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Boris Johnson rushes in Covid plan B amid Christmas party scandal

PM announces stronger measures in England to counter Omicron, but finds his ‘moral authority’ questionedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson rushed forward new Covid restrictions amid fears of an exponential rise in the Omicron variant, as his government was engulfed in a crisis of credibility sparked by the Christmas party scandal.With government experts warning of 10 UK Omicron infections currently rising to 1m by the end of the month and up to 2,000 hospit...
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Labour MPs report Boris Johnson to police over 2020 Christmas parties

Met asked to investigate reports of alleged breaches of Covid lockdown rules at No 10Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe prime minister has been reported to the police by Labour MPs over allegations there were at least two parties in Downing Street during lockdown restrictions last year.Neil Coyle, Labour MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, wrote to the Met police commissioner, Cressida Dick, asking her to investigate reports that the prime minister spoke at a leavin...
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Act now against Omicron to stop new Covid wave, UK ministers warned

Government privately being urged by advisers to tell people to work from home until more is known of variantUK ministers have been warned they cannot wait for new research on the Omicron variant and must act now to prevent a potentially “very significant wave of infections” that risks overwhelming the NHS.The Guardian understands the government has been privately urged by some of its own scientific advisers to tell people to work from home until Christmas if they can, when more will be known abo...
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People ‘microdosing’ on psychedelics to improve wellbeing during pandemic

Addiction expert says findings of survey suggest small doses of drugs being taken to treat health issuesThe pandemic has seen a shift towards recreational drug users taking tiny doses of psychedelics, such as LSD and magic mushrooms, to improve their wellbeing and mental health, a leading addiction expert has said.People were microdosing to self-medicate rather than following the trend, popularised in Silicon Valley, of consuming small amounts of psychedelics to enhance creativity, Prof Adam Win...
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Covid-19 variants may not evolve to be less dangerous, says Neil Ferguson

Senior UK scientist says extent of threat posed by Omicron will not be clear until end of year Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople should not assume that Covid will evolve to become a milder disease, a senior scientist has warned, adding that the threat posed by the Omicron coronavirus variant will not be clear until the end of December.Prof Neil Ferguson, head of the disease outbreak analysis and modelling group at Imperial College London, told MPs on Wednesday th...
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Covid-19 variants ‘may not evolve to pose less danger over time’

Omicron impact unclear as yet warn UK’s Prof Ferguson and Nervtag group, urging ministers to act ‘early and robustly’ to curb transmission Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople should not assume that Covid will evolve to become a milder disease, a senior scientist has warned, adding that the threat posed by the Omicron coronavirus variant will not be clear until the end of December.Prof Neil Ferguson, head of the disease outbreak analysis and modelling group at Impe...
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Johnson does not deny Christmas party held at No 10 during lockdown last year

PM says all guidance was followed but Keir Starmer says Johnson ‘taking British public for fools’Today’s politics news – liveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has not denied that parties were held in Downing Street last winter despite the lockdown at the time, saying only that no Covid rules were broken.Johnson was challenged during prime minister’s questions about the allegations, first reported by the Mirror. Keir Starmer told MPs that Johnson was “takin...
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Boris Johnson accused of flouting Covid rules with No 10 parties last Christmas

Downing Street says ‘all rules were followed’ after reports of festive gatherings during lockdownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has been accused of flouting Covid rules during the lockdown last Christmas with festive gatherings of people in No 10.Downing Street has said “all Covid rules were followed” but it was reported on Wednesday that there were at least two gatherings of people in No 10 at a time when restrictions were in place. Continue reading...
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UK’s minimum gap for Covid booster jabs to be halved to three months

Vaccines watchdog advises speeding up of vaccination scheme to tackle new coronavirus variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK’s minimum gap for Covid booster jabs will be halved from six months to three, after the government accepted advice from its vaccines watchdog to speed up the programme to limit the spread of the Omicron variant.The health secretary, Sajid Javid, confirmed that all adults would be offered the jab, after the Joint Committee on Vaccination a...
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Omicron Covid variant cases expected to rise, says UK health minister – video

The UK health minister, Edward Argar, has said he expects cases of the new Omicron Covid variant to rise after a number of infections were confirmed in Britain. New restrictions are being imposed this week in an attempt to limit the spread of the variant, first identified in South Africa, which scientists fear could be highly transmissible and evade some vaccine protections.Argar reiterated comments that ministers were hopeful that 'swift, precautionary steps' would mean no extra measures would ...
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New UK Covid measures to be announced to tackle Omicron spread

