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February 2021 - United Kingdom Special Weapons News
- Brazilian variant of Covid-19 detected in England and Scotland Press TV 28 Feb 2021 -- The widely feared Brazilian variant of Covid-19 has been detected both in England and Scotland.
- Chancellor Rishi Sunak reinforces PM's message on lockdown exit Press TV 28 Feb 2021 -- The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has once again reinforced Boris Johnson's message of a slow and steady exit from the third national lockdown.
- Chancellor Rishi Sunak admits to 'enormous strains' to post-lockdown economy Press TV 27 Feb 2021 -- The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has warned of "enormous strains" in public finances in the post-lockdown era.
- UN Security Council ceasefires resolution passed unanimously: Foreign Secretary's statement UK FCDO 26 Feb 2021 -- United Nations Security Council Resolution 2565 for ceasefires in conflict zones to allow the delivery of coronairus (COVID-19) vaccines was unanimously agreed.
- Reflecting on international concern for Myanmar's people and a peaceful and democratic future UK FCDO 26 Feb 2021 -- Statement by Ambassador Barbara Woodward at the UN General Assembly Briefing on Myanmar
- UK COVID-19 vaccine supply likely to go on yo-yo for "a few months": health official Global Times 25 Feb 2021 -- The coronavirus vaccine supply fluctuations in Britain are likely to continue for "a few months", a senior British health official said Wednesday.
- British Health Officials Lower National COVID-19 Alert from Level 5 to 4 VOA 25 Feb 2021 -- The chief medical officers (CMOs) of Britain's four nations have issued a statement recommending that their COVID-19 alert levels be moved from level 5 to level 4.
- UK Announces Further Sanctions on Myanmar's Military, Foreign Minister Raab Says Sputnik 25 Feb 2021 -- Earlier this week, Britain's Foreign Office summoned Kyaw Zwar Minn, Myanmar's ambassador to the UK, to condemn the Myanmar Security Forces' response to the peaceful protests in the country.
- UK sanctions further Myanmar military figures for role in coup: 25 February 2021 UK FCDO 25 Feb 2021 -- Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announces further sanctions against members of Myanmar's State Administration Council.
- Defence Secretary opens Â£70-million British Army facility in Kenya UK MOD 24 Feb 2021 -- The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has delivered a new headquarters and training facility at Laikipia Air Base East in Kenya.
- UK minister remarks on Xinjiang intends to undermine Chinese cooperation with UN Human Rights Council: FM Global Times 24 Feb 2021 -- British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is intentionally disrupting Chinese cooperation with the UN Human Rights Council, when China has constant communication with its senior officials, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday after the British minister condemned China over Xinjiang and called for the UN to be given "urgent and unfettered" access to the region.
- Beijing accuses UK of 'spreading false information' to 'discredit China' Press TV 24 Feb 2021 -- China's Foreign Ministry has accused the UK government of using the UN Human Rights Council to "spread false information", following Britain's expression of concern over Hong Kong's national security law and alleged violation of the rights of its minority groups.
- British Leader Optimistic England's COVID-19 Restrictions Could End June 21 VOA 23 Feb 2021 -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday he is very optimistic that all COVID-19 restrictions in England could end June 21.
- UK records another 10,641 coronavirus cases, 178 deaths People's Daily 23 Feb 2021 -- Another 10,641 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,126,150, according to official figures released Monday.
- G7 foreign ministers condemn Myanmar junta violence Press TV 23 Feb 2021 -- The Group of Seven (G7) countries has "firmly" condemned the heavy-handed crackdown committed by Myanmar's junta against anti-coup protesters.
- G7 Nations Condemn Myanmar Coup as Some Detained Protesters Are Released Radio Free Asia 23 Feb 2021 -- The Group of Seven industrial democracies on Tuesday condemned the Myanmar military regime's use of violence against protesters rejecting the coup that deposed the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi more than three weeks ago, while the U.S. slapped sanctions on two junta generals.
- G7 Foreign Ministers' Statement on Burma US Dept. of State 23 Feb 2021 -- The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union.
