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UK shuts travel corridors and requires negative Covid tests to enter

All foreign arrivals will also have to quarantine in toughening of measures in response to new strainsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK is to close all access to the country for overseas travellers without proof of a recent negative coronavirus test and 10 days of quarantine, shutting all travel corridors, Boris Johnson has announced.At a Downing Street press conference, the prime minister said the border regime was being toughened up in response to new variants ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Hospitals, NHS, Transport, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Transport policy, Coronavirus


Vaccine passports: what are they and do they pose a danger to privacy?

Race to build app for people to demonstrate Covid jab or a negative test, but rights groups worry about ‘identity checks’ Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVaccine passports, which would allow people with immunity to Covid to prove they were at low risk of spreading the disease, are being investigated by companies and countries around the world. But the proposals have also raised fears among critics that they could underpin an oppressive digital ID system, and put sensi...
Tags: Health, Technology, Privacy, Society, Data Protection, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, COVID


Two-thirds of NHS trusts in England treated more Covid patients last week than at peak of first wave

Exclusive: number of Covid patients could be twice that of April 2020 peak within weeksNHS crisis in charts: how Covid has increased strain on health serviceSee all our coronavirus coverageTwo-thirds of all NHS trusts across England were treating more coronavirus patients last week than they did at the peak of the first wave of the pandemic, a Guardian analysis reveals.Figures show that in 18 trusts the number of people suffering from coronavirus outnumbered all other patients. Continue reading....
Tags: Health, England, Society, UK News, Hospitals, NHS, COVID


Black women in the UK four times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth

Disparity with white women shows need for action, doctors say, despite slight improvement in mortality rate Black women are still four times more likely than white women to die in pregnancy or childbirth in the UK, and women from Asian ethnic backgrounds face twice the risk, according to a new .The data shows a slight narrowing of the divide – found black women were five times more likely to die – but experts say that is statistically insignificant and not a sign of progress. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Race, Women, Pregnancy, Society, UK News, Global development, Parents and parenting, Maternal mortality


New year, new outbreak: China rushes to vaccinate 50 million as holiday looms

Drive to immunise 3.5% of the population in weeks comes ahead of the lunar new year festival and as three major cities are locked downCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAt a Shenzhen hospital, 21-year-old airport worker Wang Shuyue lines up to receive his second shot.“I feel it’s safe because so many people around the country have taken the vaccine so there shouldn’t be any major problems,” he tells the Guardian. “I think it should be effective otherwise there wouldn’t b...
Tags: Health, Science, China, Society, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Vaccines and immunisation, Shenzhen, Global Health, Coronavirus, Wang Shuyue


Experts remain divided over merits of mass Covid tests in schools

Analysis: some say lateral flow tests could help cut outbreaks, but others argue they offer false reassuranceRegulator refuses to approve mass Covid testing at schools in EnglandCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has put mass testing for coronavirus at the heart of his strategy to reopen schools after the lockdown. It is a controversial strategy that has divided scientists. Some believe mass testing can help reduce outbreaks at ...
Tags: Health, Education, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Schools, Health policy, Gavin Williamson, Coronavirus


Regulator refuses to approve mass daily Covid testing at English schools

Exclusive: Boris Johnson’s plan to test millions of pupils a week in disarray after concerns raisedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson’s plans to test millions of schoolchildren for coronavirus every week appear to be in disarray after the UK regulator refused to formally approve the daily testing of pupils in England, the Guardian has learned.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) told the government on Tuesday it had not authorised ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Education, Society, UK News, Schools, Education policy, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Gavin Williamson, Coronavirus


Regulator refuses to approve mass Covid testing at schools in England

Exclusive: Boris Johnson’s plan to test millions of pupils a week in disarray after concerns raisedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson’s plans to test millions of schoolchildren for coronavirus every week appear to be in disarray after the UK regulator refused to formally approve the daily testing of pupils in England, the Guardian has learned.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) told the government on Tuesday it had not authorised ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Education, Society, UK News, Schools, Education policy, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Gavin Williamson, Coronavirus


Covid restrictions on visits to detained children and parents are 'cruel', MPs told

