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UK coronavirus live: 1 in 65 in England and Northern Ireland had Covid last week as Shapps defends France decision

Latest updates: latest ONS figures suggest rise in cases; Delta variant is ‘an issue’ in northern France, transport secretary says Keir Starmer urges No 10 to bring forward Covid isolation end date Pregnant women urged to get Covid jab amid rise in hospital admissions Ministers under fire for putting France on England’s ‘amber plus’ list […]

A portrait of black lives in Suffolk – in pictures

Black Suffolk is a series of portraits by photographer John Ferguson of people from Suffolk’s African-Caribbean community. The pictures will be on display in an outdoor exhibition in central Ipswich from 30 July and throughout August. Ferguson said: ‘I have produced a new collection of portraits which explore the concept of home for a diversity […]

UK Covid live: vaccines have prevented 60,000 deaths and 22m infections in England, new research suggests

Good morning. Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, has been doing the minister for broadcasting slot this morning, and on the Today programme he effectively admitted that the government has been talking up the need for vaccine passports recently to encourage younger people to get the jab. A week and a half ago Boris Johnson made […]

UK Covid live news: Labour condemns ‘reckless’ quarantine lifting for those vaccinated in US and EU

11.21am BST 11:21 Johnson dismisses Dominic Cummings as one of ‘many’ aides who have now left No 10 And here are some more non-Covid lines from Boris Johnson’s LBC interview. Johnson dismissed Dominic Cummings, his former chief adviser, as just one of many former aides who have passed through Downing Street. Asked about Cummings’s claim […]

China regulatory crackdown fuels European share sell-off, Reckitt falls 9% – live

Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business. FirstGroup, the Aberdeen-based rail and bus operator, has announced that its chief executive Matthew Gregory intends to step down after its annual meeting, in a victory for shareholders. Chairman David Martin will run the firm as […]

UK Covid live news: four-fold expansion in daily testing centres for workers in England’s ‘frontline sectors’

Good morning. On Friday last week the government announced that it was setting up 500 Covid testing sites so that workers in the food supply industry, if told to isolate because they had been in contact with someone testing positive, could instead do a daily test as an alternative. It was the government’s first response […]

UK Covid live: Labour MP ordered to leave Commons for saying Boris Johnson has lied ‘over and over again’

Latest updates: Dawn Butler ordered to leave the House of Commons after refusing to withdraw claims Boris Johnson ‘lied to the country’ Supermarkets struggle to stock shelves as ‘pingdemic’ havoc spreads Scientists back Covid boosters as study finds post-jab falls in antibodies Women in UK Covid hotel quarantine will have female guards Firms in England […]

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