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Coronavirus social-contact curbs ‘put adolescents at risk’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Young people’s brains continue to develop and change during adolescence Reduced face-to-face contact among teenagers and their friends during the pandemic could have damaging long-term consequences, neuroscientists say. At a sensitive time in life, their brain development, behaviour and mental health could suffer. Using …

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UK in U-turn on full post-Brexit border controls

The British government has abandoned its plan to introduce full border checks with the EU on January 1 as ministers come under mounting pressure from business not to compound the chaos caused by coronavirus. In a significant policy U-turn, Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, has accepted that businesses cannot …

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Best scented candles for sprucing up your home this summer

As our homes have been turned into everything from a work space to a relaxation hub during lockdown, it’s more important than ever that it’s a happy haven. Studies have shown that fragrance can influence our mood, and the best scented candles will help to de-stress, calm, energise and give …

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Enterprising individuals who prosper despite Covid-19

Lockdown has devastated many of Britain’s businesses – pubs, restaurants, cafes, gyms, high street retailers, leisure operators and more. All have been forced to close for weeks and many are unlikely to see the year out.  But while a majority of businesses are struggling, there are those for whom lockdown …

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Dog thieves ditch designer canines and turn attention to traditional

Thieves appear to have gone off trendy designer dogs and are instead turning their attention to more traditional breeds. In the last year, the number of cocker spaniels stolen has almost doubled, while lurchers have trebled and Yorkshire ­terriers have quadrupled. Every day, an average of six dogs are stolen …

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Coronavirus deaths in US top 100,000

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Health officials say the actual death toll is likely far higher than the recorded count The US has passed 100,000 deaths in the coronavirus outbreak in less than four months. It has seen more fatalities than any other country, while its 1.69 million confirmed infections …

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Mole Valley fund house launches ‘Yorkshire T20’ portfolio

A ‘Yorkshire only’ portfolio is being pushed to affluent investors keen on supporting regional firms, including a Wetherby-based biotech developing a Covid-19 test. The York office of the Mole Valley fund house has launched the ‘Yorkshire T20’, with annual charges starting at 1.25 per cent – not including dealing and …

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Coronavirus: Schools and workplaces could see ‘local lockdowns’

Local lockdowns could see schools and workplaces targeted in areas of England that have “flare-ups” of coronavirus, the communities secretary has said. Robert Jenrick said restrictions could be introduced at “a micro level” to control the virus in particular communities. The measures will be part of the test and trace …

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Coronavirus: The human cost of virus misinformation

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A protester’s sign casts doubt on the existence of coronavirus during a demonstration in California in early May A BBC team tracking coronavirus misinformation has found links to assaults, arsons and deaths. And experts say the potential for indirect harm caused by rumours, conspiracy …

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