Coronavirus

Two U.S. military bases in South Korea shelter in place as coronavirus curbs extended nationwide

Two U.S. military bases in South Korea shelter in place as coronavirus curbs extended nationwide


Scottish fishermen eviscerate Boris Johnson’s ‘desperately poor’ Brexit deal in angry letter as losses mount

Boris Johnson's "desperately poor" Brexit deal has left Scottish fishermen with losses mounting by the day and many businesses fearing for their survival, the industry's trade body has said in a scathing letter to the prime minister. Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF) chief executive Elspeth Macdonald accused Mr Johnson of misleading the public about the agreement and giving the industry “the worst of both worlds”. "You and your government...


India launches world's largest Covid-19 vaccination campaign

India started inoculating health workers Saturday in what is likely the world's largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway. The country is home to the world's largest vaccine makers and has one of the biggest immunization programs. But there is no playbook for the enormity of the challenge. Indian authorities hope to give shots to 300 million people, roughly the...


Trump’s Pentagon chief says he ‘cannot wait to leave’ his job

Donald Trump’s acting Pentagon chief says he “cannot wait” to leave his job in less than a week. Acting Secretary of Defence Christopher Miller made the surprising comments to press as he returned from a trip to Nebraska, Tennessee and Colorado. Mr Miller, who has only been in the job for two months, spoke out when he was asked about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive weapons system in history. "I so... I mean, I cannot wait to...


Coronavirus news live — Travel corridors axed in latest U-turn as Johnson says 3.2m now have vaccine

Travel corridors, which allowed transport between the UK and foreign countries without requiring any quarantine time, have been scrapped outright - the prime minister has announced. Unveiling the the policy shift in a press conference, Boris Johnson said it would be a temporary move, aligned with the delayed “test-before-travel” scheme. The PM also confirmed almost one in 20 of the UK population - more than 3.2 million people - have now been...


More women ‘considering technology-aided methods of trying for baby’ since pandemic

More women are considering technology-aided methods of trying for a baby in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, a new study has found. A poll of 400 women, which Stowe Family Law shared with The Independent, found almost half of women are now contemplating technological conception procedures they would not have thought about before the public health emergency. Researchers at the UK’s largest family law firm found the most popular option is egg...


Ex-lover of Juan Carlos says king's spymaster 'frightened' her

This is the moment when a former lover of King Juan Carlos of Spain says she felt 'frightened' by the chief of state's former head of security services, General Felix Sanz Roldan. Corinna Larson gave testimony to the court in Madrid over video link.


Car photoshoot on railway tracks shared on TikTok ‘beggars belief’

British Transport Police are investigating the footage.


Family of Nora Quoirin still have ‘unanswered questions’ following inquest

Nora was reported missing the day after the family had arrived at the eco-resort.


Woodpeckers move their beaks 'like a drill bit'

Biologists at the University of Antwerp in Belgium found that the woodpecker gets its beak stuck in tree trunks and then detaches itself by flicking its head at breakneck speeds.


Suffolk Police officers accused of racial profiling cleared by watchdog

A police watchdog has cleared two officers of any wrongdoing following accusations of racial profiling, though it found there was “room for improvement” in the way officers communicated. It comes after footage of the Suffolk Constabulary officers’ encounter with a middle-aged black couple was viewed more than two million times on Twitter last year. In the video, taken on 9 June, Ingrid Antoine-Oniyoke and her husband Falil Oniyoke are seen being...


Friends of Harris look forward to her history making VP inauguration

Friends of Kamala Harris said they looked forward to her history making VP inauguration.


Why Joe Biden may not be able to bring his Peloton to the White House

President-elect Joe Biden may have to leave behind his high-tech Peloton when he moves into the White House over concerns the exercise bike could pose a national security risk. Peloton, known for its cult-like following that has seen everyone from celebrities to elected officials shelling out thousands of dollars for a stationary bike, promises “game-changing cardio”. During an episode of Mr Biden’s podcast Here’s The Deal, he revealed that he...


Mitch McConnell tells senators to ‘vote their conscience’ as impeachment trial looms

Following Donald Trump’s second impeachment in the House of Representatives, Mitch McConnell has told his senate colleagues to “vote their conscience” as the Senate determines whether to convict the president for his role inciting a deadly insurrection at the Capitol, fulled by false claims of voter fraud and a pervasive lie that the 2020 election was “stolen” from his supporters. The Senate Majority Leader, overseeing the remaining days of the...


