Boris Johnson briefing RECAP: Prime Minister says Britain at ‘critical moment’ with coronavirus

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Wednesday, 30th September 2020, 6:03 pm

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Last updated: Wednesday, 30 September, 2020, 18:12

  • PM: 'I don't want to go back to national lockdown'
  • Boris Johnson says Britain at ‘critical moment’ with Covid
  • 640 new Covid-19 cases confirmed in Scotland in last 24 hours
  • Seven more deaths recorded - the highest daily figure since June 17
  • NRS weekly figures reveal 10 Covid-19 linked deaths in week ending September 27

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Almost a million British women have “missed” a breast cancer screening appointment because of the Covid-19  pandemic, a charity has estimated.

Scotland’s economy outlook “unclear”, according to economy specialists

Scotland's economic outlook is "hugely unclear" because of uncertainty about the rising coronavirus cases and the potential for a second lockdown, the Fraser of Allander Institute has said

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The Prime Minister will lead a Covid-19 briefing later after the UK recorded the highest number of daily coronavirus cases since the outbreak began.

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US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden attacked and interrupted each other during the first 2020 presidential debate as they discussed the coronavirus pandemic, job losses and the Supreme Court.

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Students and parents will be wondering why they are paying for university accommodation when the courses are online, writes Murdo Fraser MSP.

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Priti Patel looked at shipping UK asylum seekers to volcanic island in the south Atlantic - reports

Home Secretary Priti Patel ordered officials to explore plans for building an asylum processing centre on a remote volcanic island in the south Atlantic - more than 4,000 miles from the UK, it has been reported.

Home Office officials were instructed to look into the feasibility of transferring asylum seekers arriving in the UK to a centre on Ascension Island, a British overseas territory, according to the Financial Times.

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Priti Patel looked at sending UK asylum seekers to remote volcanic island in the South Atlantic, according to report

Home Secretary Priti Patel ordered officials to explore plans for building an asylum processing centre on a remote volcanic island in the south Atlantic - more than 4,000 miles from the UK, it has been reported.

TSB to cut 900 jobs and close 164 branches

High street bank TSB has said it will cut around 900 jobs and close 164 of its branches.

The Spanish-owned bank said the cuts have been driven by a "significant shift in customer behaviour", as fewer customers use branches in favour of online banking

High street bank TBS makes a shift to online banking putting 900 jobs at risk as 164 branches close

TSB, the Spanish-owned bank is set to close 164 of its branches putting roughly 900 jobs at risk in favour of online banking platforms.

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‘Panicked’ Covid response left students confused, watchdog says

A "seemingly panicked response" to coronavirus outbreaks left students confused and worried, the lawyer appointed to oversee the use of emergency powers has said.

Human rights advocate John Scott QC said there should have been clearer messaging before students entered university halls.

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'Panicked' Covid-19 response left students confused, watchdog says

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Update: TSB to close 73 bank branches in Scotland and cut 300 jobs

TSB is to cut around 300 jobs in Scotland and close 73 branches north of the border next year as part of wider cuts across the high street ban

A “significant change in customer behaviour” has driven the decision, the bank said, with more people also adopting digital banking.

The Edinburgh-based company said the branches earmarked for closure in 2021 have been selected to ensure 94% of customers in Scotland are still within 20 minutes’ travel time of one that will remain open.

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