- E3 foreign ministers' statement on the JCPoA: 23 February 2021 UK FCDO 23 Feb 2021 -- The governments of France, Germany and the United Kingdom respond to Iran's suspension of the Additional Protocol.
- Chinese Mission Spokesperson refutes UK remarks on human rights PLA Daily 23 Feb 2021 -- Chinese Mission Spokesperson Liu Yuyin has refuted the erroneous remarks related to China by the Foreign Secretary of the UK during the 46th Human Rights Council.
- Readout of Secretary Mayorkas's Call with UK Home Secretary Priti Patel DHS 22 Feb 2021
- Britain Outlines Lockdown Exit as Vaccines Show 'Spectacular' Results VOA 22 Feb 2021 -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced plans Monday to begin easing coronavirus lockdown measures, crediting the country's rapid vaccination program for allowing Britain to begin reopening March 8.
- All UK adults to be offered coronavirus vaccine by July 31: PM People's Daily 22 Feb 2021 -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged that every adult in Britain will be given a jab of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of July, local media reported Sunday.
- Boris Johnson pledges end to social contact restrictions by 'end of June' Press TV 22 Feb 2021 -- Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has finally set out his long-awaited "blueprint" for exiting coronavirus-related restrictions by boldly claiming England is going to start "reclaiming our freedoms".
- United Nations Human Rights Council, 46th session: Foreign Secretary's statement UK FCDO 22 Feb 2021 -- Dominic Raab addressed the UN Human Rights Council on some of the most pressing current human rights situations including in Myanmar, Belarus, Russia and China.
- Matt Hancock defends lack of transparency over Covid-19 contracts Press TV 21 Feb 2021 -- Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has defended not disclosing key details of Covid-19 contracts to the public despite a court ruling he acted unlawfully.
- Scottish prison network hit by major Covid-19 outbreak Press TV 20 Feb 2021 -- A major Covid-19 outbreak is sweeping through the Scottish prison network with infection rates almost doubling in a week.
- Prime Minister's speech at the Munich Security Conference: 19 February 2021 Gov.UK 19 Feb 2021 -- Prime Minister Boris Johnson virtually addressed the Munich Security Conference.
- UK donates equipment to Peru to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. UK FCDO 19 Feb 2021 -- The donation of 60 ventilators and 40 monitors by the UK government will strengthen the care of patients with COVID-19 in Peru.
- Â£180-million British Army vehicle contract protects 700 Glasgow jobs UK MOD 19 Feb 2021 -- A Â£180-million contract to deliver cutting edge threat detection technology for the British Army's new Boxer vehicles will support hundreds of jobs in Scotland, it is announced today.
- UK to launch world's first COVID-19 human challenge study Global Times 18 Feb 2021 -- Britain will be the first country to run a COVID-19 human challenge study, on which the country's clinical trials ethics body has given a favorable opinion, the Imperial College London announced on Wednesday.
- Statement by the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States of America UK FCDO 18 Feb 2021 -- Today, the Foreign Ministers of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the United States of America met in Paris, France. This group recently met on 5 February 2021.
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 18 Feb 2021 -- The RAF are continuing to take the fight to Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
- UK renews commitment to NATO missions UK MOD 18 Feb 2021 -- The UK will expand its contribution to NATO Mission Iraq, following the Alliance's decision to scale up the crucial mission at this week's NATO Defence Ministerial.
- UK sanctions Myanmar military generals for serious human rights violations UK FCDO 18 Feb 2021 -- The Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced sanctions against members of the Myanmar military for serious human rights violations following the military coup.
- Rouhani tells Merkel: Adding anything to nuclear deal 'impossible' Press TV 18 Feb 2021 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says it would be "impossible" to modify the country's landmark nuclear agreement, emphasizing that the only way to save the deal is to lift the United States' "inhumane sanctions" on Iran.
- E3, US Call on Iran to Avoid Any Additional Steps to Suspend Nuclear Protocols, Limit IAEA Access Sputnik 18 Feb 2021 -- Earlier, Iran indicated that it would block snap inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) if parties of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) failed to fulfill their commitments under the agreement and lift sanctions against Tehran by February 21.
