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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


Matt Hancock acted unlawfully by failing to publish Covid contracts

High court rules that failure to publish details of contracts within 30 days was transparency breach Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe health secretary, Matt Hancock, acted unlawfully by failing to publish multibillion-pound Covid-19 government contracts within the 30-day period required by law, a high court judge has ruled.The judge, Mr Justice Chamberlain, ruled the failure to do so breached the “vital public function” of transparency over how “vast quantities” of...
Tags: Health, Politics, Law, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Health policy, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, Mr Justice Chamberlain


'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


Love Island's Dr Alex George: 'If my brother had asked for help, would he still be alive?'

An A&E doctor and social media influencer, George has long advocated better mental healthcare. But after the death of his brother last year, he knew he wanted to do more“Mental health can be such an unsexy subject,” says Alex George. This is the message that the A&E doctor and former Love Island contestant will “really try to get across” in his new job as the government’s youth mental health ambassador. He doesn’t mean that the job is to add sex appeal, although he has 1.8m followers on Instagra...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, Mental Health, Television & radio, Health policy, Young People, Alex, George, Joe Wicks, Alex George, Love Island, Alex George This


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


CT scan catches 70% of lung cancers at early stage, NHS study finds

Exclusive: early detection hailed as ‘major breakthrough’ for treatment of Britain’s deadliest form of cancer‘This was a life-saver’: ex-smoker learned she had lung cancer after joining studyThousands of lives could be saved if people at risk of developing Britain’s deadliest cancer were screened to diagnose it before it becomes incurable, a major NHS study has found.Giving smokers and ex-smokers a CT scan uncovers cancerous lung tumours when they are at an early enough stage so they can still b...
Tags: Health, Politics, Cancer, Society, UK News, Lung Cancer, Britain, NHS, Health policy


UK immigration officials 'have had no information' about hotel quarantine

Border staff not briefed about even basics of Covid protection system starting on Monday, says unionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageImmigration officials expected to enforce a mandatory quarantine intended to protect the UK from new coronavirus variants have not been briefed on even the basics about how the system will work, little more than 48 hours before it begins, the Guardian has been told.The Immigration Services Union (ISU), which represents many of the Home Of...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Immigration Services Union ISU


Matt Hancock almost blows it with a mention of borders and quarantine

The health secretary tries to stay upbeat despite the bad news about the South African variant Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt had all been going so well. The government was on track to vaccinate the top four priority groups within the timeframe it had promised. Something that had astonished even Matt Hancock, one of the most naturally optimistic members of the cabinet. But then had come the bad news. Initial trials had suggested the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine didn...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, UK News, Health policy, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


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


'We’re in fine fettle': joy on Isle of Man as Covid lockdown ends

As pubs and cafes bustle back to life, islanders are thankful for ‘that bit of water between us and UK’ Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe White House Hotel, a pub in the seaside town of Peel on the west coast of the Isle of Man, was bustling with life hours after the island’s coronavirus lockdown was lifted.“It’s wonderful to be back in here,” said George Kneale, a 75-year-old blacksmith, as he sipped a pint of beer. “We’re in fine fettle. Having that bit of water b...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, World news, Health policy, Isle of man, White House Hotel, Coronavirus, George Kneale


French minister criticises UK's 'risky' Covid vaccine strategy

Clément Beaune says French would not accept such risks, as he defends EU’s slower progressCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritain has taken “a lot of risks” in its Covid vaccination programme that would be intolerable to the French public, France’s Europe minister, Clément Beaune, has said in defence of the EU’s record on vaccines.With 14% of the UK adult population having received a first jab, compared with 3% of people across the 27 EU member states, there is growin...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, France, Eu, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, European Commission, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Clement Beaune


UK may help EU before domestic vaccination programme complete, says Liz Truss

Trade secretary had previously hinted supplies may not be diverted until UK population was vaccinatedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK could help the EU and other nations with coronavirus vaccine supplies even before the domestic vaccination programme has been completed, the international trade secretary, Liz Truss, has said.As ministers sought to smooth relations with Brussels after the EU’s much-criticised and swiftly rescinded decision to impose a vaccine bord...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Infectious Diseases, Foreign Policy, Republic Of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation


