Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II is huge security challenge
LONDON — (AP) — The funeral of the only monarch most Britons have known involves the biggest security operation London has ever seen. Mayor Sadiq Khan says Monday's state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II is an "unprecedented" security challenge, with hundreds of thousands of people packing central London and a funeral guest list of 500 emperors, kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers and other leaders from around the world. “It’s been decades since this many world leaders were in one place,” said Khan. They are just the most visible part of a security operation that is being run from a high-tech control center near Lambeth Bridge, not far from Parliament. Authorities face the challenge of keeping 500 world leaders safe, without ruffling too many diplomatic feathers.wftv.com
Royal fans give London tourism a bump amid UK economic woes
Hotels, restaurants and shops are packed as royal fans pour into the heart of London to experience the flag-lined roads, pomp-filled processions and brave a mileslong line for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to bid adieu to Queen Elizabeth II.
2 police hurt in London stabbing, unrelated to queen events
LONDON — (AP) — Two London police officers were hospitalized after being stabbed in the city's busy West End on Friday, the Metropolitan Police force said. The force said officers patrolling near Leicester Square encountered a man with a knife early Friday morning and were stabbed while trying to detain him. The officers — a man and a woman — were taken to hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. Police said a Taser was used during the arrest and the suspect was briefly taken to a hospital as a precaution. The incident comes as London is flooded with mourners for Queen Elizabeth II’s lying-in-state, but the stabbing did not occur near any commemorative sites and police said the injured officers were not part of the royal operation.wftv.com
UK weather turmoil disrupts train travel for 3rd day
Britain Wildfires A blaze is in the village of Wennington, east London, Tuesday, July 19, 2022. The typically temperate nation of England is the latest to be walloped by unusually hot, dry weather that has triggered wildfires from Portugal to the Balkans and led to hundreds of heat-related deaths. Forecasters predict London will reach a high of 26 Celsius (79 Fahrenheit) on Wednesday, down from the record 40.3C (104.4F) set Tuesday at Coningsby in eastern England. Despite lower temperatures, the fire danger remains high because hot, dry weather has parched grassland around the city, Khan said. He’s still concerned about the ground being dry and the speed of fire spreading.”___Follow AP’s climate coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/climate-and-environment.wftv.com
UK weather turmoil spurs calls to adapt to climate change
Britain’s record-breaking heatwave is spurring calls for the government to speed up efforts to adapt to a changing climate after wildfires created the busiest day for London firefighters since bombs rained down on the city during World War II.
London mayor: Heat wave brings surge in number of city fires
Britain Heat A man refreshes his face at a fountain in Trafalgar Square in central London, Tuesday, July 19, 2022. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire/PA via AP) (Aaron Chown)LONDON — (AP) — The mayor of London says a heat wave that has brought temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) is causing a “huge surge” in the number of fires in the city. The London Fire Brigade said it had declared a “major incident,” which means it can call on resources from other emergency services. Meanwhile, nearly 750 heat-related deaths have been reported in Spain and neighboring Portugal in the heat wave there. “We have to stop this, turn this around.”Drought and heat waves tied to climate change have also made wildfires harder to fight.wftv.com
Pride parade returns in London on 50th anniversary
Britain Pride London Mohammed Nazir from London, poses on a giant rainbow flag, during the Pride in London parade, in London, Saturday, July 2, 2022, marking the 50th Anniversary of the Pride movement in the UK. (James Manning/PA via AP) (James Manning)LONDON — (AP) — The streets of London were filled with color on Saturday as the U.K. capital marked 50 years of Pride. After two years of cancellations because of the coronavirus pandemic, the parade came a half-century after London’s first march to celebrate Pride in 1972. Chris Joell-Deshields, the director of organizers Pride in London, said “momentous” rights and freedoms had been earned since the inaugural event, “but there is more to be done”. London Mayor Sadiq Khan hailed a “beautiful day” of “unity, visibility, equality and solidarity” as he joined in the celebrations.wftv.com
'In our hearts': London remembers 72 Grenfell fire victims
