Covid-19

Quiz of The Week: 9 - 15 October
Ambulances outside a hospital during third national lockdown
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week: 9 - 15 October

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
15 Oct 2021
Who’s to blame for UK’s looming Christmas crisis?
A man dressed as Santa Claus walks through Manchester city centre
Today’s big question

Who’s to blame for UK’s looming Christmas crisis?

Brexit and Covid-19 among explanations as festive supply chain blame game begins
15 Oct 2021
Why a ‘super-cold’ is spreading
flu_sneeze.jpg
Getting to grips with . . .

Why a ‘super-cold’ is spreading

Increasing number of Brits are complaining of ‘chainsaw’ throats and dripping noses
15 Oct 2021
Will China hobble WHO’s ‘last-chance’ bid to trace Covid origins?
Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan was originally cited as the epicentre of the Covid pandemic
In Depth

Will China hobble WHO’s ‘last-chance’ bid to trace Covid origins?

Group of 26 global experts tasked with reviving stalled inquiry
15 Oct 2021
‘Levelling up cannot just be a sound bite. It must be a prescription for saving lives’
A volunteer is seen sorting food at Blackpool Food Bank
Instant Opinion

‘Levelling up cannot just be a sound bite. It must be a prescription for saving lives’

Your digest of analysis from the British and international press
13 Oct 2021
Why does the UK have highest Covid case rate in western Europe?
England lockdown lifted
Today’s big question

Why does the UK have highest Covid case rate in western Europe?

Coronavirus deaths have fallen in the region’s ‘Covid capital’ - but Britain may be facing tough winter
13 Oct 2021
‘Cummings was right’: where government went wrong on Covid handling
Johnson and Cummings
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‘Cummings was right’: where government went wrong on Covid handling

‘Groupthink’ hampered effective pandemic response, suggests new report
12 Oct 2021

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Why some PCR results are negative after a positive lateral flow test
Pupils at a school in Halifax line up for lateral flow tests
Why we’re talking about . . .

Why some PCR results are negative after a positive lateral flow test

Proportion of schoolchildren reporting discrepancy in results has almost doubled
12 Oct 2021
Why ministers are facing scrutiny over ‘haphazard’ teen vaccination campaign
Children at school
In Depth

Why ministers are facing scrutiny over ‘haphazard’ teen vaccination campaign

England’s Covid jab programme for 12 to 15-year-olds has fallen behind Scotland’s
11 Oct 2021
Dead ships, film strikes and pandemic travel
Oil pipeline
Podcast

Dead ships, film strikes and pandemic travel

Why is the UN worried about a supertanker in Yemen? Will strikes cause a streaming video shortage? And what next for the ‘zero-Covid’ success stories?…
8 Oct 2021
Covid toes: why some people are developing chilblain-like lesions
Covid toes
Stranger than fiction

Covid toes: why some people are developing chilblain-like lesions

The often painful condition could be caused by the body’s immune response when fighting off Covid-19
7 Oct 2021
The leaked plan for US and Wuhan scientists to develop coronaviruses
Bright yellow biohazard sign
Why we’re talking about . . .

The leaked plan for US and Wuhan scientists to develop coronaviruses

Leaked 2018 grant proposal fuels theory that Covid-19 was created in lab
6 Oct 2021
The tally of Covid-19 vaccine deaths examined
Boy receiving Covid vaccine
Getting to grips with . . .

The tally of Covid-19 vaccine deaths examined

Analysis of UK death registration data suggests very few people have died as direct result of Covid jab
5 Oct 2021
The government’s big gamble on pay rises vs. labour shortages
Boris Johnson
Why we’re talking about . . .

The government’s big gamble on pay rises vs. labour shortages

Staffing issues are part of transition to a new post-Brexit economy, says government
4 Oct 2021
‘Individualistic Britain makes France seem like a utopia’
Petrol station queues
Instant Opinion

‘Individualistic Britain makes France seem like a utopia’

Your digest of analysis from the British and international press
4 Oct 2021
The new simplified UK travel rules explained
Heathrow arrivals
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The new simplified UK travel rules explained

Pre-departure tests axed for fully vaccinated arrivals from non-red-list countries
4 Oct 2021
How Australia will begin reopening its borders from next month
Australians queue for vaccination outside the Melbourne Exhibition Centre
The latest on . . .

