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The Guardian view on immunity passports: an idea whose time has not come | Editorial

A phone app seems better than a passport as a way out of the lockdown. This system will need to be temporary, installed at users’ discretion and have privacy at its coreCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIf ministers think immunity passports or wristbands are the answer to resolving the immediate coronavirus crisis, they are asking the wrong question. Such a system, if...

Coronavirus deaths of two nurses lead to calls for more protection

One nurse in north London resigns after being prevented from wearing mask she bought herselfCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDemands for better protection for healthcare workers are growing following the death of two nurses in their 30s, while another frontline worker quit her job after being forbidden from wearing a face mask.Areema Nasreen, 36, died shortly after...

More Covid-19 patients needed for drug trials, says Matt Hancock

Health secretary says trials are being set up with ‘breathtaking speed’ to find treatmentsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore patients with Covid-19 are needed to take part in clinical trials to find licensed drugs that could be effective in treating the virus, the health secretary has said, welcoming “the breathtaking speed” with which the experiments were...

Boris Johnson will be judged on the next four weeks. That prospect should frighten him | Jonathan Freedland

The British public are being patient over the coronavirus crisis, but they will not forgive governmental confusion for everBoris Johnson and his government are on probation, watched by a public whose mood could turn rapidly and brutally. For now, and on paper, Johnson has the people with him: his poll ratings have surged north of 50%, a feat last managed by a Tory government at the height of the...

Why has the UK lagged behind in testing for the coronavirus?

Britain has good expertise in diagnostics, but few firms with enough capacity to produceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage“Unlike some countries, we didn’t go into this crisis with a huge diagnostics industry. We have the best scientific labs in the world, but we did not have the scale,” Matt Hancock said this week, facing a barrage of questions on why the UK is...

US accused of 'modern piracy' after diversion of masks meant for Europe

German politician adds to chorus of complaints about American tactics to source protective gearCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US has been accused of “modern piracy” after reportedly diverting a shipment of masks intended for the German police, and outbidding other countries in the increasingly fraught global market for protective equipment.About 200,000 N95...

Despite what Matt Hancock says, the government's policy is still herd immunity | Anthony Costello

Tests alone are no good. We urgently need a community surveillance programme to stop the spread of Covid-19• Coronavirus latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageWhen the lockdown is lifted, will the virus return? Of course it will. Matt Hancock has said we will do 100,000 tests each day by the end of April, but Britain still doesn’t have a way to control the virus that goes beyond...

Coronavirus: hospitals in West Midlands 'will be at capacity by next weekend'

Mayor says NEC field hospital will be ready to take patients as data shows 21% of deaths in England were in MidlandsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHospitals in the West Midlands are forecast to reach maximum capacity by next weekend, the region’s mayor has said, amid growing concern that one in five deaths from coronavirus in England have happened in the...

UK ministers struggle to keep promise of 100k coronavirus tests by end of April

Frustrated NHS staff and scientists say they have labs ready but cannot get the materialsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK government’s pledge to carry out 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of the month is unravelling, with NHS laboratory staff and scientists warning they do not have the test kits, chemicals and components they need to scale up.Boris...

Coronavirus is shining a light on the wretched universal credit system | Daniel Lavelle

A million people, myself included, have turned to UC in Britain’s lockdown. Now we will see the ordeals claimants face• Coronavirus latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageBritish governments are notoriously bad at recognising a crisis until it impacts them, or their class, directly. London’s pioneering sanitation system was not developed until the cholera epidemics of the early...

Dr William Frankland, immunologist behind pollen count, dies aged 108

‘Grandfather of allergy’ survived three years in Japanese POW camp before pioneering medical careerDr William Frankland, a pioneering British immunologist who transformed the world’s understanding of allergies, has died aged 108.Frankland improved the lives of millions of hay fever sufferers by developing the idea of a pollen count. Until his death the oldest survivor of the Japanese...

There are still NHS staff without proper PPE – their lives are at risk | Jessica Potter

Full PPE is crucial in the fight against coronavirus. Public Health England’s advice has not gone far enough• Coronavirus latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageJust before the ICU unit where I work dealt with its first case of Covid-19, I was tested to ensure the FFP-3 masks I would need fitted safely. This involved walking up and down while a bitter chemical was sprayed to ensure...

Oceans' capacity to absorb CO2 overestimated, study suggests

Research into North Atlantic plankton likely to lead to negative revision of global climate calculationsThe North Atlantic may be a weaker climate ally than previously believed, according to a study that suggests the ocean’s capacity to absorb carbon dioxide has been overestimated.A first-ever winter and spring sampling of plankton in the western North Atlantic showed cell sizes were...

Do face masks protect against coronavirus? Here's what scientists know so far | David Heymann

Face masks are effective and vital in hospitals, but this doesn’t mean they’re useful for the general publicWe all want to protect ourselves from coronavirus – but we need to make sure the things we’re doing are effective. There are several measures we can all take to reduce the spread of Covid-19, including physical distancing, thorough handwashing, keeping surfaces clean, protecting the...

Can a face mask protect me from coronavirus? Covid-19 myths busted

The truth about how you can catch coronavirus, who is most vulnerable and what you can do to avoid infectionFind all our coronavirus coverage hereCoronavirus – latest news and updatesWhat are the symptoms and should I see a doctor?Wearing a face mask is certainly not an iron-clad guarantee that you won’t get sick – viruses can also transmit through the eyes and tiny viral particles, known as...

Climate monitoring and research could fall victim to coronavirus, scientists fear

Health restrictions have already hit some long-term projects but routine monitoring could be affected if the pandemic drags onCoronavirus – latest US updatesCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic has stalled scientific fieldwork and may even start to affect the monitoring of the climate, scientists have warned.Major projects to gather...

When will a coronavirus vaccine be ready?

Human trials will begin imminently – but even if they go well and a cure is found, there are many barriers before global immunisation is feasibleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEven at their most effective – and draconian – containment strategies have only slowed the spread of the respiratory disease Covid-19. With the World Health Organization finally declaring...

Coronavirus UK: how many confirmed cases are in your area?

Latest figures from public health authorities on the spread of Covid-19 in the United Kingdom. Find out how many cases have been reported near youCoronavirus - live news updatesFind all our coronavirus coverage hereHow to protect yourself from infectionPlease note: these are government figures on numbers of confirmed cases - some people who report symptoms are not being tested, and are not...