Covid-19

  • Vaccine rollout: history shows us that it’s always a bit shambolic
    “The scientists have done it,” said the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson in December 2020, hailing the development of the new COVID-19 vaccine. Johnson insisted that this success brought “sure and certain knowledge” that people would soon be able to reclaim their lives. But since this optimistic declaration, the COVID vaccine rollout has been beset…
  • Lockdown, quarantine and self-isolation: how different COVID restrictions affect our mental health
    Zamuruew/Shutterstock In the year since the city of Wuhan, China, went into the world’s first coronavirus lockdown, we have all had to live under some form of pandemic-related restriction. Some countries have opted for strict national lockdowns, like the one currently in place in the UK, while other countries such as Taiwan have opted for…
  • Coronavirus live news: WHO says UK variant detected in 60 countries; Dutch government set to introduce curfew
    Variant first detected in Britain found in 60 countries; Dutch curfew set to be introduced between 8.30pm and 4.30am; new measures in Beijing Biden holds memorial for 400,000 Americans who have died of Covid-19 Covid unlikely to die out, says New Zealand health chief Ashley Bloomfield Sadiq Khan: London missed out on early share of…
  • UK Covid live: Priti Patel calls for vaccine list to be changed so police get priority
    Latest updates: home secretary suggests she wants to move police ‘up the ranks’ for vaccinations Met chief ‘baffled’ by lack of Covid vaccines for police Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage 11.06am GMT Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow home secretary, has described the admission from Priti Patel that she wanted to close the…
  • Coronavirus Australia live: Victoria records 14 days with no local Covid cases as two tennis players test positive
    Two positive Covid tennis cases reclassified as cases of ‘viral shedding’ from previous infection, but hard lockdown of those who shared flights remains. Follow latest updates NSW hotspots; Queensland hotspots State-by-state restrictions and lockdown rules explained Follow the global coronavirus liveblog 11.24pm GMT A reader has been in touch to thank me for alerting them…
  • Giuseppe Conte wins confidence vote in Italy's senate by slim margin
    Prime minister faces leading an even more unstable coalition after exit of Matteo Renzi’s party Italy’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, has managed to cling to power, but he will plough ahead with an even more fragile government as the country battles to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic and recession. Conte, who has led two different…
  • Coronavirus variants: how did they evolve and what do they mean?
    When supplies of oxygen at hospitals in Manaus, Brazil, recently ran out, the airforce was called in for emergency evacuations while healthcare workers frantically tried to save lives with manual ventilation. For those that could not be saved, there was only morphine and a final hand-squeeze. As calamitous as the situation is for those affected,…
  • Coronavirus variants: how did they evolve and what do they mean?
    When supplies of oxygen at hospitals in Manaus, Brazil, recently ran out, the airforce was called in for emergency evacuations while healthcare workers frantically tried to save lives with manual ventilation. For those that could not be saved, there was only morphine and a final hand-squeeze. As calamitous as the situation is for those affected,…
  • Big data can help doctors predict which COVID patients will become seriously ill
    The pandemic continues to pose huge challenges to health services worldwide. Hospitals are in crisis as the pace of new COVID-19 cases outstrips their capacity. What makes things particularly difficult is that the coronavirus doesn’t affect everyone in the same way. Being able to better predict which patients will get seriously ill would allow hospitals…
  • Big data can help doctors predict which COVID patients will become seriously ill
    The pandemic continues to pose huge challenges to health services worldwide. Hospitals are in crisis as the pace of new COVID-19 cases outstrips their capacity. What makes things particularly difficult is that the coronavirus doesn’t affect everyone in the same way. Being able to better predict which patients will get seriously ill would allow hospitals…
  • Coronavirus live news: China builds quarantine centre for 4,000 people; California passes 3m cases
    China builds Covid-19 quarantine centre for Shijiazhuang; California cases have left hospitals overwhelmed Trump lifting Covid travel restrictions on UK, much of Europe and Brazil WHO: just 25 Covid vaccine doses administered in low-income countries Biden camp rejects Trump changes to travel restrictions California is first state to pass 3m Covid cases See all our…
  • UK Covid live: minister plays down chart showing UK's death rate currently worst in world
    Latest updates: Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis says ‘we’re not through this virus yet’ but claims comparisons are unfair One in four UK young people have felt ‘unable to cope’ in pandemic Holiday bookings surge as Covid vaccinations increase travel hopes Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage 11.15am GMT Many NHS hospitals…
