Society

  • Tighter Covid rules imposed on more areas of England and Wales
    Leeds, Cardiff and Swansea among areas affected, with London placed on ‘watchlist’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage New coronavirus restrictions have been announced for Leeds, parts of Wales and more towns in the north-west, bringing the numbers affected by stricter measures to 21.3 million, as London was placed on the government’s … Read More
  • Covering the race for a Covid vaccine: 'The speed of progress is astonishing'
    The Guardian’s health editor surveys the remarkable global efforts to develop effective protection against coronavirus Incredibly fast. Faster than any vaccine has ever been developed before, but we will have to wait a while longer yet. Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: Covering the race for a Covid vaccine: 'The speed of progress is astonishing' ———
  • Children urged to strike against lack of action on climate emergency
    Schoolchildren to protest on Friday in first such action since coronavirus pandemic struckSchoolchildren around the world are being urged to go on strike to protest against a lack of action on the climate crisis.Children and their supporters are invited to take to the streets on Friday, if it is safe to do so, or to … Read More
  • If the Labour conference were on now, would I be knocked over by a rush of ideas? | Will Hutton
    Health, the workplace, our place in the world… is the party thinking big thoughts? In normal times, the Labour party would be assembling this weekend to attempt catharsis after the most savage electoral defeat since the 1930s. It looked into the abyss of a split, but has held together. Just. Yet Covid-19 makes impossible an … Read More
  • The meritocracy has had its day. How else to explain the rise of Dido Harding? | Nick Cohen
    Public service jobs once went to people who knew what they were doing. Boris Johnson would rather promote a courtier Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Who knew that children go to school in September? Who guessed that hundreds of thousands of students head to universities where they – and easily shocked … Read More
  • Hands, face, space? Johnson's Covid message has got priorities wrong, scientists warn
    Physical distancing, far more than washing hands, is the most critical factor in preventing spread of the virus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The latest drive to help halt the spread of Covid-19 has been criticised by senior scientists for placing insufficient emphasis on the issues of ventilation and the need … Read More
  • Troubled test-and-trace system drafts in management consultants
    Guardian learns ‘hundreds’ of consultancy staff ‘on standby’ for ‘back-office’ roles with other firms contacted for help Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The government is preparing to shore up its £10bn coronavirus test-and-trace programme by drafting in teams of management consultants. The programme, where 90% of tests are failing to hit … Read More
  • Plans to ration Covid testing in England will prioritise healthcare and teachers
    Government promises to publish tiered system while Labour says country ‘being taken back to April’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Rationing plans for coronavirus tests in England will prioritise NHS patients, staff, care homes and key workers – especially teachers – as the government grapples with the surge in demand. Whitehall … Read More
  • The Guardian view on politics and the environment: we demand better | Editorial
    The British public are way ahead of the government in their ideas for a fairer, greener country. Time for Downing Street to listen Earlier this month, a dance troupe on an ITV light entertainment show created one of the most complained-about television moments of the past decade. In their performance, the dancers of Diversity reflected … Read More
  • From tearaways to tractor kids: putting down roots on a care farm
    Young people with a range of troubles are among many groups thriving on the rural lifestyle offered by Future Roots in DorsetPhotographs by Alex TurnerJordan Ellis was not suited to school. “I couldn’t just sit there and concentrate. I had to mess about. I hate just sitting in the classroom working, listening to the teachers … Read More
  • Coronavirus: England 'on knife-edge' as cases rise and lockdowns grow
    Former chief scientific adviser issues warning to government after huge surge in cases Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage New cases of coronavirus are doubling almost weekly across England, figures revealed, as Birmingham became the biggest local authority to announce a tightening of lockdown measures and health officials flagged “worrying signs” of … Read More
  • Meet the trans key workers treating, teaching and serving the UK
    Five trans key workers describe life at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic Last year, London hosted its first Trans Pride. The event returns on Saturday with a protest calling for reform of the Gender Recognition Act and supporting the rights of intersex and non-binary people. With the coronavirus pandemic as a backdrop to the … Read More