How Australia will begin reopening its borders from next month

Residents will be allowed to travel abroad after 80% of their home state has been vaccinated
4 Oct 2021
What the world is saying about the UK’s fuel crisis
Petrol crisis
Global lens

What the world is saying about the UK’s fuel crisis

Britons facing re-run of 1970s shortages but ‘there is nothing Austin Powers-like about this time machine’
29 Sep 2021
Inside Plan B: Covid passports plan quietly revived
People dancing at a nightclub
Between the lines

Inside Plan B: Covid passports plan quietly revived

Downing Street says rules will introduced if NHS comes under “unsustainable pressure”
28 Sep 2021
End of the furlough scheme: what next? 
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak
Business Briefing

End of the furlough scheme: what next? 

1.6m workers were still being supported by the scheme in July 
28 Sep 2021
Are we facing ‘apocalypse’ of ‘black swan’ events?
Queue for fuel at motorway station
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Are we facing ‘apocalypse’ of ‘black swan’ events?

Downing Street accused of failing to prepare for pandemic and subsequent national disruptions
27 Sep 2021
The latest evidence on Covid-19’s origins
Bat hanging from tree
Expert’s view

The latest evidence on Covid-19’s origins

Preliminary findings indicate virus was spread between different species via ‘natural spillover’ events
27 Sep 2021
What kind of mask works best against Delta?
An FFP2 mask
Getting to grips with . . .

What kind of mask works best against Delta?

Study shows surgical masks are more effective than cloth but are N95 and FFP2 the ones to have?
24 Sep 2021
Hairdressers warn of post-Covid hair dye allergies
A hair salon
Getting to grips with . . .

Hairdressers warn of post-Covid hair dye allergies

Scientists at Imperial College are investigating how the virus could be reprogramming our immune system
23 Sep 2021
‘Variant-proof’ Covid vaccine begins trials
A nurse with a vaccine
Getting to grips with . . .

‘Variant-proof’ Covid vaccine begins trials

On-trial jab may offer better protection against new strains of coronavirus
22 Sep 2021
Covax: what’s gone wrong in fight against vaccine nationalism?
Shipment of Covid vaccines donated through Covax arrives at Bolivian Air Force base in El Alto
Expert’s view

Covax: what’s gone wrong in fight against vaccine nationalism?

Covid jabs-sharing scheme set to miss 2021 target for sending urgently needed doses to poorer countries
20 Sep 2021
Disrupted periods and Covid-19 jabs: is there a connection?
Woman gets vaccinated
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Disrupted periods and Covid-19 jabs: is there a connection?

Expert calls for ‘plausible’ link between the vaccines and menstrual changes to be investigated
20 Sep 2021
Quiz of The Week: 11 - 17 September
New Foreign Secretary Liz Truss departs No. 10
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week: 11 - 17 September

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
17 Sep 2021
Which Covid-19 vaccine works best as a booster jab?
A man receives his first Covid-19 dose in Surrey
Fact file

Which Covid-19 vaccine works best as a booster jab?

Pfizer-BioNTech recommended as third shot for all over-50s in the UK
16 Sep 2021
Vaccine passports: the pros and cons of Covid certification
London nightclub
Pros and cons

Vaccine passports: the pros and cons of Covid certification

UK government’s coronavirus ‘plan B’ could see proof of vaccination become mandatory
15 Sep 2021
What we know about myocarditis and the Covid-19 vaccines
Vaccine centre in Hexham
Fact file

What we know about myocarditis and the Covid-19 vaccines

Cases of heart inflammation reported ‘very rarely’ after coronavirus jabs
15 Sep 2021
India facing US pressure to restart vaccine exports
A man receives his Covid-19 vaccine in New Delhi, India
Between the lines

India facing US pressure to restart vaccine exports

Narendra Modi facing calls from Joe Biden to provide much-needed jabs to developing countries
15 Sep 2021
Can Michael Gove ‘save Christmas’?
Michael Gove
Today’s big question

Can Michael Gove ‘save Christmas’?

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has been tasked with fixing Britain’s supply chain issues
15 Sep 2021
Is the government’s Covid toolkit enough to avoid a winter lockdown?
Nadhim Zahawi
Today’s big question

Is the government’s Covid toolkit enough to avoid a winter lockdown?

Powers to enforce the ‘last resort’ measure will stay on the statute book
14 Sep 2021
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