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1.59am EST 01:59 Helen Sullivan That’s it from me, Helen Sullivan, on another day of bad and good pandemic news. I’ll now be logging off, but here is an inspirational image for those just starting their morning (yes, smoking is bad – tell it to the cat): Helen Sullivan (@helenrsullivan) logging on https://t.co/sc7Z38gqBu November 22, …

What are the latest restrictions? Two-thirds of the population of Wales are now living in lockdown, including the country’s capital Cardiff plus Swansea and Llanelli. Neath Port Talbot, Torfaen and the Vale of Glamorgan all had new restrictions introduced from September 28. The restrictions mean people should not meet indoors, aside from extended households, and nor should they enter …

Drivers who use hand-held phones in any way behind the wheel will face £200 fines and possible bans when changes in the law take account of smartphones. While making calls or texting on a hand-held mobile while driving is already illegal, taking photos, scrolling through a playlist or even playing games on phones has not …

Ursula von der Leyen, the European commission president, says the EU has formally launched proceedings against Britain after Boris Johnson failed to respond to a request to drop parts of draft legislation that would overwrite the Brexit withdrawal agreement and protocols for Ireland and Northern Ireland. The UK had been put on formal notice by …

Israel toughened its coronavirus measures on Thursday as a second nationwide lockdown failed to bring down the world’s highest infection rate a week after it was imposed, AFP reports. The new rules will close the vast majority of workplaces, shutter markets and further limit prayers and demonstrations. “Saving lives is our priority – we are …

As people across England and Wales download the long-awaited NHS contact-tracing app on Thursday, they’ll also contribute to one of the most unlikely revivals of the Covid era: the humble QR code. The app, which has been substantially rebuilt from the version first tested in the Isle of Wight in May, has had two significant …

Restaurants, pubs and other hospitality businesses could be shut or asked to close early for a few weeks as part of a national “circuit break” to try to stop a surge in coronavirus cases in England getting out of control. The government was considering the measures, according to the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, as …

The Government has secured the supply of 60 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine candidate being developed in France.  Valneva SE, a specialist vaccine company, announced a “major parternship” with the UK worth around £433 million. The doses will be provided in the second half of 2021.   There is an option for the Government to access …

Good morning. We’ve got another busy day ahead, with Britain moving into a new phase in the fight against coronavirus – the “rule of six” is coming into force in England, Scotland and Wales (in slightly different forms), joining Northern Ireland (where a version already applies) and MPs will get their first chance to vote …

It is six months into the British government’s calamitous coronavirus response, and almost a year into a regime of U-turns, gaffes and cartoon villainy. Surely, as the failures and violations accumulate, it is only a matter of time before the British public wakes up. The Tory backbenchers are restive, we are told. The civil service …