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Brazilian Covid variant: what do we know about P1?

Six cases have been detected in Britain. What threat does the variant pose, and how is it different?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTwo coronavirus variants have been detected in Brazil, or in people who have travelled from Brazil, called P1 and P2. They are similar but it is P1 that is causing concern in the UK, after the detection of six cases – three in England and three in Scotland. The hunt is on for more – and to identify one of the people infected, who appears ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, Biology, Scotland, Americas, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Brazil


Brazil Covid variant: what do we know about P1?

Six cases have been detected in Britain. What threat does the variant pose, and how is it different?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTwo coronavirus variants have been detected in Brazil, or in people who have travelled from Brazil, called P1 and P2. They are similar but it is P1 that is causing concern in the UK, after the detection of six cases – three in England and three in Scotland. The hunt is on for more – and to identify one of the people infected, who appears ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, Biology, Scotland, Americas, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Brazil


Covid cases among asylum seekers at Napier barracks higher than thought

Home affairs committee chair Yvette Cooper ‘astonished’ by Priti Patel’s responses to questionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA former military barracks being used to house asylum seekers has had at least 197 positive cases of Covid-19 this year alone, far higher than previously thought, the most senior civil servant at the Home Office has revealed.The total number of cases at Napier barracks near Folkestone, Kent, is equal to more than 50% of its resident population...
Tags: Politics, England, Science, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Public services policy, Migration, Yvette Cooper, Home Office, Refugees, Kent, Napier, Priti Patel, Folkestone Kent, Coronavirus


Failure to enact public duty law 'has worsened England inequality in pandemic'

Exclusive: government urged to activate part of Equality Act that would impose duty on public bodies to tackle inequalityCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe failure of successive governments to enact part of the Equality Act, which would have imposed a duty to address socio-economic disadvantage, has exacerbated inequalities in England during the coronavirus pandemic, a thinktank has claimed.The Runnymede Trust’s report, Facts Don’t Lie, says that the public sector du...
Tags: Politics, England, Society, UK News, Poverty, Social exclusion, Local Government, Inequality, Equality Act 2010, School meals, Runnymede Trust, Coronavirus


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


One vaccine dose gives high protection from severe Covid, evidence shows

First real data from mass vaccinations programmes in England and Scotland is promising Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Real-world evidence from the Covid vaccination programmes in England and Scotland show that one dose of vaccine gives high protection against severe disease and admission to hospital – and protects against even mild disease with no symptoms in younger people.The first real data from the mass vaccination programmes is promising, and although the resul...
Tags: Health, England, Scotland, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Older people, Vaccines and immunisation, 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


NHS sets up mental health hubs for staff traumatised by Covid

Forty hubs in England will field calls from frontline staff and contact those at higher risk directlyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe NHS is setting up dozens of mental health hubs to help staff who have been left traumatised by treating Covid patients during the pandemic.There is mounting concern that large numbers of frontline workers have experienced mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder over the last year. Continu...
Tags: Health, England, Society, UK News, Mental Health, NHS, Doctors, Nursing, Coronavirus, COVID


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


Coronavirus live news: cases of some variants falling in UK; German third wave could be imminent due to variants

UK health secretary says cases of South African and Brazilian variant appear to be falling; German experts say variants behind stalling decline in infectionsUK: Ban on outside sport can end, top scientist urges JohnsonLong Covid: ‘It’s a year since I’ve felt like myself’Surge in referrals for eating disorders among under-18s during CovidSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.01am GMT The number of cases of South African and Brazilian variants of Covid-19 in the UK appears to be falling, the Bri...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, World news, South Africa, Labour, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Sky News, Keir Starmer, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Sophy Ridge, JohnsonLong Covid


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


Victoria Law Reform Commission Consultation on Jurors Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind or Have Low Vision

