Covid outbreak in Tibet leaves thousands of Chinese tourists stranded

Travellers barred from sightseeing or returning home until confirmed clear of disease as authorities struggle to contain cases Thousands of Chinese tourists have been left stranded in Tibet as authorities in the region struggle to contain a fresh Covid outbreak. In recent months, at the same time as many cities went into lockdowns, Chinese touristsContinue reading “Covid outbreak in Tibet leaves thousands of Chinese tourists stranded”

DfT provides extra £130m for endangered bus routes in England

Services in the north-east and South Yorkshire were facing cuts as end of pandemic funding nears Regional bus services in England that were facing the axe have been given a reprieve after the government announced £130m of funding to keep them going for at least six months. Services in the north-east and South Yorkshire wereContinue reading “DfT provides extra £130m for endangered bus routes in England”

Calls grow for Scottish MP to quit after she pleads guilty to breaking Covid rules

Former SNP politician Margaret Ferrier under more pressure after admitting she failed to self-isolate Constituents of the Covid rule-breaking MP Margaret Ferrier are said to be “aghast” that she remains in post, as calls for her to resign gathered pace after she pleaded guilty on Thursday to “culpably and recklessly” exposing the public to theContinue reading “Calls grow for Scottish MP to quit after she pleads guilty to breaking Covid rules”

Covid was a huge blow for UK arts venues. The energy crisis could be a fatal one | Charlotte Higgins

There is no price cap for businesses, so the fuel bills of many theatres and venues will become completely unmanageable Imagine a small music venue. There are many such places dotted around the UK, the sort of spot where you might catch an up-and-coming band, some folk or jazz, the occasional standup comedian. I’m thinkingContinue reading “Covid was a huge blow for UK arts venues. The energy crisis could be a fatal one | Charlotte Higgins”

‘Most have thrown their hands up’: has the US forgotten about Covid?

As Americans go about their daily lives, severely affected Covid patients are wondering if others are moving too quickly from the worst days of the pandemic Despite signs that indicate the latest Covid-19 surge is slowing down, an average of 400 deaths in the US is still reported on a daily basis. Various mask andContinue reading “‘Most have thrown their hands up’: has the US forgotten about Covid?”

Instagram and Facebook suspend Robert Kennedy Jr’s anti-vaccine group

Critics calls move ‘too late too little’ after group repeatedly violated policies on Covid-19 misinformation Instagram and Facebook have suspended a prominent anti-vaccine group led by Robert Kennedy Jr for repeatedly violating rules prohibiting misinformation about Covid-19. The non-profit, Children’s Health Defense (CHD), is one of the most influential anti-vaccine organizations active on social media,Continue reading “Instagram and Facebook suspend Robert Kennedy Jr’s anti-vaccine group”

British travellers left struggling to board flights after NHS Covid pass down

Users trying to check in for flights were left unable to access proof of their vaccination status for several hours on Thursday night British travellers were left struggling to board flights after the NHS Covid Pass system went down for several hours on Thursday night. Users trying to access proof of their vaccination status viaContinue reading “British travellers left struggling to board flights after NHS Covid pass down”

‘Unethical’ for GPs to charge to prescribe Covid antivirals, Australian charity says

Council on the Ageing says doctors who charge consultation fee for prescription for older people should be called out Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast Failing to bulk bill pensioners who require life-saving Covid-19 antivirals is “morally bankrupt” and “unethical”, the head of the national peak body for olderContinue reading “‘Unethical’ for GPs to charge to prescribe Covid antivirals, Australian charity says”

The Guardian view on the A-level class of 2022: they made the grade | Editorial

In spite of Covid’s disruptions, the latest sixth form leavers came through successfully. They do not deserve universities that are starved of money If ever there was a cohort of school leavers who deserved congratulations on their A-level results, it is surely the class of 2022, who received their grades on Thursday. No group ofContinue reading “The Guardian view on the A-level class of 2022: they made the grade | Editorial”

NHS England to roll out dual-variant Covid jab from September

Booster programme to start on 5 September as reports say NHS does not have enough stock of new jab The NHS will launch its Covid booster programme on 5 September, officials have said, as it prepares to becomes the world’s first healthcare system to offer a next-generation vaccine that targets both the original strain ofContinue reading “NHS England to roll out dual-variant Covid jab from September”

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