UK will only help EU if it does not affect our vaccine timetable, says Liz Truss

Minister hints that any diversion of supplies may not happen before UK has offered vaccine to all adultsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK could help EU nations with coronavirus vaccine supplies, the international trade secretary, Liz Truss, has said, but only if it does not affect the government’s timetable for vaccinating its own population.As ministers sought to smooth relations with Brussels following the EU’s much-criticised and swiftly rescinded decision to ...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Infectious Diseases, Foreign Policy, Republic Of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation


Johnson & Johnson one-dose Covid vaccine shown to work

UK has bought 30m doses of product that could transform world’s immunisation programmesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA fifth vaccine, made by the US company Johnson & Johnson, has shown efficacy against the coronavirus and could transform prospects for protecting both the UK and the rest of the world, because it needs only a single dose.The vaccine, made by the US giant’s subsidiary Janssen, based in the Netherlands, was trialled in the UK – and the British governme...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, US, Eu, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Netherlands, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, Johnson Johnson


Uncertainty over 12-week Covid jab interval intensifies as UK rollout expands

More vaccination centres open as experts call for monitoring of effect of lengthy gap between jabsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageExperts have called for greater clarity about the monitoring in place to assess the 12-week dosing interval for Covid vaccines, as the UK’s vaccination programme ramps up.According to government data released on Sunday, a total of 6,353,321 people in the UK have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine. A further slew of vaccination ce...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


UK vaccine adviser says delay of Covid second dose will save lives

JCVI deputy chair defends extended gap between jabs as Hancock warns end of restrictions ‘long way off’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA representative of the UK’s vaccine advisory committee has defended its decision to delay a second dose, saying it will “save many lives”, as the health secretary, Matt Hancock, warned lifting restrictions was “a long, long way off”.Prof Anthony Harnden of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said the evidence wa...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Hancock, Matt Hancock, JCVI, Coronavirus, Anthony Harnden


Doctors call for shorter gap between Pfizer Covid vaccine doses in UK

British Medical Council warns current 12-week wait could reduce effectiveness of the jabCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe gap between the first and second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine must be reduced to ensure the vaccine is effective, senior doctors have warned.Currently patients wait about three months to get their second dose. Prof Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, said this was a “public health decision” to get the first jab...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, Doctors, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Coronavirus, Chris Whitty, British Medical Council


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


Union stopped firefighters helping with Covid effort, say inspectors

FBU have branded the independent inspectors report a ‘biased attack’ full of ‘untruths and omissions’ Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe union representing firefighters hampered efforts to deploy the emergency service into potentially life-saving scenarios during the coronavirus pandemic with outdated and unnecessary practices, independent inspectors have said in a damning report.The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) asked firefighters not to volunteer to support the NHS tes...
Tags: Politics, Society, UK News, NHS, Trade unions, Health policy, Firefighters, Emergency services, Coronavirus, The Fire Brigades Union FBU


Coroner's Covid findings stoke calls for inquiry into pandemic policy

Analysis: bereaved families concerned that lessons were not learned after first waveExclusive: rare inquests raise care concernsSee all our coronavirus coverageThe failures and concerns highlighted by a senior coroner, Alison Mutch, following the deaths of two men, Anthony Slack and Leslie Harris, from Covid-19, have reinforced bereaved families’ calls for a government inquiry into the handling of the pandemic, and for more inquests.Very few inquests have been held into deaths of people from cor...
Tags: Health, Law, UK News, Death and dying, Health policy, Coroner, Leslie Harris, Coronavirus, Alison Mutch, Anthony Slack


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


Experts remain divided over merits of mass Covid tests in schools

Analysis: some say lateral flow tests could help cut outbreaks, but others argue they offer false reassuranceRegulator refuses to approve mass Covid testing at schools in EnglandCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has put mass testing for coronavirus at the heart of his strategy to reopen schools after the lockdown. It is a controversial strategy that has divided scientists. Some believe mass testing can help reduce outbreaks at ...
Tags: Health, Education, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Schools, Health policy, Gavin Williamson, 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



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