Covid latest news: ‘Trigger’ of blood clots with AstraZeneca jab found by scientists

A headache has returned to the post-Covid travel checklist: Day 2 PCR tests. This time, however, it comes with a fresh pain – self-isolation until you receive a negative result.  Before this Tuesday you simply needed to book the cheapest lateral flow test available (prices had fallen to as low as £1) and rest safe … Read more

Wednesday evening UK news briefing: EU must consider mandatory Covid vaccination, says Ursula von der Leyen

On the flip side, Israel has said that early research suggests two to three doses of a Covid vaccine are effective against the new omicron variant. Nitzan Horowitz, the country’s health minister, said that there was “room for optimism” that current vaccines worked on omicron based on “initial indications.”  Yet this has not deterred Scotland’s … Read more

UK Covid live: Johnson does not deny Christmas party reports; No 10 defends ignoring Sage travel advice

Boris Johnson has denied his key hospital building programme is unachievable, as Labour revealed a “playbook” has been issued to ensure refurbishments are described as new hospitals. Keir Starmer accused Johnson at PMQs of breaking “yet another promise” on his hospital rebuilding programme. The Health Service Journal last month reported a government infrastructure watchdog has … Read more

Wednesday morning UK news briefing: Covid rules until March

The row erupted as Dr Jenny Harries, the chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, suggested people should avoid socialising in the run-up to Christmas. Associate Editor Gordon Rayner reconstructs how No 10 was left scrambling to reassure the public that parties, nativity plays and Christmas itself would go ahead.  In this analysis, Science … Read more

Princes and the Press: Sussexes never intended to ‘become Trappist monks and take vow of silence’

Ms Afia appeared on screen to respond to claims in the press that Meghan had been “difficult” to work with and had bullied her staff, resulting in employees leaving her household. The claims appeared in 2018 and are the subject of an ongoing review at Buckingham Palace. Duchess ‘wouldn’t want to negate anyone’s personal experiences’ … Read more

Monday morning UK news briefing: Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

Welcome to your early morning news briefing from The Telegraph – a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Monday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free. 1. Omicron will cause chaos in schools, warn MPs The omicron variant will lead to “chaos” in schools, … Read more

Covid live news: UK, Germany and Italy detect Omicron cases; Israel bans all visitors

9.13pm EST 21:13 Israel bans all foreigners from midnight on Sunday Israel is banning the entry of all foreigners into the country, making it the first country to shut its borders completely in response to the Omicron variant. It also said it would use counter-terrorism phone-tracking technology in order to contain the spread of the … Read more

U.K. reports first two cases of new Omicron COVID-19 variant – National |

Britain became the latest country Saturday to report cases of the new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus as world governments sought to shore up their defenses by slapping restrictions on travel from nations in southern Africa. U.K. Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed that two people have tested positive with the omicron variant … Read more