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Shoppers in Wales have criticised government measures which mean “non-essential items” have been put behind metal barriers or covered with plastic sheeting in supermarkets. Photos on social media show products such as pillows and bedsheets under a plastic covering at a Tesco store, while a photo from a Morrisons supermarket shows children’s clothes behind a
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The Welsh government is to review how the ban on supermarkets selling non-essential items is working to make sure “common sense is applied”, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said. More than 34,000 people had signed a petition calling on politicians to reverse the ban on Saturday, which it described as “disproportionate and cruel”. As Wales
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Around 1.4 million people in South Yorkshire are now under England’s toughest coronavirus restrictions. From 12.01am on Saturday, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield were covered by Tier 3 restrictions, aimed at cutting the spread of the virus. It comes after nearly a fortnight of negotiations between local leaders and the UK government, which agreed a
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Labour is claiming emergency stocks of some vital COVID-related drugs are running out ahead of a second wave of the pandemic. Emily Thornberry, Labour‘s shadow international trade secretary, says the government’s own figures show many drug stockpiles are at zero. The shortages include bacterial antibiotics and high-strength painkillers, according to figures published in parliament by
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