UK government opening floodgates to Covid variants, MPs warn

Cross-party group says proportion of positive tests analysed for variants among red list arrivals has plunged Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The government is “opening the floodgates” to new versions of Covid, a cross-party group of MPs has warned, after revealing a steep decline in the […]

Stonehenge could be stripped of world heritage site status

Unesco expresses concern that ‘substantial harm’ would be caused by proposed cut-and-cover road tunnel Unesco has confirmed a warning that Stonehenge could be stripped of its world heritage site status, over its concern that a road tunnel, backed by the government, will irreversibly damage an area of “outstanding universal value”. […]

At least 17 people drown in a week of tragedies in England’s waters

Open water advocates say bans and warnings aren’t working and better swimming education will save lives It has been a week of tragedies in England’s waters. At least 17 people have drowned cooling off in the heatwave, including a man who went missing on a blow-up unicorn in a Wakefield […]

Public consent for test and trace in England at risk, says Jeremy Hunt

Scrap self-isolation for people fully vaccinated, former health secretary urges amid ‘pingdemic’ chaos Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The government “risks losing social consent” for its test-and-trace programme if it does not immediately allow fully vaccinated people to avoid isolation, the former health secretary Jeremy Hunt […]

Firms in England to be told if their staff qualify for isolation exemption

Business secretary says critical worker list will be released on Thursday amid ‘pingdemic’ chaos Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Businesses are to be told on Thursday whether their staff could qualify for “critical worker” status, enabling them to leave self-isolation in England if they are double-vaccinated […]

Dozens of English care homes lost at least 20 residents to Covid, data shows

‘Highly sensitive’ data shows there were 39,017 care home deaths between April 2020 and end of March this year Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Dozens of care homes in England lost at least 20 residents to Covid-19 during the pandemic, according to “highly sensitive” death rates […]

‘A lasting legacy of tolerance’: Marcus Rashford messages to be preserved

Notes left on defaced Manchester mural will be removed to protect from rain, amid plans for digital exhibition Thousands of messages left on the mural of footballer Marcus Rashford in Manchester will be removed and preserved on Friday, to protect them from forecasted rain this weekend. A team of archivists […]