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Cases of Covid Delta variant in UK rise over 75,000 – PHE data

Figures show Delta is more transmissible and more resistant to vaccine than AlphaCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe total number of cases of the Covid Delta variant in the UK has risen to 75,953 to date, data has revealed, with the variant now accounting for 99% of Covid cases.Also known as B.1.617.2, the Delta variant, combined with relaxations in coronavirus restrictions, is believed to be behind a sharp rise in Covid cases in the UK in the past weeks – a developme...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus, Covid Delta


Just when the Middle Ages couldn’t get worse, everyone had bunions

In a unique study, researchers have determined how many people in medieval England had bunionsA fashion trend towards pointed toe shoes made the affliction common. Even monks got in on the trend, much to their discomfort later in life.Late Medieval England had its share of problems. The Wars of Roses raged, the Black Death killed off large parts of the population, and passing ruffians could say "Ni" at will to old ladies .To make matters worse, a first of its kind study published in the Inte...
Tags: Health, Fashion, England, History, Innovation, Cambridge, John, St John, All Saints, Krakow Poland, International Journal of Paleopathology, Copyright Cambridge Archaeological Unit


How do we learn to live with Covid in the UK?

Analysis: Lockdown extension brings questions on when and how UK can draw a line under social distancingThe Commons vote to delay step four of England’s roadmap out of lockdown has focused attention on when and how the country can draw a line under social distancing and, in the words of the prime minister, “learn to live with the virus”.While the surge in cases in Blackburn – one of the original Delta variant hotspots – may have peaked for now, Public Health England expects recent rises in the n...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Delta, Public Health England, Blackburn, Coronavirus


Covid cases in England doubling every 11 days as Delta variant takes hold

Scientists say cases rising exponentially but vaccine progress should help reduce increaseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 cases are rising exponentially across England driven by younger and mostly unvaccinated age groups, according to scientists.A study commissioned by the government found that infections increased by 50% between 3 May and 7 June, coinciding with the rise of the Delta coronavirus variant that is now dominant in the UK. Continue reading...
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Covid cases in England doubling every 11 days as Delta takes hold

Scientists say cases rising exponentially but vaccine progress should help reduce increaseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 cases are rising exponentially across England driven by younger and mostly unvaccinated age groups, according to scientists.A study commissioned by the government found that infections increased by 50% between 3 May and 7 June, coinciding with the rise of the Delta coronavirus variant that is now dominant in the UK. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, Delta, Coronavirus


How do we learn to live with Covid?

Lockdown extension brings questions on when and how UK can draw a line under social distancingThe Commons vote to delay step four of England’s roadmap out of lockdown has focused attention on when and how the country can draw a line under social distancing and, in the words of the prime minister, “learn to live with the virus”.While the surge in cases in Blackburn – one of the original Delta variant hotspots – may have peaked for now, Public Health England expects recent rises in the north-west ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Delta, Public Health England, Blackburn, Coronavirus


Double-jabbed UK tourists could skip amber-list quarantine under proposals

Ministers looking at loosening travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers returning to EnglandCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritish travellers who have had two Covid vaccines could be allowed quarantine-free entry into England under plans being considered by ministers, the Guardian understands.As the government grapples with allowing more trips abroad while trying to prevent the importation of new variants, changes are being considered to the traffic light ...
Tags: Travel, Health, UK, England, Society, Guardian, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Ex-England captain reunites with dad with Parkinson's

The year Mike Tindall won the Rugby World Cup was the same year his father received his diagnosis.
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Covid jabs to become mandatory for care home staff in England

Exclusive: ministers considering extending compulsory vaccination measure to all NHS staffCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid vaccinations are to become mandatory for care home staff under plans to be announced by ministers, as they consider extending the move to all NHS staff.The controversial measure sets up a likely battle with staff in both services and could lead to the government being sued under European human rights law or equalities legislation for breachin...
Tags: Health, England, Society, UK News, NHS, Social Care, Coronavirus


Why is Israel lifting Covid restrictions as England extends them?

