Day: February 1, 2022

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Measles warning as MMR jab uptake falls to lowest level in 10 years

More than one in 10 children in England are starting school at risk of catching deadly measles as vaccine rates have dropped to their lowest level in a decade, experts have warned. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is urging parents to ensure their children have had their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines as […]

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WhatsApp ‘Communities’ feature could change how groups work

WhatsApp is continuing to work on a “Communities” feature that could completely change how groups work. The feature has been rumoured for months, and an early iteration of it appeared in a beta version of the app in November. But new betas show that it is not only still in process but also has new […]

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Covid news – live: Care home boss demands apology for sacked staff after U-turn on mandatory NHS jabs

Dominic Raab says Liz Truss wearing mask ‘wouldn’t have made a difference’ Health secretary Sajid Javid has announced the government’s U-turn on mandatory Covid vaccines for NHS health and social care workers. Javid faced pressure to scrap the requirement for health workers in England to be double-vaccinated by 1 April amid fears it will lead […]

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Levelling up efforts could fail the poorest, IFS warns

The government’s flagship levelling up policy risks failing Britain’s poorest by focusing on places, rather than poverty, a leading economic think tank has warned. Regional inequality is persistent and worsening the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said on Tuesday, in an analysis ahead of the government’s delayed policy white paper, expected this week. However, while […]

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Tesco warns 1,600 jobs at risk as overnight re-stocking roles scrapped

Around 1,600 jobs are at risk of being axed at Tesco as the supermarket giant sets out plans to shake up its overnight operations and restructure stores. Britain’s largest supermarket said it plans to move overnight restocking roles to daytime hours in 36 large stores and 49 convenience shops across the country. Tesco also said […]

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Bitcoin price surges as El Salvador rejects IMF call to ditch BTC as currency

Bitcoin has surged to a two-week price high, leading a crypto rally that has added more than a quarter of a trillion dollars to the overall market. The price movement follows the worst month for the cryptocurrency since March 2020, when pandemic-induced panic selling pushed it below $5,000. After surging to a new all-time high […]

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India announces 30% tax on all digital currencies, including cryptocurrencies and NFTs

India has imposed a 30 per cent tax on any income from the transfer of virtual digital assets, including cryptocurrencies and NFTs, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Tuesday. The move, announced during the national budget plan for the 2022-23 fiscal year, would bring virtual assets, including cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) under a […]

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Pupils from poorest areas of England less likely to be vaccinated against Covid, figures show

School children living in the poorest areas of England are less likely to be vaccinated against Covid-19, according to new data. Up to 9 January, the vaccination rate stood at 36.1 per cent for pupils aged 12 to 15 from the most deprived parts of the country, compared to to 70.3 per cent for the […]

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The 55 education ‘cold spots’ earmarked for levelling up

The government has announced 55 education “cold spots” in England that have been identified as part of the levelling up agenda. Ministers are set to unveil measures to improve standards of education in these areas, with the suggestion of elite sixth form colleges for high performing children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. These new “education […]

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Brexit: Shoppers face less choice and higher prices as food suppliers ditch UK over new red tape

UK shoppers will see less choice of food and steep price increases as EU suppliers shun the UK over the latest round of Brexit red tape, retailers and hauliers have warned. Specialist food shops in particular are being hit hard by bureaucracy introduced on 1 January with some fearing that their businesses will no longer […]

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