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Matt Hancock LAUGHS OFF suggestion he has rushed contact tracing scheme

Doctors and other staff reported major teething troubles as the much-trumpeted scheme finally got up and running, with some saying they had not even received passwords to start work. Meanwhile, NHS chiefs have warned that 'key bits' of the system are not yet operational and it cannot be described as 'world class' The chaotic beginning came as Matt Hancock laughed off criticism over the delay to the NHS app that was meant to accompany the regime. The Health Secretary insisted it was right to press ahead without the phone technology, suggesting it was important to 'get people used' to the principles. Under the scheme, anyone who has come into contact with an infected person will be told to isolate for 14 days even if they have no symptoms. Ministers have been warned up to two million people could be in isolation at any given time - with doubts over whether some will be willing to stop work if they are only getting statutory sick pay.

The RNLI is slammed after THREE people drown and dozens more are rescued from the sea by untrained onlookers after the charity pulled ALL lifeguard cover for lockdown - despite packed beaches over the bank holiday heatwave

The RNLI suspended coastline patrols amid the coronavirus crisis in March, but this has angered surfers and local lifeguard groups after three deaths in two days. More casualties are now feared on unsupervised beaches after two deaths near Padstow in Cornwall on Monday, and a third at Teignmouth in Devon on Tuesday. Meanwhile in Dorset, police and coastguard rescuers are searching for 17-year-old Oscar Montgomery snorkeler who went missing off Portland yesterday. Dozens more people have been rescued by volunteer patrols who have mobilised to cover the gaps, with one in Sennen, Cornwall, responding on Tuesday (top) to incidents involving seven people, including a mass rescue of four children stuck in rip tide. Surfers have demanded the return of lifeguards with 'no excuses' (bottom). Also pictured: A sign at the car park at West Wittering beach in West Sussex reads 'no lifeguard service' yesterday (bottom), and an RNLI lifeguard patrols a beach in Scotland (right, file picture). 

The much-delayed scheme was unveiled at yesterday's coronavirus press conference by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who said it was the 'civic duty' of the public to adhere to the new rules.

Governor Andrew Bailey made clear a fresh wave of quantitative easing - effectively printing money - will be needed as he raised doubts about the prospects for a rapid bounceback.

Men are most interested in honest, confident women with an appetite for fun, an online poll conducted by Perth dating coach Louanne Ward has revealed.

'I couldn't take it anymore': BBC Breakfast host Naga Munchetty shows off the results of her DIY haircut as she admits 'it's OK, a bit messy maybe'

BBC Breakfast host Naga Munchetty revealed her DIY haircut to viewers on Thursday after saying she 'couldn't take it anymore.'  Naga, 45, showed pictures which proved her newly cropped look wasn't the work of a hairdresser and a breach of lockdown rules. The presenter said she took the scissors to her own hair at home and had only meant to cut the sides but got carried away. 

The public is telling officers 'If it's OK for Cummings, it's OK for us,' as they try to encourage people to stick to lockdown measures, a source has claimed. Police are reportedly easing off enforcing some measures.

The UK's coronavirus contact tracing programme will finally launch at 9am, but Health Secretary Matt Hancock admitted it will rely on people doing their 'civic duty', and threatened fines if they don't.

Google, Facebook and Twitter face bias reckoning

Trump is expected to set up a mechanism allowing Americans to report alleged political censorship or bias by the social media giants which will be investigated by the Federal Trade Commission. His executive order is also expected to order a review of a law that has long protected Twitter, Facebook and Google from being responsible for the material posted by their users. Trump's order would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to propose and clarify regulations under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a federal law largely exempting online platforms from legal liability for users' posts.

Nissan bosses delivered a vote of confidence in UK car making by announcing that the Sunderland plant will become the hub for production of core models after confirming the closure of two factories.

RICHARD KAY: Kate, Meghan and the snobbish claims that have sparked palace fury

RICHARD KAY: The royals are the uneasy focus of a snobbish profile in society magazine Tatler, which touches not only on the sensitive issue of the alleged rift between Kate and sister-in-law Meghan, but also raises some frankly impertinent questions about the Duchess's apparent 'thinness' and her Middleton family background. It even manages to impugn William's, until now untouchable, relationship with Princess Diana with a bizarre suggestion that Carole Middleton, who is mocked as a social climber, was 'the mummy he always wanted'. Kensington Palace took the highly unusual step of publicly and formally distancing itself from claims in the article. Such a strong denunciation was partly to prevent some of the more fanciful allegations being repeated, but it also underlined the Palace's dismay at what it views as an unfair examination of the couple's life and their motives. So what was it about the article that has upset them so much? Pictured left: Kate and Meghan in 2018. Right: Princess Charlotte at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Inset: Tatler.