Analysis: both are viewed as running successful vaccine campaigns, but case numbers are very differentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIsrael and the UK were viewed as world leaders in their coronavirus vaccine campaigns but whereas the former is lifting almost all pandemic limitations, the latter is now glumly extending its restrictions in England amid a sharp rise in infections.Despite starting its mass inoculation programme after the UK in December, Israel has sped ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Israel, Society, UK News, World news, Public services policy, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


The Covid Delta variant: how effective are the vaccines?

Analysis: what protection do they offer against infections, hospital admissions and deaths?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs lockdown easing in England is delayed from 21 June to a possible date of 19 July amid concerns of a substantial wave of hospitalisations due to the Delta variant of coronavirus, we take a look at the latest on the protection offered by vaccines against the disease.What does vaccine effectiveness mean? Continue reading...
Tags: Health, England, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


England’s Covid lockdown lifting: is a four-week delay enough?

Analysis: Even a short pause is expected to reduce the number of people going to hospital as more people are vaccinatedPM announces delay to lockdown easingWhat we know about the delayThe roadmap out of lockdown – England’s strategy to return to a life more normal – was heavy on dates from the start. The first three steps, in March, April and May, passed so smoothly that a crucial point was easily forgotten: reopening rested on data, not dates, at least that was what scientific advisers hoped. W...
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‘I’m gutted but it’s for our safety’: Blackburn faces up to further Covid restrictions

News of delay to lifting of lockdown dampens mood at vaccination centre in coronavirus hotspotCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNestled in the heart of Blackburn town centre, between the station and the market, is Blackburn Cathedral, built in 1826 and designed by the architect John Palmer. Its grounds are one of the more picturesque locations to get a Covid vaccine.While the feeling on Monday was largely celebratory – many were here for their long-awaited second dose –...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Health policy, Blackburn, Blackburn Cathedral, John Palmer, Coronavirus


UK Covid live: Boris Johnson ‘confident’ of no further delay to England lockdown easing after 19 July

Prime minister announces four-week delay to lockdown easing in England over fears of Delta variantPM announces four-week delay to Covid lockdown easing in EnglandWhat we know about the delay to ending lockdown in EnglandLosing ‘Freedom Day’ is galling for Johnson, but things could get worseCoronavirus – latest global updates 6.19pm BST Whitty turns to the fourth test, which is about the threat posed by new variants. He says as a result of the Delta variant, the “assessment of risk has fundam...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Delta, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Arlene Foster, Whitty, Democratic Unionist party (DUP


PM announces four-week delay to Covid lockdown easing in England

Boris Johnson says more time needed to combat Delta variant and allow more people to be vaccinatedCoronavirus – latest updatesWhat we know about the delay to ending lockdown in EnglandBoris Johnson has announced a four-week delay to the final lockdown easing and a speeding up of second vaccine doses, saying the extra time could prevent thousands of unnecessary deaths.Johnson said the data was now clear that two doses of the vaccine were needed to combat the new Delta variant and it was right to ...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, Coronavirus, EnglandBoris Johnson


Delaying England’s Covid reopening ‘could keep thousands out of hospital’

Research backs four-week delay on lifting restrictions to allow more people to get jabsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters have been told that a four-week delay to easing all Covid restrictions would probably prevent thousands of hospitalisations, as Boris Johnson prepares to tell the English public they will have to wait up to another month for “freedom day”.The government roadmap out of lockdown earmarks 21 June for the last remaining coronavirus restrictions ...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, India, Conservatives, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


What were some of the collateral effects of lockdowns? | David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters

Hospital waiting lists rose, but traffic accidents fell – Covid-19’s consequences will emerge in time, but it’s not all quantifiable• Coronavirus – latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageIn early 2020, there were bans on most social contact, international travel stopped, workplaces and schools shut. Lockdown had arrived. These policies may have limited the spread of the virus, but what collateral harms and benefits on physical health were there?Despite recommendations to continue to se...
Tags: Health, England, Science, Flu, Road Safety, David Spiegelhalter, Anthony Masters, Coronavirus