Prison, care home and mental health institution visit limitations failing to consider impact on family life, campaigners sayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChildren with parents in prison have been forgotten during lockdown, campaigners have told MPs.The cross-party human rights committee is looking at the impact on the right to family life, with a focus on people in institutional settings including prisons, care homes and mental health facilities. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Family, Politics, Children, Society, UK News, World news, Mental Health, UK criminal justice, Prisons and probation, Parents and parenting, Coronavirus, Cross Party Human Rights Committee


Dealing with death: Covid's toll on UK crematoria and morgues

‘Mortality management’ has been stretched and as fatalities pass 100k systems are again feeling the strainCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhen the UK’s first victim of Covid-19 died on 5 March 2020, there were only 116 recorded infections in the country and few people countenanced a death toll of 100,000.But for government planners it was different. Emergency response experts tasked with “mortality management” braced for a death toll that they feared would dwarf anyth...
Tags: Health, UK, London, China, Society, UK News, Italy, Death and dying, Coronavirus, COVID


UK coronavirus deaths pass 100,000 after 1,564 reported in one day

Experts condemn ‘phenomenal failure of policy and practice’ in handling of pandemicThe challenge of the UK’s epidemic of griefTributes to victims of the UK’s second waveMore than 100,000 people have died from coronavirus in the UK since the disease first appeared in the country almost a year ago, in what public health experts have said is a sign of “phenomenal failure of policy and practice”.Government figures on Wednesday showed a record daily reported 1,564 new fatalities, bringing the total t...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, Coronavirus


Scotland's Covid lockdown tightened with click and collect and takeaway curbs

Non-essential click and collect services and outdoor alcohol consumption to be bannedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageShops in Scotland have been ordered to stop non-essential click-and-collect services and alcohol consumption is to be banned outdoors, in a further tightening of lockdown measures.Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, said shops would be allowed to offer click and collect only for essential goods such as clothes, shoes, baby equipment, books and homeware...
Tags: Health, Politics, Scotland, Society, UK News, Retail industry, Nicola Sturgeon, Health policy, Scottish politics, Coronavirus


US supreme court reinstates restrictions on abortion pill

Justices lift order that had suspended rule requiring in-person visits during Covid crisisCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US supreme court has reinstated a requirement that women visit a hospital or clinic to obtain a drug used for medication-induced abortions, lifting an order by a lower court allowing the drug to be posted or delivered during the coronavirus pandemic.The justices granted a request by the Trump administration to lift a federal judge’s July order ...
Tags: Health, Law, Women, US, Life and style, Society, World news, US news, US politics, Food And Drug Administration, Abortion, US healthcare, Fda, Women's Health, US supreme court, Trump


WHO's Covid mission to Wuhan: 'It's not about finding China guilty'

Scientists express caution about what they may find and the political sensitivity around investigationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhen the scientists on the World Health Organization’s mission to research the origins of Covid-19 touch down in China as expected on Thursday at the beginning of their investigation they are clear what they will – and what they will not – be doing.They intend to visit Wuhan, the site of the first major outbreak of Covid-19, and talk to...
Tags: Health, Science, China, Society, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, World Health Organization, Wuhan, Coronavirus


WHO experts: Covid mission is not about finger pointing at China

Scientists express caution about what they may find and the political sensitivity around investigationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhen the scientists on the World Health Organization’s mission to research the origins of Covid-19 touch down in China as expected on Thursday at the beginning of their investigation they are clear what they will – and what they will not – be doing.They intend to visit Wuhan, the site of the first major outbreak of Covid-19, and talk to...
Tags: Health, Science, China, Society, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, World Health Organization, Wuhan, Coronavirus


Authorities had four warnings about Reading attacker's mental health

Refugee support chief warned of Khairi Saadallah carrying out ‘London Bridge-type scenario’• Reading attacker Khairi Saadallah given whole-life prison sentenceRepeated warnings were given that Khairi Saadallah, who murdered three men in a Reading park last summer, could carry out a “London Bridge-type scenario” shortly before the killings took place, the Guardian has learned.Documents reveal that Nick Harborne, chief executive of the Reading Refugee Support Group (RRSG), who had had dealings wit...
Tags: Health, London, Society, UK News, Mental Health, UK criminal justice, Refugees, Prisons and probation, Guardian, London Bridge, Khairi Saadallah, Saadallah, Reading park attack, Nick Harborne, Reading Refugee Support Group RRSG


'Cummings effect': why are people bending lockdown rules?