Britain London Fire Anniversary Flowers and tributes left outside the remains of the Grenfell Tower, in London, Tuesday, June 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali) (Alberto Pezzali)LONDON — (AP) — The names of the 72 people who died in a London high-rise tower blaze were read out Tuesday at a memorial service to mark five years since the tragedy. Former Prime Minister Theresa May and London Mayor Sadiq Khan joined Grenfell Tower survivors and the bereaved at the Westminster Abbey service to remember those who died in the June 14, 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, which caused the greatest loss of life in a fire on British soil since World War II. Opening the multi-faith service, Rev. Officials have also issued new safety regulations requiring similar dangerous cladding to be removed from tower blocks across the country.wftv.com
Grenfell victim names read out at 5th anniversary memorial
Britain London Fire Anniversary Flowers and tributes left outside the remains of the Grenfell Tower, in London, Tuesday, June 14, 2022. Tuesday marks the fifth anniversary of the fire that killed 72 people. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali) (Alberto Pezzali)LONDON — (AP) — The names of the 72 people who lost their lives in a London high-rise tower blaze were read out at a memorial service Tuesday to mark five years since the tragedy. Flammable cladding panels installed on the tower's exterior walls have been blamed for how the fire raced out of control. A public inquiry has been conducting a years-long investigation into the disaster, and a police investigation is also ongoing.wftv.com
London Olympic pool evacuated after chlorine gas leak
LONDON — (AP) — A swimming pool at the London sports complex that hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics was evacuated Wednesday and ambulance crews treated several people after chlorine gas was released inside the facility, authorities said. The London Fire Brigade said a “high quantity of chlorine gas” was discharged inside the Aquatics Center at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London due to a “chemical reaction.”“While we ventilate the premises, we would ask those residents in the immediate vicinity to close their doors and windows," the brigade said on Twitter. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was built for and hosted the 2012 Olympic Games. Park administrators said earlier that “there are a number of casualties with breathing difficulties" who were under the care of ambulance workers. London Mayor Sadiq Khan, said he was in close contact with emergency services and warned people to avoid the park.wftv.com
Children among 5 injured in London double-decker bus crash
Britain Bus Crash Emergency services at the scene on the Broadway after a bus crashed into a building, in Highams Park, east London, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP) (Victoria Jones)LONDON — (AP) — A double-decker public bus crashed into a building in London on Tuesday, leaving five people, including three children, requiring hospital treatment, the ambulance service said. Police and emergency workers were called to Highams Park in northeast London after the collision, which took place during the morning rush hour. London Ambulance Service said medical staff treated 19 people at the scene, including the five who were taken for hospital treatment. Police have closed roads in the area as emergency services worked at the scene.wftv.com
Netherlands 'going into lockdown again' to curb omicron
LONDON — (AP) — The Dutch government says it is imposing a tough nationwide lockdown starting Sunday in an attempt to rein in sharply rising levels of infections with the omicron coronavirus mutation. “The Netherlands is going into lockdown again from tomorrow,” caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Saturday. Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge didn't say what measures the government might impose as he headed into the meeting. Britain and other nations are also accelerating the pace of booster shots after early data showed that two doses of vaccine were less effective against the omicron variant. Omicron is now the dominant coronavirus variant in London and efforts were stepped up to reach people who haven't yet been vaccinated or boosted.wftv.com
UK police probe killing of woman walking alone in London
Britain Woman Killed This is an undated photo provided by the Metropolitan Police on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 of Sabina Nessa. British police investigating the killing of a 28-year-old woman in London say they are probing whether she was attacked by a stranger. Police called for information over the murder of a primary school teacher Sabina Nessa on Sept.17 in southeast London. The Metropolitan Police are calling for information over the killing of primary school teacher Sabina Nessa on Sept. 17 in Kidbrooke, southeast London. A cousin of Nessa told the BBC that the 28-year-old’s parents are “inconsolable”.wftv.com
UK police probe killing of woman walking alone in London
British police investigating the killing of a 28-year-old woman in London said Thursday they are probing whether she was attacked by a stranger, in a case that sparked new concerns for the safety of women walking the capital's streets. The Metropolitan Police are calling for information over the killing of primary school teacher Sabina Nessa on Sept. 17 in Kidbrooke, southeast London. Detectives believe she was attacked during what would have been a five-minute walk through a local park on her way to meet a friend at a pub.news.yahoo.com