Prime minister to set out new rules as health officials race to track down those infected with Covid variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson is to announce further measures to curb the spread of coronavirus after two cases of the Omicron variant were detected in the UK.Four more African countries will be added to the government’s red list with immediate effect from Sunday and Sajid Javid, the health secretary, has ordered targeted testing in two areas in ...
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Two cases of Omicron Covid variant detected in Britain, says health secretary – video

The first cases of the new B.1.1.529 Covid variant have been identified in the UK. Two people found to be infected with the Omicron variant are self-isolating, according to the health secretary, Sajid JavidTwo cases of Omicron Covid variant identified in UK Continue reading...
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Two cases of Omicron Covid variant identified in UK

The B.1.1.529 variant, described in Britain as ‘the most worrying we’ve seen’, was first found in southern AfricaCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first cases of the new B.1.1.529 Covid-19 variant have been identified in the UK.Two people found to be infected with the Omicron variant are self-isolating, according to the health secretary, Sajid Javid. Continue reading...
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Omicron variant unlikely to reboot Covid in UK, expert says

Prof Sir Andrew Pollard cautiously optimistic that widely vaccinated population will avoid serious disease Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Omicron Covid variant is unlikely to “reboot” the pandemic in a population that has been widely vaccinated, according to a UK expert who voiced cautious optimism that existing vaccines would prevent serious disease.Scientists have expressed alarm about the B.1.1.529 variant, first identified in Gauteng in South Africa, over its...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, South Africa, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Gauteng, Andrew Pollard, Omicron, Coronavirus, COVID


What should the UK do now? Experts on responses to the new Covid variant

Analysis: From the red list to winter plan B, scientists consider what tools are best to counter B.1.1.529Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDespite the UK’s much-vaunted vaccination programme, and scientists’ ever-growing understanding of Covid-19, Britain and the rest of the world face the challenge of a new, potentially more transmissible variant just a month before Christmas.While Sajid Javid, the health secretary, announced the red-listing of six southern African co...
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With so little known about new Covid variant, UK must act fast, say experts

Analysis: extended red list, winter plan B and local lockdowns may all be needed to reduce spreadCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDespite the UK’s much-vaunted vaccination programme, and scientists’ ever-growing understanding of Covid-19, Britain and the rest of the world face the challenge of a new, potentially more transmissible variant just a month before Christmas.While Sajid Javid, the health secretary, announced the red-listing of six southern African countries a...
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Failure to share Covid vaccines ‘coming back to haunt us’, says Gordon Brown

Ex-PM says world was ‘forewarned’ of dangers of failing to vaccinate poorer countries amid rise of new variant‘New variant is no surprise when rich countries are hoarding vaccines’Coronavirus – latest updatesThe failure of the world to get vaccines to the developing world is “coming back to haunt us”, Gordon Brown has warned, as experts said the emergence of variants such as B.1.1.529 could have been avoided if jabs had been more fairly distributed.Writing in the Guardian, the Labour former prim...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Africa, Society, UK News, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Aid, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Gordon Brown, Botswana, Coronavirus


First European case of new Covid variant detected in Belgium

Variant found in unvaccinated woman with no links to southern Africa, as UK bans flights from six countriesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first European case of the new B.1.1.529 variant has been detected in Belgium, as the UK imposed new restrictions on travel from South Africa and five other nearby countries because of the risk that it may evade vaccines.Just hours after the UK health secretary, Sajid Javid, warned it was highly likely the new variant has sprea...
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New Covid variant may pose substantial health risk, says Sajid Javid

UK health secretary warns B.1.1.529 is of huge concern and is highly likely to have spread beyond South AfricaCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe new B.1.1.529 Covid variant is of “huge international concern” and it is highly likely it has spread further than South Africa, the UK health secretary has said.Sajid Javid said he was “concerned this new variant may pose substantial risk to public health,” as he outlined new measures to prevent transmission from South Afric...
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South Africa to be put on England’s travel red list over new Covid variant

Flights from six countries will be banned as officials review travel measures after scientists voice concern over variant Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFlights from southern Africa will be banned, with six countries placed under England’s red list travel restrictions, after scientists raised the alarm over what is feared to be the worst Covid-19 variant yet identified.Whitehall sources said the B.1.1.529 variant, which is feared to be more transmissible and has the ...
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South Africa to be put on England’s travel red list over latest Covid variant

