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The UK’s COVID-19 alert level has been downgraded, with the threat of the NHS being overwhelmed receding. The UK’s chief medical officers say the alert level should move from 5 to 4 – meaning that transmission is now “high or rising exponentially”. Previously, at level 5, there was “a risk of healthcare services being overwhelmed”. […]

The 15 areas of England to have vaccinated the lowest proportion of adults against COVID-19 are all in London. In some boroughs, including Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham, just one in five adults have received a single dose of a vaccine, according to NHS England data up to 25 February. Other cities including Nottingham and […]

More than 18.6 million people have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine in the UK, and second jabs have hit 700,000. Meanwhile, there have been another 323 deaths and 9,985 confirmed cases. Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world It compares to yesterday’s figures of 9,938 cases and 442 […]

Slightly messy blonde hair, furrowed brow – this face has been a familiar sight on the news over the last year. But look a little closer and you’ll see this isn’t Boris Johnson, but rather actor Sir Kenneth Branagh, seen for the first time in his role as the prime minister in the upcoming political […]

Allowing teachers to award grades to pupils this summer is “as good a compromise as we can come to” following the cancellation of formal exams, Boris Johnson has said. The prime minister described this year’s system for awarding A-level and GCSE grades in England – as well as some vocational and technical qualifications – as […]

Police have handed out nearly 70,000 fines to people for breaching COVID-19 lockdown rules since they came into force, with more than 6,000 issued in a single week, new data shows. Figures published by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) on Thursday show that a total of 68,952 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were issues by […]