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NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Boris Johnson encourages a mass return to the office AND Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are back after an outage


Your latest roundup of national news stories from England and Wales now, including the PM is encouraging young people to return to the office, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are now back online after significant downtime, and life-changing sickle cell treatment to become available on the NHS. 

RETURN TO THE OFFICE: Boris Johnson has said young people should get back to the office to stop their colleagues gossiping about them.

The Prime Minister has urged people to return to the office and stop the practice of working from home that was widespread during the height of the coronavirus pandemic to stop the spread of the disease.

But speaking to radio station LBC, Mr Johnson admitted he had not yet managed to get all his staff back into the office full time.

The Daily Mail reported on Tuesday that Mr Johnson would be using his speech at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester on Wednesday to tell workers it was time to return to their desks.

The newspaper quoted a senior source as saying: “He (Mr Johnson) believes very strongly in the value of face-to-face working. It is critical for the training and development of young people. How can you learn a new job on Zoom?”

SOCIAL MEDIA DOWN: Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are now back up and running after being shuttered by a global outage on Monday.

The widespread disruption was blamed on a “faulty configuration change”, with Facebook saying in a statement: “Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centres caused issues that interrupted this communication.

“This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centres communicate, bringing our services to a halt.”

SICKLE CELL: A “revolutionary” life-changing drug treatment for sickle cell disease is to be released to thousands of people in England, the NHS has announced.

Sickle cell disease – which is particularly common in people with an African or Caribbean background – is a serious and lifelong health condition causing severe pain and organ failure often requiring hospital admissions.

The new drug, known as crizanlizumab, will be delivered by a transfusion drip and works by binding to a protein in the blood cells to prevent the restriction of blood and oxygen supply.

It is the first treatment for the disease in the past 20 years, and will help as many as 5,000 people over the next three years.

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