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Government launches Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp

The UK Government has today launched a GOV.UK Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp. The new free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services. This will help combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation in the UK, as well […]

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£2.5m investment in XL autonomous submarine development

The first extra-large autonomous test submarine will be developed for the Royal Navy following a new contract by the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA). An initial £1 million contract has been awarded to Plymouth-based MSubs Ltd to build a test submarine that will be used to explore the potential capabilities of larger uncrewed underwater vehicles […]

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Nurse numbers increase by 8,570 in the past year

The number of nurses has gone up as the government works to increase nursing numbers in the NHS by 50,000 in the next 5 years. Since 2010, there have been increases of more than: 20,000 more doctors 18,500 more nurses, midwives and health visitors 4,900 more paramedics The government has said there will be 50,000 […]

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Innovative Scheme to conserve newts and promote sustainable development is rolled out across England

Natural England has announced today (25 February) that an innovative and strategic approach to great crested newt licensing is being rolled out across 37 local authorities in Essex, Wiltshire, Shropshire, Greater Manchester, South Midlands, and parts of Somerset and Gloucestershire. Great crested newts have seen dramatic declines in their populations over the last 60 years […]

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PM unveils plans to mark 75 years since VE Day

Hundreds of veterans will take part in commemorations across the UK to mark 75 years since VE Day Churchill’s famous victory speech will be broadcast across the country The Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will perform a fly past over Buckingham Palace Veterans encouraged to register for The Royal British Legion’s […]

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Vigilance advised ahead of further impacts from Storm Dennis

The Environment Agency is urging people to check the latest safety advice as flooding impacts continue to be felt. Further heavy rain is expected to fall on areas already affected by the wet weather today and later in the week. Today (Wednesday 19 February) there is a heightened flood risk mainly in parts of the […]

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Moveable barrier to keep Kent’s road network moving

government and Highways England develop long-term solution to handle traffic disruption in Kent new moveable barrier could be deployed using a specialist vehicle within hours less disruption than Operation Brock which required a month of overnight closures or Operation Stack closing the M20 this new permanent contingency arrangement will be in place from December 2020 […]

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Rye road repairs put on hold

RESURFACING work due to start next week on a town centre road in Rye has been delayed. With scaffolding around The George Hotel needing to stay in place longer than anticipated, work on Rye High Street – due to start on Monday, February 17, cannot go ahead. The work, expected to take two weeks with […]

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Spacecraft launches to explore the Sun

The UK-built Solar Orbiter spacecraft successfully launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida shortly after 4am today (Monday, 10 February). The mission will take the most detailed images ever of the Sun and provide crucial information about how our star’s volatile activity affects its atmosphere. This knowledge will help improve predictions of space weather events, which […]

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£20m announced to fund vaccines for coronavirus and other infectious diseases

The Government has today pledged £20 million to develop new vaccines to combat the world’s deadliest diseases, amid concerns over the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak in China. When visiting the Public Health England’s Porton Down laboratory last week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the UK will ramp up efforts to fund ground-breaking research into vaccines, […]