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Seeking the west coast of Yorkshire | Brief letters

Charity coffers | David Cameron | Hard crosswords | Yorkshire | Johnson’s journalism | Vaccine passportsBefore asking for government bailouts (UK charities urgently call on PM to set up emergency fund, 17 February), big charities should spend their own reserves. Cancer Research UK entered the pandemic with over £300m in the bank; the National Trust had £320m. I would urge everybody to be as generous as possible to charities, but choose carefully. You don’t want to see your hard-earned gift being...
Tags: Politics, UK, David Cameron, Society, UK News, Poverty, Charities, Voluntary sector, Geology, Cameron, Yorkshire, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Cancer Research UK, National Trust, Cheshire Continue


Scotland's stages: how coronavirus lockdown will be eased

Unlike England’s roadmap, Nicola Sturgeon’s ‘strategic framework’ avoids setting specific datesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled a “cautious and gradual” plan for how coronavirus lockdown measures will be eased in Scotland.Unlike Boris Johnson’s “roadmap”, the “strategic framework” deliberately avoids specific dates. “If we open up too quickly to meet arbitrary dates, we risk setting our progress back,” the first minister says in a foreword...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Education, Scotland, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Nicola Sturgeon, Schools, Health policy, Scottish politics, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


Demand from Tory MPs to scrap Covid rules 'could bring huge death toll'

Ending restrictions by May would lead to higher hospital occupancy in England than that seen in January, modelling findsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageRelaxing all restrictions by the end of April, a scenario demanded by some Tory MPs, could lead to a massive fourth wave of infections higher than the January peak and risk almost doubling the UK’s death toll, government documents have revealed.Lockdown-sceptic Tories have campaigned for the full lifting of all restric...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Society, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus, Covid Recovery Group CRG


Lockdown easing in England: key dates and phases in the roadmap

Here is the timetable for easing lockdown in England that the PM will put to MPs on MondayThe lockdown exit plan: schools and social contact firstCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAll schools – primary and secondary – will open from 8 March, despite opposition from the main teaching unions who have called for a staggered reopening. Schools will be allowed to restart outdoor sports matches as well as other outdoor activities. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


What must Boris Johnson consider before easing Covid lockdown?

Analysis: PM will have to weigh up issues such as case rates, new variants and holiday rules in England roadmapCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson will set out his roadmap for easing restrictions in England on Monday, including the reopening of schools, care homes, retail and, eventually, hospitality. Here are some of the key questions he must resolve. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, England, Education, Society, UK News, Working From Home, Schools, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Coronavirus


The path out of lockdown: can Boris Johnson keep his boosterism at bay?

England waits to see if PM will stay restrained or bow to backbench pressure with Covid planCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt was an uncharacteristically subdued Boris Johnson who announced from Downing Street that Britain had surpassed the first, phenomenally ambitious target of giving 15 million people a coronavirus vaccine: this was a success, yes, but it was “no moment to relax”, the prime minister said on Monday.The boosterish rhetoric has been restrained for se...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Britain, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Downing Street, Coronavirus


'Data not dates': expert views on how to lift England's Covid lockdown

Public health experts offer their advice before Boris Johnson’s announcement next weekCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson is due to chart a course out of England’s third national lockdown on Monday, which is expected to begin with schools reopening from 8 March. Details of the plan are likely to be finalised on Sunday. What do experts think the prime minister should do? Prof Gabriel Scally, president of epidemiology and public health section, Royal Society o...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Coronavirus, Gabriel Scally, Royal Society of Medicine Continue


UK reaches milestone of offering first Covid vaccinations to 15m people

Four priority groups of people in England seen as most vulnerable have been offered jabsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has reached its target of offering at least first vaccinations to the four groups of people in England seen as most vulnerable to coronavirus by mid-February, it has announced.In a video message sent out via social media, Boris Johnson said Sunday marked “a significant milestone in the United Kingdom’s national vaccination programme”, ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, United Kingdom, Microbiology, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


