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Covid-19 infections 'could easily double' over Christmas, Sage experts say

Modelling was presented to government before decision to allow three-household festive ‘bubbles’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 infections could double over Christmas, scientists advising the government have said.The warning comes in the latest tranche of files from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage). The documents were presented to...

Ancient whale skeleton found in Thailand holds clues to climate change

Scientists hope remains, thought to be up to 5,000 years old, will deepen knowledge of whale species and of rising sea levelsA whale skeleton thought to be up to 5,000 years old has been discovered, almost perfectly preserved, by researchers in Thailand.The skeleton, believed to be a Bryde’s whale, was found in Samut Sakhon, west of Bangkok. Researchers have excavated 80% of the remains and have...

No 10 wanted union flag on Oxford coronavirus vaccine kits

Plan hatched by new ‘Union unit’ to counter rise in Scottish nationalismCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDowning Street tried to get doses of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine labelled with an image of the union jack, it has emerged, as scientists and statisticians raised more questions over the press release that proclaimed the trial’s...

'The buck stops with her': June Raine to make call on UK's Covid vaccines

Head of MHRA has ‘devoted whole life to public health’, says former colleagueCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn the summer of 2019, Dr June Raine seemed close to finally putting her feet up. At 67, she was director of the vigilance and risk management of medicines at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, a role that is roughly as important and...

We are all Johnson's exes now, led on by false hope and dishonesty

You’d be forgiven for thinking we would exit lockdown into something better, but the prime minister’s harsh tier system was our destiny“Now is not the time,” gibbered the prime minister, “to take our foot off the throat of the beast.” Its throat? A lot of people feel like they’ve been living in the beast’s colon for most of the year. Still, see you guys in tier 4 in...

BioNTech's Covid vaccine is a triumph of innovation and immigration | Hans-Werner Sinn

Pioneered by a Turkish-German couple, its significance exceeds its practical valueThe world took note when the German startup BioNTech announced its breakthrough in the development of a new type of vaccine to combat Covid-19. After testing tens of thousands of people, BioNTech’s vaccine has been shown to be 95% effective in providing protection for those who would otherwise have been infected....

Different age groups may get different Covid vaccines, experts say

Oxford/AstraZeneca planning new trial of lower-dose jab to see how well it works in older peopleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageConcerns around the efficacy of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca coronavirus jab in older people could lead to different age groups being given different vaccines, experts have said.The partners announced last week that the vaccine had a 70%...

Coronavirus live news: US sees muted Thanksgiving day as hospitalisations soar

US reports more than 180,000 cases as holiday begins; 99% of England’s population face tough new curbs; Asta Zeneca likely to begin new trial of vaccine. Follow the developments liveScrutiny grows over Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccineUS cases, hospitalisations and deaths rise amid Thanksgiving rushSurge of Aids-related deaths feared as Covid pandemic puts gains at riskChristmas and Covid:...

NHS to trial blood test to detect more than 50 forms of cancer

Researchers hopes Galleri trial will be a ‘gamechanger’ for early diagnosis and save many livesThe NHS is to trial a simple blood test that may help identify more than 50 forms of cancer years before diagnosis, in what it hailed as a potential “gamechanger”.If successful the blood test, known as Galleri, could revolutionise early diagnosis of cancer and save many lives by identifying...


THURSDAY 26. NOVEMBER 2020


UAE mission to Mars on course to arrive in February 2021

Spacecraft known as Hope carries instruments designed to study the tenuous Martian atmosphereThe Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) is on course to arrive at the Red Planet on 9 February. A third and final major trajectory correction manoeuvre (TCM) was completed on 10 November. An additional minor TCM in December will tee it up for a Mars orbit insertion manoeuvre next year. Without the need for further...

Climate crisis making autumn leaves fall earlier, study finds

Report suggests tree growth will not store nearly as much carbon as scientists hopedGlobal heating appears to be making trees drop their leaves earlier, according to new research, confounding the idea that warmer temperatures delay the onset of autumn.The finding is important because trees draw huge amounts of carbon dioxide from the air and therefore play a key role in managing the climate....

Covid vaccine trials should continue | Letters

As millions of people will hopefully be inoculated in the next six months, this will be the ideal time for clinical trials to compare the vaccines head to head, writes Dr Andrew Hill. Plus letters from Dr Niamh Martin and Roy Grimwood We now have three vaccines against Covid-19, giving between 70% and 95% protection (Vaccine results bring us a step closer to ending Covid, says Oxford scientist, 23...

Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine results face growing scrutiny

Share price drops as critics question claim vaccine could protect up to 90% of peopleWhat tier am I in? Latest Covid rules in England post-lockdownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine is coming under increasing scrutiny, with critics questioning the claim that trials showed it could protect up to 90% of people against...

Here's how to tackle the Covid-19 anti-vaxxers | Will Hanmer-Lloyd

Do not demonise. To optimise the vaccine rollout, all of us must show respect to those who are unsure about inoculationsWill Hanmer-Lloyd is a behavioural strategistThe Covid-19 vaccines, which are up to 95% effective, have the potential to save millions of lives in the UK and many more around the world.Yet creating the vaccines is just the first step. We now need to produce them as quickly as...

Museum of London asks Londoners for Covid pandemic dreams

Guardians of Sleep project working with Canadian university to compile Covid-19 dreamsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrom tsunamis to perfectly formed egg sandwiches, vivid dreams appear to have become a familiar experience during the pandemic. Now these powerful, bizarre and sometimes unsettling thoughts and images are to be captured for posterity.The Guardians of...

Those who tell us what to do during the pandemic must earn our trust | David Spiegelhalter

Honesty, competence and a willingness to give us all the facts are vital in persuading people to believe what they’re toldCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageYou’d be forgiven for not knowing what to believe during this pandemic. Some scientists who say their claims are based on evidence tell us that lockdown is too severe; others say that we relax at our peril. Some...

'Is anybody in there?' Life on the inside as a locked-in patient

Jake Haendel spent months trapped in his body, silent and unmoving but fully conscious. Most people never emerge from ‘locked-in syndrome’, but as a doctor told him, everything about his case is bizarreJake Haendel was a hard-partying chef from a sleepy region of Massachusetts. When he was 28, his heroin addiction resulted in catastrophic brain damage and very nearly killed him. In a matter of...

Coronavirus live news: Germany extends partial lockdown as world suffers record daily deaths

Global cases pass 60m; nearly 13,000 daily deaths reported worldwide; the Americas reported more than 1.5m cases in the last seven days Sicily asks Cuba to send medics as Italy fights second Covid waveChristmas and Covid: is mixing households a good idea?Germany to decide next round of Covid restrictionsSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.39pm GMT bloggle bloggle bloggle – how are you spending...


WEDNESDAY 25. NOVEMBER 2020


Scientists ask to see evidence behind relaxing UK's Christmas Covid rules

Five-day easing prompts warning one guest could infect a third of people at a gatheringCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters are facing calls to publish scientific advice on the relaxing of Covid-19 rules over Christmas amid warnings that a single infectious guest could infect a third of those at a household gathering.Under rules revealed by the prime minister on...

Data glitch 'may have led to more than 1,500 Covid deaths in England'

Public Health England disputes Warwick University economists’ findings as ‘misleading’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn Excel spreadsheet error that wiped nearly 16,000 English Covid cases from national statistics may have led to more than 1,500 preventable deaths, according to a paper from Warwick University.Cases that were removed from the record due to the...

UK scientists warn of third wave of Covid after Christmas

Fears easing restrictions over festive period will lead to rise in cases and overwhelm NHSCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGovernment scientists have warned the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions over Christmas could lead to a third wave of the pandemic, with increased transmission and unnecessary deaths.Families across the UK will be able to gather in...

Families bereaved by Covid say UK plan to allow Christmas mixing is ‘sheer madness’

Support group warns that large gatherings are too risky and calls for low-key festive period Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople bereaved by Covid-19 have warned that allowing families in the UK to get together over Christmas is “sheer madness” and urged the public to have a low-key festive period rather than risk the grief they have endured.Members of the...

Chelmsford doctors trying to 'rewrite history' lose defamation case against publisher

Judge says John Gill and John Herron sought to use HarperCollins case to ‘vindicate their conduct’ despite overwhelming evidence to contrary at royal commission Two doctors from Sydney’s Chelmsford private hospital, where some patients underwent “deep sleep therapy” to the point of death, have had their defamation case against a book publisher thrown out in the federal court.Dr John Gill...