Top consultant claims Covid lockdown has led to a ‘bigger lung cancer toll’


NHS advice to ‘turn off services’ during the coronavirus pandemic ‘led to a bigger lung cancer toll’, says top respiratory consultant Dr David Baldwin was addressing the British Thoracic Oncology Group  Patients with a cough were told by the GPs to avoid coming to the surgery  This, he claims had the effect of severely limiting […]

Don’t hug too much, keep them short and wear a MASK, cautious SAGE scientist warns


Don’t hug too often, keep embraces short and avoid face-to-face contact, is the message from No10’s cautious scientific advisers ahead of the next major relaxation of Covid rules.   Boris Johnson will announce England’s next steps out of lockdown at a 5pm Downing Street press conference today, where he is expected to confirm that friends and […]

Health Minister Nadine Dorries says she’s AGAINST forcing care home staff to have Covid vaccines


Health minister Nadine Dorries today said she would not support plans to force care home staff to be vaccinated against coronavirus.  The Government last month launched a consultation into whether mandatory jabs for carers would work and be ethical, with a final decision expected by July. Ms Dorries’ boss, Matt Hancock, has publicly endorsed the proposal, arguing […]

Boris Johnson will confirm hugs from Monday at 5pm briefing


Britain’s Covid alert level was downgraded to three today because of the success of the vaccination roll-out and dwindling case numbers. Health chiefs say infections, hospital admissions and deaths have ‘fallen consistently’ over the past few months, with social distancing measures and the huge inoculation drive to thank. The move to downgrade the alert level […]

Britain hits 50MILLION vaccines landmark


Britain has now dished out more than 50million Covid vaccines since the mammoth roll-out began in December, according to official figures. Department of Health bosses today posted another 250,000 jabs, meaning 34.6million people across the UK have had one and 15.5million – or 30 per cent of all adults – are fully inoculated.   Health Secretary Matt Hancock hailed the […]

Boris under pressure to fix foreign holidays FAST! Ministers urge PM to expand ‘green list’


Travel experts today insisted there is ‘no danger of an influx of disease’ into Britain after Boris Johnson warned that putting lots of countries on the travel ‘green list’ from May 17 could risk a jump in cases from abroad.     The Prime Minister has maintained Downing Street will be ‘cautious’ amid bitter Cabinet wrangling over […]

New battle for patients with lives ruined by implants for bowel problems 


Jacqui Shaw used to be the life and soul of the party. Even a hysterectomy in 2001 aged 32, after having two sons, didn’t slow her down. She bounced back — running after her boys, Dan, now 28, and Sam, 24, and having fun with her beautician colleagues. Those days are long gone. Jacqui, now […]

How lockdown has IMPROVED our mental health


Lockdown has had a catastrophic impact on so many aspects of our lives, not least in terms of mental health. For some, depression has been triggered or exacerbated by worries — a study this year by Exeter University and King’s College London found loneliness emerging as a key factor linked to worsening symptoms of depression […]

Almost 60% of Britain would now be on the original ‘green list’


Almost 60 per cent of Britain would now be on the original ‘green list’ permitting travellers to return from abroad without facing burdensome self-isolation requirements, official Covid figures revealed today. Department of Health statistics showed 218 of 380 councils had a coronavirus infection rate below 20 cases per 100,000 in the week to April 27, […]

Coronavirus: Indian variants on the rise in some parts of England


Indian Covid variants are on the rise in parts of England and now make up one in 10 cases in London, figures suggest. Data from the Sanger Institute, which analyses positive swabs for different variants, suggest the mutant strains spread widely during April. Nationally the three different variants — which are all genetically similar — […]

Covid England: Almost 85% of secondary schools in England ‘had NO cases after they opened’


Almost nine in 10 secondary schools in England had no coronavirus cases after they reopened, official figures suggest. Surveillance data showed only nine of 80 schools surveyed had spotted one infected pupil or staff member in the fortnight ending March 31. Four saw at least two cases, according to the Office for National Statistics report.   […]

Downing Street hints NHS app may not be ready for travel restart


Downing Street signals NHS app may not be ready in time for restart of international travel on May 17 amid confusion over how holidaymakers will prove they have been vaccinated or had a test Grant Shapps confirmed last week that NHS app will be used for foreign travel It will show whether someone has had […]

The Covid toll on older workers: 30% of the 1.3million on furlough fear being SACKED when it ends