London subway in first major expansion since the '90s
LONDON — (AP) — London’s subway opened two new stations Monday in the network’s first expansion since the 1990s, an expansion that Mayor Sadiq Khan said will play a key role in the capital’s recovery from the pandemic. The Battersea Power Station, which was decommissioned in the 1980s, has been redeveloped into a swank residential and business complex now housing corporations including tech giant Apple. Authorities borrowed 1 billion pounds ($1.37 billion) from the Treasury for this latest project, which will be partly funded by contributions from developers. Transport for London estimates that the new services will support 25,000 new jobs and 20,000 new homes. Britain’s government has given some 4 billion pounds to keep trains and buses running as the transport network struggled with the collapse in fares revenue.wftv.com
London mayor sends message of support to Hong Kong emigres
Britain Hong Kong FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, May 10, 2021, Sadiq Khan the Mayor of London poses for a photograph outside Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. More than 34,000 people have already applied for the visa, Khan said, though most haven’t yet arrived in the U.K. because of the pandemic. International travel has been severely restricted and Hong Kong was only added to England’s “green list” of safe countries on Monday, meaning that people arriving from there do not need to quarantine on arrival unless they test positive. The mayor said he was keen to send a message to Hong Kongers that London “will welcome you with open arms.”“For me, it’s quite clear we’ve got a moral obligation to help those from Hong Kong. His office will use government funding and work with community groups to advise and help Hong Kongers navigate the challenges of finding housing, schools and jobs, he added.wftv.com
London mayor issues message of support to Hong Kong migrants
LONDON — (AP) — London’s mayor on Thursday sent a message of support to Hong Kong people fleeing China’s crackdown on democracy to seek a new life in the United Kingdom, saying his office will spend 900,000 pounds ($1.2 million) to help new arrivals with housing, education and finding jobs. The visa, which allows those eligible to apply for British citizenship after living in the U.K. for five years, was introduced last year after Beijing imposed a sweeping new national security law in Hong Kong. More than 34,000 people have already applied for the visa, Khan said, though most haven’t yet arrived in the U.K. because of the pandemic. International travel has been severely restricted and Hong Kong was only added to England’s “green list” of safe countries on Monday, meaning that people arriving from there do not need to quarantine on arrival unless they test positive. The mayor said he was keen to send a message to Hong Kongers that London “will welcome you with open arms.”“For me, it’s quite clear we’ve got a moral obligation to help those from Hong Kong.wftv.com
London mayor sends message of support to Hong Kong emigres
London’s mayor on Thursday sent a message of support to Hong Kong residents fleeing China’s crackdown on democracy to seek new live in the United Kingdom, saying his office will spend 900,000 pounds ($1.2 million) to help new arrivals with housing, education and finding jobs. Mayor Sadiq Khan said London is expected to welcome the largest proportion of arrivals from Hong Kong to the U.K. this year, after Britain’s government introduced a new immigration pathway for those with a British National Overseas passport to live and work in the country. The government estimates that about 123,000 to 153,000 people will take up the visa this year.news.yahoo.com
The Latest: Britain cases above 40,000, 1st time in 6 months
(AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (Matt Dunham)LONDON — Daily coronavirus cases in Britain have risen above 40,000 for the first time in nearly six months. ___JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia hit a record of more than 54,000 new coronavirus cases, surpassing recent daily infections in India. India reported fewer than 39,000 cases on Wednesday, far below its peak of more than 400,000 daily cases in May. There were 991 confirmed deaths in Indonesia on Wednesday, bringing the number of cases since the pandemic began above 2.6 million and confirmed deaths to more than 69,000. Russia’s state coronavirus task force has reported 5.8 million confirmed coronavirus cases and a total of 145,278 confirmed deaths in the pandemic.wftv.com
No change here: London to retain masks on public transport
