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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


Previous Covid infection may not offer long-term protection, study finds

Research found marked differences in immune response of medical staff six months after contracting virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePrevious infection with coronavirus does not necessarily protect against Covid in the longer term, especially when caused by new variants of concern, a study on healthcare workers suggests.Researchers at Oxford University found marked differences in the immune responses of medical staff who contracted Covid, with some appearing far be...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Oxford University, Coronavirus, COVID


More countries restrict travel from UK over Delta variant fears

Ireland to double to 10 days its quarantine period for UK travellers who are not fully vaccinated Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIreland is to double to 10 days its quarantine period for travellers from the UK who are not fully vaccinated, joining a growing list of countries imposing stricter travel rules on British arrivals due to concerns over the rapid spread of the Delta variant.The announcement came after Boris Johnson on Monday delayed by a month the final stag...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Science, India, UK News, World news, Ireland, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


Ireland to double quarantine period for unvaccinated UK arrivals

Travellers not fully vaccinated face 10 days in quarantine amid concerns over spread of Delta variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIreland is to double to 10 days its quarantine period for travellers from the UK who are not fully vaccinated, joining a growing list of countries imposing stricter travel rules on British arrivals due to concerns over the rapid spread of the Delta variant.The announcement came after Boris Johnson on Monday delayed by a month the final s...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Science, India, UK News, World news, Ireland, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Boris Johnson, 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


Eradicating polio is finally within reach. Why is the UK taking its foot off the pedal? | Anne Wafula Strike

Instead of cutting the aid budget – including 95% from the plan to stamp out the disease – Britain should take a global leadDespite the Covid pandemic, there have been just two recorded cases of wild polio in 2021 – in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the two remaining hiding places for the disease. But eradication is not guaranteed. Polio is virulent and spreads quickly. Even one case poses a threat to unvaccinated children everywhere, which is why a new strategy launched last week by the Global Polio...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, World news, Afghanistan, Britain, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Pakistan, Aid, Global development, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Polio, Anne Wafula Strike


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...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Science, Society, UK News, Health policy, Coronavirus


Covid lockdown: should England open up on 21 June?

The prime minister has a host of problems to weigh up before deciding to remove all legal restrictions on social contactCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe key issue is the extent to which infections of the Delta variant first detected in India will lead to hospitalisations and deaths. The problem is that it’s too early to say. Because of the lag between cases and admissions to hospital, many experts say a short delay could be a major benefit to understanding that rel...
Tags: Business, England, Science, India, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Boris Johnson, Immunology, Imperial College London, Anne Cori, Coronavirus


Should England open up on 21 June? The factors Johnson must consider

The prime minister has a host of problems to weigh up before deciding to remove all legal restrictions on social contactCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe key issue is the extent to which infections of the Delta variant first detected in India will lead to hospitalisations and deaths. The problem is that it’s too early to say. Because of the lag between cases and admissions to hospital, many experts say a short delay could be a major benefit to understanding that rel...
Tags: Business, England, Science, India, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Immunology, Imperial College London, Anne Cori, Coronavirus


Delay lifting Covid restrictions in England, experts urge

Scientists advise four-week delay to 21 June reopening as cases of Delta variant and hospitalisations doubleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageExperts – including government scientific advisers – have urged against lifting England’s coronavirus lockdown restrictions on 21 June, warning: “We don’t want to go backwards”.It comes amid reports that lockdown easing will be delayed by four weeks. Continue reading...
Tags: England, Science, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Immunology, Coronavirus


Delay lifting Covid restrictions in England, warn experts

Scientists advise four-week delay to June 21 reopening as cases of Delta variant and hospitalisations doubleExperts – including government scientific advisers – have urged against lifting England’s coronavirus lockdown restrictions on 21 June, warning: “We don’t want to go backwards”.It comes amid reports that lockdown easing will be delayed by four weeks. Continue reading...
Tags: England, Science, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Immunology, Coronavirus


Rapid Covid tests used in mass UK programme get scathing US report

Innova tests’ performance not proven and they should be returned to manufacturer or thrown in bin, says FDACoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) has raised significant concerns about the rapid Covid test on which the UK government has based its multibillion-pound mass testing programme.In a scathing review, the US health agency suggested the performance of the test had not been established, presenting a risk to health, and that the tests sh...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, California, US, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Innova, Coronavirus, US Food and Drug Agency FDA


