News this week…

Everyone in England is to be given access to two rapid coronavirus tests a week from Friday, under an extension of the government’s test-ing programme. The lateral flow kits, which can provide results in around 30 minutes, will be available for free at testing sites, pharmacies and through the post. The health secretary said it would help squash any outbreaks as lockdown eases. But critics of the programme say it risks becoming a “scandalous” waste of money. It comes as Boris Johnson is due to meet the cabinet to sign off the next stage of lockdown easing in England, which will see non-essential shops reopen and pubs and restaurants start serving outdoors from 12 April.

Great Britain’s electricity system was the greenest it had ever been at lunchtime on Easter Bank Holiday Monday, its operator has said. Sunny and windy weather, coupled with low demand for power, led to a surge in renewable sources of energy, National Grid Electricity System Operator said. It meant low-carbon energy sources made up almost 80% of Britain’s power. There was no coal generation on the grid and just 10% of power was from gas plants, the operator added. The National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) said levels of carbon pollution for each unit of electricity consumed dropped to just 39 grams of carbon dioxide – the lowest ever recorded for the grid – at 13:00 BST on Monday.

In a devastating update on the Richard Okorogheye case, a post-mortem examination is due to be carried out on a body found in Epping Forest by police searching for the missing student. The family of the 19-year-old, who has sickle cell disease, have been spoken to by officers, who are waiting for formal identification. The Metropolitan Police said the body was discovered in a pond in the woodland. Mr Okorogheye’s family have been informed.

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