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Covid live: Ireland to lift almost all curbs from 6am on Saturday; France reports 400,851 new cases — as it happened
Ireland’s premier Micheál Martin says ‘we have weathered the Omicron storm’; France reports 400,851 daily cases and 233 Covid-linked hospital deaths

Tom Ambrose (now); Sarah Marsh, Georgina Quach, Martin Belam and Samantha Lock (earlier)

21, Jan, 2022 @11:30 PM

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The UK student nurse who has caught Covid four times
Mea Walton got her first infection in September 2020 and her fourth at the start of this year

Nicola Davis

21, Jan, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Covid reinfection: how likely are you to catch virus multiple times?
Omicron may have affected risk in England, but other factors could include vaccination and severity of previous infection

Nicola Davis Science correspondent

21, Jan, 2022 @2:56 PM

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Ancient metal tubes unearthed in 1897 could be oldest surviving drinking straws
Gold and silver tubes, each more than a metre long, were discovered in North Caucasus

Nicola Davis

19, Jan, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Unvaccinated over-60s face monthly fine in Greece; UK reports another 84,429 cases and 85 deaths – as it happened
Un-jabbed older people in Greece face penalties starting at a €50; UK cases continue downward trend

Samantha Lock (now); Jedidajah Otte, Lucy Campbell and Martin Belam (earlier)

18, Jan, 2022 @1:37 AM

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All Covid restrictions in England could end in March under No 10 plans
Guidance may replace legal requirements as Boris Johnson indicates UK must now live with the virus

Rowena Mason, Jessica Elgot and Nicola Davis

17, Jan, 2022 @8:07 PM

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Who’s a clever dog? Scientists study secrets of canine cognition
Dogs can figure out some things that even chimps can’t. Our science correspondent puts her puppy retriever to the test

Nicola Davis

17, Jan, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Covid booster jabs in England to be thrown away as demand falls
Hundreds of thousands of Pfizer and Moderna doses estimated to be about to expire after sharp fall in take-up

Denis Campbell and Nicola Davis

14, Jan, 2022 @6:09 PM

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Expect another Omicron wave in early summer, Sage says
But experts are confident worst case scenarios for current wave unlikely to occur

Hannah Devlin and Nicola Davis Science correspondents

14, Jan, 2022 @5:03 PM

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More UK infants in hospital amid Omicron wave but experts urge calm
Proportion of hospitalised children aged under one rises, though medics say most cases are very mild

Nicola Davis Science correspondent

14, Jan, 2022 @3:34 PM

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One in 10 people in north-west England had Covid last week, ONS says
Regions records highest infection level in UK, double that of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Nicola Davis Science correspondent

14, Jan, 2022 @2:25 PM

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UK reports nearly 400 virus-linked deaths; German chancellor calls for mandatory jabs – as it happened
UK reports 129,587 new positive Covid-19 cases and 398 more deaths; Germany should make vaccinations mandatory for adults, says Olaf Scholz

Samantha Lock (now); Lucy Campbell , Georgina Quach and Martin Belam (earlier)

13, Jan, 2022 @12:47 AM

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