HHS's Azar tells Trump Capitol attack could tarnish legacy

HHS's Azar tells Trump Capitol attack could tarnish legacy


New tougher coronavirus restrictions come into force in Scotland

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the country was in an ‘extremely serious’ place in the fight against Covid-19.


Duke of Sussex ‘heartbroken by situation with family’ after US move, says Tom Bradby

The Duke of Sussex is “heartbroken by the situation with his family” after moving to America, his friend Tom Bradby has said.


What is the best order to watch the Terminator movies and TV show?

What is the best order to watch the Terminator movies and TV show?


Law to make it easier to prosecute travellers setting up illegal camps

Home Secretary Priti Patel's tough measures will apply to trespassers on both private land and public spaces such as village greens and school playing fields.


School closures could wipe out a decade of progress for less privileged pupils

Closing schools has been one of the most painful consequences of the pandemic - the action Boris Johnson described as his "last resort".


Pfizer delay will not stop UK from vaccinating top priority groups by mid-February, government says

The government says that it is still planning to vaccinate the top four priority groups by mid-February, despite expected production delays for the Pfizer vaccine.


MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell brings notes to White House that suggest calling for ‘martial law if necessary’

One of Donald Trump’s fiercest supporters, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, went to a meeting at the White House with notes suggesting “martial law if necessary”. The notes, captured by a photographer as Mr Lindell entered the Oval Office on Friday, come after Mr Lindell tweeted then deleted calls for the president to “impost martial law” in the seven battleground states that won the election for Joe Biden. The page is curved and not fully visible,...


Quarantine-free travel into UK to end in bid to keep out new coronavirus strains

Meanwhile, more than 3.2 million people have now received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine in the UK


Peak of new Covid variant infection ‘passed’ in some parts but death toll spike ‘still to come,’ says Whitty

The new variant of coronavirus has had its peak of infection in some parts of England, Professor Chris Whitty has said – though he warned the number of deaths is likely to increase yet. The UK’s chief medical officer spoke at a Downing Street press conference on Friday, where he said areas that had seen “a really big surge of the new variant” had “we hope” seen the variant’s peak of infection “already”. “We expect that the peak of infection has...


Up to 10cm of snow for parts of England as Met Office issues amber warning

Large parts of the UK have also been issued with yellow warnings for snow and ice that stretch from Lincolnshire into Scotland.


NHS crisis in charts: how Covid has increased strain on health service

The NHS is in the grips of a winter crisis like no other. Friday was the ninth day in a row in which the number of people being treated in hospital for Covid hit a new high, with 32,975 patients now on wards across England. Seventeen NHS trusts are treating more coronavirus patients than non-Covid patients and six have more than 50% of beds taken up by Covid patients. One in five English trusts treated at least twice as many patients on at least...


Tearful Pelosi says Congress members may be prosecuted as she announces Capitol security review

A tearful Nancy Pelosi said members of Congress may be prosecuted over the Capitol insurrection as she launched a major security review. The House Speaker grew emotional as she announced that she has asked retired Lieutenant General Russel Honoré to carry out an “immediate” review of security arrangements in the wake of the violence last week. And Ms Pelosi also warned lawmakers that they could face criminal charges if they were found to have...


Duke of Cambridge: Trauma makes the world seem a 'darker, blacker place'

The Duke of Cambridge has spoken of his concern about the pressure faced by emergency workers during the coronavirus pandemic, saying his work as an air ambulance pilot showed him that being surrounded by trauma and sadness can make you see the world as a "darker, blacker place".


Diary shows how quest for love landed Navy vet in Iran jail

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael White's long-anticipated trip to Iran was already a disappointment. The love interest he'd gone to visit had stopped seeing him and he'd idled away hours in his hotel room by himself. Then it got much worse. On his final day, the car he and his tour guide were in was abruptly cut off by another vehicle with a passenger frantically waving his hands at them. He recalls three men getting out, one with a video camera,...


Two in five Covid patients in Brazilian hospitals die, study finds

Two in five coronavirus patients die after being hospitalised in Brazil, a study has shown, underlining how the virus has overwhelmed the healthcare system in all of the country’s regions. Brazil’s in-hospital mortality rate was 38 per cent, rising to 60 per cent among those admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and to 80 per cent for those who were mechanically ventilated, the research published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal...


