Covid-19 R rate is below one, insists Government scientist

The rate of coronavirus transmission in the UK is still low, despite earlier fears of regional spikes, a top Government scientist has insisted. Sir Patrick Vallance, chief scientific officer, said the R rate was below one nationally, after concerns last week that it may have climbed above that in certain regions, but still urged caution […]

Coronavirus: Single people can stay the night with loved ones, PM says

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson: New measure is “to support those who are particularly lonely as result of lockdown measures” People living alone in England will be able to stay at one other household as part of a further easing of coronavirus restrictions. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that, from […]

Exclusive: Europe to accelerate trials of gene-engineered COVID-19 vaccines – sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European officials aim to speed up trials for coronavirus vaccines containing genetically modified organisms, two EU sources told Reuters, in a move that could help shots developed by companies like AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. FILE PHOTO: A laboratory technician is seen at the Inselspital Universitaetsspital Bern university hospital during researches for […]

Coronavirus: Minister would like shops to reopen in two weeks

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Shops in England, such as this one in Liverpool, are expected to open on Monday Wales’ Economy Minister says he would “absolutely” like to see non-essential shops reopen the week of 22 June if coronavirus statistics continue to fall. Non-essential retail has been told to prepare for a potential […]

UK technology sector resilient despite Covid-19 challenges

Investors are continuing to back companies across the UK technology sector despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new report. Figures compiled by Tech Nation and Dealroom for the Digital Economy Council show that across the country tech ecosystems are continuing to flourish and investment is still pouring in. London continues […]

Covid-19: NRS records 4000 deaths linked to virus in Scotland

THERE had been 4000 deaths linked to Covid-19 in Scotland as of June 7, according to the National Records of Scotland. The body records the number of death certificates where coronavirus is mentioned and publishes the statistics weekly. The figures are different from the Scottish Government’s official death toll number of 2422, which only includes […]