Covid news – live: Boris Johnson to hold No10 news briefing as 6.4m get vaccine in England

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi has said it is "too early" for people to think about summer holiday plans. He told BBC Breakfast the “right thing to do now is to continue with our vaccination drive” as he warned there was still “a long way to go” in another interview with Sky News. Boris Johnson is expected to approve plans to force some travellers arriving to the UK to quarantine in hotels to limit the spread of new coronavirus variants. The...

When is the next Covid announcement? What time to watch Boris Johnson’s speech live today, and what to expect

The return to regular Covid announcements has come after England and the rest of the UK introduced new, stringent lockdown restrictions for the new year

Clashes break in India as farmers disrupt Republic Day celebrations with protest over farming reform

Clashes have broken out in India, as thousands of farmers protesting the country’s agricultural reforms entered the centre of New Delhi, with the violence overshadowing the Republic Day celebrations. Farmers are saying the reforms will only benefit large product buyers at the expense of producers, who have been camping outside the capital for almost two months. It has become one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biggest challenge since his re-election.

'Humiliation': French see Covid-19 vaccine flops as sign of decline

France's slip from frontrunner to laggard in the race to develop a Covid-19 vaccine has sparked dismay among politicians, reigniting a debate about the country's scientific prowess and its global standing. France, the land of vaccine pioneer Louis Pasteur, has a long and celebrated history when it comes to medical breakthroughs. With the world-renowned research centre that bears his name in Paris, the Pasteur Institute, as well as leading pharma...

Iceland ranks worst for plastic use in new UK supermarket report

Iceland has been ranked bottom in a new environmental report on supermarket plastic use. The research by Greenpeace and the Environmental Investigation Agency ranked the 10 major UK supermarkets on a range of factors including reduction in their plastic footprint, how much recycled material they use, transparency on plastic use and their commitment to improving. According to the report, the 10 major supermarkets put 896,853 tonnes of plastic...

Threatened by UDA, 16 year-old frequented army base and another was about to be tarred and feathered - Arlene Foster visibly stunned at reasons NI women and girls put into Magdalene Laundries during Troubles

First Minister, Arlene Foster, was visibly shocked as she read out to MLAs the findings of research into Mother and Baby Homes and Magdalene Laundries in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1990.

Hong Kong Racing Tips: Lui can continue purple patch with Alpha Hedge

FRANCIS Lui is the trainer to follow at Happy Valley on Wednesday, with nine races set to take place under The post Hong Kong Racing Tips: Lui can continue purple patch with Alpha Hedge appeared first on CityAM.

Create regulator to fix ‘broken’ governance of English football, ministers told

Conservative former sport minister Helen Grant said that the beautiful game is in crisis.

New Zealand to keep borders closed until country ‘vaccinated and protected’

New Zealand's borders will remain closed for most of 2021 while the country works to vaccinate its population, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. The island nation has yet to approve a vaccine, instead relying on a zero-Covid strategy to protect its population. 

The kids are not alright: London’s troubling new classroom divide

It’s only three weeks into the new school term but Nadja Mueller says her children are already close to breaking point. Before the pandemic, Lily*, 11, and Sam*, nine, were grade-A students at their local state school in Hackney: motivated, ambitious, eager to learn. But over the 10 months since schools first closed their doors, the marketing director says her children have experienced a “total regression”. Lily struggles to keep up in class,...

It's A Sin Highlights Just How Little We Know About The History Of AIDS In The UK

With the true trauma of the AIDS crisis yet to be fully explored in schools, or everyday life, Nick Levine explores some of the real-life events that inspired Russell T Davies' evocative new show.

Education minister says there is a 'plan' for schools reopening

Education minister Nick Gibb rejected claims by the shadow education secretary that the Government had let down parents, pupils and staff over a lack of a plan for school returns.

Official data on vaccine rollout in England ‘not good enough’

Eight weeks into the rollout, 6.5 million people in the UK have received their first dose.

Biden set to ban new oil and gas leases on federal lands after Trump sell-off

Joe Biden has earmarked Wednesday as “climate day” at the White House to announce a slew of execution actions. The primary focus will be the president’s order to federal agencies asking them to determine the parameters of the oil and gas leasing ban on federal lands. President Biden will also order the conservation of “30 by 30” - to protect nearly a third of all federal land and water by the end of the decade. He will create a task force and...

Hancock: UK to help other countries identify Covid variants

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, speaking at a Chatham House live event, says the UK will support other nations in identifying new strains of coronavirus.

