What are the new social distancing rules for gatherings in England?

Boris Johnson has tightened restrictions following a surge in infections.  The most recent update from the Government has said that people can no longer socialise in groups of more than six.  The latest announcement could scupper the previous hope that the rules on social distancing could be lifted by the end of the year. The Prime Minister […]

Tipping point for northern lockdown ‘may have rested on only 14 extra positive tests’

The majority of furloughed workers have returned to work ahead of the first phaseout of the scheme this weekend, new research has shown. Despite official figures saying that 9.5 million workers are furloughed, this is “wide of the mark” as more than half of these have returned to work, new research by the Resolution Foundation, […]

Olympian Lisa Mason calls for gymnastics to increase minimum age requirements for female participants

A call for gymnastics to increase minimum age requirements for female participants has been made by former Olympian Lisa Mason. To compete at senior level in international artistic gymnastics, men must turn 18 in the year of the competition, but women need only be 16. Mason, who competed at the Sydney Games in 2000 and […]

Coronavirus latest news: Leicester becomes first British city to have draconian lockdown measures reimposed

There has been more than one million cases of Covid-19 in the 22 countries of the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean region, the WHO confirmed on Sunday. As of 11:00 on Sunday, 1,025,478 cases and 23,461 deaths have been recorded from the region, which spans from Morocco to Pakistan. While cases in Europe have been largely declining, […]

Norwich player to miss Premier League restart after testing positive for coronavirus

A Norwich player is set to miss the restart of the Premier League season after testing positive for coronavirus. The unnamed player was one of two positive results from the 1,200 checks across the division on Thursday and Friday and he must now isolate for seven days before being tested again, with the Canaries facing […]

‘Air bridges’ could be in place by end of June

Boris Johnson has revived hopes that an overseas summer holiday could still be on the cards in 2020, after suggesting that the UK could have ‘air bridge’ agreements in place by June 29. Air bridges would allow British holidaymakers to travel to certain countries without the need to quarantine on arrival, or when they return […]

One in six nurses worldwide at risk of coronavirus from lack of clean water 

One nurse and midwife in Ntchisi, Malawi, considers herself lucky to be working in a centre which has two hand basins with soap. One of the basins is in a maternity ward which treats more than 300 patients each day. Ntchisi worries about Covid-19 spreading to her area: “Once we have even one case of Covid-19, it […]

Coronavirus latest news: Furloughed workers should help get the harvest in, says Environment Secretary in ‘Pick for Britain’ push

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin insisted Sunday the US economy will come roaring back even amid warnings from another White House adviser of longer-term impacts of the coronavirus pandemic’s unprecedented shock to the economy. Mnuchin’s upbeat assessment came amid skyrocketing unemployment figures and forecasts predicting a deep contraction in economic activity this year. In an interview with […]

UK hospital death toll jumps to 980 in 24 hours in biggest rise yet – deadlier than Spain’s worst day of crisis

The Philippines has banned doctors, nurses and other health workers from leaving the country to work overseas in a bid to throw more resources at its own coronavirus outbreak, reports Patrick Sawer. With the pandemic threatening to overwhelm Phillipine’s fragile healthcare system the Government says it requires all available medics and support staff to remain […]

Can I go to work? The list of key workers and essential roles, explained

As part of an unprecedented lockdown of British life, the Government has announced that schools will close except for the children of “key workers”. On Monday evening it was also announced that people should only leave their homes to go to work where it is absolutely necessary. But who is classed a key worker? The Department […]