Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: “I share people’s frustrations and I understand totally why we do need to see faster turnaround times and we need to improve it,” the British prime minister told a press conference in Downing Street. Photograph:  Henry Nicholls/Getty Images

Boris Johnson has admitted that Britain’s Covid-19 test-and-trace system must be improved after new figures showed that only 15 per cent of tests were(...)

 First minister of Wales Mark Drakeford after the  cabinet announced in Cardiff that Wales would  go into national lockdown from Friday until  November 9th. Photograph:   Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

Wales will enter a two-week lockdown on Friday, with people told to stay at home and schools closing along with bars, restaurants and non-food shops. (...)

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(...)

Boris Johnson: his suggestion that social distancing restrictions could all be over by Christmas drew irresistible comparisons with the ill-placed optimism of the early months of the first World War. Photograph: Andrew Parsons/EPA

Boris Johnson’s suggestion that social distancing restrictions could all be over by Christmas drew irresistible comparisons with the ill-placed optimi(...)

Prime minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing on coronavirus. Photograph: PA Wire

Boris Johnson’s top coronavirus advisers have contradicted his assertion that social-distancing restrictions could be removed in time for Christmas. T(...)

Sir Patrick Vallance, the British government’s chief scientific adviser: ‘It’s clear that the outcome has not been good in the UK, I think you can be absolutely clear about that.’ Photograph: House of Commons/PA Wire

British prime minister Boris Johnson will promise on Friday to increase coronavirus testing capacity to half a million a day and provide an extra £3 b(...)

The Goldman Sachs headquarters in New York. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

Goldman Sachs and Nomura are sending about 10 per cent of their London staff back to the office as the UK government urges companies to repopulate the(...)

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