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New lockdown in the North of England

Shoppers wear face masks in Blackburn town centre - Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Europe
Shoppers wear face masks in Blackburn town centre – Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Europe

Partial lockdown reimposed across north of England

Boris Johnson last night ordered swathes of the north of England back into partial lockdown as he warned of a “damaging second wave” hitting the UK. Hundreds of thousands of people in Greater Manchester, Bradford, Blackburn and other areas were banned from holding indoor meetings involving people from different households. It comes after NHS data showed ­coronavirus reaching worrying levels in parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire, prompting the Prime Minister to take “immediate action” to keep people safe. Read the areas facing the indoor meeting ban, which include Leicester, which has had freedoms announced on June 23 reversed. How concerned should we be about a coronavirus resurgence? Science Editor Sarah Knapton analyses how, arguably, Britain is once again suffering from its haphazard testing regime, which is making it virtually impossible

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Virgin Money upbeat, Bank of England to review dividend policy, and Greggs sales recover

Here are the top business, market, and economic stories you should be watching today in the UK, Europe, and abroad:

Virgin Money upbeat

Virgin Money (VMUK.L) has struck an upbeat tone on third quarter trading.

The challenger bank said customer deposits rose by 4.8% in the third quarter to £67.7bn ($87bn), as Brits stuck as home during lockdown spent less. The rise equates to around £600 extra in every Virgin Money customer’s current account or savings account.

Mortgage lending fell by 1% as the housing market paused by business lending surged by 5.7% to £8.8bn in the three months to 30 June.

“Our Q3 financial results reflect lower demand from consumers due to the pandemic, but strong demand from businesses for government-supported schemes, with the Group further increasing its provisions to reflect the uncertain economic outlook while maintaining a focus on margin, cost and capital management,” said chief executive David

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England confront Archer dilemma as West Indies eye history

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – England will be able to recall Jofra Archer, described by skipper Joe Root as bowling “at the speed of light”, for the decisive third Test against the West Indies at Old Trafford on Friday after the pace spearhead suffered online racist abuse.

Archer was included in a 14-man squad named Thursday after missing England’s series-levelling win at the same ground following a breach of coronavirus protocols caused when he made an unauthorised trip home.

In a Daily Mail column published on Wednesday, the 25-year-old Barbados-born Archer admitted to an error of judgement but said he had not “committed a crime”.

He added some of the criticism he had faced on social media following the incident had been racist.

“I need to be 100 percent mentally right so that I can throw myself into my cricket this week,” Archer wrote.

But having reassured England captain Joe

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