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Boots to offer 12-minute Covid nasal swab test

Boots to offer 12-minute Covid nasal swab test

Health
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Coronavirus: John Lewis and Boots to cut 5,300 jobs

Coronavirus: John Lewis and Boots to cut 5,300 jobs

Business
Two of the UK's biggest High Street retailers, John Lewis and Boots, have announced 5,300 job cuts. Boots has said 4,000 jobs will go, while John Lewis is shutting down eight stores, putting 1,300 jobs at risk.The moves come amid warnings that new economic support from Chancellor Rishi Sunak will not be enough to stop millions of workers losing their jobs.Mr Sunak admitted that he would not be able to protect "every single job" as the UK enters a "severe recession".Boots is consulting on plans to cut head office and store teams and shut 48 of its more than 600 Boots Opticians practices. It has not yet said which outlets will close, but about 7% of its workforce will lose their jobs. John Lewis said department stores in Birmingham and Watford will not reop...
Boots halts Advantage Card payments after cyber-attack

Boots halts Advantage Card payments after cyber-attack

Technology
Boots has suspended payments using loyalty points in shops and online after attempts to break into customers' accounts using stolen passwords.Customers will not be able to use Boots Advantage Card points to pay for products while the issue is dealt with.Boots said none of its own systems were compromised, but attackers had tried to access accounts using reused passwords from other sites.It comes days after a similar issue hit 600,000 Tesco Clubcard holders.A spokeswoman for Boots told the BBC the issue affected less than 1% of the company's 14.4 million active Advantage Cards - fewer than 150,000 people.But it could not give an exact number as the company was still dealing with the problem.No credit card information had been accessed, they said.Suspending...
Bolivia boots Spanish diplomats who visited Mexican mission

Bolivia boots Spanish diplomats who visited Mexican mission

World
Six Spanish officials involved in a diplomatic incident at the Mexican mission in the capital of Bolivia have left the countryByThe Associated PressDecember 29, 2019, 9:47 PM2 min readLA PAZ, Bolivia -- Spanish officials involved in a diplomatic incident left Bolivia on Sunday amid accusations that they tried to help former high-ranking members of deposed President Evo Morales' administration exit the country. Bolivian Interior Minister Arturo Murillo asked the Spaniards to leave even though Spain denied allegations that diplomat Cristina Borreguero and five of her colleagues were trying to help the officials out of the Mexican ambassador's residence, where they have been holed up since Morales stepped down last month. The acting Bolivian government has initiated criminal charges against...
Boots rolls out paper bags after plastics row

Boots rolls out paper bags after plastics row

Business
Health and beauty chain Boots has started to replace plastic bags with brown paper bags in an attempt to cut down on the use of single-use plastic.The retailer is also introducing bleached paper dispensing bags for prescriptions.However, prescriptions assembled at its central pharmacy will still be sent out in plastic packaging, a practice that has been criticised by customers.Boots says these bags need to be durable and the plastic is recyclable.The new paper bags will initially be available in 53 of its 2,485 stores, with all of Boots' outlets using paper by early 2020, and are aimed at customers who have not brought their own bag.The bags will cost 5p, 7p and 10p - the current plastic ones come in two 5p and 10p sizes - and, as is the case now, profits...