Looter is shot dead by pawn shop owner and stores are ransacked and torched as George Floyd protest erupts in violence and armed vigilantes patrol Minneapolis streets in second night of violence 

Minneapolis Department Police Chief John Elder confirmed in a midnight press conference that one person was shot and killed and that another person was being held in custody. Elder said officers had responded to reports of a possible stabbing at around 9.25pm between Bloomington and Lake Street. The body of a man - who medics later confirmed had been shot - was found lying on the sidewalk outside the Cadillac Pawn shop by police officers who performed CPR on him. Stores including Wendy's, Target (top right), Walmart and AutoZone were looted, ransacked and some set alight (pictured bottom right, the blaze at AutoZone) before rioters tried to bust open an ATM, as many ignored pleas from the Floyd family's lawyer and Minnesota Governor Walz to protest peacefully Wednesday night. Videos showed what was reported to be an apartment building entirely engulfed by flames (left) as rioters stood and watched and the fire department was nowhere to be seen. A group of four men (inset right) with huge firearms were seen outside a GM Tobacco store as they said they had come to protect local businesses from looters.

President Donald Trump called the death of George Floyd, the Minnesota black man who died in custody when a white police officer kneeled on his neck, a 'very sad event.'

Bodycam footage from an officer at the scene of the arrest of George Floyd appears to show the cop speaking to two of the man's friends and trying to reassure them an ambulance is on it's way.

Cal Wayne says he saw Floyd as a big brother, growing up with him in the Houston projects and even living with him aged 11 when Wayne's mother went to jail.

Wheelchair-bound woman is beaten and sprayed with a fire extinguisher by looters

The woman claimed she was 'peacefully protesting' to stop people from looting a Target store, but she was quickly set upon by a crowd who subdued her on the second night of violence in Minneapolis. The crowd outside the Target store shouted that the woman had a knife, and footage showed her holding what appeared to be a sharp object. Named online as Jennifer, she later said she had been 'punched in the head several times' before others tried to restrain her.

'A murderer lives here': Protesters brand home of white cop over George Floyd's death

Protesters (inset) gathered outside the home of Derek Chauvin Wednesday in anger over the death of George Floyd. People scrawled the word 'A murderer lives here' on the road outside his house (right). Others wore T-shirts reading 'I can't breathe' - some of the last words Floyd said as he begged for his life. Chauvin, 44, was filmed Monday pinning the black man to the ground by his neck (left) before dying moments later.

Neighbours named Mervyn Kohler (pictured) as the man who was found at the Islington house with stab wounds. His condition is not thought to be life-threatening.

US YouTube influencer Myka Stauffer draws backlash for 'rehoming' her autistic four-year-old son three years after adopting him from China

Myka Stauffer, 32, and her husband James posted a tearful video on Tuesday saying they've decided to 'rehome' their adopted 4-year-old son Huxley. James said that, three years after adopting the boy, he and his wife had discovered 'there were a lot more special needs that we were not aware of.' Myka who also has four biological children added: 'Do I feel like a failure as a mom? 500 percent.'

EXCLUSIVE: Chris Bruney (pictured), from Sheffield, took his own life hours after being plied with £400 of bonuses by staff at online casino Winner.co.uk, which is owned by Playtech.

April was the deadliest month on record in England and Wales: Figures show 88,000 people

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that 88,153 people died of any cause in England and Wales in April, more than double the 43,000 who died in February before the Covid-19 outbreak. Past data from the Office for National Statistics showed that January 2018 had the highest number of fatalities until now, with 64,154 dead. In England and Wales, 27,764 people died in April 2020 with the coronavirus officially listed as their cause of death, but many others are feared to have died because of reduced access to medical care.

Patients in England and Wales with various health conditions that raise their risk of dying from COVID-19 were told they had been removed from the scheme in the GOV.UK text last Friday.

Researchers in Paris screened the blood of 160 medics who had confirmed Covid-19. They found that 99.4 per cent of the group had antibodies to the virus 13 days after their symptoms.

The University of Southern Denmark says the world's first fully automated throat swab robot will be be able to test the first COVID-19 patients by late June.

