England eases lockdown from today, to consternation of other British nations

England is easing lockdown restrictions, including allowing employees to return to work, and for friends to meet one-on-one outside of homes. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland remain under lockdown, with the Scottish first minister voicing her concern about England’s approach. The United Kingdom has recorded 38,000 deaths from Covid-19, the most in Europe by some margin.

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Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

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  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

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    Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George’s Channel.

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