news for the People

October 01, 2019

R number for UK below 1 for first time since August

Scientific advisers to the government estimate the coronavirus epidemic is no longer growing.

Covid Christmas: 'Avoid board games and sleepovers'

Scientists spell out measures to minimise coronavirus infection risk when rules are relaxed at Christmas.

Covid: Groombridge village pubs split by 'perplexing' tiers

One pub discovers it can open next week but another - less than half a mile away - will remain shut.

Hundreds get wrong results due to Covid test error

More than 1,300 people were incorrectly told they had coronavirus by NHS Test and Trace.

Topshop owner Arcadia on brink of collapse

The company could make an announcement as soon as Monday - putting 13,000 jobs at risk.

Ex-Great Ormond Street porter admits child sex abuse

Paul Farrell, 55, of Camden, London, admits 58 sex offences against children.

Ecclestone burglary trial: Accused 'was in London for client'

Maria Mester was paid to spend the week in the city as part of her work as an escort, a court hears.

Brexit: Face-to-face trade talks to resume in London

The EU's Michel Barnier will arrive on Friday evening, as Boris Johnson insists a deal can be done.

Bolton park stab death: Child-killer 'missed taking medication'

Emily Jones, seven, had her throat cut by a stranger as she played in Queen's Park, Bolton.

Covid in Wales: Greater restrictions for pubs ahead of Christmas

Bowling alleys and indoor entertainment venues will also have to close under new restrictions.

PC had sex with woman in Launceston police station toilet

Christopher Wilson asked if she wanted to "get with a man in uniform" as she was reporting a crime.

Bristol Zoo to leave Clifton site after 185 years

Bristol Zoological Society said the move to another site was needed to safeguard its future.

Covid: Has England's lockdown worked?

England is moving out of national restrictions into a tougher tier system than before. But why?

Covid: When does England's lockdown actually end? And other questions

We answer some of your questions about the Oxford vaccine.

Covid: New London garden to commemorate pandemic victims

The 33 blossoming trees – one for each London borough - will form the centrepiece of the garden.

Kate warns of lockdown loneliness for parents

The Duchess of Cambridge highlights a "dramatic increase" in parents feeling cut off from support.

Oxford Covid vaccine: Regulator asked to assess jab

The referral is "a significant first step" to a possible rollout of the vaccine, the government says.

Lockdown asylum freeze puts Iraqi doctor 'in limbo'

"Karim" wanted to help the NHS but the pandemic put his asylum claim on hold.

Covid: Don't hug elderly relatives at Christmas warns Chris Whitty

It's not against the rules but it's not a sensible thing to do, warns the UK's chief medical officer.

At-a-glance: Full list of England's restrictions by area

The government has published a list detailing which areas of England will be in each tier.

Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine 'dose error' explained

Some trial volunteers were given shots half the planned strength, so how does that affect the results?

Coronavirus: Losing a baby during the pandemic

Couples share their stories of how Covid-19 restrictions exacerbated the impact of losing a baby.

Covid tiers: 'Rules have changed in the middle of the game'

Businesses and families are coming to terms with England's new tier system, in place from 2 December.

Brexit: What is a level playing field?

What are people talking about when they refer to a level playing field and what has it to do with Brexit?

Your data and how it is used to gain your vote

How much is really known about the data bought by political parties, and how it is used?

Damilola Taylor: What lessons have been learnt 20 years on?

The killing of a 10-year-old boy shocked Britain. But what has the death taught police 20 years on?

What's going on with Scottish independence?

Elections in 2021 and the pandemic have brought the issue of Scottish independence into the spotlight.

Ex-convict's tribute to 'special' Jack Merritt

Rosca Onya remembers the prison education worker killed in the Fishmongers' Hall attack a year ago.

'Bros is back': Luke Goss on his Christmas film and making up with Matt

After his new Christmas movie Luke will reunite with twin Matt for the first Bros album in 30 years.

Covid: What are the new tiers and lockdown rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

England will move to a tougher version of tiered coronavirus restrictions when lockdown ends next week.

Cancelled prom pictures win £15,000 Taylor Wessing portrait prize

Alys Tomlinson's Lost Summer features school leavers denied their proms by the coronavirus pandemic.

Lockdown rules: What Covid tier is your area in and what are the restrictions?

Use our search tool to find out about coronavirus rules and restrictions where you live.

Duchess of Cambridge report on early years children

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's charity releases a report on the development of children under five during a pandemic.

Damilola Taylor: 'One of the last people to see him alive'

The BBC spoke to Grace Boyega on the 20th anniversary of the death of her friend, Damilola Taylor.

Coronavirus: When can I get the Covid-19 vaccine?

Excitement over the vaccine has turned to questions on the reality of when we can get it.

Death of England: The former prisoner turned leading man

Michael Balogun stars in Death of England: Delroy at The National Theatre.

Oscar Saxelby-Lee turns on Worcester Christmas lights

People in the city helped to raise £750,000 for the six-year-old to undergo cancer treatment abroad.

Coronavirus: Health Secretary sets out England's new tiers

Health Secretary Matt Hancock sets out England's new coronavirus tier system

Covid tiers: Boris Johnson says measures will bring clarity

The PM hits back at criticism from Tory MPs that post-lockdown restrictions are not properly targeted.

Covid in Scotland: Talks held over extending Christmas holidays

It has been suggested that all schools could close on 18 December and reopen on 11 January.

Adrian Ismay murder: Christopher Robinson is jailed for 22 years

Christopher Robinson is sentenced to a minimum of 22 years for the murder of Adrian Ismay in 2016.

Covid in Wales: mass testing to be extended to lower Cynon valley

People living and working in the lower Cynon valley will be eligible for a test.

Warwickshire businesses 'devastated' by tier three move

Traders and MPs say they are baffled as Warwickshire faces the strictest restrictions post-lockdown.

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