Britain tasks navy with accompanying British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz

British government spokesperson said freedom of navigation is important for global trade. (File/AFP)
Updated 25 July 2019

Britain tasks navy with accompanying British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz

  • A British government spokesperson said the Royal Navy was tasked to accompany British ships in Hormuz
  • The process is to guarantee freedom of navigation in the area

LONDON: Britain’s navy will accompany British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz in order to defend freedom of navigation after Iran seized a tanker, its ministry of defense said on Thursday.
“The Royal Navy has been tasked to accompany British-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz, either individually or in groups, should sufficient notice be given of their passage,” a British government spokesman said in a statement.
“Freedom of navigation is crucial for the global trading system and world economy, and we will do all we can to defend it.”


Germany extends distancing rules to end of June

Updated 55 min 11 sec ago

Germany extends distancing rules to end of June

  • Up to 10 people will be allowed to gather in public places but Germans should be in contact with as few people as possible
  • Merkel’s government had been embroiled in disagreements with the least-affected states, some of which wanted to open up entirely

BERLIN: Germany has extended social distancing rules aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus epidemic to June 29, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government said on Tuesday.
Up to 10 people will be allowed to gather in public places but Germans should be in contact with as few people as possible, according to the rules agreed between the federal government and 16 states.
Merkel’s government had been embroiled in disagreements with the least-affected states, some of which wanted to ditch the measures and open up entirely.
Germany’s virus caseload now tops 179,000 with just over 8,300 deaths — much lower than European counterparts such as Britain, France, Spain and Italy.
“This success is mainly based on the fact that the rules on distance and hygiene have been implemented and respected,” the government and the regions said.
However, officials warned that further restrictions could be imposed if local outbreaks made them necessary.