The Victoria Law Reform Commission is conducting a public consultation on more inclusive juries. The state of Victoria is in south-eastern Australia and its capital is Melbourne. The Commission wants to find out what reforms are needed to improve access for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or have low vision who wish to serve as jurors in the state of Victoria. It issued a consultation paper in December 2020 and will be gathering input until the end of February. From the terms of refe...
Tags: England, Law, Wales, Australia, Canada, New Brunswick, United States, Commission, New South Wales, New Zealand, Victoria, Melbourne, Manitoba, Vic, New Zealand England, Legal Information: Libraries & Research


England’s poorest areas hit by Covid ‘perfect storm’ – leaked report

Exclusive: government analysis reveals unmet financial needs of many people needing to self-isolateWhy Leicester, Blackburn and Bradford have been hit hard by CovidCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage A “perfect storm” of low wages, cramped housing and failures of the £22bn test-and-trace scheme has led to “stubbornly high” coronavirus rates in England’s most deprived communities, an unpublished government report has found.A classified analysis by the Joint Biosecurity Ce...
Tags: Health, England, Society, UK News, NHS, Economic policy, Bradford, Health policy, Coronavirus, COVID, Leicester Blackburn, Joint Biosecurity Centre JBC


Ethnicity and poverty are Covid risk factors, new Oxford modelling tool shows

Campaigners demand black, Asian and minority ethnic groups have higher priority for vaccinationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEthnicity and deprivation have for the first time been recognised as risk factors for severe Covid in new modelling, which will lead to nearly 2 million more people in England being advised to shield and 800,000 being fast-tracked for vaccines.The risk analysis tool, commissioned by the chief medical officer for England, Chris Whitty, from a t...
Tags: Health, England, Race, Society, UK News, Oxford, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Oxford University, Inequality, Coronavirus, Chris Whitty, COVID


Covid: almost 2m more people in England will be asked to shield

New modelling identifies more higher-risk adults, of which 800,000 will be offered priority vaccinationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNearly 2 million more people in England will be asked to shield and 800,000 of those offered priority vaccination as a result of new modelling that has identified adults at higher risk from Covid-19 because of a combination of health factors and their circumstances, including ethnicity and low income.Until now the NHS identified those ...
Tags: Health, England, Race, Society, UK News, NHS, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Inequality, Coronavirus


Blackburn mayor steps down after Covid breach fine

Iftakhar Hussain apologises after being caught at house where police were called to reports of a weddingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe mayor of Blackburn has stepped down and offered his “deepest apologies” after being fined £200 for breaching coronavirus restrictions.Iftakhar Hussain was caught by police on Saturday at a house in Blackburn after a member of the public called to report a wedding on Saturday. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, England, Society, UK News, Local Government, Blackburn, Coronavirus, Iftakhar Hussain


Johnson should repay north of England voters with private investment – report

Research argues ministers should create economic ‘big bang’ for area that turned Tory in last electionThe prime minister should repay voters in the north of England who lent the Conservatives their vote at the last election by unleashing billions of pounds of private investment, according to a report.It argues that ministers should aim to harness the “restless radicalism” from those who voted for Brexit in 2016 and the Conservatives in 2019 by creating an economic “big bang”, along the lines of ...
Tags: Politics, England, London, Conservatives, Communities, Society, UK News, Regeneration, Johnson, North Of England


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


ONS gears up for once-in-a-decade challenge with 2021 census

Outreach work and threat of fines deployed to encourage people in England and Wales to take part Amid endless flyers from food delivery companies dropping through the letterbox, households in England and Wales will soon receive a postcard from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) giving notice of the 2021 census.It will be followed by a letter advising that every household must complete a detailed questionnaire about themselves and their co-residents on 21 March. The letter will contain a u...
Tags: England, Wales, Communities, Society, UK News, Office For National Statistics, Ons, Census, Office for National Statistics ONS


‘Children are not pets, society has to help parents bring them up’

