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Truss to tell United Nations Britain will no longer be dependent on those who ‘seek to weaponise the global economy’ | UK News

Prime Minister Liz Truss is expected to tell the United Nations that Britain will no longer be “strategically dependent on those who seek to weaponise the global economy” as she calls for the free world to “push back against authoritarian aggression”.

Ms Truss will address the UN General Assembly later on Wednesday as it gathers for the first time under the shadow of a large-scale war in Europe.

She will tell the representatives how she plans to make sure the British economy is free from malign interference, including increasing energy independence and safeguarding the security of supply chains.

In her speech, the prime minister is expected to say: “We are reforming our economy to get Britain moving forward once again.

“The free world needs this economic strength and resilience to push back against authoritarian aggression and win this new era of strategic competition.

“We will no longer be strategically dependent on those who seek to weaponise the global economy.”

Mr Truss will also tell the General Assembly that the G7 and other like-minded partners must act as an “economic NATO”, collectively defending our prosperity and coming to the aid of any partner targeted by an aggressive regime.

She will reiterate a commitment to protecting the UK and its allies, including increasing defence spending to 3% of GDP by 2030.

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The prime minister is expected to say: “Just as we are building a plan for growth at home, we are also developing a new blueprint for our engagement with the world.

“We will build resilience and collective security – because they are vital for freedom and democracy. We will be a reliable, trustworthy and dynamic partner.”

She will add: “This is a decisive moment in British history, in the history of this organisation, and in the history of freedom.

“The story of 2022 could have been that of an authoritarian state rolling its tanks over the border of a peaceful neighbour and subjugating its people.

“Instead, it is the story of freedom fighting back… But this must not be a one off….

“…Britain’s commitment to this is total.

“Together with our friends and allies around the world, we will continue to champion freedom, sovereign and democracy.

“And we will define this new era as one of hope and progress.”

On Tuesday, Ms Truss told Sky News she was prepared to be unpopular over her plan to cut taxes while also promising billions of pounds to help consumers pay rising energy bills.

She insisted that the tax cut plan would ultimately benefit the British economy.

‘Major’ cyberattack may mean it takes longer for NHS 111 calls to be answered this weekend | UK News

People seeking medical help via the NHS 111 service are being warned there could be delays after a cyberattack led to a “major” computer system outage.

The security issue was identified at 7am on Thursday morning, and it has affected the system used to dispatch ambulances, book out-of-hours appointments and issue emergency prescriptions.

There are fears that these technical difficulties may not be fully resolved until next week.

The Welsh Ambulance Service says the outage is significant and far-reaching – and affects all four nations in the UK.

Although it has “developed and deployed plans so services can continue to operate”, this weekend is set to be busier than usual for 111 in Wales – and it may take longer for calls to be answered.

NHS England says 111 services are still available and there is “currently minimal disruption”, with “tried-and-tested contingency plans in place”.

A Scottish government spokesman said it is aware of reported disruption to a system used by one of NHS Scotland’s suppliers – adding that it’s working with other health boards and the National Cyber Security Centre “to fully understand potential impact”.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health is also working to keep disruption to a minimum, and steps have been taken to avoid a risk of other critical systems and services being hit.

Advanced, the software and services provider affected by the cyberattack, said the issue was contained to “a small number of servers” representing 2% of its health and care infrastructure.

Chief operating officer Simon Short added: “We continue to work with the NHS and health and care bodies as well as our technology and security partners, focused on recovery of all systems over the weekend and during the early part of next week.”

Monkeypox: Close contacts of sufferers no longer need to self-isolate | UK News

Anyone who has been in close proximity to a monkeypox sufferer no longer needs to isolate – providing they have no symptoms, health officials have said.

The new advice comes as the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said it had got 100,000 more vaccines as monkeypox cases continue to rise.

As of 18 July, there were 2,137 confirmed cases in the UK.

Of these, 2,050 are in England, with a large proportion of the cases found in London.

New information shows that only a relatively small number of close contacts have gone on to develop monkeypox themselves.

While anyone can get the virus, the majority of cases in the UK continue to be in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.

Vaccination experts have recommended some gay and bisexual men at higher risk of exposure to monkeypox should be offered the smallpox vaccine Imvanex.

The UKHSA said the jab had been shown to be effective against monkeypox.

Dr Merav Kliner, deputy incident director at UKHSA, said: “While our advice on isolation is changing, monkeypox is still a serious public health challenge, and we urge contacts to take a break from any activities or events involving skin to skin contact, including sex, hugging and kissing to reduce the risk of the virus being passed on unknowingly.

“Stay alert to symptoms and call a sexual health clinic if you become unwell.

“Thank you to all contacts who have isolated already in response to this outbreak. We understand that isolation can be difficult but this was a necessary precaution whilst our knowledge of the outbreak was limited.”

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Ashish Joshi talks to a man who suffered one of the most ‘extreme cases’ of monkeypox the UK has seen.

Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay added: “Monkeypox is a rare and usually mild disease that does not spread easily between people, but we are taking action to help further manage the outbreak in the UK by procuring over 100,000 additional doses of vaccine.

“The NHS is already contacting those eligible for the vaccine, and I would urge people to take up the offer as soon as they are contacted.”