Coronavirus UK: Birmingham residents urged to act to prevent local lockdown – live news

Birmingham sees ‘extremely concerning’ rise to 30 cases per 100,000 as positive tests in Britain hit highest level since mid-June

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Whitehall departments have spent more than £56m on consultancy firms to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic, mostly without giving other companies the chance to compete for the work, the Guardian and openDemocracy can reveal.

Sixteen private consultancy firms, including major companies such as Deloitte, PwC, Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey have been working at the heart of the government’s response to the virus.

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A look at a few of today’s front pages:

Surge In Covid Cases Fuels Local Lockdown Fears. Birmingham at risk as national rates spike by quarter in past week ~ @ShaunLintern #frontpagestoday #UK #TheIndependent #digital #buyapaper

Boris Carries On Camping. Exams fiasco, pupils let down and not a word of sympathy from the PM. So what’s the Mail found him doing instead? ~ @marioledwith @anniethejourno @johnestevens#frontpagestoday #UK #DailyMail #buyapaper

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