The Covid toll on older workers: Over-50s more likely to have had their hours cut while 30% of the 1.3million on furlough fear being SACKED when it comes to an end Some 1.3million people aged 50 and over have been furloughed, ONS found  And three-in-10 say there is odds-on chance they will be sacked afterwards  […]

UK records FOUR Covid deaths: Fatalities stay in single figures for second day running


Britain today announced four more coronavirus deaths as the country recorded single-digit fatalities for the second day in a row. The Department of Health’s daily update showed infections are also down more than a quarter compared to last week after 1,946 positive tests were processed in the past 24 hours.    It comes after just one […]

Coronavirus: Life in UK will ‘feel a lot more normal by the summer’, says SAGE adviser Neil Ferguson


MPs, businesses and pubs and restaurants are calling for lockdown to end sooner after just five Covid death were recorded over the past two days. Even ‘Professor Lockdown’ is now optimistic that vaccines will squash the UK’s third wave of coronavirus and life in Britain will ‘feel a lot more normal by the summer’. Neil […]

One in five adults experienced some form of depression in early 2021


Fears over lockdown depression time bomb as GP diagnoses tumble in 2020 – despite the number of people reporting symptoms DOUBLING New official data shows one in five adults experienced depression in early 2021 That is more than double what was observed before the Covid-19 pandemic But the number of GP diagnoses for depression fell […]

More people in England and Wales are now dying of flu and pneumonia than Covid


More people are now dying from flu and pneumonia than Covid in England and Wales for the first time since the second wave took off, official figures revealed today. Office for National Statistics data showed the virus was mentioned on 260 death certificates that occurred in the week ending April 23 — down 30 per […]

English fans should be BANNED from travelling to the Champions League final in Istanbul, insists MP


Fury has erupted over plans for up to 8,000 English football fans to get tickets to the Champions League final in Turkey this month as UEFA will try to host the match in front of a stadium of thousands despite the country’s Covid outbreak. Manchester City and Chelsea will receive up to 4,000 tickets each for […]

Coronavirus: More real-world data proves Pfizer Covid jab is 77-98% effective


Vaccinations rather than lockdowns are the ‘key driver’ for reducing Covid infections, a major study has found. Two doses of the Pfizer vaccine were shown to give people more than 95 per cent protection against infection, severe illness, and death. The first assessment of a national vaccination programme found cases fell most drastically when people […]

Covid testers can no longer get free lunches


Covid testers will be forced to mingle with the public to get their lunch under plans being devised by ministers, MailOnline can reveal. The Department of Health currently pays for sandwiches, drinks and snacks for all swabbers to ensure they remain on the testing site for their 12-hour shift. But officials have told Sodexo — […]

Coronavirus UK: Daily number of people with symptoms falls below 1,000


Fewer Britons are getting ill with Covid every day than at any point since a symptom-tracking study began last year, with fewer than 1,000 cases now cropping up daily. Published figures estimating 971 cases per day are now lower than in July and August last year when lockdown rules were almost completely lifted even though […]

Commuting Britons are more likely to catch Covid while walking or cycling to work, data suggests


Cyclists and walkers appear more likely to test positive for Covid than those who take a bus or car to work, data has suggested.  Office for National Statistics analysis shows those who work from home have been at a lower risk of Covid than people going into an office throughout the crisis. But the likelihood […]

Covid lockdown UK: Alcohol-related deaths in England and Wales rose to highest EVER level in 2020


Alcohol-related deaths in England and Wales hit a record high in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, official figures show – and the greatest increase was among middle-class women. An Office for National Statistics report published today revealed there were 7,423 fatalities linked to drinking last year, which was a fifth more than in 2019 and […]

Coronavirus: Student areas make up majority of worst-hit places in England’s second wave


Student areas in Nottingham, Manchester and Durham were the worst-hit places in England in the second wave of Covid with up to one in five people getting sick, MailOnline can reveal. Figures showing the areas hardest hit by coronavirus between September and April reveal that a staggering 18 per cent of the population was infected […]

More than 40,000 ‘excess deaths’ were recorded in private homes in England and Wales in 2020


More than 40,000 ‘excess deaths’ were recorded in private homes last year but fewer than one in ten were caused by coronavirus, official figures revealed today. Office for National Statistics data showed 166,000 people died at home in England and Wales in 2020, compared to a yearly average of 125,000. Covid was behind just eight […]

