Virus outbreak at hospital in UK PM’s constituency | AFP

Images show Hillingdon Hospital, west of London, after it had closed to emergency patients following an outbreak of coronavirus. The outbreak was declared last Friday at the Hillingdon Hospital by its state-run National Health Service (NHS) trust. Britain’s government has recorded more than 44,000 deaths in patients confirmed to have coronavirus, the highest toll in Europe, with official statistics showing the toll could be far higher. IMAGES

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British gyms grow impatient as other leisure businesses are about to reopen | AFP

While many leisure businesses are reopening as the coronavirus lockdown is eased in the UK, gyms are among those that have to stay closed. Body Society, a London gym studio, is adapting to the government rules with outdoors fitness classesy.

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London landmarks go blue for the 72nd anniversary of the NHS | AFP

10 Downing Street and the London Eye are among several landmarks around the UK that are bathed in blue light to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the National Health Service. This year’s celebration is particularly poignant given the challenging conditions NHS staff have had to work under over the past four months amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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England’s pubs and hairdressers reopen after months of lockdown | AFP

Pubs and hairdressers in England reopen for the first time since late March. The move is part of a wider government plan to relaunch the hospitality, tourism and culture sectors and help the UK economy recover from more than three tough months of lockdown.

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London theatre workers use pink ribbons to protest lack of government support | AFP

Theatre workers are putting up pink hazard tape reading ‘Missing Live Theatre’ on performing arts buildings around the UK, including on the National Theatre in London. The move is intended to draw attention to the plight of theatres, which still have no resumption date even as pubs and cinemas prepare to reopen, while many of those who work in the creative industries don’t qualify for the government’s coronavirus support schemes due to their freelance status.

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Johnson announces easing of quarantine for visitors from certain countries | AFP

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces that England is changing its quarantine rules for travellers, so that only those arrivals who are from countries where the coronavirus is ‘not yet under control’ will have to self-isolate for two weeks. SOUNDBITE

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Hong Kongers comment on UK’s offer of citizenship rights | AFP

As China and the UK clash over the fate of millions of Hong Kongers under the new security law after London announced plans to extend citizenship rights to British National Overseas holders, Hong Kongers reflect on the opportunities brought by the move and its impact on the city.

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Bop x Subwave – Escape From U

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Esteemed Russian D+B producers Bop x Subwave are back with the second release under their new collaborative project. The four-track ‘Dream On’ EP is a perfect encapsulation of the pair’s style, seamlessly infusing their sounds to create a unique and refreshing project whereby the duo have once again tested the boundaries of D+B moving into the realms of garage and lo-fi jungle.

Kicking off the EP is ‘Higher Dimension’, a synthwave-infused D+B number with a dark twist. Dreamlike vocals drenched in reverb combined with nostalgic synths and an unforgiving bassline set the listener up for what’s to come. The minimal yet soulful ‘Escape From U’ follows, bringing crisp percussion and melancholic vibes to this sublime stepper.

‘Lo-Fi Romance’ leads the way for the second half of the EP. Airy pads and bare-bone breaks lay the foundations for this simple yet sophisticated liquid roller. Switching up the vibe yet staying true to the distinct Bop x Subwave sound, ‘Haze’ rounds off the EP, taking things down to 130BPM territory. A clear homage to the sounds of the UK underground with garage-influenced drums and a hard hitting sub.

After the success of their debut EP ‘Love & Other Drugs’ including a number 1 track in the Beatport Garage chart, appraisal from key electronic music publications such as DJ Mag and Resident Advisor as well as radio support across BBC Radio 1, Rinse FM and Reprezent, it’s set to be a huge year for the duo project.

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UK reimposes lockdown on virus-hit city of Leicester | AFP

The British government orders schools and non-essential shops in Leicester, central England, to close and urges people to stay at home after a localised outbreak of coronavirus. Health Secretary Matt Hancock says nationwide moves to ease a three-month lockdown will no longer apply in the city due to high rates of COVID-19, telling parliament: ” The more people follow the rules, the faster we’ll get control of this virus and get Leicester back to normal.” IMAGES

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Danger – ‘Rise Up’

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From Belgium through to the UK, Danger has cultivated for himself a reputation which now sees him fall under the Program bracket. The sister-label of Ram Records, they’ve always remained a centre point for drum & bass music and they’ll push forward with this ethos through Danger’s forthcoming single.

With slappy bass and rolling break rhythms ‘Rise Up’ is your entrée. Then on the flip, Danger presents ‘Problems’ alongside Master Error, pulling together a chain of weighty sub stabs and clattering snares. So once again, it’s time to get with the Program. Led by the likes of Danger and Master Error for the next part of its catalogue.
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Danger – ‘Problems’

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Rise Up / Problems
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From Belgium through to the UK, Danger has cultivated for himself a reputation which now sees him fall under the Program bracket. The sister-label of Ram Records, they’ve always remained a centre point for drum & bass music and they’ll push forward with this ethos through Danger’s forthcoming single.

With slappy bass and rolling break rhythms ‘Rise Up’ is your entrée. Then on the flip, Danger presents ‘Problems’ alongside Master Error, pulling together a chain of weighty sub stabs and clattering snares. So once again, it’s time to get with the Program. Led by the likes of Danger and Master Error for the next part of its catalogue. 
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Henry – The Future Is Broken

UK based talent Henry returns to Celsius with the ‘Frozen EP’.

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Daughter volunteers in UK care home to see her father | AFP

Nina Ambrose couldn’t bear the thought of being separated from her father during the coronavirus pandemic — so she volunteered to work at the care home where he lives. The 49-year-old Briton has been visiting the home up to four times a week so she can see her dad, Roger, who suffers from Alzheimer’s.

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Parents of UK gallery attack victim express “horror” of crime as perpetrator sentenced to life | AFP

“How can someone explain to a child that someone deliberately tried to kill him?”, ask the parents of the French boy who was thrown off a viewing platform at London’s Tate Modern art gallery by a troubled British teenager. In a statement read out by a police officer after perpetrator Jonty Bravery was sentenced to life in prison, the parents express the “fear and horror” caused by the crime. SOUNDBITE

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UK police declare deadly Reading stabbings ‘terrorist incident’ | AFP

A British police assistant commissioner says they are treating a stabbing spreed in which a lone assailant killed three people in a park in the southern English city of Reading as a “terrorist incident”. SOUNDBITE

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