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The Week

The Week

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The Week covers the Best of the British and Foreign Media. With its non partisan reporting, The Week gives the reader an insight into all the the news, people, arts, drama, property, books and how the international media has reported it. This concise guide allows the reader to be up to date and have a wealth of knowledge to allow them to discuss all these key topics with their friends and peers.

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9 min.
the main stories… …and how they were covered

Is the Government doing enough? Is Britain “finally turning a corner on the coronavirus horror”, asked the Daily Mail. A declining daily death toll and some expressions of cautious optimism among experts had led many people to hope so – until Tuesday delivered a harsh reality check. The UK death toll shot up that day by a record 381, and by a further 563 on Wednesday, taking the total to 2,352. Among the victims was a previously healthy 13-year-old boy from south London, Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab. There are now more than 29,000 confirmed cases in the country. A quarter of doctors and a fifth of nurses are reported to be sick or in isolation. New research, meanwhile, has suggested that nearly a fifth of all small and medium-sized businesses in the…

2 min.

Controversy of the week Maths, life and death Last month, Imperial College London “released one of the most consequential academic papers in recent history”, said Fraser Nelson in The Daily Telegraph. In it, researchers reported that their mathematical modelling had predicted that the UK’s existing strategy would fail to contain the outbreak, resulting in up to 260,000 deaths. It jolted Boris Johnson into imposing the lockdown he had resisted. But a few days later, a group from Oxford University posited another theory, using a different model: that the disease could have already infected up to 68% of the British population. If so, the death rate is tiny, and “herd immunity” might have already been acquired. The Oxford study “has its (vociferous) critics”, but it points to a real dilemma. Looking around the…

1 min.
spirit of the age

The days when people gave their pets distinctively animal names – whether Rex, Rover, Tiddles, Pompom or Puss – appear to be over. Nine out of ten of the most popular names given to puppies and kittens in 2019 (among them Poppy, Molly, Alfie and Max) also appeared in the top 100 names for babies. Bosses are reportedly panic-buying office surveillance software so that they can keep an eye on their employees now working from home. Producers of the software, which can monitor online activity and keystrokes, and even take screenshots, have reported a surge in demand since it became clear that a lockdown was coming. One firm, ActivTrak, says its software orders have tripled in a few weeks.…

1 min.
good week for:

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who managed to leave Canada and move into a rented home in California before the borders closed. Having officially stepped down as working royals on 31 March, they are reportedly planning to start a new life in or near Los Angeles, in order to be close to Meghan’s mother. Shoppers, after leading supermarkets, including Waitrose, Morrisons and Aldi, announced that they were relaxing the restrictions they’d imposed to prevent stockpiling. Meanwhile, Tesco said it was increasing its capacity to home-deliver shopping, and M&S said it was introducing an “essentials” hamper. A retired nurse from Suffolk, who became the oldest person known to have survived the coronavirus in Britain. Identified only as Joy, the 94-year-old credited the “brilliant” staff at James Paget hospital in Great Yarmouth for her…

1 min.
bad week for:

Carluccio’s, which became the latest casualty of the lockdown. The Italian restaurant chain, which had been struggling for some time, went into administration, putting 2,000 jobs at risk. Edinburgh, with the cancellation of the Fringe and International festivals, which had been scheduled for August. The city’s Art Festival and International Book Festival have also been cancelled. Tennis lovers, after Wimbledon, and the entire grass-court season, was called off, following emergency meetings held this week. In France, organisers of the Tour de France were looking into whether the race could be held “behind closed doors” this summer – with no spectators lining the route.…

1 min.
airlift for britons abroad

A £75m plan to repatriate the 300,000 Britons stranded abroad owing to Covid-19 lockdowns was announced this week. Aimed at tourists, and not expats, it will prioritise vulnerable people, and involve a mix of scheduled and chartered flights. Passengers have been told to use commercial flights if they are in a country where flights are still taking off, and the Government has urged airlines to help people whose flights were cancelled to get home at “little to no extra cost”. Britons were advised to make themselves known to embassies and high commissions, and await further details. Passengers will be expected to pay for their flights, but loans to cover the cost will be made available to them.…