US health agency gives lateral flow Covid tests scathing report

Innova rapid tests’ performance not proven and they should be returned to manufacturer or thrown in bin, says FDACoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) has raised significant concerns about the rapid Covid test on which the UK government has based its multibillion-pound mass-testing programme.In a scathing review, the US health agency suggested the performance of the test had not been established, presenting a risk to health, and that the te...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, California, US, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Innova, Coronavirus, US Food and Drug Agency FDA


Delta variant is linked to 90% of Covid cases in UK

Variant first discovered in India is thought to spread more easily and be more resistant to vaccinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 90% of Covid cases in the UK are now down to the coronavirus Delta variant first discovered in India, data has revealed, as the total number of confirmed cases passed 42,000.Also known as B.1.617.2, the Delta variant has been linked to a rise in Covid cases in the UK in the past weeks. It is believed to spread more easily than t...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, India, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Kent, Coronavirus, COVID


Delta variant causes more than 90% of new Covid cases in UK

Variant first discovered in India is thought to spread more easily and be more resistant to vaccinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 90% of Covid cases in the UK are now down to the coronavirus Delta variant first discovered in India, data has revealed, as the total number of confirmed cases passed 42,000.Also known as B.1.617.2, the Delta variant has been linked to a rise in Covid cases in the UK in the past weeks. It is believed to spread more easily than t...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, India, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Kent, Coronavirus, COVID


Medieval fashion for pointy shoes linked to rise in bunions

Cambridge research suggests foot problem was more common after Blackadder-style shoe became popular From waist-squeezing corsets to crinoline skirts, fashion has rarely been about comfort – or safety. Now researchers have revealed that even in medieval times, men and women could become martyrs to fashion, linking a trend in pointy shoes to a rise in the prevalence of bunions.Bunions – or hallux valgus– are bulges that appear on the side of the foot as the big toe leans in towards the other toes ...
Tags: Science, UK News, Cambridge, Archaeology, Blackadder


Astronomers find blinking giant star near heart of Milky Way

Huge star, 25,000 light years away, dims by 97% then slowly returns to former brightnessAstronomers have spotted a giant blinking star, 100 times the size of the sun, lurking near the heart of the Milky Way.Telescope observations revealed that over a few hundred days the enormous star, which lies more than 25,000 light years away, dimmed by 97% and then slowly returned to its former brightness. Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, UK News


Solar eclipse 2021: spectacle visible across UK and Ireland

Skygazers – with appropriate eye protection – will be able to see much of sun being obscured from 10.08amA celestial phenomenon is under way, with observers in the UK set to see a crescent sun as viewers in the Arctic enjoy an annular solar eclipse.An annular eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are exactly in line with the Earth, but the apparent size of the moon is smaller than that of the sun. This causes the sun to appear as a very bright ring, or annulus, in a phenomenon known as the “ring...
Tags: Europe, Space, UK, England, Science, Wales, Scotland, Russia, UK News, World news, Earth, Ireland, The Sun, Northern Ireland, Arctic, The moon


Solar eclipse 2021: spectacle to be visible across UK and Ireland

Skygazers – with appropriate eye protection – will be able to see much of sun being obscured from 10.08amViews of a partial solar eclipse will be “somewhat fleeting” across certain parts of the UK due to cloudy skies, forecasters have said.But those in central and south-east England will have clear spells to witness the spectacle, according to the Met Office. On Thursday morning, skygazers will be able to see nearly a third of the sun being blocked out by the moon in what is known as an annular...
Tags: Europe, Space, UK, England, Science, Wales, Scotland, UK News, World news, Ireland, The Sun, Northern Ireland, Met Office, The moon, UK Weather


AstraZeneca vaccine linked to slightly higher risk of blood disorder

Analysis in Scotland finds small increase in risk of treatable condition called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpuraCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageData from Scotland’s Covid vaccination programme has revealed a possible small increase in the risk of a treatable and often mild bleeding disorder after the first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.Doctors examined the medical records of 5.4 million people in Scotland for instances of blood clots, unusual bleeding, and...
Tags: Health, Science, Scotland, UK News, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, ITP, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


Covid distancing may have weakened children’s immune system, experts say

End of social distancing and mask-wearing could leave children vulnerable to common bugsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists are concerned that measures to combat Covid-19 have weakened the immune systems of young children who have not been able to build up resistance to common bugs, leaving them vulnerable when mask-wearing and social distancing eventually end.Contact with viral pathogens happens on a fairly regular basis and although it does not always lead to...
Tags: England, Science, Children, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Flu, Coronavirus


What could a delay to the 21 June lockdown easing mean for England?

