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Boosters increase protection against death from Omicron in over-50s to 95% – UKHSA; UK records 338 deaths – as it happened
Protection against death increases to around 95% two weeks after receiving a booster dose, UK health agency says; UK reports another 96,871 Covid cases

Samantha Lock (now); Tom Ambrose , Lucy Campbell and Martin Belam (earlier)

28, Jan, 2022 @12:42 AM

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‘Absolutely fantastic’: families’ joy at opening up of English care homes
Reaction to government announcement that residents will be allowed unlimited visitors from next week

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

27, Jan, 2022 @11:08 AM

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Gove threatens trading ban on cladding firms unless they pay for repairs
Housing secretary gives companies until March to offer sum for cost of removing combustible cladding

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

23, Jan, 2022 @4:54 PM

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Faster internet speeds linked to lower civic engagement in UK
Study finds involvement in political parties, trade unions and volunteering falls as web speeds rise

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

23, Jan, 2022 @3:25 PM

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Rethink for skyscraper near Grenfell site with single fire escape staircase
The planned 35-storey block is the second tower this month to be adapted after criticism

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

21, Jan, 2022 @8:04 PM

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France to ease restrictions; Austrian parliament approves mandatory vaccination – as it happened
French PM says from February work from home guidance will be changed and nightclubs reopen; Austria will have Europe’s first universal jabs mandate

Samantha Lock (now); Tom Ambrose, Damien Gayle and Martin Belam (earlier)

21, Jan, 2022 @12:31 AM

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Developers tell Gove: we will not foot £4bn fire safety bill alone
Housing secretary told that government and sellers of combustible materials must also pay to fix flats

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

20, Jan, 2022 @6:55 PM

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‘Dangerous’ to lift self-isolation rules for care home staff in England
Social care providers call for clarity after Sajid Javid announces easing of legal Covid self-isolation rules

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

20, Jan, 2022 @1:54 PM

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Tower twice Grenfell’s height planned nearby with single staircase
Survivors of 2017 disaster shocked by application as some safety experts call current staircase rules ‘madness’

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

20, Jan, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Czech Republic scraps mandatory jabs as daily cases hit new high; record cases in Bulgaria – as it happened
Czech government scraps decree to avoid ‘deepening fissures’ in country; Bulgaria reports highest daily tally of pandemic with 11,181 infections

Samantha Lock (now); Jem Bartholomew, Lucy Campbelland Martin Belam (earlier)

20, Jan, 2022 @1:13 AM

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Johnson denies he was warned No 10 event in May 2020 was against rules and says he did not lie to parliament – as it happened
PM says ‘nobody told me that what we were doing was against the rules’ and says he did not tell lie in Commons

Andrew Sparrow

18, Jan, 2022 @6:09 PM

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Chefs’ isolation in kitchens can trigger violence and abuse, study finds
Study of chefs at world’s top restaurants discovers working conditions create parallel moral universe

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

16, Jan, 2022 @2:00 PM

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