Coronavirus UK: Pubs and restaurants 'could open next month'

Boris Johnson has indicated that pubs could be allowed to reopen as early as next month, giving Britons fresh hope of enjoying a drink in a beer garden this summer. The Prime Minister (inset top) told MPs he hopes to allow watering holes and restaurants to re-open earlier than July 4 - the date which has been set down in the government's roadmap out of lockdown. He says that the roadmap is moving faster than previously thought. Pubs and restaurants have been closed across Britain since the government imposed the coronavirus lockdown at the end of March. On Wednesday, Mr Johnson told MPs on the Liaison Committee: 'On hospitality... we are really trying to go as fast as we can. 'It is really difficult to bring forward hospitality measures in a way that involves social distancing. But I am much more optimistic about that than I was. We may be able to do things faster than I previously thought.' Pubs and restaurants face challenges over how to open under social distancing guidelines, with 80 per cent unable to follow the two metre guidelines. However, Mr Johnson has ordered scientists to reassess the restrictions. In Paris, plastic shields separating dinners are being tested (pictured left), while one way systems could be used in pubs in Britain (pictured top right: A one way system at a pub in Fulham). 

Trish Halpin and Tracey Blake, debate if women should embrace a four-day week. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, has claimed the move could help parents to cope with childcare worries.

Rachel Johnson who is spending lockdown with her husband and 26-year-old daughter at their family farm on Exmoor, argues that men are milking the nanny state advice to avoid going out.

Colonel Andrew Jackson, 51, deputy commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade, is accused of flouting a ban that he was meant to help enforce at Merville Barracks in Colchester.

Research by the Institute of Directors shows that firms are worried about being able to keep staff on if they are forced to contribute to 20 per cent of wage bills and National Insurance contributions.

Former Director of the WHO Cancer Programme Professor Karol Sikora, who has garnered a cult following during the crisis, believes that life will be 'virtually back to normal' by August.

HENRY DEEDES: Hair skew-whiff, a homely fireplace as backdrop and matey, first-name terms only. The Prime Minister appeared before the Liaison Committee yesterday.

China approves national security law bill for Hong Kong amid international controversy

Hong Kong's freedoms were declared dead today after China's parliament rubber-stamped a new security law to give Beijing sweeping new powers over the city (pictured left, Chinese leader Xi Jinping voting on the bill in China's parliament, which is pictured top right; bottom right are protests in Hong Kong). The bill gives Beijing draconian powers to punish 'secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference' and allows its security agencies to operate openly in Hong Kong. Lawmakers mourned 'the end of Hong Kong' today and said the former British colony 'just becomes another Chinese city' under Beijing's authoritarian control.

The 66-year-old was freed last year after the Court of Appeal quashed her conviction in light of new evidence that she was suffering a psychiatric illness at the time of the killing.

Ex-girlfriend of 'Babes in the Wood' murderer appears in court

Jenny Johnson, pictured left on the steps of Brighton Magistrates' Court today, appeared in court having been charged with perjury and perverting the course of justice. She is accused of lying during the trial of her then boyfriend Russell Bishop, right, who was acquitted in 1987 of murdering nine year old girls Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway in Brighton, pictured inset. He was later convicted of their murders after the discovery of new evidence.

Dorset Police said 17-year-old Oscar Montgomery was diving off the coast of Church Ope Cove on Wednesday and was last seen around 5pm.

Not their brightest idea! Social media users share snaps of hilarious design fails

Any big design project takes planning, but these hilarious fails are perfect examples of when more care was needed. Collated by Shareably, baffled social media users from around the globe have posted a series of funny examples of spectacular flaws they came across in every day life. Pictured, top left to right: a badly-designed fire safety poster, a transparent toilet door and a bike path that merges into a concrete barrier. Pictured bottom left to right: a bizarre toy, a T-shirt with an inappropriate slogan and a very elevated cash machine.

Australian pop star Kylie Minogue, is launching her own brand of rosé today, neatly coinciding with her 52nd birthday. British drinks expert Helen McGinn gives her verdict on the £9 beverage.

Researchers from Yale University found stress emanates throughout the brain from the hippocampus, an area of the brain that helps regulate motivation, emotion and memory.

Chris and Lara Jessop from Skipton, North Yorks, rescued five-year-old Vizsla, Deru, from Hungary after he was found by Hungarian charity, Vizslamentes.

Jeremy Corbyn is pictured 'flouting social distancing rules'

The snapshot (pictured main), posted to Facebook, reportedly shows the former Labour leader standing close to passer-by Joe Neary on Tuesday as he made a trip to a riverside beauty spot. Corbyn, who was said to be with his family at the time, reportedly stopped to chat to with Mr Neary, who described him as a 'lovely man who was very engaging' (inset). Those in the comments of the post, however, were quick to point out Mr Corbyn appeared to not be abiding by social distancing measures. Under Boris Johnson's eased lockdown rules, Britons are permitted to spend time outdoors with members of their household and one other person so long as they stay two-metres apart.

