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Johnson to face MPs as testing ‘failure’ puts NHS ‘under huge pressure’

Boris Johnson will face a grilling from senior MPs amid a warning that the “failure” of the test and trace system is placing “huge pressure” on the health service.

As the system struggles to cope with soaring demand, people have been turning up to accident and emergency to ask for Covid-19 tests.

Mr Johnson will face deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner for PMQs because Sir Keir Starmer remains in isolation awaiting a coronavirus test result for a member of his family.

His appearance in the Commons comes after Bolton NHS Foundation Trust said on Tuesday that a “high volume” of patients arrived to the A&E requesting tests.

‘Devastating’ rainfall expected as Hurricane Sally creeps towards Gulf Coast

“Devastating” levels of rainfall are expected to hit the Gulf Coast this week as Hurricane Sally makes landfall.

Forecasters said the storm’s slow pace makes it difficult to predict where the eye of the storm will make landfall, but dangerous storm surges and relentless rainfall could trigger historic flooding.

Hurricane warnings stretched from east of Bay St Louis, Mississippi, to Navarre, Florida, and forecasters said Sally should reach land near the Alabama-Mississippi border by this morning.

Criminals who assault emergency workers face two years in jail under new law

Criminals who assault emergency workers will face up to two years in jail under a new law announced by the Government.

Ministers plan to bring forward legislation to double the maximum sentence for those convicted of assaults on frontline staff including police officers and firefighters.

It will be the second change in two years after the 2018 Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act increased the maximum sentence from six months to a year.

Trump claims coronavirus vaccine could be just weeks away

Donald Trump has said a Covid-19 vaccine could be just three or four weeks away , despite the cautionary notes sounded by health officials about such an accelerated timeline.

The US President, defended his handling of the coronavirus crisis and said a vaccine could be ready for distribution before the US presidential election on November 3.

Earlier this month, top US infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci said that most experts believe a vaccine would be ready by November or December.

Cardi B files for divorce from rapper Offset, calling marriage ‘irretrievably broken’

Cardi B has filed for divorce from rapper husband Offset, describing their marriage as “irretrievably broken”.

The couple tied the knot in September 2017 and have a two-year-old daughter, Kulture.

Court records show Grammy-winning hip-hop star Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, filed for divorce in Georgia yesterday.

The couple are living in a “bona fide state of separation,” court documents state.

On this day…

1387: The future Henry V of England was born in Monmouth Castle in Wales. “Bluff” Prince Hal became a ruthless king who fought two bloody campaigns which came to a climax at Agincourt. In 1422 he died unheroically of dysentery at the French Castle of Vincennes.

1620: The 101 Pilgrim Fathers set sail from Plymouth in the Mayflower, captained by Myles Standish.

1847: The United Shakespeare Company bought the house in which Shakespeare was born at Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire for £3,000. It was the first building in Britain to be officially preserved.

1861: The Post Office Savings Bank was instituted.

1908: The American car firms Buick and Oldsmobile merged to form General Motors.

1945: John McCormack, lyrical Irish tenor, died in Dublin. “I have hung up my harp, all my songs are sung,” he is reported to have written just before he died.

1946: Have A Go began on the Light Programme, with Wilfred Pickles and his wife as Mabel at the table. Pickles started each programme by saying, “How do, ‘Ow are yer?” The show ran for more than 20 years.

1963: Malaysia became independent – and a mob celebrated by burning down the British embassy.

1968: The “two-tier” postal system was introduced in Britain – First and Second class.

1977: Opera singer Maria Callas was found dead in her Paris flat, aged 53.

1989: Classic horse race, the St Leger at Doncaster, was abandoned when officials declared the course unsafe.