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Northern Ireland reports highest weekly death toll since pandemic began

Northern Ireland reports highest weekly death toll since pandemic began

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency said 156 fatalities occurred in the week beginning January 9.

Wedding with 400 guests discovered at north London school

Wedding with 400 guests discovered at north London school

Police said there is ‘no excuse’ for such a breach of the rules.

Boy, 14, arrested after teenager killed in ‘shocking and tragic’ street attack

Boy, 14, arrested after teenager killed in ‘shocking and tragic’ street attack

Witnesses reported hearing shots in a residential street in Birmingham.

Woman seen lying down on railway crossing to pose for photographs

Woman seen lying down on railway crossing to pose for photographs

The stunt at the crossing in East Sussex – where trains pass through at up to 70mph – has been branded ‘unthinkably stupid’ by police.

John Lewis to repay £300m Covid loan early as sales pick up

John Lewis to repay £300m Covid loan early as sales pick up

It comes as all its department stores remain closed due to current lockdown restrictions.

People urged not to rely on their neighbours getting vaccinated to protect them

People urged not to rely on their neighbours getting vaccinated to protect them

A study found that 69% of the population would need to be given the Pfizer jab, or 93% the Oxford vaccine, to bring the R number below 1.

Flood defences prepared for more wet weather in the wake of Storm Christoph

Flood defences prepared for more wet weather in the wake of Storm Christoph

Three severe flood warnings – one in England and two in Wales – remained in place on Friday morning.

Hackney Council asks postal voters to submit new applications after cyber attack

Hackney Council asks postal voters to submit new applications after cyber attack

The east London authority was targeted by cyber criminals in October.

£500 payment to everyone who tests positive being considered – minister

£500 payment to everyone who tests positive being considered – minister

It is estimated the proposal of extending £500 payments to everyone who tests positive for Covid-19 in England would cost up to £453 million per week.

Leave Home, Save Lives: Refugee key workers celebrated in online exhibit

Leave Home, Save Lives: Refugee key workers celebrated in online exhibit

The online exhibit features portraits of seven key workers from refugee backgrounds, to highlight their contribution during the pandemic.

Foster – Northern Ireland protocol problems ‘foreseeable’

Foster – Northern Ireland protocol problems ‘foreseeable’

She said Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been warned of the issues last year.

Serving Met Police officer dies after testing positive for Covid-19

Serving Met Police officer dies after testing positive for Covid-19

Pc Michael Warren, 37, joined the Met in 2005 and had served as a Territorial Support Group officer for the last four years.

Retail sales in 2020 fall at fastest level in 23 years – ONS

Retail sales in 2020 fall at fastest level in 23 years – ONS

The Office for National Statistics said the fall came amid a slight boost in December, with clothes stores benefitting most.

Festival season ‘still possible despite the cancellation of Glastonbury’

Festival season ‘still possible despite the cancellation of Glastonbury’

Paul Reed, of the Association of Independent Festivals, said the Government needs to intervene over the issue of insurance for music events.

Government borrowing soared nearly sixfold to £34.1bn in December

Government borrowing soared nearly sixfold to £34.1bn in December

Overall debt hit a new record-high £2.13 trillion at the end of December.

London mayor in 999-year shared ownership lease pledge

London mayor in 999-year shared ownership lease pledge

The leaseholds set out by Sadiq Khan would apply to shared ownership homes delivered through his £4 billion affordable homes programme.

Crown Office investigating 474 care homes in Scotland over Covid deaths

Crown Office investigating 474 care homes in Scotland over Covid deaths

But care home sector body Scottish Care condemned the investigations as ‘wholly disproportionate’.

UK public supports tracking technology and immunity passports, study finds

UK public supports tracking technology and immunity passports, study finds

But researchers say this finding is not reflected in the number of people who have downloaded the NHS Test and Trace app.

People smugglers facing life sentences for 39 migrant deaths

People smugglers facing life sentences for 39 migrant deaths

The victims, Vietnamese men, woman and children, had hoped for a better life in the UK.

Study: Over-50s’ mental health declined during lockdowns

Study: Over-50s’ mental health declined during lockdowns

Researchers at the University of Exeter and King’s College London studied data from more than 3,000 people aged over 50.

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