UK hits target of offering first Covid vaccinations to 15m people

Four priority groups of people in England seen as most vulnerable have been offered jabsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has reached its target of offering at least first vaccinations to the four groups of people in England seen as most vulnerable to coronavirus by mid-February, it has announced.In a video message sent out via social media, Boris Johnson said Sunday marked “a significant milestone in the United Kingdom’s national vaccination programme”, ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, United Kingdom, Microbiology, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Boris Johnson 'optimistic' about easing some England lockdown measures

Prime minister says priority is to reopen schools on 8 March once 15m in priority groups vaccinatedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has said he is optimistic about announcing the easing of some lockdown measures soon as the government nears its target of offering vaccines to 15 million people in priority groups.Speaking on Saturday at a visit to the Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies plant in Billingham, Teesside, where the new Novavax vaccine will be manu...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Schools, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, Novavax, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies, Coronavirus, Billingham Teesside


Rishi Sunak is paying Covid bills off the backs of the poor. It shames our country | Gordon Brown

A savage reversal of aid is happening at the very moment people need our help most. MPs must join together to stop itNothing shames our country more than the Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, paying the bills for Covid off the backs of the poor – at home and abroad.He has recently pushed off his plan to cut £20 a week from the already low universal credit paid to 6 million of Britain’s poorest families. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Children, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Poverty, Britain, Aid, Global development, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Gordon Brown, Inequality, Global Health, Rishi Sunak


The Guardian view on the vaccine rollout: the state we're in | Editorial

Making mistakes, as Boris Johnson and the EU have discovered, is a precondition for ongoing successBritain’s Covid-19 vaccine success contains an important lesson for the rest of the world: a pandemic is no place for the rigid application of free-market principles. Boris Johnson has got many things wrong in the past year, but his decision to mobilise the Keynesian state has saved lives. Faced with deadly coronavirus, Mr Johnson followed in the slipstream of the US to fund, develop and produce va...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, US, Eu, European Union, Society, Medical Research, NHS, Health policy, Astrazeneca, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, Coronavirus


What a great shot! Vaccination selfies become the latest social media hit

A new trend has emerged – public figures posting ‘vaxxies’ showing the moment they received their jabCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe latest social media trend involves no ice buckets, no filters and certainly no sea shanties. Now celebrities and politicians around the world are vying to post the best “vaxxies” – selfies of the moment they receive their Covid-19 vaccination.While vaxxies send out a strong message that the vaccines are safe, they are also an undenia...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Science, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Vladimir Putin, Social Media, Society, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Digital Media, Microbiology, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation


Here are five ways the government could have avoided 100,000 Covid deaths | Devi Sridhar

The UK needs to learn from the lessons of the past year and come up with a concrete plan to avert a disastrous third wave Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageYesterday Britain passed a grim milestone. A further 1,631 deaths from Covid-19 were recorded, taking the official tally above 100,000, though data from the Office for National Statistics suggests the total number will now be nearer 120,000. In a Downing Street briefing, Boris Johnson has said his government did ever...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Australia, Singapore, Conservatives, Society, UK News, World news, Taiwan, Britain, Infectious Diseases, New Zealand, Finland, Boris Johnson


'We'll learn lessons,' Johnson promised, far too late in the day for many | John Crace

It was asking too much for the PM to show genuine humility and remorse, but even he could not shrug this offYou’ve got to hand it to Priti Patel.Either she is completely shameless or totally clueless. Though one shouldn’t rule out the possibility that she’s both. Most of us distinctly remember the home secretary causing problems for Boris Johnson a few weeks ago by saying she had been calling for stricter border controls last March to control the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Boris Johnson, Johnson, John Crace, Priti Patel, Coronavirus