As she prepares to leave office, children’s tsar Anne Longfield says families should be at the heart of MPs’ plansParents have had to become teachers, a footballer has helped expose the plight of deprived families, and local groups across the country have been on the frontline in providing emergency advice and supplies. As a result, the pandemic’s extraordinary impact has helped shift Britain’s attitude to a community’s role in bringing up children, the children’s commissioner for England has sa...
Tags: Health, England, Education, Children, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Britain, Schools, Anne Longfield


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


'They deserve more credit': Britain's south Asian taxi drivers on Covid frontline

Many minicab workers are used to racism and danger, but worked through the last year facing a new, invisible threatCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageShaz Saleem first started helping out at his father’s taxi firm when he was 13, manning the phones and processing fares for the drivers. Even as a child he could see it was not an easy job, but it was a trade that allowed Pakistani men, some of them very recent immigrants to the UK with few qualifications, to earn a living....
Tags: Health, UK, England, Race, Society, UK News, Britain, Social exclusion, Birmingham, Saleem, Taxi Association, Coronavirus, Dudley Private Hire, West Midlands Drivers Association


Doctors warn of ‘tsunami’ of pandemic eating disorders

Covid-19 isolation blamed as number of children with anorexia and bulimia in England soars amid fears for similar rise among adults Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePsychiatrists have warned of a “tsunami” of eating disorder patients amid data showing soaring numbers of people experiencing anorexia and bulimia in England during the pandemic.Dr Agnes Ayton, the chair of the Eating Disorder Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said the number of people experien...
Tags: Health, England, Children, Society, Mental Health, Eating Disorders, NHS, Young People, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Coronavirus, Agnes Ayton, Eating Disorder Faculty


Second-hand clothing mountain piles up as Brexit halts exports to EU

Deliveries of items given to charities for sale on the continent have fallen foul of rules of origin requirementsA mountain of used goods is building up in the north-east of England as one of the biggest exporters of second-hand clothing to the EU has suffered a breakdown in trade caused by Brexit.Since January, exports to the EU from ECS Textiles in North Shields have ground to a halt due to border delays, piles of paperwork and confusion over post-Brexit rules, costing charities thousands of p...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, England, Environment, International Trade, Economics, Eu, European Union, Society, UK News, Foreign Policy, Charities, Voluntary sector, Global Economy, Brexit


Study reveals depth of BAME health inequality in England

Impact in some ethnic minority groups equivalent to being 20 years older than actual age, study saysThe health impact of belonging to some ethnic minority groups is equivalent to being 20 years older than your actual age, England’s largest ever study of health inequalities in BAME communities has found.Not only are people from these groups often poorer and more likely to suffer from underlying health conditions, they are also more likely to report worse treatment when visiting their GP surgery, ...
Tags: Health, England, Race, Society, NHS, BAME


Videoconferencing Technologies and How It Challenges the Fundamental Tenets of Our Criminal Justice System in Canada

Since the onset of COVID-19 and the requirements for physical distancing, the Canadian court system has been criticized for being archaic, outdated, out of touch with the modern era and too deeply traditional. Most commentators have vigorously pushed for our criminal courts to utilize videoconferencing technologies to deliver justice – arguing that using videoconferencing technology platforms to conduct court business will be more beneficial to Canadians, ease the growing backlog of cases, reduc...
Tags: Florida, UK, England, Texas, Law, Wales, California, US, Canada, Missouri, Smith, Criminal Justice, Legal Technology, Ontario, Walsh, Moore


Where in the world is Portsea?

Great Britain (pop. 61.5 million) is Europe's most populous island.But where exactly is Portsea, number 20 on the list?If you're not afraid of a truckload of trivia – read on. Rabbit holes Maps are rabbit holes. Where they lead depends on how you fall into them. In this case, the trap door was Portsea. This is a map of Europe's 20 most populous islands. The largest ones are familiar, and not difficult to guess. Yes, Great Britain is Europe's most people-rich island. And many would have gotten...
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