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 […]

Violence against Africa’s children is rising. It stains our collective conscience | Graça Machel

We must apply our own home-grown initiatives if we are to curb abuses of Africa’s most vulnerable Of all the unspeakable injustices suffered by Africa’s children – and I’ve witnessed many – violence is surely the worst because it is almost entirely preventable. Africa’s children suffer many hardships, including poverty, […]

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 […]

A new start after 60: ‘I was sick, tired and had lost myself – until I began lifting weights at 71’

Joan Macdonald faced growing health problems before she began lifting weights, shattering preconceptions about what’s possible in your eighth decade Joan Macdonald has not always looked like a bodybuilder. At 71, she weighed 90kg (14st 4lb), and had rising blood pressure and kidney troubles. She was also on medication for […]

A new start after 60: ‘I was sick, tired and had lost myself – until I took up bodybuilding at 71’

Joan Macdonald faced growing health problems when she began lifting weights, shattering preconceptions about what’s possible in your eighth decade Joan Macdonald has not always looked like a bodybuilder. At 71, she weighed 90kg (14st 4lb), and had rising blood pressure and kidney troubles. She was also on medication for […]

All the trains in my son’s train podcast ranked by how much I hate them | Ben Jenkins

Living in lockdown with small children means distracting them with the same thing, over and over again, until you – like Ben Jenkins – are driven insane Every parent of a young child in lockdown either knows this fact or is about to learn it: you don’t get to choose […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

There will be blood: women on the shocking truth about periods and perimenopause

The menopause brings an end to menstruation – but in the lead-up, many women experience periods that can disrupt their lives and careers If Emma Pickett needs to make a long journey, she checks her calendar very carefully. She will often take an emergency change of clothes when she goes […]