Matt Hancock defends tracing app failure

A resident of the Isle of Wight poses with his smartphone showing the NHS Coronavirus contact tracing app - HANDOUT/AFP
A resident of the Isle of Wight poses with his smartphone showing the NHS Coronavirus contact tracing app – HANDOUT/AFP
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What happened today

Here are the big developments from today: 

  • Boris Johnson is expected to announce that deals have been put in place for so-called air bridges with a “small number” of countries which would allow families to go on foreign holidays

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Minnesota’s pro basketball teams cutting staff

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx are cutting pay and staff due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both teams are owned by Glen Taylor. The organization said it has temporarily reduced salaries for employees earning $70,000 or more annually and laid off an unspecified amount of its full-time workforce.

The virus outbreak

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‘I Have Nothing:’ The Story Of Wisconsin’s Unemployment Crisis

MILWAUKEE, WI — It was Wednesday morning, and DeiDra Blakley was on the floor of her Milwaukee apartment counting the loose change she saves in a jar.

Blakely has been out of work for more than 13 weeks, and despite applying for unemployment insurance benefits in Wisconsin, she has yet to receive a check. She’s fallen more than two months behind on her rent, and is afraid she might be

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Coronavirus latest news: Matt Hancock defends tracing app failure

A resident of the Isle of Wight poses with his smartphone showing the NHS Coronavirus contact tracing app - HANDOUT/AFP
A resident of the Isle of Wight poses with his smartphone showing the NHS Coronavirus contact tracing app – HANDOUT/AFP

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has defended the decision by the Government to abandon its own tracing app in favour of one provided by Apple and Google. 

When pressed by journalists at today’s Downing Street press conference on when the new technology would be put in place, Mr Hancock was unable

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Six Flags Announced New Mobile Food Ordering At Their Parks To Limit Person-To-Person Contact

Photo credit: Rich Fury - Getty Images
Photo credit: Rich Fury – Getty Images

From Delish

It goes without saying that summer 2020 looks different than the summers we’re used to. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, activities like eating out, going to the beach, and going to amusement parks have been put on hold for the safety of visitors and employees. As some states phase into their reopening of non-essential businesses, the latter are making plans to

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Cranford To Reopen 1 Pool Monday, And Other Coronavirus Updates

CRANFORD, NJ — Cranford will only open one of its pools this summer, a decision that the Township Committee said, in a letter, that they knew has provoked “questions and some disappointment.” They said the decision was not easy, but a responsible choice for health reasons.

State regulations for pools were announced recently. Pools can be at 50 percent capacity.

Director of Parks and Recreation Steve Robertazzi explained the reasons

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How to organise holiday money in an age of pandemics

Change approach: the coronavirus crisis means cash is no longer king: Simon Calder
Change approach: the coronavirus crisis means cash is no longer king: Simon Calder

The shrapnel from my final trip before lockdown is still on my desk. Saudi and Yemeni riyals, Jordanian dinars, Israeli shekels and Egyptian pounds provide a pecuniary reminder of a joyful journey.

But next time I travel to and through the Middle East, I do not expect to return with such an exotic collection of notes and

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Everything you need to know about visiting Spain this summer

Playa de Formentor, Mallorca, Spain: istock
Playa de Formentor, Mallorca, Spain: istock

As countries around the globe tentatively begin to relax restrictions on travel, the promise of tapas al fresco and long, lazy sun-filled days beside the sea come top of the travel wish-list for many tourists.

Spain has long topped the list as one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations, with more than 18 million British tourists visiting in 2019 – a fifth of the

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Seller of Travel | State of California – Department of Justice

California requires all sellers of travel to register with the Attorney General’s Office and to display the registration number on all advertising. While not assuring that a company is reputable, a valid registration signals that the seller of travel has at least followed the law to be registered.

When you’re at a travel agency, ask to see the seller of travel’s registration acknowledgement — a one-page document issued by the

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How tourist destinations can rebuild after coronavirus

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The end of the road? Joshua Earle, CC BY-SA

Tourism has virtually stopped thanks to the COVID-19 lockdowns. This is hitting many cities hard – see this report about New York galleries and museums losing millions of dollars, for example. Many tourist businesses are now contemplating a future without lucrative international visitors, having to rely instead on those closer to home.

In Scotland, where I am based, the chief executive

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How can I get a refund on my cancelled holiday, flight or cruise?

A man walks past a signboard displaying cancelled flights at an arrivals floor of the international terminal at Haneda airport in Tokyo: AFP via Getty Images
A man walks past a signboard displaying cancelled flights at an arrivals floor of the international terminal at Haneda airport in Tokyo: AFP via Getty Images

During three months of lockdown, tens of thousands of travellers will have had their holidays cancelled. Many will have found claiming a refund an uphill struggle. So what are your rights when it comes to Covid cancellations? Here’s everything you need to know.

My

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AllSaints Seeks Protection for Store Portfolio, Puts Deal to Landlords

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LONDON – British retail brand AllSaints is looking to make a deal with landlords on both sides of the Atlantic, arguing that closures due to COVID-19 lockdown, and new social distancing measures, have damaged sales considerably.

To solve that problem, the company is undertaking an insolvency procedure known here as a company voluntary arrangement, or CVA, and will seek to reach a deal

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Bahamas reverses itself, will require COVID-19 test for tourists after July 1.

The Bahamas has reversed itself on COVID-19 tests for tourists.

After announcing that foreign visitors and Bahamians returning home will not need to obtain a negative COVID-19 test when the country reopens on July 1 to international commercial flights, Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar told Parliament Wednesday that a negative test will now be required.

Last week Dr. Duane Sands, the former health minister who resigned amid the pandemic

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