Virus Outbreak Britain Mayor of London Sadiq Khan wears a mask as he rides on a Circle Line tube train to visit the London Transport Museum, in London, Wednesday July 14, 2021. The London Mayor has asked Transport for London to enforce the use of mask wearing on buses and trains as a "condition of carriage", even after legal restrictions in England are lifted on July 19. Sadiq Khan has asked the body that oversees transport in the capital to enforce the use of mask wearing on the subway, buses and trams as a “condition of carriage” — basically contracts between passengers and Transport for London. London's Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police won't be able to get involved, though, as mask-wearing will no longer be required by law. Next Monday's lifting of legal restrictions comes at a time when coronavirus infections have been rising sharply.wftv.com
The Latest: London to keep mask use on public transport
Conditions of carriage are contractual conditions between passengers and Transport for London, which oversees public transport in London. Singapore Tourism Board cruise director Annie Chang says a 40-year-old passenger was isolated Tuesday after being identified as a close contact of a confirmed case on land. She says he subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 on board the World Dream cruise ship, and has been sent to a hospital for further testing. The newly reported cases Wednesday took the country’s total to 171,911 with 2,048 deaths. ___LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County is reporting the fifth straight day of more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases.wftv.com
Sadiq Khan says face masks should remain compulsory on London transport
Face masks are to stay compulsory on the London Underground and buses under plans announced by the capital's Mayor, Sadiq Khan. Mr Khan has asked Transport for London (TfL) to retain face coverings as a mandatory measure after next Monday, when national guidance changes. This week, Boris Johnson confirmed that, from July 19, the legal requirement to wear a mask will end but they will be "expected and recommended" in crowded and enclosed spaces such as public transport. Mr Khan has gone a step funews.yahoo.com
UK leader condemns racism directed at England players
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday condemned the racist abuse directed at three Black England players who missed their penalties in the team's shootout loss to Italy in the final of the European Championship. Marcus Rashford's penalty hit the post and spots kicks from Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho were saved by Italy's goalkeeper on Sunday night.news.yahoo.com
Face mask law to end on July 19 but businesses can set their own rules
Legal regulations forcing Britons to wear face masks indoors are set to be scrapped from July 19 – but businesses can set the rules on their own premises, Boris Johnson has announced. The Prime Minister has said that, at the end of his roadmap out of restrictions, face coverings will no longer be mandatory under the law, with individuals instead encouraged to "exercise judgment". Transport operators and shops will be given permission to decide their own policy, setting conditions for their own pnews.yahoo.com
Keep wearing face masks, Britons to be told
Wearing face masks and social distancing when ordering at bars are expected to continue to be advised by the Government for months, even if the July 19 reopening goes ahead. The Telegraph understands that laws underpinning both rules are due to be lifted in time for July 19 but advice to Britons to that effect is set to remain in place. Boris Johnson and his ministers are said by well-placed sources to be increasingly optimistic the new "terminus date" for lockdown can be delivered as hoped. Rulnews.yahoo.com
The play 'The Lehman Trilogy' plots its Broadway return
Theater The Lehman Trilogy FILE - In this May 10, 2021 file photo, British actor Adrian Lester speaks on stage at the official signing in ceremony for Sadiq Khan as the Mayor of London at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. “The Lehman Trilogy” was able to make only four preview performances on Broadway before the pandemic shut its doors. Now it plans to return to tell the story of an American financial giant’s downfall with a new cast member. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File) (Kirsty Wigglesworth)NEW YORK — (AP) — “The Lehman Trilogy” was able to make only four preview performances on Broadway before the pandemic shut its doors. Now it plans to return to tell the story of an American financial giant's downfall with a new cast member.wftv.com
UK watchdog: Police acted correctly at vigil for slain woman
FILE - In this file photo dated Saturday, March 20, 2021, floral tributes and messages surround the bandstand on Clapham Common in London after the nearby disappearance of Sarah Everard. A U.K. police watchdog said Tuesday March 30, 2021, that officers did not behave in a heavy-handed manner when they broke up a vigil for Sarah Everard, who disappeared while walking home in London and was later found murdered. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, FILE)LONDON – A U.K. police watchdog said Tuesday that officers didn't behave “in a heavy-handed manner” when they broke up a vigil for a London woman whose killing sparked an outcry about women's safety. Her body was later found hidden in woodland more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) away. Images of police officers tussling with women at the peaceful rally, and leading some away in handcuffs, drew strong criticism.
