Covid-19

  • Australia news live: NSW Health testing dock workers who boarded Covid ship; vaccine rollout reset
    Fifteen Sydney waterfront workers waiting on coronavirus test results after boarding ship carrying infected sailors; national cabinet decision to offer all over-50s AstraZeneca vaccine from 17 May welcomed. Follow the latest updates live Scott Morrison claims future generations will ‘thank us’ despite no new emissions pledge Malcolm Turnbull accuses resources minister Keith Pitt of living…
  • COVID vaccine weekly: UK closes its borders to India to safeguard effects of vaccination
    This week the UK passed the milestone of having given 10 million people a second COVID-19 vaccine dose. This means that over 20% of UK adults are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The effects are beginning to show. COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations and deaths have fallen drastically as vaccine coverage has ramped up. But importantly,…
  • Why calculating the risk of the AstraZeneca vaccine is so difficult – a doctor explains
    Both the European Medicines Agency and the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have concluded there’s a possible link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and rare forms of blood clotting. However, the responses of different countries to these findings have varied significantly. Denmark has withdrawn the vaccine entirely. In Germany the vaccine is only being…
  • Coronavirus live: global record 314,835 new India cases; Covid no longer England and Wales leading cause of death
    Some hospitals in north of India run out of oxygen after record rise in cases; Covid no longer leading cause of death in England and Wales in March Revealed: big shortfall in Covax Covid vaccine-sharing scheme ‘The system has collapsed’: India’s descent into Covid hell India’s response to second wave is warning to other countries…
  • Defence secretary says prejudice led to black and Asian world war one soldiers not being commemorated properly – politics live
    Latest updates: Ben Wallace says Imperial War Graves Commission did not commemorate all soldiers equally UK failure to commemorate black and Asian war dead known ‘for years’ Inquiry blames ‘pervasive racism’ for unequal commemoration of troops Boris Johnson may be questioned by senior MPs on use of personal phone Fifth of UK Covid contracts ‘raised…
  • ‘Today we did it’: Joe Biden touts 200m vaccine shots administered – live
    President promised 200m jabs in his first 100 days Biden to urge employers to give paid time off for vaccinations Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 12.07am BST The Department of Homeland Security Office has not had effective oversight for years, a new Government Accountability Office review found. Analysts…
  • PMQs: Johnson faces Starmer after Labour accuses PM of ‘stench of sleaze’ over texts to James Dyson – live
    Latest updates: party critical over revelation that PM assured Dyson he would intervene over tax bills for staff Boris Johnson ‘promised James Dyson he would fix tax issue’ Global coronavirus updates – live 12.09pm BST Starmer says thousands of businesses stepped up. But they did not all have the PM’s phone number. He says thousands…
  • Coronavirus live news: Protests over new German Covid restrictions law; India sees over 200,000 new cases again
    Protesters gather in Berlin as parliament debates law to impose restrictions; India’s Covid surge continues to gather pace How vaccines are affecting Covid-19 outbreaks globally Delhi warns hospitals running out of oxygen Japan to declare state of emergency amid pre-Olympics surge See all our coronavirus coverage 11.54am BST In the UK, less than 2% of…
  • High-filtration masks only work when they fit – so we created a new way to test if they do
    US 2015/Shutterstock During the pandemic, the prevailing thought has been that a high-filtration mask – such as an N95, KN95 or FFP3 – should offer better protection than a surgical or fabric mask. However, recent research I conducted with colleagues at the University of Cambridge suggests this isn’t necessarily the case. For these masks to…
  • High-filtration masks only work when they fit – so we created a new way to test if they do
    US 2015/Shutterstock During the pandemic, the prevailing thought has been that a high-filtration mask – such as an N95, KN95 or FFP3 – should offer better protection than a surgical or fabric mask. However, recent research I conducted with colleagues at the University of Cambridge suggests this isn’t necessarily the case. For these masks to…
  • Exercise boosts immunity and makes vaccines more effective – new study
    The availability of vaccines has brought hope for the end of the pandemic. Yet COVID deaths and cases are still surging around the world. As we try to immunise the world, the most likely scenario for the next few years is that COVID-19 will be like other infectious diseases, such as flu, that we will…
  • Exercise boosts immunity and makes vaccines more effective – new study
    The availability of vaccines has brought hope for the end of the pandemic. Yet COVID deaths and cases are still surging around the world. As we try to immunise the world, the most likely scenario for the next few years is that COVID-19 will be like other infectious diseases, such as flu, that we will…
