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England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty, British prime minister Boris Johnson and chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance during a media briefing in Downing Street on Monday to outline the government’s new long-term Covid-19 plan. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/PA Wire

Boris Johnson has abolished all legal coronavirus restrictions in England from next Thursday, including the requirement for those test positive to sel(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson: “Lockdowns, further restrictions, are not cost-free for lives, for livelihoods, for life chances, closing schools.” Photograph:  Jack Hill

Boris Johnson has rejected new coronavirus measures as infections reached a record daily figure of 218,724, declaring that Britain could “ride out” th(...)

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair said it was an ‘immense honour’ to have been made a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The medical chiefs leading the UK’s battle against coronavirus have been recognised in the New Year Honours list while Queen Elizabeth has knighted fo(...)

London’s Covent Garden: Many people are staying at home and avoiding crowded places over the next few days. Photograph:  James Manning/PA

A handful of customers were browsing in Hatchards and a few were coming out of Fortnum and Masons with their Eau de Nil carrier bags, but all of the s(...)

A video grab of chief medical officer for England Chris Whitty speaking to a health and social care committee in London. Photograph: Handout/PRU/AFP via Getty

Britain’s chief medical officer has warned that the Omicron variant could send record numbers into hospital, as the country recorded its highest ever (...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson addressing the nation in  a Covid update at Downing Street on Wednesday. Photograph: Tolga Akmen-WPA Pool/Getty Images

At Wednesday evening’s press conference Boris Johnson stood between chief medical officer Chris Whitty and NHS primary care director Nikki Kanani, but(...)

Shoppers walk along Oxford Street in London on Wednesday. Photograph:  Andy Rain/EPA

Boris Johnson has defended his handling of the resurgence of coronavirus as Britain recorded its highest number of daily infections ever and experts w(...)

British health secretary Sajid Javid outside BBC Broadcasting House in London, ahead of appearing on  Sunday’s  Andrew Marr show. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Face masks will be made mandatory in shops and on public transport in England from Tuesday, the British health secretary said on Sunday, under fresh m(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan at a Covid-19 media briefing at the Department of Health on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

One of the striking features of this crisis is how the public has tended to move more quickly and with more alacrity than the authorities. Whenever ca(...)

Chief medical officer for England Chris Whitty denied that there was any conflict between Monday’s decision to offer the vaccine to everyone over 12 and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s (JCVI) advice that the benefit to young teenagers was insufficient to recommend it.  Photograph: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

UK prime minister Boris Johnson will on Tuesday outline his plan for dealing with coronavirus in Britain during the winter without reintroducing lockd(...)

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