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More than 2m adults in England have had long Covid for over 12 weeks – study

Research says people tend to fall into two categories: those with respiratory illness and those with fatigue-related symptoms

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More than 2 million adults in England have experienced coronavirus symptoms lasting over 12 weeks, government data suggests – double the previous estimate for long Covid.

The study, one of the largest to date, found that people with ongoing symptoms tended to fall into two categories: those with respiratory symptoms, who often experienced more severe illness when they first got sick, and a second group with fatigue-related symptoms.

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Buckingham Palace aims to improve diversity of its staff

Queen’s annual financial accounts, which show falling palace visitor revenue, now include diversity data

Buckingham Palace has admitted it “must do more” in terms of diversity and is “not where we would like to be” as figures show people from ethnic minority backgrounds make up 8.5% of its staff.

The figures, released for the first time in the Queen’s annual financial accounts, come three months after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex accused the royal family of racism in their controversial Oprah Winfrey interview, a claim publicly denied by Prince William.

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UK policies will not deliver emission cuts pledge, says climate adviser

Climate Change Committee says government needs to ‘step up very rapidly’ to meet ‘historic’ targets

Boris Johnson’s government has set “historic” targets on the climate crisis but has failed so far to come up with the policies needed to reach them, the government’s independent advisers on the climate have warned.

The Climate Change Committee published two progress reports on Thursday, showing the UK lagging behind on its key goal of 78% cuts to greenhouse gases by 2035 and making recommendations on how to get back on track.

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Half of UK university students think degree is poor value for money

Survey sheds light on level of anger at higher education institutes’ response to pandemic

Nearly half of all students thought their degree offered poor value for money this year, according to a survey that sheds light on the scale of student anger with their universities’ response to the pandemic.

Twice as many students thought their courses offered poor value (44%) than in 2019-20, despite pandemic disruption that year, according to the survey by the Higher Education Policy Institute thinktank. The increase is thought to reflect a view among students that universities misled them about how much in-person teaching they could expect this year.

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Legal action over Kate Bingham’s role in UK Covid vaccine taskforce dropped

Good Law Project maintains challenge over Dido Harding and Mike Coupe appointments

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The Good Law Project has dropped its legal challenge to the government’s recruitment of Kate Bingham as chair of the vaccines taskforce, which had alleged it failed to follow a valid process and gave key roles in the pandemic to people well-connected to the Conservative party.

In the same legal action, the GLP is maintaining its challenge to the appointments of Dido Harding as head of NHS test and trace, and of Mike Coupe, who formerly worked with Harding at Sainsbury’s, as director of testing.

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Queen’s property manager says profits fell 22% in first year of pandemic

Crown estate’s profits fell by nearly £76m in year to March despite offshore wind auction windfall

A historic offshore wind auction by the Queen’s property manager, the crown estate, helped to counter a sharp drop in the value of its retail portfolio, but could not prevent a 22% decline in annual profits to £269m.

The crown estate, which manages the seabed around Britain as well as a vast land and property portfolio that includes Windsor Great Park and Regent Street and St James’s district in London, said its profit for the year to March fell by nearly £76m from the year before, mainly due to a drop in its rent take.

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