Britain has shuttered its embassy in North Korea and all its diplomats have left, the ambassador said as Pyongyang maintains strict entry controls to try to prevent a coronavirus outbreak.

South Korea will close museums, parks and art galleries in the capital Seoul and has urged employers to reintroduce flexible working hours after reporting 79 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday.

A couple, thought to be in their 50s, were trying to escape from their home in Hyensan, Ryanggang province, to the South amid North Korea's strict coronavirus quarantine, according to reports.

Over 350 musicians will be heard after recording their part from home for the first night on July 17. But the Royal Albert Hall in London will host live performances in the BBC Proms' final fortnight.

Brazil's coronavirus death toll topped 25,000 on Wednesday as the country emerged as the latest epicentre in the crisis. The health ministry confirmed 1,086 deaths in the past 24 hours.

Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen reunite with their Lord Of The Rings co-stars in hilarious video call teaser

They were part of one of the greatest film franchises in history, which remains a classic after almost two decades. And the Lord Of The Rings cast are set to reunite for Josh Gad's Reunited Apart YouTube series on Sunday, and a hilarious clip teasing the episode was released on Wednesday for fans to enjoy. Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Sir Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd all appeared in the amusing video which saw the Frozen star, 39, asking the actors if they wanted to be a part of the episode.

Trainee accountant Jake Currie, pictured, received a two-year suspended jail sentence after he stole £60,000 from Nuco Travel in Cheadle, Greater Manchester.

It has emerged that masks believed to be too old for use were destroyed and not replaced as France scaled back its pandemic planning after neither Sars nor swine flu were as deadly as predicted.



School's in! Remarkable time-lapse footage shows secondary school being built in 12 WEEKS

Sir Frederick Gibberd College in Harlow was built in record time during the coronavirus lockdown. The school was constructed using 198 modules which were attached 'like Lego'. Caledonian Modular built the school complete with concrete flooring and external cladding.

The girl, named as Luda, was hammered to death at her home Taraz, northern Kazakhstan. She was found with a broken skull and died from horrific injuries before paramedics arrived at the scene.

A murder probe is under way by Hampshire Constabulary after a 13-week-old baby girl died at a property in Gosport, Hampshire, after falling 'seriously unwell'.

Gymnast, 10, works out for 30 hours a week and gets up at 5.30am

NEW Lyza Brooks Mosier, (pictured) 10, from Georgia, which implemented lockdown measures on April 3, is in pristine shape after waking up at 5.30am five days a week to workout for a total of 30 hours. The schoolgirl started gymnastics when she was four and doesn't plan on quitting any time soon after she 'fell in love' with workouts last summer and now has a six-pack physique (inset bottom right and left).

Two men hired to carry out a stranger's sexual fantasy of being tied up while clad in his underpants went to the wrong NSW rural address with machetes but politely left after realising their mistake.

Alton Towers Smiler crash survivor Leah Washington and Joe Pugh celebrated their fifth anniversary - almost five years to the day they enjoyed their first date at the amusement park on June 2nd 2015. 

Thai man Theerapat Klaiya, 24, has confessed to stealing more than 100 pairs of thongs which he would rub on his body and have 'sex' with them.

Papua New Guinea tribesmen cover their faces in colourful dye

Extraordinary images of the tribes show them painting their faces with a mixture made of clay and plants, the Kunai donned in a combination of yellow, black and red paint and the Huli wearing yellow and red. The multi-coloured faces of these tribes have been captured during one of their festivals called Sing Sings where they dance and sing. The amazing photos were taken along the Sepik River, which is the longest river on the island of New Guinea, by travel photographer, Trevor Cole from Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK.

Like something out of 'The Day Of The Triffids', giant hogweed can blind people and inflict other life-changing injuries, including excruciating blisters which need skin grafts.

The number of interest-free credit card deals has fallen to a record low for the second successive month, as banks continue to slash the availability of unsecured debt.

Innocent passer-by Aya Hachem, 19, was gunned down near her home in Blackburn, Lancashire on May 17. Six people charged with her murder appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday.

Dion Reynolds and Jessica O'Connor, both 23, went camping at Anatori Valley in Kahurangi National Park, in New Zealand's South Island, on May 9.

Perfectly preserved Roman mosaic floor unearthed in an Italian vineyard 

The floor, found in a hilly area above the town of Negrar di Valpolicella near Verona, was uncovered just a week after archaeologists returned to work from lockdown. Last summer a team from the Superintendent of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of Verona started digging again - to uncover more of the ancient home.

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: The River Cafe's regulars, who include Gwyneth Paltrow, Jemima Goldsmith and Nigella Lawson, have already christened it 'DeliverRuth'...

