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Israel restores indoor mask requirement after rise in Covid cases

Posted on Jun 26, 2021

Israel has decided to reimpose the mandatory wearing of masks in enclosed public spaces owing to a rise in Covid-19 cases just 10 days after the measure was lifted – a


Covid infection rates have risen steeply in Scotland, ONS data reveals

Posted on Jun 26, 2021

Covid infection levels have risen steeply in Scotland and experts say the next few weeks will be crucial in monitoring the impact of the Delta variant across the UK.


‘I don’t have a choice’: Russians scramble to get Covid vaccine amid new restrictions

Posted on Jun 26, 2021

R ussia has finally admitted it has a vaccination problem – but with an “explosion” of new cases driving the country’s daily toll to its h


UK Covid travel rules could change at short notice, warns minister

Posted on Jun 26, 2021

The UK transport secretary has refused to say he would book a foreign holiday for himself and his family yet, even as travel restrictions are eased for several destina


Douglas Coupland on Generation X at 30: ‘Generational trashing is eternal’

Posted on Jun 19, 2021

I’m 59 and a half years old – and these days I no longer feel that I identify as a human being. I’ve turned into an app. I’m a filter for words. I filter the w


Indian athletics star Milkha Singh dies after catching Covid, aged 91

Posted on Jun 19, 2021

Milkha Singh, one of India’s first sport superstars, has died of Covid-related complications at the age of 91. Singh, who was popularly known as the Flying Sikh, die


‘It’s such a relief’: how Europe’s Covid vaccine rollout is catching up with UK

Posted on Jun 19, 2021

On Friday morning, Leyla Çelik woke up with butterflies in her stomach. For weeks, the 22-year-old student at Berlin’s Freie Universität had tried in vain to get a


Fresh protests in Brazil against Bolsonaro’s handling of Covid pandemic

Posted on Jun 19, 2021

Thousands of Brazilians returned to the streets on Saturday in protest against the response of Jair Bolsonaro’s administration to a pandemic that has killed close on


Kay Burley says she was an ‘idiot’ for breach of Covid rules last year

Posted on Jun 19, 2021

The Sky News presenter Kay Burley has admitted she was an “idiot” for breaking Covid rules last year and that she had let herself and her viewers down. She was t


Britain’s longest-known coronavirus patient dies aged 49

Posted on Jun 19, 2021

A man believed to be Britain’s longest-known coronavirus patient has died after deciding to withdraw from treatment. Jason Kelk, 49, was admitted to St James’s U


Mandatory vaccinations for care workers and the blame game

Posted on Jun 19, 2021

I am passionate about the importance of the Covid-19 vaccination programme. I recently wrote a paper in the Journal of Adult Protection identifying the structural abus


Brexit ‘purity’ is breaking up the union. Just ask the people of Belfast

Posted on Jun 19, 2021

B rexit is the plague that will still be infecting Britain when Covid has gone. It spreads unnoticed because neither government nor opposition sho


Covid jabs for billions of humans will earn their makers billions of dollars

Posted on Jun 19, 2021

D rugmakers led by US firms Pfizer and Moderna stand to make tens of billions of dollars from their Covid-19 vaccines this year and next, given G7


Third wave of Covid ‘definitely under way’ in UK, says expert

Posted on Jun 19, 2021

A government scientific adviser has said a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is “definitely under way” as the vaccine programme races to outpace the Delta var


Notting Hill carnival taken off the streets due to Covid pandemic

Posted on Jun 18, 2021

The organisers of the Notting Hill carnival have made the decision to take the event off the streets in its 55th year. The carnival, which was forced online last yea


England’s school assessment system favours the sharp-elbowed and the wealthy

Posted on Jun 18, 2021

T heir leavers’ proms are cancelled due to Covid, their summer festival tickets hanging by a thread. And they still can’t celebrate the end of


A silent decimation: South America’s losing battle against Covid

Posted on Jun 18, 2021

The cold, tired and desperate relatives camped outside the Barrio Obrero general hospital in Asunción don’t need charts or datasets to confirm what they can see wit


Budapest Pride goes ahead in solidarity against Hungary’s anti-LBGTQ+ laws

Posted on Jun 18, 2021

For the second year in a row, Covid has succeeded in doing what many had once thought impossible: toning down Pride celebrations. From Berlin to Brighton, Toronto to S


Wales delays easing Covid restrictions by four weeks

Posted on Jun 18, 2021

There is to be a four-week pause in the relaxing of Covid restrictions in Wales, the first minister, Mark Drakeford, will confirm on Friday. More than half a million


Cardiff’s Artes Mundi 9 prize to be split between six nominees

Posted on Jun 18, 2021

One of the most important art prizes in the UK is to be split between its six nominees after the Artes Mundi 9 judging panel said it wanted to acknowledge the “excep


The Guardian view on Covid vaccines: persuading the public

Posted on Jun 18, 2021

D ominic Cummings launched a lurid attack this week on the “chronic dysfunction” and incompetence in the government’s pandemic handling, singling


Compulsory care-home staff jabs may sound sensible but would create a catastrophe

Posted on Jun 18, 2021

I t’s a no-brainer, isn’t it? Of course every care and NHS worker should be vaccinated against Covid and anything else that puts them and their pa


Together review – Sharon Horgan and James McAvoy let rip in lockdown tour de force

Posted on Jun 18, 2021

T he Covid documentaries have been coming thick and fast. We have had films recorded in real time from doctors. We have had thoughtful overviews t


Netherlands offers free pickled herring as Covid jab incentive

Posted on Jun 18, 2021

After Russia offered cars, Washington state spliffs, Indonesia live chickens and Hong Kong the chance of a £1.2m apartment, the latest country to reward people who sho