UK coronavirus live: new Covid variant may be behind fast spread of cases in south of England, Hancock tells MPs

December 14, 2020

3.45pm GMT15:45 Hancock says new variant of Covid may explain fast spread of virus in south Hancock says a new variant of Covid has been identified. He says this may explain the fast rise in cases in the south. We have identified a new variant of coronavirus, which may be associated with the fastest spread […]

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‘I got it wrong. Since the changes it’s become more vibrant’: life in an LTN

November 16, 2020

Acorn Road, Newcastle upon Tyne When Newcastle city council planned to reduce motorist access to Acorn Road in the leafy suburb of Jesmond back in 2014, hardware store owner Steve Robson helped to raise a petition against the £350,000 scheme, organised meetings to oppose the plans and told a local newspaper that the proposed changes […]

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UK coronavirus: Whitty says aim of lockdown is to reduce R enough to move on after 2 December – as it happened

November 3, 2020

6.14pm GMT18:14 Early evening summary Prof Chris Whitty, the government’s chief medical adviser, has told MPs there is a “realistic possibility” that the lockdown for England can be eased after 2 December. Asked if the restrictions would definitely be lifted then, as planned by the government, Whitty said: The decision as to whether to lift […]

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Third of Queen’s birthday honours go to heroes of pandemic

October 9, 2020

Unsung heroes of the Covid-19 pandemic make up almost a third of the Queen’s birthday honours list. Felicia Kwaku, 52, an associate director of nursing at King’s College NHS foundation trust, said her OBE was for “fallen colleagues”. “We saw in March and April that nurses and midwives were dying. For many of us that […]

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Clashes between police and ‘statue defenders’ in fourth weekend of protests

June 20, 2020

As more anti-racism demonstrations are being held in cities across Britain, clashes have broken out between counter-protesters and police in Glasgow. Police were forced to form a barrier between groups supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and self-appointed ‘statue defenders’. It follows scenes of ‘racist thuggery’ on Wednesday when far-right Scottish loyalists from the National […]

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Doctors, a nurse, a charity worker: eight of the lives lost on UK’s worst day of pandemic

June 19, 2020

Dr Edmond Adedeji, 62 Edmond Adedeji. Adedeji was a locum registrar in the emergency department at Great Western hospital in Swindon. He died after being cared for in the intensive care unit, having tested positive for Covid-19. Adedeji, left behind a wife, three children and three grandchildren. His family said: “We as a family are […]

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Mass anti-racism protests take place in cities across UK

June 7, 2020

Tens of thousands of people attended protests across the UK on Sunday – including one where a statue of a slave trader was pulled down – after a week in which growing numbers defied calls from politicians and police to avoid mass gatherings to rally against racial injustice. In London, thousands gathered outside the US […]

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Britain comes together to clap for carers on Covid frontline – as it happened

May 21, 2020

8.31pm BST20:31 That’s the end of our UK live coverage for tonight, please follow worldwide developments on our global blog. Thanks for reading and writing in. 8.23pm BST20:23 Jedidajah Otte According to the BBC, “millions of people” were clapping across the country tonight, among them 100-year-old Dabirul Choudhury, from St Albans, who’s raised over £177,000 […]

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Why hoarding power in London doesn’t work | Letters

May 20, 2020

T he tragedy that England has the highest excess death rate in Europe (How England found itself at the wrong end of the Covid-19 league table, 17 May) is not all down to austerity and the indolence of current ministers. England has been failed by a political culture that still clings to the imperial idea […]

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John Cumming obituary

May 20, 2020

While the economy of jazz has always been a fragile thing, the music’s inner resilience is founded on its practitioners’ shared belief in the human value of their work. As the co-founder and presiding spirit of the London jazz festival, John Cumming, who has died aged 71 after suffering from cancer, fully understood that and […]

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