UK government gets green light to use personal data from citizens’ mobile phones to help fight coronavirus – but privacy experts brand the move ‘extremely concerning’ and warn it could lead to invasive surveillance

Experts have been conflicted since the beginning of the outbreak about whether the true number of people who are infected is significantly higher than the official numbers of recorded cases. Some people are expected to have such mild symptoms that they never even realise they are ill unless they’re tested, so only the more serious […]

The UK’s private debt crisis will make this recession so much worse

The UK is drowning in private debt. At least £6bn of household debt – and probably much more – has been racked up by 4.6m people during the pandemic. More than one in eight people on furlough have defaulted on a payment. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned of a wave of “zombie companies”, […]

New UK obesity plan fails to address underlying problems

Any action on obesity is very welcome to obesity campaigners, as well as the doctors who try to help people with life-shortening medical conditions as a result of being overweight. But the plans so far look as though they have mostly the middle classes in sight, who may be persuaded to go to Weight Watchers […]

Queen’s doctor Peter Fisher hit and killed by lorry while cycling in central London

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Cyclist killed after being hit by lorry in central London on Cycle to Work Day

Did you see what happened? Email [email protected] “A40 High Holborn (one-way street) is closed at A4200 Kingsway due to a serious collision at the Newton Street junction.” TfL tweeted.

London coronavirus rates soar in more than half of boroughs amid travel ban fear

Hackney and City of London – 20.1, up from 17.7 Barking and Dagenham – 14.6, up from 4.7 Barnet – 8.7, up from 5.6 Harrow – 8.0, up from 4.0 Redbridge – 7.6, up from 5.3 Brent – 7.6, down from 7.9 Lambeth – 7.1, up from 5.8 Hounslow – 6.6, stayed the same Newham […]

Coronavirus: Government performance a pantomime, says actors’ union

“And when you see £600m going to EasyJet alone – and I’m sure that money is needed and I’m very glad people are having jobs protected there – you wonder, how come we are getting £1.57bn alongside museums, galleries, the rest of the cultural sector.”

‘Prince Andrew connection’ helped Ghislaine Maxwell enter New York high society

Maxwell is now being investigated over the alleged role she played in sex abuse by paedophile financier Epstein, who is said to have forced young girls to have sex with powerful friends.

Cyclist throws bike at knifeman who chased him down street in horrifying attack in broad daylight

“I hope that today’s outcome serves as a warning to anyone intent on carrying a knife and using it against another person that we will carry a full and thorough investigation and bring those responsible to justice.”

Are coronavirus antibody tests worth the money? As a GP, I thought I’d give one a try

The leading consultant oncologist Prof Karol Sikora argues that the kits are probably reliable but not necessarily useful for individuals. He says the dream ticket would be a test like a piece of litmus paper that you could put in the mouth to reveal both the presence of the active virus and antibodies to get […]