Tennis fans wearing face masks during the Wimbledon championships in London. Photograph:   Aeltc-Pool/Getty Images

People will no longer be forced to wear facial coverings from July 19th as England ends its third Covid-19 lockdown, communities secretary Robert Jenr(...)

New University of Oxford research highlights the benefits of a longer interval between AstraZeneca vaccine doses. File photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP via Getty Images

The more time between the administering of the two doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine the better for immune responses in the recipient, new resea(...)

Democratic Unionist Party MP Ian Paisley and singer Van Morrison together on stage at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Friday evening

Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Edwin Poots has again been urged to take action against an MP who joined singer Van Morrison in a verbal(...)

Commuters  take  a Transport for London (TFL) Underground train in central London in recent days.  Any delay to Boris Johnson’s unlocking roadmap risks triggering a row with some politicians in his Conservative Party, who have opposed keeping Covid-19  restrictions in place.  Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty

British prime minister Boris Johnson on Saturday expressed “serious concern” about rising infections of the Covid-19 Delta variant, reinforcing sugges(...)

A public health digital board warns the public of a Covid-19 variant of concern affecting the community in Bolton, northwest England. Surge testing is being carried out in the area, as well as in Blackburn, Sefton and London. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty

Ministers in the UK are pushing on with a major easing of restrictions on Monday despite concerns over the Indian variant of coronavirus, of which cas(...)

 Charlie McConalogue said: ‘It’s not a Border issue, it’s a regional issue, and we have to work together as we gradually reopen.’ File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister Charlie McConalogue insisted that high Covid-19 infection rates in the north-west are “not a Border issue”. His remarks came as he was press(...)

Covid safety: ‘If you can smell your friend’s lunch you’re inhaling some of that air as well as any virus that’s inhaled with it,’ says Dr Julian Tang. Photograph: iStock/Getty

People should use the “garlic-breath test” to tell if they are too close to another person, and so potentially allowing coronavirus transmission to oc(...)

A nurse prepares a vaccine jab on March 12th, 2021 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan - Pool/ Getty Images

Northern Ireland is imposing no sanctions on residents of the Republic who cross the border to get the coronavirus vaccine, as doctors push for an “al(...)

The most likely scenario is that in the years ahead Covid-19 will circulate just like influenza, with a seasonal burst of infection. Photograph: iStock

When will life go back to normal post Covid-19? It’s a question people are increasingly looking for answers to; for some it’s prompted by the horrors (...)

Grafton Street in lockdown: The main draw on the public purse was spending on the Government’s Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) and the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP). Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The impact of the pandemic on the public finances is deepening as the crisis enters its second year, with exchequer returns published by the Governmen(...)

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