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Coronavirus drives shop closures to new record – BBC News

More than 11,000 stores shut between January and June in the UK, according to research.

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By Emma SimpsonBusiness correspondent, BBC News
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A record number of shops closed on UK high streets during the first half of this year as the coronavirus lockdown hit many stores hard, data shows.
Some 11,120 chain store outlets shut between January and June, according to research by the Local Data Company and accountancy firm PwC.
Although more than 5,000 shops opened during the same period it was not enough to fill the gaps, resulting in a net decline of 6,001 st…

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What the new three-tier lockdown rules mean for you – The Telegraph

The Prime Minister has set out the latest developments in the battle against the pandemic

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Community centres, libraries and recycling centres will close and places of worship will no longer be able to hold regular services, except for funerals and weddings.
Following the half-term holiday, primary schools and special schools will reopen, Mr Drakeford said.
During the fire break, people will be banned from meeting people outside of their household both indoors and outdoors with anyone they do not live with, with exceptions for those living alone.
They must stay at home, except for limited…

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South Korea deaths ‘not linked’ to flu vaccination drive – BBC News

Officials say the country’s vaccination drive continues and that several recent deaths are unrelated.

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South Korean authorities say the death of a 17-year old has no links to a flu vaccination he received shortly before.
There has been some alarm after a number of deaths following flu shots in the country. At least 32 people have died after getting the vaccine.
Health officials say there is no link to the state-run vaccinations programme, which will continue. So far, some 13m people have been vaccinated.
They are hoping to prevent a mass flu outbreak as the country battles Covid.
The 17-year old…

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Covid slump in medical charity donations ‘puts research at risk’ – The Guardian

Report calls for government to set up partnership to support sector facing up to £4bn loss

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A slump in donations to medical charities will result in potentially life-saving research being shelved unless the government steps in to support the organisations, a leading thinktank has said.
The closure of charity shops, suspension of fundraising events, such as the London to Brighton cycle ride, and wider economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic meant medical charities stood to lose more than £4bn between now and 2027, according to a report by the Institute for Public Policy Research…

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