Pubs & shops in England to reopen in April, schools start back in two weeks, as PM Johnson unveils Covid lockdown exit

Follow RT on All pupils in England will return to the classroom on March 8 and some businesses will reopen next month, UK PM Boris Johnson said on Monday as he unveiled a four-stage plan to take the country out of its Covid-19 lockdown. As well as the return of schools, the first step of […]

1.7mn more people in England told to shield from Covid-19 after checks by Oxford Uni algorithm

Follow RT on A new algorithm developed by researchers in England is advising another 1.7 million vulnerable people to ‘shield’ because they’re at higher risk from contracting Covid-19 – and some 820,000 will be bumped up the vaccination list. The National Health Service (NHS) is to send letters out to the cohort identified by scientists […]

Covid-19 rates falling across the UK as one-in 80 had virus in England last week, new data says

Follow RT on Coronavirus rates continued to fall across the nations of UK last week, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported Friday, with an estimated 695,400 people infected in the week ending Feb 6. The ONS said one-in 80 people in England had the virus last week. The numbers were one-in 85 in Wales, […]

England’s Covid quarantine booking system taken offline minutes after launch due to ‘technical issue’

Follow RT on England’s new Covid quarantine scheme faced difficulties almost immediately, with the booking system for international arrivals from ‘red list’ countries being taken offline minutes after it launched due to a “technical issue”. The UK’s Department of Health acknowledged the problems on Friday, stating that the system would be ready “well before” the […]

School’s in for summer? UK govt eyes longer term for pupils across England as PM Johnson vows to minimise their Covid disruption

Follow RT on Kids across England could be heading to school during what should have been their summer holidays, after PM Boris Johnson refused to rule out extending term time to help students catch up after another year of Covid disruptions. Speaking on Monday, Johnson outlined how the government’s “single biggest priority” is working to […]

‘Appalling racist & homophobic abuse’: Church of England defends reverend who branded Captain Tom fans ‘white nationalist cult’

Follow RT on The Church of England has defended one of its clergymen after he posted a scathing tweet about iconic British veteran Captain Tom Moore a day after his death, condemning the “racist and homophobic” abuse he received. The Revd. Jarel Robinson-Brown sparked outrage after he called fans of the late veteran a “cult […]

Queen accused of lobbying govt to change 1976 transparency law to shield her ‘potentially embarrassing’ finances

Follow RT on In the 1970s, Queen Elizabeth II sent her solicitor to lobby the government, which consequently amended a draft law to shield her personal finances and extravagant wealth from scrutiny, archived documents have revealed. Unearthed by the Guardian, the National Archives documents point to an effort by the British royal family to get […]

Church of England launches investigation after clergyman calls fans of WWII hero Captain Tom a ‘CULT OF WHITE BRITISH NATIONALISM’

Follow RT on The Church of England is investigating one of its clergymen after he posted a Twitter message smearing fans of WWII veteran Captain Tom Moore, who died this week of Covid-19, as being part of a “cult of white British nationalism.” The Rev. Jarel Robinson-Brown tweeted on Wednesday that he wouldn’t be taking […]

Death rates from alcohol reach new high in England and Wales in the first 9 months of 2020, new figures show

Follow RT on More people have died in England and Wales from drinking alcohol during the first three quarters of 2020 than at any other time in the past two decades, according to records kept by the UK’s Office of National Statistics (ONS). In a new report released on Tuesday, the ONS found that alcohol […]

England’s health officials begin urgent tests amid fears South African Covid strain now spreading in communities

Follow RT on Urgent testing for the highly contagious South African strain of Covid has been ordered by Public Health England (PHE) as 11 cases were reported across Britain by Monday afternoon amid growing fears of community transmission. Authorities are to step up testing for the new variant in London, the Southeast and the Midlands. […]

Still a ‘long road ahead’ in England’s Covid battle despite every care home resident being offered jab, National Care Forum warns

Follow RT on The National Care Forum has warned England still has a “long road ahead” in its fight against Covid-19, despite all care home residents having been offered the first dose of a vaccine, with teams having been in 95% of care homes. Speaking to Sky News, the chief executive of the National Care […]

Covid-19 infection rates remain largely unchanged in England despite lockdown, ONS data shows

Follow RT on The national lockdown has not resulted in a drop in Covid-19 cases during past seven days, according to the latest weekly infection survey by the Office for National Statistics, as numbers remain largely unchanged. While infection levels and hospital admission rates in England have fallen slightly, official statistics show that they still […]

If you’re from an ethnic community in England, chances are your health will age 20 years quicker than white Brits, new study says

Follow RT on The average health of 60-year-olds from England’s Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Arab and Roma groups is equivalent to that of 80-year-old white British people, and that’s down to poorer medical treatment, a new study reports. The study, published in the medical journal Lancet Public Health on Thursday, finds that Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) […]

UK PM Johnson confirms delayed school reopening in England, says Covid situation too ‘perilous’ to ease restrictions

Follow RT on Boris Johnson has dashed hopes that children might be able to return to school after the February half-term, noting that hospitals remain in a “perilous” situation and the government can’t take any risks with Covid-19 rampant. “It will not be possible to reopen schools immediately after the half-term. I know how frustrating […]

UK government ‘quietly’ extends local authorities’ lockdown powers in England until July 17 – media

Follow RT on The British government has extended the lockdown powers of local officials in England until mid-July, the Telegraph has reported. A Tory MP told the paper the change was “little noticed” at the time. The regulation that allows local authorities to close pubs, restaurants, shops, and public spaces was due to expire last […]

