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Scientists warn of risks in easing UK controls for vaccinated arrivals

Edinburgh epidemiologist concerned about spread of ‘escape mutants’ that may defy vaccinesScientists have said that the lifting of restrictions for fully vaccinated arrivals to the UK from the EU and US, which begins from Monday, is not without risk.From 4am on Monday, those who have been fully vaccinated in the US and Europe will be treated the same as British residents, meaning arrivals from...

NHS urged to redistribute near-expiry vaccines as take-up slows in young

Doctors across England raise alarm as 170,000 Moderna doses at risk of expiry within fortnightCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe NHS is facing pressure to redistribute tens of thousands of vaccine doses nearing expiry as demand from younger adults drops.An internal email seen by the Guardian warned of 170,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine at risk of expiry within the...

Not all narcissists are grandiose – the ‘vulnerable’ type can be just as dangerous

The introverted narcissist is harder to spot and may be more sinisterWe pretty much know what narcissism is by now. The description “narcissist” is a buzzword, a darling of amateur analysts. Those needy, charismatic attention-grabbers stride across the world’s stage, using and confusing those who fall for their charms. They have the perfect platform in a culture obsessed with both celebrity...

Ana Raquel Nunes: ‘Extreme weather reveals the fragility of people and places’

The environmental social scientist and expert on the impact of heatwaves on why we must prepare for dangerous heatAna Raquel Nunes is a senior research fellow at Warwick medical school who studies the links between global heating and human health. She has leant her expertise to the World Health Organization, the intergovernmental panel on climate change, the International Science Council and more....

Doggerland: Lost ‘Atlantis’ of the North Sea gives up its ancient secrets

The land mass that linked Britain to continental Europe was rich in early human life until it floodedThe idea of a “lost Atlantis” under the North Sea connecting Britain by land to continental Europe had been imagined by HG Wells in the late 19th century, with evidence of human inhabitation of the forgotten world following in 1931 when the trawler Colinda dredged up a lump of peat containing a...

Coronavirus live news: UK chancellor pushes Boris Johnson to relax holiday rules, reports say

Latest updates: Rishi Sunak says restrictions ‘out of step’ with international rivals, according to media reportsUber and Deliveroo discounts to lure young in England to get jabbedHerd immunity: could Covid be on the run in the UK?Protests in Israel against new curbs as cases are highest in monthAustralian Sky News banned from YouTube for seven days over Covid disinformation 9.07am BST Newly...

Sky News Australia banned from YouTube for seven days over Covid misinformation

Digital giant issues strike after channel posted videos denying the existence of disease and encouraging people to use discredited medicationFollow our Covid live blog for the latest updatesVaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our morning email briefingSky News Australia has been banned from uploading content to YouTube for seven days after violating its medical misinformation...

Discounts from Uber and Deliveroo will lure young people in UK to get Covid jab

Companies will offer credit and price reductions in government push to boost vaccination ratesCheap taxi rides and discounts from the biggest takeaway companies are to be deployed by the government in a desperate effort to boost Covid vaccination rates among the young, amid growing legal and political pressure on Boris Johnson over the use of vaccine passports.With figures inside the cabinet...

Australia Covid live update: Queensland braces for more cases on first full day of lockdown; Sydney authorities in compliance crackdown

Queensland authorities expect case numbers and exposure sites to grow today as three million across the state begin their first full day in lockdown. Follow all the day’s newsNSW restrictions; NSW hotspots; border restrictionsVaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our morning email briefing 11.51pm BST A Sydney man has raised concerns about the Australian Immunisation Register after...


SATURDAY 31. JULY 2021


UK can expect thousands of Covid deaths every year, warn scientists

Disease will circulate alongside flu and other seasonal viruses and become part of accepted winter illnessCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritain faces the prospect of thousands of annual Covid deaths for years to come, scientists have warned.They say waves of cases are likely to sweep the country every winter as Covid-19 joins other seasonal viruses, including...

Ink positive: how tattoos can heal the mind as well as adorn the body

Forget the stereotypes – getting inked can be a powerful means of reclaiming your body and processing grief or traumaIf one thing has become obvious in the summer heat and the inevitable baring of flesh, it’s the degree to which body art is now the norm. At the pool, the park, or the pub beer garden, you’ll find an enormous variety of designs inked on the skin representing the breadth of...

Sarah Perry: As an author, I felt useless in the pandemic. So I trained to be a vaccinator

Inspired by a desire to be good and help others during the pandemic, novelist Sarah Perry trained to vaccinate people. But what does it mean to be good when there is so much bad faith?Earlier this year – lockdown three: no sign of spring – I travelled to an airport to try to be good. Dogged for months by the sense of my own uselessness, and having wept with relief and accumulated sorrow when...

