Covid cases in England are 26 times higher than a year ago | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Coronavirus infections in England are now 26 times the levels that were experienced this time last year, according to the Office for National Statistics. Scientists described the figures as “sobering”. They warned that the reopening of schools in England this week was likely to trigger further rises in Covid cases – with more to follow … Read more

UK pushes for fully vaccinated to be exempt from Covid self-isolation | Coronavirus | The Guardian

People who have received both Covid-19 jabs may soon no longer have to self-isolate for 10 days after having come into contact with a person infected with the virus. The health secretary, Matt Hancock, is said to be pushing for the replacement of self-isolation with daily testing – a policy that may come into effect … Read more

Third wave of Covid ‘definitely under way’ in UK, says expert | Coronavirus | The Guardian

A government scientific adviser has said a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is “definitely under way” as the vaccine programme races to outpace the Delta variant’s spread across the UK. It comes after Public Health England reported a 79% rise in the number of cases of the variant first identified in India in just … Read more