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  Asked whether a vaccine could be available by Christmas, British health secretary Matt Hancock said that was ‘absolutely a possibility’. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/EPA

The UK reported a further 532 coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday, its highest daily figure since May. The British government said that, as of 9am (...)

 Danish health authorities assisted by members of the armed forces dispose of dead mink in a military area near Holstebro on Monday. Photograph: Morten Stricker/Dagbladet Holstebro Struer/Jysk Fynske Medier/Ritzau Scanpix/EPA

The Danish government put forward hastily drawn up legislation on Tuesday to back up its order to cull all the country’s farmed mink, admitting it lac(...)

Medical staff take a patient infected with Covid-19 for an evacuation by helicopter from the Netherlands to Germany. Photograph: Olaf Kraak/ANP/AFP via Getty

European countries are bracing for a grim winter as surging coronavirus infections strain hospital capacity and force leaders to impose tighter restri(...)

 Taxi drivers protest against the new Covid-19 restrictions in Turin, Italy on Monday. More than 180 taxis have occupied Piazza Castello. Photograph: Alessandro Di Marco/EPA

European leaders warned of difficult months ahead as the resurgent Covid-19 pandemic forced authorities to impose new restrictions to try to curb the (...)

Marcus Rashford: sparked a nationwide campaign after the British government voted against extending the provision of free school meals until next Easter for children in need.  Photo: Fareshare/Mark Waugh/PA

When Marcus Rashford wakes up on Saturday morning, he’s entitled to feel that it has been a fairly productive week. First he swooped in to score the (...)

 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. (...)

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham speaks to the media outside the Central Library in Manchester. Photograph: Martin Rickett/AFP

 More than half of England’s population will be under enhanced coronavirus restrictions after London and a number of other areas were moved into (...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson  in the House of Commons in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP via Getty

As one European country after another moves closer to a second coronavirus lockdown, Boris Johnson is treading a narrow path between scientific eviden(...)

A woman in a face mask in London. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Millions of people in London are set to face tougher coronavirus restrictions banning households mixing indoors, but a political row has meant no deci(...)

 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(...)

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