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What you need to know about Covid as new variant rises

Sat, 23 Sep 2023 23:15:57 GMT

Hospital admissions have risen since the summer and a new variant is spreading. Should we be concerned?

Sir Patrick Vallance criticises Boris Johnson's 'impossible flip-flopping'

Tue, 03 Oct 2023 19:01:25 GMT

Sir Patrick Vallance writes of No 10 "chaos as usual" in diary extracts released to the Covid inquiry.

Student's 'freshers' flu' turned out to be meningitis

Thu, 21 Sep 2023 05:27:20 GMT

A student who ignored the symptoms of meningitis urges others to be aware of the signs.

Covid Inquiry: Mistake not to consider range of pandemics - David Cameron

Mon, 19 Jun 2023 18:35:05 GMT

David Cameron says "group think" meant government focused on flu pandemics, rather than other diseases.

Anthony Fauci on the recent spike in Covid cases

Tue, 29 Aug 2023 00:18:11 GMT

Anthony Fauci tells the BBC's Katty Kay that 96% of the US population has a degree of immunity.

Covid map: Coronavirus cases, deaths, vaccinations by country

Tue, 05 Jul 2022 16:53:25 GMT

Key maps and charts explaining how the virus has spread around the world.

Bryan Johnson: Meet the multi-millionaire trying to reverse ageing

Sun, 13 Aug 2023 07:48:12 GMT

With a team of 30 scientists, tech entrepreneur Bryan Johnson spends millions on his body every year.

What we know about the Covid variant EG.5 dubbed 'Eris'

Thu, 10 Aug 2023 14:20:42 GMT

The World Health Organisation declared the variant of interest, with cases reported in 51 countries.

NHS consultant strike: How pay compares globally

Thu, 24 Aug 2023 04:06:58 GMT

Analysis suggests senior doctor pay a little behind Germany and Ireland but higher than Spain and Italy.

Covid and flu winter jabs to be brought forward in England

Wed, 30 Aug 2023 17:11:37 GMT

Vaccines for the most vulnerable will start being given in September instead of October in England.

Matt Hancock: Eight government WhatsApp Covid messages revealed

Thu, 02 Mar 2023 20:43:38 GMT

The ex-health secretary's pandemic text messages have been published by a newspaper - here are eight.

Where Ukraine’s army of amputees go to repair their lives

Thu, 21 Sep 2023 05:01:51 GMT

Orla Guerin visits a hospital and clinic in Ukraine, where 15,000 lost limbs in the first half of 2023.

Covid Inquiry focuses on government as stakes rise

Tue, 03 Oct 2023 00:24:13 GMT

Government decisions in the pandemic's early days will be scrutinised as the Covid inquiry continues.

Isabel Oakeshott reveals why she leaked Matt Hancock's WhatsApp messages

Thu, 02 Mar 2023 09:24:15 GMT

The journalist released WhatsApps she obtained while working on the former health secretary's book.

Should we be worried about Covid this winter?

Thu, 17 Aug 2023 05:20:24 GMT

Experts are not too concerned about a new variant of Covid but say monitoring should continue.

Covid global health emergency is over, WHO says

Fri, 05 May 2023 14:47:46 GMT

Close to 20 million people are likely to have died during the last three years, says the WHO.

Greenland women seek compensation over involuntary birth control

Tue, 03 Oct 2023 10:01:38 GMT

Some 4,500 women were fitted with coils as part of attempts to limit the territory's population.

Covid Inquiry: What have we learnt so far?

Thu, 20 Jul 2023 00:55:47 GMT

The first phase of the Covid Inquiry has come to an end. What have we learnt over the past six weeks?

'Patients paying the price' for strikes - NHS chief executive

Sun, 02 Jul 2023 10:01:50 GMT

Amanda Pritchard says patients are facing disruption for "both sides" failing to find agreement in a dispute over pay in the health service.

