‘Parallel pandemic’: England has experienced record-high drug deaths during COVID-19, charities warn

Follow RT on England and Wales suffered a record high number of drug deaths in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, following in the footsteps of Scotland and the United States, which experienced a similar rise. There were 4,561 deaths from drug poisoning last year – up 3.8% from 2019 and the highest number since records […]

UK government panel claims Covid mutation with 35% death rate a ‘realistic possibility,’ suggests new strains may ‘evade’ vaccines

Follow RT on A British government science panel has claimed that a coronavirus variant with a 35% fatality rate – akin to that seen in the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) – could emerge, and that vaccine booster doses may be needed. A report issued on Friday by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) […]

Estate agent confesses to assaulting England’s chief medical officer in London’s St James’s Park

Follow RT on Lewis Hughes, an estate agent from Essex, pleaded guilty on Friday at Westminster Magistrates Court to assaulting England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, in London’s St James Park on June 27. The case was sparked after video footage circulated on social media showing two men, one of whom was Hughes, grabbing […]

Double-jabbed US and EU travellers will no longer be required quarantine upon arrival in England from August

Follow RT on The British government has announced that fully vaccinated travellers arriving in England from the US and countries within the EU, bar France, will no longer have to undergo a 10-day Covid quarantine period from August 2 onwards. The move was announced on Wednesday in a government push to revive England’s travel industry […]

Over a million children in England missed school over Covid on July 15, Department of Education reveals

Follow RT on Data released by the UK government has revealed more than one million children in England were absent from school on July 15 due to coronavirus-related reasons – the highest number reported since pupils returned in March. The Department of Education published findings on Tuesday which show that 1.05 million children – approximately […]

Concern after UK govt site suggests shortage of lateral flow Covid tests as England unlocks, ministry says ‘glitch’ to blame

Follow RT on Britons eager to obtain lateral flow Covid-19 tests through the UK government website were met with a message on Monday saying that no more could be ordered online or by phone, in what health officials later said was a “glitch.” On the same day England ditched its Covid restrictions, many people applying […]

‘Unity Is Freedom’: Anti-lockdown protesters rally in London as Covid-19 restrictions lifted in England (VIDEOS)

Follow RT on Anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination activists rallied in London on Monday, despite nearly all coronavirus-related restrictions having been lifted the very same day. Thousands gathered outside the Palace of Westminster, the seat of the country’s parliament, carrying signs reading “Unity Is Freedom” and “It’s Not a Pandemic, It’s an IQ Test.” Protesters chanted, “Shame […]

Revellers line up at London clubs to celebrate #FreedomDay as England lifts most Covid-19 restrictions at midnight

Follow RT on Partygoers all across England flocked to newly reopened nightclubs to mark what has become known as “Freedom Day,” as the bulk of Covid-19 restrictions were lifted at the stroke of midnight. Footage shared on social media showed long queues forming outside London’s nightclub venues on Sunday ahead of the much-anticipated reopening at […]

‘Unusual’ winter vomiting bug outbreaks on rise in England, public health agency finds, as Covid-19 restrictions are eased

Follow RT on As the UK government prepares to drop Covid restrictions in England, people there are now facing another disease – a diarrhoea-causing norovirus also known as the winter vomiting bug, Public Health England has warned. A “routine surveillance” across the health system has revealed an “unusual” increase in the number of “out-of-season” disease […]

England’s Covid-19 prevalence rises sharply to 1 in 95 as govt prepares to drop restrictions

Follow RT on Britain’s Office for National Statistics has said that Covid-19 prevalence in England has reached one in 95 people, as the government prepares to drop statutory restrictions on Monday. On Friday, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the prevalence of Covid-19 continues to grow week on week in England, as the Delta […]

20% jump in alcohol-related deaths in England as many turn to drinking at home during pandemic – govt

Follow RT on England has seen an unprecedented yearly increase in deaths due to alcohol during the Covid-19 pandemic, driven by excessive alcohol consumption at home, Public Health England (PHE) has said, in a fresh report. Almost 7,000 people died from alcohol-specific diseases in 2020, the UK government said on Thursday, citing new data published […]

UK race equality think tank draws criticism on social media for ‘stoking divisions’ after claiming racism is ‘systemic’ in England

Follow RT on Social media users have accused a UK race relations think tank of “promoting bigotry” after it warned that racism is “systemic” in England with ethnic minorities facing disparities in various areas, including education and health. In its new report on race equality, Runnymede Trust said legislation, institutional practices and societal customs continue […]

Some Britons angry as govt quietly passes bill to make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory for care home staff in England

Follow RT on Some Britons have slammed the government after the UK parliament voted on Tuesday to make vaccines compulsory for care home staff in England unless they have medical exemption. There are others that back the move. On Tuesday the British parliament voted by 319 votes to 246 to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for […]

UK radio host says strip ‘racists’ of bank accounts, passports and ability to ‘have a life’ after Euro 2020 racism row

Follow RT on British radio host Mike Graham, who’s no stranger to being accused of racism himself, has called for condemning racists to non-personhood by taking away their bank accounts, passports, public benefits and other resources. Graham ranted on his talk show on Tuesday morning, decrying the racist social media messages that were posted after […]

UK medical body slams ‘irresponsible’ decision to unlock England on July 19 as cases rise