- Britain Approves First Human Challenge Trial to Study Effects of COVID-19 VOA 17 Feb 2021 -- The British government has approved the world's first-ever test that will involve deliberately exposing volunteers to the novel coronavirus.
- Britain to Push for COVID-19 Cease-fires to Get Vaccine to Conflict Zones VOA 17 Feb 2021 -- Britain's foreign secretary will call for a U.N. Security Council resolution Wednesday on local cease-fires in order to get COVID-19 vaccines to millions of people in conflict areas.
- UK calls for ceasefires to vaccinate people against COVID-19 UK FCDO 17 Feb 2021 -- The Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab calls for ceasefires to enable vulnerable people in conflict zones to be vaccinated against coronavirus.
- Ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines in contexts affected by conflict and insecurity UK FCDO 17 Feb 2021 -- At the UN Security Council, the Foreign Secretary proposed a new Resolution on temporary ceasefires and coordinated effort for COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
- Royal Navy seizes Â£11 million worth of drugs in Arabian Sea UK MOD 17 Feb 2021 -- Royal Marines supported by the Royal Navy Warship HMS Montrose have intercepted over 2.6 tonnes of illicit drugs.
- Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan's Call with Stephen Lovegrove, Incoming National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom The White House 17 Feb 2021
- Joint statement: Rocket attacks in Erbil on 15 February 2021 UK FCDO 17 Feb 2021 -- The following statement was released by the US, France, Germany, Italy and the UK following the February 15 attack in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.
- UK-Canada joint ministerial statement on crackdown on Belarusian civil society UK FCDO 17 Feb 2021 -- The UK and Canada have issued a statement in response to detentions and targeted raids by the Belarusian authorities against human rights and media organisations.
- Covid-19: New variant with potentially worrying mutations found in UK Press TV 16 Feb 2021 -- A new coronavirus variant with a potentially worrying set of mutations has been identified in the UK with at least 32 cases so far, experts have said.
- Nicola Sturgeon Outlines Easing of Lockdown Restrictions in Scotland, Schools to Reopen Sputnik 16 Feb 2021 -- The United Kingdom has been in full lockdown since the discovery of the fast-spreading coronavirus variant in December. As the constituent nations begin to roll out the vaccine, authorities are outlining their roadmap for the slow ending of restrictions.
- Delivering free and fair elections, combatting terrorism and building back better in Iraq UK FCDO 16 Feb 2021 -- Statement by Ambassador Barbara Woodward at the Security Council briefing on UNAMI
- UK PM under rising pressure to lift all COVID lockdown restrictions by end of April Global Times 15 Feb 2021 -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under mounting pressure to lift all COVID-19 lockdowns in two and a half months as lockdown-sceptic Tories called on him to commit to a timetable for easing the restrictions with a complete end to controls by the end of April.
- Boris Johnson appears bullish on lockdown exit but admits nothing is 'guaranteed' Press TV 15 Feb 2021 -- Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has given his most optimistic briefing on the pandemic in months by predicting the "irreversible" easing of coronavirus restrictions in the weeks and months ahead.
- Boris Johnson Says Third Lockdown to be UK's Last, Easing Restrictions 'Cautious But Irreversible' Sputnik 15 Feb 2021 -- The United Kingdom entered into its third national lockdown following the discovery of a new fast-spreading variant of the virus in December last year. As the vaccine begins to be rolled out to the most vulnerable groups, the Conservative government is facing demands to begin easing restrictions.
- Britain Begins Quarantine for Travelers from 'Red List' Countries VOA 15 Feb 2021 -- Britain on Monday launched its quarantine program for travelers arriving from 33 "red list" countries determined to be a high risk for COVID-19, as part of its effort to keep variant strains of the coronavirus out of the country.
- British PM Calls for Global Treaty on Pandemics VOA 15 Feb 2021 -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday suggested he would support a global treaty on pandemics that would establish standards for data-sharing and transparency.
- WTO Trade Policy Review of Myanmar: UK statement UK FCDO 15 Feb 2021 -- The UK delivered this statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Myanmar on 15 February 2021.