Prices to would-be Green List destinations soar


Airlines gave their biggest hint yet that Portugal and Malta could be among the countries where British tourists can visit in less than a fortnight’s time without quarantining as they began adding flights to both destinations. British Airways today added another departure to Faro for holidaymakers hoping to visit the Algarve on May 17 with […]

Covid outbreak: Cases HALVE in a month to 46,000, R rate falls slightly and is still below one


England’s coronavirus cases have halved in a month, the R rate is still below one, and the number of people in hospital has dropped below 1,000 for the first time since September, promising data revealed today. Just 46,000 people had coronavirus in England on any given day last week, or one in 1,180 people, according to the […]

Coronavirus: Large events have ‘a small impact’ on Covid spread, SAGE report claims


Big events of 50 people or more could be more Covid safe than modest parties of 10 to 20 people, according to SAGE scientists. People don’t actually mix with a lot of people at large gatherings and only rarely go to them so experts say they may not pose much risk of transmission. But smaller […]

Britain records 15 Covid deaths as daily number of fatalities stays flat and 35m vaccines dished out


Britain’s daily coronavirus infections and deaths remained flat today, while the vaccine rollout has now reached more than 35million people. There were 2,490 positive tests across the country in the past 24 hours, according to the Department of Health’s daily update, which was up very slightly on the number last Friday (4 per cent). Officials also […]

Covid UK: Boris Johnson pledges ‘absolutely ruthless’ tracking of India’s coronavirus variant


India’s mutant coronavirus strain is now officially a ‘variant of concern’, British health chiefs announced today. Public Health England say the variant — linked to an explosion of cases in India — is ‘at least’ as infectious as the current dominant Kent strain. Cases of the variant, scientifically called B.1.617.2, have more than doubled in […]

Covid England: Cases fall 40% with just 1 in 1,000 infected last week


England’s Covid R rate is likely still below one and the number of people with coronavirus plummeted by 40 per cent last week, with just one in every 1,010 people now carrying the virus. SAGE today estimated that each person with coronavirus infects between 0.8 and 1.1 others – the reproduction rate (R) – suggesting […]

THIRD of Britain saw ZERO Covid deaths last month


Around 22million people are living in areas across the UK where there have been no coronavirus deaths so far in April, official figures revealed today.  Data from the Government’s Covid dashboard suggests the threat of the virus has almost been eradicated in a third of the country, despite everyone still being subjected to harsh lockdown […]

Nearly two dozen areas of England have already jabbed 80% of 45 to 49 year olds, NHS figures reveal


England’s coronavirus vaccine postcode lottery was laid bare again today as data revealed parts of London and Lancashire have jabbed fewer than half of residents aged 45 to 49. NHS England statistics going up to April 25 show that 65 per cent of adults in the age group have had their first dose of either […]

Air pollution in the UK is at its LOWEST since records began


Air pollution in the UK is at the lowest since records began, according to official Government statistics.  Three of the most problematic pollutants — nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) — dropped to all-time low levels last year due to lockdown. These pollutants are spewed out in high levels by engines, industry, […]

Covid-19 UK: More than half of positive rapid tests at schools were false, data reveals


Lateral flow tests are only accurate at diagnosing coronavirus when administered by trained professionals, studies have repeatedly shown.  The tests, which give results in as little as 15 minutes, use swabs of the nose or throat. Samples are then mixed in a testing liquid and put into a plastic cassette which can detect the presence […]

At least 1,500 people complain that they developed ringing in the ears after their vaccine 


Half the UK population has now had at least one jab against Covid-19 and Public Health England says the vaccines have already saved at least 6,000 lives and stopped many becoming ill. But for all its success, the rollout has raised questions about rare but serious side-effects. The one that’s caught the public eye is the […]

Spike in severe pediatric type 2 diabetes complication during COVID-19 pandemic — ScienceDaily


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children generally appear to be less severely impacted by COVID-19 than adults. But a new study from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles shows that the pandemic could be affecting children’s health in unexpected ways. The study reveals a surge of patients presenting with diabetic ketoacidosis, a […]

Vaccine passports WON’T be ready by May 17


Heathrow’s boss today warned of his ‘deep concerns’ about impending chaos at arrivals after it emerged covid passports will not be ready for the start of foreign holidays from May 17 and could be delayed until ‘later in the summer’. John Holland-Kaye said the Home Office and UK Border Force ‘need to get a grip’ […]

