Health and Education

Boris Johnson has warned that the route out of lockdown may face “serious disruption” because of the India variant, just two days before the biggest lifting of restrictions in England for a year. Rising numbers of cases combined with “important unknowns” about the variant, including how transmissible it is, means “hard choices” may have to be made, the prime minister...

Variant cases found in east London, clubbers dance in Liverpool, international...

Surge testing is being deployed in east London after “several” variant cases of coronavirus were detected in the community. The Tower Hamlets Council’s website confirmed “a small number” of “variants of concern” that were “first identified in Brazil and South...

New advice ‘plays into hands of anti-vaxxers,’ says ex-Tory leader; did PM breach ministerial...

A former leader of the Conservative party has warned that the decision to offer under 30-year-olds an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine “plays into hands of anti-vaxxers”. Sir Ian Duncan...

Vaccine passports risk ‘two tier nation of division’, while PM issues Easter warning

Boris Johnson has warned vaccinated people not to meet up indoors this Easter because the jabs “are not 100% effective”. The prime minister’s video message comes as politicians across party...

UK and EU seek ‘win-win’ solution to escalating vaccine row

The UK government and European commission have moved to avert a trade war over vaccines by pledging to “create a win-win situation and expand vaccine supply for all”. A joint...

Arrests at anti-lockdown protests; summer blow for ‘average holidaymakers’

Thousands of anti-lockdown protestors defied the government and Covid restrictions to take to London’s streets today, with at least 33 arrested by the Metropolitan Police after “ugly clashes”. Huge protests in Manchester passed without any...

Whitty warns ‘a lot more people will die’ if lockdown is lifted too early

The chief medical officer for England has warned “a lot more people will die” if the government lifts lockdown restrictions too soon. Chris Whitty told MPs on Tuesday (March 9) that despite the vaccine roll-out...

‘Seriously encouraging’ – Hancock hails vaccine results

Health secretary Mat Hancock has hailed the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines which reduces the risk of illness and hospitalisation in older adults by up to 80%. Data released by the government has shown that a...

Fury as US private insurance firm takes over the NHS surgeries of 500,000 patients

Furious campaigners have launched a petition to try and stop a US private health insurance company taking over 49 NHS GP surgeries in London. The government is being accused of “privatisation by stealth” of the...

£700m ‘catch-up fund’ will benefit better-off pupils most

Pupils from better-off families are set to benefit most from the £700 million pound catch-up programme announced by the government. Education secretary Gavin Williamson laid out details of the fund at today’s (Tuesday) Downing Street...