Unreliable ‘name and shame’ Covid-19 test tracking in Scots care homes abandoned

TRACKING of how many coronavirus tests are being carried out on residents and staff at Scotland’s care homes partly aimed at ‘naming and shaming’ underperforming NHS boards has been abandoned because it has become unreliable. It has been confirmed that the Scottish Government will no longer publish the number of tests carried out on staff […]

Coronavirus: Calls for government to clarify face coverings in England

Image copyright No 10 Image caption Boris Johnson was wearing a mask as he visited a shop in Uxbridge on Friday MPs have called for the government to clarify its position on face coverings, after the PM said a “stricter” approach to their use in England was needed. Senior sources have said the government is […]

India logs daily record as coronavirus cases exceed 800,000: Live | Coronavirus pandemic News

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a record daily increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 228,102 in 24 hours. Nearly two-thirds of Americans disapprove of US President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic, according to a new ABC/Ipsos poll.  More than 12.5 million people […]

Marie Louise McConville: Thanks to Covid-19, shopping is not the fun experience it used to be

Ok, so I’ve tried it and it’s not for me. This so-called `new normal’ can go back to where it came from, and good riddance. Finally, this week, I got the chance to venture out, and not just to the corner shop or the local walking trail, but actually `out, out’. The hubby took a […]

Coronavirus: Thrifty Germany takes on debt to rescue arts

Image caption This choir has been able to start rehearsing again – in the conductor’s garden As evening sunshine ripples through a ripening pear tree, birds chatter above the distant hum of a lawnmower. Then, suddenly, the singers of Lübeck’s rock and roll choir raise their voices. Swaying and smiling, they run through their repertoire: […]

Maxi Group in ‘strong position’ to weather Covid-19

Maxi Group, the construction and haulage business based in Ayrshire, has said it is well-placed to deal with the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic to its operations. That assurance came as owner and chairman Gerry Atkinson revealed lower revenues and profits for the group during the financial year to September 2019. The year covered […]

Coronavirus: Why politics means success or failure in South America

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Despite political divisions and an economic crisis Argentina has kept cases comparatively low South America is the new epicentre of the global coronavirus pandemic, but the region’s leaders have responded to the crisis very differently. A great deal has been said about poverty in this part of the world, […]

Holidays to be close to normal despite Covid-19, TUI chief says

British tourists can expect to experience “90% of normality” as flights and holidays restart for the UK’s biggest tour operator. Andrew Flintham, managing director of TUI UK and Northern Ireland, said holidaymakers would need to be prepared for some changes as operations gradually begin again, but he was confident they would enjoy their trips. Starting […]