Beyond the pandemic: London's Tube battles to stay on track
A bird flies above an Underground sign at one of the entrances to King's Cross tube station in London, Friday, March 12, 2021. Even as many of its famous institutions closed during the coronavirus pandemic for most of the past 12 months, London's Underground kept running through three successive lockdowns. Nicknamed the Tube, its staff from cleaners to train drivers take pride in maintaining a system that keeps London's heart beating. Its continued operation was a sign that even in a pandemic, London's heart was still beating. In the early weeks, when most Britons were told to stay at home and fear outpaced facts about the virus, Underground employees kept going to work, but worried about getting sick.
London police chief says she won't quit after vigil clashes
But the vigil ended with clashes between police and those attending, and many questioned whether the police force was too heavy-handed. Home Secretary Priti Patel said scenes from the vigil in south London were “upsetting." AdPolice were seen scuffling with some women at the event, and one woman was seen pinned to the ground by two officers. Everard, a marketing executive, was last seen walking home from a friend’s apartment in south London at about 10:30 p.m. on March 3. Her body was found hidden in an area of woodland in Kent, more than 50 miles southeast of London, on Wednesday.
Johnson under fire as UK again faces onslaught of COVID-19
More than 3 million people in the U.K. have tested positive for the coronavirus and 81,000 have died — 30,000 in just the last 30 days. Anthony Costello, professor of global health at University College London, said “dilly-dallying” in March about whether to lock down the U.K. cost thousands of lives. Johnson tightened restrictions for London and the southeast, but the government’s scientific advisory committee warned Dec. 22 that would not be enough. Johnson did not announce a third national lockdown for England until almost two weeks later, on Jan. 4. So don’t beat them up too badly.”___Follow AP coverage of the coronavirus pandemic at:https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemichttps://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccinehttps://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak
London mayor seeks help as UK sees record new virus deaths
A man wearing a face covering walks past the London Eye in London, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Not all the deaths announced by the government on Friday occurred on the same day. The hospital was one of several built in the spring to help during the pandemic, but was not heavily used. The U.K. is recording virus-related deaths at a level last seen during the worst days early in the pandemic. According to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the U.K. has the most COVID-related deaths in Europe and the fifth highest number in the world.
UK: Air pollution listed as cause of 9-year-old's death
A British coroner has ruled on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 that excessive air pollution from traffic fumes contributed to the death of a 9-year-old girl who died of a fatal asthma attack. The girl is believed to be the first person in the U.K. to have air pollution listed as the cause of death on their death certificate. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)LONDON – A British coroner ruled Wednesday that excessive air pollution from traffic fumes contributed to the death of a 9-year-old girl who died of a fatal asthma attack. The girl is believed to be the first person in the U.K. to have air pollution listed as the cause of death on their death certificate. Her mother has long fought to have the role of air pollution in her daughter’s death recognized.