Covid leaves Boris Johnson with an expensive 'levelling down' problem

The prime minister’s promise to level up the UK north will be four times more difficult, warns thinktankCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe economic impact of Covid will leave Boris Johnson’s government with a costly “double challenge” to level-up the north and Midlands while protecting the affluent towns and cities in southern England suffering most job losses, according to a report.Warning that the prime minister’s election promise to rebalance Britain’s lopsided ec...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, England, Economics, Society, UK News, Poverty, Britain, Unemployment, Airline Industry, Job losses, Boris Johnson, Midlands, Centre for Cities, Hospitality Industry


The pandemic one year on: 100,000 dead in the UK from coronavirus

The UK is set to reach a grim milestone by the end of January after a year of missed opportunities has led to one of the worst Covid-19 fatality rates in the worldThe World Health Organization begins tracking the disease we now call Covid-19. On 14 January it finds its first case outside China, in Thailand. Human-to-human transmission seems likely, and on 30 January WHO warns this is a “public health emergency of international concern” – the highest level of alert that WHO can issue. Continue re...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, China, Society, UK News, World news, Thailand, Who, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Rishi Sunak, Coronavirus, COVID


Summer holidays cancelled? UK faces big decision on border

Stricter controls appear likely, with government’s approach in stark contrast to that during first Covid waveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSlumped on the sofa after another day of home schooling, many families will have longingly eyed adverts for getaways: sun, sandy beaches and glittering pools, a much-needed reward after a year in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.But ministers are becoming increasingly concerned they may have to ask the British public to sac...
Tags: Travel, Health, Business, Politics, UK, Science, Conservatives, Travel & leisure, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Public services policy, Infectious Diseases, Home Office, Health policy, Boris Johnson


Marcus Rashford: the making of a food superhero

Coaches, charity workers – and the footballer himself – reveal what drives the man who twice tackled Boris Johnson on child hunger and wonShow me the child at seven and I will show you the man, the old wisdom says. But in football terms, you never know, not really, which kids are going to make it as players at that age and which are not. Still, looking back at his memories of Marcus Rashford, Dave Horrocks, his first football coach, does remember one thing about him very clearly.Rashford had fir...
Tags: Activism, Football, Sport, Society, Poverty, Social exclusion, Food Banks, Food poverty, Boris Johnson, Children's Rights, Rashford, Marcus Rashford, Horrocks, Fletcher Moss Rangers, Marcus Rashford Dave Horrocks


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


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


Majority think Boris Johnson should resign as prime minister – poll

Opinium survey finds 43% think PM needs to go, but only 20% say Keir Starmer should step downCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore people think Boris Johnson should resign as prime minister than think he should continue in office, according to the latest Opinium poll for the Observer.The first poll of 2021 found that 43% thought he should resign, while 40% said that he should remain as leader. However, most Conservative voters (87%) think Johnson should stay on as lead...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Labour, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Coronavirus


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


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


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...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, London, Society, UK News, World news, NHS, Boris Johnson, Khan, Sadiq Khan, Moderna, Coronavirus, COVID, LondonModerna Covid


UK coronavirus live: Moderna vaccine becomes third Covid jab approved for use in Britain

Latest updates: seven million doses of Moderna vaccine ordered; compliance with with measures ‘high’ over Christmas – ONSFears over South Africa variant led to travel curbsPfizer vaccine protects against new Covid variants, study suggestsWhich countries have reported the new UK Covid variant?Serious faults in some English care homes’ defencesCoronavirus – latest updates 12.17pm GMT A third Covid vaccine - produced by Moderna - has been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regula...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, US, Eu, Society, UK News, World news, Britain, South Africa, NHS, Boris Johnson, Brexit, south east England, Moderna


UK coronavirus live: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine offers protection against new variants, study suggests

Latest updates: study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, suggests vaccine appears to work against new strainsFears over South Africa variant led to travel curbsWhich countries have reported the new UK Covid variant?Serious faults in some English care homes’ defencesThe race to save the NHS from CovidCoronavirus – latest updates 11.23am GMT Compliance with most measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 “remained high” over the Christmas and New Year period, according to the latest release b...
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