Republicans are tearing themselves apart now Trump is gone — but Democrats shouldn’t get too comfortable

Ohio Senator Rob Portman, a Republican, said yesterday that he will not seek reelection in 2022, citing “partisan gridlock.” Translated from politician-ese, that means that Portman is quitting because he discovered that being a Senator is no longer much fun. And It’s easy to see why it isn’t. Democrats just won the chamber, which means Portman will be languishing in the minority for the foreseeable future. More, former president Donald Trump’s...

Ghana bids farewell to former president Jerry Rawlings

More than two months after his passing, Ghana is granting a state funeral to the late leader.

Teenager killed as tornado rips through Alabama town

The tornado left a path of destruction in Fultondale.

COVID could become 'much more treatable', NHS boss says

Coronavirus could become a "much more treatable disease" in the next six to 18 months, the head of the NHS in England has told MPs.

YouTube: More than half a million Covid-19 misinformation videos removed

The video-sharing site says during the first quarter of last year it experienced a 25% increase in watch-time around the world.

Italians show discontent as PM Conte resigns following pandemic criticism

Italy’s Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation as Prime Minister today, in order to try forming a new coalition government. A decision coming amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 85,000 people in the peninsula and crippled its economy But Italians seem sceptic and angry over the political crisis.

Grindr fined £8.6m in Norway over sharing personal information

Grindr has been fined 100m krone (£8.6m) by the Norwegian Data Protection Authority after an investigation revealed the dating app was sharing deeply personal information with advertisers, including location, sexual orientation and mental health details. The fine is 10% of Grindr’s global annual revenue and is particularly high because of the personal nature of the information shared. “This is a milestone in the ongoing work to ensure that...

Return to 0.7 per cent aid pledge will have to wait for recovery from Covid, Dominic Raab warns MPs

The UK’s spending on global aid will not return to its previous level of 0.7 per cent of national income until the economy has recovered from the “battering” from coronavirus, foreign secretary Dominic Raab has told MPs. Mr Raab was unable to provide a fixed level of debt or deficit would would allow a return to the United Nations target - enshrined in law by David Cameron in 2015 - and said it would have to “compete” with other demands on...

HSBC 'aiding crackdown on democracy', British lawmakers say

HSBC 'aiding crackdown on democracy', British lawmakers say

Californians try to get Covid-19 vaccine earlier, as state eases stay-at-home orders, curfew

After being a hotspot of Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations in the US for weeks, the state of California has eased its stay-at-home orders after both rates slowed down. This is not yet a result of the vaccination plan, since for now it is only available for the elderly and first responders. But In Los Angeles, there is a way for some people outside those categories to get the vaccine earlier, as FRANCE 24’s Alissa Caverley and Pierre Leurent report from the Californian metropolis.

Vaccination centre near me: The full list of Covid vaccine mass hubs, and how to use NHS booking service

The Government has laid out its targets for at least two million people to receive the Covid vaccine each week, with tens of millions set to be immunised by spring

A minority patient struggled to be heard. She's not the only one

A woman is admitted to hospital. Fortunately, a serious ailment is excluded but she will still need a prolonged period of recovery. She is soft-spoken, elderly and belongs to a minority group. She speaks adequate conversational English but medical exchanges are a whole other matter, rendered all the more vexed by doctors speaking from behind masks during the pandemic. Given highly restricted visiting hours and hence opportunities for...

Meet George Bailey, the 80-year-old paperboy who delivers the news to his village every day

The octogenarian paperboy insists on getting up at 6am every day to complete his two-and-a-half mile route

Vaccination is a ‘big weight off’ for shielding couple

The first large-scale coronavirus vaccination centre in West Yorkshire opened its doors to patients in Wakefield on Tuesday.

Hilarious footage shows moment a crafty baby pretends to be asleep

Hilarious footage shows the moment a crafty baby pretends to be asleep after her mum caught her messing around with her cot at naptime.

UK surpasses 100,000 COVID deaths in grim new milestone

UK surpasses 100,000 COVID deaths in grim new milestone

A man in shorts has spring in his step

Adrian Chiles is quite right ( There are two new Covid-fighting drugs I haven’t heard much about – is it because they are unpronounceable?, 21 January). I spent more than 30 years in the NHS dealing with a complex array of drug names. When I left, I said to the hospital’s director of finance, “biological medicines are expensive; biological medicines that end in -mab are very expensive and are unpronounceable”. Medicines like these are one of the...

UK regulator to write to WhatsApp over Facebook data sharing

The UK’s data regulator is writing to WhatsApp to demand that the chat app does not hand user data to Facebook, as millions worldwide continue to sign up for alternatives such as Signal and Telegram to avoid forthcoming changes to its terms of service. Elizabeth Denham, the information commissioner, told a parliamentary committee that in 2017, WhatsApp had committed not to hand any user information over to Facebook until it could prove that...