Matt Hancock says UK's pandemic strategy was completely wrong

Tue, 27 Jun 2023 17:20:48 GMT

Planning focused more on burying the dead than averting disaster, ex-health secretary says.

Pandemic akin to war, lawyer tells Covid inquiry

Wed, 14 Jun 2023 18:29:13 GMT

Decisions were "finely balanced" and, with hindsight, might have been different, Fiona Scolding KC says.

What the babies' parents told Lucy Letby as she was sentenced

Mon, 21 Aug 2023 12:48:28 GMT

The dad of two murdered boys says "it destroyed me", and a mum says she relives an attack "every day".

Martha's rule: Mother shares trauma over daughter's death

Tue, 12 Sep 2023 08:59:39 GMT

Martha Mills, 13, died when doctors failed to spot and treat a sepsis infection early enough.

Sunak 'not worried' about Covid inquiry seeing messages

Wed, 07 Jun 2023 16:03:55 GMT

Chris Mason asks Rishi Sunak if he has something to hide from Covid inquiry in pandemic messages.

Vaping - is it a risk-free option?

Fri, 24 Jun 2022 09:53:21 GMT

Colourful gadgets and fruity flavours are popular, but what's really known about their health effects?

Cancer and heart care at risk from strike - NHS England

Wed, 04 Oct 2023 08:00:50 GMT

Continuing double doctor strike is compromising urgent care, bosses say, but union blames bad planning.

Nobel Prize goes to scientists behind mRNA Covid vaccines

Mon, 02 Oct 2023 21:24:12 GMT

Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman developed the technology which led to Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines.

Covid inquiry: Failure to consider 'potentially massive impact' of lockdown pre-pandemic

Tue, 13 Jun 2023 20:34:14 GMT

The UK may not have been well prepared "at all", says the lead lawyer for the Covid inquiry.

Hundreds of UK women can now take legal action over Essure device

Tue, 05 Sep 2023 03:21:36 GMT

They say the sterilisation device left them in pain - but the manufacturer defends its safety.

Trans women may be banned from women's NHS wards

Tue, 03 Oct 2023 11:29:06 GMT

Health Secretary promises consultation on NHS constitution, calling for a "common-sense" approach.

Covid origin: Why the Wuhan lab-leak theory is so disputed

Wed, 01 Mar 2023 14:55:13 GMT

The claim Covid-19 leaked from a Chinese laboratory dates from early in the pandemic. Here's what we know.

Captain Sir Tom Moore: What has happened to his legacy?

Fri, 08 Sep 2023 08:09:40 GMT

How much money did Captain Tom raise and why is his family under the spotlight?

Lucy Letby: Corporate manslaughter probe at Chester hospital

Wed, 04 Oct 2023 14:49:33 GMT

Cheshire Police begins a corporate manslaughter inquiry at a hospital after the conviction of Lucy Letby.

What to do if you have Covid: Symptoms, tests and can you go to work or school?

Tue, 19 Sep 2023 10:12:53 GMT

No Covid restrictions are in place across the UK, so how should you manage having it?

Smoking age should rise from 18, by one year every year - Rishi Sunak

Wed, 04 Oct 2023 12:36:04 GMT

Measure aims to ensure children of today would not be able to buy cigarettes in future.

Covid inquiry: UK's public services were 'depleted' when Covid hit

Fri, 16 Jun 2023 15:34:30 GMT

The nation's health was declining and the NHS was struggling by 2020, the Covid inquiry hears.

Covid Inquiry: Former chief medical officer close to tears over pandemic deaths

Tue, 20 Jun 2023 16:29:35 GMT

Dame Sally Davies apologises to bereaved families and says the UK was poorly prepared for the pandemic.

Toxic debate over lab leak theory hampers search for Covid origins

Thu, 02 Mar 2023 14:16:58 GMT

US agencies cannot agree on how the pandemic started, with the scientific community bitterly divided.