Covid live news: UK records a further 7,738 cases as Johnson cautious over lockdown easing; Vietnam approves Pfizer vaccine for emergency use

Honours for key UK figures in vaccine drive; MPs say Covid passports are discriminatory and should be scrappedDelay lifting Covid restrictions in England, experts urgeSaudi Arabia bans foreigners from hajj over Covid concernsMost people in UK initially opposed to vaccine have had jab - study Lifting restrictions in England on 21 June: what are the alternatives?See all our coronavirus coverage 5.19pm BST Though everyone agrees in principle that more vaccines need to be delivered to poorer cou...
Tags: Health, UK, England, US, Society, World news, Vaccines and immunisation, Vietnam, Johnson, Coronavirus


Covid live news: Boris Johnson blames Delta variant for lockdown easing doubts; more than 5m cases in Africa

Honours for key UK figures in vaccine drive; MPs say Covid passports are discriminatory and should be scrappedDelay lifting Covid restrictions in England, experts urgeSaudi Arabia bans foreigners from hajj over Covid concernsMost people in UK initially opposed to vaccine have had jab - study Lifting restrictions in England on 21 June: what are the alternatives?See all our coronavirus coverage 4.10pm BST Hi, this is Kaamil Ahmed taking over for the rest of this evening’s coverage of Covid-19 ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Africa, Society, World news, Delta, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Kaamil Ahmed


Covid live news: Boris Johnson says spread of Delta variant is serious concern; more than 5m cases in Africa

Honours for key UK figures in vaccine drive; MPs say Covid passports are discriminatory and should be scrappedDelay lifting Covid restrictions in England, experts urgeSaudi Arabia bans foreigners from hajj over Covid concernsMost people in UK initially opposed to vaccine have had jab - study Lifting restrictions in England on 21 June: what are the alternatives?See all our coronavirus coverage 3.08pm BST A total of 59,460,783 jabs have been given to people in England since its vaccination pro...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Africa, Society, World news, NHS, Delta, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, PA Media, Coronavirus


Covid live news: Boris Johnson hints at lockdown easing delay; Italy to give AstraZeneca jab to over-60s only

Honours for key UK figures in vaccine drive; MPs say Covid passports are discriminatory and should be scrappedDelay lifting Covid restrictions in England, experts urgeSaudi Arabia bans foreigners from hajj over Covid concernsMost people in UK initially opposed to vaccine have had jab - study Lifting restrictions in England on 21 June: what are the alternatives?See all our coronavirus coverage 2.00pm BST In the UK, Prime minister Boris Johnson has said that Britain has “gotta be cautious” but...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Saudi Arabia, Society, World news, Britain, Italy, Astrazeneca, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Robert Peston, Reuters Continue, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live news: experts urge caution on England lockdown easing; Italy to give AstraZeneca jab to over-60s only

Honours for key UK figures in vaccine drive; MPs say Covid passports are discriminatory and should be scrappedDelay lifting Covid restrictions in England, experts urgeMost people in UK initially opposed to vaccine have had jab - study Lifting restrictions in England on 21 June: what are the alternatives?See all our coronavirus coverage 1.10pm BST China has reported 35 new coronavirus cases on the mainland for Friday, a rise from 22 the previous day, Reuters reports. Of the new cases, eight w...
Tags: Health, UK, England, China, Russia, Society, World news, Italy, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Vietnam, Guangdong, Reuters, Guangzhou, Foshan, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live news: experts urge caution on England lockdown easing; Saudi Arabia bans foreign visitors from Hajj pilgrimage

