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The Observer view on the spread of the Indian variant in the UK | Observer editorial
The government’s slow response to ban travel to and from India has put the UK at risk

Observer editorial

16, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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India variant could seriously disrupt lifting of lockdown, says Boris Johnson
PM announces acceleration of Covid vaccine programme, saying race could become a ‘great deal tighter’

Aubrey Allegretti, Nicola Davis, Helen Pidd, Josh Halliday and Libby Brooks

14, May, 2021 @6:00 PM

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India variant could lead to serious third wave of Covid in UK
Analysis: If B.1.617.2 proves highly transmissible, hospitalisations could peak again, models show

Ian Sample Science editor

14, May, 2021 @3:58 PM

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Wales could ban crossings from England if Covid cases continue to rise
Some restrictions to be relaxed but first minister says plans for mixing and public events put on hold

Steven Morris

14, May, 2021 @1:17 PM

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England will ‘flex’ Covid vaccinations to tackle India variant, minister says
Deployment of jabs could be speeded up for multi-generational households in areas virus is spreading quickly

Alexandra Topping

14, May, 2021 @8:51 AM

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Boost self-isolation payments or risk Covid resurgence, experts say
Thinktanks urge UK government to fund system that would cover wages on a similar basis to furlough scheme

Denis Campbell Health policy editor

13, May, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Call for ‘surge vaccinations’ as UK cases of India variant double
Sources say government poised to approve jab for over-16s in worst-affected areas

Aubrey Allegretti, Nicola Davis and Helen Pidd

13, May, 2021 @8:01 PM

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Almost 5m people now waiting for hospital treatment in England
NHS England figures show record numbers in queue with surgery delayed at least a year for 400,000

Pamela Duncan and Denis Campbell

13, May, 2021 @5:51 PM

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‘Almost indescribable pain’: life stuck on an NHS waiting list
Brenda Pugh has been waiting for a double hip replacement to treat her arthritis for 11 months

Denis Campbell Health policy editor

13, May, 2021 @5:10 PM

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Care homes in Bolton advised to continue lockdown measures
Local council asks homes not to follow Covid roadmap, fearing infections linked to variant found in India may cause ‘severe outbreak’

Helen Pidd, Maya Wolfe-Robinson and Libby Brooks

13, May, 2021 @4:04 PM

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Boris Johnson under fire for delaying Covid public inquiry until 2022
Bereaved families and experts say lessons should be learned quickly before a potential third wave

Aubrey Allegretti Political correspondent

12, May, 2021 @7:02 PM

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UK Covid inquiry: the key areas likely to be scrutinised
Boris Johnson has pledged that an independent inquiry will investigate the lessons of the UK pandemic

Ben Quinn

12, May, 2021 @5:40 PM

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