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Health official urges people not to flock to 'heaving' Blackpool

Footage shows crowded scenes hours after town was excluded from Covid restrictionsA senior health official has urged people not to flock to Blackpool “just because you can” after huge crowds descended on the seaside resort over the weekend.Day-trippers said they had “never seen Blackpool so busy” on Saturday as people poured into the town hours after it was excluded from new coronavirus restrictions that apply to most of north-west England. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Society, UK News, Blackpool, North Of England, England Continue, Coronavirus outbreak


Covid scepticism behind high Bolton infection rate, says local MP

Exclusive: social media hashtag #thinkingforyourself bolsters residents refusing to follow rulesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid scepticism in Bolton has led to it having the highest infection rate of coronavirus in the country, a local MP has said, as a #thinkingforyourself social media trend gains traction.With 169 cases for every 100,000 people, the Greater Manchester town has the highest rate in England and has featured among the worst-hit areas in Europe. He...
Tags: Health, England, Social Media, Society, UK News, Greater Manchester, Bolton, Coronavirus outbreak, Europe Health


Matt Hancock’s Covid cavalry is not yet on the horizon. We need a global approach now

The UK has done well on building capacity. But only wide access to simple, effective tests will allow us to manage life under coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs the UK battles with the overwhelming demand for Covid-19 tests, the health secretary, Matt Hancock, said on Friday that the country needs to come together to keep the infection levels down while we await the cavalry on the horizon.The cavalry, he said, would come in the shape of the science that wil...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, World Health Organization, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


Global preparation: how different countries planned for the second wave of Covid-19

Lockdowns brought temporary relief to some but, everywhere, test and trace is key Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first wave of coronavirus swept through a world unprepared. Authorities struggled to test for the disease, and didn’t know how to slow the spread of Covid-19.Lockdowns brought the virus under temporary control in some places, including the UK, buying a window for the revival of education and the economy, and time to prepare for future waves that epidem...
Tags: Health, South Korea, Europe, UK, China, Germany, Africa, Americas, Spain, Society, UK News, World news, Australia news, Czech Republic, Hungary, Asia Pacific


Bundle up: Britons urged to embrace an alfresco Covid winter

Rugs, patio heaters and fire pits fly off the shelves as the nation gears up to socialise through the colder monthsWinter is coming. Game of Thrones fans know that this is a warning to prepare for dark times, and it has never been more apt than during the Covid pandemic.Six months ago, Boris Johnson gave the nation a “simple instruction” – to stay at home to stop the spread of the disease. The weather that day in most of the country was pretty good for early spring – widespread sunshine after a ...
Tags: Health, Business, Life and style, Society, UK News, Retail industry, Health & wellbeing, Boris Johnson, Parks and Green Spaces, Coronavirus outbreak


£10,000 fines warning for failing to self-isolate as Covid infections soar

Penalties are part of carrot-and-stick plan that includes cash help for lost earnings during isolation periodsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople who refuse to self-isolate when required to do so will face fines of up to £10,000 under an emergency “carrot and stick” plan to control the second wave of Covid-19 sweeping the country.With infections rising at rates last seen before the full lockdown in March, around four million people on low incomes and in receipt of ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Conservatives, Society, UK News, World news, Poverty, Labour, Boris Johnson, Sadiq Khan, Coronavirus outbreak


Engagement with anti-vaccine Facebook posts trebles in one month

Exclusive: Guardian analysis prompts calls for new drive to combat conspiracy theories Medical experts v anti-vaxxers: the Covid-19 information battle Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEngagement with anti-vaccine posts on a sample of UK Facebook pages trebled between July and August, analysis by the Guardian has found, triggering calls for a major new push to tackle conspiracy theories.Interactions on posts expressing scepticism or hostility towards vaccines on six UK ...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Politics, Technology, Media, Internet, Social Media, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Guardian, Vaccines and immunisation, Internet Safety, UK Facebook, Coronavirus outbreak


Covid test and trace: how does UK compare with other countries?

