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Covid news: UK reports 51,342 new infections; vaccines protect against new variant – as it happened

Latest figures come amid concern over spread of Omicron variant; Pfizer says third jab increased antibodies by factor of 25Three Pfizer jabs likely to protect against Omicron, tests suggestFinnish PM apologises for staying out clubbing despite Covid exposureWhy is there a row in the UK about Boris Johnson and Christmas parties?Anger as Jair Bolsonaro to allow unvaccinated visitors into BrazilModerna or Novavax after AstraZeneca jab confers high immunity: studyGermany reported 69,601 cases of Cov...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, UK, Science, UK News, World news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Boris Johnson, Pfizer, Novavax, Robert Koch Institute, Jair Bolsonaro, Coronavirus


Three doses of Pfizer vaccine likely to protect against Omicron infection, tests suggest

Initial findings indicate stark reduction in protection against new Covid variant from two vaccine dosesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThree doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine are likely to protect against infection with the Omicron variant but two doses may not, according to laboratory data that will increase pressure to speed up booster programmes.Tests using antibodies in blood samples have given some of the first insights into how far Omicron escapes immunity, ...
Tags: Science, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Pfizer, Coronavirus, Omicron Pfizer


Boris Johnson rushes in Covid plan B amid Christmas party scandal

PM announces stronger measures in England to counter Omicron, but finds his ‘moral authority’ questionedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson rushed forward new Covid restrictions amid fears of an exponential rise in the Omicron variant, as his government was engulfed in a crisis of credibility sparked by the Christmas party scandal.With government experts warning of 10 UK Omicron infections currently rising to 1m by the end of the month and up to 2,000 hospit...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, UK News, World news, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Coronavirus, COVID, UK Omicron


UK Covid live: Met police will not investigate No 10 Christmas party allegations

Latest updates: Scotland Yard cites ‘absence of evidence’, as PM triggers plan B Covid restrictionsFull story: PM triggers plan B Covid measures in EnglandAllegra Stratton resigns after No 10 Christmas party videoJohnson ‘apologises unreservedly’ over Christmas party videoThree Pfizer jabs likely to protect against Omicron, tests suggestDowning Street sources are saying this morning that “no decisions have been made” on a move to plan B. But, frankly, an FT story carries more credibility in the ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Scotland, Conservatives, UK News, Infectious Diseases, House Of Commons, Boris Johnson, Westminster, Pfizer, Pmqs, Keir Starmer, Ben Riley Smith, Patrick Vallance, Sayeeda Warsi


Three Pfizer jabs likely to protect against Omicron infection, tests suggest

Initial findings indicate stark reduction in protection against new variant from two vaccine dosesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThree doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine are likely to protect against infection with the Omicron variant but two doses may not, according to laboratory data that will increase pressure to speed up booster programmes.Tests using antibodies in blood samples have given some of the first insights into how far Omicron escapes immunity, showin...
Tags: Science, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus, Omicron Pfizer


UK Covid live: Boris Johnson announces plan B restrictions, including work from home and tighter mask rules

Latest updates: PM brings in stricter Covid restrictions to combat spread of Omicron variantFull story: PM triggers plan B Covid measures in EnglandAllegra Stratton resigns after No 10 Christmas party videoJohnson ‘apologises unreservedly’ over Christmas party videoThree Pfizer jabs likely to protect against Omicron, tests suggestDowning Street sources are saying this morning that “no decisions have been made” on a move to plan B. But, frankly, an FT story carries more credibility in the Westmin...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Scotland, Conservatives, UK News, Infectious Diseases, House Of Commons, Boris Johnson, Westminster, Pfizer, Pmqs, Keir Starmer, Ben Riley Smith, Patrick Vallance, Sayeeda Warsi


Covid live: UK reports 51,342 new infections; three Pfizer shots can ‘neutralise’ Omicron, lab tests show

Latest figures come amid concern over spread of Omicron variant; Pfizer says third jab increased antibodies by factor of 25Three Pfizer jabs likely to protect against Omicron, tests suggestWhy is there a row in the UK about Boris Johnson and Christmas parties?Anger as Jair Bolsonaro to allow unvaccinated visitors into BrazilUK races to deliver booster jabs before Omicron takes holdModerna or Novavax after AstraZeneca jab confers high immunity: studyGermany reported 69,601 cases of Covid-19 and 5...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, UK, Science, UK News, World news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Boris Johnson, Pfizer, Novavax, Robert Koch Institute, Jair Bolsonaro, Coronavirus, COVID


