Sajid Javid apologises for saying it was time to stop ‘cowering’ from Covid

Health secretary says sorry for ‘poor choice of word’ after backlash from bereaved families Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Sajid Javid has apologised for saying it was time to stop “cowering” from Covid, after an outcry from families bereaved by the virus. On Saturday, the health […]

Tokyo diary: South Korea and Japan turn back the clock

The two countries revived Olympic tradition and former colonial tensions with politically charged gestures • With early coverage of the Games inevitably focused on coronavirus, geopolitical tensions have barely had a look-in. But South Korea and its former colonial ruler Japan are doing their best to revive the Olympic tradition. […]

Fears for Covid vaccine drive if second doses clash with boosters

Risk that low take-up by young will lead to crunch as older people get third shot Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Health experts have warned the government that it needs to increase efforts to ensure more young adults are vaccinated against Covid-19 – as a matter […]

Europe clamps down amid fears over rapid spread of Delta variant

Governments are launching de facto vaccine passport schemes as they try to head off a summer Covid wave like the UK’s Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage With the school term finally over, Britons are flying to Europe in their tens of thousands, record levels for this […]

How England’s ‘pingdemic’ took a heavy toll on the Tories

It was billed as a return to freedom, but the week ended with empty supermarket shelves and cancelled trains as many thousand workers – including the PM and chancellor – self-isolated Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Last weekend, as MPs prepared for their long summer holiday […]

Jeremy Farrar: ‘A September 2020 lockdown would have saved a lot of lives’

The Wellcome Trust director and Sage member on what politicians and scientists got right and wrong on Covid and why we need an immediate public inquiry Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Jeremy Farrar is the director of the Wellcome Trust, a former professor of tropical medicine […]

Florida urged to ramp up vaccination effort amid ‘alarming’ Covid rise

State accounts for almost a quarter of new US infections as frustration grows at what experts say is governor’s mixed messaging The week began with Florida’s high-flying governor, Ron DeSantis, in Texas, bashing Joe Biden over immigration at the southern border. But with the highly contagious Delta variant pushing new […]

Sydney police fine hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters for ‘filthy, risky behaviour’

Police denounce violence during illegal marches against coronavirus measures and set up taskforce to trace everyone who broke rules See all our coronavirus coverage Hundreds of fines have been issued and dozens charged in Sydney after anti-lockdown protesters marched and clashed with police in what one deputy commissioner called “violent, […]