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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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UK Covid: end to England’s plan B measures next week ‘a milestone, not a finish line’, says Sajid Javid – as it happened
Health secretary confirms face mask mandate and working from home guidance will end in England

Lucy Campbell, Nicola Slawson and Rachel Hall

19, Jan, 2022 @6:43 PM

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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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Covid: Iran reports first deaths from Omicron; UK records 81,713 cases and 287 deaths – as it happened
Three people are reported to have died from the variant; the seven-day total for UK deaths was up 45% on the week before

Harry Taylor (now); Jedidajah Otte, Lucy Campbell (earlier)

15, Jan, 2022 @11:45 PM

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Former Covid taskforce head ‘sorry’ for holding Cabinet Office leaving party ‘with drinks’ in December 2020 – as it happened
Kate Josephs apologises for farewell gathering on same date as separate Simon Case party on 17 December 2020

Tom Ambrose, Matthew Weaver and Lucy Campbell

14, Jan, 2022 @7:39 PM

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Prince Andrew faces calls to pay for his own security
Growing clamour for royal to lose dukedom and taxpayer-funded Scotland Yard security detail

Caroline Davies, Mark Brown and Lucy Campbell

14, Jan, 2022 @6:45 PM

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Renewed calls for PM to resign over parties on eve of Philip funeral
Queen followed Covid rules at husband’s funeral, sitting alone in face mask away from rest of family

Lucy Campbell

14, Jan, 2022 @8:48 AM

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Virginia Giuffre praises ruling to allow Prince Andrew lawsuit to go to trial
Giuffre says she will ‘continue to expose truth’ and ‘seek justice from those who hurt me and others’

Lucy Campbell

14, Jan, 2022 @8:21 AM

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UK reports 109,133 new cases and 335 deaths; Omicron becomes dominant variant in Germany – as it happened
UK cases and deaths down on the previous day; variant now accounts for 73.3% of cases in Germany compared with 44.3% seven days ago

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

14, Jan, 2022 @12:49 AM

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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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Covid live: no need for fourth jab yet, UK advisers say; Germany toughens hospitality restrictions – as it happened
UK experts say protection against hospitalisation still 90% three months after booster; Germany also cuts isolation for boosted people after a Covid contact

Jem Bartholomew (now); Lucy Campbell, Georgina Quach, Martin Belam and Helen Livingstone (earlier)

08, Jan, 2022 @12:03 AM

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Omicron may be less severe but not ‘mild’, says WHO – as it happened
WHO chief says calling variant ‘mild’ is not accurate; Philippines president orders arrest of unvaccinated people who violate stay-at-home orders

Helen Livingstone (now); Lucy Campbell, Martin Belam , Georgina Quach, and Tom Ambrose (earlier)

07, Jan, 2022 @12:31 AM

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