What’s the TRUTH behind England’s second wave? Imperial report warns of 100,000 daily cases and says the outbreak is doubling every nine days — but Cambridge experts estimate the figures are 55,000 and 17 days

Northern areas with tighter restrictions – such as bans on socialising or tougher rules on travelling and going out to eat or drink – have seen their R rates fall because people do not come into contact with one another as much as they do in other areas. Although southern regions have higher R rates, […]

Daily Covid-19 cases rose by 50% last week in England and 1 in 100 people were infected a week ago, ONS estimates – but separate study claims outbreak is ‘steady’

Britain’s second wave was triggered by the virus spreading among teenagers and people in their 20s in early September, when universities and schools went back, and those groups are far less likely to die, meaning there may be a higher ratio of infections to deaths and the 31,000-per-day could be an underestimate. 

Sadiq Khan says ministers ‘must act now’ and slams No10 for ignoring SAGE’s advice to adopt a ‘circuit breaker’ as data shows London’s R rate ‘is the worst in England’ and could be as high as 3

The study, which will likely be used to pile more pressure on No10 to impose a national lockdown, also estimated the virus’ reproduction ‘R’ rate was around 1.6 across England in the most recent week, compared to 1.16 in the previous round. Experts have repeatedly warned it is critical the reproduction rate stays below the […]

Staying-in rule does not stop virus as people don’t obey it – but banning big public events works, experts say

“But do I think right now it is appropriate to insist on similar hard measures in, for example, south-west England or Kent, where levels of disease are really very, very much lower than in the North of England?

Coronavirus: pubs and restaurants across England to be forced to shut at 10pm

Prof Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, said the number of deaths directly from Covid could rise on an exponential curve, and added that, unlike during the first wave starting in March, “the seasons are against us, we are now going into the seasons, late autumn and winter, which benefit respiratory viruses and […]

Is South Yorkshire in tier 3 lockdown? Covid rules for Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley

You can’t meet socially with anybody who is not part of your household, or support bubble, indoors Those outside the county should avoid entering it, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey People should try to avoid travelling outside South Yorkshire due to […]

Tier 2 and 3 lockdown rules explained: Can I go to the pub, have friends over and go on holiday?

I live in Manchester – can I go and visit my sister in London? No. Manchester is now in the strictest level of lockdown – and all travel in and out of the area is strongly discouraged, unless it’s for some very important reasons.

How Poland’s Strict New Abortion Ruling Could Be Mirrored Across the Globe

In 2018, voters in Ireland chose to legalize abortion in a historic referendum, and in January last year, the country opened its new abortion services. Women can request to have an abortion up to 12 weeks but must have it certified by a doctor and wait for three days before having the procedure. In the […]

Don’t stop your grousing … and other Covid rule-of-six exemptions

While two families stopping in the street to chat was described as illegal mingling by the home secretary, Priti Patel, parties of up to 30 are permitted to meet for shooting and hunting trips, after a ministerial intervention ensured it would be classed as a licensed outdoor activity.

Nicola Sturgeon admits she cannot rule out imposing nationwide coronavirus restrictions ‘in the next few weeks’ as she reveals which areas of Scotland will be hit by her five-tier local lockdowns from Monday

‘However, I want to be very clear that this has been a borderline decision and it is one that we require to keep under review – not just weekly, but on a daily basis.’