June 23, 2024


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Hancock tells nation to lose 5lbs

The Prime Minister walking his dog at Chequers - Andrew Parsons/No 10 Downing Street
The Prime Minister walking his dog at Chequers – Andrew Parsons/No 10 Downing Street

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‘Lose 5lbs to save NHS 100m’ amid Covid ‘wake up call’

The lockdown love handles have to go. Everyone who is overweight should lose at least 5lbs to save countless lives and spare the NHS a £100million cost, the Health Secretary has said. Writing in The Telegraph, Matt Hancock said coronavirus was the “deadly wake-up call” Britain needed to tackle obesity, as the Government unveils a strategy to slim the nation’s waistlines. The advertising of unhealthy food will be banned online and before the 9pm watershed on television, with buy one get one free deals on chocolate and crisps axed and calorie counts placed on menus. Read on for more details of the measures to be taken. If you have been struggling to get in shape, look no further. Starting from this week, we are bringing you a six-part summer exercise plan.

It comes as 21 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed at a Shropshire caravan park. The council fears the number of cases at the site, which is in the town of Craven Arms, will continue to rise before infection control measures start to take effect. All residents who have come into contact with one of the positive cases have been asked to self-isolate with their households for 14 days. Our liveblog has the latest. You can search our tool to find out how many coronavirus cases there are in your area.

France and Germany could join UK’s quarantine list

Fears are growing that countries like France and Germany could join Spain on the UK’s quarantine list, as the Government warned it would take similar quick decisions in response to Covid-19 spikes. A Telegraph analysis reveals most countries on the Government’s list of “safe” holiday destinations have, like Spain, seen Covid-19 incidence rates rise sharply in the past week to post-lockdown peaks. It comes as Grant Shapps was mocked by Government figures after falling foul of his own “air bridges” policy by jetting off on holiday to Spain. The Transport Secretary will have to self-isolate for 14 days when he returns home after ministers closed the travel corridor with Spain on Saturday. Hayley Dixon and Lizzie Roberts talk to holidaymakers about the chaos, with many tourists cutting short breaks over fears they will lose pay.

Prince Harry ‘in a trance’ after first date with Meghan

If fans were hoping to hear a fairytale romance, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – at least according to their new biography – will not disappoint. The couple declared their love after three months, their friends have disclosed, and planned their long-term future together not long afterwards. Yet the latest revelations from the Finding Freedom biography of the couple also suggests the Duchess of Sussex set up “a paparazzi photo here and there” before she met the Duke of Sussex. It also suggests the Duchess had “let info slip” to newspapers when working as an actress. Here is a summary of the book’s key revelations and Camilla Tominey has this analysis of why, after finding freedom at last, Harry and Meghan have never appeared more trapped.

At a glance: More coronavirus headlines

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Dame Olivia de Havilland dies | She was a hard-working, apparently unassuming but unforgettable star from Hollywood’s golden era. Oscar-winning actress Dame Olivia de Havilland, who made her name in Gone With the Wind, has died, aged 104. Read her Telegraph obituary.

Around the world: Armed black militia’s protest in US

A female member from the Not F------ Around Coalition kneels in Kentucky - Leslie Spurlock/ZUMA Wire/Shutterstock
A female member from the Not F—— Around Coalition kneels in Kentucky – Leslie Spurlock/ZUMA Wire/Shutterstock

Fears of violent clashes in the wake of the protests sweeping the US heightened over the weekend with a show of force by an armed black militia group. An estimated 2,500 members of the Not F—— Around Coalition demonstrated in Louisville, Kentucky, wearing black combat fatigues and carrying automatic weapons. The group outnumbered a far-right militia group that also made an appearance but there are concerns about future clashes. View a gallery of more striking pictures of the day.

Comment and analysis

In case you missed it: Best of the weekend

Editor’s choice: Features and arts

  1. ‘Deconditioning pandemic’ | How to get your body in shape post-lockdown

  2. Urban exodus | Is living in the country really healthier than the city?

  3. 40th anniversary | Flash Gordon’s alive! And still on the campest planet in the cosmos

Business and money briefing

Refund crackdown | Airline regulators are expected to this week launch a crackdown on carriers which have failed to refund families for flights cancelled due to coronavirus, as the industry reels from new restrictions over Spain. The Civil Aviation Authority is understood to have drawn up a list of the worst culprits, still owing billions. Details here.

Sport briefing

Premier League climax | Manchester United finished the job at Leicester to achieve Champions League qualification, while at the bottom of the table Jack Grealish was the hero for Aston Villa as they secured survival with a draw at West Ham. It was an eventful final day of the season and Oliver Brown thinks the Premier League has justified its post-lockdown return with a final day not short of emotion and drama.

Tonight’s dinner  

Suya burgers with plantain fries | Traditional Nigerian kebabs are re-imagined as a tasty burger. Read on for the recipe.

And finally… for this morning’s downtime

‘The sweetest tone I ever heard’ | Revered for his blues virtuosity, guitarist and vocalist Peter Green founded Fleetwood Mac and wrote a string of hits, making the band outsell the Beatles and Rolling Stones combined in 1969. Yet he left the group and vanished from the scene for decades after becoming one of rock music’s most famous “acid casualties”. Read his Telegraph obituary.

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