UK urged to ax 'rash' easing of restrictions over Christmas
People wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus as they walk past a pub in Soho, London, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)LONDON – The four nations of the United Kingdom faced mounting calls Tuesday to scrap. or at least limit, a planned easing of coronavirus restrictions over Christmas following a spike in new infections. Any potential easing over Christmas contrasts with measures being taken by other European nations such as Germany and the Netherlands, which have announced sweeping new restrictions for the holidays. When the Christmas easing was first announced last month, Johnson was careful to stress that households should be "jolly careful, especially with elderly relatives.”However, that easing announcement was predicated on an assumption that new cases would be on a downward trajectory.
London faces new restrictions as city sees higher virus risk
The move means millions will be barred from meeting with anyone from outside their households and will be asked to minimize travel. The opposition Labour Party's spokesman on health issues, Jonathan Ashworth, described the measures as inadequate to stem the exponential growth of the virus. After Johnson on Wednesday refused to rule out such a move, Ashworth asked Thursday what the government's criteria were for taking such action. Hancock said discussions were continuing with Greater Manchester and Lancashire about moving those communities into the government's highest risk tier. There are growing indications that travel between the four nations will start to be restricted too, particularly to and from areas deemed to be high risk.
The Latest: NCarolina virus numbers head in wrong direction
Connecticut has seen an uptick in virus cases in communities across the state over the past few weeks. There were 3,747 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reported Thursday, breaking the record of 3,279 set on Tuesday. The day of high case numbers comes just two weeks after the Republican governor repealed that same statewide mask mandate, citing declining numbers of virus cases. Mississippi has had more than 108,000 virus cases and at least 3,152 virus-related deaths. Mississippi’s state health officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said Monday that six hospitals have no beds available in their intensive care units.
Local lockdowns imposed in several cities as UK cases rise
Cities around the U.K. are imposing new coronavirus restrictions as they race to slow the spread of COVID-19, and London could be next. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)LONDON – Cities around the U.K. imposed new coronavirus restrictions Friday as they raced to slow the spread of COVID-19 — with London at risk of following soon. In the Welsh cities of Cardiff, Swansea and Llanelli, households also will be banned from mixing indoors. Together with local lockdowns announced previously, one-quarter of the UK population is now living under heightened restrictions. We’re seeing a sharp rise in 111 calls, hospital admissions and patients in ICU,'' Khan said, referencing Britain's hotline for medical assistance.
London officer shot dead while detaining suspect at station
A police officer stands outside Croydon Custody Centre where a police officer was shot in the early hours of Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Croydon, England. A British police officer has been shot dead inside a London police station while detaining a suspect. Londons Metropolitan Police force said the officer was shot at the Croydon Custody Center in the south of the city early Friday. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)LONDON – A British police officer was shot dead inside a London police station early Friday by a suspect he was detaining, who then appears to have turned the gun on himself. The officer is the 17th from the London force to be killed by a firearm since 1945.
Virus measures targeted by protesters despite case spikes
Britain has Europe’s highest death toll since the start of the pandemic, with 41,821 confirmed virus-related deaths. In Australia, about 100 protesters gathered in the Melbourne beachside suburb of Elwood on Saturday before being scattered by police. Romania is among the countries that has had a new spike in confirmed cases, including a national daily record of 1,713 cases earlier in the week and 1,333 more on Saturday. In all, Romania has had 111,550 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4,402 deaths from the disease since the start of the pandemic. Protesters in Bucharest’s University Square drew parallels between the protective measures against the pandemic and Nazi regimes.