Successful schemes in South Korea and Germany show speed and targeting are keyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs chaos continues to engulf Britain’s test and trace system, attention has focused on how successful other countries have been in using testing and contact-tracing to suppress coronavirus transmission.While many have embraced test/trace regimes, comparing the relative successes – and failures – is complicated by the fact that different countries count things...
Tags: Health, South Korea, UK, Science, Germany, Society, UK News, World news, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus outbreak


Parents report more anxiety in lockdown, Scottish poll finds

Fears grow that ‘rule of six’ has a disproportionate impact on poorer childrenCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFamilies with children have experienced greater financial pressure and mental health worries during the coronavirus pandemic than those without, according to analysis commissioned by the Scottish government.The report, which captures parental anxieties during lockdown, was published on Thursday amid growing concerns that the latest “rule of six” guidance on so...
Tags: Health, Children, Scotland, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Parents and parenting, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Coronavirus outbreak


Covid-19 has more severe impact on less well-off children, Scottish poll finds

Fears grow that socialising ‘rule of six’ will exacerbate disproportionate impact on poorer familiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFamilies with children have experienced greater financial pressure and mental health worries during the coronavirus pandemic than those without, according to analysis commissioned by the Scottish government.The report, which captures parental anxieties during lockdown, was published on Thursday amid growing concerns that the latest “rule ...
Tags: Health, Children, Scotland, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Parents and parenting, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Coronavirus outbreak


Which coronavirus measures are likely to work best in the UK?

We look at the strategies available to authorities and how effective they appear to beCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs Covid cases in the UK continue to rise, we take a look at measures that could be on the cards, and which might have the greatest effect. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, Health policy, Coronavirus outbreak


'There are a lot of frightened people': Rhyl dreads return of Covid-19

Residents of Welsh seaside town fear economic impact of a possible second wave amid rising unemploymentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAt first, Tom’s two young sons saw setting up home in a large metal box as an adventure. Forced to leave their home in the north of England because of a family breakdown, the three had loaded their possessions into a van and headed to north Wales, Tom’s place of birth.They could find nowhere to stay so Tom (not his real name) put their...
Tags: Business, England, Wales, Housing, Economics, Travel & leisure, Communities, Society, UK News, Poverty, Homelessness, Unemployment, Social exclusion, Tom, Denbighshire, Coronavirus outbreak


Stress, anxiety and depression levels soar under UK Covid-19 restrictions

Researchers say mental health levels may worsen as infections rise and lockdowns are imposed Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageRestrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus in the UK has driven stress, anxiety and depression far above normal levels and may do again in coming months if widespread lockdowns are re-imposed, researchers say.A major study into the mental health impact of the pandemic found that in the early stages of lockdown 57% of those who took part repo...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Coronavirus outbreak


Covid-19 England: hunting exempt from 'rule of six' restrictions

List of exempt physical activities includes football, rugby, cricket and hockey among others Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGrouse shooting and hunting with guns in England are among outdoor activities exempted from the government’s “rule of six” coronavirus regulations.Confirmation that the latest health protection regulations permit groups of up to 30 to take part in any “sports gathering” was published only minutes before coming into force. Continue reading...
Tags: England, Scotland, Animals, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Hunting, Coronavirus outbreak


'Bus drivers were forced to play Russian roulette' – the shocking truth about the death of Mervyn Kennedy

‘Mally’ Kennedy was a dedicated father of three girls working as a London bus driver. Would PPE and an earlier lockdown have saved him?Ellen Kennedy had only been living with her dad for a few weeks, but already they had settled into an easy routine. Mervyn Kennedy, known to all as Mally, would wake up at about 9am and ask his youngest daughter to go for breakfast with him. Ellen, 31, would demur – the vegan options around their south London flat weren’t great – but Mally would insist, and so th...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Society, UK News, World news, Cities, Infectious Diseases, Transport, City transport, Zimbabwe, Road transport, Transport policy, Ellen, Tfl, Kennedy