  • Coronavirus Australia live: stranded Victorians return from Sydney as tourism industry warned international border could be shut all year
    Twenty-five of Sydney’s 35 local government areas were downgraded from ‘red’ to ‘orange’ zones on Monday night. Follow latest updates NSW hotspots; Queensland hotspots Follow the global coronavirus liveblog 11.25pm GMT Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has also been speaking in Melbourne. He announced that a walkway to the MCG will be renamed Daniher’s Way in…
  • Coronavirus live news: UK had world's highest Covid death toll last week; more countries record new variant
    UK had highest Covid death toll in week to 17 January with 16.5 deaths per 1m people; Czech Republic and Japan find Covid variant first detected in UK WHO: just 25 Covid vaccine doses administered in low-income countries Germany weighs up mandatory FFP2 masks in shops and on transport Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro sends oxygen to…
  • Joggers and cyclists should wear masks – here’s why
    Tom Wang/Shutterstock England is deep into its third lockdown, yet the daily tally of new COVID cases and deaths remains sickeningly high. As Chris Whitty, the country’s chief medical officer, said recently, more needs to be done to bring the pandemic under control. Masks, which when worn correctly are highly effective in reducing transmission, are…
  • Joggers and cyclists should wear masks – here’s why
    Tom Wang/Shutterstock England is deep into its third lockdown, yet the daily tally of new COVID cases and deaths remains sickeningly high. As Chris Whitty, the country’s chief medical officer, said recently, more needs to be done to bring the pandemic under control. Masks, which when worn correctly are highly effective in reducing transmission, are…
  • How anti-vax memes replicate through satire and irony
    Don/KnowYourMeme For most of us, memes are the harmless fodder of an “extremely online” internet culture, floating benignly between different social media platforms — and, on the whole, making us laugh. But in the shadier corners of the internet, like on the forum 4chan, memes can quickly mutate from jokes into more ambiguous, shocking and…
  • COVID-19 vaccines: how and when will lower-income countries get access?
    COVID-19 vaccination programmes are gathering pace in high-income countries, but for much of the world, the future looks bleaker. Although a number of middle-income countries have started rolling out vaccines, widespread vaccination could still be years away. The first two COVID-19 vaccines authorised in Europe and the United States – made by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna…
  • 'Risky, vague, inconsistent': nursery teachers in England lament Covid strategy
    Three teachers talk about the impact of having to stay open Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage As unions call on the government to close early years education settings in line with schools to protect staff and contain the spread of coronavirus, nursery staff report feeling abandoned and scared to go to…
  • UK Covid live: Starmer says PM's decision to abstain on extending £20-per-week benefit uplift 'pathetic'
    Latest news: Nadhim Zahawi criticises Sir Keir Starmer’s motion calling for government to abandon plans to scrap uplift to universal credit Scrap benefits cut to stop millions falling into poverty, PM told London to start trialling first 24-hour vaccination centres Lord Sumption tells stage 4 cancer patient her life is ‘less valuable’ When and how…
  • Coronavirus Australia live: Australian Open tennis quarantine disarray; health department chief says overseas travel unlikely this year
    Seventy-two tennis players who flew to Melbourne frustrated they are unable to leave their hotel rooms to train. Follow latest updates live Australia’s international borders unlikely to reopen this year NSW hotspots; Queensland hotspots; Victoria hotspots Follow the global coronavirus liveblog Hunt reassures Australians over vaccine rollout Chaos hits Australian Open with competitors confined to…
  • NSW and Sydney Covid trend map: where coronavirus cases are rising or falling
    Guardian Australia analysis and map shows how the pattern of Covid-19 has changed by region and throughout Sydney. Live data updates will track the numbers throughout New South Wales NSW Covid-19 hotspots list Sign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email A Guardian Australia analysis of coronavirus cases in NSW shows where Covid-19 infections have been…
  • How to stay safe with a new fast-spreading coronavirus variant on the loose
    The new SARS-CoV-2 variant's increased transmissibility is believed to come from a change in the spike protein, visible here in yellow under an electron microscope. National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases A fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been found in at least 10 states, and people are wondering: How do…
  • Coronavirus live: every UK adult 'to be offered first vaccine by September'; Sydney struggles to quash cluster
    Dominic Raab says government aiming for early autumn target for first dose rollout; New South Wales records six new cases India begins world’s biggest Covid vaccination program Staff ‘pressured to go back to work’ in breach of UK Covid rules Australian Open sees fourth case as player warned for quarantine breach ‘I never thought we…