Coronavirus: Symptom study shows Covid cases in England fall again to just 757 infections per day


The number of people developing Covid in England has dropped to another record low in the last week with just over 750 people now falling ill each day.  Researchers behind the country’s largest symptom tracking study estimate the daily number of people getting sick is down 13 per cent from 870 to 757, after falling […]

Coronavirus: Covid elimination policies are best, says Oxford article


Countries that tried to keep out Covid completely rather than controlling it survived the pandemic with fewer deaths, more money and more freedom, economists say. In an article published in The Lancet medical journal, Oxford University researchers said countries with ‘zero Covid’ policies did best by their citizens. Australia and New Zealand notoriously took a […]

Mass Covid testing scheme could lead to spike in transmission, experts say


Lateral flow tests are only accurate at diagnosing coronavirus when administered by trained professionals, studies have repeatedly shown.  The tests, which give results in as little as 15 minutes, use swabs of the nose or throat. Samples are then mixed in a testing liquid and put into a plastic cassette which can detect the presence […]

Coronavirus: UK orders 60million more doses of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine


Britain has bought another 60million doses of Pfizer‘s Covid vaccine as part of plans to launch a booster jab rollout this autumn, Matt Hancock revealed tonight. Ministers hope the extra supplies — which will take No10’s total order to 100million — will start to be delivered from September through to early 2022 so everyone in […]

Ministers did NOT consider harm of mandatory masks in classrooms, leaked documents show


Ministers turned a blind eye to the negative impact of forcing children to wear face masks in schools, leaked documents show. It has been mandatory since March for secondary school pupils in England to wear coverings when social distancing is not possible, including in classes and corridors.   That is despite teenagers being at a very […]

Trichologist shares £14 shampoo used to treat hair loss caused by COVID-19 stress


Products featured in this Mail Best article are independently selected by our shopping writers. If you make a purchase using links on this page, we may earn an affiliate commission. Stress is known as a leading cause of hair loss. So it comes as no surprise that hair loss has been linked to COVID-19 – […]

NHS ‘sleepwalking into cancer disaster’ with tens of thousands missing a diagnosis due to pandemic


NHS is ‘sleepwalking into cancer disaster’ with tens of thousands missing a diagnosis due to pandemic disruption, experts warn A coalition of charities, MPs and Royal Colleges are demanding funding increase They say government investment is needed to tackle backlog of cancer patients 370,000 fewer people saw a specialist since the pandemic than the year […]

People aged 42 and over are now eligible for a Covid vaccine in England


NHS England has lowered the age for people to get a coronavirus vaccine for the second time this week.  From today, everyone over the age of 42 — or who have their 42nd birthday before July — will be invited to come forward for their jab.  Matt Hancock, 42, revealed the expansion in a video […]

Covid England and Wales: Flu and pneumonia now killing almost as many, ONS data shows


Flu and pneumonia are now killing almost as many people as coronavirus, official figures revealed today as the outbreak continues to fade away. Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis showed the illnesses were listed as the underlying cause of death for 265 victims in England and Wales in the week ending April 16. For comparison, […]

Covid UK: 13.2m – a QUARTER of all adults – now fully vaccinated


A quarter of British adults are now fully vaccinated against Covid, as the UK passed the 13.2million mark for second doses today. Department of Health data shows 33.8million people have now had a first dose, with 47million vaccines now dished out.  Health chiefs have praised the significant step and called for more people to take […]

Covid India: Second wave ‘far more infectious and probably far more deadly’


India’s Covid second wave is being driven by a ‘far more infectious and probably far more deadly’ strain of virus that has pushed hospitals ‘beyond crisis point’ in just a matter of weeks, a top medic has warned. Dr Zarir Udwadia, a physician in hard-hit Mumbai and a government advisor, said India is now ‘in […]

Coronavirus: UK confidence in Covid vaccine safety has RISEN despite blood clot scare


People in the UK now have more faith in the safety of Covid vaccines than they did before the blood clotting scares across Europe, a poll has suggested. The number of people who want a jab as soon as possible has risen, with 46 per cent saying they are certain they will come forward — […]

How deadly is India’s Covid variant and is it REALLY behind explosion of cases?


