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Revellers drinking in the Soho area of London as restrictions are further eased during the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Justin Tallis, AFP via Getty

Fears that emergency services would be overwhelmed after pubs and restaurants reopened in England have not materialised, according to initial reports.(...)

Spinney Hill Park in Leicester: A council worker carries rubbish from a coronavirus testing centre. Photograph: Jacob King

Leicester’s mayor has urged people to “stick together” and stay at home after the city was put back into lockdown following a surge in coronavirus cas(...)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a speech during a visit to Dudley College of Technology. Photograph: Paul Ellis/PA Wire.

Boris Johnson has promised to act fast to boost spending on infrastructure in the face of the looming recession, as he returned to his manifesto pledg(...)

UK health secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons Leicester accounted for about 10% of all positive cases in the UK over the past week. Photograph: PA Wire

The UK government will change the law to enforce the local lockdown in Leicester, health secretary Matt Hancock has said. Speaking to Sky News on Mon(...)

 A young vendor sells facemasks on a street near a restricted area sealed by the authorities in Lahore, Pakistan on Thursday, as Covid-19 coronavirus cases continue to rise. Photograph:  Arif Ali/AFP

More than 9.6 million cases of coronavirus have been recorded worldwide with more than 489,920 deaths, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins(...)

Technology may seem like a saviour in these pandemic times, but is it falling short? Photograph: iStock

Technology may seem like a saviour in these pandemic times, but is it falling short? After initial pledges to have an Irish contact-tracing app for co(...)

Researchers from Trinity College Dublin said there could be issues with the technology on public transport

The bluetooth technology being used by contact tracing apps may be less accurate than initially thought, particularly on public transport, according t(...)

Britain’s health secretary Matt Hancock: “The prime minister talked to Daniel Rashford, he considered it and made his decision – I think it’s terrific.” Photograph:  Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/AFP via Getty Images

UK health secretary Matt Hancock has said he may have had “Harry Potter on the mind” when he mistakenly praised “Daniel Rashford” for his work on free(...)

Matt Hancock is the Conservative MP for Newmarket. Photograph: Andrew Parsons/PA

When horse racing became the first major sport in the UK, alongside snooker and greyhound racing, to return to action following its suspension due to (...)

Dido Harding, who is in charge of contact tracing, said the service was not perfect but was fit for purpose. Photograph: Getty

One in three of those infected with coronavirus referred to contact tracers in England have failed to share details of people with whom they have had (...)

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