Analysis: experts say erosion of trust in government contributes to liberal interpretation of guidanceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePhotographs of crowded beaches, parks and queues at food stalls outside popular walking spots, all at a time when the UK is on highest alert under tough coronavirus restrictions.Despite Matt Hancock describing these as examples of “flexing the rules”, and Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, warning that stopping to chat in th...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, Chris Whitty


Vaccine scepticism in France reflects 'dissatisfaction with political class’

Past medical scandals involving big pharma and public officials have made many suspicious of vaccinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn France, every child is now obliged to have 11 vaccinations. If parents want their children to attend school, or take part in many extracurricular activities, they must accept. There is no opt-out or concessions made to vaccine doubters.On Monday France’s government and health authorities are speeding up the country’s Covid-19 vaccine ...
Tags: Health, Europe, France, Society, World news, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Why it's time to stop pursuing happiness

Positive thinking and visualising success can be counterproductive – happily, other strategies for fulfilment are availableLike many teenagers, I was once plagued with angst and dissatisfaction – feelings that my parents often met with bemusement rather than sympathy. They were already in their 50s, and, having grown up in postwar Britain, they struggled to understand the sources of my discontentment at the turn of the 21st century.“The problem with your generation is that you always expect to b...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety, Britain, Health & wellbeing, Happiness indices


UK ministers face legal action over lack of abortion services in Northern Ireland

Exclusive: government accused of failing to ensure access more than a year after terminations legalisedNorthern Ireland’s human rights commission (NIHRC) has launched a landmark legal action against the UK government for its failure to commission safe and accessible abortion services more than a year after abortion was made legal in the country, the Guardian can reveal.The Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis, is accused of unlawfully denying the rights of women in the country, who experts ...
Tags: Health, UK, Women, Society, UK News, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Health policy, Abortion, Northern Irish politics, Department of Health Continue, Brandon Lewis, NIHRC


Now we have the coronavirus vaccine, how soon can we get back to normal life?

The government has ordered sufficient doses to inoculate the entire population of the UK against Covid-19 but we are in for a long haulCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhen will the Covid-19 vaccine begin to have an effect on the nation?The government has pledged to offer vaccines to 15 million people – the over-70s, healthcare workers and those required to shield by mid-February, and millions more by spring. This should slowly bring the virus under control although it...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


NHS counts cost of Christmas in lives and warns worst is yet to come

As Covid death toll passes 1,300 a day, doctors and hospital leaders say services are on brink of collapseIn normal times, January is the month for counting the cost of Christmas. The credit card bills arrive. New year resolutions are made. The consequences of recent indulgence have to be faced.This year, however, the price of having celebrated Christmas with loved ones could be far steeper – and counted in lives. Doctors and nurses in the NHS report that they are seeing record numbers of admiss...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Coronavirus


My lockdown meltdown drove me to try therapy – did it help?

When my Spice Girls-related coping mechanism stopped working, a friend suggested cognitive behavioural therapyTips on finding the right therapistColour me kooky, but I have not enjoyed living through a pandemic. For me, it’s basically been a social experiment in what happens when you take an already neurotic person and strip them of all semblance of routine. The results have been roughly as chaotic as Big Brother’s fight night, had the housemates been given hallucinogens.Initially, I did what I ...
Tags: Health, Ebay, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Health & wellbeing, Spice Girls


UK coronavirus: new high of 1,325 daily recorded deaths; NHS staff to be vaccinated 'immediately' - as it happened