India‘s coronavirus variant may not be fully to blame for the country’s devastating second wave, according to scientists who say a ‘perfect storm’ of Covid complacency, a disregard for social distancing and lack of preparedness by the Government has fuelled the crisis.  Doctors on the frontline claim the B.1.617 strain is responsible for the raging second […]

One dose of vaccine slashes risk of spreading Covid by up to HALF, major study reveals 


A single dose of vaccine slashes the risk of spreading coronavirus by up to half, a major study reveals today. Not only does the jab reduce a person’s chance of catching Covid in the first place, it greatly reduces their chances of passing it on, should they get infected. The research by Public Health England […]

Coronavirus: UK records 17 more Covid deaths and 2,685 cases on Tuesday


Britain today confirmed another 17 Covid deaths and 2,685 infections as the numbers continued to fall but Boris Johnson warned the country is ‘not out of the woods yet’.  Deaths fell by half from 33 a week ago, while positive tests were up just 6.8 per cent on last Tuesday’s 2,524. There are 1,608 people […]

40m Britons now live in practically ‘Covid-free’ areas


Nearly 40million people in England live in practically ‘Covid-free’ areas, data has revealed. The UK’s hugely successful vaccine rollout and continued lockdown measures have meant that seven in ten people now live in places where two or fewer cases were recorded during the latest week. It sparks hopes that Boris Johnson will proceed with the next […]

‘Fat genes that raise the risk of having an eating disorder 


Shocking figures show more than 1.2 million people in the UK are estimated to have an eating disorder, and hospital admissions for those severely affected have risen by more than a third in recent years. Meanwhile, Britain’s leading eating disorder charity, Beat, has reported an 80 per cent surge in calls to its helpline since […]

The truth about the theory that Covid is a winter disease


A summer third wave: it’s the nightmare scenario we all are hoping won’t happen when Britain opens up for business on June 21. But predictions of surging Covid-19 infection rates by the Government’s scientific advisers would suggest it was almost inevitable. According to a report last month from the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), […]

HEALTH NOTES: Surfing the web comes of age in lockdown


HEALTH NOTES: Surfing the web comes of age in lockdown as study finds it boosts mental health of older people By Mail on Sunday Reporter Published: 17:01 EDT, 24 April 2021 | Updated: 17:01 EDT, 24 April 2021 Surfing the web boosted the mental health of older people during lockdown. A University of Surrey study found […]

Over 20,000 children fell off the school register


More than 75,000 children are being home schooled this year with over 20,000 children falling off the school roll amid the Covid pandemic.  An estimated 75,668 children and young people are being home educated across England, according to figures gathered on the first school census day of the 2020/21 academic year. This represents an increase of […]

Just 6% of beds at England’s busiest hospital are occupied by Covid patients


Just 6 per cent of beds are taken up by coronavirus patients at England’s busiest hospital, according to official figures which could pile more pressure on Boris Johnson to speed up his roadmap out of lockdown.  Analysis of the latest NHS statistics by MailOnline shows just 19 beds — or 6.4 per cent — at […]

Turkey lifts travel ban for Britons and confirms tourists WON’T need a vaccine


Turkey has announced today that British tourists will be welcome in the country this summer without having to show a vaccination certificate. Visitors from the UK will not need to produce a Covid vaccine passport, but will need to show proof of a negative PCR test.   The country also promises to provide testing for tourists […]

Covid England: Cases fall in EVERY age group as daily death rate drops to 18


Coronavirus cases have fallen in every age group in England and just 18 deaths were announced across Britain today, according to more promising data that strengthens the argument for easing lockdown sooner.  Public Health England’s weekly Covid surveillance report found rates of the virus were down in all age groups for the third week in […]

Covid is no longer the leading cause of death in England and Wales


Covid is no longer the leading cause of death in England and Wales for the first time since October and the number of people falling ill with the virus is at its lowest level on record, according to statistics which strengthen the argument for a quicker easing of lockdown. Office for National Statistics figures published […]

Covid-19: Medical research charities lose nearly £300million since start of the pandemic


Medical research charities have lost nearly £300million since the start of the Covid pandemic, MPs were told today. Experts fear the blackhole will threaten the development of future treatments for all diseases, including dementia and heart disease.  The Association of Medical Research Charities, which represents more than 150 non-profit organisations, has now appealed for emergency funding. […]

Coronavirus: Experts find variant from Tanzania that ‘has more mutations than any known strain’


A Covid variant thought to carry more mutations than any other strain has been found in Tanzania, according to researchers.  Virologists said it looked further removed from the original Wuhan virus than any other strain known to science, including variants found in Kent, South Africa and India.  It was first picked up in three travellers […]

