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 Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer (right) leaving the Garden Museum in south London on Tuesday after holding a press conference. Photograph:  Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

Keir Starmer has shattered Britain’s fragile, cross-party consensus on coronavirus, calling for a “circuit breaker” lockdown in England lasting two or(...)

Customers   in the Richmond pub in Liverpool watch a statement by the British prime minister  Boris Johnson, as parts of the North of England brace  themselves for the most stringent Tier 3 controls. Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA

Boris Johnson’s coronavirus press conference in Downing Street on Monday night had the same setting, the same format and the same cast list as many th(...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson   during a virtual press conference inside 10 Downing Street   after announcing a new Covid-19 three-tier alert system.  Photograph: Toby Melville/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson has outlined a three-tier system of local coronavirus lockdowns for England, announcing that Liverpool will be under the most severe res(...)

Revellers enjoy a night out in the centre of Liverpool, England, where new  Covid-19 restrictions  are set to be introduced  in the coming days. Photograph:  Lindsey Parnaby / AFP

Parts of England will be split into “medium”, “high”, or “very high” local Covid-19 alert areas under a new three-tier system prime minister Boris Joh(...)

Shoppers, some wearing a face mask or covering, walk past a sign alerting pedestrians to social distancing  in Newcastle city centre on September 17th. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty

Coronavirus cases have doubled in the majority of English cities and towns that are subject to long-term local lockdowns, amid growing concern that re(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson on his visit to Exeter gave a misleading description of new measures coming into force from midnight on Wednesday in the northeast of England. Photograph: Getty

British prime minister Boris Johnson is under growing pressure to give MPs a vote on future coronavirus restrictions, as cases reached a record high a(...)

Britain’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance leaving 11 Downing Street in London on Monday. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images

All pubs, bars and restaurants in England will have to close at 10pm from next Thursday, and will be limited to table service only under new measures (...)

 Britain’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty (L) and Britain’s Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Britain’s senior scientific experts have warned that Covid-19 cases are doubling every week and could reach 50,000 a day by the middle of October if n(...)

A person is tested at a coronavirus testing centre in Leeds on Monday. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The chief medical officers of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland said in a joint statement that the entire UK should move to Level 4. The(...)

Around 300 fans had been allowed into the first morning of the World Snooker championships on Friday. Photograph: Getty Images

The sports industry has been dealt another blow after the British government withdrew permission for some fans to watch events inside venues with imme(...)

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