  • Covid outbreak at Somerset hospital linked to 18 deaths
    Weston general hospital issues apology over deaths of patients who contracted virus there Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Covid-19 may have contributed to the deaths of 18 people who contracted the infection while being treated at Weston general hospital in Somerset, an investigation has found. The layout of the hospital and … Read More
  • Charmaine Griffiths: Covid could set us back years on medical discoveries
    The British Heart Foundation chief on how the virus has halved the charity’s research funds and why the government must step in Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage If Charmaine Griffiths had a blood pressure monitor strapped to her arm it would probably show a rise in her heart rate while she … Read More
  • The Guardian view on Covid-19 and the young: a new, dangerous phase | Editorial
    The government must act to prevent a sharp rise in infections among the under 25s becoming the catalyst for a second wave The huge rise in new Covid-19 cases reported over the last two days should serve as a wake-up call, after a summer when political focus has been more on reopening the economy than … Read More
  • Government apologises for Covid testing delays at UK care homes
    Nursing home operator says results are taking seven days instead of promised 72 hours Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The government has been forced to apologise for continuing delays to Covid testing, which care home bosses and GPs warn are threatening to lead to more infections among the most vulnerable people. … Read More
  • Greta Thunberg: don't dump climate crisis on children to fix
    World political leaders must step up on the environment, activist tells Venice film festival showing of documentary about herThe Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has called for more action to be taken to address the climate crisis, which she says has slipped dangerously off the political agenda.Thunberg appeared by video link at the Venice film festival … Read More
  • Nearly 30,000 tonnes of sewage sludge containing human waste to enter UK
    Shipment from Amsterdam has been approved despite health concerns, FoI request revealsSewage sludge containing human waste from the Netherlands has been passed for import to the UK, to be used on farmland as fertiliser, despite concerns over the safety of its use.Spreading the sludge on farmland is banned in the Netherlands, where incineration is preferred, … Read More
  • How the race for a Covid-19 vaccine is getting dirty
    Scientists worldwide are working against the clock to find a viable coronavirus vaccine – but are corners being cut for the sake of political gain and profit? Global coronavirus updates – live To begin with, it felt like a sleek performance from a well-honed relay team. On 11 January, only 10 days after reporting a … Read More
  • Green teen memes: how TikTok could save the planet
    The video-sharing app has 800 million users, many of them conscious young eco-influencers campaigning on issues from climate change to biodiversityPhilip Aiken has received more than 1.4m likes on the video-sharing app TikTok. But his videos don’t feature cute animals and there are no celebrities to be seen. Aiken’s posts are about soil restoration.The 27-year-old … Read More
  • Littering unpunished by many councils in England and Wales
    Campaigners call for penalties to rise to £1,000 after FOI data reveals lack of punitive actionMost councils issue less than one fine a week to litterers, according to data obtained via freedom of information rules, with one in six issuing no fines at all across a year.Enforcement varied widely, with a handful of the councils … Read More
  • Children raised in greener areas have higher IQ, study finds
    Research also found lower levels of difficult behaviour in rich and poor neighbourhoodsChildren growing up in greener urban areas have increased intelligence and lower levels of difficult behaviour, a study has found.The analysis of more than 600 children aged 10-15 showed a 3% increase in the greenness of their neighbourhood raised their IQ score by … Read More
  • Coronavirus pandemic halts life-saving UK cancer and heart disease research
    Thousands of clinical trials have closed permanently or been suspended – and may never have the cash to restart Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage More than 1,500 clinical trials of new drugs and treatments for cancers, heart disease and other serious illnesses have been permanently closed down in Britain in the … Read More
  • The Guardian view on play streets: where asphalt meets grassroots | Editorial
    Opening up more roads for safe games and socialising has been one good thing to come out of the pandemic Play is a serious business. It is essential for children’s learning, mental wellbeing and life skills such as teamwork. But outside of organised sport and early years education, where play is central, policymakers rarely address … Read More