Lockdown

‘Vaccine success is on the brink of transforming the lockdown debate’
Boris Johnson watching an NHS first responder getting her vaccination
Instant Opinion

‘Vaccine success is on the brink of transforming the lockdown debate’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
15 Jan 2021
Tories plot leadership revolt against Johnson over lockdown
Boris Johnson leaves number 10 Downing Street for PMQs.
Behind the scenes

Tories plot leadership revolt against Johnson over lockdown

Rebels threaten to challenge prime minister unless he sets date for lockdown exit
15 Jan 2021
Is the UK taking lockdown seriously?
Police officers talk with a family as they patrol in Clapham Common, south London.
Today’s big question

Is the UK taking lockdown seriously?

Government mobilising to boost compliance as data shows Britons not observing restrictions
12 Jan 2021
Police mistaken for strippers at party
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Tall Tales

Police mistaken for strippers at party

And other stories from the stranger side of life
12 Jan 2021
Will crisis in NHS hospitals trigger lockdown tightening?
A paramedic wheels a patient into Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, London.
Today’s big question

Will crisis in NHS hospitals trigger lockdown tightening?

Covid patients occupying 30,000 beds as government scrambles to stem rate of infections
11 Jan 2021
Quiz of The Week: 2 - 8 January
Boris Johnson speaks during a virtual press conference at No.10 Downing Street.
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week: 2 - 8 January

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
8 Jan 2021
What would change under Tier 5 restrictions?
A police officer wearing a mask
Today’s big question

What would change under Tier 5 restrictions?

Stricter coronavirus rules looking inevitable as virus continues to spread across UK
4 Jan 2021

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Tier 4 to expand as new strain spreads
A Covid warning sign in London
In Brief

Tier 4 to expand as new strain spreads

Boxing Day lockdown for more of southern and eastern England
23 Dec 2020
Are we heading for a New Year national lockdown?
Boris Johnson attends a virtual press conference inside 10 Downing Street
Today’s big question

Are we heading for a New Year national lockdown?

Number of Covid patients in hospital set to match April peak by New Year’s Eve, Boris Johnson warned
22 Dec 2020
Will more areas of the country face Tier 4 restrictions?
Christmas lights hang over an otherwise quiet Carnaby Street in London
In Brief

Will more areas of the country face Tier 4 restrictions?

London and Southeast first to be hit with new rules amid spiralling infections
21 Dec 2020
Infection rate in London now England’s highest
A masked pedestrian in London
In Brief

Infection rate in London now England’s highest

Public Health England urging government to place the city’s nine million residents under tougher restrictions
11 Dec 2020
Five-day old sushi leaves woman with hallucinations
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In Brief

Five-day old sushi leaves woman with hallucinations

And other stories from the stranger side of life
3 Dec 2020
Johnson battles to quell Tory MPs’ anger over Covid tiers
Boris Johnson addresses a press briefing on the new Covid-19 lockdown system
In Brief

Johnson battles to quell Tory MPs’ anger over Covid tiers

Conservative rebels threaten revolt amid demands for more transparency on data and reasoning behind restrictions
27 Nov 2020
Why everyone’s talking about post-lockdown tiers
A bus stop in Leeds displays a sign warning that the Covid risk is high in the city.
In Depth

Why everyone’s talking about post-lockdown tiers

Harshest restrictions will apply in much of the North but not London or most of the South
26 Nov 2020
Instant Opinion: tier system could ‘quickly collapse’
Manchester lockdown
In Depth

Instant Opinion: tier system could ‘quickly collapse’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 24 November
24 Nov 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘is America becoming a failed state?’
Capitol hill
In Depth

Instant Opinion: ‘is America becoming a failed state?’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 6 November
6 Nov 2020
Can Johnson get his Covid-19 lockdown through Parliament?
Boris Johnson announces new lockdown measures during a Downing Street press conference.
In Depth

Can Johnson get his Covid-19 lockdown through Parliament?

