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One year since lockdown: the UK Covid timeline
Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street
In Depth

One year since lockdown: the UK Covid timeline

The country marks one year since Boris Johnson asked the nation to ‘stay at home’
23 Mar 2021
‘Johnson is an uneasy advocate for his government’s new approach’
Boris Johnson at the daily press briefing
Instant Opinion

‘Johnson is an uneasy advocate for his government’s new approach’

Your digest of the best columns, analysis and commentary from the British and international press
12 Mar 2021
Tory minister hits back at criticism of 1% pay rise for NHS staff
NHS nurses transport a patient out of surgery.
Behind the scenes

Tory minister hits back at criticism of 1% pay rise for NHS staff

Nadine Dorries dismisses anger over ‘pitiful’ planned increase by arguing that nurses ‘do their job because they love their job’
5 Mar 2021
The rare post-Covid illness hospitalising 100 children a week
Children wearing face masks.
The latest on . . .

The rare post-Covid illness hospitalising 100 children a week

NHS bosses preparing for feared surge in cases of paediatric inflammatory multi-system syndrome
5 Feb 2021
One in ten Brits had Covid-19 antibodies by December
A Covid-19 vaccine is prepared at the Princess Royal Sports Arena.
The latest on . . .

One in ten Brits had Covid-19 antibodies by December

New ONS data shows that majority of population are still at risk of infection
19 Jan 2021
Beating Covid-19 provides 85% immunity
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In Focus

Beating Covid-19 provides 85% immunity

Recovering from the virus provides some protection - but scientists warn against shunning social distancing
14 Jan 2021
‘Long Covid is the hidden health crisis of the pandemic - so why isn’t more being done?’
NHS workers in PPE transport a patient
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‘Long Covid is the hidden health crisis of the pandemic - so why isn’t more being done?’

14 Jan 2021

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GPs leading vaccine rollout forced to slow down
A GP administers the Covid-19 vaccine to a patient in Falmouth, Cornwall.
Behind the scenes

GPs leading vaccine rollout forced to slow down

Doctors leading the way see deliveries diverted to allow other regions to catch up
13 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
Could an arthritis drug ease the NHS Covid crisis?
NHS staff wearing PPE treat patients suffering from coronavirus
In Focus

Could an arthritis drug ease the NHS Covid crisis?

Tocilizumab found to cut risk of death for most critically ill coronavirus patients by almost a quarter
8 Jan 2021
London hospitals two weeks from being ‘overwhelmed’
Ambulances parked outside an NHS hospital in London.
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London hospitals two weeks from being ‘overwhelmed’

Capital could have a shortfall of more than 5,000 intensive care beds in a fortnight
7 Jan 2021
Covid-19: test-and-trace callers worked 1% of paid hours
A medical worker takes a swab at a drive-in Covid-19 testing centre in Chessington.
In Brief

Covid-19: test-and-trace callers worked 1% of paid hours

Damming report calls for urgent improvements to £22bn system that failed to avert second lockdown
11 Dec 2020
UK to begin world’s first Covid vaccine rollout within hours
A technician at Croydon Health Services takes delivery of the first batch of Covid-19 vaccinations
In Brief

UK to begin world’s first Covid vaccine rollout within hours

Patients will be given NHS inoculation card after receiving jab
7 Dec 2020
Coronavirus: one in five cases trigger psychological illness
Two elderly people wearing face masks are reunited.
In Depth

Coronavirus: one in five cases trigger psychological illness

New study finds that one in five patients infected with the virus go on to suffer from mental disorder
16 Nov 2020
PHE never believed Covid-19 would ‘travel this far’
Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty speaks during a press conference with Boris Johnson
In Brief

PHE never believed Covid-19 would ‘travel this far’

Conviction that virus would ‘die out’ left UK on back foot for rolling out mass testing and contract tracing systems
13 Nov 2020
Most Brits say yes to Covid vaccine - if Johnson goes first
Boris Johnson returns to Downing Street following the weekly Cabinet meeting at the Foreign Office.
In Brief

Most Brits say yes to Covid vaccine - if Johnson goes first

Survey finds that almost half of total 74% who are willing to get the jab want politicians to act as guinea pigs
11 Nov 2020
Government second wave death figures were wrong
Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty at the Downing Street press conference
In Brief