- Report: British Scientists Developing Universal COVID Vaccine VOA 14 Feb 2021 -- There are 108.5 million global COVID-19 infections, Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported early Sunday. The U.S. has the most cases at 27.5 million, followed by India with 10.9 million and Brazil with 9.8 million.
- Johnson contradicts scientific advice on lockdown easing Press TV 13 Feb 2021 -- Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has struck an optimistic tone about the sequenced easing of the lockdown from late February onwards, despite warnings from leading scientists about a quick exit from coronavirus-related restrictions.
- UK Army Target Could Lose 10,000 Troops in Defence Review, Media Claims Sputnik 13 Feb 2021 -- The upcoming integrated review on UK defence and foreign policy has been described by the British Cabinet as the most serious re-evaluation of the nation's place in the world since the days of the Cold War
- UK donates 100 vehicles to stop terrorists crossing into Lebanon UK MOD 12 Feb 2021 -- The British Army gave 100 Armoured Patrol Vehicles to the Lebanese Armed Forces to help prevent militants crossing its border from Syria.
- Human Rights Council: UK statement for the 29th Special Session on Myanmar UK FCDO 12 Feb 2021 -- The UK and EU led a Special Session on the human rights implications of the crisis in Myanmar with support of over 20 other Human Rights Council members.
- E3 Statement on the JCPoA: 12 February 2021 UK FCDO 12 Feb 2021 -- The governments of France, Germany and the United Kingdom respond to Iran's production of uranium metal.
- In rebuke to E3, Iran FM challenges trio to lay out fulfilled JCPOA duties Press TV 12 Feb 2021 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has challenged the commitment of the three European parties to the nuclear deal of 2015 signed between Tehran and major world powers after the trio claimed that Iran risks losing the opportunity to fully realize the agreement by starting to produce uranium metal.
- France, Germany, U.K. 'Strongly Urge' Iran To Halt Breach Of Recent Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 12 Feb 2021 -- The so-called E3 European powers have urged Iran to reverse its decision to violate a landmark nuclear deal by producing uranium metal and avoid "noncompliant" steps before it's too late.
- Respecting Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity UK FCDO 11 Feb 2021 -- Statement by Ambassador Barbara Woodward at the Security Council briefing on the Minsk Agreement
- UK COVID Variant Will Likely 'Sweep the World,' British Scientist Warns VOA 11 Feb 2021 -- A British scientist says the coronavirus variant first discovered in that country late last year has "swept the country" and will "sweep the world in all probability."
- UK PM urges most vulnerable to get coronavirus vaccines People's Daily 11 Feb 2021 -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday called on around 2 million people in Britain's most vulnerable groups to come forward and get their COVID vaccines.
- Attack on Abha International Airport, Saudi Arabia: E3 statement UK FCDO 11 Feb 2021 -- The governments of France, Germany and the UK have strongly condemned the attack claimed by the Houthis on Abha International Airport on 10 February.
- China's decision to ban BBC World: Foreign Secretary's statement UK FCDO 11 Feb 2021 -- Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab comments on the Chinese decision to ban the broadcasting of BBC World News.
- BBC Banned from Broadcasting in China VOA 11 Feb 2021 -- China's broadcasting regulator says it has taken the BBC World News off the air for what it called "serious content violations."
- China bans BBC World News over content violations Press TV 11 Feb 2021 -- China's broadcasting regulator has banned the British television channel, BBC World News, from airing in the Asian country for violating regulations.
- Addressing the global threat of Daesh UK FCDO 10 Feb 2021 -- Statement by Ambassador Jonathan Allen at the Security Council briefing on international threats to peace and security caused by terrorist acts
- MI6 recruiting 'foreign born' officers as part of 'diversity' drive Press TV 10 Feb 2021 -- The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS â€“ better known as MI6) is on a new recruitment drive and for the first time in its 111-year history it is reportedly prepared to accept foreign-born British nationals at officer level.
- Steep Fines, Possible Jail Time in Britain for COVID-19 Travel Violations VOA 09 Feb 2021 -- British Health Secretary Matt Hancock Tuesday introduced tough new travel rules for British and Irish residents who travel from COVID-19 hot spots, and penalties for those who break them, including fines of more than $13,000 and 10-year jail sentences.
