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Coronavirus: Hugs with loved ones as PM confirms England's biggest step back to normal

Boris Johnson urges people to use common sense as he confirms the next stage of lockdown easing....

NHS app ready to become vaccine passport next week

People will be able to use the app for travel - but only if they have received two vaccine doses....

Covid: Andy Burnham calls for Greater Manchester over-16s to have vaccine

The mayor of Greater Manchester says a "worrying" spike of cases in Bolton is a "cause of concern"....

Queen's Speech: Lack of social care plan 'unforgivable', says Labour's Sir Keir Starmer

The Labour leader attacks Boris Johnson for "failing to act" in the 657 days since he promised to....

Pfizer vaccine authorised by US FDA for adolescents

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calls it "a significant step" in the fight against Covid-19....

Shropshire baby deaths: Review appeals for staff to come forward

Maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust are under review after babies died....

Conversion therapy ban: Campaigners dismayed over delay

Campaigners are dismayed as the government announces a consultation before the practice is banned....

WHO says India Covid variant of 'global concern'

The WHO says the B.1.617 mutation spreads more easily than other variants and requires further study....

Zero Covid deaths for England, Scotland and NI

Wales announces four fatalities as UK chief medical officers lower the Covid alert level....

Covid: DR Congo in race against time to vaccinate people

In one of Africa's largest countries, people worry more about security and other diseases than Covid-19....

China census: Data shows slowest population growth in decades

The results add pressure on Beijing to boost measures for couples to have more babies....

Coronavirus: Expert urges caution over hugs as lockdown eases

Embraces should be selective, short, and avoid face-to-face contact, says Sage member Prof Cath Noakes....

Mental health: Can you tell if someone is struggling?

Coronavirus has affected many people in different ways - how would you react if someone needed support?...

What is conversion therapy and when will it be banned?

"Abhorrent" practices aimed at changing sexual orientation or gender identity will be banned, but not until further consultation....

India Covid: Kumbh Mela pilgrims turn into super-spreaders

When millions turned up for the Hindu festival amid a coronavirus surge, many feared the worst....

The volunteers using 'honeypot' groups to fight anti-vax propaganda

Volunteers are busting anti-vaccine conspiracy theories with decoy Facebook groups....

Covid and cancer: The young scientists working overtime to combat lockdown disruption

Lab staff are working long unpaid hours to reduce the impact Covid is having on cancer research....

How Simon Stevens changed the NHS

Sir Simon Stevens has been called the NHS's most significant figure since its founder, Aneurin Bevan....

How many cases in your area?

Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK and find out how many cases there are in your area....

What are the India, Brazil, South Africa and UK variants?

Coronavirus is changing or mutating in ways that may help it spread better or resist existing vaccines....

Covid: What's the roadmap for lifting lockdown?

Lockdown restrictions will ease significantly in England and Scotland from Monday 17 May....

Covid: When will I get the vaccine?

People 40 or over in England are now being offered a Covid vaccine as the rollout continues....

Coronavirus: What are the rules for face masks or face coverings?

Secondary school pupils in England will no longer be required to wear them in class from next week....

How do we know Covid vaccines are safe?

Busting myths and explaining the facts around vaccines....

Coronavirus: Who has been shielding and why?

Shielding in England is ending on 31 March....

South Africa coronavirus variant: What is the risk?

Why experts are concerned about the emergence of this particular new version of coronavirus....

Coronavirus: What it does to the body

What is it like to have the coronavirus, how will it affect you and how is it treated?...

Support bubbles: How do they work and who is in yours?

Some people across the UK have been able to form "support bubbles" or "extended households"....

How to get a Covid test

Everyone in England and Scotland is being encouraged to take rapid coronavirus tests regularly....

All you need to know on the coronavirus

A new cough, fever and change in smell or taste are the key symptoms that mean you may have coronavirus....

Coronavirus: Intensive care and other key terms explained

Use our tool to check the meaning of key words and phrases associated with the Covid-19 outbreak....

Coronavirus: What is the risk to men over 50?

While most people will have mild symptoms and recover quickly, some are more prone to getting sick....

Coronavirus: Do face masks actually work?

With face masks in high demand, we look at whether they really can protect people from the virus....

How to get Bangladeshi men talking about mental health

Bangladeshi men in the UK are being encouraged to talk about the effects the pandemic has had on them....

Alder Hey children's mental health team see rise in calls for help

A children's mental health crisis team speak exclusively about the impact of Covid and the lockdowns....

India's Covid crisis: Rural hospitals unable to cope as virus spreads

We uncover the conditions that patients face in health centres unequipped for a crisis like Covid....

Philippines Covid surge throws country into disarray

A second Covid surge is putting renewed pressure on the country's healthcare and economy....

Covid and pregnancy - should you get the vaccine?

As the Covid vaccine is rolled out to younger age groups, BBC News looks at what it means for anyone expecting a baby....

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