Follow RT on The British Medical Association (BMA) has condemned the government’s decision to ditch Covid-19 measures such as masks and social distancing in England in under a week, stating that it was “irresponsible”, given rising infections. The association’s chairman, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, criticized England’s plan to go ahead with removing all coronavirus restrictions on […]

Over 100 medics and scientists pen warning letter on UK govt’s ‘premature’ unlocking of England on July 19

Follow RT on More than 100 scientists and doctors have written a letter slamming the UK government’s decision to lift all Covid restrictions in England on July 19 as “unethical”, with cases rising and vaccines not yet giving herd immunity. The letter, entitled “Memorandum Against Mass Infection” and signed by over 100 scientists and doctors, […]

Fully vaccinated people in England won’t need to self-isolate after Covid-19 contact – health secretary

Follow RT on People in England who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will no longer have to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of someone who has the virus from August 16, the government has said. The arrangement also applies to those under 18, Health Secretary Sajid Javid told MPs in […]

England’s legal Covid-19 restrictions to be dropped in two weeks, PM Johnson says, despite warning ‘more deaths’ on way

Follow RT on Nearly all of the remaining Covid-19 curbs in England, including all legal restrictions, will be lifted on July 19 despite an increase in cases and the expectation of more deaths from the virus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. Face masks will no longer be required on public transport, nightclubs will reopen and […]

Housing trans women convicted of sexual offences in female prisons is lawful, England’s High Court rules

Follow RT on The government’s policy of housing transgender women, including those with convictions for violent or sexual offences, in female prisons in England and Wales is lawful, the High Court in London ruled on Friday. The judge rejected claims that jailing transgender sexual or violent offenders with cisgender women was discriminatory. A female inmate, […]

England’s Covid-19 prevalence shoots up to 1 in 260 people as Delta variant fuels rise in cases

Follow RT on Around one in 260 people in England tested positive for Covid-19 in the last week, a rise sparked by the more transmissible Delta variant of the virus, the government’s official statistics agency has said. The number of infections during the last week is higher than the previous seven days, when only one […]

Covid-related absences from schools in England hit 375,000 on one day in June, Department of Education figures show

Follow RT on New UK government data has shown that a record number of kids were reported absent from school in England last week due to coronavirus-related issues since the return of face-to-face teaching in March. Data released by the Department of Education on Tuesday revealed that approximately one in 20 pupils were absent from […]

6 cases of Lambda Covid variant first found in Peru confirmed in England

Follow RT on Public Health England (PHE) has recorded six cases of the new Lambda variant of Covid-19, widespread in South America. The UK has seen a recent surge in Covid cases as a result of the more easily transmitted Delta variant. The six Lambda cases announced on Friday are all linked to international travel, […]

NHS ‘fighting on multiple fronts’ amid 41% jump in Covid patients in England needing ventilators, health worker group warns 

Follow RT on The number of Covid-19 patients requiring ventilator treatment has increased 41% in a week in England and the National Health Service (NHS) remains “under huge pressure,” according to the deputy chief executive of NHS Providers. Saffron Cordery of NHS Providers, which represents the health service Trusts, has expressed concern over the recent […]

Younger people are driving growing Covid pandemic in England, scientists warn

Follow RT on Released on Thursday, the latest REACT-1 study showed a 50% rise in Covid infections since the last results were released in May, with unvaccinated young people behind the growing epidemic throughout England. Conducted from May 20 to June 7, scientists found that 1 in 670 people are infected with the virus in […]

UK govt considering mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for England’s care home staff, Hancock says

Follow RT on The UK government has opened a consultation on the mandatory Covid-19 vaccination of staff at care homes for elderly people in England, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced. “We have decided to take this proposal forward to protect residents,” Hancock told MPs in the House of Commons on Wednesday. He said the […]

Johnson pushes England’s Covid lockdown exit back a month amid spread of Delta variant and rising ICU rates

Follow RT on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that England will not abandon all Covid-19 restrictions this month as had been planned, due to the threat of the Delta variant of the virus and rising hospital admissions. The lifting of the final stage of England’s so-called ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown will be delayed […]

Public urged to ‘minimise travel’ in north England’s ‘Delta’ variant hotspots in bid to control Covid strain’s spread

Follow RT on The UK government has warned people in Lancashire and Greater Manchester to “minimise” travelling in and out of the areas amid the rise of the so-called ‘Delta’ variant of coronavirus, first detected in India. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the new guidance on Tuesday and said the government would provide a “strengthened […]

Indian Covid-19 variant behind rise in England’s infections, govt stats agency suggests

Follow RT on England’s recent increase in Covid-19 cases is likely caused by the strain of the virus first detected in India, the UK government’s data authority, the Office for National Statistics (ONS), said on Friday.chr In England, around one in 640 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the week ending May 29, as opposed […]

Patients waiting up to 3 YEARS to see public-funded NHS dentist in England, watchdog’s report reveals

Follow RT on Britons have shared their own horror stories about trying to get their teeth fixed during lockdown after a survey revealed that some have been asked to wait until 2024 to see an NHS dentist.  Dental surgeries have reported backlogs of thousands of patients, while people desperate to receive treatment have been pressured […]

‘Exercise the greatest caution’: UK PM warns public that Indian Covid variant could disrupt England’s route out of lockdown

Follow RT on England’s roadmap out of lockdown may be disrupted due to the potential threat posed by the Indian Covid-19 variant, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said, after cases of the virus strain more than doubled in a week. “I have to level with you that this new variant could pose a serious […]