Covid: UK falls out of 20 worst-hit countries for excess deaths thanks to vaccine rollout


Britain is no longer one of the 20 worst-hit countries for excess deaths during the coronavirus pandemic, figures show.  The UK has suffered 121,000 more deaths than expected since March last year — a rate of 183 excess fatalities per 100,000 people, according to analysis of official figures by the Economist, putting it at number […]

Covid UK: Daily deaths fall 42% to 22 as cases fall 3.8% to 2,396


Covid deaths have fallen by more than 40 per cent over the last week — down to just 22 victims today, according to Department of Health data. Cases are also continuing to fall despite more testing being carried out and another 2,396 infections were posted today — a fall of 3.8 per cent from last […]

Prevalence of COVID-19 symptoms among high-risk children — ScienceDaily


Children with weakened immune systems have not shown a higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 infection despite commonly displaying symptoms, a new study suggests. During a 16-week period which covered the first wave of the pandemic, researchers from Southampton carried out an observational study of nearly 1500 immunocompromised children — defined as requiring annual influenza […]

Coronavirus: Tony Blair calls for UK to reveal how many vaccinated people catch Covid


Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has called on the Government to release more jabs data Tony Blair today called on ministers to release more data to prove how well the Covid vaccines work in the real world and restore public faith in the AstraZeneca jab.   The former Prime Minister said the in-depth figures – currently […]

Heathrow told dedicate terminal to red list arrivals amid claims airport is Covid ‘breeding ground’


Ministers want Heathrow to dedicate a terminal to passengers arriving from ‘red list’ countries amid fears the airport has become a Covid ‘breeding ground’.  The Home Office is keen for Terminal 4 — which has been shut since last year — to process travellers from coronavirus hotspots with troublesome virus variants.  Officials are bracing for […]

Just 32 Britons have been hospitalised with coronavirus after being vaccinated


Just 32 people in the UK were hospitalised with Covid after receiving a vaccination for the virus, according to ‘extraordinary’ real-world data.  Figures due to be handed to Government advisers today show inoculated people made up a tiny fraction of the thousands of people admitted with the virus in recent months. The research by the UK […]

Coronavirus UK: There will be no third wave – and I should know, writes PROFESSOR PHILIP THOMAS


A welcome sense of normality is at last beginning to return to Britain. As shops and bars re-open and families reunite, the long ordeal of lockdown appears to be coming to an end. Given the current positive trends, the Government’s target of full freedom by June 21 looks like it should be met. But that […]

Covid-19: Britain records 33 Covid deaths as fatalities rise slightly on last week


Another 33 Britons have died of Covid and 2,524 more people have tested positive for the illness, health bosses revealed today. Department of Health figures show coronavirus infections have barely changed week-on-week, rising by just 2.1 per cent. But testing numbers jumped massively over the weekend, with 1.7million swabs carried out on Saturday compared to […]

Covid-19: Just FOURTEEN people under the age of 20 have died of Covid in 2021 in England and Wales


Just fourteen people under the age of 20 have died of Covid this year in England and Wales, according to official data. Weekly data from the Office of National Statistics also showed daily coronavirus deaths were in single figures in every region of England over the week ending April 9. And the total number of people […]

But protective effects seen only among women, study finds — ScienceDaily


Taking multivitamins, omega-3, probiotics or vitamin D supplements may lessen the risk of testing positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19 infection — at least among women — indicates a large population study, published online in the journal BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health. But taking any of vitamin C, zinc, or garlic supplements wasn’t […]

Boris Johnson to hold 5pm Covid press conference amid growing concerns over Indian variant


Boris Johnson will hold his first press conference in two weeks tonight amid growing concerns about the Indian coronavirus variant.  The Prime Minister is due to appear in Downing Street‘s new briefing room at 5pm after coming under fire for taking too long to ban travel to India.   No10 only announced India was being added […]

Coronavirus: Lockdown did NOT cause a spike in suicides in England, study finds


England’s first coronavirus lockdown did not lead to a rise in suicides, a study has claimed.   A team of researchers at Manchester University examined official suicide rates in England throughout 2020 and found there was no change in the trend.  They say people may have got through the tough year by checking in with family and […]

Boris Johnson CANCELS trip to India amid surging coronavirus cases and alarm about new variant 