Allegra Stratton resigns after No 10 Christmas party video

Government spokesperson for climate summit seen in footage joking about party during lockdownPressure on Johnson over No 10 Christmas party – politics liveAllegra Stratton has stepped down as the government’s spokesperson for the Cop26 climate summit after footage emerged of her joking about a party at Downing Street during the peak of lockdown rules in December last year.In a statement sent to journalists and read out to TV crews in front of her home, Boris Johnson’s former press secretary said...
Tags: Politics, Science, Environment, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Infectious Diseases, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Downing Street, Allegra Stratton, Coronavirus, Cop26, liveAllegra Stratton


Anger as Jair Bolsonaro to allow unvaccinated visitors into Brazil

There are fears the decision will reserve the gains made by a successful vaccination campaignCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Brazilian government has been accused of seeking to turn the South American country into a paradise for unvaccinated tourists after it shunned calls – including from its own health regulator – to demand proof of vaccination from visitors.The decision – announced on Tuesday by the health minister, Marcelo Queiroga – sparked anger in a nation ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Science, Americas, World news, Infectious Diseases, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Jair Bolsonaro, Coronavirus, Marcelo Queiroga


Covid live: Omicron spreading in UK ‘much faster’ than other variants, PM says; three Pfizer shots can ‘neutralise’ Omicron, lab tests show

Boris Johnson says Omicron infecting people ‘much faster’ than previous iterations of virus; Pfizer says third jab increased antibodies by factor of 25Omicron can partially evade Covid vaccine protection, study findsUK races to deliver booster jabs before Omicron takes holdModerna or Novavax after AstraZeneca jab confers high immunity: studyUp to 6m eligible Britons may not have had a jab. Who are they?China shifts Africa approach from debt to vaccine diplomacyGermany reported 69,601 cases of Co...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, UK, Science, Africa, UK News, World news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Boris Johnson, Pfizer, Novavax, Robert Koch Institute, Coronavirus


No 10 faces Tory and public backlash over Christmas party video

Sajid Javid pulls out of interviews amid anger over footage of aides joking about party during lockdownPressure on Johnson over No 10 Christmas party – politics liveSajid Javid, the health secretary, pulled out of Wednesday morning’s broadcast interviews after a video emerged showing No 10 aides laughing about a Christmas party during Covid restrictions, as the government faced a furious Tory and public backlash against their behaviour.No ministers were available to be interviewed on the BBC, Sk...
Tags: Politics, Science, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Infectious Diseases, Sajid Javid, Johnson, Javid, Coronavirus, BBC Sky ITV


Omicron Covid cases ‘doubling every two to three days’ in UK, says scientist

Prof Neil Ferguson says coronavirus variant likely to be dominant strain in the UK before ChristmasCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus appears to be doubling every two to three days, Prof Neil Ferguson has said, adding that it could be necessary to impose new lockdowns as a result.Ferguson, a member of the UK government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) and head of the disease outbreak modelling group at I...
Tags: UK, Science, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Ferguson, Imperial College London, BBC Radio, Neil Ferguson, Coronavirus, Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies SAGE


Covid live: over-40s in England now eligible for booster after three months; South Korea surge sparks alarm

Millions of over-40s in England can book a top-up jab from today; South Korea PM Kim Boo-kyum says hospital capacity under strain as cases riseWHO Europe: jab young children to cut Covid risk at ChristmasModerna or Novavax after AstraZeneca jab confers high immunity: studyUp to 6m eligible Britons may not have had a jab. Who are they?Podcast: How fast is the Omicron variant spreading?See all our coronavirus coverageGermany reported 69,601 cases of Covid-19 and 527 deaths in the past 24 hours, ac...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, England, Science, UK News, World news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Robert Koch Institute, Coronavirus


Covid live news: booster scheme speeds up in England; South Korea surge sparks alarm

Millions of over-40s can book a top-up jab from today; ‘stealth’ version of Omicron ‘cannot be detected by routine tests’; Boris Johnson staff filmed joking about No 10 partyWHO Europe: jab young children to cut Covid risk at ChristmasModerna or Novavax after AstraZeneca jab confers high immunity: studyUp to 6m eligible Britons may not have had a jab. Who are they?Podcast: How fast is the Omicron variant spreading?See all our coronavirus coverageGermany reported 69,601 cases of Covid-19 and 527 ...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, England, Science, UK News, World news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Boris Johnson, Robert Koch Institute, Coronavirus


South Korea hospitals under intense pressure amid record 7,175 Covid cases in a day

Rise in infections attributed to young people who have yet to be fully vaccinated and older citizens who have not received boostersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSouth Korea has reported a record daily total of 7,175 new Covid cases as officials urged people to complete their vaccinations.The prime minister, Kim Boo-kyum, warned that hospitals were coming under intense pressure amid a rise in serious cases, days after the government announced a return to stricter res...
Tags: South Korea, Science, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Korea, Coronavirus, Kim Boo kyum


Covid live news: South Korea surge sparks hospital alarm; ‘stealth’ Omicron variant found