Ice cream tests positive for coronavirus in China

Coronavirus has been detected on samples of ice cream in north China, prompting authorities to seize thousands of potentially contaminated products. People thought to have come into contact with the batches, produced by Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company, are now being traced by authorities in the the northern Tianjin municipality. All of Tianjin Daqiaodao’s products have also been sealed and contained after the company sent three samples to the...


Illinois Governor confirms coronavirus variant found in state

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker confirmed a coronavirus variant that is more contagious was found in state.


Doctors and police forces issue joint warning over fake Covid-19 vaccine fraudsters

Doctors and police forces have issued a joint warning about fraudsters trying to sell fake Covid-19 jabs, saying: “The vaccine will also be free on the NHS.” Reports to Action Fraud have been rising in the last two months, particularly around scam text messages, as con artists seek to gain from the pandemic. Suspicious text messages reported by members of the public urge people to click a link to a bogus booking site which mimics an NHS page,...


Everyone paying for a coronavirus vaccine in Britain is being scammed

Anyone trying to skip the queue by paying for a private coronavirus vaccine is being scammed, with officials confirming that the only way you can get the jab in the UK is free from the NHS


'Covid patients getting younger and sicker'

Patients pay the price for mixing at Christmas as emergency departments are full of patients with coronavirus.


‘Internexit’ for Leave.EU as domain name temporarily suspended

Leave.EU has been forced to “Internexit” after the group’s EU domain name was temporarily suspended. It comes after the Irish businessman in whose name the pro-Brexit campaign group’s domain name is registered denied having any involvement with the organisation. Now visitors to the site are greeted with an error message, and the EU’s online registry marks the domain as under a server hold, meaning it is “temporarily inactive and under...


What the papers say – January 16

Many of Saturday’s papers lead with changes to travel from Monday.


Afghan military translator trapped in Greek camp is coming to UK

Nesar, who worked for almost two years on the front lines in Helmand, said from the squalid Moria camp on Lesbos the news was 'a dream come true'.


Mask-wearing hits an all-time high of 80% in the US

Abut 80% of Americans wear masks, up from about 50% in the spring, but the survey found small gatherings are more common as 200,000 COVID-19 cases are diagnosed a day.


Will the govt over-deliver on vaccine pledge?

There's suggestions the government could over-deliver on its pledge to vaccinate 15 million people by mid-February.


Dangerous creatures found in water


Actor Derek Fowlds left an estate worth more than £3million

Derek Fowlds, also known to TV viewers as private secretary Bernard Woolley in Yes, Minister and then Yes, Prime Minister, died aged 82 in hospital last January.


Officer injured and woman fined £10,000 after police shut down party of 150

A woman has been fined £10,000, and an officer left injured, after police were forced to close down an unlicensed music event which was attended by around 150 people. Hertfordshire Police became aware of the event following reports of an “unusually large number of vehicles” parked near a property in Blanche Lane, South Mimms at about 8pm on Wednesday. One person was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer while 12 attendees were...


Coronavirus: India to launch massive vaccination drive


EastEnders fans 'work out' Chelsea's 'revenge' on killer dad Lucas after phone call

EastEnders dropped a major twist it seemed, regarding Chelsea Fox and her plans for her killer dad Lucas Johnson


Haiti braces for unrest as opposition demands new president

Opposition leaders are demanding President Jovenel Moise’s resignation and legislative elections to restart a Parliament dissolved a year ago.


Aftershock rocks Indonesia quake zone as search continues

Aftershock rocks Indonesia quake zone as search continues


Tim Dowling: I missed the dry January deadline. Wine it is, then

Like a lot of people I usually give up alcohol for the month of January: privation is easier when everybody’s on the same page. This year, I didn’t bother. At first this was just a question of missing a deadline: 1 January came and went, along with a bottle of red wine left over from Christmas. But a week later, I was congratulating myself on my foresight. As many people are learning, this was the wrong January to give up drinking. It is a cold...


Mexico president backs dropping of drug case against ex-defense minister

Mexico president backs dropping of drug case against ex-defense minister


Inauguration Day also is move in/out day at the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving from house to house is challenging under the best of circumstances, and even with movers as first rate as the housekeepers and other staff who work in the White House. But the coronavirus pandemic could be a complicating factor as the executive mansion gets ready for a new president and executes the Inauguration Day ritual of moving out one leader and settling in another. It's typically a precision operation: Both moves...