In he half-hour documentary Soul Boy - Our Lives (BBC1), 18-year-old Anthony Flavin, a dancer who can move like James Brown, from Nottingham has a lot to escape from.

The app is intended to build up your Experian credit score using a monthly fee closer to a subscription service than a credit card. In fact, it doesn't even give you a card to buy things.

Researchers looked at 35,024 women in England diagnosed as having cancerous cells in the milk ducts by the NHS breast screening programme from when it began in 1988 until March 2014.

Heartbreaking video shows toddler playing next to his mother's body after she collapsed and died on a packed train

Arbina Khatoon, 35, died at Muzaffarpur station, in northern India, on Wednesday after making a punishing 1,000-mile journey in an attempt to get home amid the country's lockdown. Khatoon was just one of millions of Indian workers who lost their jobs when the country shuttered non-essential businesses in March, leaving many of them stranded a long distance from home. The government has been putting on specially-chartered trains to take the workers to their villages, but nine people including a two-year-old child have died on the trains this week amid allegations of overcrowding and a lack of food and water in heat of up to 50C. The government has denied the allegations, saying most of those who died had health conditions.

Health guru Sarah Wilson has shared the tips and tricks you need to know in order to waste less food around the house - including storing salad leaves in pillowcases and freezing any leftover nuts.

It's about to kick off! Giraffe gets its leg caught on a smaller rival's neck as they square up for a fight

Conservation Biologist Angela Ferguson, 28, captured the comical moment the giraffe scoops its neck under the other's leg (left) in a very awkward stand off at Zambezi National Park, Zimbabwe. Unable to get his leg any higher to hitch it off the other smaller giraffe's neck the now three-legged larger giraffe hobbles around in a circle to display his dominance (right).

A supermarket shopper has wowed thousands on the internet with her simple trick for folding all of your reusable plastic bags to save space in the kitchen. Brenda Moiselle posted her clip on TikTok.

France-based Dick Strawbridge, 60, who is a TV presenter and former lieutenant colonel, revealed the role his mother and wife Angela, have played in his life.

Denise Elias, 61, from Cardiff, dropped from 15st 13lb to 10st 3lb in order to give beloved adopted Chihuahua cross Gizmo the 'best life possible'. She has dropped from a size 20 to a size 12.

Australian personal trainer Michelle Bridges has revealed her top tips for avoiding weight gain over the winter period and the five pieces of equipment to have on hand for working out at home.

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Ballet teacher, 23, discovered she was pregnant hours before giving birth

Lizzie Quah, from Bloomington, Illinois, told her story in a now-viral TikTok video. She recalled going to the hospital at 2.30AM after suffering from painful cramps that she thought were the result of a bad period, or a potential kidney stone. During her initial exam, doctors discovered that she was actually pregnant and eight centimeters dilated. Two hours later, Lizzie gave birth to a full-term baby girl, Winnie June, who is now 11-months old. Doctors discovered that the ballet teacher was suffering from placenta previa, toxemia and preeclampsia, which meant she was at serious risk during birth. She says she gained very little weight, and continued having periods during her pregnancy - although the bleeding was likely a result of her placenta previa.

All mine! Twins' attempt at the Fruit Snack Challenge ends in tears - but only for one of them

Twins Hailey and Hayden Larkin, two, from Delaware County attempted the challenge. 'Go-getter' Hayden stole all the candies after ICU nurse mom Lisa left the room. Her sister burst into tears in footage shot at the family of six's Pennsylvania home.



Running scared: Hilarious moment Indy the cat discovers his owner's treadmill and cautiously tries to use it

The cat from Turkey was filmed playing on the running machine last week. Indy, one, falls off the treadmill multiple times and chases a ping pong ball. His owner, YouTuber Walter Santi, said the cat 'was a little scared at first' but quickly learned how to use the machine.

NASA has shared new details about the sensors used on the Perseverance rover as it travels the surface of Mars in search for signs of past microbial life, including a camera and UV laser.

Ads as long as 15 seconds will start appearing on some IGTV videos next week for 200 English-speaking creators and will feature brands like Puma, Ikea, and Sephora according to The Verge.

Everyone's a winner! Crafty dad builds a makeshift arcade game by holding his three-year-old daughter upside down as the 'claw' so she can grab a prize from the bathtub 

Bradley O'Riordan, 29, built a homemade claw or 'grabber' arcade game in the family's bath tub. He filled the tub with toys and candy and made a makeshift joystick. His oldest daughter, Lacey, 11, pretended to control the joystick. Meanwhile, Bradley held three-year-old daughter Paris upside-down, then dipped her so she could grab a toy. Video of the funny game has been viewed 1.5 million times on TikTok.