Honours for key UK figures in vaccine drive; MPs say Covid passports are discriminatory and should be scrappedMost people in UK initially opposed to vaccine have had jab - study Lifting restrictions in England on 21 June: what are the alternatives?See all our coronavirus coverage 11.51am BST Limits will be in place for the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia next month, including a ban on foreign visitors and restrictions on who can take part, according to the Saudi Press Agency.Only 60,0...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Saudi Arabia, Society, World news, Vaccines and immunisation, Hajj, Windsor Castle Continue, Saudi Press Agency, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live news: England likely to delay final stage of lockdown easing; cases in Russia hit three-month high

Honours for key UK figures in vaccine drive; MPs say Covid passports are discriminatory and should be scrappedMost people in UK initially opposed to vaccine have had jab - study Lifting restrictions in England on 21 June: what are the alternatives?See all our coronavirus coverage 10.23am BST More from this morning’s radio and TV in the UK, where Prof Tom Solomon from the University of Liverpool told BBC One’s Breakfast show the country could not afford another “bad decision” on unlocking, as...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Russia, Society, World news, Vaccines and immunisation, Reuters, University Of Liverpool, BBC oNE, Tom Solomon, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live news: England likely to delay final stage of lockdown easing; Taiwan reports 250 new cases

Honours for key UK figures in vaccine drive; MPs say Covid passports are discriminatory and should be scrappedMost people in UK initially opposed to vaccine have had jab - study See all our coronavirus coverage 9.07am BST Infections in Russia have reached a three-month high, as cases are in the fifth day of a sharp rise, Reuters reports. The latest figures announced by the Russian government show 13,510 new cases on Saturday and 399 more deaths. Friday recorded a rise of 12,505 and 396 respe...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Germany, Russia, Society, World news, Taiwan, Vaccines and immunisation, Reuters, Robert Koch Institute, Coronavirus


Covid passports will be discriminatory and must be scrapped, say MPs

Cross-party group warns against pushing ahead with system being used at England’s Euro 2020 matchesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid passports, which will be used by sports fans for the first time at England’s Euro 2020 match on Sunday, will “disproportionately discriminate” based on race, religion, age and socio-economic background, a cross-party committee has concluded.MPs on the public administration and constitutional affairs committee (PACAC) said that the de...
Tags: Health, England, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, PACAC, Coronavirus


Lifting restrictions in England on 21 June: what are the alternatives?

As doubt grows that government will end Covid controls on planned date, we look at the other optionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDowning Street is due to announce its decision on the next stage of Covid reopening in England by Monday, a week ahead of 21 June, which was set as the earliest date to bring in what is officially stage four of the Covid unlocking process. The original aim was to remove “all legal limits on social contact”, allowing the reopening of remai...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Northern Ireland, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Scotland Wales, Coronavirus


Elimination of HIV transmission by 2030 might be within reach among MSM in England

The annual number of new HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) in England is likely to have fallen dramatically, from 2,770 in 2013 to 854 in 2018, showing elimination of HIV transmission by 2030 to be within reach - suggests work by researchers from the MRC Biostatistics Unit at the University of Cambridge and Public Health England (PHE), published in The Lancet HIV.
Tags: Health, England, MSM, MRC Biostatistics Unit


Link between Covid cases and deaths has been broken, says senior NHS boss

NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson says hospitals are reporting much lower mortality ratesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK’s vaccination programme has broken the link between infections, hospital admissions and deaths, and hospitals were reporting fewer and younger patients, according to a senior boss in the NHS.The NHS Providers chief executive, Chris Hopson, told Times Radio: “What [hospital] chief executives are consistently telling us is that it is a...
Tags: Health, UK, England, UK News, Hospitals, NHS, Vaccines and immunisation, NHS Providers, Robert Jenrick, Coronavirus, Times Radio, Chris Hopson


Sunak could accept four-week delay to ending Covid restrictions in England

Guardian understands chancellor not fixated on 21 June date for enacting final stage of roadmapCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageRishi Sunak is willing to accept a delay of up to four weeks to the final stage of England’s reopening roadmap, the Guardian understands, as the government considers extending restrictions beyond 21 June.Ministers will continue to scrutinise data on cases and hospitalisations over the coming days, with a final decision set to be announced by t...
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