One in eight people in England had Covid-19 antibodies in December, new figures reveal

Follow RT on New statistics show that an estimated 5.4 million people in England had coronavirus antibodies in December, and the rate of infection almost doubled from the beginning of October to the end of the year. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that an average of 12.1 per cent of the English population […]

Nearly ONE-THIRD of Covid survivors in England re-hospitalized & over 12% of them died within 5 months, new research claims

Follow RT on Around 30 percent of those hospitalized with the coronavirus in England were readmitted for treatment within five months of their first release, a new study has found, claiming to shed more light on the “long Covid” phenomenon. The pre-print study, which has yet to undergo peer review, concluded that those discharged from […]

‘Every 30 seconds’ new Covid-19 patient admitted to hospital in England – NHS chief

Follow RT on Hospitals are filling up with new Covid-19 patients every day by “lunchtime” as people are infected with the virus at a staggering rate, the Chief Executive of NHS England Simon Stevens has said. “Staggeringly, every 30 seconds across England another patient is being admitted to hospital with coronavirus,” Stevens told The Andrew […]

Police in England apologise after outcry for fining women who drove FIVE miles for countryside walk

Follow RT on Derbyshire police and the region’s crime commissioner have apologised to two women who were fined £200 each for driving five miles to go for a walk while England is in a national lockdown.  Jessica Allen and her friend Eliza Moore were fined by police after they each travelled separately from their Leicestershire homes […]

Next few weeks will be ‘worst’ of the pandemic despite national lockdown, England’s chief medical officer warns

Follow RT on Professor Chris Whitty has expressed concern that the UK is in the midst of the “most dangerous time” of the pandemic, as cases continue to rise at a rapid rate before the rollout of the vaccine has had a positive impact. The chief medical officer was speaking on BBC Breakfast, as part […]

Negative Covid-19 test to be required for all international arrivals in England and Scotland

Follow RT on To help protect the UK against new strains of coronavirus, England and Scotland will require international arrivals, including British nationals, to provide a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours before travel. The UK made the announcement because of the “great concern” caused by the discovery of the new variant of the virus in […]

‘No big bang’: Third Covid national lockdown for England to end only by ‘gradual unwrapping,’ Boris Johnson warns

Follow RT on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson cautioned that the new national lockdown over coronavirus in England will not end all at once. The PM warned it’ll be a step-by-step measure as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage. At Wednesday’s parliamentary debate Johnson said the nation’s emergence from the “lockdown cocoon will not be […]

Parts of the UK could be overwhelmed by Covid-19 ‘in two or three weeks,’ Liverpool mayor warns

Follow RT on Liverpool City Mayor Steve Rotheram has warned that parts of the UK could be overwhelmed by Covid-19 cases in “two or three weeks’ time,” as infections continue to spike at a “genuinely worrying” rate.  Rotheram’s remarks come a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new national lockdown for England, instructing […]

Labour leader Starmer calls for legislation to outlaw anti-vax campaigners, warns misinformation will ‘cost lives’

Follow RT on UK opposition leader Keir Starmer has said he is willing to work with the government to bring in new legislation that would ban anti-vax campaigns as the country ramps up inoculations to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. “We have to deal with the anti-vax campaigns because they will cost lives,” Starmer said on […]

New lockdown in Scotland with public legally required to stay home amid spread of new Covid-19 variant

Follow RT on Scotland will enter national lockdown from midnight, with people legally required to stay at home until February, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said, warning that existing Covid-19 rules may not be enough to stop its spread. “It is no exaggeration to say that I am more concerned about the situation we face […]

Boris Johnson says he’s ‘reconciled’ to a TOUGHER lockdown – and thinks Brits are ‘reconciled’ TOO

Follow RT on Though Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists that schools across the UK are safe to reopen, he said he’s “reconciled” to the fact that he’ll have to implement a “tougher” lockdown in many parts of the country. Speaking to the BBC on Sunday, Johnson assured parents that they can send their children back […]

THIRD Covid-induced national lockdown ‘probable’ in January, says SAGE expert as 44mln people in England wake up to Tier 4

Follow RT on A scientist who advises the UK government has warned that yet another national lockdown may be just around the corner as the new virus variant rampages across the country and case numbers in Britain continue to rise. Speaking on Thursday morning, Mike Tildesley, a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for […]

England school holiday closures extended by 14 days to allow army-led mass Covid testing of pupils & teachers

Follow RT on Some schools in England will delay their reopening in the new year so that mass testing can be rolled out for all pupils and staff in an attempt to reduce the spread of Covid-19, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said. Some 1,500 soldiers will be brought in to provide assistance to schools, […]

Three-quarters of English population being placed under Tier 4 restrictions as UK health secretary extends Covid-19 curbs

Follow RT on Britain’s health secretary has announced that an additional 20 million people in England will be subjected to Tier 4 restrictions as a new and highly contagious virus strain spreads throughout the UK. Speaking to Parliament on Wednesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the rising Covid-19 cases numbers and hospitalisations “demonstrate the need […]

Emergency Nightingale hospitals remain ‘ready’, UK govt insists, as Covid-19 surge puts NHS under heavy strain

Follow RT on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman has said the emergency hospitals set up to treat Covid-19 patients remain empty but “ready,” as hospitalisation levels reach new highs. Speaking on Tuesday, the PM’s spokesman reiterated that the UK’s expensive temporary hospitals – built at a cost of £220 million – were still largely […]