This live blog is now closed. For the latest coronavirus updates from around the world, read our global live blogNew high in daily recorded deaths for the UKNHS staff to be offered Covid vaccine in next few weeksSadiq Khan declares Covid emergency in LondonModerna Covid vaccine approved for use by UK medicines regulatorCoronavirus global updates - live 6.32pm GMT We’re now closing this blog. Thanks for following along. You can read the full report on NHS vaccinations here: Related: NHS sta...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Society, UK News, World news, NHS, Who, Denmark, Boris Johnson, Khan, Nicola Davis, Coronavirus, Linda Geddes, LondonModerna Covid


UK coronavirus live: new high of 1,325 daily recorded deaths; NHS staff to be vaccinated 'immediately'

Latest updates: latest figure represents highest number of deaths reported in one day; NHS staff to be offered jabs after growing concern from health professionalsSadiq Khan declares Covid emergency in LondonBehave as if you have Covid, virus expert tells people in EnglandModerna Covid vaccine approved for use by UK medicines regulatorWhy is Covid so bad in the UK and when will cases decline?Coronavirus global updates - live 6.17pm GMT The UK is seeing record numbers of people testing positi...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Society, UK News, World news, NHS, Boris Johnson, Khan, Nicola Davis, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca, Linda Geddes


UK coronavirus live: new high of 1,325 daily recorded deaths as 68,053 more people test positive

Latest updates: latest figure represents highest number of deaths reported in one day; Sadiq Khan declares major incident in LondonSadiq Khan declares Covid emergency in LondonBehave as if you have Covid, virus expert tells people in EnglandModerna Covid vaccine approved for use by UK medicines regulatorWhy is Covid so bad in the UK and when will cases decline?Coronavirus global updates - live 5.24pm GMT Labour leader Keir Starmer has said the latest coronavirus death figures were a “tragedy...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, World news, Britain, NHS, Labour, Boris Johnson, Keir Starmer, Sadiq Khan, Coronavirus, LondonSadiq Khan


'We're bursting': a day inside a Covid intensive care unit

The Guardian spends a day with Covid patients and staff at Milton Keynes University hospitalCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn a private room by the locked entrance of the intensive care unit, Dilip Sharan is sitting up in bed, a plate of stew in front of him. He navigates his spoon around the breathing tube keeping him alive, every mouthful soundtracked by a discordant symphony of beeps and bongs from multiple monitors keeping tabs on his vital organs.It is his fift...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Doctors, Nursing, Health policy, Milton Keynes, Coronavirus, Milton Keynes University, Dilip Sharan


UK coronavirus live: 1,325 Covid-linked daily deaths is record high as 68,053 more people test positive

Latest updates: Sadiq Khan declares major incident in capital with ‘spread of virus out of control’; seven million doses of Moderna vaccine orderedSadiq Khan declares Covid emergency in LondonBehave as if you have Covid, virus expert tells people in EnglandModerna Covid vaccine approved for use by UK medicines regulatorPfizer vaccine protects against new Covid variants, study suggestsCoronavirus global updates - live 4.19pm GMT A further 1,325 people have died within 28 days of testingpositi...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, World news, NHS, Boris Johnson, Khan, West Midlands, Sadiq Khan, Black Country, Moderna, Coronavirus, COVID, West Birmingham


I teach a course on happiness at Yale: this is how to make the most of your resolutions

Forget tough love. Adopting a positive mindset and being kind to yourself is a more effective way to make a changeTo say that 2020 wasn’t the best year is an understatement. For many of us, it felt like a giant global dumpster fire. Not surprisingly, the stresses of living through a pandemic have had a terrible impact on our collective mental health, with rates of depression and anxiety skyrocketing. Many of us feel we can’t say goodbye to last year fast enough.And that means we’re entering 2021...
Tags: Health, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Health & wellbeing, Yale


UK coronavirus live: 'major incident' declared in London as cases surge; Moderna Covid vaccine approved

Latest updates: Sadiq Khan declares major incident in capital with ‘spread of virus out of control’; seven million doses of Moderna vaccine orderedSadiq Khan declares Covid emergency in LondonModerna Covid vaccine approved for use by UK medicines regulatorPfizer vaccine protects against new Covid variants, study suggestsWhich countries have reported the new UK Covid variant?Coronavirus – latest updates 1.23pm GMT The mayor of London said that he has written to the Prime Minister Boris Johnso...
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