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British high-speed HS2 trains to run on zero-carbon electricity

High-speed HS2 trains

Britain’s new high-speed HS2 trains would be powered using zero-carbon electricity to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the government said in London. High-speed HS2 trains Andrew Stephenson, the Minister responsible for the high-speed railway, announced the commitment alongside a series of new measures to reduce the project’s carbon footprint. Other pledges include eliminating diesel from at least one HS2 construction site ...

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Britain puts private health firms on high alert as Omicron threatens NHS

Boris Johnson

Britain on Monday, January 10, 2022, put the biggest private health companies on high alert to deliver crucial treatments such as cancer surgery should Omicron overwhelm National Health Service hospitals in England. Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Photo credit: AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali The United Kingdom’s death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic stands at 150,154, the world’s seventh-worst official COVID toll ...

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Rescind ban on Nigeria over Omicron, govt tells Britain

Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has called on the British Authority to immediately rescind its ban on foreign travels from Nigeria over the discovery of cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the country. Alhaji Lai Mohammed The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the call in Abuja on Monday, December 6, 2021, at a media briefing on the ...

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British scientists warn COVID-19 cases will rise despite vaccine

Coronavirus

A group of scientists, which serves as adviser to the British government over the handling of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, has warned that regardless of vaccination, lifting restrictions over the coming weeks “may lead to a small surge of cases and deaths.” Coronavirus Minutes from a meeting with members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) published on Tuesday, ...

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British govt unveils details of fund to support fisheries

Boris Johnson

The British government has unveiled details of a multi-million-pound fund to support fishing businesses facing difficulties post-Brexit. Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Photo credit: AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said this in a statement on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. A total of £23 million pounds ($31 million) would be given to seafood exporters who ...

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Britain records highest coronavirus death rate worldwide

Coronavirus

Britain is currently recording the highest number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in the world relative to its population. Coronavirus On a seven-day moving average, there were recently more than 16.5 deaths per million people, according to a recent evaluation by Oxford University that refers to data from the U.S.’ Johns Hopkins University. This puts Britain just ahead of the Czech ...

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Hundreds of thousands of people leave Britain due to pandemic

Boris Johnson

Hundreds of thousands of people have left Britain due to the effects of the pandemic on the economy, according to a study reported on Friday, January 15, 2021. Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Photo credit: AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali There is an “unprecedented exodus” of workers born outside Britain, researchers at London’s Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence said. “It seems that ...

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Storm wreaks havoc across France, Britain

Storm Bella

A major storm swept across Britain and into northern France on Sunday, December 27, 2020, leaving thousands of households without power. Bella hits the coasts of England and France at a speed of 160 kilometers per hour Around 18,000 households in northern France are without electricity, with coastal regions of Brittany and Normandy worst affected, the AFP news agency reported, ...

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Britain to ban new petrol cars by 2030 to net zero emissions

Boris Johnson

Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030, five years earlier than previously planned, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Photo credit: AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali This is part of what Johnson is casting as a “green revolution” to cut emissions to net zero by ...

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Covid-19: UK becomes Europe’s worst-hit country

Boris Johnson

Britain has overtaken Italy as the worst-hit country in Europe by the novel coronavirus, according to the latest official figures released on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Chairing Tuesday’s Downing Street press briefing, Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, said another 693 COVID-19 patients have died, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in Britain to ...

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