Hunting in England exempt from 'rule of six' Covid-19 restrictions

List of exempt physical activities includes football, rugby, cricket and hockey among others Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGrouse shooting and hunting with guns in England are among outdoor activities exempted from the government’s “rule of six” coronavirus regulations.Confirmation that the latest health protection regulations permit groups of up to 30 to take part in any “sports gathering” was published only minutes before coming into force. Continue reading...
Tags: England, Scotland, Animals, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Hunting, Coronavirus outbreak


Coughed on, spat at: UK shop workers fear asking customers to wear masks

Calls for key staff to be better protected and for Covid rules to be more effectively policedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSeventeen-year-old Hayley Sterry has been spat at, coughed on and verbally abused while working at the checkouts of her local Sainsbury’s throughout the pandemic.“We want to be safer and have everyone following the rules but we have no say in the slightest. People blame the workers and not the company – it’s crazy. No one wants to ask customers ...
Tags: UK, Tesco, Society, J Sainsbury, Supermarkets, Retail industry, Liverpool, Epidemics, Sainsbury, Asda, Shops and shopping, Co-operative Group, Coronavirus outbreak, Hayley Sterry


Coronavirus: England 'on knife-edge' as cases rise and lockdowns grow

Former chief scientific adviser issues warning to government after huge surge in cases Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew cases of coronavirus are doubling almost weekly across England, figures revealed, as Birmingham became the biggest local authority to announce a tightening of lockdown measures and health officials flagged “worrying signs” of infections in elderly people.The measures to be introduced in Birmingham next week mean more than 7.3 million people – 11% ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Scotland, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Liverpool, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Health policy, Birmingham, North Of England, Coronavirus outbreak


'It’s world-leadingly bad, is what it is': the week Covid surged again in UK

Queues for tests are growing, Tory MPs are agitated and doctors are sceptical about the ‘moonshot’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage For Alex, an NHS call centre worker, the signs that coronavirus was back in earnest came when his phone wouldn’t stop ringing. Over the summer, Alex would log on at home to see 70 or 80 people in the queue for advice on booking an appointment for a Covid test. “You’d get answered in a few minutes,” he said. “Last week, that went up to abou...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Conservatives, Society, UK News, NHS, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Alex, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


The Covid-19 vaccine gamble: where bets have been placed and why

Wealthy nations have ordered millions of doses of unproven candidates, but equal access is the key to beating virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK has ordered a total of 340m doses of potential coronavirus vaccines from six manufacturers.The EU has done a deal said to be worth €2.4bn (£2.2bn) with one developer, while the US has orders with six companies for 800m doses under Operation Warp Speed, with options on a further 1.6bn. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, US, Eu, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus outbreak, Operation Warp Speed


Birmingham lockdown rules tightened as Covid cases rise

Guidance that people cannot socialise outside of their households will be made lawCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA series of tougher measures have been imposed in Birmingham after a surge in Covid-19 cases. The move follows two days of discussions between the government and regional health and local authority leaders after the city’s seven-day infection rate rose to 78.2 cases per 100,000 of the population. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, UK News, Health policy, Birmingham, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus cases in England doubling every eight days, study shows

Research finds evidence of accelerating spread at end of August and start of SeptemberCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCases of coronavirus in England are doubling every seven to eight days, research has revealed in the latest figures to show a resurgence of Covid-19.The study, known as React-1, is a population surveillance study that began in May and uses swabs from about 120,000 to 160,000 randomly selected people in England across 315 local authority areas each mont...
Tags: Health, England, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Imperial College London, Coronavirus outbreak


NHS coronavirus app to launch in England and Wales on 24 September

Businesses urged to display QR codes so customers can check in to enable contact tracingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK government’s Covid contact-tracing app will finally launch in England and Wales on 24 September, the government has announced, more than four months later than initially promised.Currently being trialled in the Isle of Wight and the east London borough of Newham, the app was redeveloped entirely over the summer to adopt a framework created by ...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Apps, UK, England, Technology, London, Wales, Society, UK News, NHS, Health policy, Newham, Wight, Matt Hancock