Viable rape prosecutions ‘dropped thanks to CPS conviction target’, campaigners tell High Court

Viable rape prosecutions were abandoned by the CPS after a change in approach to try to secure a higher conviction rate, campaigners told the High Court today. The Centre for Women’s Justice (CWJ) and End Violence Against Women (EVAW) coalition claims prosecutors were left in a “mess” when a target of convictions in 60 per cent of rape cases was introduced in 2016. Alison Levitt QC toured the country pressing home a “fundamentally different...

German politicians dubbed 'vaccine snails' amid slow EU roll-out

German ministers appear to have told journalists overnight that the UK's Covid vaccine barely works, a story that has since been rubbished but which hints at a growing nervousness in Europe.

Schools announcement pledged in 'next few days' - 4 things before they can reopen

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said there will be announcements in the coming days - but he refused to name a date when schools can reopen in England despite mounting pressure from MPs

When will schools reopen? Latest on schools in England opening after Covid lockdown

Primary and secondary schools in England closed after lockdown was introduced, moving to online learning for all pupils

Announcement on mandatory hotel quarantine 'today'

An announcement on mandatory hotel quarantine will be made later, a government minister has told Sky News.

Jockey, 22, dies from his injuries after falling from horse during race

Pietro Alberto Brocca, was taken to hospital following the incident at San Rossore racecourse in Pisa. He sadly died from his injuries on Sunday morning

France’s students, teachers, nurses protest lack of support during Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic and its restrictions is taking a heavy toll on the mental health of students across the world. A recent government report says 50% of France’s young people are worried about their mental health, with 23% admitting they have thought about putting an end to their lives. France’s university students are joining their teachers and nurses today to protest their conditions and ask for more support, as FRANCE 24’s Claire Paccalin reports from the Luxembourg garden.

At U.N., Washington assures support for two-state solution in Middle East

At U.N., Washington assures support for two-state solution in Middle East

WHO warns vaccine divide between nations is worsening, situation could backfire

The World Health Organization is once again warning that the vaccine divide is worsening, with developed countries securing hundreds of millions of doses, leaving poorer nations with fewer options. The UN organism warns that an unfair distribution could have severe consequences in the long term to the entire world and cost the global economy trillions of euros.

CPS accused of 'systemic illegality' in charging rape cases

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been accused of “systemic illegality” in its approach to charging rape cases in a landmark judicial review into how the crime is prosecuted. On the opening day of the hearing at the court of appeal, lawyers for the Centre for Women’s Justice (CWJ) and End Violence Against Women (EVAW) accused the CPS of “raising the bar” for rape prosecutions, which they argued had led to a steep drop in the number of...

Biden expected to ban term ‘China virus’ in crackdown on Covid racism

Joe Biden is expected to take executive action to disavow racism and xenophobia toward Asian Americans connected to the Covid-19 pandemic. CBS News reports people familiar with the plan as saying that the directives may either be executive orders or a presidential memo, and will form part of a package of measures focused on equity. Action is expected to direct federal agencies to examine if xenophobic references such as "China Virus" appear in...

First Dogs of the United States: the Biden pooches have officially moved into the White House

The new arrivals at the White House have won the hearts of the nation. Majestic, lovable and just a little hairy in places, the Bidens are already proving to be extremely popular across the world. We are, of course, referring to Major and Champ Biden, the German Shepherds who this week have joined President Joe and First Lady Jill in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Dr Jill Biden took to Instagram last night to announce their arrival on Sunday, with an...

Covid is teaching the Tories basic social democracy – but they won't learn

There is an ancient Indian parable about a group of blind men encountering a huge animal for the first time. Each man grasps a different part of the creature. One thinks he is dealing with something hard and pointed, like a spear. Another thinks it is a vast leathery wall. A third presumes it is a serpentine coil. They each get part of the picture, but none can conceive of the whole elephant. Thus does the Conservative party prod and grope at...

‘Unlikely’ CCTV could have picked up Manchester Arena bomber, inquiry told

A lawyer said the venue’s security practices were not ‘dramatically out of step’.

Transmission of Covid-19 in primary schools low, and outbreaks rare – PHE

MPs are calling for schools to be reopened after the February half-term in areas where Covid-19 infection rates are low.

How will hotel quarantine work?

The UK looks set to introduce quarantine hotels for travellers coming into the country, but how will it work and who will it apply to?

Zwift launches Black Celebration Series to commemorate 'Black history, athletes, heritage and joy'

The year-long series of events kicks off in February and includes special guests and social rides