Chris Whitty

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Government imposes new restrictions to fight Omicron as first cases found in UK
Masks made mandatory in shops and on buses and trains, while new arrivals must take PCR tests

Toby Helm, Michael Savage and Denis Campbell

27, Nov, 2021 @8:11 PM

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Boris Johnson strains to remain upbeat as new Omicron variant forces rapid crackdown
PM ‘confident’ that this Christmas will be better than the last as he announces a wave of fresh measures

Michael Savage and James Tapper

27, Nov, 2021 @7:26 PM

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Government narrowly wins vote on social care cap with majority of 26 – as it happened
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Jedidajah Otte and Andrew Sparrow

22, Nov, 2021 @11:56 PM

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Kwarteng apologises to standards commissioner for suggesting she should resign – as it happened
Latest updates: business secretary apologises to Kathryn Stone, suggesting his comments might have broken ministerial code

Andrew Sparrow

15, Nov, 2021 @6:17 PM

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No 10 plans booster jab requirement for people to obtain Covid pass
Currently, people only need to have had two shots to qualify as being fully vaccinated

Jessica Elgot Chief political correspondent

15, Nov, 2021 @6:03 PM

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Javid’s GP rescue plan will fail to ‘turn the tide’, says former Tory health secretary Jeremy Hunt – as it happened
Chair of Commons health committee joins Labour’s shadow health secretary in calling Sajid Javid’s plans inadequate

Andrew Sparrow

14, Oct, 2021 @3:49 PM

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Government must be transparent about science advice it receives
Analysis: inquiry into UK’s response to Covid crisis shows Sage guidance should be put in public domain as soon as possible

Nicola Davis Science correspondent

12, Oct, 2021 @6:14 PM

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Fluoride will be added to UK drinking water to cut tooth decay
Chief medical officers cite estimates that more mineral in water would reduce cavities by 28% among poorest children

Nadeem Badshah

23, Sep, 2021 @8:49 PM

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Chris Whitty warns MPs it is ‘inevitable’ unvaccinated children will catch Covid
Chief medical officer says transmission in England highest among 12- to 15-year-olds

Richard Adams Education editor

22, Sep, 2021 @6:37 PM

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UK politics: Starmer says talks with unions will continue on his plans for Labour reform – as it happened
Sir Keir Starmer suggests trade unions that support Labour have not yet backed his plans to change the party’s leadership election rules

Andrew Sparrow

22, Sep, 2021 @4:47 PM

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Digested week: start with a Monday from hell and go from there
The pandemic continues to be a ball-ache but we were given a tiny and surprising point of light

Lucy Mangan

17, Sep, 2021 @9:33 PM

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Nicki Minaj: rarely a dull moment for the outspoken rapper
Her anti-vaxx stance came to the notice of Chris Whitty this week, but her feuds and anti-racist statements have long been known to her fanbase

Lanre Bakare

15, Sep, 2021 @3:48 PM

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