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Hospitals undertook 1.6m fewer operations last year because of Covid

Posted on Jun 18, 2021

Hospitals in England and Wales undertook almost 1.6m fewer operations last year because of the pandemic, including on people who needed emergency and urgent surgery, a


British food and drink exports to EU fall by £2bn in first quarter of 2021

Posted on Jun 18, 2021

British food and drink exports to the EU fell by £2bn in the first three months of 2021, with sales of dairy products plummeting by 90%, according to an analysis of H


My obsession with Blue Therapy – the most explosive reality show of the year

Posted on Jun 17, 2021

T here are different levels of going viral. Some stories only go big on black Twitter. Something that feels like a phenomenon sometimes doesn’t


The ‘catch-up plan’ for schools needs to start with the Department for Education

Posted on Jun 17, 2021

I t seems to have escaped government ministers’ notice, but running a school is a complex task. I say this because over the last 18 months, scho


Where is everyone? Covid and Brexit empty France’s north coast resorts

Posted on Jun 17, 2021

W ith the approach of the summer holidays, the two French seaside towns of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme and Le Crotoy would normally be gearing up for t


WHO official urges faster supply of Covid vaccines to Africa as cases surge

Posted on Jun 17, 2021

Health officials in Africa have called for an urgent acceleration in the supply of vaccines to the continent to curb a new wave of Covid-19 infections and the evolutio


Previous Covid infection may not offer long-term protection, study finds

Posted on Jun 17, 2021

Previous infection with coronavirus does not necessarily protect against Covid in the longer term, especially when caused by new variants of concern, a study on health


V&A museum’s new 20th and 21st Century gallery is refitted for the social justice era

Posted on Jun 17, 2021

In November 2019, after almost 30 years, the V&A’s 20th Century gallery closed its doors. Split across the same two rooms that blend into the National Art Librar


Why do male politicians love taking their shirts off for photo ops?

Posted on Jun 17, 2021

S ince the miracle invention of a vaccination for Covid-19, a second discovery has been made: male politicians absolutely love taking their shirts


Care home workers: share your thoughts on mandatory Covid vaccines

Posted on Jun 17, 2021

Ministers are planning to announce that Covid vaccinations are to become mandatory for care home staff in England, with them considering extending the move to all NHS


Three miscarriage rule before receiving help is unacceptable, says MP

Posted on Jun 17, 2021

An MP who miscarried her first child last year says women should not have to endure three miscarriages before receiving support, before a debate on the subject in parl


‘Frances made this happen!’ Jo Whiley on how her sister saved lives in the pandemic

Posted on Jun 17, 2021

T here is a lot of joy in little glimmers of normality these days. For Jo Whiley’s sister, Frances, this includes being able to go back to bingo


Von der Leyen signs off first of EU’s Covid recovery fund plans

Posted on Jun 17, 2021

Ursula von der Leyen has signed off on the first plans by EU member states to spend Brussels’ €800bn (£687bn) Covid recovery fund, as she sought to reverse the re


France and Spain to ease mask-wearing as Covid vaccine schemes gather pace

Posted on Jun 17, 2021

France and Spain are moving to ease rules around wearing face masks outside, in a development attributed by both countries to their Covid-19 vaccination campaigns. I


How do we learn to live with Covid?

Posted on Jun 17, 2021

The Commons vote to delay step four of England’s roadmap out of lockdown has focused attention on when and how the country can draw a line under social distancing and,


Tell us: how have you been affected by the delayed lifting of lockdown restrictions in England and Scotland?

Posted on Jun 16, 2021

As infections and hospital admissions are rising again, Boris Johnson has announced a four-week delay to the lifting of all restrictions in England. In Scotland, first


Nothing is plain sailing in Abta v ROL Cruises blame game

Posted on Jun 16, 2021

In April 2019 we booked a £3,637 cruise to St Petersburg with Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) through the agent ROL Cruises. It was cancelled due to Covid, an


TV tonight: go behind the scenes in the global race for Covid vaccines

Posted on Jun 16, 2021

Horizon Special: The Vaccine 9pm, BBC Two If the effects of Covid-19 were dramatic, so was the response. Moderna had a vaccine prototype in human trials by Marc


Wealth secret of the super rich revealed: be born into a rich family

Posted on Jun 16, 2021

Self-made billionaires including Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk made huge profits during the Covid-19 pandemic but a new report shows there’s no beating family money when it


All adults in England able to book Covid jabs ‘by end of week’

Posted on Jun 16, 2021

Every adult in England will be able to book their first Covid-19 vaccination from the end of this week, the head of the NHS has disclosed. Sir Simon Stevens said app


High in the Himalayas, villagers hit by Covid are left to fend for themselves

Posted on Jun 16, 2021

Phalguni Devi has spent a fortnight living in a cattle shed. Looking out on a rainy afternoon in early June, she worries that if the rain does not let up, her fever-li


Bridge made of string: Peruvians weave 500-year-old Incan crossing back into place

Posted on Jun 16, 2021

Peruvians from the Huinchiri community in Cusco region are rebuilding a 500-year-old Incan hanging bridge, made using traditional weaving techniques to string a crossi


Biden to meet Putin at highly anticipated summit in Geneva

Posted on Jun 16, 2021

The US president, Joe Biden, is due to meet Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Geneva in a highly anticipated summit meant to prevent the two countries’ rivalry from descendin


All care home staff in England should have Covid vaccine, says minister

Posted on Jun 16, 2021

All care home staff in England should be vaccinated, a senior government minister has urged, saying she would not want her own relatives to be looked after by unvaccin