- British Army in Kenya struck down by Covid-19 as soldiers hospitalized Press TV 09 Feb 2021 -- The bulk of the British army in Kenya has been placed in "enhanced isolation" as fears mount of widespread coronavirus infection among the army's training unit in the East African country.
- Britain Vaccine Minister Suggests AstraZeneca Vaccine Could Be Modified VOA 08 Feb 2021 -- A British health official Monday downplayed a study suggesting the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine was minimally effective against a variant of the virus and suggested the vaccine could be modified to address such strains.
- UK gov't rules out "vaccine passports" for travelling broad People's Daily 08 Feb 2021 -- The British government on Sunday ruled out plans to introduce the so-called "vaccine passports" to allow people who have had the jab against coronavirus to travel abroad.
- Terror Threat Level in UK Reduced From 'Severe' to 'Substantial' Sputnik 08 Feb 2021 -- In November 2019, Britain's terror alert dropped below "severe" for the first time in five years. Due to the demise of Daesh and fewer terror attacks worldwide in recent years, the threat level has again been lowered.
- Yemeni criminal court tries six people for spying for Britain, acts of sabotage Press TV 08 Feb 2021 -- A criminal court in Yemen has put on trial six people on charges of spying for the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) as well as perpetrating various acts of sabotage in the war-torn Arab country.
- Exports to EU fall dramatically by 68% since Brexit Press TV 07 Feb 2021 -- The volume of exports going through British ports to the European Union (EU) countries fell by 68 percent last month compared with January last year, as the result of the British withdrawal from the EU.
- Royal Navy Reportedly Sends Sub Equipped With 'Sub Sniffer' Kit to Med, Possibly to 'Track Russians' Sputnik 07 Feb 2021 -- The HMS Talent, the sixth of seven Trafalgar-class hunter-killer nuclear subs built for the Royal Navy in the late 1980s, has a long history of deployment tracking Russian vessels. In 2015, UK media revealed that the sub had suffered about $750k in ice damage while snooping for alleged Russian boats in the North Sea.
- British Army in Disarray as Leaked MoD Report Reveals Critical Manpower Shortages Sputnik 06 Feb 2021 -- The latest revelations about the state of Britain's military come on the heels of other reports claiming that the island nation's navy and air force personnel numbers are also too low to successfully fight a war.
- UK steps up hostile actions against China as three alleged 'spies' are expelled Press TV 06 Feb 2021 -- In the latest hostile move against China the British government has reportedly expelled three suspected Chinese "spies" from the UK.
- UK must hand back territories to Mauritian control Press TV 05 Feb 2021 -- The British Empire not only created carnage and destruction when it was in full swing, but appears to have left a damaging legacy many years on with territorial and sovereignty disputes still marking the agendas of various arbitration courts around the world.
- Secretary Blinken's Call with French Foreign Minister Le Drian, German Foreign Minister Maas, and UK Foreign Secretary Raab US Dept. of State 05 Feb 2021
- Blinken discusses Iran deal with UK, French, German ministers Press TV 05 Feb 2021 -- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has discussed Iran with his British, French and German counterparts as they seek to revive the Iran nuclear deal.
- Britain Expels Three Purported Chinese Spies Who Pretended to Be Journos, Report Says Sputnik 05 Feb 2021 -- The Chinese nationals arrived in the UK last year, allegedly using employment at three different media outlets as a cloak for some other activities to be conducted on British soil.
- UK Examines Whether Different COVID-19 Vaccines Can Be Used in 2-Shot Regimen VOA 04 Feb 2021 -- Testing began in Britain on Thursday to determine if different COVID-19 vaccines can be used together in a two-shot regimen.
- U.S., U.K., Saudi Navies Complete Exercise Nautical Defender 21 US Navy 04 Feb 2021 -- Forces assigned to the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF), UK Maritime Component Command (UKMCC) and U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) conducted tri-lateral maritime exercise Nautical Defender 21 (ND 21) in the Arabian Gulf, Jan. 20-29.