India is being added to the UK’s travel ‘red list’ after Boris Johnson cancelled his visit amid surging coronavirus cases and alarm about a new variant. Matt Hancock told MPs today that the government had made the ‘difficult’ decision to place the country in the highest level of restrictions from 4am on Friday.  Some 103 cases […]

Britain records just FOUR Covid deaths in lowest daily toll since September


Britain today announced four coronavirus deaths in the lowest daily count since September 7 — when just three victims were added to the official toll. Department of Health figures showed there were also 2,963 new infections in the past 24 hours, down 17 per cent on last week’s figure of 3,568.  Today’s Covid deaths are the lowest […]

Lateral flow Covid tests are being given to millions of schoolchildren with the WRONG instructions


Controversial lateral flow tests may have been sent out to millions of schoolchildren with the wrong instructions, it has emerged.  Many of the Chinese-made kits contained guidance saying they were to be used by people suffering symptoms of coronavirus — going against official UK guidance. The devices were also sent out with a notice that […]

‘Nannying’ scientists call for alcohol to be BANNED from supermarkets


Stripping alcohol from supermarket shelves could help to curb Britain’s drinking problem, according to ‘nannying’ scientists.  Researchers say policies to clamp down on problem drinking would work better if the UK moved to a radical Scandinavian-style system where booze is sold exclusively in off-licences. Cardiff University experts made the case after their study found hiking […]

Covid England: SAGE drops R rate estimate and says figure may be as low as 0.7


England’s coronavirus R rate could now be as low as 0.7 and infections are continuing to fall, according to official estimates. No10’s scientific advisers predict the reproduction rate – the average number of people infected patients pass the virus on to – is no higher than 1.0. Last week SAGE said the figure was likely […]

Covid UK: Daily cases fall 20% in a week to 2,596 as deaths fall 43% to 34


Britain’s daily Covid cases fell again today as officials recorded just 2,596 positive tests — down 20 per cent in a week. Department of Health bosses also posted 34 daily deaths — down 43 per cent on last Friday’s figures.  And the most up-to-date hospital admission figures show the number of infected coronavirus patients needing […]

Indian Covid variant ‘poses a threat’ to UK’s lockdown-easing plans, expert warns


The Indian coronavirus variant could ‘pose a threat’ to Boris Johnson‘s roadmap out of lockdown, an expert warned today.  It is feared the B.1.617 strain spreads more easily than older versions of the virus and scientists say it has mutations which may help it evade vaccines. Professor Danny Altmann, an Imperial College London immunologist, said […]

How Big Brother star was released from hospital 12 hours before she died weighing less than 31kg


Tragic Big Brother star Nikki Grahame was the victim of a series of care failures that led to her ‘entirely avoidable’ death from anorexia, those closest to the 38-year-old have claimed. They have also revealed Nikki’s ‘desperate struggle’ to get treatment over the last six months, during which time she was discharged from hospital twice […]

‘Safe’ Z-drug sleeping tablets given to MILLIONS each year are as addictive as Valium


Zopiclone is the so-called ‘safer’ sleeping pill dished out by doctors to millions of Britons each year.  When it was launched in the 1990s, it was touted as a user-friendly alternative to older and notoriously addictive tranquillisers. And in the short-term, zopiclone causes few problems. Indeed, it can be a lifeline to those battling the […]

Why stores should be checking CO2 levels to keep us safe


John Lewis boss Pippa Wicks was on the radio last week, reassuring the public.  As non-essential retailers threw open their doors for the first time this year, the department store, she said, had started quarantining products customers had touched for ‘a couple of days’ to allow for ‘decontamination’. While others didn’t claim to be going […]

The NHS failings that cost Nikki Grahame her life


Tragic Big Brother star Nikki Grahame was the victim of a series of NHS care failures that led to her ‘entirely avoidable’ death from anorexia, those closest to the 38-year-old have claimed. They have also revealed Nikki’s ‘desperate struggle’ to get treatment over the last six months, during which time she was discharged from hospital […]

Plasma device designed for consumers can quickly disinfect surfaces — ScienceDaily


The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a harsh light on the urgent need for quick and easy techniques to sanitize and disinfect everyday high-touch objects such as doorknobs, pens, pencils, and personal protective gear worn to keep infections from spreading. Now scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and the New […]

