BBC UK News

May 19, 2020

Onions, ironing and 'sex appeal': Who is Tony Abbott?

The gaffe-prone former prime minister is a polarising figure in Australia.

Seal of approval: Gavin the seal makes a splash

A Sussex seal's habit of hitching a ride with passing paddleboarders is making him a local celebrity.

Covid-19: Hancock on new regional virus restrictions

Areas around Merseyside and the Tees Valley face extra coronavirus restrictions, Matt Hancock announces.

EU sends UK 'formal notice' over government bill

It says the Internal Markets Bill is a breach of the good faith agreement in the Brexit withdrawal agreement.

Coronavirus: Dorset festival artwork tribute to victims

In Memoriam has been created out of bed sheets and was installed on the beach at Sandbanks.

Black History month: 'As a black female, it's important I can be seen'

As Black History Month begins, three female trailblazers talk about their experiences.

Banaz Mahmod murder: 'What they did was unforgivable'

Banaz Mahmod was murdered by her uncle and father, fourteen years on her sister has chosen to speak out for the first time.

Burnley: 'Lockdown restrictions should've been sooner' as Covid cases rise

New figures suggest the town of Burnley in Lancashire has the highest Covid-19 infection rate in the country.

Covid: 'I thought I woke the next day - it was 45 days later'

A Covid survivor has to learn how to move again after weeks on a ventilator left her muscles wasted.

Hydrogen-powered train makes UK maiden journey

The Hydroflex made a 25-mile round-trip in Warwickshire, reaching speeds of up to 50 mph.

Coronavirus: What is the R number and why does it matter?

Experts keep discussing the value of R, but what is it and why does it matter?

Speaker Hoyle attacks handling of virus legislation

The Speaker criticises the government’s handling of powers to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Jet suit trial for Great North Air Ambulance paramedics

A first test flight has been carried out in the Lake District.

Birmingham mum turns to pedal power in lockdown deliveries

Jas Sandhu had planned to create a business delivering food to office staff until lockdown arrived.

Covid 19: Boris Johnson 'misspoke' over North East restrictions

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been asked to clarify the rules after confusion over restrictions in north-east England.

Lockdown students: 'There's a communal sense of anger towards the government'

Students Seth and Tizzie, who are both facing lockdowns in their accommodation blocks, speak to the BBC.

Sir David Attenborough gets quizzed by kids after plea to world leaders to save nature

His hope for the future of the planet lies in the hands of children, so what do they want to ask him?

Coronavirus: 'Homelessness was ended in three days'

Lorraine Tabone and her team of volunteers have been feeding Newham's homeless for five years.

Government minister 'can't clarify' NE rules

New Covid-19 restrictions in north-east England will affect about two million people from Wednesday.

Test and Trace: 'I feel like I’ve achieved a big fat zero'

Alex spent four months as a coronavirus tracer and spoke to only one person with the virus in that time.

Walcott: Coastal village engulfed in sand after high winds

A clean-up operation is under way after hundreds of tonnes of sand blew off a beach in high winds.

Covid: Dementia patient's wife describes 'torture' of lack of visits

A woman describes her pain at not being able to see her husband regularly at his care home.

Coronavirus: ‘I used to film weddings but now I film funerals’

Ian Wilkinson has filmed more than 100 services since April.

Local food heroes: Tesco teams up with Olio

Supermarket chain Tesco has teamed up with the food-sharing app Olio in a bid to reduce food waste.

Coronavirus: No easing of theatre restrictions

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said there will be no easing on restrictions in theatres against the current backdrop of rising infections.

Covid: Manchester Met University outbreak was 'inevitable'

Students at Manchester Metropolitan University are isolating after more than 100 tested positive for Covid-19.

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