Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s shadow health secretary, said: “The government’s testing and tracing regime is looking increasingly shambolic. Ministers insisted on ploughing on with handing this contract to Deloitte which has meant GPs and local directors of public health kept in the dark over test results while patient records don’t get updated. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus testing hit by struggle to match results with NHS records
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Russian interference in Europe’s politics and its information space is not new, of course. Its roots lie in old KGB disinformation methods, now actively combined with new technologies. In Britain, the question has taken on an important new twist, with growing calls for parliamentary scrutiny of the financing of the pro-Brexit campaign, whose social media dimension mattered greatly. If the “special relationship” still has meaning, surely it must now include a joint effort to get to the bottom of how Russian social media manipulation in the US resonated with what happened in the UK referendum. … [Read more...] about Beware: this Russian cyber warfare threatens every democracy
Mr Johnson is not expected to do the daily press conference at 5pm - with ministers openly voicing concerns that he is pushing himself too hard just two weeks after he was discharged from hospital. Officials said arrivals at ports and airports may face 14-day quarantine; Just 29,000 virus tests are being carried out a day – far below the 100,000 target promised by Health Secretary Matt Hancock; Mr Raab said an effective vaccine may not be available until next year; The Foreign Secretary also hinted that children may go back to school part-time at first; A leading government adviser dismissed concerns about the PM's aide Dominic Cummings attending top scientific meetings; Professor Neil Ferguson also torpedoed the idea of allowing young people to resume normal life, saying it would cause 100,000 deaths; Environment Secretary George Eustice said furloughed workers would be encouraged to take jobs picking fruit and veg; Deaths in other … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson starts his first day back at work and he’s not the only one! ‘War cabinet’ to discuss moves to relax lock-down as crowded rush-hour roads this morning show more and more Britons are voting with their feet
There are concerns about China's behaviour across the political spectrum, says Michael Green, who was an Asia advisor for President George W Bush. But members of Mr Trump's national security team have "a very zero sum view of relations with China and are particularly focused on preventing China from getting any advantage out of any situation." … [Read more...] about Trumplomacy: What’s behind new US strategy on China?
More from China UK vows to extend visa rights for Hong Kong citizens unless China drops security bill Hong Kong's long-enviable position as the gateway to the West is in doubt Trump offers to help India and China as border dispute 'rages' Stanley Ho: Flamboyant tycoon known as the 'King of Gambling' dies aged 98 Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says China's new security law 'won't affect freedoms' Hong Kong protesters hit with teargas as world figures condemn China's plans for security law … [Read more...] about Hong Kong: What is China’s new security law and why is it controversial?