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Covid: 4.6m people missed out on hospital treatment in England in 2020

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

More than 4.5 million people missed out on hospital treatment in England last year due to the disruption to the NHS caused by Covid, with growing numbers turning to cr


Porridge, Jenga and 45,000 teabags: Team GB’s Olympic luggage revealed

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

Team GB’s athletes at the Olympic Games this summer will be powered by 45,000 teabags, more than 7,000 bags of crisps and nearly 8,000 porridge pots, the Guardian ca


The Guardian view on the Cameron inquiry: democracy versus chumocracy

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

J onathan Evans, the chair of the government’s committee on standards in public life, recently reflected on suggestions that Britain had entered a


France’s ban on short flights should be a wake-up call for Britain

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

T his week the French national assembly voted to ban domestic flights on routes that could be travelled via train in under two and a half hours. T


NHS Covid vaccine booking website crashes as Moderna rollout begins

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

The NHS’s booking website allowing people aged 45 and over to schedule their coronavirus vaccination initially crashed, moments after it was opened. The website appe


Scotland to lift Covid restrictions ahead of schedule

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

Nicola Sturgeon has accelerated the relaxation of restrictions on travel and outdoor meetings as she said Covid was “in retreat” in Scotland. Announcing the changes,


How UK doctor linked rare blood-clotting to AstraZeneca Covid jab

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

M arie Scully was alarmed and puzzled. “It didn’t make sense,” she said. The consultant haematologist at University College London hospital (UCLH)


‘Very celebratory’: pub customers in England enjoy lockdown easing

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

Celebration was in the air as England welcomed the return of outdoor drinking and dining on Monday, but the easing of lockdown was also met with concerns about a lack


No rise in suicides in early months of Covid pandemic, study suggests

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

The number of suicides did not increase in the early months of the Covid pandemic, at least in wealthy countries, researchers have found. This month the Royal Colleg


UK strategy of backing several Covid vaccines seems to be paying off

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

The government has said the decision by Johnson & Johnson to delay the supply of its Covid vaccine to Europe, while the US investigates reports of six cases of unu


Biden to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by September 11

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

Joe Biden will withdraw all the remaining US troops from Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the al-Qaida terrorist attacks on New York and Washington


Boris Johnson: easing lockdown will increase Covid infections

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

Easing lockdown will inevitably create a rise in coronavirus deaths, Boris Johnson has said, crediting the lockdown rather than vaccines for “the bulk of the work” in


Tamsin Greig: 'Romeo and Juliet speaks to our polarisation today'

Posted on Apr 04, 2021

T amsin Greig, 54, was born in Maidstone and studied drama at Birmingham University. Her TV roles include comedies Black Books, Green Wing, Episod


Hong Kong police seize record 700kg of cocaine

Posted on Apr 04, 2021

Hong Kong police have announced a record-breaking 700kg cocaine seizure with officers suspecting the huge shipment was smuggled into the city on speedboats. The bust


The Observer view on the Sewell commission's race report

Posted on Apr 04, 2021

T he publication of the 1999 Macpherson report into the murder of Stephen Lawrence was a watershed moment. The inquiry forced the establishment to


Bullish Greens target 'lacklustre' Labour in May local elections

Posted on Apr 04, 2021

A ndy Fewings says that when he first started canvassing for the Green party in Burnley, they were not exactly an established force. “One person a


Boris Johnson to give go-ahead for trials of Covid passports

Posted on Apr 04, 2021

Football cup finals, the World Snooker Championship, a comedy club and a cinema will be used to test vaccine passports over the next few weeks, as the government unvei


Lack of Covid help puts medical research at risk, UK charities warn

Posted on Apr 04, 2021

Medical charities have expressed dismay at the UK government’s failure to act over hundreds of millions of pounds of research that is at risk because of the catastroph


Wall of hearts grows as a memorial to loved ones taken by coronavirus

Posted on Apr 04, 2021

Sabrina Montgregge has witnessed more than most the grief left behind by each death from Covid. The 28-year-old works in the intensive care unit at Chelsea and Westmin


Pope decries spending on arms during pandemic in Easter message

Posted on Apr 04, 2021

Pope Francis has urged countries in his Easter message to speed up the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, particularly to the world’s poor, and called armed conflict a


Plea to ease Covid maternity rules as women continue to get bad news alone

Posted on Apr 04, 2021

The majority of women who have received bad news about their pregnancy since December were on their own at the time, despite the NHS ordering trusts to allow partners


As Covid rules relax in England, which foods should we be sharing?

Posted on Mar 27, 2021

T he further relaxation of the rules around socialising for England and Northern Ireland cannot come soon enough for those of us who live to feed.


French monks locked down with 2.8 tonnes of cheese pray for buyers

Posted on Mar 27, 2021

A French monastery in the heart of Burgundy has launched an emergency online sale to get rid of thousands of its artisanal cheeses, which are languishing in its cellar


Dulwich College protest over 'rape culture' cancelled

Posted on Mar 27, 2021

A protest at Dulwich College over the “rape culture” row has been cancelled after students were threatened with disciplinary action by the school and a fine from polic