English schools face tighter mask rules in government plan to reassure parents

Pupils will have to wear masks outside classroom bubbles amid plans for mass use of lateral flow tests Rules governing the wearing of masks in schools will be tightened when pupils return to classrooms in England, as the government plans a PR campaign to build up parents’ confidence in school safety ahead of reopening nextContinue reading “English schools face tighter mask rules in government plan to reassure parents”

UK charities urgently call on PM to set up emergency fund

Cancer Research UK and Comic Relief among charities who signed open letter to Boris Johnson Hundreds of the UK’s biggest charity names, including Cancer Research UK, Comic Relief and Samaritans have signed a joint letter to the prime minister, Boris Johnson, calling on the government to set up an emergency support fund for the voluntaryContinue reading “UK charities urgently call on PM to set up emergency fund”

England’s poorest areas hit by Covid ‘perfect storm’ – leaked report

Exclusive: government analysis reveals unmet financial needs of many people needing to self-isolate Why Leicester, Blackburn and Bradford have been hit hard by Covid Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A “perfect storm” of low wages, cramped housing and failures of the £22bn test-and-trace scheme has led to “stubbornly high” coronavirus ratesContinue reading “England’s poorest areas hit by Covid ‘perfect storm’ – leaked report”

Why Leicester, Blackburn and Bradford have been hit hard by Covid

Leaders blame social inequalities, mistrust, and failures of test-and-trace system England’s poorest areas hit by Covid ‘perfect storm’ – leaked report Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Leicester’s deputy mayor, Sarah Russell, sees a pattern in the latest data on the spread of coronavirus in the city. “We don’t get the peaksContinue reading “Why Leicester, Blackburn and Bradford have been hit hard by Covid”

The Guardian view on economic predictions: no time to bank on a recovery

When Andrew Haldane claims post-Covid UK is ‘poised like a coiled spring’, he does no favours to either his reputation or the debate over the future To state the blindingly obvious, the chief economist of the Bank of England, Andrew Haldane, is an intelligent man. No boilerplate praise, this: his speeches on subjects as variedContinue reading “The Guardian view on economic predictions: no time to bank on a recovery”

The Guardian view on two-party politics: a binary choice is bad for democracy

The pandemic has postponed the crisis of representation exposed by the Brexit referendum that forced people – and the UK’s nations – apart The pandemic has not dimmed hostility between political parties at Westminster, but it has downgraded the contest as a focus of public attention. Identification as Labour or Conservative is marginal to mostContinue reading “The Guardian view on two-party politics: a binary choice is bad for democracy”

Air systems in some UK quarantine hotels ‘risk spreading Covid’

Expert says some hotels’ ventilation systems provide inadequate airflow or could spread virus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Some quarantine hotels housing people who have travelled to the UK from Covid-19 hotspots are using ventilation systems that risk causing localised outbreaks, according to a report. The ventilation expert’s survey, seen byContinue reading “Air systems in some UK quarantine hotels ‘risk spreading Covid’”

How we are counting every US healthcare worker who dies from coronavirus

Over 70 reporters at the Guardian and Kaiser Health News have scrutinized data sources, interviewed the bereaved and spoken with healthcare experts Why is there a need to count frontline healthcare worker deaths from Covid-19? Continue reading… from Coronavirus | The Guardian via COVID-19 Alerts

Cummings a Tory rebel? The Covid cronyism shows he’s just another insider | Owen Jones

Revelations about government contracts make a mockery of his carefully cultivated anti-elite image Dominic Cummings is the perfect totem for rightwing populism. You can see it in his careful cultivation of outsider status, from his theatrical bickering with the press pack camped outside his home (he pretends to find it all slightly irritating, but youContinue reading “Cummings a Tory rebel? The Covid cronyism shows he’s just another insider | Owen Jones”

‘I’ve accepted the risk’: volunteering to be exposed to Covid in new trials

Healthy adult volunteers aged 18 to 30 will be exposed to virus in controlled environment Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Human challenge trials for coronavirus are to begin in the UK, a world first in the global fight against Covid-19. Healthy adult volunteers aged between 18 and 30 will be exposedContinue reading “‘I’ve accepted the risk’: volunteering to be exposed to Covid in new trials”

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