Mum fears her son could die waiting for life changing surgery

Tue, 03 Oct 2023 05:25:54 GMT

A mother tells BBC Spotlight she fears her son could die waiting for life changing surgery

Female surgeons sexually assaulted while operating

Tue, 12 Sep 2023 15:00:57 GMT

Trainees are being abused by senior male surgeons, a major analysis given to the BBC reveals.

Covid booster: Who can get another jab this autumn?

Tue, 19 Sep 2023 14:26:56 GMT

Covid vaccine rules are changing, but those most at risk are being offered another jab this autumn.

Girl receives UK's first rejection-free kidney from mum

Fri, 22 Sep 2023 02:39:59 GMT

Doctors reprogrammed eight-year-old Aditi's immune system so she does not need daily anti-rejection drugs.

Breast cancer: The Asian survivors tackling taboo in the community

Mon, 25 Sep 2023 23:48:08 GMT

Asian women are being encouraged to push past cultural stigma and get checked for breast cancer.

Law will let young people find sperm donors

Fri, 29 Sep 2023 11:31:10 GMT

People born using a sperm or egg donor will soon be able to find their biological parents' identities.

Meditate to beat stress blood pressure, say guidelines

Fri, 15 Sep 2023 08:00:51 GMT

There is enough scientific evidence for some less conventional "body and mind" approaches, say experts.

Bedbug panic sweeps Paris as infestations soar before 2024 Olympics

Tue, 03 Oct 2023 16:11:36 GMT

France is alarmed as "les punaises", as they're known in French, spread fear and loathing.

Family provide free holidays in memory of son

Fri, 15 Sep 2023 04:56:11 GMT

Archie's Caravan in Filey provides free holidays to families also facing childhood cancer.

Turkey surgery warning as mother-of-four dies after gastric sleeve

Wed, 06 Sep 2023 13:22:50 GMT

Shannon Meenan Browse died from malnutrition after gastric sleeve surgery in Turkey 18 months ago.

Surgeon who claimed Covid-19 was hoax struck off

Wed, 04 Oct 2023 12:47:55 GMT

Mr Muhammad Adil is struck-off after undermining public confidence in the medical profession.

How much do junior doctors really get paid in England?

Fri, 11 Aug 2023 12:51:17 GMT

The BBC asked two junior doctors in England to show us their payslips and reveal their salaries.

Isolating sooner might have avoided first lockdown, Hunt says

Wed, 21 Jun 2023 18:49:01 GMT

The UK should have prepared to test and isolate more, the ex-health secretary tells the Covid inquiry.

Covid Inquiry: Abuse of experts must stop, says Whitty

Thu, 22 Jun 2023 15:44:21 GMT

Sir Chris laments treatment as he gives evidence to Covid Inquiry on pandemic preparedness.

Covid inquiry: What is it investigating and how does it work?

Wed, 27 Sep 2023 15:24:26 GMT

The second round of public hearings examining the UK's handling of the pandemic starts on 3 October.

72-hour doctor strike to cause extreme disruption

Mon, 02 Oct 2023 06:10:21 GMT

A three-day walkout by junior doctors and consultants began on Monday as the pay dispute escalates.

Leicester: Face masks mandatory again in parts of city hospitals

Tue, 03 Oct 2023 05:47:43 GMT

The move has been prompted by a rise in patients testing positive for Covid, senior medics say.

Teenage vaping: ‘I’ll have puffs as I’m falling asleep’

Mon, 04 Sep 2023 14:59:42 GMT

Seventeen-year-old Leia is one of a growing number of teenage vapers - but she’s trying hard to quit.

NHS to introduce Martha's rule for hospital patients

Thu, 14 Sep 2023 10:18:16 GMT

The NHS must ensure patients know they have the right to a second opinion, the health secretary says.

Malaria vaccine big advance against major child killer

Mon, 02 Oct 2023 14:40:58 GMT

Deals are in place to make 100 million doses of the vaccine each year to fight the complex disease.