would give a statement on Sunday on plans for an “unlockdown”, with … Read more Boris Johnson suggests coronavirus lockdown will be loosened on Monday | World news

On VE Day, let’s celebrate the heroes around us right now | Zoe Williams | Opinion

Last year it was announced that the traditional first bank holiday of May 2020 – the starting gun of Day Off season – would be moved from the Monday to the Friday, so that it might play a bigger part in the Brexit-related culture war. It would coincide with VE Day. Maybe Spitfires would roar. … Read more On VE Day, let’s celebrate the heroes around us right now | Zoe Williams | Opinion

Matt Hancock says he backs any police action against Neil Ferguson | World news

The UK health secretary has said he would back the police in any action they wish to take over Prof Neil Ferguson breaking social distancing rules by having a woman visit him at his home. Ferguson, an epidemiologist who has helped shape the government’s response to coronavirus and who advocated the lockdown, made the right … Read more Matt Hancock says he backs any police action against Neil Ferguson | World news

Rory Stewart pulls out of contest to be next London mayor | Politics

Rory Stewart has withdrawn his independent bid for the London mayoralty after the contest was extended by a year because of coronavirus. Stewart, a former Conservative cabinet minister, said he could not ask his volunteer campaigners to keep going for another 12 months, as he sought to challenge Labour’s Sadiq Khan for the top job … Read more Rory Stewart pulls out of contest to be next London mayor | Politics

UK coronavirus live: furlough scheme to be scaled back as government looks for ways to ease lockdown | Politics

7.48am BST07:48 Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has been speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning. Ashworth said the government needs to have a plan which should include more targeted testing and tracing to tackle the disproportionate number of deaths in poorer areas. He told BBC Breakfast: My worry is that Covid-19 is going to make … Read more UK coronavirus live: furlough scheme to be scaled back as government looks for ways to ease lockdown | Politics