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“It’s good to be home.” The words of the first customer back through the doors of The Head O’ The Road pub after three months of lockdown. The whitewashed building in rural County Armagh has existed for 300 years, the pub itself for 100, but COVID-19 had temporarily closed the doors. From early morning, staff […]

Some regions in England are doing better than others in combating the growth of COVID-19, according to new government figures. The latest R number across the UK remains the same as last week at 0.7-0.9, but the statistics vary across the regions, says the independent scientific group SAGE that advises ministers. The R number means […]

Disparities in the impact of coronavirus on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities need urgent action, scientists have said. The Independent SAGE group, set up to shadow the government’s official Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, has drawn up a list of 11 recommendations it is urging Downing Street to act on. Its review, which […]

Five years ago marked the birth of James Bhattacherjee’s first child, Ted. It also marked a full mental breakdown and James being absent for the first four months of his baby’s life. It’s estimated that one in five men experience anxiety after becoming a father and within the first year one in 10 develops postnatal […]

The case against a former Parachute Regiment soldier accused of supporting anti-IS fighters in Syria has been dramatically dropped, leaving a prosecution strategy in tatters. Daniel Burke, 33, from Wythenshawe, Manchester, was one of three former fighters who were prosecuted for offences connected with the YPG, the main Western-backed force fighting against Islamic State. His […]

Pubs in England will be allowed to open from 6am tomorrow as punters prepare to order their first pint in more than three months. Downing Street has said the restriction is being relaxed at that time in the event “anybody would attempt to try to open at midnight” tonight. Bars and restaurants will be opening […]