- Urging Syria's cooperation with the UN and OPCW UK FCDO 04 Feb 2021 -- Statement by Ambassador Barbara Woodward at the Security Council briefing on Syria chemical weapons
- Continued suppression of protests in the Russian Federation and the sentencing of Alexey Navalny: UK statement UK FCDO 04 Feb 2021 -- Delivered by Ambassador Neil Bush at the OSCE Permanent Council, 4 February 2021.
- Media Regulator Bans China's CGTN Satellite Channel From Airing in UK Radio Free Asia 04 Feb 2021 -- The U.K. media regulator Ofcom on Thursday banned Chinese state media giant CGTN from broadcasting in the country, citing violations of its license conditions.
- Britain Revokes Chinese State Media's Broadcasting License VOA 04 Feb 2021 -- Citing links to the Chinese Communist Party, Britan revoked China's state TV channel of its license to broadcast Thursday.
- UK Study Finds AstraZeneca Vaccine Cuts COVID Transmission by 2/3 VOA 03 Feb 2021 -- A coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University cut transmission of the virus by two-thirds, according to a study released by the university Wednesday.
- Johnson rules out stricter border controls to stem Covid-19 pandemic Press TV 03 Feb 2021 -- Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has refused to completely close the UK's borders on the grounds that it is "not practical".
- UK commits to deeper defence and security cooperation with Japan UK MOD 03 Feb 2021 -- HMS Queen Elizabeth's deployment to Indo Pacific later this year will enhance Japan and UK defence cooperation
- G7 Foreign Ministers' Statement on the Situation in Burma US Dept. of State 03 Feb 2021 -- The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union.
- G-7 Condemns Myanmar Coup VOA 03 Feb 2021 -- Foreign ministers from the G-7 group of nations on Wednesday condemned the coup in Myanmar and expressed deep concern about the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political leaders.
- G7 calls for return to political rule in coup-hit Myanmar Press TV 03 Feb 2021 -- Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialized countries have expressed deep concern about the recent military coup in Myanmar and the detention of the country's top political leaders.
- Britain Battles Mutant Coronavirus Outbreak VOA 02 Feb 2021 -- Britain launched an emergency program of door-to-door testing in several areas Tuesday following the discovery of hundreds of cases of the coronavirus variant, first identified in South Africa, which scientists say could be more resistant to vaccines.
- Britain Seeks Vaccine Changes to Address COVID-19 Variants VOA 02 Feb 2021 -- Britain's health minister said Tuesday the government there is considering modifications to existing COVID-19 vaccines to address variant strains of the coronavirus.
- Russia: UK responds to Navalny sentencing UK FCDO 02 Feb 2021 -- Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has called for the immediate release of Alexey Navalny after his sentencing in Moscow.
- Easing lockdown has to be done "very cautiously", warns UK expert People's Daily 01 Feb 2021 -- Lifting coronavirus lockdown measures would have to be done "very slowly, very cautiously" to avoid a resurge in infections, a British medical expert warned Sunday.
- Britain Identifies 105 Cases of South African COVID-19 Variant VOA 01 Feb 2021 -- British Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Monday said 105 cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa have been found in the nation, with 11 of those cases having no links to international travel.
- UK announces sanctions against Zimbabwe security chiefs UK FCDO 01 Feb 2021 -- UK announces first set of designations of individuals under the UK's Zimbabwe sanctions regime for human rights violations.
- Brexit fallout: Trade between UK and Republic of Ireland reduced by half Press TV 01 Feb 2021 -- According to the latest figures released by the Irish government, trade flowing along the Republic of Ireland and the UK routes has fallen by 50 percent in comparison to the same period last year.
- Myanmar Ambassador summoned in response to military coup and unlawful imprisonment of civilians UK FCDO 01 Feb 2021 -- The Myanmar Ambassador to the UK was summoned to the FCDO today (1 February 2021).
- UK government statement - state of emergency in Myanmar UK FCDO 01 Feb 2021 -- The UK government has issued a statement condemning the state of emergency imposed by the Myanmar military on 1 February.e
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