Hancock praises pubs for closing after punters tested positive for Covid-19

Matt Hancock has praised three pubs for closing after the NHS track and trace system identified coronavirus outbreaks among their visitors, just days after pubs, bars and restaurants were allowed to reopen after months of lockdown. The health secretary told the Commons that the closure of the Fox and Hounds in Yorkshire, the Lighthouse in […]

Workers forced to pay Income Tax on coronavirus testing – News from Parliament

HMRC guidance published yesterday (6 July) clarified that employees will face a taxable benefit in kind when their employer pays for coronavirus testing. This means that employees will pay Income Tax when their employer pays for a test. As many employers will require these tests on a regular basis, the tax bills could soon mount […]

Brunel Shopping Centre staff test positive for coronavirus

Two staff members at the Brunel Shopping Centre have tested positive for coronavirus.  Bosses at the centre confirmed the news after the Adver received an anonymous tip-off and said the pair lived in the same house and have been self-isolating.  All retailers in the centre are being informed, they added. The statement from the Brunel […]

Timeline: Key moments in Bolsonaro’s handling of COVID-19 crisis

(Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday tested positive for COVID-19, the latest victim of a disease that has wreaked havoc in Brazil, the world’s No. 2 coronavirus hotspot after the United States. Below is a chronology of the key moments of the outbreak: Feb. 26 – Brazil’s Health Ministry confirms first coronavirus case […]

Coronavirus: No 10 refuses to apologise for PM’s ‘crass’ care home remark

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFollowing comments from the PM about care homes in the virus pandemic, Jonathan Ashworth calls for an apology and explanation. No 10 has rejected calls for Boris Johnson to apologise after he said “too many care homes didn’t really follow procedures” over coronavirus. Labour called the PM’s […]

Coronavirus: Workers offered regular COVID-19 tests ‘face mounting tax bill’, chancellor told | Politics News

Workers offered regular coronavirus tests by their employers could face a mounting tax bill, a senior MP has warned. Former cabinet minister Mel Stride, now the chair of the House of Commons Treasury committee, has written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak to urge him to look into the matter. Mr Stride noted how HMRC guidance published […]

Poor data obscures COVID-19 death toll at Spain’s nursing homes

MADRID (Reuters) – The Spanish government is still not able to say how many nursing home residents have died because of the coronavirus, according to a Health Ministry document seen by Reuters, which puts the blame on a lack of good enough data from regional authorities. FILE PHOTO: A health worker performs a blood test […]

Coronavirus: Brazil’s President Bolsonaro tests positive

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Bolsonaro has in the past said that he “won’t be struck down by a little flu” Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for coronavirus. He took the test, his fourth, on Monday after developing symptoms, including a high temperature. Mr Bolsonaro has repeatedly played down risks of what […]