The coronavirus R number in the UK has remained largely unchanged since last week, as scientists advising the Government urge the public to “remain vigilant to keep this virus under control”.
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The coronavirus R number in the UK has remained largely unchanged since last week and is now estimated to be between 1.2 and 1.3.
Some of the mutations seen in coronavirus variants from Brazil and South Africa appear to allow the virus to escape some of people’s immune responses, a leading virologist has said.
The concerning Brazilian variant of coronavirus does not appear to affect vaccines, Downing Street has said, after a top virologist suggested a separate strain from Brazil is already in the country.
One of two Brazilian coronavirus variants was detected in the UK ahead of ministers banning the arrival of travellers from South America to limit the spread of a concerning new strain, a leading virologist has said.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he is “not aware” of any cases of the Brazilian coronavirus variant in the UK as travellers from across South America were banned from entry.
The number of Covid-19 infections across England is falling as a whole, with the reproductive rate – the R – below 1 in some regions, University of Cambridge researchers have said.
Covid-19 rates have fallen in most regions of England and across all age groups apart from the over-80s, in the latest sign that lockdown measures are having an effect.
Previous Covid-19 infection provides some immunity for at least five months, but people may still carry and transmit the virus, according to a new study.
The majority of care home residents in England are expected to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of the week, health officials have said.
Health leaders should urgently review the guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff caring for Covid patients, leading doctors have said.
Vaccinating just 25 care home residents against Covid-19 could save a life, MPs have heard.
“Worrying” figures show the biggest increases in Covid-19 cases are now in Liverpool and the West Midlands, according to the latest data.
The biggest increases in Covid-19 case rates are now happening outside the South and East of England, latest figures show.
Experts have called for robust monitoring to assess how altering the coronavirus vaccine dose schedule impacts the effectiveness of both the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech jab.
Snacking on unhealthy food and drink or smoking while stuck at home due to Covid-19 has spurred more people to try and change their ways in the new year.
The lack of data taken around ethnic minorities in Britain during the pandemic could be putting lives at risk, health experts have warned.
Tough restrictions are required now to stop coronavirus “running out of control” in January due to the new variant of the virus, Boris Johnson has warned.
Boris Johnson has cancelled Christmas for almost 18 million people across London and eastern and south-east England, after scientists warned of the rapid spread of the new variant coronavirus.
Boris Johnson has cancelled Christmas for millions of people across London and south-east England after scientists said that a new coronavirus variant is spreading more rapidly.
School outbreaks of Covid-19 may be due to the virus being taken into each school several times rather than transmission between pupils, a leading Public Health England (PHE) expert has said.
Scientists behind the discovery of a new coronavirus variant in the UK would not be drawn on whether they knew Matt Hancock was going to announce its detection.
It is “not inevitable” that London will be placed under tighter coronavirus restrictions ahead of next week’s review of the tier system in England, Matt Hancock has said.
The harshest coronavirus restrictions would be “catastrophic” for London, mayor Sadiq Khan warned as rising cases threatened to push the capital into Tier 3.
Public Health England (PHE) has warned of “severe” cold weather across the country in the coming days.
A British grandmother has become the first in the world to receive Pfizer’s Covid-19 jab outside a clinical trial as the NHS began its mass vaccination programme across the UK.
A 90-year-old grandmother has become the first person in the world to receive Pfizer’s Covid-19 jab as part of a mass vaccination programme.
The UK is taking a “huge step forward” in its fight against Covid-19 as the country’s vaccination programme gets under way, Boris Johnson has said.
Sadiq Khan has urged Londoners to help ensure the city is not placed into tougher Covid-19 restrictions as data shows rising case rates across three-quarters of the capital’s boroughs.
The beginning of the vaccination rollout for Covid-19 could mark “a decisive turning point in the battle” against the virus, the chief executive of NHS England has said.