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”

How governments were left playing catch-up on misinformation

The growth and spread of misinformation poses a fundamental threat to Australian society, experts say. The government’s cautious approach to countering it won’t work Australia: fertile ground for misinformation and QAnon When Michael Marom steers his Telstra-branded company car past the site of a planned 5G tower on the streets of Mullumbimby, it draws aContinue reading “How governments were left playing catch-up on misinformation”

UK Covid lockdowns can be eased quicker due to vaccines and data, MPs told

Expert says there is more confidence in scientific analysis showing risks Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The success of the vaccination programme makes it possible to consider lifting the lockdown restrictions, scientists have told MPs, but the UK should not expect to become Covid-free like New Zealand. Mark Woolhouse, professor ofContinue reading “UK Covid lockdowns can be eased quicker due to vaccines and data, MPs told”

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