  • Australia news live: Brittany Higgins to ask PM to fix ‘systemic coercive control’ in Parliament House
    Former Liberal staffer outlines plan for meeting with Scott Morrison. Follow all the latest news and updates, live Australian aged care workers relying on spare Covid vaccines and confusing advice, survey finds Australia should consider giving more AstraZeneca vaccine to PNG, key Covid adviser says 12.23am BST The doors have opened 40 minutes early here…
  • Netflix records dramatic slowdown in subscribers as pandemic boom wears off
    Streaming giant adds 4m subscribers, 2m below forecast Company blames dearth of new content and last year’s growth Netflix reported a dramatic slowdown in subscribers in the first three months of 2021, ending a record run in growth during the coronavirus pandemic. The streaming giant added 4 million new subscribers in the first quarter, 2…
  • Russian COVID vaccine: why more and more countries are turning to Sputnik V
    When the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, announced on August 11 2020 that the country’s health regulator had become the first in the world to approve a COVID-19 vaccine for widespread use, the news was greeted with scepticism. No trials had been completed on the vaccine’s safety and efficacy. While the initial reception of Sputnik V…
  • Russian COVID vaccine: why more and more countries are turning to Sputnik V
    When the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, announced on August 11 2020 that the country’s health regulator had become the first in the world to approve a COVID-19 vaccine for widespread use, the news was greeted with scepticism. No trials had been completed on the vaccine’s safety and efficacy. While the initial reception of Sputnik V…
  • Q+A: Indian coronavirus variant – what is it and what effect will it have?
    British prime minister Boris Johnson has cancelled his trip to India, with the country being added to the UK’s “red list” of restricted destinations. COVID-19 cases in India are rising sharply and a specific variant of the virus – B1617 – is becoming increasingly common there. B1617 has also been found outside of India, including…
  • Q+A: Indian coronavirus variant – what is it and what effect will it have?
    British prime minister Boris Johnson has cancelled his trip to India, with the country being added to the UK’s “red list” of restricted destinations. COVID-19 cases in India are rising sharply and a specific variant of the virus – B1617 – is becoming increasingly common there. B1617 has also been found outside of India, including…
  • UK Covid live: ministers created confusion by muddling lockdown guidance with law, police watchdog says
    Latest updates: HMIC report also highlights ‘frequent frustration’ of police forces over lack of notice about changes to Covid rules 12.15pm BST Downing Street has just released its readout from the meeting that Boris Johnson held this morning with the Football Association, the Premier League and representatives from some supporters’ groups. It says: The prime…
  • Coronavirus live news: EU to rule on J&J vaccine safety; India records nearly 1.6m cases in a week
    EU drug regulator to make ruling on Tuesday; India government says all adults to be eligible for vaccine in May as cases skyrocket; US ships vaccines for all overseas workforce Indian expansion of Covid vaccine drive may further strain supplies What do we know about the Indian coronavirus variant? Greta Thunberg condemns vaccine inequality between…
  • COVID: Is it OK to manipulate people into getting vaccinated?
    The vaccine does contain a microchip, but it means you'll get free wifi. Rido/Shutterstock Bored Panda, a website that publishes “lightweight and inoffensive topics”, reports an allegedly true case from the US of a woman who refused to have her child vaccinated. The woman, who is described as a “conspiracy theory magnet”, provided 15 reasons…
  • COVID: Is it OK to manipulate people into getting vaccinated?
    The vaccine does contain a microchip, but it means you'll get free wifi. Rido/Shutterstock Bored Panda, a website that publishes “lightweight and inoffensive topics”, reports an allegedly true case from the US of a woman who refused to have her child vaccinated. The woman, who is described as a “conspiracy theory magnet”, provided 15 reasons…
  • Australia news live: countries investing in new coal ‘will hear from US’; states urge speedier Covid vaccine rollout
    Antony Blinken delivers warning to climate laggards. Follow all the latest news and updates, live 12.05am BST No local cases of Covid-19 in Victoria by the way, if you were wondering. Vaccines also seem to have picked up again after the weekend. Yesterday there were no new local cases and 1 new case acquired overseas…
  • Ivermectin: why a potential COVID treatment isn’t recommended for use
    As the search continues for treatments for COVID-19, the results from a number of studies have led to changes in the advice on which drugs to give people who are suffering from the disease. The European Medicines Agency and the United States National Institutes of Health have recently stated that one previously promising treatment –…