Covid lockdown rules more divisive than Brexit, survey finds

UK-study claims solidarity in early weeks of coronavirus pandemic has given way to distrustCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMask-wearing and lockdown rules are now causing deeper social fractures than Brexit, according to a UK-wide study which suggests that the solidarityof the early weeks of the pandemic has given way to distrust.Polling of 10,000 people found that half of mask-wearers in Britain (58%) have severely negative attitudes towards those who do not wear a m...
Tags: UK, Society, UK News, Britain, Grant Shapps, Brexit, Coronavirus outbreak


Show more empathy to boost confidence in vaccines, scientists told

Expert behind vaccine confidence report points to halting of Oxford Covid trial as exampleDoctors and scientists need to show more empathy towards volunteers in coronavirus vaccine trials who fall ill if the public is to have full confidence in the safety of the vaccines being developed, say experts.The temporary halting of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca trial after one volunteer in the UK was admitted to hospital was good news, not bad, said Heidi Larson, who leads the Vaccine Confidence Pro...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Heidi Larson, Coronavirus outbreak, Oxford Covid


Risky business: the shadow of constant threat is changing us | Sarah Perry

Covid-19 has heightened our perception of danger so that every day is a series of finely balanced calculations. How do we decide which are the risks worth taking, asks Sarah PerryLast week the nearby primary school, disconsolately quiet since March, opened its doors again. For months I’ve passed its empty playground on the morning walk, and watched black curtains drawn over the windows gather perceptible dust; so it’s pleasant to see them opened to the sight of September, and the gates unlocked,...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Society, Culture, Downing Street, Pilate, Sarah Perry, Coronavirus outbreak, Sarah PerryLast


Booze battles: how the pub became the focus for pandemic Britain’s culture wars

Pubs are the most inclusive of all possible spaces. So how did they suddenly become more contentious than a vegan sausage roll?It was inevitable that the lifting of lockdown would throw up contradictions that make no sense. From next Monday, children in England will spend their days in classrooms of 30, but adults won’t be able to meet in groups of more than six. Earlier in the season, childcare was reinstated before people were allowed to visit their families, throwing up the absurdity that you...
Tags: England, Pubs, Life and style, Society, UK News, Britain, Nigel Farage, Coronavirus outbreak


Elliot Dallen, who inspired many with articles about his cancer, dies aged 31

Dallen died hours after the Guardian published piece that reflected on facing terminal illnessAt 31, I have just weeks to live. Here’s what I want to pass on | Elliot DallenTerminal cancer means I won’t see the other side of lockdown | Elliot DallenThe family of a young man who wrote movingly of coping with terminal cancer against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic have told of taking comfort from the huge response to his articles, after he died on Monday.Elliot Dallen, 31, died hours afte...
Tags: Health, Cancer, Society, UK News, Guardian, Dallen, Coronavirus outbreak, Elliot Dallen, Elliot DallenTerminal, Elliot DallenThe


Public confidence has caused Covid test shortage, Boris Johnson argues

PM says people cannot get tests because growing faith in system has increased demandCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople being unable to secure Covid tests or being asked to travel hundreds of miles for one are a result of public confidence in the test and trace system and a resulting increase in demand, Boris Johnson has argued at a prime minister’s questions.With Keir Starmer ignoring the furore over the government’s admission it could break international law in s...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, UK News, Labour, House Of Commons, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Pmqs, Keir Starmer, Coronavirus outbreak


Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial participant undeterred by pause

Man says he would continue with trial despite being worried about a second injectionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA participant in the Oxford University coronavirus vaccine trial in the UK has said he is undeterred by a pause in the trial, which has been caused by an adverse reaction in one patient, and would continue to take part “in the name of science”.Joe Walters said he was concerned when news broke of the trial’s suspension. He said he had reacted with a very ...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Oxford University, Joe Walters, Coronavirus outbreak



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