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UK Covid-19 infections drop to lowest level for nearly a year

Infections are estimated to have fallen in London and the South-east

Politics

Who is Robert Jenrick? The career of Boris Johnson’s housing secretary

Jenrick was one of the senior politicians who delivered the Government’s daily coronavirus briefing in 2020

UK

Covid infections at lowest level in two months- ONS

High levels of coronavirus antibodies among the population means the rate of serious illness remains low

Health

Covid: Novavax vaccine approved for 12 to 17s in Britain

Health authorities say the vaccine is safe and effective in this age group

Skincare

Best moisturising hand washes suitable for sensitive skin

From bargain to luxury, these formulas will make keeping your mitts clean a pleasure

Politics

MP pleads guilty to breaching Covid rules by travelling on train

An MP who travelled by train during the pandemic while she had Covid symptoms has admitted breaching lockdown rules

UK

Special sick pay for NHS staff with Covid to be scrapped

Special pay arrangements were offered to staff who were off work sick with either Covid or long Covid during the height of the pandemic

UK

Covid rates approaching record levels due to BA.5 strain

Cases jumped by 27 per cent from the previous week when there were 225,464

UK

Wimbledon: Record number of Brits through but empty Centre Court seats remain

Crowds have stayed sparser than usual most likely due to coronavirus fears and wet weather.
Tech

Podcast: Elon Musk’s $258bn Dogecoin ‘pyramid scheme’ lawsuit

Plus, imagine being able to interact with your computer without even touching it… Well, it’s possible.

UK

Covid-19 weekly deaths in England and Wales lowest since summer 2021

It follows sharp falls in the number of infections and hospital patients

World

Jeff Bridges ‘almost died’ after contracting Covid amid cancer battle

Jeff Bridges has opened up about being close to death after catching coronavirus while undergoing chemotherapy

Business News

On the Beach flying high with surge in summer holiday bookings

Business encountered a lift in bookings across Turkey, Croatia, Greece and Cyprus

Business News

British Airways owner reports heavy loss in first quarter

International Airlines Group takes £624 million drop as it flies through pandemic jetwash

UK

Covid cases plunge to lowest level since June last year

There were 1,278 cases reported on April 29 in London

UK

UK reports 14,030 Covid cases - the lowest since last June

It marked the lowest daily figure since June 22 last year when there were only 11,625 cases reported

UK

UK patient suffers Covid for 505 days in longest ever case

The unamed patient had Covid for more than one year and four months despite repeated antiviral treatment

UK

Parents flood teachers with ‘aggressive’ messages, union warns

‘Parents and students have got into the habit of firing off emails 24/7, with the banal, bizarre, and sometimes, more worryingly, aggressive and accusatory messages,’ the union warned

UK

UK expands access to second ‘cutting-edge’ antiviral Covid drug

The drug was found to reduce hospitalisation or death by 88 per cent in clinical trials

World

Shanghai starts to ease lockdown despite record 25,000 new Covid cases

It promises relief for some of the city’s 25 million residents, many of whom struggled to find food and medicine in the lockdown

UK

Threat of next Covid variant remains large, warns Patrick Vallance

‘It’s also clear this pandemic is not over and we’ve got very high infection rates at the moment,’ Sir Patrick added

World

China to lockdown Shanghai after surge in Covid infections

The city will be locked down in two stages so testing can be carried out

UK

What is Deltacron and what do we know about the new variant?

Everything you need to know about the confirmed new coronavirus - Deltacron

UK

EasyJet to end mandatory masks for travellers

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic also announced an end to the mask requirement earlier this month

UK

Number in Scotland in hospital with Covid-19 is now higher than ever

It comes as coronavirus restrictions north of the border are being eased, despite infection levels said to be at record highs

World

Global Covid death toll ‘may be three times higher than recorded’

Researchers estimate more than 18.2 million people may have died because of the pandemic by the end of December last year

Vaccine for the World

One-stop shot – scientists work on a ‘universal’ coronavirus vaccine

Researchers are hopeful that a variant-proof vaccine is within their grasp - to protect us from this pandemic and to prevent the next one

UK

Kate Garraway says her family is paid with love caring for Derek

Kate Garraway said it was ‘wonderful’ to be able to care for her husband Derek Draper but it was also ‘tough’

UK

Kate Garraway responds to claim she ‘paraded’ husband Derek Draper

Kate Garraway simply responded to the person, ‘If you watch the doc tonight you will see’

Education

Scrapping virus curbs ‘may hit nurseries’

Covid rules are being scrapped as rates of the virus in nurseries soar

UK

Keep isolation and free Covid tests, plead NHS bosses

The survey called on the restrictions to continue amid Boris Johnson’s plan to scrap them next week

UK

Registered Covid deaths in England fall for second week in row

A total of 1,242 deaths registered in the week ending February 4 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, the Office for National Statistics said.
London

Gatwick to reopen south terminal next month as travel demand ramps up

The terminal has been dormant since June 15 2020 to reduce costs during the coronavirus pandemic

UK

Mark Drakeford tests positive for Covid and is self-isolating

The First Minister took a PCR test earlier in the week and received a positive test result on Friday

World

New Zealand police arrest anti-lockdown protesters outside parliament

The protest began on Tuesday after more than 1,000 people driving cars and trucks converged on parliament in a convoy inspired by protests in Canada and elsewhere

UK

How could Covid become endemic in the UK? We speak to the experts

The Standard asked some of Britain’s top epidemiological experts what ‘living with the virus’ could really look like.

UK

Culture Secretary was embarrassing in defence of PM, says festival boss

Sacha Lord, co-founder of Parklife, criticised the Culture Secretary for lack of communication with others in the sector.
London

‘Anticipation & anxiety’: Frontline medic reflects on 2 years of Covid

As the UK mourns the second anniversary of the first known death due to Covid, a senior nurse remembers the fear and uncertainty of the early days of the pandemic - and how vaccines ‘changed the game’