South Korea daily cases top 7,000 for first time; ‘stealth’ version of Omicron ‘cannot be detected by routine tests’; Boris Johnson staff filmed joking about No 10 partyWHO Europe: jab young children to cut Covid risk at ChristmasModerna or Novavax after AstraZeneca jab confers high immunity: studyUp to 6m eligible Britons may not have had a jab. Who are they?Podcast: How fast is the Omicron variant spreading?See all our coronavirus coverageThe Romanian government will ease some Covid restrictio...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, Science, UK News, World news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Romania, Astrazeneca, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


Covid live: fury after video about No 10 Christmas party emerges; early signs Omicron more transmissible

Early indications Omicron more transmissible than Delta, says Boris Johnson; Nicola Sturgeon says staff should work from home until mid-JanuaryWHO Europe: jab young children to cut Covid risk at ChristmasModerna or Novavax after AstraZeneca jab confers high immunity: studyUp to 6m eligible Britons may not have had a jab. Who are they?Podcast: How fast is the Omicron variant spreading?See all our coronavirus coverageAll international arrivals to the UK are now required to take a pre-departure Cov...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, France, UK News, World news, Infectious Diseases, Nicola Sturgeon, Delta, Astrazeneca, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Covid live: early signs Omicron more transmissible, UK PM says; Scottish firms urged to let staff work from home

Early indications Omicron more transmissible than Delta, says Boris Johnson; Nicola Sturgeon says staff should work from home until mid-JanuaryWHO Europe: jab young children to cut Covid risk at ChristmasModerna or Novavax after AstraZeneca jab confers high immunity: studyUp to 6m eligible Britons may not have had a jab. Who are they?Podcast: How fast is the Omicron variant spreading?See all our coronavirus coverageAll international arrivals to the UK are now required to take a pre-departure Cov...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, France, UK News, World news, Infectious Diseases, Nicola Sturgeon, Delta, Astrazeneca, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Covid live: Early signs Omicron more transmissible than Delta, UK PM says; Spain clears jabs for 5- to 11-year-olds

Early indications Omicron more transmissible than Delta, says Boris Johnson; Spain approves vaccination against Covid of children aged 5 to 11Moderna or Novavax after AstraZeneca jab confers high immunity: studyUp to 6m eligible Britons may not have had a jab. Who are they?Podcast: How fast is the Omicron variant spreading?See all our coronavirus coverageAll international arrivals to the UK are now required to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test to tackle the new Omicron variant. The tightened re...
Tags: Health, UK, France, Spain, UK News, World news, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Astrazeneca, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Novavax, Coronavirus, Delta UK PM


Covid news live: Omicron likely to become dominant variant, UK and US experts say

The Omicron Covid variant is likely to ‘outcompete Delta’ in many, if not all, regions, a Harvard researcher says; patchy monitoring and a time lag in the data is thought to be underreporting cases in the UKHow fast is the Omicron variant spreading?Moderna or Novavax after AstraZeneca jab confers high immunity: studyNew York City sets Covid vaccine mandate for all private employersOmicron: what do we know about the new Covid variant?See all our coronavirus coverageAll international arrivals to t...
Tags: Health, UK, France, US, UK News, World news, Harvard, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Novavax, Coronavirus, studyNew York City


Covid news live: Omicron likely to become dominant variant, Harvard researcher says; France to close nightclubs

The Omicron Covid variant is likely to ‘outcompete Delta’ in many, if not all, regions, an infectious disease researcher says; nightclubs in France will be ordered to close for four weeks to counter a Covid surgeNew York City sets Covid vaccine mandate for all private employers‘Travel apartheid’: Nigeria condemns England’s Covid red listOmicron variant has now been detected in 16 US statesOmicron: what do we know about the new Covid variant?See all our coronavirus coverageHello and welcome back ...
Tags: Health, England, France, Nigeria, US, World news, Harvard, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, York City, Coronavirus, COVID, Samantha Lock


From South Africa to freezing Birmingham. Welcome to my £2,285 quarantine world | Carla Stout

I’m stuck in a hotel for 10 days, under a system that is disorganised and shockingly expensiveI am writing this on day zero, having arrived at my government-designated quarantine hotel after 24 hours of travel. I need to isolate in my room for 10 days and 11 nights. It is, to put it mildly, a bit of a dump: a tired, chipped Formica table, sagging curtains, freezing cold. For this, I paid £2,285.So what is that like? Sitting in this room, I just want to burst into tears. My despair is exacerbated...
Tags: Travel, Science, Africa, UK News, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Birmingham, Staines Continue, Coronavirus, Birmingham Welcome, Carla Stout


Omicron wasn't part of our festive plan, but here's how we can stay safe this Christmas | Susan Michie