NSW Covid outbreak: death toll rises as two-thirds of new cases under 40

Man in his 60s dies at home in south-west Sydney as NSW reports 210 new locally acquired casesFollow our coronavirus live blogState v state: war of words heats up over Sydney and Melbourne lockdownsFrom social distancing bracelets to vaccine priority: how NSW supermarkets are tackling CovidNSW restrictions; NSW hotspots; border restrictionsVaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our...

Queensland Covid lockdown: ‘enormous number’ of hotspots expected after six new cases

Eleven LGAs locked down from 4pm on Saturday as deputy premier says state must ‘go hard and go early’Follow our coronavirus live blogQld Covid restrictions and lockdown: Brisbane and regional Queensland coronavirus rules explainedState v state: war of words heats up over Sydney and Melbourne lockdownsVaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our morning email briefingSouth-east...

Eutelsat Quantum: breakthrough reprogrammable satellite launches

Transmission beams can be reconfigured from the ground, whereas most commercial satellites are hard-wired before launchThe world’s first commercial fully reprogrammable satellite has been launched, ushering in a new era of more flexible communications.Unlike conventional models that are designed and “hard-wired” on Earth and cannot be repurposed once in orbit, the UK-engineered Eutelsat...

Covid Australia live news update: NSW lockdown protesters urged to stay home by police

Anti-lockdown protests planned in Sydney after Scott Morrison and state and territory leaders back pathway out of rolling lockdownsCan Australia fix its CovidSafe app and turn the pandemic into a ‘pingdemic’?State v state: war of words heats up over Sydney and Melbourne lockdownsFrom social distancing bracelets to vaccine priority: how NSW supermarkets are tackling CovidNSW restrictions; NSW...


FRIDAY 30. JULY 2021


Can Australia fix its CovidSafe app and turn the pandemic into a ‘pingdemic’?

The Australian government is refusing to adopt technology used overseas that could speed up notification of close contactsThe federal government is in discussions to tweak its CovidSafe app to pick up more fleeting contacts due to the more infectious Delta variant, but is refusing to adopt technology used overseas that could speed up notification of close contacts.As England and Wales experience...

95% of British adults still wearing a mask when out, says survey

Figure same as before legal requirement relaxed, while most still feel that complying with other Covid safety measures is importantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOnly one British adult in 20 is no longer wearing a mask outside their homes despite the relaxing of legal mask-wearing requirements earlier this month, according to the first official survey on complying...

UK appears to defy dire ‘freedom day’ predictions as Covid cases fall

Government will not say they believe worst is over, but cases fell for seven consecutive days this weekCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs England’s “freedom day” dawned on 19 July, Boris Johnson was grumpily confined to his 16th-century grace-and-favour mansion, humiliated by the row over a bungled quarantine exemption. Cases were at more than 46,000 per day as...

Russian space module mishap pushes ISS out of position – video

Russia’s troubled Nauka laboratory module caused a fright when its rockets accidentally fired after docking the with the International Space Station, briefly throwing the station out of position.A few hours after docking, Nauka’s propulsive devices came on unexpectedly, forcing personnel onboard the ISS to launch thrusters on the Russian segment of the station to counter the effectRussia...

Women participate less at conferences, even if gender-balanced – study

Exclusive: small changes in conference design can make big difference to female inclusion, say researchersWomen are less likely to participate in proceedings at medical and scientific conferences, even with gender-balanced delegates, although simple interventions in conference design sparked a significant improvement in female inclusion, a study has found. Medical and scientific conferences are...

Israel to offer Pfizer Covid booster shots to people over 60

Announcement makes Israel the first country to offer a third dose of a western vaccine to its citizens on a wide scaleSee all our coronavirus coverageIsrael’s prime minister has announced that the country would offer a coronavirus booster shot to those people over 60 who have already been vaccinated.The announcement by Naftali Bennett makes Israel, which launched one of the world’s most...

Russia rocket mishap briefly nudges International Space Station out of position

After several ‘hiccups’ on the journey to the ISS, the Nauka lab module accidentally fired its rockets after dockingRussia’s troubled Nauka laboratory module has caused a fright when its rockets accidentally fired after docking the with the International Space Station, briefly throwing the station out of position.A few hours after docking, Nauka’s propulsive devices unexpectedly fired,...

‘Smart’ for firms to insist returning staff are fully vaccinated, says Dominic Raab

Foreign secretary says he ‘can understand’ why businesses would want to adopt a tough stanceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDominic Raab said it would be “smart” for businesses to insist staff are fully vaccinated before returning to the office.The foreign secretary said he “can understand” why firms would want to adopt a tough stance to keep staff safe...


THURSDAY 29. JULY 2021


Weep, O mine eyes at a lack of manly tears | Brief letters

Men in tears | Resilience | Supper | Olympic winners | Spelling namesAn excellent article by Adrian Chiles (Have you cried with despair in public? There is nothing braver or better, 28 July). In medieval France, it was considered very manly to weep copiously about one’s fallen comrades. If you didn’t cry, what was wrong with you? Didn’t you care? Crying is an effective and natural way of...