Lockdown

Inside Boris Johnson’s plan for how the UK can ‘live with Covid’
Boris Johnson walks up Downing Street to No. 10
Behind the scenes

Inside Boris Johnson’s plan for how the UK can ‘live with Covid’

Leaked Whitehall documents reveal proposed measures to stop the spread after final step out of lockdown
16 Jun 2021
Freedom Day delay: ‘catastrophic’ for businesses on life support
Liverpool held a test event in April, but nightclubs remain closed
In Focus

Freedom Day delay: ‘catastrophic’ for businesses on life support

Billions to be wiped from economy and Sunak rejects calls to extend furlough scheme
14 Jun 2021
Will Johnson end coronavirus restrictions in England on 21 June?
Boris Johnson arrives to receive his second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
Today’s big question

Will Johnson end coronavirus restrictions in England on 21 June?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak ‘happy’ to delay ‘freedom day’ to give businesses greater ‘certainty’
11 Jun 2021
Quiz of The Week
Boris Johnson receives his second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
4 Jun 2021
The pros and cons of local lockdowns
Blackburn
Pros and cons

The pros and cons of local lockdowns

Targeted approach to restrictions considered by ministers as Indian variant cases rise
18 May 2021
How locking down streets could stop new Covid variants
A sign warning people to socially distance to avoid local lockdowns
The latest on . . .

How locking down streets could stop new Covid variants

Localised restrictions may be ‘most effective measure possible’ for stopping outbreaks
16 Apr 2021
The pros and cons of lifting lockdown early
Lockdown
Pros and cons

The pros and cons of lifting lockdown early

Positive data prompts calls for Covid restrictions to be eased sooner than planned
14 Apr 2021

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How the world reported the UK’s ‘joyful’ lockdown easing
Drinkers outside a pub in Windsor
Global lens

How the world reported the UK’s ‘joyful’ lockdown easing

Drinkers brave icy weather to celebrate amid hope that vaccine success means ‘no going back’ to Covid restrictions
13 Apr 2021
Call for clarity over rules as pub gardens reopen in snow
Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images
The latest on . . .

Call for clarity over rules as pub gardens reopen in snow

Confusing guidelines and plummeting temperatures threaten to keep customers away despite lockdown easing
12 Apr 2021
Woman can urinate booze
A pint of beer
Tall Tales

Woman can urinate booze

And other stories from the stranger side of life
9 Apr 2021
‘Vaccine passports are heading from unthinkable to unstoppable’
Boris Johnson
Instant Opinion

‘Vaccine passports are heading from unthinkable to unstoppable’

Your digest of the best columns, analysis and commentary from the British and international press
6 Apr 2021
Lockdown study reveals how mental fatigue can be reversed
Life in lockdown
Expert’s view

Lockdown study reveals how mental fatigue can be reversed

Psychologists have had a unique opportunity to study the effects of social isolation
6 Apr 2021
Man breaks into Johnny Depp’s home and takes a shower
Johnny Depp
Tall Tales

Man breaks into Johnny Depp’s home and takes a shower

And other stories from the stranger side of life
24 Mar 2021
‘We have crossed a line in surrendering our freedoms’
Boris Johnson at the daily Covid press briefing
Instant Opinion

‘We have crossed a line in surrendering our freedoms’

Your digest of the best columns, analysis and commentary from the British and international press
17 Mar 2021
Latest vaccine data suggests UK will avoid fourth lockdown
A man gets vaccinated at City Central Mosque in Stoke
The latest on . . .

Latest vaccine data suggests UK will avoid fourth lockdown

Hopes of avoiding fourth UK lockdown grow as PHE boss welcomes ‘very good signs’ that jabs may halt outbreaks
3 Mar 2021
Flu cases drop to zero
Commuters wear face masks as they pass through Vauxhall underground station.
Getting to grips with . . .

Flu cases drop to zero

But experts fear drop in immunity may pave way for major influenza epidemic next winter
26 Feb 2021
Why we’re on the slow road out of lockdown
Traffic on the M8 motorway passes a road sign advising motorists to stay at home
Today’s big question

Why we’re on the slow road out of lockdown

Papers released by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) have provided some insight into why the prime minister is moving so cautiously in his effort to return the country to normal life
23 Feb 2021
Tory anger at slow-release ‘hammer blow’
Conservative MP Steve Baker
Behind the scenes

Tory anger at slow-release ‘hammer blow’

Boris Johnson has set out a four-stage approach to reopening the country in which the last social restrictions could be lifted by 21 June. But while many health experts welcomed the cautious approach, Tory MP Steve Baker said the schedule is “a hammer blow” to business
23 Feb 2021
Wanted man hands himself in ‘for peace and quiet’
Man in handcuffs
Tall Tales

Wanted man hands himself in ‘for peace and quiet’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
23 Feb 2021
Everything we know about the end of lockdown
A member of the public on a street in Edinburgh
The latest on . . .