Government second wave death figures were wrong

Data inflated forecasts for fatalities if UK did not enter a second lockdown
6 Nov 2020
Inside the government plan to launch city-wide Covid testing
A nurse at a mobile testing centre.
In Brief

Inside the government plan to launch city-wide Covid testing

Programme hailed as ‘first glimpse’ of an exit strategy from lockdown
3 Nov 2020
Coronavirus: hospital admissions in England surge 33%
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In Brief

Coronavirus: hospital admissions in England surge 33%

Rate of admissions rapidly increasing in regions not under strictest lockdown restrictions
30 Oct 2020
Britain’s death toll could hit 85,000 in second Covid wave
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In Brief

Britain’s death toll could hit 85,000 in second Covid wave

Pandemic modelling says fatalities could remain at peak for three months
29 Oct 2020
Does test-and-trace work to keep Covid-19 cases down?
A man wearing a face mask passes a sign for the NHS test-and-trace service.
In Depth

Does test-and-trace work to keep Covid-19 cases down?

Experts say UK’s £12bn system is having ‘marginal impact’ infections rates - but are other countries faring any better?
26 Oct 2020
NHS cuts 2,000 test and trace jobs as Covid rates soar
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In Brief

NHS cuts 2,000 test and trace jobs as Covid rates soar

Contact tracing team slashed from 12,000 to 10,000
12 Oct 2020
Emergency Nightingale hospitals on standby as cases soar
Nightingale Hospital
In Brief

Emergency Nightingale hospitals on standby as cases soar

NHS chief says more people in hospital than when government ordered lockdown
12 Oct 2020
Covid jabs may begin next month, if vaccine is approved
A doctor wearing sterile gloves prepares a vaccination injection.
In Brief

Covid jabs may begin next month, if vaccine is approved

Five vaccination sites to be set up in major cities as part of mass inoculation roll-out
8 Oct 2020
How track-and-trace chaos led to 23,000 rise in Covid cases
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In Depth

How track-and-trace chaos led to 23,000 rise in Covid cases

Health experts criticise NHS app as glitch blamed for backlog
5 Oct 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
How an ‘experimental arthritis drug’ could help treat Covid
The Lighthouse Lab at Alderley Park in Cheshire
In Brief

How an ‘experimental arthritis drug’ could help treat Covid

Otilimab given to Manchester man as UK clinical trial kicks off
28 Sep 2020
Is a ‘circuit breaker’ Covid-19 lockdown looming for London?
Sadiq Khan
In Depth

Is a ‘circuit breaker’ Covid-19 lockdown looming for London?

Ministers mulling curb on indoor meetings as capital placed on coronavirus watchlist
28 Sep 2020
Instant Opinion: Romney made ‘wrong call’ on Supreme Court
Romney
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Romney made ‘wrong call’ on Supreme Court

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 25 September
25 Sep 2020
Pregnancy pains, electric bubble and killer spies
Pregnant woman Covid
In Brief

Pregnancy pains, electric bubble and killer spies

Should doctors monitor mothers’s alcohol intake? Are electric cars an investment bubble? And should spies have a ‘licence to kill’?
25 Sep 2020
Did NHS 111 fail early coronavirus patients?
NHS 111
In Depth

Did NHS 111 fail early coronavirus patients?

Campaign group calls for inquiry after accusing helpline of giving inadequate medical advice
22 Sep 2020
Covid-flu co-infection ups death risk by 600%, study finds
Experts say findings of new study pose a ‘real worry’ for public health
In Brief

Covid-flu co-infection ups death risk by 600%, study finds

Experts urge Brits to get influenza jab to avoid ‘serious outcomes’
22 Sep 2020
German expert says UK can curb Covid spikes without lockdown
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In Brief

German expert says UK can curb Covid spikes without lockdown

Leading expert calls for end to ‘alarmism’ as death rates fall despite spikes in infections
22 Sep 2020
Instant Opinion: Xi Jinping is ‘world’s most dangerous man’
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In Depth

Instant Opinion: Xi Jinping is ‘world’s most dangerous man’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 15 September
15 Sep 2020