No10 hits back at lateral flow test fears after Matt Hancock adviser warning


Number 10 has today hit back at claims controversial rapid lateral flow coronavirus tests are dangerously unreliable.  The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the kits, which give a result in under half an hour, ‘have been tested rigorously and we are confident that they are accurate’. It came after an adviser to Matt Hancock admitted as few […]

Covid US: Cases continue to hover around 70k per day as 33 states report increases


The number of Americans being diagnosed with COVID-19 continues to hover around 70,000 a day amid fears reopening measures are fueling infections, and concerns that vaccinations are not being administered quickly enough to lower case numbers.   On Thursday, the U.S. recorded 74,289 new cases of COVID-19 with a seven-day rolling average of 70,484, which marks […]

Man left with inch-long nail sticking out of his eyebrow


Man left with inch-long nail sticking out of his eyebrow after his lawnmower flicked up the rusty piece of metal while he was gardening WARNING, GRAPHIC CONTENT: Nail pierced head millimetres from his eye Doctors twisted the nail left to right to free it at a hospital in Verona, Italy Figures showed admissions due to […]

Covid-19 UK: Nearly half of over-50s refuse the coronavirus vaccine in parts of England


More than half of people in England are now living in areas that are almost entirely free of coronavirus and have vaccine uptake rates above 90 per cent, MailOnline can reveal today in a fascinating set of interactive tools. Latest NHS England figures show nationally 89 per cent of over-50s had received at least one […]

England’s Covid outbreak is STILL shrinking, official statistics reveal


Britain today recorded 12 per cent fewer coronavirus cases than last week and 43 per cent less deaths, as one of the country’s top scientists said the UK was on the cusp of achieving herd immunity.  The Department of Health’s usual daily count showed there were 2,672 Covid diagnoses in the past 24 hours and […]

You’re close enough to catch Covid from someone else if you can smell their breath, expert says


Dr Julian Tang, a virologist, said if you can smell someone’s breath you are too close Britons should use the ‘garlic-breath distance’ measurement to work out whether they are at risk of catching coronavirus, an expert said today. Dr Julian Tang, a virologist at Leicester University, warned people were standing close enough for the virus […]

Fewer Britons are sticking to 10-day self-isolation following a positive test result, survey finds


Fewer Covid-infected Britons are sticking to the 10-day self-isolation rules than two months ago, an official survey suggests. The Office for National Statistics found 82 per cent of those questioned who tested positive said they followed the mandatory quarantine in the six days to March 13.  For comparison, the figure in early February — when […]

Vaccines not lockdown to blame for rapid drop in cases, top scientist says


Vaccines are behind Britain’s sharp drop in coronavirus cases since January, top experts claimed today — despite Boris Johnson insisting lockdown was the reason for the fall.   Professor Tim Spector, a King’s College London epidemiologist who runs the UK’s largest Covid symptom tracking study, said the epidemic had ‘mainly’ been squashed by the ‘exemplar vaccine programme’. […]

Covid-19 UK: NHS waiting list hits ANOTHER record-high amid pandemic, official figures show


Boris Johnson today said the NHS would ‘get all the funding it needs’ to get through the Covid backlog as the number of people on the waiting list hit a record 4.7million. The Prime Minister pledged to help the health service back to its feet as data for England today showed that 400,000 people have […]

Woman with brain tumour fell pregnant before drugs would have made it impossible


A woman who delayed her chemotherapy and radiotherapy to travel the world fell pregnant naturally just months before her treatment would have made it impossible. Carly Beasley, 33, from Chippenham, Wiltshire, delayed her chemotherapy to travel the world with her husband Kris, 34, after her slow-growing, incurable brain tumour, called a oligodendroglioma, was removed. And just […]

Fury over No10’s ‘un-British’ plan to slap calorie counts on beer, wine and spirits


Matt Hancock’s plan to slap calorie counts on all alcohol served in pubs was today branded ‘un-British’ and ‘an attempt to nanny the country’. Documents leaked last night revealed health chiefs want to force larger chains to disclose the amount of calories for every beer, wine and spirit ordered in their bars.   The scheme, reportedly […]

Coronavirus: Pfizer’s vaccine cut emergency hospital admissions by 75% in elderly people, NHS study


Pfizer’s Covid vaccine has cut emergency hospital admissions for the disease by  three quarters in elderly people, an NHS study has found. Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of the health service in England, said ‘vaccines are successfully reducing hospitalisations and deaths’. Internal figures showed Covid admissions in A&E were down 76 per cent among vaccinated […]