Monday briefing: What ‘living with Covid’ might look like

In today’s newsletter: With case numbers on the rise in the UK, Nimo Omer looks at what shape our future relationship with the virus could take

Good morning. At this point, most of us – 7 in 10 in the UK – have had Covid-19. Many have had it multiple times. And there’s a reason everyone seems to be catching it again in the UK: since April there has been no legal requirement to self-isolate, testing is no longer free and a lot of time has passed since most have had their booster, meaning that immunity has started to wane.

Measures to mitigate the spread of infection are no longer in place, and we can see the results: case rates are on the rise – and with new sub variants emerging, there are fears that another wave may be coming.

French elections | Emmanuel Macron’s centrist grouping has lost its absolute majority in the French parliament, amid gains by a new left alliance and a historic surge by the far right, projected results said.

Rail strikes | The government is facing growing anger over its refusal to join last-ditch talks to avert the biggest rail strike for three decades, with millions of people facing a week of cancelled trains and union leaders saying industrial action could spread.

Ukraine | Western leaders have said the war in Ukraine could last for years and will require long-term military support. Boris Johnson said Ukraine’s allies “need to steel ourselves for a long war” as Russia brought forward reserve forces as it battled to capture the city of Sievierodonetsk.

Brazil | Police investigating the murder of the British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous advocate Bruno Pereira have identified five more people connected with the killings, bringing the number of suspects in the crime to eight.

Athletics | Dame Kelly Holmes has announced that she is gay, saying she “needed to do this now, for me”. The double Olympic champion said she realised her sexuality at the age of 17.

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