Sage adviser claims ministers trying to get as many as possible infected with Covid

Exclusive: Prof Robert West says rhetoric about caution is ‘a way of putting blame on public’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A scientist advising the government has accused ministers of allowing infections to rip through the younger population in an effort to bolster levels of immunity […]

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 […]

France fiasco to pingdemic U-turn: Boris Johnson’s week of chaos

In the last seven days the UK government has flailed from one controversy or misstep to the next Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Often, the political week heading into the Commons summer recess can feel almost soporific, with the thoughts of ministers and MPs geared more […]

Australia Covid live news update: Morrison says time between Pfizer doses to increase in NSW after state records 136 new cases

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says 53 of the new NSW cases were infectious in the community; taskforce chief John Frewen says vaccines not the best way to deal with immediate outbreak; national cabinet to meet to discuss rollout. Follow live What will it take to bring NSW case numbers down? Restrictions: […]

Australian Medical Association says NSW Covid lockdown failing and urges change to AstraZeneca advice

Exclusive: Dr Omar Khorshid says Atagi advice must be changed given growing number of cases from Sydney outbreak Follow our Covid live blog for the latest updates NSW restrictions; NSW hotspots; border restrictions Vaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our morning email briefing The president of the […]

NSW government has only used 15% of its allocation of the AstraZeneca vaccine

Exclusive: Just 145,000 of the almost 1m doses allocated by federal government have been taken up, leaving jabs to stockpile or be donated overseas Follow our Covid live blog for the latest updates Morrison apologises for slow pace of Australia’s vaccine rollout Restrictions: NSW; Vic; Qld; SA; WA and NT; […]

Rates of double-jabbed people in hospital will grow – but that does not mean Covid vaccines are failing

Several factors, including the portion of those at highest risk among the double-vaccinated and antibody levels, account for the data Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The next wave of Covid will be different. When cases soared in spring and winter last year lockdowns rapidly brought them […]

New Qld Covid restrictions: update to Brisbane and regional Qld coronavirus rules explained

Queensland has eased some restrictions. Here’s the full list of what you can and can’t do Full list of Queensland exposure sites and hotspots Follow our Covid live blog for the latest updates Other restrictions: NSW; Vic; WA, NT and SA; Border closures Vaccine rollout tracker; get our free news […]