Variant causing concern because of ‘extremely high’ number of mutations feared to be present across South AfricaCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSouth Africa will be placed under England’s red list travel restrictions after scientists raised the alarm over what is thought to be the worst Covid-19 variant ever identified.Hundreds of people who have recently returned from South Africa, where the B.1.1.529 variant was detected, are expected to be tracked down and offered ...
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Another Covid Christmas: Britons urged to delay festive plans

Analysis: scientists say high transmission rates mean caution is critical if people are to stay safeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs Christmas approached in 2020, it was not a Dickensian spirit but the spectre of Covid that haunted households up and down the UK.With cases soaring, government-approved plans to allow three households to mix for five days in England were scrapped within weeks of being made, while scientists urged families to connect over Zoom or host d...
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Zahawi rejects exclusion zones to keep Covid anti-vaxxers away from schools

Education secretary says police should deal with problem as survey shows 79% of schools targetedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNadhim Zahawi has rejected calls for the introduction of exclusion zones to keep anti-vaccine protesters away from schools, saying he would prefer the police to deal with the problem.The education secretary told LBC that anti-vaxxers, who have been picketing school gates across England, should not be going anywhere near schools, teachers or p...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Education, Children, Police, Society, UK News, Schools, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, LBC, Keir Starmer, Nadhim Zahawi, Zahawi, Coronavirus


‘Storm clouds’ over Europe – but UK Covid rates remain high

Analysis: likes of Slovakia and Austria have worse figures but UK’s have exceeded EU average for monthsAs Covid infection rates surged again across Europe, Boris Johnson spoke this week of “storm clouds gathering” over parts of the continent and said it was unclear when or how badly the latest wave would “wash up on our shores”.The situation in some EU member states, particularly those with low vaccination rates, is indeed dramatic. In central and eastern Europe in particular, but also Austria, ...
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Rollout of third Covid jabs in England condemned as ‘shambolic’

Charity says unknown number of immunocompromised people have been left without proper protectionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA “shambolic” rollout of third Covid vaccinations has left an unknown number of immunocompromised people still without proper protection going into winter, and in other cases even given the wrong type of injection, a leading charity has said.Blood Cancer UK said a combination of poor planning and confusing messaging meant “many thousands” of ...
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Mask-wearing cuts Covid incidence by 53%, says global study

Researchers said results highlight the need to continue with face coverings, social distancing and handwashing alongside vaccine programmesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMask-wearing is the single most effective public health measure at tackling Covid, reducing incidence by 53%, the first global study of its kind shows.Vaccines are safe and effective and saving lives around the world. But most do not confer 100% protection, most countries have not vaccinated everyone...
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Childhood obesity in England soars during pandemic

Experts alarmed as NHS data shows one in four children in England aged 10 and 11 are obeseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThousands of children are facing “serious” and even “devastating” consequences as a result of weight gain during the pandemic, experts warn, as “alarming” figures reveal one in four 10- and 11-year-olds in England are obese.Health leaders are calling for a “relentless drive” to boost child health as official NHS data lays bare for the first time ho...
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Compulsory Covid jabs: three NHS workers on the policy

There are concerns as well as support for the announcement that health staff in England will be have to be vaccinated by AprilCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNHS staff in England will be have to be vaccinated against Covid by April in order to keep their jobs, the health secretary has announced.While 90% of NHS staff are fully vaccinated, there remain 103,000 workers who have not had a single dose, Sajid Javid said. Staff will be offered one-to-one meetings with clini...
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Covid vaccine to be compulsory for all NHS staff in England by April

Sajid Javid set to confirm to MPs decision to press ahead despite oppositions of unions and some doctors’ organisationsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAll 1.4 million NHS staff in England will have to be vaccinated against Covid by next spring if they want to keep their jobs, Sajid Javid will confirm to MPs on Tuesday.The health secretary has decided to press ahead with making jabs compulsory despite health unions and some doctors’ organisations voicing strong opposit...
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Covid vaccine to be compulsory for all NHS England staff by April

Sajid Javid set to confirm to MPs decision to press ahead despite oppositions of unions and some doctors’ organisationsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAll 1.4 million NHS staff in England will have to be vaccinated against Covid by next spring if they want to keep their jobs, Sajid Javid will confirm to MPs on Tuesday.The health secretary has decided to press ahead with making jabs compulsory despite health unions and some doctors’ organisations voicing strong opposit...
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