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Andy Murray’s heroics on his return to grand slam singles action managed to draw a crowd even though the stands were empty at Flushing Meadows.   As Murray began his comeback from two sets down in his US Open first-round match against Japanese world number 49 Yoshihito Nishioka, some notable spectators began to appear outside […]

Younger adults and people with pre-existing mental and physical health conditions are more likely to suffer anxiety, depression, PTSD and higher levels of worry as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, new research has shown.   Psychologists at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) looked at data from 726 people across Scotland, to gauge what impact the […]

Lockdown measures have been reimposed around Glasgow and western parts of Scotland as coronavirus cases rise. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the move after 66 new positive tests were recorded in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area on Tuesday. Restrictions on visiting other households will apply to people living in Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire and […]

Matt Hancock said a new rapid Covid-19 test that also picks up winter illnesses can be administered by non-healthcare professionals. He told the Commons about the new “rapid test for coronavirus and other winter viruses that’ll help provide on-the-spot results in under 90 minutes helping us to break chains of transmission quickly”. He added: “These […]

Several people were arrested as Extinction Rebellion protesters kicked off two weeks of civil disobedience outside Parliament. Thousands of campaigners descended on Parliament Square on Tuesday afternoon where they blocked roads, bringing traffic to a standstill, chanted, banged drums and made a range of speeches. At least 10 were carried away by police after the […]

Boris Johnson is facing fresh pressure from his backbenches for clarity on taxes, education and coronavirus policy as MPs return to Westminster after the summer recess.   The Prime Minister has come under fire for presiding over a series of U-turns, including on exam results and face coverings in schools, over the last few weeks. […]

Fewer than 400 fines have been issued to public transport users in England breaking face covering rules despite one in 10 passengers not complying, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.   Fewer than 400 fines have been issued to public transport users in England breaking face covering rules despite one in 10 passengers not complying, Transport […]

Marcus Rashford is spearheading a task force on the issue of child food poverty and is warning of “devastating” effects on the stability of the country if action is not taken quickly. The Manchester United and England striker was successful in campaigning for free school meal vouchers to be provided to pupils over the summer […]

Next year’s GCSE and A-level exams could be pushed back to give pupils more time to study the syllabus, the Education Secretary has said.   Gavin Williamson said England’s exams regulator, Ofqual, was working with the education sector to decide whether there should be a “short delay” to the exam timetable in 2021. He told […]

Lady Gaga dominated the MTV Video Music Awards during a ceremony that focused heavily on the deadly impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the social unrest still erupting across the US. Sunday’s show bore little resemblance to those in previous years, with performances taking place outside and in front of severely limited audiences across New […]