UK coronavirus live: government wants to extend Leicester lockdown by two weeks to fight outbreak

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Negotiators from the UK and European Union were meeting face to face in an effort to intensify talks on a post-Brexit trade deal, PA Media reports. Teams led by the prime minister’s Europe adviser, David Frost, and the EU’s Michel Barnier were meeting in Brussels for the first time since the coronavirus crisis forced talks to be held remotely. The meeting comes just a day after it was announced that Frost would replace Sir Mark Sedwill as national security adviser alongside his responsibilities on Europe.

In a sign that the UK accepts the talks may end in failure, Frost said in a statement yesterday:

I will of course remain chief negotiator for the EU talks and these will remain my top single priority until those negotiations have concluded, one way or another.

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The UK government has launched a new coronavirus dashboard, where it will be posting the latest daily coronavirus testing, cases, hospital admissions and death figures. It’s here. It will replace the slides that used to be shown at the No 10 press conferences, and which continued to be published every afternoon until the end of last week when the press conferences ended.

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Source: The Guardian
UK coronavirus live: government wants to extend Leicester lockdown by two weeks to fight outbreak