Everything we know about the end of lockdown

‘Rule of six’ to replace advice to stay at home from 29 March
22 Feb 2021
How Melbourne became a case study for defeating coronavirus
Novak Djokovic faces Aslan Karatsev in the semi-final of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park
Getting to grips with . . .

How Melbourne became a case study for defeating coronavirus

Complex modelling and the world’s longest lockdown have paved way for return to near-normal life
19 Feb 2021
‘We should agree a date for Victory over Virus Day’
Commuters make their way through Waterloo Station
Instant Opinion

‘We should agree a date for Victory over Virus Day’

18 Feb 2021
How the UK is handling the Kent Covid strain
A member of the public walks past a Covid warning advert.
Getting to grips with . . .

How the UK is handling the Kent Covid strain

Study finds variant discovered prior to Christmas may be 70% more deadly
17 Feb 2021
What does the Reform Party stand for - and will it succeed?
Nigel Farage alongside Brexit Party co-founder Richard Tice and ex-Brexit Party MEP Anne Widdecombe
Getting to grips with . . .

What does the Reform Party stand for - and will it succeed?

End to lockdown could undo party focused on opposing further Covid restrictions
17 Feb 2021
How Covid-19 data will dictate Johnson’s plan to end lockdown
 Boris Johnson and Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty arrive for a Covid-19 media briefing
Behind the scenes

How Covid-19 data will dictate Johnson’s plan to end lockdown

Preliminary figures suggest vaccine campaign is cutting infections by around two-thirds
16 Feb 2021
The three scenarios being drawn up for ending lockdown
Boris Johnson visits a PPE manufacturing facility in the north of England
Behind the scenes

The three scenarios being drawn up for ending lockdown

Plans are based on vaccine success and range from ‘optimistic’ to ‘pessimistic’
15 Feb 2021
What Israel’s lockdown easing plan may tell us about Johnson’s roadmap
An Israeli man snaps a selfie while receiving his vaccination in Tel-Aviv
Getting to grips with . . .

What Israel’s lockdown easing plan may tell us about Johnson’s roadmap

World leader in the vaccination race begins staged exit from the country’s third shutdown
11 Feb 2021
‘Pandemics do end’
A couple wearing masks walk past an image of Queen Elizabeth II.
Instant Opinion

‘Pandemics do end’

8 Feb 2021
‘We need dissenting voices in the lockdown debate more than ever’
A man passes ambulances lined up outside the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
Instant Opinion

‘We need dissenting voices in the lockdown debate more than ever’

5 Feb 2021
Behind the government’s plan for airport Covid quarantine
Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images
Getting to grips with . . .

Behind the government’s plan for airport Covid quarantine

Government to deploy security guards to enforce mandatory 11-night hotel stays
5 Feb 2021
The Covid restrictions that ministers aim to lift by May
Shaftsbury Avenue Theatre district in central London during the UK's third Covid-19 lockdown
Behind the scenes

The Covid restrictions that ministers aim to lift by May

Outdoor socialising could be allowed within weeks if vaccine campaign triggers big drop in Covid cases
5 Feb 2021
What does the Oxford vaccine efficacy mean for getting back to normal life?
Boris Johnson watching an NHS first responder getting her vaccination
Today’s big question

What does the Oxford vaccine efficacy mean for getting back to normal life?

New data shows jab may cut transmission by 67% - raising hopes of end to lockdowns
3 Feb 2021
‘With Dominic Cummings gone, the government has rediscovered how to succeed’
Dominic Cummings arrives at Downing Street
Instant Opinion

‘With Dominic Cummings gone, the government has rediscovered how to succeed’

2 Feb 2021
‘Don’t blame the old for the young’s Covid plight’
Two elderly people arrive for their Covid vaccinations
Instant Opinion

‘Don’t blame the old for the young’s Covid plight’

1 Feb 2021