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Caroline Quentin on phone hacking and therapy: ‘I’m not dragging a carcass of misery’

Posted on Jan 13, 2021

C aroline Quentin had never watched Strictly Come Dancing before she agreed to appear on the show. “I was aware of it and I’d seen clips,” s


China sees biggest daily Covid tally since July as WHO prepares to fly in

Posted on Jan 13, 2021

China has recorded the highest one-day case total in more than five months, according to the National Health Commission, with three cities in lockdown in a bid to prev


Christian persecution rises as people refused aid in Covid crisis – report

Posted on Jan 13, 2021

Persecution of Christians around the world has increased during the Covid pandemic, with followers being refused aid in many countries, authoritarian governments stepp


Hospital patients to be sent to hotels to free up beds for critical Covid cases

Posted on Jan 13, 2021

Thousands of hospital patients are to be discharged early to hotels or their own homes to free up beds for Covid-19 sufferers needing life-or-death care, the Guardian


Celtic draw with Hibs despite 13 players isolating after positive Covid-19 test

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

Celtic’s home Scottish Premiership match with Hibernian went ahead on Monday night last night despite the Parkhead squad being decimated by Covid-19 issues, with manag


Australian Open qualifiers halted mid-match to tell player he had Covid-19

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

Denis Kudla has been rushed into quarantine at the Australian Open qualifying event in Doha after testing positive for Covid-19. Fourth-seeded Kudla downed Moroccan


Premiership announces two-week break amid Covid variant fears

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

Premiership Rugby announced a two-week break on Monday night in a move that risks the anger of several directors of rugby who wanted to play rearranged league fixtures


Case of manatee with 'Trump' etched into back under investigation

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

Federal wildlife officials in Florida are reportedly seeking information on the perpetrators of an attack on a manatee, which apparently had the word “Trump” scraped i


With a government this bad in charge of the UK during Covid, how do we respond?

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

I ’m not often amazed by Any Answers?, since it’s a Radio 4 phone-in, and I can generate the opinions of the whole swathe of that listenership wit


After an unrelenting year, stressed-out NHS staff deserve more than a clap

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

O ver the course of this pandemic, I have thought a lot about parallel lives. Back in the eerily quiet spring days of the first lockdown, it becam


The Guardian view on Covid's widening gaps: the rich are getting richer

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

For speculators, the cryptocurrency party was just starting. At the beginning of the year one bitcoin was worth £5,614 before almost reaching £30,000 at the end of las


Could Boris Johnson be eyeing another snap election? Don't bet against it

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

I n this bleak, discontented midwinter, amid the roll call of Covid deaths, lockdown bankruptcies and lost jobs, no one is thinking about the next


In these grim times we all need a saviour and right now it is Chris Whitty

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

C ometh the hour, cometh the man. In these exceptionally grim times we’re all – Boris Johnson included – looking for a saviour to rise from these


Heritage park plan aims to bring Merthyr Tydfil's history to life

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

R ecent history has not been kind to Merthyr Tydfil. The decline of the sprawling ironworks turned a crucible of the Industrial Revolution into a


Malaysia declares Covid state of emergency amid political turmoil

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

Malaysia’s king has declared a months-long national state of emergency one day before a strict lockdown is imposed on millions of people, a decision that critics say w


WHO experts: Covid mission is not about finger pointing at China

Posted on Jan 12, 2021

When the scientists on the World Health Organization’s mission to research the origins of Covid-19 touch down in China as expected on Thursday at the beginning of thei


Organisers working to convince French that Six Nations can go ahead safely

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

Six Nations organisers are striving to convince the French government the championship can go ahead safely with the introduction of a series of stricter Covid-19 proto


Covid has pushed pop culture into nostalgia. It's time for something new

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

A decade ago it was fashionable to be concerned that the future was on hold. Where were the flying cars and gleaming cities we had been promised?


The Guardian view on the NHS: careless cuts cost lives

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

The strain on the NHS is unprecedented. Within a few weeks, hospitals across the country expect to be overwhelmed, meaning that they will be unable to deliver the stan


You don't have to be a lockdown sceptic to worry about how Covid is being policed

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

T he lockdown sceptics, it seems, are in abeyance. Opportunistic media voices who made a habit of denying the necessity of restrictions and the se


Festivals, holidays, Euro 2020… will summer's big events still go ahead?

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

A s Covid-19 cases rise across the world, hopes that life could get back to some semblance of normality by summer are fading. What chance do we ha


Does vitamin D combat Covid?

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

I n March, as coronavirus deaths in the UK began to mount, two hospitals in northeast England began taking vitamin D readings from patients and pr


Salim Abdool Karim: 'None of us are safe from Covid if one of us is not. We have mutual interdependence'

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

T he epidemiologist Salim Abdool Karim could be considered South Africa’s Anthony Fauci. As co-chair of the South African Ministerial Advisory Com


Calls to escalate English lockdown amid fears one in five may have had Covid

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

Ministers were under pressure on Sunday night to escalate the current lockdown in England amid warnings that current measures may not be tough enough. They came as