UK records 36,100 new cases – as it happened



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Employees in the UK will have the right to request flexible working from the moment they start a job, with companies obliged to explain their reasons if it is then refused, the government will propose in a consultation document this week.

The plan would also oblige employers to respond to such requests more quickly, and is being billed as a major reshaping of the way people work in a post-pandemic world, making flexible work the default.



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The two Australian jurisdictions grappling with the most severe Covid outbreaks, New South Wales and Victoria, have revealed their plans for reopening, providing those living with lockdown with some sense of what the future may hold.

Both states will ease some restrictions once 70% of the eligible population age 16 and above are fully vaccinated, with further easing at 80%. But when will those targets be reached, and how and why do the plans differ?

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A couple in Texas, US were denied service at a restaurant because they were wearing masks.

Natalie Wester spoke to CBS DFW, a local TV station, about her experience with her husband, Jose, and a few friends.

Last week, she said, the Westers went to Hang Time, a bar and restaurant in Rowlett, 20 miles outside Dallas, for a rare outing.

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Canadians take to the polls in tight pandemic election

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Only the vaccinated can use restaurant toilets, Dutch minister warns

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‘Freedoms can return’

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UK records 36,100 new Covid cases

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