British prime minister Boris Johnson speaks about being infected with coronavirus He is on home quarantine but continues to work. Photograph: EPA/via Twitter

The British government has faced accusations of carelessness in failing to protect prime minister Boris Johnson and health secretary Matt Hancock from(...)

First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill during a coronavirus briefing at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, on Friday. Photograph: PA

A forum to advise the Northern Executive on how to deal with the coronavirus emergency is to be formed over the weekend, it was announced on Friday am(...)

Floor traders from TradeMas work in an off-site trading office in Brooklyn as the New York Stock Exchange remained closed, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/ Reuters

European shares closed in the red on Friday after the EU failed to agree on a coronavirus rescue package. Uncertainty resurfaced in the market, draggi(...)

Medical ventilators being constructed at the OES medical supply company in Witney. The National Health Service  has said it needs thousands more ventilators to treat patients with coronavirus. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Britain could take part in a European Union procurement scheme for ventilators in future after missing an email from Brussels inviting it to participa(...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson gives his first remote news conference on coronavirus at Downing Street on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Parsons/Reuters

A 15-minute test to show if someone has been exposed to coronavirus could be made available to millions through high street chemist shops and online d(...)

A general view of Copper Box Arena during day three of the Boxing Road to Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying event at the Copper Box in London last week. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

The International Olympic Committee has been accused of putting athletes’ health in jeopardy after two Turkish boxers and their head coach tested posi(...)

Woodies’ owner Grafton is shutting its UK businesses.

DIY and builders’ supplier group Grafton is shutting UK businesses while suspending a dividend payment to save €32 million as it faces an “inevitable”(...)

Emergency notices erected at a closed playground at St Mary’s Field  in Wallington, UK. Photograph: Mark Trowbridge/Getty

Britons who flout the British government’s instructions to stay at home face on-the-spot fines of £30 (€32.60) which could rise significantly if neede(...)

One further death and 204 new confirmed cases pf Covid-19 have been reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team at its daily briefing on Tue(...)

Claire Byrne. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Absurdity mixed with slow-rising dread has become part of the fabric of daily life, and there is lots of both as Claire Byrne presents from her shed f(...)

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