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Covid Brazil variant 'may spread more easily'

The first detailed studies of the P.1 variant suggest it may be up to twice as transmissible....

Children's doctors given fabricated illness guidance

Experts say most cases involve genuine but misplaced health anxieties, not faked illness....

Covid vaccines cut risk of serious illness by 80% in over-80s

The UK will soon be in a "very different world", government scientists promise after the success of the jabs....

Covid-19: Regular tests a 'game-changer' for schools, says science adviser

Rapid tests will give confidence that schools can open safely, a government science adviser says....

Covid: France approves AstraZeneca vaccine for over-65s

Older French patients can now get the jab, which had been initially limited to those aged under 65....

Covid: Teachers' risk 'similar' to other under-65s

The study measured infection rates in school staff and pupils in November and December....

Covid-19: Brazil variant case in England hunted by officials

The whereabouts of one infected person is unknown, as they did not give their full contact details....

Covid-19: Critical care beds shortage prompts calls for review

The UK has 7.3 critical care beds per 100,000 people, compared to Germany's 33.8 and the US's 34.3....

Covid-19: More than 20 million in UK have had first jab

The milestone is a "huge national achievement" and "every jab makes a difference", Boris Johnson says....

Covid-19: Free rapid testing for pupils' families in England

Schoolchildren's household and bubble members will be offered Covid tests to take at home twice a week....

Coronavirus levels 'burning quite hot' in some of UK

Infection rates are declining overall, but some regions are seeing a rise in cases....

Covid-19: How would an NHS vaccine passport app work?

There is growing speculation that a certificate scheme could be built into the main NHS app....

'We couldn’t afford fertility treatment so we risked finding a sperm donor on Facebook'

The high cost of fertility treatment leads some to find donors on social media, even though it's risky and could be illegal....

Covid: Confusion over gestational diabetes advice

Some women who've had the condition have been told to shield while others have not....

Coronavirus: What Europeans have learned from a year of pandemic

Since the first case in northern Italy a year ago the lives of Europeans have been changed forever....

Coronavirus doctor's diary: Don't ask me which vaccine is best, please

Dr John Wright says he's often asked which vaccine is best, but the answer is it's too early to say....

Covid and diabetes: My story

Jordan Charles went months with undiagnosed diabetes after contracting Covid-19....

Covid-19: What are challenge trials and why do we need them?

Some volunteers in the UK will be deliberately infected with coronavirus in a "challenge trial"....

Covid: How will we know if the vaccine is working?

Deaths are falling faster for the over-80s - but does that mean the vaccine is working?...

How has coronavirus affected mental health?

Coronavirus has had a big impact on our mental health, but have services been able to keep up?...

What are the Brazil, South Africa and UK variants and will vaccines work?

More cases are being found in the UK, including a variant first seen in Brazil....

Covid: When will I get the vaccine?

Two approved Covid vaccines are being rolled out across the UK. So when might you get one?...

Coronavirus: Who should be shielding and why?

More people have been added to the clinically extremely vulnerable list in England. Why?...

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

As the UK cautiously unlocks, experts will review the evidence on when and where masks are needed....

What's the roadmap for lifting lockdown?

The prime minister has announced a plan for how the lockdown will be lifted in England....

South Africa coronavirus variant: What is the risk?

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

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....

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

What are the tests for coronavirus, who are they for, and how do they work?...

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....

What does Covid testing in schools look like?

A look at how schools are preparing to welcome back most pupils on 8 March....

Professor Van-Tam: 'One dose of vaccine reducing hospitalisation by 80%'

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam says that for over 70s, both the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines are 60% effective against illness after the first dose....

Coronavirus: False vaccine claims debunked

Misleading claims about coronavirus vaccines have been spreading online....

Prosthetist fundraising £300,000 for a bionic arm after cycling accident

Jim Ashworth-Beaumont needs the prosthetic after being involved in a cycling accident last year....

Covid vaccine phase two groups: When will I get vaccinated?

After phase one is complete by mid-April, here's the order in which all other adults will get the jab....

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