PM facing Conservative fury over decision to place UK back under tight restrictions
2 Nov 2020
Farage to rebrand Brexit Party as anti-lockdown Reform UK
Nigel Farage gives a thumbs up to waiting photographers.
In Brief

Farage to rebrand Brexit Party as anti-lockdown Reform UK

Newly formed Reform UK will campaign for shift in focus to achieving herd immunity
2 Nov 2020
Second lockdown ‘will push UK into double-dip recession’
A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask walks past the the Bank of England in the City of London
In Brief

Second lockdown ‘will push UK into double-dip recession’

Experts predict further GDP fall of up to 10%
2 Nov 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘prepare for an even more deadly pandemic’
South Central Ambulance Services move an elderly patient from hospital to a care home.
In Depth

Instant Opinion: ‘prepare for an even more deadly pandemic’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 28 October
28 Oct 2020
What’s plan for curbing Covid if immunity lasts just months?
Commuters exit the tube at West Ham station in East London
In Depth

What’s plan for curbing Covid if immunity lasts just months?

Massive new study punctures hopes of long-lasting vaccine
27 Oct 2020
Circuit-breaker lockdown ‘not worth’ damage to economy
A man walks past a closed Debenhams on Oxford Street, London during the UK coronavirus lockdown.
In Brief

Circuit-breaker lockdown ‘not worth’ damage to economy

Ex-government adviser says move would ‘fail the net benefit test’ used by civil service
26 Oct 2020
Covid-19: why Ireland is going into a full national lockdown
A couple wearing face masks carry a shopping bag as they pass a temporarily closed pub in Dublin.
In Depth

Covid-19: why Ireland is going into a full national lockdown

The six-week shutdown begins on Wednesday
20 Oct 2020
How and when will the UK impose ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown?
Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street wearing a face mask to attend Prime Ministers' Questions
In Depth

How and when will the UK impose ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown?

Keir Starmer calls on PM to explain decision to reject measures backed by government scientists
14 Oct 2020
Revealed: the advice Johnson ignored as UK Covid cases grew
Boris Johnson leaves a press conference in which he announced the new three-tier lockdown system
In Depth

Revealed: the advice Johnson ignored as UK Covid cases grew

Documents released by Sage show prime minister dismissed calls for September lockdown
13 Oct 2020
Instant Opinion: can we ‘survive’ four more years of Trump?
Donald Trump at the G7
In Depth

Instant Opinion: can we ‘survive’ four more years of Trump?

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 9 October
9 Oct 2020
Everything you need to know about the incoming Covid rules
People sit outside at restaurants in Soho, London.
In Depth

Everything you need to know about the incoming Covid rules

Northern leaders angered by leaked plans to impose strict new measures in high-risk areas within days
8 Oct 2020
Covid ‘circuit breaker’: Scots face lockdown as cases soar
Nicola Sturgeon wearing a tartan print face mask.
In Depth

Covid ‘circuit breaker’: Scots face lockdown as cases soar

Nicola Sturgeon mulling two-week lockdown as business leaders warn of economic damage
6 Oct 2020
Rebel Tories plotting with Labour to end 10pm curfew
10pm curfew
In Brief

Rebel Tories plotting with Labour to end 10pm curfew

Dozens of Conservative MPs expected to vote against ‘absurd’ early closing times for pubs and restaurants
6 Oct 2020
Are Tory constituencies being exempted from local lockdowns?
Blackburn
In Depth

Are Tory constituencies being exempted from local lockdowns?

Leaked emails from health expert call on Downing Street to explain harsher rules for deprived areas
5 Oct 2020
Leaked file reveals plans for new three-tier lockdown system
Boris Johnson wearing a face mask.
In Brief

Leaked file reveals plans for new three-tier lockdown system

Pub closures and harsher social contact rules may be in pipeline for England as infections rise
5 Oct 2020
Why local lockdowns may not stem the spread of Covid-19
A view of the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool
In Depth

Why local lockdowns may not stem the spread of Covid-19

Data analysis suggests infections have doubled in most restricted regions
2 Oct 2020
Covid rebels emboldened by Johnson’s lockdown confusion
Boris Johnson
In Brief

Covid rebels emboldened by Johnson’s lockdown confusion

PM apologises for not understanding new coronavirus restrictions in North East
30 Sep 2020
Debate: have Boris Johnson’s coronavirus rules gone too far?
Boris Johnson
In Depth

Debate: have Boris Johnson’s coronavirus rules gone too far?

80 Tory rebels to back amendment giving parliament final say on Covid-19 restrictions
29 Sep 2020
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