'This is a big moment:' UK virus restrictions escalating
People queue up outside a coronavirus testing centre offering walk-in appointments in north London, Friday Sept. 18, 2020. Johnson's comments came amid mounting speculation that the government will announce fresh curbs on the hospitality sector, such as pubs and restaurants, potentially involving curfews — something already in place in areas facing extra lockdown restrictions. The spike, which has been largely seen among young adults, has already led to lockdown restrictions being reimposed. The other nations of the U.K. — Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — have announced similar clampdowns on meetings. There are also more targeted restrictions across the U.K. in areas seeing acute spikes.
Some UK bars to close early amid rising COVID-19 infections
A staff member waits at empty lanes of a Covid-19 drive thru testing facility at Twickenham stadium in London, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. The comments came after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that authorities will have to impose tougher measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 and “protect’’ the Christmas holidays. Dido Harding, who is in charge of the virus testing program, told a parliamentary committee that constraints in the system were due to processing in laboratories. While younger and stronger individuals are usually more resilient to the effects of COVID-19, the demographic group is now spreading the virus to older people. Local leaders are also demanding the government increase testing capacity to stave off a second wave of infections.
UK demands the public wear face coverings in shops
(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON Britains government will demand people wear face coverings in shops as it seeks to clarify its message after weeks of prevarication amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The order comes into effect on July 24, giving shops and the police time to prepare. Environment Secretary George Eustice also did not rule out the possibility that mandatory face coverings would become compulsory in offices and other workplaces in the future. Scotland has already made masks mandatory in stores. A growing body of evidence suggests wearing face coverings brings some benefit in preventing the spread of the virus.
France swaps chokehold for stun guns after police protests
Stun guns are in limited but increasing use in France already. According to the French police oversight agency, stun guns killed one person last year and three suffered severe injuries. The human rights group has said at least 500 people died after being hit by stun guns between 2001 and 2012 in the United States. The Netherlands began issuing stun guns to police in 2017 and is training 17,000 of the forces 40,000 officers. There are about 15,000 stun guns in France, which has a total police and gendarme force of around 240,000.
Statues boarded up in London as more protests expected
Scaffolders erect boarding around the statue of Sir Winston Churchill at Parliament Square, in London, Thursday, June 11, 2020, following Black Lives Matter protests that took place across the U.K. over the weekend. The protests were ignited by the death of George Floyd, who died after he was restrained by Minneapolis police while in custody on May 25. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP)LONDON Authorities in London boarded up a war memorial and a statue of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill ahead of expected rival demonstrations by anti-racism and far-right protesters, as the citys mayor on Friday urged protesters to stay home because of the coronavirus pandemic. Several other statues have been defaced during mass protests around the country, including Churchills, which was daubed with the words was a racist. Police now fear far-right groups plan to seek confrontation under the guise of protecting statues. With more demonstrations expected on the weekend, a protective plywood screen was erected late Thursday around Churchills statue outside Parliament.
London mayor says statues of imperialists could be removed
(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON More statues of imperialist figures could be removed from Britains streets, following the unauthorized felling of a monument to slave trader Edward Colston in the city of Bristol, the mayor of London said Tuesday. Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was setting up a commission to ensure the citys monuments reflected its diversity. Debate over who should be publicly commemorated has been reignited in Britain by the felling of a monument to Colston, a 17th-century slave trader and philanthropist. Many Bristolians welcomed the statues removal, but the British government called it an act of vandalism and urged police to prosecute the perpetrators. At weekend protests in London, demonstrators scrawled was a racist on a statue of Winston Churchill.
Face coverings to be mandated on public transport in England
(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON LONDON (AP) Passengers on Englands buses, subways and trains will have to wear face coverings from June 15 when most shops reopen, the British government said Thursday. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said face coverings will be mandatory from the date nonessential stores, such as department stores and electronics retailers, are scheduled to reopen. The evidence suggests wearing face coverings offers some, albeit limited, protection against the spread of the virus, he said at the government's daily briefing. He also said face coverings will be a condition of travel and failure to abide by the requirement could potentially lead to fines. Transport unions had also been urging the government to make face coverings compulsory after the deaths of dozens of workers.