Why have I caught Covid five times?

Perhaps the booster hadn’t had time to kick in yet, although experts say the vaccine doesn’t actually seem to do much to prevent you from catching the virus – it’s more about preventing serious illness.  And then last week I got... Read more

The new Covid travel rules, as testing and forms scrapped for all UK arrivals

Do I need to take a test after arriving home? As of March 18, you do not need to take any Covid tests or quarantine on arrival in the UK, irrespective of your vaccination status. What are the rules for... Read more

Never again must we repeat the errors of the Covid lockdowns

As the pandemic draws to a likely close, we can begin to make more informed judgments about what we have lived through. To begin with, we ought to recognise that, thankfully, Covid-19 did not turn out to be the “Big... Read more

‘Deltacron’ Covid variant found in UK – but it’s unlikely to be of concern

British health authorities have identified a case of the so-called “deltacron” Covid variant in a patient – but experts say it is unlikely to be of concern. The recombinant – where two different variants merge together in a person –... Read more

The new Covid travel rules, as testing is dropped for fully vaccinated Britons

Do I need to take a test after arriving home? Not if you are fully vaccinated. Under-18s don’t need to take a test, regardless of their vaccination status. Those who are not double-jabbed need to take a pre-departure test and... Read more

Legal requirement for Covid isolation to be scrapped in move towards plan to live with virus

The second area of changes in the strategy for living with Covid, still being developed by government officials, includes the long-term approach for free testing, Covid vaccinations, travel rules and all other major areas of Covid regulations. The universal provision... Read more

Legal requirement to self-isolate with Covid set to be scrapped

The Prime Minister’s spokesman said the move would be an “important step for this country” and “shows that the hard work of the British people is paying off”. “It is a boon both for the public that we are able... Read more

January death rate falls below five-year average despite Covid casualties

The figures for the week ending Jan 28 also show that the number of deaths where Covid is the primary cause has been falling in recent weeks. It is now 71.2 per cent of registered virus deaths, compared to 72.9... Read more

Why Britain should follow Denmark’s lead and declassify Covid

This week Denmark declassified Covid-19 as a critical threat and lifted all restrictions. The decision was announced on a day with record high case numbers, more than 10 times the number of cases at the peak of previous waves. The... Read more

Is Covid really more deadly than the flu? It was … until omicron came along

Latest data show there were 1,484 deaths in England and Wales where Covid was mentioned on the death certificate. However, just 1,082 of these were due to Covid, with the virus not the cause of death in 27 per cent... Read more

Europe is in pandemic ‘endgame’, says WHO chief

“It is time to open Sweden again,” said Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, announcing restrictions would be removed from next week. Requirements for vaccine certificates and wearing face masks on public transport will also be removed, as well as the recommendation... Read more

Health workers who lost jobs for not having Covid vaccinations could sue Government

Her comments came after Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, told MPs on Monday night that he would launch a consultation on ending vaccination as a condition of deployment in health and social care settings. Mr Javid defended the mandatory vaccinations... Read more

U-turn on mandatory Covid vaccinations for NHS and social care workers

Responding to The Telegraph’s revelation that plans for mandatory vaccines in both the NHS and social care sector will be scrapped, Nadra Ahmed OBE, who chairs the National Care Association, said: “This decision epitomises the lack of foresight by ministers... Read more

Covid fatality rate set to resemble flu figures as reinfections are added to daily statistics

Reinfections are being added now because they are much more prevalent than in previous waves, when people were only counted once to avoid recording the same infection twice in the data. Findings published last week by the ONS suggest the... Read more

Saint Jacinda has made controlling Covid a myopic moral mission, with no end in sight

If, like me, you thrill to see women running countries and companies, then Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s leader, was a tempting prospect. Her seduction of the world’s arbiters of respectable opinion was immediate and total, spawning glowing media headlines in... Read more

Restrictions on care home residents should be reduced still further

Even in the early days of the pandemic, the mantra that Covid does not discriminate between its victims was obviously wrong. The old and infirm are far more likely to fall seriously ill or succumb to the virus. So it... Read more

As schools struggle with rising Covid levels, families like mine fear more exam chaos

A GCSE examiner in the South East of England told me that with disruption set to continue over the coming months, he no longer believes public exams should be taken this year anyway due to their unfairness to pupils whose... Read more

Will a cough ever be ‘just a cough’ again?

The UK has upped its capacity for delivery of lateral flow tests to seven million a day, while 100,000 more PCR booking slots per day have been made available since mid-December. But is all this preventing us from, rather than... Read more

Someone please tell my husband to take off his mask once and for all

Here at Woods Towers, battle lines are being drawn. I’m crying freedom and loading the trebuchet to smash the last strictures of Plan B in England. Hurrah! Huzza! No need for NHS Covid passes. We can cast off the fuzzy... Read more

From face mask rules to travel – everything you can and can’t do as restrictions change in England

Nightclubs and other venues now no longer require a Covid vaccine passport for entry either, as of midnight on January 27, although some may continue to ask for one on a voluntary basis. Under Plan B measures, proof of double... Read more

Westminster must resist Sturgeon’s Covid power grab

Yet again it is a tale of two cities. In one a libertarian leader is busily scrapping Covid restrictions that are blighting people’s lives, when he is not answering questions about birthday cakes or trying to prevent the invasion of... Read more

Only when we get over our testing obsession can a cough be ‘just a cough’ again

The UK has upped its capacity for delivery of lateral flow tests to seven million a day, while 100,000 more PCR booking slots per day have been made available since mid-December. But is all this preventing us from, rather than... Read more

How the UK’s Covid rules will change tomorrow – from face masks to travel and isolation

Nightclubs and other venues will no longer require a Covid vaccine passport for entry from midnight on January 27, although some may continue to ask for one on a voluntary basis. Under Plan B measures, proof of double vaccination or... Read more

Two thirds of people who catch omicron have already had Covid, study finds

It has been known that omicron is more able to infect people who have previously had Covid-19 than other variants, due to an innate ability to dodge the immune system. As a result, reinfections have gone from accounting for a... Read more

Forcing vaccinations on NHS staff leaves the health service at the mercy of future variants

With the ongoing Partygate saga, events in Ukraine, and the end of ‘Plan B’ restrictions, it has been easy to miss another story rumbling away in the background this week: the matter of compulsory vaccinations for NHS staff. According to... Read more