Health and Education

Matt Hancock has hailed the approval of the Pfizer/BioNtech coronavirus vaccine as “a day to remember in a year to forget”, describing the jab as a “victory for science”. The health secretary earlier claimed the fast approval of the vaccine – which makes the UK the first country in the world to authorise one – was “because of Brexit”. In an...

Wales to ban booze as English get to shop around the...

Wales has announced a ban on alcohol sales in bars, restaurants and cafes starting on Friday (December 4), while shops in England will get the go ahead to trade 24-hours-a-day in the run up to Christmas and beyond. Wales’ first...

UK’s R-rate is below 1 for first time since August while Johnson defends ‘tough...

The UK’s R-rate for coronavirus infection has fallen to below 1 for the first time since August - three weeks into England’s second national lockdown. Government scientists have announced the...

UK’s Covid Christmas rules announced while reality of Brexit becomes clearer – 5 mile...

Families will be able to reunite at Christmas across the UK after the leaders of the four nations reach agreement about “bubbling” over the festivities. The rules will allow up...

Delight at new vaccine tempered by fears of tighter tiers after lockdown

The UK has secured five million doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine which claims to have almost 95% effectiveness against the virus. Health secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the UK has...

Vaccine and mass testing boost for UK but Covid deaths hit highest daily toll...

Doctors and soldiers have been put on notice to prepare for a national immunisation and mass testing drive across the UK following yesterday’s announcement of a coronavirus vaccine. Some 1,500 GPs and drive-through centres will...

Covid mass testing in Liverpool – an ‘incredible opportunity’ or an ‘expensive, dangerous mess’?

The first Covid mass testing trial in the UK is underway in Liverpool with the city’s 500,000 people urged to take part in what the mayor called “an incredible opportunity to turbo-charge our efforts...

PM warns deaths will be ‘twice as bad’ as spring while Farage rebrands as...

The prime minister will warn MPs that Covid-19 deaths could be “twice as bad” this winter compared to the first wave of the virus in spring. Boris Johnson’s Commons statement today (Monday, 3.30pm) will see...

England under four week lockdown from Thursday to save the NHS

Boris Johnson will impose a national lockdown on England on Thursday to save the NHS from the second wave of coronavirus advancing through the country. Announcing the new lockdown which will last until at least...

UK Covid death toll passes 60,000 – calls for circuit breaker as deadlier second...

The UK has passed a grim Covid-19 milestone with 60,000 deaths passed on Tuesday, according to analysis of official data. The Covid-19 death toll rose by 367 people according to the latest figures announced today...