The coronavirus variant first detected in Kent, and now dominant in the UK and a number of other countries, is more transmissible but does not increase disease severity, research has suggested.
The Covid-19 variants that have been worrying scientists do not appear to be rising in popular European destinations, UK advisers have said.
Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine should protect against illness for at least six months after the second dose, new research suggests.
The coronavirus situation in the UK is quite “contained” but we have to be “vigilant” and make sure it stays under control, an expert has said.
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine may be effective against the coronavirus variant that emerged in Manaus, Brazil, and has now been detected in the UK, a new study suggests.
The average daily number of Covid cases, hospital admissions and deaths are the lowest they have been since the autumn, according to the Health Secretary.
Deaths from coronavirus have fallen by 41% in the course of a week, while hospital admissions have seen their fastest ever fall, the Health Secretary has said.
The mystery person infected with the Manaus variant of coronavirus has been found.
The first cases of a new coronavirus variant first identified in Manaus have been identified in the UK, health officials have said.
People in part of Essex are being urged to take a coronavirus test when offered, after the South African variant was discovered there.
Millions of coronavirus cases could be going undetected because people are only being told to have a test if they have a cough, fever or loss of smell, scientists have warned.
The “classic triad” of cough, fever and loss of smell (anosmia) – the symptoms that qualify for a Covid-19 test – may be missing around a third of positive cases, a study suggests.
The Government’s new quarantine plan is destined to fail, Labour claimed ahead of it coming into force on Monday.
The new and more infectious variant of Covid-19 first found in Kent will become the world’s dominant strain, the director of the UK’s genetic surveillance programme said.
One in four adults in England have received a first dose of coronavirus vaccine, Boris Johnson said as he urged priority groups to take up the offer of a jab.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has come under fierce criticism from a senior Tory who said plans to impose 10-year prison sentences on travellers who try to evade coronavirus quarantine rules are “utterly ridiculous”.
There is growing uncertainty over when Britons will be allowed to go on a foreign holiday amid changing travel restrictions in the fight against coronavirus.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has defended plans for prison sentences of up to 10 years for returning travellers who try to evade strict coronavirus quarantine rules.
The relatively slow rise in cases of the South African and Bristol variant is “reassuring” but controlling them will become much more challenging as lockdown is relaxed, a leading medic has said.
England’s deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van-Tam, has said the South African variant of coronavirus is unlikely to become the dominant strain in the UK.
New rules for international arrivals are being introduced in a bid to slow the spread of new coronavirus strains.
Toughened measures to prevent imported coronavirus variants gaining a foothold in the UK will be set out by ministers, with extra testing for all international arrivals.
Ever since the new coronavirus first appeared in Wuhan, China, in 2019, it has mutated thousands of times resulting in countless variants.
A “mutation of concern” has been detected in the UK variant of coronavirus, which scientists have described as “a worrying development”.