UK coronavirus live: Johnson U-turns on masks as experts fear up to 120,000 Covid-19 winter deaths

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Retailers and police must both play a role in enforcing the use of face coverings by shoppers in England, a Cabinet minister has said after officers warned the law would be unenforceable. The environment secretary, George Eustice, also defended the government’s U-turn on making face coverings compulsory, saying its approach had been “evolving” and noting […]

What is Huawei and why is its role in UK’s 5G so controversial?

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The UK government is due to announce its decision on the extent of the Chinese firm Huawei’s participation in the 5G network. What is Huawei and why has it become controversial? Fast-growing Huawei is arguably China’s first global multinational. The Shenzhen-based company makes mobile phones, base stations and the intelligent routers that facilitate communications around […]

BT and Vodafone told to stock up on Huawei kit over US sanctions

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British security officials have told telecoms operators to ensure they have adequate stockpiles of Huawei equipment owing to fears that US sanctions will disrupt the Chinese firm’s ability to maintain critical supplies, according to a letter seen by Reuters. Senior officials at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), who are studying the impact of new […]

Tory MP asks BT if using Huawei complies with anti-slavery policy

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A Conservative MP has asked BT to investigate whether using Huawei is compliant with its anti-slavery policy after an Australian thinktank alleged that some of the Chinese firm’s subcontractors used forced labour from the country’s Muslim minority. Bob Seely, who is one of a group of Tories unhappy with government plans to allow Huawei to […]