Covid 19

Category: Covid 19

Wearing Covid face masks in England will soon be voluntary, Jenrick confirms | Vaccines and immunisation

A “much more permissive regime” of coronavirus measures will soon come into force across England with masks due to be made optional, a cabinet minister has revealed.Ahead of an announcement by...

Politics trumps Covid science in Javid’s push to ‘live with the virus’ | Coronavirus

For months, the prime minister has repeated the mantra that further easing of Covid-19 restrictions would be about “data and not dates”. Yet, as coronavirus cases in the UK continue to...

Rishi Sunak has been running the economy on autopilot but needs to change course | Richard Partington

England is on the move. Despite rising infections and the race between coronavirus vaccines and variants back in full swing, there has been a distinct shift in tone from ministers over...

John Lewis plans to build 10,000 rental homes on its land | John Lewis

John Lewis is considering plans to build 10,000 homes over the next decade as the high street store group looks to revive its flagging fortunes by becoming a landlord.The employee-owned group,...

Luxembourg prime minister admitted to hospital with Covid | Luxembourg

Luxembourg’s prime minister, Xavier Bettel, has been admitted to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 last week, local media have reported, citing a statement from his office.Multiple outlets said Bettel, 48,...

Europe has created a two-tier vaccination system that will hit poorer countries | Nesrine Malik

If you are in the UK and have received the AstraZeneca jab, you may have been checking your batch number in the past few days to see if you were one...

UK scientists caution that lifting of Covid rules is like building ‘variant factories’ | Coronavirus

UK scientists have warned that the lifting of all Covid-19 restrictions is like building new “variant factories” at a very fast rate, and said the attitude of the new health and...

Delta variant will cause US Covid surges, Fauci says, as poll reveals vaccine resistance | Coronavirus

The US will soon see surges in cases of the highly infectious Delta variant of Covid-19 in areas where vaccination rates are low, Anthony Fauci has predicted, calling resistance to vaccination...

Schools ‘bleeding out’ in England due to Covid isolation rules, say teachers | Schools

Schools in England are “bleeding out” with thousands of teachers having to isolate under a bubble system that is harming the most vulnerable children, ministers have been warned.Headteachers are growing increasingly...

Coronavirus: singing celebrities make film urging Britons to get Covid jab – video | UK news

Celebrities including the comedian David Walliams and actor Jim Broadbent have called on their fellow Britons to 'get back to the...

Burned out? What we need is a new bank holiday | Life and style

I was trying to describe to my daughter what it feels like when your eye twitches. “Like a very tiny harpist is plucking on your lashes. How did he get so...

Shall we vaccinate our children? We could start by asking them first | Russell Viner

The UK vaccination programme has been an extraordinary success. However, as most adults become “double jabbed”, it is the unvaccinated who are left to catch and spread this virus. This throws...

International airlines may be forced to suspend flights to Australia after arrival cap halved | Australia news

International airlines claim they could be forced to suspend services to Australia from next week after national cabinet agreed to halve the number of people allowed to enter the country –...

Write to roam: why armchair travelling is back in fashion | Travel writing

Some will go on a “great trudge” from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul. Others will explore the canyonlands of Utah or the mountains of Iran. But there is one idiosyncrasy...

Revealed: rise in stress among those working from home | Working from home

Working from home during the coronavirus pandemic has caused increased levels of loneliness and mental distress, according to new research into how workers have been affected by the crisis.With ministers still...

Police and NRL investigate after St George admits Dragons players breached biosecurity bubble | New South Wales

New South Wales police and the NRL integrity unit are investigating a number of St George Illawarra Dragons players for potentially breaching lockdown orders and bursting the league’s strict biosecurity bubble.A...

‘We are a petri dish’: world watches UK’s race between vaccine and virus | Coronavirus

Not for the first time in the coronavirus pandemic, the UK finds itself in a unique position. Through a combination of history, biology, mathematics and politics, the country stands alone in...

QUIZ: Does Nick Kyrgios make you mad? When did you realise your job is pointless? | First Dog on the Moon

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Protests call for end to NHS underfunding and understaffing | NHS

Dozens of protests have called for an end to underfunding and understaffing in the NHS across England, Scotland and Wales to mark the health service’s 73rd anniversary.Campaigners from Keep Our NHS...

Fears of summer chaos in schools and offices as Covid restrictions are swept away | Coronavirus

Boris Johnson is facing increasing warnings of a summer of chaos in schools and workplaces, amid urgent demands for clarity over the government’s plans to tackle an unpredictable escalation in Covid...

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