Monday evening UK news briefing: 'Now or never' to reopen society

‘Electronic devices’ seized after Matt Hancock CCTV leak

Meanwhile, MPs have been told the so-called “sausage war” between the UK and EU was “not even handbags at dawn” compared to what is coming down the line. 

Aodhan Connolly, from the NI Retail Consortium, claimed the dispute over chilled meats was “peripheral” and that much bigger problems for traders and consumers were anticipated this autumn. 

Read what the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee was told.

NHS Covid app ‘pings’ over half a million in a week

The NHS Covid-19 app has “pinged” more than half a million people in England in one week, with the record figure raising concerns from businesses that vast numbers of staff are being advised to self-isolate. The 520,194 alerts were sent to users of the app in England in the week to July 7, a jump of 46pc from the previous week. It is the highest weekly figure since data was first published in January, with alerts up almost four-fold in the last month. Covid-19 cases in all regions of England are at their highest level in almost six months, according to new data from Public Health England. It comes as more retailers said they will encourage customers and staff to keep wearing masks after July 19.

The quiet signs you could be heading for a stro-ke

Most of us are familiar with the immediate signs of a stro-ke, but new research suggests the warning signs could appear long before it actually happens. In a study of almost 15,000 participants, researchers found stro-ke sufferers show certain signs of cognitive decline up to 10 years before they are taken ill. As someone in the UK suffers a stro-ke every three minutes, read on for the quiet signs you need to listen to.

At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing

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Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Sugar and salt tax | Boris Johnson has said he is “not attracted” to plans for a new sugar and salt tax, amid fears it could hit the wallets of people on lower incomes. Read how the Government has sought to distance itself from proposals, by the head of the National Food Strategy, Henry Dimbleby, who is the founder of the fast food chain Leon.

Around the world: Freak floods ravage Europe

At least 42 people have died and dozens are missing after freak storms triggered flash floods which have swept away homes and devastated parts of western Germany and Belgium. Late last night, six houses collapsed in the town of Schuld bei Adenau in the Eifel district near Germany’s western borders. Authorities said they were unsure of how many are missing in Eifel, but estimates are that at least 50 people are unaccounted for. Watch the apocalyptic waters washing away cars.

Thursday interview

Nigel Owens: ‘TMO is ruining rugby and I hope to become a father’

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