From ventilation to lateral flow testing, let’s try to minimise the risk of catching CovidFor months in the UK we have had 30,000-50,000 new Covid cases of the Delta variant a day and about 1,000 dying from the disease every week, and NHS leaders are saying the hospital and ambulance services are at breaking point. Now, to make matters worse, the Omicron variant has arrived. This new variant will probably evade immunity to some extent, but we don’t know by how much. It may be more transmissible,...
Tags: Psychology, UK, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Delta, Michie, Susan Michie, Coronavirus, UCL Centre for Behaviour Change Continue


‘Travel apartheid’: Nigeria condemns England’s Covid red list

Nigerian high commissioner hits out as arrivals into UK face quarantine in effort to contain Omicron variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNigeria’s inclusion on England’s red list after cases of the Omicron Covid variant were linked to travel from the country has been condemned as “travel apartheid”.People arriving in the UK from Nigeria have to spend 10 days in hotel quarantine at a cost of £2,285 and have two negative PCR test results, as part of measures that cam...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Nigeria, Africa, UK News, World news, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus


Covid not over and next pandemic could be more lethal, says Oxford jab creator

Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert says this will not be the last time a virus threatens our lives and our livelihoodsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic that has so far killed more than 5 million people worldwide is far from over and the next one could be even more lethal, the creator of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has said.As fears grow over the threat posed by the highly mutated Omicron variant, detected in more than 30 countries, Prof Dame Sarah Gilbe...
Tags: Science, UK News, World news, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca, Dame Sarah Gilbert


Covid live: UK reports 43,992 cases and 54 deaths; protests in Brussels turn violent

Hospitals already struggling to cope as they enter winter, says president of Royal College of Emergency Medicine; people march in Brussels against latest restrictionsOmicron: what do we know about the new Covid variant?Raab says ‘formal party’ in No 10 last Christmas would have broken rulesUK’s progress on Covid now squandered, warns top scientistThe latest challenge to Joe Biden’s presidency: the Omicron variantThe UK’s deputy prime minister Dominic Raab has defended the government’s decision t...
Tags: UK, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, Infectious Diseases, Labour, Brussels, Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Dominic Raab, Coronavirus, COVID


Covid live: NHS will be in ‘very difficult position’ if Omicron leads to more hospital admissions; protests in Belgium

Hospitals already struggling to cope as they enter winter, says president of Royal College of Emergency Medicine; people march in Brussels against latest restrictionsOmicron: what do we know about the new Covid variant?Raab says ‘formal party’ in No 10 last Christmas would have broken rulesUK’s progress on Covid now squandered, warns top scientistThe latest challenge to Joe Biden’s presidency: the Omicron variantThe UK’s deputy prime minister Dominic Raab has defended the government’s decision t...
Tags: UK, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Labour, Belgium, Brussels, Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Dominic Raab, Coronavirus


Two hippos test positive for Covid at Antwerp zoo

Staff at zoo in Belgium investigating cause of infections, which could be first reported cases in speciesTwo hippos have tested positive for Covid-19 at Antwerp zoo in Belgium in what could be the first reported cases in the species, staff said.Imani, aged 14, and 41-year-old Hermien have no symptoms apart from runny noses, but the zoo said the pair had been put into quarantine as a precaution. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, Zoos, World news, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife, Microbiology, Belgium, Antwerp, Imani, Coronavirus, Hermien


Covid live: UK measures too late to stop Omicron wave, government adviser says; India death toll climbs

‘It’s too late to make a material difference to course of Omicron wave,’ Prof Mark Woolhouse says; India records highest single-day toll since JulyOmicron: what do we know about the new Covid variant?Raab says ‘formal party’ in No 10 last Christmas would have broken rulesUK’s progress on Covid now squandered, warns top scientistThe latest challenge to Joe Biden’s presidency: the Omicron variantThe UK’s deputy prime minister Dominic Raab has defended the government’s decision to reintroduce pre-d...
Tags: UK, India, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, Infectious Diseases, Labour, Dominic Raab, Coronavirus, Mark Woolhouse


Covid live: India records worst death toll in months; UK public urged to get booster jabs before Christmas

India records 2,796 deaths, highest single-day toll since July; UK health secretary Sajid Javid says people must ‘top up’ immunity before holidaysOmicron: what do we know about the new Covid variant?UK’s progress on Covid now squandered, warns top scientistThe latest challenge to Joe Biden’s presidency: the Omicron variantCovid antiviral pill molnupiravir/Lagevrio set for UK at-home trialsThe UK’s deputy prime minister Dominic Raab has defended the government’s decision to reintroduce pre-depart...
Tags: UK, India, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, Infectious Diseases, Labour, Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab, Coronavirus, Lagevrio



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