Analysis: with ministers said to be considering England’s 21 June easing, how delay could affect vaccinations and virus spreadCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters are said to be considering delaying the easing of lockdown in England on 21 June for somewhere between two weeks and a month. We look at what a delay could mean, and how long it may need to last.Why delay? Continue reading...
Tags: England, Science, UK News, Coronavirus


Huge two-day underwater avalanche sent mud 1,000km into ocean

Event may have gone unnoticed had it not slowed data traffic between Nigeria and South AfricaA vast underwater avalanche sent mud and sand more than 1,000km out into the ocean over the course of two days, rupturing submarine cables and disrupting internet traffic on Africa’s western coast, scientists have revealed.The avalanche, the longest sediment flow ever recorded, travelled more than 1,100km from its source at the mouth of the Congo river along a deep ocean canyon, according to a new study....
Tags: Science, Technology, Nigeria, Africa, UK News, World news, Congo, Avalanches


Is hormone-treated beef bad for us?

Nearly half of Australia’s cattle is treated with growth hormones to speed up weight gain. Australian regulators say these hormones are safe and legal, but in the EU and the UK, they’re banned. However a new free-trade agreement currently under negotiation could see a change in policy in the UK, and cause Australia’s beef exports to the UK to rise tenfold. Science writer Donna Lu speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about this trade agreement, and the impact of hormone-treated beef on humans, animals an...
Tags: Health, Food, Business, UK, Science, Australia, International Trade, Beef, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Australia news, Farming, Global Economy, Agriculture


Could a third wave of Covid be more serious than UK’s first two?

Analysis: Concern over Delta variant means decision on ending restrictions on 21 June hangs in balance Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSummer has arrived and the UK is beginning to unlock from coronavirus restrictions, with a full lifting still on the cards in England on 21 June.Yet the spectre of the Delta variant is casting an ominous shadow, with concerns it could fuel a serious third wave. So just how serious could the next peak be – and could it be more serious t...
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Covid Delta variant ‘about 40% more transmissible’, says Matt Hancock

Under-30s to be offered jabs from next week but variant makes decision on easing rules in England ‘more difficult’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe new Delta variant of coronavirus appears to be about 40% more transmissible than the variant it has largely replaced, Matt Hancock has said, making government decisions about whether to ease restrictions in England on 21 June “more difficult”.Saying that under-30s will be called to begin vaccinations from next week, the ...
Tags: Politics, England, Science, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


Data on Delta variant splits scientists on lifting final Covid restrictions

Sage group advises against easing social distancing on 21 June, but others say it is too early to assess risksCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHealth experts remain divided over the dangers posed by the new Delta variant of Covid-19 and the risks it poses to the nation as ministers consider whether or not to lift lockdown later this month.Some argue that the new variant, first identified in India, is a significantly increased threat to the UK and have urged that delays...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, India, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Delta variant 30-100% more transmissible, says UK Covid expert

Prof Neil Ferguson sounds warning as remaining lockdown restrictions are due to be lifted 21 JuneCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Delta variant of coronavirus, first discovered in India, is anywhere between 30% to 100% more transmissible than the previously dominant Alpha (or Kent) variant, according to Prof Neil Ferguson, whose Covid modelling was key to the UK’s first lockdown.Ferguson is a leading epidemiologist at Imperial College London who advised the governm...
Tags: UK, England, Science, India, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Ferguson, Imperial College London, BBC Radio, Neil Ferguson, Coronavirus


Ancient tsunami could have wiped out Scottish cities today, study finds

Research maps the extent of the catastrophic Storegga tsunami 8,200 years ago for the first timeTowns and cities across Scotland would be devastated if the country’s coastline was hit by a tsunami of the kind that happened 8,200 years ago, according to an academics’ study.While about 370 miles of Scotland’s northern and eastern coastline were affected when the Storegga tsunami struck, the study suggests a modern-day disaster of the same magnitude would have worse consequences. Continue reading.....
Tags: Science, Scotland, UK News, Geology, Volcanoes, Tsunamis, Geography, Extreme Weather, Natural Disasters, Academics


UK tightens borders and travel rules as variants spark new alarm

Dominant variant ‘more likely to cause serious illness’ PHE data indicate as Grant Shapps warns of threat to reopening on 21 JuneCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters have moved to tighten Britain’s borders as new data suggests the Delta coronavirus variant is much more likely to cause serious illness and is circulating more rapidly within schools.With England’s reopening on 21 June hanging in the balance, the government removed Portugal from the green list of cou...
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