Fears that emergency services would be overwhelmed after pubs and restaurants reopened in England were not realized, according to initial reports. Early indications, however, were that criminality and the number of A&E admissions as a result of alcohol were not as high as many had anticipated, although there were small pockets of disorder.
A stabbing attack in the southern English city of Reading is being treated as an act of terrorism, British police said Sunday. The attack, which took place Saturday evening in a public park, left three people dead and another three injured. A 25-year-old man from Reading was arrested for suspected murder Saturday night. Reuters reports that the man is Libyan national Khairi Saadallah.
Prince Andrew won’t be extradited to America for questioning over his links to Jeffrey Epstein, the US attorney general has said. William Barr told Fox News the Duke of York’s involvement in the case against the convicted pedophile “isn’t a question of handing him over” but a matter of “having him provide some evidence”. US federal investigators have been trying to speak to Andrew for months about the disgraced billionaire.
Boris Johnson has backed his key adviser Dominic Cummings, amid a row over the aide’s travel during lockdown. The PM said he believed Mr Cummings had “no alternative” but to travel from London to the North East for childcare “when both he and his wife were about to be incapacitated by coronavirus”. It follows calls from several Tory MPs for Mr Cummings’ resignation.
Healthcare workers in the United Kingdom will begin taking part in a University of Oxford-led international trial of two anti-malarial drugs to see if they can prevent COVID-19, including one US President Donald Trump says he has been taking. The drugs have risen to prominence since Trump said earlier this week he was taking hydroxychloroquine as preventive medicine against the virus, despite medical warnings about its use.
The United Kingdom has overtaken Italy to report the highest official death toll from coronavirus in Europe, figures released on Tuesday showed, increasing pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson over his response to the crisis. Weekly figures from Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) added more than 7,000 deaths in England and Wales, raising the total for the United Kingdom to 32,313 as of late April.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to listen in to a virtual high court hearing in the first stage of Meghan’s legal action against a British newspaper over its publication of a “private and confidential” letter to her estranged father. Meghan is suing the publisher of the Mail On Sunday and MailOnline over an article that reproduced parts of a handwritten letter she sent to Thomas Markle in August 2018.
Britain is among a number of countries investigating the origin of the coronavirus pandemic, including a possibility it could be linked to a Chinese laboratory conducting research into diseases in bats. It is thought to be considered highly likely that the novel coronavirus did occur naturally and is not man-made. NBC News reported on Thursday that the US intelligence community is examining whether it came accidentally from a Wuhan lab.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson left the London hospital where he was being treated for COVID-19 and returned home Sunday, Downing Street confirmed. A spokesperson said Johnson would continue his recovery at Chequers, the prime minister’s country residence in the county of Buckinghamshire, north of London. Johnson, 55, was admitted to St. Thomas’ Hospital on April 5 after having experienced “persistent” symptoms of COVID-19.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved out of the intensive care unit where he was being treated for the coronavirus, a spokesperson said Thursday. “The prime minister has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery,” the spokesperson said. “He is in extremely good spirits.”